What kind of XM satellite radio do you want? Will you create your distinction with the portable Pink Inno, will you drive with the Commander MT, or will you hook your home up with the Delphi Xpress RC?
Depending on your usage, there are many different XM satellite radios from which to choose. Most of the XM receivers can be used both at home and in your car, but be aware you’ll probably have to purchase a few accessories to make it work unless you’re buying a specified “Home Kit” or “Car Kit.”
For your car, the Commander MT XM model gives you a bright four-line display, a stocks / sports ticker, the “Tune Select” function which finds your favorite artists or songs, 30 channel presets and installs right into your vehicle for $179 (plus installation). Other similar options include: the Sportscaster (for the ultimate sports fans) or the Audiovox XpressEZ (for just $70)!
The Audiovox XpressEZ is perfect for the first-time XM buyer, offering just the basic necessities – room to program in 10 of your favorite channels, a bright three-line display of artist, track and station, a car cradle, cigarette power adapter, vent clip and antenna. There are many optional accessories available to make this a multi-functional unit that can be removed and used with the XM brand Home Kit or Boombox audio system as well.
For versatile functionality, a stylish new model of XM satellite radio is the Delphi Xpress RC. The large, color split-screen display allows you to view four stations at once, pause and replay 60 minutes of music, save ten favorite channels, save ten favorite songs and allows you to plug-and-play anywhere. The Audiovox XpressR is a very similar model that is offered at a slightly lower price.
For home use, try the $250 Polk XRt12 XM Reference Tuner, which allows 20 presets, channel display on your television screen and audio hook up through your pre-existing surround sound stereo system. XM satellite radio gives you classy designs, versatility and allows you to select your mood from over 130 channels.
The selection of radio receivers is much larger than that of its competitor, Sirius radio. While the two companies are startlingly similar and are expected to merge within the next year, the antsy consumer will be happy to know there are many sales going on right now through the manufacturer’s websites in an effort to generate bigger sales. Even if the merger occurs, your receivers and service will still be valid.