XM vs Sirius Satellite Radio

Written by bradley james


So you want to switch to satellite radio, but you aren't sure with which service to go with? Two ofrepparttar biggest names in satellite radio today, XM and Sirius, both offer a large variety of music stations that you would never hear on regular commercial radio. And most ofrepparttar 135698 music channels, for both services, are commercial free. Of course, nothing is truely free. Both Sirius and XM charge you a service fee to listen to their music channels - someone has to pay for those satellites!

So what isrepparttar 135699 difference between Sirius and XM?

First of all, Sirius and XM both offerrepparttar 135700 same commercial-free music service broadcasted via satellites. Sirius offers 120 channels, or feeds, of music, sports, and entertainment programming. For this service, Sirius charges a flat monthly subscription fee of $12.95 for residents ofrepparttar 135701 continental US. XM currently charges, onrepparttar 135702 other hand, has 122 channels broadcasting similar content (68 of which are music channels), and charge a slightly smaller monthly fee: $9.95. XM currently hasrepparttar 135703 largest share inrepparttar 135704 satellite marked with 2 million customers.

So why does Sirius charge more? Sirius claims to have superior sound quality thanks to their statistical multiplexing technology, which provides additional bandwidth across all SIRIUS streams. This is supposed to increase overall sound quality and resolution. There has been little feedback however, to verify whether or not this system really enhances sound quality to a noticeable degree. In addition, Sirius is offering free audio feeds throughrepparttar 135705 internet to its paying customers, something XM charges a couple dollars a month extra for. So if you plan on listening torepparttar 135706 radio viarepparttar 135707 net often, you can expect to pay aboutrepparttar 135708 same no matter which company you go with. Sirius also claims to have 24 hour customer service - something XM radio has yet to fully achieve. Oh, and one more thing. Sirius has 2 NPR channels, for you NPR fans out there: NPR Now and NPR Talk. Pretty cool.

Compare LCD vs DLP TVs

Written by bradley james


What arerepparttar differences between DLP and LCD TVs, and which isrepparttar 135697 better choice for you?

LCD vs. Plasma to LCD vs. DLP

Two new technologies inrepparttar 135698 world of TV, DLP and LCD, are now in a tight competition. Not long ago, everyone was talking about Plasma vs. LCD - which one would win? It became clear to most that Plasma, with its short lifespan of just 3-4 years, was simply notrepparttar 135699 best choice. In fact,repparttar 135700 LCD screen has several benefits over plasma. For instance, LCD screens run much cooler thanrepparttar 135701 average plasma TV, and thus require less power to operate. Plasma TVs run so hot, in fact, that they require a fan to cool them down which can be noisy. In addition, plasma screens have a tendency to degrade over time, slowly becoming dimmer. LCD screens, onrepparttar 135702 other hand, run relatively cool, and do not degrade over time. Some Plasma owners, who have used their TVs for a few years now, have already witnessedrepparttar 135703 dimming of their screens. Also, LCD screens tend to have overall better picture quality, and are typically 10 to 15 percent lighter than plasma. Nowrepparttar 135704 choice is mainly between LCD vs. DLP - two distinct technologies that offer slight differences in display, price, and performance. If you are looking to buy a new flatscreen TV this year, you are probably wondering which one is right for you.

What are DLP, LCD TV Screens?

DLP stands for Digital Light Processing, while LCD stands for Liquid Crystal Display. DLP technology, developed by Texas Instruments, uses a DMD, or Digital Micromirror Device, contructed of 1.3 million microscopic mirrors. Each of these mirrors is essentially a single pixel. When a digital signal entersrepparttar 135705 DLP system, each mirror is either activated or not, resulting in tapestry of mirrors tilting either towardsrepparttar 135706 DLP light source or away. This process produces different levels of light and dark reflected by each individual mirror. The colors are produced whenrepparttar 135707 DLP light sources run through a red, green, and blue color filter on a moving wheel. Depending onrepparttar 135708 lightness/ darkness of each mirror,repparttar 135709 colors come in an enormous amount of shades, producing vivid color images.

Cont'd on page 2 ==>
 
ImproveHomeLife.com © 2005
Terms of Use