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XM or Sirus

Does anyoe have either of them, why did you go with one over the other.? Which one is better?

Also is it really worth it?




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I have Sirus. My radio has built in controls for Sirus so I went that way. Only got it because American TV had a sale on the tuner module, $50 for a $150 Kenwood tuner. Sirus costs more per month than XM. Has 100 or so channels to chose from. WhenI got it, Speed CHannel was a channel on there. Now its gone. They revamp their lineup every so often.

As for worth it, if you travel around to areas away from stations you listen to alot, yes. If you like music thats not played much on normal radio, yes. If you have 5000+ MP3's and a radio that plays MP3's, no.D My subcription expires around July. Havent decided if I'm gonna renew for another year.

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I'm still a bit indifferent about paying for radio as spuratic as I use it. I didn't even think you drove your car that much Tony????

Like I said in the other thread....to me it'll be more cost effective and conveinient to catalogue my CD's onto a mini Ipod. Then get an fm transmitter to play it through the car stereo. Then you could have it in your car, your work truck, your wifes truck, and you can even through some earbuds on it and listen to it in the field while your at work.

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I can't see paying a monthly fee to hear the radio. Cable started out like this, pay a montly fee for no commercials. I bet XM and Sirus will start that in a few yrs after they have more people.

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XM 2 words BETTER QualitY.

Really?

Funny that they both have the same sound quality.


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I'm still a bit indifferent about paying for radio as spuratic as I use it. I didn't even think you drove your car that much Tony????

I'm gonna buy it for my work truck. I'm in that thing 10 hours a day in rural central IL. I seem to have developed a serious falling asleep at the wheel problem from the boredom. Need something to listen to, besides just leaving the radio on Scan all day.




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Well then Tony, get it. BOth have news, weather and your favourite Polka channel. D

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There was a good writeup in last months S3 on the two. I have an XM capable radio in the truck but have not yet subscribed. I don't think I will with either. I think its $1o amonth and my commute is way too short. XM is the better of the two from what I remember.
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For your work truck, well I can see your point. You can only listen to CD's so long and I find my self listening to more talk radio now than anything else during the day.

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For your work truck, well I can see your point. You can only listen to CD's so long and I find my self listening to more talk radio now than anything else during the day.

Ya if I had a CD player.

its am/ fm talk radio and country is about all I get




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Ya if I had a CD player.

its am/ fm talk radio and country is about all I get
I thought you had a CD player in the work truck. Well get one then so you don't have to pay a monthly fee then.

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If you want to hear good music with a WIDE variety, satelite is the way to go. It suprises me the quality of music, no matter what music you like. Want to hear bluegrass, you got it, African American folk, no problem, death metal, yup got that too. I hate picking out music so it's nice to have REAL DJ's put together some nice stuff, not whats currently hot like regular radio.

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I think it's time to start looking into XM. I drive quite a bit, love music, and can't stand radio stations for the most part (stop talking and just play the f'ing music!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

I just quickly visited XM's site, I think it's almost guaranteed I'm gonna get it, the variety absolutely rocks.

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A quick question though about XM. Do you have to pay the $10 fee for each receiver you own? So if I were to get a XM-capable head unit in my car, and a receiver for my stereo at home, would I have to pay $20/month?
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A quick question though about XM. Do you have to pay the $10 fee for each receiver you own? So if I were to get a XM-capable head unit in my car, and a receiver for my stereo at home, would I have to pay $20/month?
Can't you get a receiver that comes out of your car and goes in the house so you only need 1?

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Can't you get a receiver that comes out of your car and goes in the house so you only need 1?
yea you can, but what a hassel LOL
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Actually

The first unit cost $10 a month, but additional units are around $4-6?

However,

They have a couple of units that easily transfer from vehicle to vehicle with very little effort.

I have the main unit in my work car, but the smaller Roady is great for switching.

It comes with a cassette adapter, as well as a small magnetic antenna.

If I had to do it over, I would just have the smaller Roady, and buy an additional mount and antenna.

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If I had to do it over, I would just have the smaller Roady, and buy an additional mount and antenna.

Bike to car in a snap.J
Now that what I'm talking about, The stereo on my valkyrie has an aux input that is a headphone jack, that would be perfect. I'm going to look into it today.




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From what I have heard (from a friend of mine who sells high-end car audio equipment for a living...):

Sirius has a "younger" setlist. More Q101/pop/top40 stations. XM has an "older" setlist. They still have the Q101 stuff, but they have a bigger variety of 80s, classic rock, etc. Basically, a better variety.

I have also heard (tho not from my stereo-selling friend) that XM has slightly better audio quality (something about more bandwidth or something.) Either one still sounds 100x better than regular radio IMO.

And as for commercials... XM started off with commercials, to get the business rolling. As of Feb 1st of this year, they have gone 100% completely commercial free.

I want it more, the more I think about it... but I'm going to try to hold off as much as I can. Getting XM means I have to get a new head unit, and I really don't want to spring for that yet. I've already dumped a ton of money on stuff I don't really NEED over the last few months...

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I want it more, the more I think about it... but I'm going to try to hold off as much as I can. Getting XM means I have to get a new head unit, and I really don't want to spring for that yet. I've already dumped a ton of money on stuff I don't really NEED over the last few months...
Not necessarily. You can hardwire the receiver right into your stereo.
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I absolutely love my XM...however, I've never had a chance to sample Sirius. I wanted an Alpine H/U for my car and that made the decision easy...XM!

I don't mean to rehash some of the things that have been mentioned previous...so I'll just make a quick list:

* XM supposedly has better quality due to the larger bandwidth
* XM is now commercial free as of 2/1/04
* Sirius broadcasts a few more R&B/Rap/Techo stations
* Sirius allows you to stream a live-feed off their web site if you are a subscriber where XM only allows you to listen to a prerecoreded set on their web site
* XM allows you to add on another radio for $6.99/mo. on top of the $9.99/mo. you're already paying (off course you can get a better price the longer your subscription package).

I guess what you really need to decide on is what type of hardware you want to use to receive the signal. If you are going to get a new H/U for you're car, you're stuck with what type of signal it can receive since currently no H/U can receive both (I heard rumors that one of the major H/U manufacturers was pushing to allow them to receive both...since both XM and Sirius are requiring a contractural agreement with the manufacturer allowing them to only receive one signal). So just get the radio you are most happy with and subscribe to which ever signal you can get (XM or Sirius). Otherwise you can get something like the XM Delphi or Sirius Plug & Play models and get both a car and home adaptor kit. I wish I had something like this to listen to XM on my home stereo.

Overall, I am extremely happy with XM. I barely ever listen to the radio in my car. On top of that, my Alpine plays CD's and MP3's...I barely ever listen to those formats.

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Not necessarily. You can hardwire the receiver right into your stereo.
Well, the HU I have right now does not have AUX inputs. My only option would be an FM modulator - and I'm not going that route, they sound like shit.

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Well I took the plunge and bought the XM unit today. Got the car kit and installed it all in my truck, I'll be trying it out tomarrow on the way to bloomington. For once I'm actually looking forward to the ride.




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Man this new toy is cool, that ride only felt half as ungodly long

Sound quality is awesome even through my stock ford system, And a hell of a lot more programing is available. it takes an hour to flip through all the channels. This is comparable to when TV whent from Off air broadcast to direct tv. well worth te 9 bucks a month.




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Tony did you hard wire it or just use the cassette adapter?
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Has anyone recently activated their GM XM Sat service? They mention the "possibility" of an activation fee...I want to know what it is. Supposedly I get a free3 month trial, but Id like to know what this activation fee is and whether it might be waived.
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