Satellite Radio Audio Quality

Written by Blaire Chandler-Wilcox
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Many people, when considering switching to satellite radio, wonder what the sound quality is like. Well, the good news is that even the lowest-end equipment will provide clear, static-free sound, superior to the sound of FM. It's said that the quality difference between AM and FM is equal to the difference between FM and digital sound. No more fuzzy, buzzing noises competing with news and traffic reports ever again.

Just like any other product, however, the sound quality is directly related to quality of equipment. There's good, there's better, and then there's best. This translates into costs that are cheap, moderate, and expensive.

Satellite Radio Audio Quality: Digital Is Better than Analog

All satellite radio transmits "digital quality" sound. This translates to no static, no hiss, and in ideal circumstances, no "tinny" sounding audio. Digital quality sound is better than analog sound, which is what you're used to getting on your regular radio.

However, digital quality does not mean CD quality. What satellite radio strives to deliver is great content, with good to really-good sound. The important thing is that even "pretty good" is probably better than what you're used to. As a result, if you're an average radio listener, then the most affordable options will probably suit you just fine.


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