What bird am I on

Discussion in 'Sirius XM General Discussion' started by elliot, Jan 29, 2019.

  1. elliot

    elliot New Member

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    My new car came with a SiriusXM radio. Long ago I was an XM radio sunscriber because at that time XM had much better audio quality and audio a compression algorithm that made XM sound better than Sirius. With this new radio am I getting the Sirius signal or the XM signal? I see that they still have both Sirius and XM satellites in orbit each using their own technology. I cant get any clear answer from their FAQ. They say there are three kinds of radios, XM, Sirius and SiriusXM, but dont answer what the last one actually is using.

    Thx.
     
  2. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    does the receiver have Info button or Menu's info item ?
     
  3. elliot

    elliot New Member

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    I will have to look. Just getting used to this new car.
     
  4. gjrhine

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    It's all the same good quality signal now anyway.
     
  5. James Long

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    As compared to the excellent quality of the past?


    As for the question posed, one could look through the channel listings - there are a few differences between what is carried on each service. Or you should be able to find out via the SiriusXM web site.
     
  6. elliot

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    Well I wonder if they still use the AAC+ on the XM Birds and whatever they were using on Sirius birds. In the past the AAC+ sounded much better. Less swish and more range. I fear by now they are using the same codec on all streams and its is the one Sirius used to use.
     
  7. SamC

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    If you go to the website the first thing is a pop up asking for the brand and year of your car, which will generate which of the legacy brands' radio is in it.

    The other easy way is to look for the PGA golf channel, it is 92 on XM and 208 on Sirius.
     
  8. elliot

    elliot New Member

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    I put in my VIN# and it told me the packages I could subscribe to but not which service it is.
     
  9. John79605

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    On Sirius radios the preview channel is 184. On XM radios it is channel 1.
    On Sirius radios the ID is 12 digits all numerals. On XM radios the ID is 8 digits alphmeric.
     
  10. zaxcom

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    XM it is!
     
  11. gjrhine

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    If you think so. I don't really understand your question but would agree as good or better.
     
  12. trh

    trh This Space for Sale

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    No, it they aren't all the same. Most are good quality, a few are excellent, and some are poor quality. Listening to Radio Margaritaville while driving to work this AM and some of it sounded like night-time AM.
     
  13. gjrhine

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    Something confusing about "quality of the past?"
     
  14. scooper

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    Satellite Radio has less bits than I use for ripping my own CDs to MP3s.
     
  15. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    Can you provide the values ? Then we could follow the comparison ;)
     
  16. scooper

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    Even my older ones (160 Kbps) or ones that I got from other people (128 kbps) sound better.
     
  17. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    do you know what are sat radio bitrates ?
     
  18. trh

    trh This Space for Sale

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    Covered in another thread. Simple search will find your answer.
     
  19. gjrhine

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    No he can not but here is a clue - learn about variable bit rates and modern compression algorithms.
     
  20. cypherx

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    VoLTE between two cell phones sounds clearer than SXM. I primarily use the SXM iPhone app via Apple CarPlay. The quality is much better and there are many more channels than what my car can tune into.
     
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