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Looking for opinions - HELP!!!
Posted 28 May 2008 - 10:07 AM
Posted 28 May 2008 - 10:38 AM
Reception for me has never been an issue. I suppose it depends on where you are and local topography though. The cars have the rooftop antennas, my office I just use the indoor paddle-type antenna and it's not even in a room with a window and it works just fine - 3 bars out of 3 most of the time.
I think XM has a bunch of politicial talk channels - there are even some talk shows on other channels that are politics-oriented that aren't advertised as such, like Schnit on XM-Xtreme.
Hope this helps.
Posted 28 May 2008 - 12:31 PM
All talk channels on XM and I believe Sirius have commercials. Only the music channels are commercial free.
Typically Sirius has a slightly poorer signal reception because their satellites are directly overhead and moving around while XM's are along the equator and stationary. I very very rarely lose signal on my XM in the car and never at home, while I've heard friends who have Sirius say they lose signal a lot more frequently. If you have a south facing window, you should have no problem receiving a signal with the stock antenna.
Posted 28 May 2008 - 02:10 PM
Currently, I have a Starmate 4 and Sportster 5 for Sirius and a Delphi Express RC, Delphi Roady XT and my mini tuner for the Sony HT receiver for XM. I love all of them, and recommend them all.
I've never had a problem with XM or Sirius reception, whether at home or in my SUV. Don't waste your money on 'outdoor antennas' antennas. I live outside of Buffalo, and I use just the normal antennas (they're rated for indoor/outdoor use) that come with home kits, they've been on my roof since I got the respective service and never had an issue.
Anymore questions feel free to ask, satellite radio is a passion of mine, Good luck with whatever you decide, you can't go wrong with either.
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Posted 28 May 2008 - 02:43 PM
My previous recommendations to people interested was to look at the sports differences for XM and Sirius as that is where the two differ significantly. But with a pending merger of the two, I'm not sure how to advise you.
I don't listen to any of the political talk channels on XM, but XM did recently add a new channel "POTUS" which is supposed to be on through the presidential election.
I do have an Inno. Love it. Very portable and it has 1GB of MP3 storage for either your own files or shows/music you want to record directly from XM.
I think you can subscribe online to both services for a trial periord, but not all channels are available online.
Posted 28 May 2008 - 03:23 PM
FYI, most talk channels are taken from terrestrial radio such as Air America, Fox News Radio, CNN radio, etc. Therefore, you're going to get just as many commericials as regular radio. But you do get a ton more choices and can change channels during the commercials. Music channels either have zero commercials or very few.
I mostly use mine to listen to baseball during my evening commute. But I think I would still get it if the baseball went away.
Posted 14 June 2008 - 08:31 PM