Originally Posted by syd7890
Does anyone know how XM and Sirius compare to one another in sound quality, and how it compares to FM stereo. I'm considering Sirius for my home stereo and I'm a little concerened about sound quality. I'm guessing that it's not on par with CD quality or MP3's with a decent bit rate, but I wouldn't want anything less than what you get off the satellite tv channels or FM.
I run Sirius (via DISH net box) through a fairly high end 2 channel system and it sounds VERY good. I also run it through my autos.
Sirius is not as good as a factory CD played on a respectable ($500) CD player.
Sirius is better than any MP3 I have ever heard.
Sirius compared to my $700 FM tuner with roof antenna is not quite as good when tuned to the very best FM stations, but otherwise is as good. This is because must FM stations have fairly low standards for SQ and overcompress to maintain dial visability.
Sirius is better than any mobile mobile FM setup because of the absolute lack of mulitipath distortion and resulting phase shift in the audio signal.
I have heard both auto and home XM set-ups and they sound very good also.