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#1 of 1700 by steve_ HOST
Jan 24, 2002 (2:04 pm)
Anyone have any interest in or experience with XM Satellite Radio?
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#2 of 1700 I want XM
Jan 24, 2002 (2:36 pm)
I have been really considering XM radio. The only think that is holding me back is I would have to shell out over $200.00 just to get it. I don't care about the $10.00 a month.
Jan 24, 2002 (4:09 pm)
200? where are you shopping for xm radio? these are the kind of prices that I have seen.
$200-300+ satellite ready receiver
$250-300 satellite decoder
$100 satellite antenna
$10/mo satellite service
#4 of 1700 does it even work?
Jan 24, 2002 (4:13 pm)
what happens when your next to a skycraper, under a bridge, in a tunnel, or driving down heavily wooded roads?
These things will obviously block the incoming satellite signal. Is there some kind of buffer or does the music just stop?
I have satellite tv and heavy rainstorms and snowstorms block the signal.
all of these things factored in, I think I'll stear clear of satellite radio for now.
Jan 25, 2002 (12:05 am)
There is. I sell this stuff, and I love to mess around with it too it buffers the signal.. which lasta around like 6 or 7 seconds. Plus the antenna pick up both the satallite feed and land based repeaters, mixing the 2 signals together to get you the best reproduction it can (this is why they are actually active antennas that run off of 5v's from the XM unit) The land based repeaters really help in congested areas
#6 of 1700 SWINGA7
Jan 25, 2002 (9:32 am)
When shopping for XM radio I have found all the stuff online.
XM tunner - $150.00
Anntenna - $75.00 for the glass mount. There are cheaper ones if you want a wire on the outside of the vehicle.
As for the headunit I already have XM ready unit. Installation I would do myself.
Jan 26, 2002 (8:38 am)
In the cities with big signal blocking skyscrapers and tunnels and such, XM has installed repeater antennas to "boost" the signal and keep you in the tunes. The system itself is really cool, and I plan on purchasing and add on set up for my Yukon XL. I know the FM Modulator will diminish the digital signal slightly but I am willing to take a hit there to keep the truck looking stock, and be able to remove the system and install it in another car/truck later. I 2003 GM is offering it as an option on almost the entire fleet, I don't know what antennas they will be installing, but I hope it's not like the ones the put on the Cadillacs, that thing is huge and nasty looking on the roof!!
Jan 29, 2002 (11:12 am)
thanks for clearing that up. Now i'm interested in satellite radio again
Jan 31, 2002 (3:51 pm)
yeah.. I talked about it too much in News&Views