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XM Satellite Radio

I finally broke down and bought XM. Probably one of the best investments I've made so far :)

I first mounted it to the vent with the included vent adapter and that just looked way ghetto. So, I went out, bought the direct wire fm modulator kit and installed it over where the air bag on off switch is. I'm so impressed with how it turned out, looks professionally installed!!!











All the wires, harnesses and such are behind the radio bezel. The antenna is hidden in the headliner and for now is poking out the window until NJ thaws out and I can do it the right way out of the 3rd brake like.
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NJ thaws out?! What's that about?

Very cool install. What sent you in the XM route instead of Sirius?
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Not too sure. A few people have it at work and recommended it, so I picked it up :)
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i love my XM, i have it hard wired into pioneer head unit, so there are no separate displays, i love it!
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We have Sirius radio in our house but not in our cars. Plus my parents got thsi 1500 dollar Bose home system so I can really get it pumpin. Its kinda a downer though cuz people want me to throw parties in my house but I cant because my parents/sister are always home. I plan on getting Sirius radio for my truck when I get some money but I'm sorta always poor so my b-day will probably come first. It looks sweet in your truck, too bad the face of that thing didn't light up like Sirius or probably other XM models do. Very sweet though!

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It does light up, seven different colors, looks real sharp. Just took the pics in bright daylight :)
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We have Sirius radio in our house but not in our cars. Plus my parents got thsi 1500 dollar Bose home system so I can really get it pumpin. Its kinda a downer though cuz people want me to throw parties in my house but I cant because my parents/sister are always home. I plan on getting Sirius radio for my truck when I get some money but I'm sorta always poor so my b-day will probably come first. It looks sweet in your truck, too bad the face of that thing didn't light up like Sirius or probably other XM models do. Very sweet though!

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My head unit is "Sirius equipt" but i never really looked into it that much. I probably should though.

That thing looks pretty sharp. Get some night time pics.
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how much for that little thing? that looks cool!

u still have to pay for the subscription, dont u?
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Can someone tell me which in their opinon is better XM or Sirius!!!

XM is cheaper but Sirius has more channels (i think) and Howard Stern ^_^
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i know that sirius has a lot more satellites....but xm is more common now a days.....
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i know that sirius has a lot more satellites....but xm is more common now a days.....
One is a lot?

Sirius has nearly doubled it's subscribers in the past 6 months. I don't know how XM is doing. Last I heard Sirius had 1 million and XM had 3.2 million.
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One is a lot?

Sirius has nearly doubled it's subscribers in the past 6 months. I don't know how XM is doing. Last I heard Sirius had 1 million and XM had 3.2 million.
well when you compare 2 against 3, 1 does make a big differecnce but in the satalite world probably not much, However I don't know who has more repeaters though
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No, it really doesn't make much difference. Why? Because XM's two satellites are in geosync orbits, which means they are ALWAYS over the continental US. The Sirius satellites are however not! The Sirius satellites are in orbits calculated such that at least two satellites are over the continental US at any given time. I've heard people argue that the Sirius setup promises better reception because the XM satellites are low in the sky, comparitively. I have never used or even seen an operational XM setup, so I can't comment directly on it, but I buy the argument..

I would ignore ground repeaters. They are only in urban areas. I don't think I've ever used a ground repeater, although I could be wrong. My friend who has a handheld XM set tells me XM has some ground repeaters in Boston, but none around here. And Nashua is still a pretty urban area.
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My parents connect with a ground repeater with Sirius at their house.

The Sirius satellites are always moving and changing signal strength. If you have a weak connection the signal will come and go at certain times during the day.
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the 2 satalites over the US is a huge advantage over xm (not taking repeaters into account).

But they are probably pretty damn close to the quality. The main thing would be the features each offer would be
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But again, XM also has two satallites over the US. The difference is that the XM satellites are usually lower in the horizon (because they are in a geosync orbit over the equator).
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yeah your right I was having a brain fart with the GEO satalites
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how much for that little thing? that looks cool!

u still have to pay for the subscription, dont u?

