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btlook1
12-02-2006, 03:59 AM
I'm asking for sat. radio for xmas, I believe my wife is going to get me one. So what is the best, I'm leaning towards the sirius. Seems like it has more to offer than XM. I would also like ideas on models, portability and stuff like that. I would like to be able to take it in work, house other cars stuff like that. Thanks for your help guys. It is appreciated!

ChiefsfaninPA
12-02-2006, 03:27 PM
I have Sirius and love it. Can't beat the NFL radio channel and Stern. Their programming is about the same (XM and Sirius) for music. I find that XM has better equipment than Sirius if you want a unit the is more portable, though Sirius just released the Stilito(sp) that is 100% portable and will connect to a wirless network when one is in range to keep your live music streaming. It is pretty pricey though.

Ebolapox
12-02-2006, 03:28 PM
I have xm, and regret getting sat. radio in the first place--signal goes in/out in springfield, not to mention long trips--

it's only 13 bucks a month, but I listen more to local radio than sat. radio due to signal issues-- and when they say 'commercial free radio' they're full of sh*t

bishop_74
12-03-2006, 10:21 AM
Well if ya want NFL, you need to go Sirius. I love mine and don't have any problrms with it. Unfortunately, can't speak to XM as I don't have it.

dj56dt58
12-03-2006, 10:41 AM
Sirius radios seem to be more expensive (equipment wise), and both have the same monthly fee ($12/m). XM has some commercials, Sirius has 0, Sirius has NFL, XM has MLB.

H5N1: did you have yours professionaly installed? How do you use it..do you use the tape? Also you might want to think about trying a new radio..I've had 3 different XM's and 2 work fine, one sucked

Fruit Ninja
12-03-2006, 11:01 AM
Howard Stern and the NFL channel, its not a hard choice.

Ebolapox
12-04-2006, 09:05 AM
Sirius radios seem to be more expensive (equipment wise), and both have the same monthly fee ($12/m). XM has some commercials, Sirius has 0, Sirius has NFL, XM has MLB.

H5N1: did you have yours professionaly installed? How do you use it..do you use the tape? Also you might want to think about trying a new radio..I've had 3 different XM's and 2 work fine, one sucked

professionally installed--don't use the tape (or know what the tape even is--)

it sucks

dj56dt58
12-04-2006, 09:15 AM
professionally installed--don't use the tape (or know what the tape even is--)

it sucks
probably just your radio then. What is the area like where you travel? Are there a lot of trees and tall buildings?

rageeumr
12-04-2006, 09:28 AM
I have Siruis, and I love it. I like all different kinds of music, I don't even have enough presets for all the stations that I like. I had never listened to Howard Stern before he was on Sirius, and I'm addicted now. Plus it's nice to know that I'll never miss a Chiefs game, no matter where I am.

I lose service for 2 or 3 seconds when i go under some bridges (?) but I've never had any other service issues, no matter what the weather is. I drive to Bolivar, MO about once a week for work and haven't ever lost service on the way.

Ebolapox
12-04-2006, 12:03 PM
probably just your radio then. What is the area like where you travel? Are there a lot of trees and tall buildings?

normal ammount of trees--a few tall buildings, but springfield really isn't a city known for its 'urban' buildings

and yeah--it's either the radio or the 'antenna'--which has been replaced so many times it boggles the mind

Swanman
12-04-2006, 12:37 PM
Your choice depends on what you want. Music-wise, both services are very similar and offer lots of good stuff. People have been saying XM channels have commercials, but I've never heard a commercial on the music stations I listen to (hard rock, alternative and heavy metal channels). For talk radio, XM has Opie and Anthony and Sirius has Stern as their big-name shows. Other talk stations are probably very similar (national talk radio shows). For sports, XM has MLB, NHL and contracts with the Big Ten/PAC 10 and maybe a few other conferences. Sirius has NFL and NBA and exclusive contracts with a few big-name college programs. Since I'm always home to watch NFL and NBA games, I prefer having MLB as I can listen to games while at work (XM carries every game). Equipment-wise, they're pretty similar at this point. They both have portable units now that are very handy.

As you can probably tell, I'm an XM subscriber and love it, but you'd probably be happy with either service.

ChiefsLV
12-04-2006, 07:05 PM
I have xm, and regret getting sat. radio in the first place--signal goes in/out in springfield, not to mention long trips--

it's only 13 bucks a month, but I listen more to local radio than sat. radio due to signal issues-- and when they say 'commercial free radio' they're full of sh*t

Do you have your antenna mounted on the outside of the car? I'm able to get away with mine mounted in the rear windshield, but I do on rare occasion experience signal loss. If I had my antenna mounted outside, I likely wouldn't ever have any signal loss. Also, you may be in an area where the terrestrial (ground) signal is weak and you have an obstructed path to the sky. My terrestrial signal is much stronger than the satellite.

ChiefsLV
12-04-2006, 07:12 PM
I like this radio personally. It's small, looks nice, and easy to take to and from my car into work.

