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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 03-31-2004, 01:25 AM Thread Starter
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I can't take it any more. The radio is so f*cking horrible, I have decided to start paying for programming. I am looking to get a unit installed in my car. What's the skinny on these options --XM, Sirius? What's your experience and preference? Any info is greatly appreciated. If they would bring back ENERGY 927and5 already, I wouldn't have to post about this

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xm was pretty cool. we had that to play with in our avis car rental during a ski trip a little while ago.

not really sure on the difference in content on both services. I think xm is a lower monthly service fee than sirius
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if they brought back 92.5 Energy i'd appreciate the fact most bikes don't have a radio even more...

no offense bro, but if i need to take x to enjoy the music, it's not worth it.

Now bring on Ozzy and Axel.

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stamp a on that last comment Satellite has channels for Ozzy and Axel.



It seems price wise, for the player and plan, the two are very similar. Both offer about the same # of channels.

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I use XM everyday and love it. Your best bet is to lool at the channel line up on both providers websites and see which offeres more channels catering to your choices.




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I can tell you that Xm has 3 damce stations, one of which is a perfect replacement for 92.7 and 5, the other is more of a trace electronica staiton which I also like. then theres a station called "the bone yard" which is all old hair bands those are the main stations I check out, If nothing good is on those I'm flipping thoeugh a hundred other stations




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alpine has a new headunit with built in XM, not XM ready controller, BUILT IN XM. That's super pimp.

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I'm close to getting XM for my car. I'm very tired of the radio.
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I have Sirius. My Kenwood headunit controlls the tuner. If you are a serious NFL fan, Sirius just got the rights to satellite broadcast EVERY NFL game for the next 8yrs. XM is $10/month and Sirius is $14/month. You can buy a lifetime subcription to Sirius for $500. I dont know if XM offers that. I might go that route next year when it comes up for renewal. The only grip I have is, they wont send me a bill that I can just send a check for.

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I was almost swayed by the NFL thing with Sirus, but then I thought about it, How often am I just sitting in my car on sundays in football season. I'm either at home in front of my big screen or at the bar surrounded by big screens.




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To those that have Satellite radio, did you do your own install or did you have it "Professionally" installed. I looked at the How To manuals online, it looks simple, but XM and Sirius recommend a Professional install. I guess they recommend a Prof install because setting the antenna can be tricky as to get the best signal. Any thoughts?
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I'm still a bigger fan of XM but just found out this morning that Sirius has an agreement with Dish Network in place now. I just looked and have an additional 61 music channels on the Dish guide

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I thought one was comercial free broadcasting. Is that still true?
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Got Sirius installed in my girlfriends car about two weeks ago. I love the programming! Nice change to radio play.

XM is commercial free, Sirius has "announcements" inbetween songs. Sirius has less channels, but better quality channels than XM. XM head units/players are much better looking than the Sirius players.

Get those antennas installe don the roof. Reception is bad if it is installed anywhere else.

"includes 10 used-car dealers or auto repair shops, 11 liquor stores and bars--two of which advertise lingerie fashion shows and a third billed as a "gentlemen's club"--three cut-rate motels and one trailer park. The squat, brick municipal building is next to a currency exchange and a few steps from an adult video store. The bars open at 10 a.m. and close at 6:30 a.m."

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They both commercial free. That's why there is a monthly fee.
Sirius is not commercial free.

"includes 10 used-car dealers or auto repair shops, 11 liquor stores and bars--two of which advertise lingerie fashion shows and a third billed as a "gentlemen's club"--three cut-rate motels and one trailer park. The squat, brick municipal building is next to a currency exchange and a few steps from an adult video store. The bars open at 10 a.m. and close at 6:30 a.m."

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Sirius is not commercial free.
well, then what is there to think about. ya can pay more and get commercials, or less and not get them.
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XM is commercial free on the music station but not the talk or comedy.
I havr the XM roady kit which uses a small FM transmitter to broadcast to a FM station on your radio (6 to choose from, and you can switch if there is interferance)
Installation is 5 mins and can be switched from car to car. Quality is not a high as having it hard wired but if you have more than one car its worth it

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Get a mp3 player and be done with it. 150+ songs on a single CD at 5mins a song thats about a little over 12 hours of music on a single cd. How much more do you need? Make 3-4 CDs and you'll be set.

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that's fine if you like listening to the stuff you have over and over. other times it's nice to veg out and listen to tunes and remember what you were doing when you first heard it
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Sirius is not commercial free.


Like XM, the music stations on Sirius are. 65 out of 110 streams are commercial free.

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I sell both in my shop. XM seems to sell better in my market.

Sirius has NFL, but, XM has Nascar (and Playboy for an extra $10/month). Sirius also has OutQ, the gay and lesbian radio channel. Will that help you make your decision?

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I have Sirius and my g/f has XM
Sirius has the 80's rock station Hair Nation (stream 23) and new metal Octane (stream 20) which i listen to all the time.. as well as the two comedy stations Cracked Up Comedy and Raw Dog (uncensored)

XM doesnt have any stations i like... and i think Sirius has better quality but it might just be my car stereo setup
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I have Sirius and my g/f has XM
Sirius has the 80's rock station Hair Nation (stream 23) and new metal Octane (stream 20) which i listen to all the time.. as well as the two comedy stations Cracked Up Comedy and Raw Dog (uncensored)

XM doesnt have any stations i like... and i think Sirius has better quality but it might just be my car stereo setup
Ever try stream 27?D One of my favs when I actually listen to sat radio.

Sirius really pissed me off. When I signed up in april last year, they said I get 2 months free. SO I should be getting a notice this month about renewing it. Nope. Never even got an email. Checking teh CC statement, I see they CHARGED for another year in april. Considering I wanted to drop my subscription due to lack of interest right now in listening to it. I have a mp3 capable head unit and 8 CDs full of mp3's with 160-180 songs on each. SO why would i need teh radio? Just got it to try out. They had speed channel when I got it, but thats now gone. Gonna send them a letter in feb to drop my subscription. Why bother fighting it now? Too much of a fucking headache to do that for $149.

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Just got Sirius and I love it. Have it in the Car, Garage, and wired into the computer (although thats not necessary because you can log into the website and listen). Only complaint is that the head unit it a little bulky for my little civic. Reception was great, even during the worst part of the storm yesterday! Installed it myself and it was simple.
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Just got Sirius and I love it. Have it in the Car, Garage, and wired into the computer (although thats not necessary because you can log into the website and listen). Only complaint is that the head unit it a little bulky for my little civic. Reception was great, even during the worst part of the storm yesterday! Installed it myself and it was simple.
Yeah, the Sirius head units are HUGE. They are supposed to be coming out with more stylish and smaller ones. Just curious, where did you mount your antenna? Trunk or Roof? My girl has hers on the trunk and gets bad reception near business districts.

"includes 10 used-car dealers or auto repair shops, 11 liquor stores and bars--two of which advertise lingerie fashion shows and a third billed as a "gentlemen's club"--three cut-rate motels and one trailer park. The squat, brick municipal building is next to a currency exchange and a few steps from an adult video store. The bars open at 10 a.m. and close at 6:30 a.m."

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The choice is yours. Thank you I own stock in both!!! Got into Xm at 5 a share and sirius at .80 a share, check what they are now, youll be suprised.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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