The unit is on sale for $99.00 from $129.00 at Best Buy. Yes, you need to pay the $9.99 a month for standard subscription but it's worth every penny. I think it's like $2.99 extra for a few premium channels, mostly for Opie & Anthony. I'm not paying for that, I rarely listen to morning talk, just BBC and news really aside from music. Here's the channel line-up for XM. Not really sure about Sirius.

Ch 4 The 40s Decades Big Bands & Hits of the 40s Show Schedule Listen
Ch 5 The 50s Decades Early Rock 'n Roll Show Schedule Listen
Ch 6 The 60s Decades The Authentic 60s Sound Show Schedule Listen
Ch 7 The 70s Decades Best of the 70s Show Schedule Listen
Ch 8 The 80s Decades The Awesome 80s Show Schedule Listen
Ch 9 The 90s Decades The 90s Live on 9 Show Schedule Listen
Ch 10 America Country Classic Country Show Schedule Listen
Ch 11 Nashville! Country Round the Clock Country Hits Listen
Ch 12 X Country Country Progressive Country Show Schedule Listen
Ch 13 Hank's Place Country Old Time Country Show Schedule Listen
Ch 14 Bluegrass Junction Country From Bluegrass to Newgrass Show Schedule Listen
Ch 15 The Village Country A Celebration of Folk Music Show Schedule Listen
Ch 16 Highway 16 Country Top Country Hits Show Schedule Listen
Ch 20 Top 20 on 20 Hits Interactive Top-20 Countdown Listen
Ch 21 KISS Hits Pop Hits of the NOW Millenium! Listen
Ch 22 MIX Hits Pop Music Mix Listen
Ch 23 The Heart Hits All Love Songs 24/7 Show Schedule Listen
Ch 24 Sunny Hits Beautiful Music Listen
Ch 25 The Blend Hits Adult Contemporary Show Schedule Listen
Ch 27 Cinemagic Hits Escape into the Movies Show Schedule Listen
Ch 28 On Broadway Hits Broadway & Showtunes Listen
Ch 29 U-Pop Hits From the World's Pop Charts Show Schedule Listen
Ch 31 The Torch Christian Christian Music that Rocks Show Schedule Listen
Ch 32 The Fish Christian Adult Contemporary Christian Listen
Ch 33 Spirit Christian Glorious Gospel Listen
Ch 40 Deep Tracks Rock Deep Album Cuts Show Schedule Listen
Ch 41 Boneyard Rock Stadium Rock and Hairbands Show Schedule Listen
Ch 42 XM Liquid Metal Rock Industrial Strength Metal Show Schedule Listen
Ch 43 XMU Rock New Music... Now Listen
Ch 44 Fred Rock Classic Alternative Show Schedule Listen
Ch 45 XM Cafe Rock Mellow Alternative Show Schedule Listen
Ch 46 Top Tracks Rock Classic Album Cuts Listen
Ch 47 Ethel Rock Alternative Hits Listen
Ch 48 Squizz Rock Hard Alternative Show Schedule Listen
Ch 50 The Loft Rock Singers & Songwriters Show Schedule Listen
Ch 51 XM Music Lab Rock Progressive Rock & Fusion Show Schedule Listen
Ch 52 Unsigned Rock Unsigned Bands Only! Show Schedule Listen
Ch 53 Fungus Rock Punk/Hardcore/Ska Show Schedule Listen
Ch 54 Lucy Rock Classic Alt Hits Listen
Ch 60 Soul Street Urban The Greatest Soul Music of All Time Show Schedule Listen
Ch 61 The Flow Urban Neo Soul Show Schedule Listen
Ch 62 Suite 62 Urban Urban Adult Show Schedule Listen
Ch 64 The Groove Urban Old School R&B Show Schedule Listen
Ch 65 The Rhyme Urban Hip Hop from Day One Show Schedule Listen
Ch 66 RAW Urban Uncensored Hip Hop Show Schedule Listen
Ch 67 The City Urban Urban Top 40 Show Schedule Listen
Ch 70 Real Jazz Jazz & Blues Traditional Jazz Show Schedule Listen
Ch 71 Watercolors Jazz & Blues Easy Jazz Show Schedule Listen
Ch 72 Beyond Jazz Jazz & Blues Contempory Eclectic Jazz Show Schedule Listen
Ch 73 Frank's Place Jazz & Blues Sinatra & Friends Listen
