You may have seen me talk about XM radio in a thread I posted a few months ago in this forum area. Many of you were subjected to my raves about this fairly new satellite offering, and now for a second time, I am going to talk a little more about my new favorite toy. First of all, I need to make something clear. I am not being paid by XM RADIO to write this review. I don't own stock in the company. XM RADIO doesn't even have a clue as to who I am. The reason I chose to write this review is solely based on my love and confidence in this product. To tell you how much XM RADIO has changed my life, I need to start from the very beginning.... SATELLITE RADIO - THE NEXT BUZZ? Imagine a radio station that can broadcast its signal from more than 22,000 miles away and then come through on your car or home radio with complete clarity. A few years ago I had heard about two companies that were about to introduce a revolutionary new audio product for the automobile. The competing companies, XM Radio and Sirius Radio were betting that consumers would gladly pay a monthly fee for a hundred channels of digital-quality audio delivered to their car. For me, the coming of satellite radio was one that I welcomed with open arms -- especially for the fact that I love listening to music in my car and home. Last year's Christmas present to myself turned out to be the purchase of an XM RADIO unit for my car. Unfortunately, I did very little research before I went out to Circuit City and paid $200 for a Pioneer FM modulated unit. Once installed, I found myself extremely happy with the selection of music, but not very happy with the fact that I was listening to FM-quality radio. After doing research on various XM Radio forums, I discovered that the only way to get digital-quality music was to buy an entirely new head unit for the car and have the system hardwired. This proved to be a rather expensive purchase, as I spent $380 on an Alpine 7894 head unit (I wanted MP3 playback capability), and had XM hardwired in my car. In addition, I had an old subwoofer boombox placed in my car with a brand new power amp. By the time I was done I spent a little over $1,000. The end result was pure audio nirvana! I have spent the last two months totally engrossed in XM Radio. From the moment I get in my car to the moment I arrive at work, the radio is blasting digital music that sounds so incredibly close to CD quality that most people will not be able to tell the difference. Since installing XM Radio, I have not played a single CD in my car nor turned on an FM radio station. I'm not quite done with my story yet, but I need to break here to tell you about how I turned my brother onto XM Radio.... My Brother gets XM Radio While my brother was up for the holidays, I started bragging about my new XM Radio system. Since he loves music just as much as I do, he was curious to see what it was all about. We sat in my car one morning and rolled around the dial, sampling different types of music from rock to classical to jazz. My brother was so impressed with the sound quality and selection of music that we ended up in Circuit City later that afternoon to buy him a unit. My brother opted for the Delphi SkyFi unit. This portable unit with its huge display and ease of installation was the perfect thing for his Honda. He didn't want to spend the money for hardwired installation, and the fact that the SkyFi unit plugged into his cassette adapter made it the perfect choice at a great price of under $200. I was a little skeptical about how well the SkyFi unit would perform through a cassette adapter, but when I heard the crystal-clear audio playing through his speakers and saw the smile that lit up on his face, I knew that my brother was satisfied. XM Radio in my home This past week, while browsing through the XM Radio website, I saw an offer where XM Radio was allowing you to add a second player to your home or car with no activation fee and 3 months of free service. I thought it would be a great idea to buy a Delphi SkyFi unit for my home, since I spend my day sitting at my computer listening to music anyway. I went out and spent $200 on the SkyFi tuner and home adapter kit. It took me a mere 10 minutes to set it all up, and soon after activating with the folks at XM Radio, I was having digital audio pumped through the boombox that sits above my desk. The audio quality is outstanding. Through this boombox there is no distinguishable difference between CD and XM Radio. It would be very difficult for anyone to be able to tell the difference if both were played side-by-side. Now, my entire day is XM Radio enriched. The music starts at 4am when I sit at my desk and turn on my computer. It continues at 6am when I get in my car and drive to work. It continues at 3:30pm when I drive home. Finally, I rock myself into the evening playing my XM Radio while I sit at my desk managing this forum or writing a review. Why XM Radio? I have heard the argument that any radio broadcast that you have to pay for isn't worth the price. I dare anyone that is a current satellite radio owner to make that claim. Let's face it -- broadcast radio stinks. Over the past decade, corporate owned radio stations have become tiresome to the ears. The stations are more interested in commercials and shorter play lists than catering to the musical needs of its audience. What satellite radio offers is 100 channels of programming catered to every variety of taste. No matter what your personal taste is, there is a station dedicated to it. My favorite station is The 70s decade channel. Here is a station that plays all the music I grew up with. What's great about this station is that the cuts go so deep that you'll find yourself hearing music that you probably haven't heard in decades. The channel has lots of personality playing movie and news sound bytes from the era as well as Class Reunion countdowns. If I have problems remembering the name of a song or its artist, the large display on my SkyFi unit spells it all out. Whatever era best describes you can be found here -- there's channels dedicated to the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. There's Classic Rock, Progressive Rock, New Age Rock, Deep Cuts, Folk Music, Country Music (Old and New), Love songs, classical music, soul music, disco, Broadway music and so much more! Those of you who love film as much as I do will savor the Cinemagic channel which plays the best movie music of all-time 24 hours a day. There are even channels dedicated to old time radio programs, CNN & Fox news, weather, Bloomberg Financial and even a comedy channel that plays uncensored stand-up. Though many of the channels are commercial-free, those channels that do have paid advertising only play such advertisements at a rate of 2 minutes per hour. Trust me when I tell you that you'll rarely even notice the commercial breaks that occur here. The cost of XM RADIO is a mere $10 per month. Unfortunately, should you buy an additional unit for the home as I did, you will have to pay an extra $10 on top of that. The most economical way to have XM RADIO for both car and home is with the portable Delphi SKYFi unit. Unfortunately, those with very good ears may not enjoy XM-RADIO in their car unless it is hardwired. In that case, the Delphi SkyFi unit may not be the best choice for the car, but a great choice for the home. I hope that through this review that I may be able to persuade many of you to think about satellite radio and some of the benefits it offers. I would bet that every single one of you who owns a Home Theater is just as much a fan of quality music as I am. If this is the case, satellite radio may have a sweet spot in your future.