XM Radio any good?

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  1. Tim Kline

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    wondering if anyone here has one or has experience with XM Radio? I'm thinking about getting it in my car.

    How much does it cost? Is it worth it? I only really want it for the Metal station, which is something local radio around here doesn't and will never have. I have a CD Player in my car but sometimes I like to hear a good mix of songs instead of the same few bands over and over for the whole trip. If I'm driving down the highway in the middle of a huge thunderstorm, will the radio work? Will I be able to get local stations if I want to just like a normal radio?

    At Best Buy today they had a Sony one for $250, that looked cool, had XM, CD, MP3, etc, and the guy said it's $70 for the antenna. is that antenna built into the car somehow or is it just some kind of strong magnet that sticks to your roof? I work in the middle of the city and I'd hate for someone to steal it off my car...

    So, anyone know if it's worth getting?
     
  2. Scott L

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    Whatever you do do NOT get a Sony deck. The XM RF Modulator unit is ok, but everyone I have talked has had bad experiences with Sony head units. I was even suprised when I reinstalled my facotry stereo and took out my Sony HU, sounded much more clearer and clean.
    I'd check out the Alpine, Eclipse, or Kenwood XM models as they are very good CD players. I know Pioneers have XMs but only their higher end ($600+) models are worth looking at.
    As for XM Radio itself just about everything I've heard is positive. I think it's around $10/mo and the music is compressed to around 56kb/sec. Still probably sounds better than scratchy FM/AM.
    Edit- Buying your stuff online will save you up to 35% on most things:
    www.carmedia1.com
    www.zebaudio.com
    www.ikesound.com
     
  3. Henry Carmona

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    Just got a Pioneer 8400

    Waiting for the XM digital receiver to arrive so i can subscribe.

    Its only about $10.00 a month.

    The Pioneer 8400 is a great unit which also plays MP3's

    Retails for over $500.00 but i got a brand new one online for $389.00.
     
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    I love the music playlist on Sirius's Satellite Radio. They don't have commercials, which XM does, but they do cost $3 more a month. I have heard the XM has a lot of Clear Channel rebroadcast.
     
  5. Ryan Witt

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    I have recently heard (from an ex-Circuit City salesman) that Sony will be quitting the Car audio biz.

    Don't know if it's true, but that would affect wether I would purchase the Sony or not.
     
  6. Eric Kahn

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    I am waiting for Sirius because of the fact that XM is part owned by clear channel, the people who ruined broadcast radio
     
  7. Rob TT

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    I recently looked into getting XM for my car and was a little disappointed. I have a $320 Alpine and in order to get XM, I would have to buy the $70 dollar antenna, and a $260 processor. I think 7 out of the ten rock stations were commercial free. The part that I didn't like is that you have to mount a antenna (a little bigger than a computer mouse) on top of your car. I have a Trans Am and it would just look stupid. The antenna has to be in line of sight to the satellite, so you cannot hide it anywhere. If you have an SUV or something, you can easily hide it in the roof rack area. After you mount it, you still have to run a cable from it. Usually a thin strip of plastic. They do make antennas that mount to glass, but they're kind of bulky looking. Depending on what city you live in, tall buildings can interrupt the signal along with parking garages, long overpasses, mountains.(just remember, the antenna has to "see" the satellite) You cannot pick up local radio stations through satellite. If these conditions don't effect you, I say go for it.
     
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    I have the Terk TRK-SR1 XM Satellite Radio Glass-Mount Antenna
    Its 9" long and works with any XM radio.
    [​IMG]
     
  10. Ted Lee

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    what's the deal (or hatred) of clear-channel? i'm not hip to that story...
     
  11. Tim Kline

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    so I have to buy a new radio, a processor and an antenna? I kinda figured it would all be built into the radio.

    If I don't like XM 6 months after I buy it, can I switch to another provider later on, or do I have to buy a whole new radio, processor and antenna to do that?
     
  12. Todd Hochard

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    Well, lessee... From their website:
     
  13. Ted Lee

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    thanks todd -

    now that you mention it, i think i saw an expose on these guys. something about how they're totally taking over...to the point where they own the billboards that advertise their stations, etc...

    when i saw the word synergy it made me think of the story...they focused on that word too.
     
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    Clear Channel and Infinity broadcasting have pretty much sucked what little life was left out of commercial radio broadcasting. I just read an article the other day that talks about how some of their bad tactics are now working their way into NPR/non-commercial stations.

    Personally, I rarely listen to the radio, much less commercial radio. I prefer NPR or news/talk if the radio is on, but I have lots of CD's, internet radio, and the Music Choice digital that I get with Time Warner.

    I hope Sirius eventually rolls out nationwide, and that they maintain a wide variety of commerical-free stations.
     

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