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I've been thinking about XM ever since I bought my XM ready headunit 2 years ago, but now I'm starting to seriously consider it as I now drive much more with my long commute to school. The local stations aren't that great and neither is my reception. I have my harddrive player but sometimes I just want to hear some new stuff or some songs I don't have. I just want to see how you guys who have it like it. How is the sound quality? I have a 3 day trial to XM online but it doesn't sound great. I'm thinking thats just because I don't have the best soundcard in my laptop and I'm listening thru headphones. Also, how did you go about installing the antenna? I really don't want to have to drill nor do I want a wire just going around my door. I think they have thru-glass ones but I'm not sure how good they are. Finally, is anyone using an aftermarket receiver with an Alpine radio and if so, how is it? I've seen other brands of tuners that are supposed to work with the Alpine XM ready headunits and they're alot cheaper so if they're just as good, I don't want to get the Alpine one. Thanks guys!!

EDIT:One last thing, do the channels change instantly or is there a loading time like online?
 

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I have XM and I'm a big fan of it.

But I do agree, sometimes the sound quality is just plain flat. But it is really weird that some stations come in CD quality too.

I definitely like it because I can get all the ACC games on XM and there are tons of Rock stations.

As far as installation, I have a Kenwood headunit and I bought the XM direct that plugs into the back of my headunit. I actually just put the XM direct under my armrest, which required a bit of pulling the car apart, but it fits back together insanely easily. As far as the antenna, I ran it down through the console and under the driver's seat, then under the carpet along the side, into the trunk, along the top of the trunk, out the corner of the opening of the trunk, under the black weather seal, and along the side and top, all the way to the center of the rear of the roof. Sticks perfectly and it looks somewhat stock. The main thing is to put the antenna on the back first and then run the line, so that way you're not stuck with all the slack next to the antenna.

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I was going to get the XM direct as well with the alpine adapter but it turns out it is only for some of the XM ready alpines. So, I'm stuck trying to find the alpine tuner. It looks like I may have found a deal on eBay for a package with an antenna and everything so I figure if it costs me $50 or so plus a month of service and if I don't like it then oh well. If I do like it though I'm going to buy the newer terk micro antenna(the one you have I assume) but I will need an adapter to connect the newer single wire antenna to the older dual wire tuner. I think I'm going to do it but if anyone else has anything to say please speak up!
 

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all I got is xm with a rhoady II recever,, ok this sounds cheap,, but i just toss the antenna on the dash,, but i also use it in 3 different cars, and also the house at times,
portable kinda sorta,, but i enjot it,, its great for long trips
 

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I have XM that plugs directly into my pioneer head unit. The sound does suck on some channels but I haven't listened to regular radio since I got it 3 months ago. The antenae is a magnet mount and I just ran the wire up under the window molding. Magnet has stayed on through many car washes too!
 

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The unit I'm looking at comes with the older style magnetic antenna. I would think that would be fine, but I saw someone online who had his roof scratched to hell on a week old STi when the antenna came loose and slid. I may try that antenna with a piece of felt or something below it and if I'm happy with XM I'll buy the mini one with the rubber feet. Thanks for the comments. Keep 'em coming guys!!
 

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I just cancelled mine yesterday. I had it since December (my quit smoking gift to myself...yeah that didnt happen BTW) I was tired of the piss-poor reception i got in town, the sound quality, commercials (yes i know they made new stations to replace the ones they had to put commercials on, but its the principal of the matter) the stupid DJ chatter ( i wanted streaming music with no interuptions not " hey everybody this is Tom Petty check out my new station blah blah blah ..XM 49 where disco still sucks *stupid xm radio jingle* Top Tracks" after every couple of songs, the repetition ( the casino i used to work at played xm and i listened to it for about 10 hours straight everyday and heard each song 2-12 times a day depending the station). I finally decided it just wasnt worth it to me and am much happier with just FM and an mp3 player. BTW if anybody is interested in a used XM Roady II pm me.
 

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I've had XM for almost 3 years.

Don't know why anyone is complaining about:
a) sound quality
b) reception
c) antenna mounting
d) comercials/dj talk

Sound quality is great. All the music stations have quality BETTER than anything you will get on FM and comparable to a cd. The talk stations, some are good and others are much lower quality. Reception is great. I've travelled thousands of miles in Canada and the U.S. and never lose the signal. Hell it works in my underground parking garage. I am using the magnetic antenna on my trunk. There is NO way that thing moves. I've been through powerful car wash's with it and it doesn't budge an inch. I've got the wiring all hidden beneath the seats through to the trunk. And ya, a bunch of channels have some dj talk but hardly. And no commercials at all(yet).

This is the best thing I've gotten. If I had to get rid of this or my RB1 it would be a tough decision. If you do any amount of driving it's great. Plus, with the home kit, I have it hooked up at my office.
 

