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John Albert <j.albertsnet.net> wrote in message news:<3EE5EB03.61337871snet.net>... > Hello all - > > I see that XM Radio offers a USB-based hookup into computers: > <http://xmradio.com/xmpcr> > > But... it seems to require software to operate, and -- of course -- they only > offer a Windoze version of the necessary software. > > XM offers a "home" kit to get the signal from their "SKYFi" receiver into a > home stereo, but it is "og only", with the only outputs standard RCA-type > connectors. I _assume_ that the "computer kit" offered above -- being USB > based -- is ...

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    Default Re: XM Radio into the Mac digitally?

    John Albert <j.albertsnet.net> wrote in message news:<3EE5EB03.61337871snet.net>...
    > Hello all -
    >
    > I see that XM Radio offers a USB-based hookup into computers:
    > <http://xmradio.com/xmpcr>
    >
    > But... it seems to require software to operate, and -- of course -- they only
    > offer a Windoze version of the necessary software.
    >
    > XM offers a "home" kit to get the signal from their "SKYFi" receiver into a
    > home stereo, but it is "og only", with the only outputs standard RCA-type
    > connectors. I _assume_ that the "computer kit" offered above -- being USB
    > based -- is sending an actual "digital" signal directly to the computer (i.e.,
    > without any "digital-to-og" conversion).
    >
    > Has anyone found a way to get the XM signal into the Mac _digitally_, without conversion?
    >
    > Thanks,
    > - John
    The xmpcr does not send digital music to the pc through the usb cable.
    You have to use the stereo og output. The usb connection is used
    to communicate with and control the xmpcr module.

    Kevin
    Kevin Guest

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    Default Re: XM Radio into the Mac digitally?

    Kevin wrote:
    << The xmpcr does not send digital music to the pc through the usb cable.
    You have to use the stereo og output. The usb connection is used to
    communicate with and control the xmpcr module>>

    So -- even with the "xmpcr" the actual input signal -- even to a Windowz PC
    -- is still only "og audio"?

    In that case, there would currently be _no_ option available to "port" a
    "direct digital" signal output into a Mac (or a PC). One could do just as
    well on the Mac by buying the "home audio" option (i.e., stereo) and
    running that into an og input, or into a minidisc recorder.

    My "goal" was to get XM up and running, then to "export" the signal into my
    minidisc recorder -- ending up with MD's of satellite radio broadcasts. I
    record Internet streaming audio to minidisc using this procedure:
    1. Broadband connection to net
    2. 9600 (g4 upgraded) with a PCI/USB card providing a USB audio signal
    "out"
    3. USB signal into an Onkyo SE-U55 "external USB sound card"
    4. Digital output from SE-U55 to digital input of MD recorder
    The results are astoundingly good -- better than any FM broadcast, even
    when utilizing lower streaming bit rates, such as 64kbps. At 128kbps, it
    rivals "CD quality". I didn't say "equals", but rather, "close".

    Having said that, I understand that XM (or SIRIUS) signal quality is very
    good; I would expect that it surpasses even the highest-quality FM input
    signal.

    Even without a direct-digital signal, I suspect the finished product would
    yield excellent results.

    For MD recording with the "home audio kit", I guess the Mac can be
    "bypassed": just run the output from the home kit directly into the MD
    recorder's og inputs (or run the output into the og input of the
    Onkyo card, then through the digital outputs into the MD digital input).
    Perhaps a simple og connection would work best in this case, given a
    good og signal to begin with.

    Has anyone out there tried recording satellite radio "through" the Mac yet?

    Thanks,
    - John

    John Albert Guest

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