Originally Posted by skunkd
What I find with the alpine system is that it really depends on the source you are listening to.
Media you load on a stick/sd that is HQ sounds amazing. also Pandora streaming sounds REALLY good.
Sirius sounds like trash, HD radio sounds pretty good, FM/AM sound bad.
So the alpine system is worth it to me if you stream pandora or have high quality mp3's. But it sounds totally different depending on the source. Try it you won't believe the difference. I'm dumbfounded as to why sirius sounds so bad through it. I think when my sirius subscription is up i'm going to sign up for the paid pandora subscription because of how much better it sounds.
I never listen to satellite or radio.
I load MP3s (5GB worth) onto my hard drive (430N) and only listen to them. Most of my MP3s are VBR or CBR @ 320kbps.
I also use software to adjust the gain on the songs so that they are all pretty much around the same volume (instead of some being much louder than the rest).
Just wish the damn radio would show album art. I've gone through all of my songs and ensured that they had album art and it would be nice to be able to view it....