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:D I was VERY excited to see the looks of the new XM Commander radio that hits the streets in a few days!

http://www.xmradio.com/commander/

It looks like it was MADE for the Element!

The footprint also makes MUCH more sense that the other, more square receivers.

BTW, does anyone know where there might be a thread describing the path in which people took to get the XM antenna on the outside of the Element without causing too much damage/trouble?
 

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How does that fit? Stick on Dash? How thick and where would you put it in element? What so bad about previous models?
 

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They haven't officially announced details on how it mounts, but I do know the COMMANDER is meant to be a permanent mount. Therefore, it can be flush with the dash so it looks like an in-dash receiver as opposed to the need for a bulky interface cradle like the traditional Delphi SKYFI radio uses (http://www.xmradio.com/skyfi/), for example.

Now don't get me wrong, I love everything about XM and have thoroughly enjoyed the ability to move my SKYFI receiver from the car to the house and back. But the COMMANDER (http://www.xmradio.com/commander/) looks more sleek and is styled very similar to other interior items in the Element. It just looks so much better for an Element application, in my opinion.

Plus the 1-wire installation makes it that much easier.

No official dimensions yet, but according to some newsgroup chatter it MIGHT be 5"W x 2.5"H x 2.5"D. It also appears to have new features that the older XM radios don't, which makes me think it might be the new 3G technology XM has been hoping to release. One of the new features is "TuneSelect, which notifies you when a favorite song is playing on a channel", plus 3G is supposed to strengthen signal reception and allow much smaller antennas (http://www.xmradio.com/images/commander/cmndr_box_antenna.jpg), etc.
 
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