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Ebolapox
12-04-2006, 07:21 PM
Do you have your antenna mounted on the outside of the car? I'm able to get away with mine mounted in the rear windshield, but I do on rare occasion experience signal loss. If I had my antenna mounted outside, I likely wouldn't ever have any signal loss. Also, you may be in an area where the terrestrial (ground) signal is weak and you have an obstructed path to the sky. My terrestrial signal is much stronger than the satellite.

mine's on the outside of my car

I live in springfield--it's funny, other people who I know who have xm say they never have ANY issues with their xm--which is beyond annoying

btlook1
12-04-2006, 11:03 PM
Thanks for all the input guys. I'm going with Sirius I'm sure, screw baseball, I'm in it for the football,talk radio and Classic 80's hair bands! Thanks again!

whoppy
12-05-2006, 03:36 PM
Howard Stern and the NFL channel, its not a hard choice.



thats it folks case closed


ive had both and sirius is much better for the $

Bob Dole
12-05-2006, 05:34 PM
Bob Dole has XM at home as part of DirecTV and Sirius in the new Mazda. When Bob Dole was travelling at Thanksgiving, having the NFL channel and the ability to listen to the college and NFL games on Sirius was worth the price of the year's subscription. Bob Dole listens to one station on XM, and that's it...

Chiefsrocker
12-06-2006, 07:55 PM
SIRIUS SIRIUS SIRIUS!!!!
I have 3 Sportsters in my vehicles and work truck. Howard Stern, NFL, no commercials, and one of the best things about the Sportster receiver is that it has game alerts. Whenever your favorite college or pro football, basketball, or hockey team is playing, it alerts you. Push one button, and you are off to the game. All Chiefs games has the option of Chiefs announcers or the other team announcers. First receiver is $13, and the second receiver is $6/month! Give it a try. If you are like me, regular radio will be boring and you will wonder why you didnt do it sooner!! Been a subscriber for almost 4 years!! Love it! :)

The Bad Guy
12-08-2006, 09:23 PM
Sirius.

Without a doubt. I've had it for 3 years and can't imagine driving without it.

Speaking of Sirius, I have 2 extra portable Stiletto units to sell. If anyone is interested, I thought I'd throw this up on here first.

I'd take 300 shipped for each. I have 2 to sell. They are retailing anywhere from 330-350 in stores right now (w/o tax) and they are tough to get.

PM me if you're interested. They are brand new, in box, never opened.

Al Bundy
12-10-2006, 07:27 AM
Sirius without a doubt.

memyselfI
12-18-2006, 04:35 PM
I just got a Sirius subscription for my car. It was a steal of a deal at Radio Shack. A Starmate Replay for $59.99 with a $60.00 rebate. So far, I've really enjoyed the service. The music choices are fantastic. I love the news channels and it's nice to have an option to listen to liberal talk for once.

Best part, I can get Sirius on my cell phone. That is soooo kewl.

I've tried XM online before and I had a hard time choosing between the two but in the end I thought Sirius had more to offer in the areas where I have interest. Mainly Classic Rock, classical, news, talk.

Bwana
12-18-2006, 05:19 PM
Sirius........No brainer.

HemiEd
12-18-2006, 06:39 PM
SIRIUS SIRIUS SIRIUS!!!!
the Sportster receiver is that it has game alerts. Whenever your favorite college or pro football, basketball, or hockey team is playing, it alerts you. Push one button, and you are off to the game. :)

I have only had mine a year, are you going to make me read the manual in order to learn how to do this? :D

btlook1
12-21-2006, 10:43 PM
Picked it up last weekend in kc and put it in today. Someone recommended to me that you install by following the instructions, however I just threw the antennae on my dash and it works great. How did all you guys mount yours? Have any of you guys bought the antennae divider so you don't have to run that wire? I just laid that on the dash also and it seems to work fine but I noticed two things at loud volumne you get a little background static and it's doesn't play as loud as the radio....anyone else notice this?

whoppy
12-22-2006, 08:19 AM
the static happened when i first got it 2
an fm mod will clear everything up 4 u

and get u a stronger signal!

Chiefsrocker
12-23-2006, 04:33 PM
Picked it up last weekend in kc and put it in today. Someone recommended to me that you install by following the instructions, however I just threw the antennae on my dash and it works great. How did all you guys mount yours? Have any of you guys bought the antennae divider so you don't have to run that wire? I just laid that on the dash also and it seems to work fine but I noticed two things at loud volumne you get a little background static and it's doesn't play as loud as the radio....anyone else notice this?

On my Sportster, it did that at first. I fixed it by changing the FM frequency it transmits to. The frequency it was transmiting to allready had a weak signal coming to it and interefered with the Sirius signal. I bumped it up to an "empty" frequency and every thing was clear as a bell. Also in the menu options, there is an audio output adjustment that adjusts the output of the audio signal. Try turning that up! Give that a try!! Good luck!

chop
12-23-2006, 07:07 PM
On my Sportster, it did that at first. I fixed it by changing the FM frequency it transmits to. The frequency it was transmiting to allready had a weak signal coming to it and interefered with the Sirius signal. I bumped it up to an "empty" frequency and every thing was clear as a bell. Also in the menu options, there is an audio output adjustment that adjusts the output of the audio signal. Try turning that up! Give that a try!! Good luck!

I have to change the frequency of my radio on occasion also. Mostly when I'm driving longer distances.

I have FM radio and Ireally like it but I used to get Sirius radio when I was traveling all the time for work. I liked the NFL stuff on Sirius but FM radio is great for all of the other stuff.