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Anyone have any comments pro or con of Sirius v/s XM as an add-on? Main reason for considering Sirius for me is that they carry some of the NPR channels where as XM doesn't.



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I don’t know what kind of music you listen to, but at www.sirius.com you can listen to any station for up to 20 minutes at a time. Sirius is actually broadcasting their live programming to the web, so it helps to give you a more accurate decision if they are who you want to go with. Note though this only works for the music channels. www.xmradio.com just has pre-recorded loops that repeat over and over and over on their website, which are kinda irritating if you ask me.

I currently have both services. The only reason I went to get XM is because I got the SkyFi for very cheap last December. The only reason I keep Sirius around is because I don’t like having to carry my SkyFi to my car all the time. I LOVE the XM programming, and REALLY LIKE the Sirius programming. But ever since XM added some DJ's to Squizz, I always have XM on now.

My advice is check out:

www.xmfan.com -XM only Forum
www.clubxm.com -XM and Sirius Forum
www.siriusbackstage.com -Sirius Only Forum

These three forums are great, but be careful. It seems that most XM fans hate Sirius and most Sirius fans hate XM on these boards. As a result, things tend to get blown way out of proportion.

Also, several people complain about sound quality up and down mostly about Sirius and sometimes about XM. If it is hooked up correctly, Sirius sounds better on the music channels. XM is a bit clearer in the talk channels though. XM if very muddy sounding compared to Sirius, but a downside of that is every once in awhile you will notice some compression artifacts on Sirius, which are not so prevalent with XM. With XM I’ve gotta crank the treble to max on my head unit, and Sirius turn it down. Keep in mind this is what it sounds like on my car stereo, which seems to be different for everybody, according to various complaints I’ve read on those forums.

Hope this helps a little!
 

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It's_My_Element,

WOW, great breakdown on both services.

I have XM radio in both my vehicles, and we just got the Delphi boombox so we could take it with us.

My wife and I like the XM radio for traveling out of town, when we can't get our local radio stations. We travel about once a month, so it helps us quite a bit.

I don't have the sirus, and never had, so I can't give any feedback on that. I know that the only problem I have with the XM is in NYC, sometimes near larger buildings, I can't get any signal. The buildings block the signal. Otherwise, traveling we have never had a problem.

The programing on XM does seem to repeat on some stations, but otherwise, it gives you some great stuff to listen to.

I am a sports nut, and I can usually get a good ball game to listen to, even when I can't get my local team.

I hope this helps a bit.
 

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If you do have XM or Sirius where did you get it installled? - How much did you spend? After looking at Sirius's website it looks like it would cost a min. of < $300.00 to get installed. Between the modulator or deck costing $80-$220.00 / tuner - $150 / antenna - ~ $100.
Question I have:
Is the 240 watt amp built in to the Element's receiver or is it an indepedent amp?
I've got an EX with the standard CD player deck. What's the best way to go??
 

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If you buy a Sirius ready Kenwood Head Unit and Antenna from Crutchfield, you get a Tuner for free, until April.

I have the Delphi SkyFi for XM and must say if your gonna get anything, that should be it. The thing is small, can sit in home cradles, car cradles, and a boombox. (I cant wait to bust out the boombox camping this summer!!! :D Although busting it out on the tailgate to an E would be even better... :cry:)

But if you want Sirius, they "should" have their plug and play (SkyFi like)devices out by April. They will be releasing more than just one, but it should be along this line: http://www.siriusbackstage.com/photos/ces/small/CES03.jpg

I say "should" becuse if they follow old trends it will come out late, which it already is. But they seem to be starting (to kinda) get their act together.

As far as installing, I did it all myself. It is actually quite easy. Especially with a plug and play. If you went with the skyfi or similar device, you can pick up a cable at RadioShack for under ten bucks that will let you plug it into the auxillary input, just like an mp3 player. If you dont want any cables, you can FM Modulate it, but dont expect sound quality to be much better than FM radio.

Well thats about all for now, I'm tired

If you have anymore questions, just ask!
 

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RML,

I have a few questions about the XM Boombox. First of all, do you like it?
Second, do you get good reception in your house or anywhere you take it? I think the idea is great, but if you get no reception...

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Sunstoke,

Happy to try and help.

The boombox. My wife and I love it. Indoors, we really don't get good reception without putting the antenna close to a window. Now, the boombox comes with a movable antenna, so it is not really a problem, but that you are limited by the legnth of the antenna cord.

We may actually get a home kit to go with the car kit and boombox. :D

We plan on using the boombox for taveling, camping, and for times when we are away from home, like hotels and such. For us it is working out great.

I hope this helps.
 

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Just wanted to toss in my 2 cents worth. i have had the Delphi unit for about week. I just bought my H3 3/14 and I have the Delphi unit wedged in the storage space just in front of the Aux input and power port above the glovebox. The antenna is sitting on the dash. Don't know how I will install it yet.

The XM service is just the right blend for me. I checked out the Sirius and XM web sites for about a week before making my decision.

The Skyfi, with car kit, boombox and FM modulator, was a no brainer. Flexible. That was the ticket. I wanted to be about to install it, but be able to switch it to my wife's car or take it to the beach.

Keep in mind that this is a pay service and you get channels that I consider not suitable, (un cut hip hop, comedy with very bad language etc.) especially for my 11 year old son. But you can program the unit to skip the "bad" channels.

Hope this helps. 8)
 

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If you get the SkyFi and plug it in to the AUX, what is the deal with the antenna? I am trying to figure out if I want XM or not, and I don't want a bunch of wires showing in the E. Please help. Thanks :?:
 

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[quote:2b97448560="VAK9girl"]If you get the SkyFi and plug it in to the AUX, what is the deal with the antenna? I am trying to figure out if I want XM or not, and I don't want a bunch of wires showing in the E. Please help. Thanks :?:[/quote:2b97448560]

I've been wrestling with antenna question myself. I have found out the hard way, that the available thru-glass antennas from Antenna Specialists are not high enough to give good coverage from every direction. Therefore, I am returning them and I plan to permanently mount the magnetic on-roof antenna that comes with the SkiFi car kit.

I'll post the results when I complete it.
 

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My Delphi unit is mounted to the upper tilted edge of the subwoofer grille. I put in 3 small holes and screwed it into place, making notches for the cables to pass though.

I had the antenna run by the install folks at Circuit City. They did a great job of running the wire through the A-pillar and along under the roofline edge inside, then through the trim of the back hatch and up onto the back corner, opposite the main radio antenna. It looks slick, no holes required and nothing leaks (been in some serious downpours and muddy conditions of late, too).

Right now my only cable that shows is the one from the XM's audio out to the AUX-IN on the passenger dash. I'm eliminating this by getting the PIE HON-AUX adaptor and wiring it to the head unit, so I can use the CD-Changer input for the XM and leave my Aux jack free for my iPod.

Once I get the adaptor in and the cables cleaned, I'll post pics of it & the antenna install.

Does anybody currently have a CD-Changer? how do you activate it -- just press the CD button again? Curious minds want to know.
 

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[quote:561f88c0d1="Tugrik"]
Does anybody currently have a CD-Changer? how do you activate it -- just press the CD button again? Curious minds want to know.[/quote:561f88c0d1]

You are correct... Just hit CD again and voila. Are you using the antenna that came with the car kit?
 

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Yupyup. it's small, mag-mount, and works great. It's stayed on through 3 carwashes so far, and it's a good match opposite the standard factory antenna, looks-wise.
 
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