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I wouldn't worry about scratching the paint, once the thing is on the roof, the strength of the magnet is so much that I've pressure sprayed my car and it didn't move.

Also, are you sure that you can't just buy the XM adapter that goes with the XM Direct for the alpine. My Kenwood is Sirius ready and even says sirius when I select the satellite mode, but XM works totally fine with the XM Direct with the Kenwood adapter.

Like I said, sometimes the sound quality is flat, I agree that I never lose reception, and its never distored. But I never listen to anything else now that I have it!

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i have had XM for over a year, i have my antenna on the rear deck lid, inside the car, and love it. I have heard of people mounting the antenna in the dash in the front of the car, and had no issues. My only problem with the antenna inside the car, i have 3-4 spots on the drive to work that the signal fades, and when i place the antenna on the outside of the car, i have no issues. My setup is a direct connect and i think the sound quality is better then CD. If you look at my avatar, you can tell what channel i listen too.
 

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Ok, thanks guys. The only thing that I'm slightly worried about is the reception as I've been listening to it online and I'm happy with the content. I know that the magnetic antennas are very strong. I've heard though that the older terk antennas weren't nearly as good and they didn't have rubber feet to protect the paint. They're also much larger than the new mini ones. As far as the xm direct adapter, yes they do make one to connect it to Alpine, but for some reason it only works with XM ready headunits made after 2004. Mine is just before the cutoff so apparently there is a software issue that makes the alpine unit the only compatible one.
 

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Morphy said:
I've had XM for almost 3 years.

Don't know why anyone is complaining about:
a) sound quality
b) reception
c) antenna mounting
d) comercials/dj talk

Sound quality is great. All the music stations have quality BETTER than anything you will get on FM and comparable to a cd. The talk stations, some are good and others are much lower quality. Reception is great. I've travelled thousands of miles in Canada and the U.S. and never lose the signal. Hell it works in my underground parking garage. I am using the magnetic antenna on my trunk. There is NO way that thing moves. I've been through powerful car wash's with it and it doesn't budge an inch. I've got the wiring all hidden beneath the seats through to the trunk. And ya, a bunch of channels have some dj talk but hardly. And no commercials at all(yet).

This is the best thing I've gotten. If I had to get rid of this or my RB1 it would be a tough decision. If you do any amount of driving it's great. Plus, with the home kit, I have it hooked up at my office.

If you think XM sound quality is great you must be used to 8 tracks or something and FM sounds much better... and the comercials and DJ talk sucks nuts too.
 

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Old thread but i need to make my statement on this one. some of you are complaining about sound qaulity i have had a problem with it all all. My xm is running thru the pci bus or what ever they call it on the pioneers and it is just as loud and clear as cd's reception hasnt been a problem either never lost it yet hell i lose direct tv reception with a tiny cloud is over head not the xm tho. even my journey to canada to visist ross i never once lost reception.
 

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I will occasionaly lose the signal for a few seconds, but it does not happen enough to really bother me.

I use the Roady XT and am pleased with the sound quality considering I'm using the FM transmitter. No worse than FM radio most of the time. Keep in mind, I'm not some sort of audiophile.

The antnna is on the roof and is going nowhere. The magnet is quite strong. I wouldn't put any felt under it as I believe that would cause it to slip around.

I mounted the antenna at the center of the leading edge of the roof. I then worked the wire under the outer lip of the windshield trim and down through the door jam. It looks pretty clean to me and only took me about 10 minutes. There are no leaks, and I didn't expect any since I have not disturbed the actual seal.

I had the original Roady in a Grand Prix for 3 months and in my last car (Chevy Trailblazer) for about a year and a half. Worked fine in those too. Tried it in my wife's Acura and was not pleased with all the static. Then again, the FM reception in her car is not the greatest either.

If you are ever in NJ let me know. I'll take you for a ride and you can hear it for yourself. I also have the old Roady that you can borrow if you want. You'll only be able to hear the preview channel, but it will give you an idea of how the sound and reception is.

BTW, I can't remember the last time I listened to FM radio and it is rare for me to even pop a CD in. I'm an addict.
 

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if im stealin your post sorry, how about anyone with sirius sat. radio i currently have xm sat. radio with the roadyXT, have a 1 year plan with it, im also kinda disapointed with the sound quality. well my question is who had sirius and how is the quality on it.
 

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If you feel your stealing his post then why would you continue with your question?

As far as the sound qaulity are you using the fm modulator or the wireless the best sound qaulity comes from using the a hardwire kit.
 

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Sound quality on Sirius or XM should be identical. It all depends on how you are hooked into your sound system and the channel you are listening to. A few of the talk channels on XM are compressed and do sound like AM radio. But as for the music channels, they are all clear as day, cd quality. There is no way anyone in here can complain about quality on XM music channels, especially if you are direct connected. If you use the transmitter, then maybe you are getting interference from a nearby station on the dial. I use FM and the quality is superb.
 
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