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    Thumbs up Sirius Premium Internet Radio - Sound Quality Superior to Satellite Radio

    For those of you who haven't tried out the Premium Internet Radio service from Sirius, you have really been missing out. You're guaranteed to hear your music channels at a CD quality of 128k. With good headphones you will notice a difference right away when tuned to your favorite music channels. It's especially great if you run it through a home Sirius XM ready A/V receiver with the 8-pin DIN connection like the SIRIUS Connect Home Kit SCHDOC1 for all Stiletto and PNP receivers. It also allows you to navigate your radio directly from your television screen.

    Overall, Sirius subscribers who are true audiophiles will no doubt want to at least SAMPLE the service. At $2.99 for one month you really can't lose in my opinion. I've been enjoying Sirius Premium Internet Radio for over a year now and plan to continue to as long as they offer it at a reasonable price.

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    So I'm "Googleing around" and came across this post

    Just want to clarify, so the public is not misled, that "yes" Sirius Internet Radio is GREAT and Superior to many others, I'm a subscriber myself.

    However, 128k is NOT CD -Quality... not is it close to CD Quality.

    For technical sakes, 320k is CD Quality. 128k is more like FM Quality.

    Sorry that this is my first post, but just felt the need to keep information consistent and accurate.

    (for the sake of ALL of us shareholders)

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    I agree with Weelz, although to the untrained ear most people would never notice. That being said, I cant tell you whether a cd has been burned at 128k or it is full quality. There is just that little something missing from the full range of sound.
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    Thanks,

    The untrained ear would be lucky because if you listened to the 320k difference vs 128k with a really good pair of Bose earphones, you would forever be able to hear the differences, even on cheap $1.99 head phones.

    It's like you're ruined forever LOL. But now we are digressing to a different subject and I've yet to introduce myself!

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    Fair enough. I was quoting what they state on the SIrius website as far as "CD-Quality". What I can say is that I upgraded to Premium Internet over a year ago and will never go back. Because as some of you can hear the difference between 128k and 320k - I have to believe most anyone can hear the difference between 32k (standard Internet Radio) and 128k.

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    Yes, I'd agree that anyone should see a signifigance when differing 32k from 128k

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    Quote Originally Posted by HottWeelz View Post
    Thanks,

    The untrained ear would be lucky because if you listened to the 320k difference vs 128k with a really good pair of Bose earphones, you would forever be able to hear the differences, even on cheap $1.99 head phones.

    It's like you're ruined forever LOL. But now we are digressing to a different subject and I've yet to introduce myself!
    Yeah, I'm sitting here obsessing over my HTPC ripping lossless DVD-Audio in 5.1 channels at 24-bit/96kHz.

    The 128k stream is better and tolerable, but certainly not CD quality, and have you heard how badly XM is compressed lately?

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    I called Sirius the other day and I was told that for an additional $3/month, you can stream audio at 168 Kbps in comparison to their standard 84 Kbps.
    Last edited by Noob; 04-08-2009 at 11:17 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HottWeelz View Post
    Just want to clarify, so the public is not misled, that "yes" Sirius Internet Radio is GREAT and Superior to many others, I'm a subscriber myself.

    However, 128k is NOT CD -Quality... not is it close to CD Quality.

    For technical sakes, 320k is CD Quality. 128k is more like FM Quality.
    128 kbps isn't like FM quality. When MP3s first came out, all the tunes on the net were 128 kbps/sec. Even now, I struggle between 128 and 160 kbps (industry norm on iTunes) when burning/transferring mp3s onto my mp3 player. I can't really hear the difference. To go for 320 kbps, imo, is overkill and takes up too much storage and definitely bandwidth. However, this $3/month charge is one additional add-on that's costing the subscribers more. All these little costs add up. Sirius/XM should 've always had 128 kbps for their music channels. It's just now they're testing the waters with different , and some may say, desperate ways of getting more money from their subscribers to keep their sinking ship afloat.

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