"As good as" is hardly a solid recommendation in favor; especially if the reception conditions must be absolutely perfect.Properly done, AM is as listenable and has at least as much separation as FM. (...when C-quam is properly transmitted and the special equipment to do so maintained well.)
Umm that IS a radio broadcast... not a feed from the board.Compressed frequency response is not an urban legend; it is an immutable law of physics. AM has a bandwidth of 20MHz and is typically limited to an audio frequency response range of 40-5000Hz.
Comparing the audio quality of the WION stream to that of its AM broadcast is silly.
Terrible radios don't help either.
I'm used to AM in the car sounding very muddy and like it has no high end. In fact, most of my receivers sound that way. But after my grandfather died, I was playing with an older AM radio of his (from the 70s maybe) and those very same AM stations sounded FANTASTIC. Not quite as good as FM (no stereo, of course), but pretty darn close. - Trip
I feel justified in blaming the band as so many of our stations have to throttle back their signals to protect powerful stations elsewhere. This typically isn't necessary in the higher frequency bands.Don't judge AM only on your one bad experience. If you have an issue with a 1kw locally, don't blame the industry or the band, do some investigation! It could be your radio's AM section dying. It could be bad conductivity in the ground at the AM, it could be just a poor receiver, or something at the station is out of tolerance pending repair. Please don't blame the AM band.
You say it doesn't happen and then you explain why it happens daily. You can't have it both ways.Nobody's been "throttling back' unless they were BOUGHT BY a station that wanted the signal. (Like WOWO was bought by a company in New York to keep teh NY station on higher power.) This is a RARE occurrence. Nighttime power reduction has existed since broadcasting regulation began in the interest of NOT having issues, and is there to PROTECT your local station! Remember, your LOCAL station is the one licensed to serve you, not the one halfway across the country.