Ch 74 Bluesville Jazz & Blues Capital of the Blues Show Schedule Listen
Ch 75 Hear Music™ Lifestyle The Voice of Music at Starbucks Listen
Ch 76 Fine Tuning Lifestyle Eclectic Mix from Celtic to the Blues Show Schedule Listen
Ch 77 Audio Visions Lifestyle Cerebral New Age Show Schedule Listen
Ch 80 The Move Dance Underground Dance Show Schedule Listen
Ch 81 BPM Dance Club Hits Show Schedule Listen
Ch 82 The System Dance Electronica Listen
Ch 83 Chrome Dance Where Disco Doesn't Suck Listen
Ch 90 Alegría Latin Latin Pop Hits Show Schedule Listen
Ch 92 Aguila Latin Regional Mexican Show Schedule Listen
Ch 94 Caliente Latin A Tropical Paradise Show Schedule Listen
Ch 95 Luna Latin Latin Jazz Listen
Ch 100 World Zone World World Music Show Schedule Listen
Ch 101 The Joint World Your daily trip to Jamaica. Show Schedule Listen
Ch 102 Ngoma World The Sound of Africa Show Schedule Listen
Ch 110 XM Classics Classical The Greatest Music of the Last 1,000 Years Show Schedule Listen
Ch 112 Vox Classical The Magic of the Human Voice Show Schedule Listen
Ch 113 XM Pops Classical Classical's Greatest Hits Show Schedule Listen
Ch 115 Radio Disney Kids Kids and Disney
Ch 116 XM Kids Kids The Next Generation of Radio...For the Next Generation Show Schedule Listen
Ch 121 FOX News News The Exciting Fox Style News 24/7 Show Schedule
Ch 122 CNN News The Most Trusted Name In News Show Schedule
Ch 123 CNN Headline News News Breaking Stories from Around the World Show Schedule
Ch 124 ABC News and Talk News The ABC News and Talk Channel
Ch 125 The Weather Channel News The Nation's Premier Provider of Weather Information Show Schedule
Ch 127 CNBC News Politics and Business Coverage Show Schedule
Ch 129 Bloomberg News News 24/7 Business and Finance Coverage Show Schedule
Ch 130 MSNBC News News Show Schedule
Ch 131 BBC World Service News The Full Spectrum of BBC's News & Entertainment
Ch 132 C-SPAN Radio News U.S. Government Hearings and Public Affairs
Ch 133 XM Public Radio News XM Public Radio Listen
Ch 134 CNN en Español News CNN in Spanish
Ch 140 ESPN Radio Sports Sports News and Play-by-Play Coverage
Ch 141 ESPNEWS Sports The Definitive 24-hour Sports News Network
Ch 142 FOX Sports Radio Sports High-Energy Combination of Sports News and Talk Show Schedule
Ch 143 Sporting News Radio Sports The Definitive 24-hour Sports News Network
Ch 144 NASCAR Radio Sports The Exclusive Satellite Radio Service of NASCAR Show Schedule
Ch 145 NASCAR Radio 2 Sports In-Car Driver / Crew Audio
Ch 150 XM Comedy Comedy Everything Funny Show Schedule Listen
Ch 151 Laugh USA Comedy Family Laughs and Fun Listen
Ch 152 Extreme XM Comedy 24-hour Crazed Morning Shows Show Schedule
Ch 155 MTV Radio Talk & Entertainment I WANT MY MTV — RADIO! Show Schedule
Ch 156 VH1 Radio Talk & Entertainment VH1 Radio Show Schedule
Ch 161 Discovery Radio Talk & Entertainment Discovery Channel Comes to Radio Show Schedule
Ch 162 E! Entertainment Radio Talk & Entertainment Latest Entertainment News and Celebrity Gossip Show Schedule
Ch 163 Sonic Theater Talk & Entertainment Audio Books and Radio Dramas. Show Schedule
Ch 164 RadioClassics Talk & Entertainment The Golden Age of Radio. Show Schedule
Ch 165 Ask! Talk & Entertainment Experts Talk Show Schedule
Ch 166 America Right Talk & Entertainment America's Hottest and Most Controversial Talk Stars Show Schedule
Ch 167 America Left Talk & Entertainment Compelling, Entertaining, Progressive Talk Radio Show Schedule
