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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 05-09-2003, 10:05 AM
mrthump77
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I am debating the worth of upgrading to XM. I have an XM ready radio in the SS. I know I will need the antenna. Since I have the ready receiver, what else will I need? What can I expect to pay. I think I will still need a decoder? or something like that. Anyone have any cons on the XM?
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post #2 of 28 (permalink) Old 05-09-2003, 11:14 AM
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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Since I have the ready receiver, what else will I need? <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Depends on which head unit you have. But generally, the XM tuner (a "box" you can mount in the trunk), the interface cable between the XM tuner and your head unit (which should come with the "box"), and an XM antenna.

<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>What can I expect to pay. I think I will still need a decoder? or something like that. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Depends on what deals you can find, but I believe the going rate right now for a tuner plus antenna is around $125-150 or so.

After you get it installed, you have to activate it (do it by phone, takes about 15 minutes on the phone and 1 hour of waiting afterwards for the satellite signal to activate). Costs $10/month.

<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Anyone have any cons on the XM?<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Your power antenna may die down in the fender because you'll NEVER use AM/FM anymore
post #3 of 28 (permalink) Old 05-09-2003, 12:46 PM
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I have the Pioneer DEH-P4400

here are a few specs:

EEQ™ performance chip
3-band equalizer
Easy EQ (EEQ) switches: 5 factory and 1 user EQ presets (Super Bass; Powerful; Natural; Vocal; Flat; Custom)
IP-Bus system control
MCD control
Auxiliary input (CD-RB10 or CD-RB20 required. Sold separately.)
One external unit control
One pair RCA preouts (2V)
XM RADIO SATELLITE READY:
Controls optional GEXP900XM or GEXFM903XM Satellite Radio tuners (as External unit).
8-character display for XM Radio text (no scroll)

So any more thoughts on what I need?
Or how would my radio work with XM?
 
post #4 of 28 (permalink) Old 05-09-2003, 02:30 PM
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Buy the XM tuner (I have the GEXP900XM controlled by a DEH7400 in my WRX...buy this one as you do NOT need the FM modulation provided by the 903 unit) and antenna, and you should be set.
post #5 of 28 (permalink) Old 05-09-2003, 02:50 PM
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For the antenna, use the new Terk XM3. Really small profile and magnetic base. It retails for about $50. With your radio, I'm pretty sure the text from the XM receiver will not scroll across the screen so whatever text will fit on the screen (song title/artist/station name) is all you will get. That being said, you're going to love XM. Imagine not having cable/satellite on your TV...that's what XM will do for your radio experience.
post #6 of 28 (permalink) Old 05-09-2003, 02:55 PM
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Or you can do what I did if your needs are similar. I bought the 903 and an ip cable. You can put the fm modulator stuff in another car, and the ip cable controls the unit in the SS. Now when I put the 'pala away for the winter I just throw the xm in a different vehicle so I dont suffer from xm withdrawl.

Peter

If I had to do it all over again, I would consider strongly using the sky-fi unit. Then you could use a patch cable to go directly into the aux input of your ip ready pioneer. Then you could bring the radio into the house via the boombox or home stereo patch. You can bring your xm wherever you are.....
post #7 of 28 (permalink) Old 05-09-2003, 03:42 PM
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Anyone have any ideas wher to buy this?
Should I go to a Best Buy type of store, or does these people overcharge?
Anyone have pics of how the antenna looks on a SS?
post #8 of 28 (permalink) Old 05-09-2003, 04:16 PM
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Here you go Mr. Thump

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post #9 of 28 (permalink) Old 05-16-2003, 10:33 AM
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I have the decoder/tuner and wiring to plug it into my headunit now. It is the 900XM. I have the car mount antenna, but have since seen a setup that has it mounted on the back dash. Installation would be so much easier this way. How is the wiring run from the outside of the car on this antenna to the decoder inside the car?
I heard that this antenna has to be run through the rear window molding. That doesnt sound easy. Is it?
post #10 of 28 (permalink) Old 05-16-2003, 11:00 AM
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MrThump77, you should use a boomerang antenna and slap it on your trunk. LOL
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