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Welcome Richard and Nick to the XM Nation!

Richard, XM tries very hard to recreate the feel of the decade channels as if it was actually that decade. From the motormouth DJs, to the jingles, to the reverb mic, I wasn't alive in the '60s, but I have a pretty good idea of what radio sounded like back then thanks to XMs 60s on 60. I personally love it and think it gives the station a lot more life, Sirius’ 60s Vibrations seems dead to me. I love Phlash Phelps in the morning and Terry Young is great. Both of these guys have a lot of passion when it comes to what they do. That said, I’ll put my foot in my mouth and say my main home for Oldies is on Music Choice. I prefer the ~1955-~1975 playlist mix rather then just one decade, but I can’t take MC in the car with me, so XMs 60s station is the next best thing.

I feel quite the opposite. Other then a few exceptions, Sirius has the blabbermouth DJs, Madison on Alt Nation is annoying as hell, I don’t care about he skanky life, Kayla does not belong on Classic Rewind, and that guy on The Beat is..well…just f’ing weird. Quite a few of XMs channels don’t even have DJs or have DJs that are passionate about what they do and really add to the station. Trinity on Watercolors, Terry on The 60s, hell even Marlin on Enlighten is excellent and he doesn’t get too preachy. Other stations that I listen to like Big Tracks, Lucy and XM Chill don’t even have DJs at all. There’s a parttime DJ on The Message.

As far as sound quality my general observation is, after doing many A-B comparisons on both music and talk stations.

For music,
Sirius has more digital compression but more dynamic
XM is less compressed but sounds more flat

For talk, they’re nearly identical. I can put on any of the talk stations both XM and Sirius have and notice no difference.

Nick, all the ferrets do is reduce the power of the FM modulator in order to make it ‘FCC Compliant’ if you use the built in FM modulator, my advice would be not to install them, I have a Roady XT from when they first came out last December, the power of the FM modulator is incredible, and by far the best sounding satellite radio receiver I’ve owned (7 thus far) so like I said if you use the FM mod, don’t neuter it and just put the ferrets where they belong, in the garbage.

That said wireless FM modulation is the worst way to listen to satellite radio, if you the best sound quality, use a direct hardwired connection. If your cars headunit does not have an auxiliary input, you can buy aux input adaptors. I bought a dual Aux input adaptor to allow me to have hardwired connections for both XM and Sirius. I disconnected my factory 6 disc CD changer, plugged one end of the adaptor into there, then connected each satellite radio receiver and can switch between the two inputs like I’d switch between different disc.

Both XM and Sirius. My listening goes something like this.

XM is for The 60s, The 80s, Big Tracks, Bone Yard, BPM, Enlighten, Flight 26, Hear Music, Liquid Metal, Lucy, Squizz, The Message, Watercolors, X Country, America Right, NHL Home Ice, Old Time Radio, XM Comedy. I listen to Opie & Anthony when I get a chance.

Sirius is for The Beat, Buzzsaw, Classic Rewind, Hard Attack, Octane, Prime Country, Revolution, Super Shuffle, NFL Radio, Playboy Radio, Raw Dog, Sirius Patriot. I will also occasionally listen to Howard or Bubba.

On both I enjoy Fox News, Fox News Talk, Laura Ingram and Mark Levin. I miss Michael Savage and the John & Jeff Third Shift Show.

Music Choice is for the stuff neither XM or Sirius has like Party Favorites, Solid Gold Oldies and Sounds of the Season.
 