Ch 169 The Power Talk & Entertainment No Compromise African American Talk Show Schedule
Ch 170 FamilyTalk Talk & Entertainment Christian Talk Show Schedule
Ch 171 Open Road Talk & Entertainment America's First Trucker Channel
Ch 180 College Sports - ACC Sports ACC Sports
Ch 181 College Sports - ACC Sports ACC Sports
Ch 182 College Sports - ACC Sports ACC Sports
Ch 183 College Sports - PAC-10 Sports PAC-10 Sports
Ch 184 College Sports - PAC-10 Sports PAC-10 Sports
Ch 185 College Sports - PAC-10 Sports PAC-10 Sports
Ch 186 College Sports - Big Ten Sports Big Ten Sports
Ch 187 College Sports - Big Ten Sports Big Ten Sports
Ch 188 College Sports - Big Ten Sports Big Ten Sports
Ch 200 XM Live Special Events Concerts / Festivals / Special Features
Ch 202 High Voltage Premium Opie & Anthony Are Back! Listen
Ch 205 Playboy Radio Premium A Premium Adult Channel Show Schedule
Ch 210 Boston, MA Traffic & Weather Now Available
Ch 211 New York, NY Traffic & Weather Now Available
Ch 212 Philadelphia, PA Traffic & Weather Now Available
Ch 213 Baltimore, MD Traffic & Weather Now Available
Ch 214 Washington, DC Traffic & Weather Now Available
Ch 215 Pittsburgh, PA Traffic & Weather Now Available
Ch 216 Detroit, MI Traffic & Weather Now Available
Ch 217 Chicago, IL Traffic & Weather Now Available
Ch 218 St. Louis, MO Traffic & Weather Now Available
Ch 219 Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN Traffic & Weather Now Available
Ch 220 Seattle, WA Traffic & Weather Now Available
Ch 221 San Francisco Bay Area, CA Traffic & Weather Now Available
Ch 222 Los Angeles, CA Traffic & Weather Now Available
Ch 223 San Diego, CA Traffic & Weather Now Available
Ch 224 Phoenix, AZ Traffic & Weather Now Available
Ch 225 Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX Traffic & Weather Now Available
Ch 226 Houston, TX Traffic & Weather Now Available
Ch 227 Atlanta, GA Traffic & Weather Now Available
Ch 228 Tampa, FL Traffic & Weather Now Available
Ch 229 Orlando, FL Traffic & Weather Now Available
Ch 230 Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, FL Traffic & Weather Now Available
Ch 247 XM Emergency Alert 24/7 Traffic & Weather 24/7 Emergency Information
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The Sirius listing is here. Sirius will run you a few bux more. It runs $12.95/mo but they've got 'deals' if you sign on for a year or two at a time. 1 year is like $142, or ~11 months regular rate. You get a bigger discount for 2 years. There's also a lifetime subscription for like $500..
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Do a search for sirius promo codes before you order. I got a tuner, docking kit and year of service for my parents xmas gift for $147 to my door.
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I just ordered the XM commander for my truck through my job. Should be installed by this weekend.



It even matches my interior scheme.
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Do they have XM or Sirrus in Japan? Nope, but I can pull in 79.1FM! Try to do that on your US based receivers! hah!
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Well I use sirius cause we're in alaska..and aren't supposed to be able to get either! Oh yeah, and Bose sucks with their small systems.. But it's a pretty damn nice large system, with woofer and lotsa speakers. But its still too expensive
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