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What are your favorite SonicTap channels?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Devo1237, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. NewForceFiveFan

    NewForceFiveFan Legend

    Apr 23, 2010
    None. Oh wait, I did use the Christmas music channel once for background at a party I held once.
  2. ub1934

    ub1934 Icon

    Dec 30, 2005
    UpState NY
    + 1 for me also
  3. sorrycharlie

    sorrycharlie AllStar

    Jul 16, 2010
    None, I would rather have XM's full lineup! IT would be nice if they could launch XM in DD 5.1. That would be kick ass!
  4. NaperDan

    NaperDan Legend

    Jun 8, 2009
    None. They all sound like crap. Over compression, terrible song selection, etc.
  5. Carroll A

    Carroll A Cool Member

    Dec 6, 2004
    I have grown to love the decades channels. I think the best one for decades is 90's followed by the 80's and I also love the new wave and reality bites channels also... CC1
  6. balboadave

    balboadave Legend

    Mar 3, 2010
    I like the programming on the 8 Track channel, but not the sound quality. It's almost painful if I turn up the volume.

    SPACEMAKER Freethinker

    Dec 11, 2007
    Mason, MI
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    838 Lithium
    841 Spike

    SPACEMAKER Freethinker

    Dec 11, 2007
    Mason, MI
    Pandora and XM sound atrocious due to extreme compression and low bit rate. Sonic Tap sounds much better on my system than either of those.
  9. shmengie

    shmengie Godfather

    Apr 12, 2007
    City of Angels
    i listen to the the 8-track channel when i'm "entertaining" the ladies. i remember when d* first switched to sonic tap it sounded like complete crap; AM radio through a tin can. within a couple of weeks or so, they "fixed" it. now it sounds like FM radio. nowhere near the advertised "digital CD quality," but listenable. then again, i don't sit down and LISTEN listen; it's background music.
  10. ThomasM

    ThomasM RF Engineer

    Jul 20, 2007
    Milwaukee, WI
    I like a bunch of DMX (Sonic Tap) channels but my favorites are probably the oldies channels (60's, 70's, 80's,) Classic Rock, 8-Tracks, Flashback/New Wave, Classic Hits Blend, etc.

    Anyone that says Sonic Tap on DirecTV sounds compressed and worse than XM (or streaming internet services) must be listening on the 2" speaker in an old 13" TV set!!

    Sonic Tap sounds 100% better than it did when it premiered two years ago. Most all of the problems have been fixed like the here again-gone again stereo on Classic Rock and the awful "pumping audio". There are a few channels that still sound worse than others but for the most part they sound just fine to me, even when I listen on my legacy McIntosh stereo system with Klipsch speakers.
  11. shyvoodoo

    shyvoodoo AllStar

    Jun 24, 2011
    844 Old School Funk
    805 80s Hits
  12. Karen

    Karen Godfather

    Oct 4, 2007
    Malt Shop Oldies

    It sounds the way you would expect songs that old to sound, without the scratch from the records, of course...
  13. ChuckZ

    ChuckZ Mentor

    Aug 17, 2009
    I too was bummed out when DTV decided to switch to Sonic Tap, but I got over it.

    In the mornings I listen to channel 862 (Classic Rock Workout) to get my motor started, which I feel sounds similar to Sirius/XM's Classic Rewind and/or Classic Vinyl.

    In the afternoon, I listen to channel 820 (Beautiful Instrumentals) while I'm reading...it's more or less just for some background noise.

    In case anyone wants to see the songs played in the past half- hour or soon each channel, go to this weblink:


    You'll have to figure out the different name between what DMX has for their paid service and which name they use for Sirius/XM.

    Harvest, AL
  14. Devo1237

    Devo1237 Legend

    Apr 22, 2008
    Cool! Thanks for the link!
  15. ThomasM

    ThomasM RF Engineer

    Jul 20, 2007
    Milwaukee, WI
    There are a number of different links where you can see what is playing on DMX (Sonic Tap). They list the current song and the previous 14 songs (15 total).

    DMX used to be very consumer-friendly even offering a service to consumers by setting them up with a dedicated satellite dish. They even had an 800 number where customers could offer programming suggestions. Not any more. Now the "official" DMX web site (DMX.COM) is aimed strictly at commercial establishments and doesn't even mention the fact that it's available on DirecTV or selected cable systems.

    Luckily, many of the old web pages when the "official" web site was DMXMUSIC.COM remain online. But that URL now redirects you to DMX.COM so you have to know the URL's of the individual (old) pages to access them.
  16. djrobx

    djrobx Godfather

    Jan 26, 2009
    Their Dance channel has improved a great deal. It could still benefit from some weighting of popular tracks, but it's evolved to a point where I actually prefer it to XM's BPM, which seems to play the same 20 songs over and over.

    Generally pretty happy with their top 40 programming (816, 817, 818).
  17. djzack67

    djzack67 Icon

    Sep 18, 2007
    I agree
  18. Red Orc

    Red Orc Legend

    Oct 11, 2011
    70's channel (804).
  19. tvancleave20

    tvancleave20 New Member

    Feb 9, 2012
    818- great channel for variety of music!
  20. Dude111

    Dude111 An Awesome Dude

    Aug 6, 2010
    MIne are these

    820 - Easy Listening (Just about as good as music choice's is)
    874 - Salsa (I love this music!!)

    I do listen to others but those 2 are my favourites on Sonic's network!

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