The DRM Consortium really needs to stop using the "near FM" quality label for SW broadcasts. For MW DRM broadcasts, the consortium probably uses the label to equate the lack of noise with "near FM" quality. Although the consortium's approach is rather simplistic, it's probably suitable as a marketing ploy. LoL
Yes, the poor quality of broadcasters' feeds is the main problem with digital AM, just like analog AM. Basically, broadcasters are lazy and don't care enough about their signals to monitor them for quality. Should we, as potential listeners, care enough about such broadcasters to listen to them?