prosa
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Satellite Radio

Mon Jul 26, 2004 11:30 am

Does anyone else have it? I got XM satellite radio as an early birthday gift a couple of months ago, and now I can't imagine how anyone can stand broadcast radio. Over 100 commercial-free channels with more variety than you can imagine - just in the last couple of days, I have listed to channels featuring classic Country & Western, new age, Broadway show tunes, African music, opera arias, and electronica. Try finding that on the broadcast dial!
XM's cost is quite reasonable. You can get a receiver for about $100, and the service is $10 per month. It's a wise investment, and my only regret is that I don't spend *more* time in the car to listen to it!
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BOEING747-700
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RE: Satellite Radio

Mon Jul 26, 2004 11:34 am

Its came with my car but I dont think I want to pay for it.
 
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RE: Satellite Radio

Mon Jul 26, 2004 11:45 am


I won't buy it until it's portable. I heard that by the end of the year one will be for sale!
 
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RE: Satellite Radio

Mon Jul 26, 2004 11:50 am

I have been an XM customer for over 2 years. I wouldn't be without it.
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RE: Satellite Radio

Mon Jul 26, 2004 12:09 pm

Another great feature with XM is the individual traffic reports for many major cities. It gets continually updated, and I have found it to be very accurate.
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RE: Satellite Radio

Mon Jul 26, 2004 12:14 pm

XM also provides download for real-time weather to various in-cockpit devices. Looks very promising.
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prosa
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RE: Satellite Radio

Mon Jul 26, 2004 12:49 pm

Another great feature with XM is the individual traffic reports for many major cities. It gets continually updated, and I have found it to be very accurate.

Continual updates are something notably lacking with broadcast radio traffic reports. A major disadvantage, of course, as traffic conditions are scarcely static.
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RE: Satellite Radio

Mon Jul 26, 2004 1:08 pm

I have Sirius in my car.

Much better than XM. For one, NO Channel has commericials unlike XM.
$9.99 for 12 months + equipment free through Circuit City which I work for.

Same traffic on Sirius, channels are better IMO. Especially that we have XM and Sirius and ive been listening to both for quite a while.

BTW, you can get a Sirius or XM boombox, make it portable...
 
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RE: Satellite Radio

Mon Jul 26, 2004 8:27 pm

I've tried it a couple times in rental cars from Hertz and didn't find it all that great. The time delay when switching stations is annoying as is the fact that going under a bridge, between very tall building or in a tunnel causes you to lose a signal.

The channel selection is awesome but there are some big drawbacks.

Overall, if it's included in the car I get from Hertz, then I use it. If not, I wouldn't pay a penny more for it OR buy it for my own car.

 
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RE: Satellite Radio

Mon Jul 26, 2004 9:57 pm

Is it really $10 per month....or are there taxes/fees added to your bill?
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prosa
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RE: Satellite Radio

Tue Jul 27, 2004 11:34 am

I've tried it a couple times in rental cars from Hertz and didn't find it all that great. The time delay when switching stations is annoying as is the fact that going under a bridge, between very tall building or in a tunnel causes you to lose a signal.

Minor annoyances, but I find them no big deal.

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RE: Satellite Radio

Tue Jul 27, 2004 12:04 pm

I love XM. I have an old set, probably one of the first, and when I turn my car on, I always hear this really loud static... like when you hit a wrong TV channel. I always figured it was the radio unit locking onto the satelite and starting the download, but rather annoying. That's my only complaint btw  Big grin.

Have the newer models got a quicker load time than my old unit by any chance?
 
LOT767-300ER
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RE: Satellite Radio

Tue Jul 27, 2004 4:53 pm

$10 if you get Sirius for 1 year, no taxes. One time activation is $5 on Internet and $10 or $15 on the phone.

My sirius audiovox unit takes maybe 2-3 seconds to lock onto the satellite and start playing.
 
tanyaluvs2fly
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RE: Satellite Radio

Tue Jul 27, 2004 7:34 pm

I just got XM radio a week ago.. bought it online... I love it.. no delays, very clear... I love the comedy channels  Smile this is the one that i got (hopefully link works) http://www.xmradio.com/roady/

only $9.99 a month... cant beat that... I havent listened to my local radio in a week  Smile
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