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Sirius sounds terrible!

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by CharlieX, Nov 17, 2008.

  1. Nov 17, 2008 at 10:52 AM
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    CharlieX

    CharlieX [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Hey all - been off the boards for awhile but finally got time to tinker with my Tacoma.

    Put in the Metra ipod adapter this weekend. took all of 4 minutes to install - 20 to figure out what to do with the cable.

    I had a Sirius InV2 that wasn't being used, so I hooked it up and ran the audio line out into the Metra. Sounds TERRIBLE! Like 64kps Mp3's. Plus the audio level is about 25% lower than FM/CD. I plugged my iPod into the headphone jack and it sounds great - so I know my Metra install is clean and correct.

    So is this just how Sirius sounds? I've got the micro dot antennae on the roof, 3 inches of metal all around as suggested. Signal levels are good. It does take about 30 seconds from when I turn the car on to "get signal"

    As far as the audio level, I made sure the "audio level" on the Inv2 is cranked to max. I wonder if one of the higher end Sirius units has more outputs? Or should I get a pre-amp for the headphone line?

    thanks for any clues!
     
  2. Nov 17, 2008 at 11:41 AM
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    I had Sirius for a year... Took it out after the year - because I never used it. MAYBE once I get the Pioneer DNX5120 or something - where it is hardwired - it'll be better and I might consider it again... But you're right - volume sucked and so did reception. Plus, me living near large cities with lots of FM radio stations - did not leave me much option for free FM channels for the signal transmission... especially as I drove into work.

    Will never have it again - until it's hardwired in.

    My fiancee has XM and it rocks... but her's is integrated into stereo.
     
  3. Nov 17, 2008 at 12:40 PM
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    atsaubrey

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    Keep in mind most of the music on Sirius or XM are compressed heavily and I wouldn't be surprised if most are in the 64kps range.
     
  4. Nov 17, 2008 at 12:44 PM
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    CharlieX

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    thanks guys, looking around the internet it seems that both XM and Sirius are *heavily* compressed signals. It's too bad - in live in LA and most FM stations sound way better than satellite.

    the only saving grace of Sirius is the amount of content. Now I just need to find a way to boost that headphone/line in signal so I don't need to have my Tacoma cranked to 50+ all the time
     
  5. Nov 17, 2008 at 12:59 PM
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    Yea - try calling them and get them to send you a free installation voucher and a unit that allows for hardwiring... They tried to do that for me to save me as a customer... Just call and complain and see what it does for you... Just my $.02.
     
  6. Nov 17, 2008 at 1:30 PM
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    does the radio have an output level that can be adjusted? on my XM radio reciever i have an output level that i could use to adjust the audio to the deck. mine turned up to the highest level put me just a hair quieter than the regular radio or a CD
     
  7. Nov 17, 2008 at 1:34 PM
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    It does have an Audio Volume setting - I've got it cranked. This is their cheapest unit, I wonder if a nicer one might have a little more juice? But if your's is XM, could be their hardware is just louder versus Sirius.
     

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