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Yes Nick, satellite radio does that for a lot of people. :) Three years ago if someone told me I'd be listening to anything but Liquid Metal, Squizz and Bone Yard and that anything included Southern Gospel I'd slap them silly :D

Richard, I purchased my adapter from Circuit City. It’s branded 'USA Spec Aux Interface' and comes in an orange box. All the cables you need are provided for you. There is a silver colored unit that has two sets of RCA inputs on one side and a proprietary connector on the other side. A cable gets plugged into there from the back of the head unit. These things do require power, so you have to disconnect the power from the headunit and it runs through a pass through. It cost me $80, if you only want one set of RCA Ins I'm not sure what they cost. It was pretty simple to install, the hardest part was getting the factory radio out :)

One thing, with my Roady XT I was experiencing some wicked electronic noise, the Sirius Starmate Replay was fine. After replacing everything, including going to WalMart and getting another Roady XT, which was returned, I went to RatShack and purchased a ground loop isolator for $18 that solved my problem. Others have experienced the samething with the Roady XT so just a heads up.

So now I have to ask, are you going to keep XM and ditch Sirius, keep Sirius and ditch XM or become a dualy?

I'm listening to Sirius 25 right now, pretty good stuff thus far.

So guys what are you listening to on XM so far?
 

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Cool, hope this one works for you Richard :)
 

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That's a good deal considering I paid $23 with shipping just for the Roady XT remote from Amazon last week. I was using the remote from my original SkyFi for the longest time, but back in the summer when I nailed the skunk and had to leave my truck outside overnight, we had a lot of dew and the saturation killed the remote.
 

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Wow I have no problems with XMs sounds quality, other then like everything, it could be better. I gave my general thoughts on each providers sound quality above, like I said to me they’re both different, but neither sounds better or worse then the other. For the best sound on satellite radio check out 76 or 113. The two XMHD channels are allotted a lot more bandwidth then regular channels, too bad they play nothing that I want to hear.
 

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I have Fine Tuning on right now and heard just what you did, Cross My Heart by BB. Cat Stevens is on now. Both sound excellent to me. Better then anything else on satellite radio. Watercolors and Here Music are also pretty good. I've also noticed most of the action on most stations is out of the center channel, but it really doesn't bother me.

Just switched over to smooth jazz. Comparing Channel 71 on XM, Watercolors to channel 71 on Sirius, Jazz Cafe, XM is more bass responsive and there's more action out of the rear channels. I notice almost zero digital compression artifacts on either.
 

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It seems like it, but honestly I can’t tell. If one channel is more clearer and powerful then the other it’s not by much. I’ve listened carefully to both channels 71s (still find it odd both services have their smooth jazz stations on the same number). My home theater receiver is over 5 years old now so it’s not the latest and greatest. Sound modes include Stereo, 3 Stereo and Surround/Pro Logic, same result with all three.

There’s a soft R&B tune on Sirius 71 right now, most of the audio is out of the center, for actual contemporary jazz the audio is out of all three front channels, but doesn’t sound as rich as XM 71. My mother just walked in and I wanted to do an A/B comparison between XM and Sirius, accidentally wound up hit the wrong button on the remote and selected my cable box instead of the SkyFi 2. According to the not so well trained ear of my mother, Contemporary Jazz on cable gets the win (and I agree) :)
 

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Richard King said:
Actually, female types generally have better better hearing than male types, so I would take her word for it. :lol:
Great now I have to add DBSTalk to the lists of sites blocked from the IP of the computer she uses. I don't want her to read that think she's actually right about something :D

I wanted to post this yesterday, but both computers were being reformatted so and I didn't feeling like tapping out another post on my Pocket PC. :)

Last night I did the same comparison between XM and Sirius but on the Christian Contemporary stations. Channel 32, The Message on XM and channel 66 Spirit on Sirius. The results were quite the opposite. In every situation, Sirius 66 had a more rich sound and audio coming out the front three channels, the center was more powerful, left and right were slightly less but about equal. The rears were active as well, but each maybe had 5% of the sound. As opposed to The Message, which came mostly out of the center channel, some audio out of the L and R, but not much matrixing going on in the rears at all.
 

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Gotta love the helpfulness of tech support :)
 

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Isn't your three month free service up, so wouldn't you be billed regular rate for it starting now and if satellite radio is taxed and at a high rate in Fla, wouldn't $15 and change be about right?
 
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