Originally Posted by Doug Schiller
I don't want or expect 320kps, well maybe when they said they were CD quality.
What I do want is 128kps, and I don't think that is unreasononable to ask.
Some of the stuff I heard recently sounded like 56-64kps. I switch over to the FM side and it sounds 10 times better, that shouldn't happen.
First off, don't assume satrad coding equals mp3 sampling. Channels at 40 or 50 kbps sound much better than a 40kbps MP3.
So.. The talk channels are wayyyyyyy compressed. You can't squeeze any more out of them, not would you want to because it's just not freeing up much bandwidth.
So, for all of the SQ whiners, if you want a measly 20kbps more per music channel, you have to agree to give up approx 20 or more MUSIC channels to do so. From a business standpoint, I don't think that's too wise.
Nothing else out there offers content that can beat satrad, but there are thousands of devices out there that can deliver CD quality music. Satrad is not in the business of catering to the audiophiles, that was a direct quote from Mel K.
If you want CD quality..... BUY A CD. They've been around for 30 years. If you want 150 channels of satrad, then deal with what the FCC has given them, and hope for a successful merger and eventually the elimination of redunduncy, freeing up bandwidth, allowing improved sound quality. This won't happen for years. In fact SQ might deteriorate again to make room for the 11 channel "Best Of" a la carte packages.
I was initally very upset with satrad SQ. Then I switched from XM to Sirius and that was an improvement. Then I went from FM to cassette adapter. Another improvement. Then I got a stereo with AUX input and very good graphic EQ, and I've been pretty happy with SQ.. not thrilled, but not bad.