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Old 01-12-2006, 06:52 AM   #1
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Does anyone have satellite radio? Do you have to have a separate subscription for each vehicle and or home unit? If so, can you just use a portable unit?

I read this morning that Howard Stern is now free to sell his shares in Sirius Radio if he wants. That's a huge windfall on top of his $500 million contract.
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Old 01-12-2006, 07:14 AM   #2
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Does anyone have satellite radio? Do you have to have a separate subscription for each vehicle and or home unit? If so, can you just use a portable unit?
Funny you should ask, as I work at XM radio. You need a separate subscription for each receiver. However, the modern receiver's (Like the new XM Roady XT) are very small, portable, and have docking stations. Thus you could just take the receiver from home to car to car and then just pay a single subscription. The other item to note is that the second though fifth radio on an account pays a much smaller monthly fee ($6.99/Mo).

Obviously I can't speak for that "other" Satellite company
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I have the Xm unit that can be transfered to the car then goes into the house. YOu can buy additional cradles and power cords(for the cars) as I did so all you have to take around is the unit which fits in the palm of your hand. My buddie has a Gm built in car only unit which is nice but very limited. At 12.95 a month its nice for the portability. The programming has grown alot through the years and they are having concerts just on satelite. He sat in his surburban for 2 hours in his garage to listen one.. The unit has a built in fm modulator so set the radio to 88.3 or what ever and your set. At the Electronics show in Vegas they are introducing ones that have mp3 capibility and even tv. I have been very happy with the programing and Opie and Anthony are better than HOward (sorry had to throw my props in for them) ..

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Old 01-12-2006, 10:00 AM   #4
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I have had Sirius for a year now. The musical programming is nearly identical to XM but XM has better signal strength. I canceled my Sirius subscription at one point because they did away with one of my channels and the dance category is generaly better at XM. i might get both.

All these add ons like a boom box & home kit of office, make Satellite expensive after shelling out $150 a year and $50-$150 for the radio itself.
And satellite won't work like a walkman unless you buy the actual walkman type unit which weighs like a brick.

The future seems to figure out how stream satellite radio to your cellphone and then plug the cell phone into your car or boom box. We need to have the Japanese take this whole sattellite thing over.

BTW, I plan to buy Sirius stock. Sirius is a completely redundant company and will be taken over by XM at some point. Its not like NBC vs. HBO where the programming is completely different. Both companies offer basically the same product.
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Old 01-12-2006, 10:35 AM   #5
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We have the small Roady 2 for XM and mostly keep it on Fox News in wife's Grand Cherokee. On trips it allows you to follow the weather channel continuously. Which can be very helpful trying to avoid snow or flooding. And the comedy channels can be a relief. Have had the service for several years and find it worth the cost.
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Old 01-12-2006, 11:15 AM   #6
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I also have the Roady for XM. I like the mobility since I can move it from car to car and I even use the same reciever for the boat. I have antennas and FM modulators for each location, so all I have to do is move the Roady.

Now if only the stereo was good enough to keep up with the quality of the digital signals :-(
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I'm also with the xm brigade and have the pioneer roady. Reception is just ok, unless you connect the additional magnetic antenna. I've considered getting sirius as well, for the Howard Stern show. The comedy 150 channel is pretty good entertainment, although there are commercials on that station.
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How is your Sirius receiver mounted? Any detail shots?
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Old 01-12-2006, 05:46 PM   #9
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best buy universal satellite mount. $20
drilled it into the inside of the cubby hole.
I also used teh Becker Auxiliary Jack to plug into the back of the CDR 220.
it uses a run of he mill 1/8 stereo jack that I use to switch between Sat. and Ipod.
runs on the cigarette lighter

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I know this is going to be a dumb question but whats the exta mirror on the front windshield? At least that what I can see from the pic... Be kind...

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Old 01-14-2006, 06:03 PM   #11
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that's a passing mirror. Autogeek.net sells it autobahn mirror $20
saved my neck at night more than twice, I look in there for the headlights.
Real bad blind spot on this boxster.
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I opted for a satellite ready stereo head unit.. I hate stuff dangling around
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Is there a slick way to add the hardware for XM to a 987?
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