Spring Arbs Shockers (and AM IBOC)
Tue May 30 12:37:59 EDT 2006
Garrett - your point about audio fidelity vs. reception quality is
entirely true, but I wonder how relevant it is in today's age of kids
raised on webcasts and iPods? Bud's post below would seem to bolster my
argument...that a consistent reception quality, even if the audio
fidelity isn't as great...would be the ultimate winning factor.
I would think this especially true with AM while in the car. It doesn't
matter if the audio fidelity is fabulous or horrible when a weak signal
is so full of noise you can't hear it at all; a common problem on
anything but the Class A's and the better Class B's. And after all,
content is ALWAYS king...hence why people still listen to WBZ, WEEI-AM
and WBUR-AM (or WJIB for that matter). Those stations have content
people want to hear.
Another nice bonus for AM while driving; the inherent buffer means that
driving under a bridge usually (emphasis on usually) does not result in
a washout of static...assuming you can get out from the under the bridge
within 4 or 5 seconds.
I haven't listened to XM as much, but most of the news/talk channels on
Sirius are HIGHLY compressed and sound it. I assume XM is not
dissimilar. After all, the satellite system is designed for 100
channels of "CD quality" (I use the term loosely) sound...if Sirius and
XM are getting 125+ channels, they must be "stealing" the bits from
somewhere...and quite a few of them.
Boston, MA 02176
Bob Nelson wrote:
> Doug Drown wrote:
>>> Ask any kid nowadays whether
> he/she listens to AM. They barely know what AM is.
> Except for the Red Sox games on WEEI--and even then, they're on FM in
> Cape Cod, etc.
Yes, my son learned all about AM DXing over the past four years or so
from trying to find Red Sox games on the clock radio by his bed. (Up
here in the Adirondacks, WTIC has been the most consistent source, but
there have been many nights when propagation vagaries forced him to
search for alternate frequencies.)
Recently he received a portable XM radio and subscription as a gift, so
I suspect his AM DXing days are over -- at least for now. But when I
talk about "selective fade" he knows what I'm referring to....
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