I'll agree that the channels are all bit starved and sound pretty poor in that sense (I think they're also only running at 32 kHz instead of the standard 44.1 kHz) but they pulled the compressors off all the channels I listen to, like classic rock, classic hit and the 60's channel. Programming is a whole nother kettle of fish. Some of the channels seem to do OK, but some are very repetitive. It's still better than the blathering DJ's on XM. Ever since Sirius took them over they went waaaay downhill. Around the time Sonic Tap debuted I ditched my XM sub because it was so piss poor.