Join Date: Jan 2013
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Hi everyone, newbie poster here. I am wondering if anyone has direct experience with PC based Sirius Internet Radio, and whether or not it has better sound quality than the Satellite based radios, (not including: cellular, wireless, wifi, ipod/ipad setups). I have a Sportster radio hooked up to my stereo which gets a satellite feed from the Sirius satellites in orbit. Most of the time the SQ is OK to GOOD, sometimes even amazing. But lately is is getting rather poor, and due to the phase-ie sound and bloated bass and i am considering switching sources. (The mids and highs are good with my setup). Therefore, I have a few questions:
1) Is the bandwidth higher with the Internet based setup vs the over the air satellite feeds? I read the Satellite feeds are 25-75KBPS or so, and also it is a VBR signal. Is the Internet 128-250 KBPS?
2) Does the Internet based Sirius Internet radio transmit a VBR signal?
From Sirius I found:
Q)Why do I hear different quality audio at different times when I listen to the service?
A)WiFi coverage should provide consistently high-quality audio but you may notice variability in audio quality when your device is connecting to the cellular network. The SiriusXM Internet Radio application uses "variable bitrates" in order to provide you with the highest quality of audio possible given your cellular network conditions.
3) If the Internet based signal is better, will it matter if my ISP gets THEIR feed from all satellites? is there a difference between ISP satellite feeds vs personal satellite feeds?
Thanks in advance for your help!