Even though I love music I'm one of those people that doesn't have the patience to constantly create playlists or DJ streaming music in the car. Satellite radio is so much more convenient. The down side has been that the sound quality is pretty horrible.
The only cars I've owned with SiriusXM radios built in have been Volvos - a '13 S60 and a '16 S60. The '13 had the base stereo, and the '16 has the HK system. They both sound good using a CD, USB, or iPod as a source, except for the door rattles on the HK system. But, when listening to satellite it's a different story. I can fiddle with the tone/EQ controls and make it tolerable for low volume background listening, but can't get rid of the obnoxious "underwater" treble artifacts and bass dropout if I actually want to listen to something. One of the reasons I went with a Platinum was to get the better HK system, but if anything it sounds worse on satellite than the base system did. My assumption has been that this is just what you get with the audio compression going on and is the price you pay for convenience.
So, when I recently bought an '18 Jeep Cherokee with the Alpine stereo system, I was shocked at how good SiriusXM sounded on it. There are no compression artifacts, and the EQ settings that work for listening to other sources (USB, iPod) work for satellite too. Then I tried online streaming SiriusXM on my laptop (MacBook Air with a Dragonfly DAC) connected to my home stereo, it also sounded good. About as good as Apple Music streaming on the same setup.
This makes me think that it's not an inherently low quality, over compressed signal that causes the problem, it's a low quality receiver/DAC built into the Volvos.
Anyone else have this experience? Are the newer Volvos with the new Sensus system better?