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08-29-2005 12:34 AM #1
No holds barred....Which service should I select????
Well, I think I've finally come to terms with the idea of paying for radio (I'm a bit old fashioned after all). I think on payday I'm gonna get set up. Question is: Sirius or XM? I've signed up for the free 3 day internet trials for both and spent a few hours listening to them until I have "headphone hair." I'm leaning in XM's direction for the simple reason that I'm a bigger baseball fan than I'm a football fan and I like XM's blues channel a bit better.
Anyone out there think I'm making a mistake?
Also, I'd be interested in any suggestions regarding equipment etc. I'll mostly listen to it in my car and I don't need anything fancy (ie an FM modulator feeding my mid range pioneer should be A-OK, I'd think).
Any insight would be appreciated.
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08-29-2005 06:31 AM #2Zero Transponder Founded
I've had XM for over 2 1/2 years, and I love it. There is so much to recommend on XM, and I'm rarely at a loss to what to listen to.
The upsides on XM are plenty: Baseball (big fan!), Traffic, BBC World Service, Prog Rock, Fine Tuning, and many others. There are other reasons are why I chose XM, and I haven't regretted it.
However, the major drawbacks are probably personal choice. While XM has BBC World Service (Sirius has BBC1 and BBC News, but not the World Service), their other news channels aren't all that good. All three major cable channels have audio services, with mixed resultes....Headline News and CNBC have audio feeds as well. ABC's News channel is part news, part talk shows. XMPublic Radio is a fantastic idea, but still only has one or two major shows during the week -- however the weekend lineup is one of my favorite parts of XM radio. I wish XM had WRN or PRI like Sirius does, but it's not enough to switch for me.
Anyway, I hope some of that helps. I love XM, and plan to stay with it.
08-29-2005 07:15 AM #3
If MLB is important to you then you have only one choice.
Dish - Slimline 5LNB
Switches - SWiM16
Receivers - HR24-500, HR34-700, 3xC31
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Networking - 100/1000Mbps switched ethernet and DECA for DirecTV network
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08-29-2005 07:56 AM #4
If your into MLB then XM is the way to go. I don't know about most people but I'd rather watch a football game and listen to a baseball game. Its really hard for me to just listen to a football game.
Also this hasn't really been brought up yet but XM seems to have deeper play lists the Sirius. Some times that can be really good and some times it can be really bad.
You did the right thing though by signing up for the trials so you could check them out.
08-29-2005 12:30 PM #5
I am a Sirius sub and have had no issues, but sometimes I wish that I had XM for MLB.
08-29-2005 07:26 PM #6