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PostPosted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 10:47 am 
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I have SiriusXM radio in my car, boat and at home. I could easily live without SiriusXM at home!


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I have SiriusXM radio in my car, boat and at home. I could easily live without SiriusXM in at home!


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I have a few issues with SiriusXM.

Crappy sound quality, I believe it's 64 kbps encoded, Poor at best
Compartmentalized music, They pigeon hole music into very specific music categories to make it look like they have lots of content. Give us some variety or more mixed genre channels!
Expensive, $15-20 per month (after trial) plus taxes and music fees, way too much for such poor quality sound and programming.

Pros: No commercials, works everywhere, great specials and events.

Choose your poison. ;)



I have to agree. The compression makes the sound quality impossible to listen to.
Dropped it several years ago even though when I bought my latest kit it was to get XM. At the time sound was not that bad but they changed the compression.

You will also have a bear of a time canceling as they make that almost impossible and because its' almost impossible to get hold of them they will continue to auto-renew your subscription.

I'll put it his way; we just bought a new (used) car. It still had the XM subscription running so I has it for free. Went to FM and CD's because I couldn't stand the audio.

For the cost, just keep buying more CD's.

Hope that helps.

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I had a trial version included with my last vehicle purchase.....and quickly found a few stations that I really liked. It was enjoyable at first. However, after a couple of months, the programming really seemed to get repetitive. I let the trial lapse and never pursued a paid subscription. Fortunately, Alberta has a publicly funded OTA broadcaster with exceptional programming (CKUA) that I listen to when on the road.


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The compression makes the sound quality impossible to listen to.

You will also have a bear of a time canceling as they make that almost impossible and because its' almost impossible to get hold of them they will continue to auto-renew your subscription.


That’s all I need to hear.

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Mod Beat wrote:
Some of the stations look interesting, but is there a lot of repetition?


I used to listen to Sirius at work and discovered that they are no different than any other online or streaming provider. I'm a big fan of Classic Rock "Deep Tracks" programming and every single source I've listened to is the same: if you listen to that same station all day long every day you'll have listened to everything they've got content-wise in about 1 week. So yes, repetition is a problem.

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Sirius XMU is a great place for new music. And I love Backspin. But the sound quality is atrocious.

Even on a factory car stereo or little bluetooth speaker it is easy to tell how crappy it is. Its unlistenable to me for anything more than a very short drive.



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I use it strictly for talk radio. I may cancel soon with all of the great podcasts available now.


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Even on a factory car stereo or little bluetooth speaker it is easy to tell how crappy it is. Its unlistenable to me for anything more than a very short drive.


My sister has had Sirius in all her Audi's for nearly 15 years. And I never had the heart to tell her how awful it sounds. FM and CDs' sound fine so it's never been the car's fault. Sirius sounds like every speaker is covered by a bag of sweaters.

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I used it before and enjoyed it. But it's not cheap compare to today's standard of streaming music like Spotify.

I like the 60s 70s 80s 90s channels contrary to many people I love that focus.

I listen to PGA tour Golf when Tiger's still playing.

I love Howard Stern. He still there?


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Forbes_2 wrote:
Even on a factory car stereo or little bluetooth speaker it is easy to tell how crappy it is. Its unlistenable to me for anything more than a very short drive.


My sister has had Sirius in all her Audi's for nearly 15 years. And I never had the heart to tell her how awful it sounds. FM and CDs' sound fine so it's never been the car's fault. Sirius sounds like every speaker is covered by a bag of sweaters.
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I've tried SiriusXM many times over the years, through various free trials and even subscribed for a while, but won't go back again until they make some significant changes. First off is their business model - their pricing is rather high compared to other streaming services, but their practice of charging "per radio" instead of per user or account (like Spotify or Netflix does) really grinds my gears. My wife and I each have a SiriusXM compatible radio in our vehicles- we should not have to pay a separate same-priced subscription for each vehicle. Secondly, they charge extra if you want the "privilege" of streaming music online or on a mobile device. Thirdly, if you like Classical or Jazz your listening options are extremely limited. And finally, the sound quality is horrible, on par with a 32 or 64 kbs poorly ripped MP3 file.


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Thirdly, if you like Classical or Jazz your listening options are extremely limited. And finally, the sound quality is horrible, on par with a 32 or 64 kbs poorly ripped MP3 file.


That has now made my decision even easier.

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Bass sounds like a kid beating a rug with a hockey stick.

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My fishing buddy's have Sirius. No kidding all they listen to is the Nascar station. All day all the time in the boat on shore. I've learned to tune it out. Or sometimes breakout the earbuds and listen to tunes on my phone.

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