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Originally uploaded by Paul Timmins.
My new toy, a sirius receiver to replace the old half broken one I currently have.

(Did I mention it's blue?)


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Sep. 19th, 2005 01:22 pm (UTC)
I have XM service. How does that one work out? I found a deal on the Delphi Roady 2 online for $20 with free shipping from ebuyer.com So now everyone in the family has XM radio. The LCD can change to blue, red, orange, pink, purple, dark blue, and green. The signal is received from either a satelite or terestrial repeaters that XM has deployed across the country. The repeaters pick up the XM signal and retransmit it. This helps if you are going under a bridge or for some reason don't have a clear view of the sky. Because We have so many receivers I was able to put them on a family plan and they only cost $7 per month for the aditional receivers. The only thing I don't like about it so far is.. no NPR. They have something called XMNRP but it sucks!

- Jason
Sep. 19th, 2005 02:56 pm (UTC)
Sirius works great. I've used it for about 3 years now.

This one in particular has a 40 minute recorder inside, which allows you to pause and rewind live radio (you can't schedule a recording to listen to later, but eh, who cares..).

I have this thing about blue, so the fact it's blue is quite important :-)

Sirius has a few technical advantages above XM. Sirius uses an adaptive bitrate codec (like VBR in MP3, for example), so Sirius can pack WAY more in their bandwidth allocations. XM has two geostationary satellites - "Rock" and "Roll", one covering the east coast, and one covering the west (This means your signal is usually coming in at a very steep angle, from the south southeast or south southwest) Sirius has 3 satellites in elliptical orbit, which means that at any given time, there is 2 satellites visible, and they're generally at a much less steep angle, sometimes they're right over top of you. This means the signal works better in things like mountains, or other places with variable terrain. Since Sirius also uses ground stations for fill coverage (though according to my antenna aiming utility on my unit, while it can see ground stations, it's never had to switch to one as a primary source, since it's always had a good view of the satellites, even in Detroit where I live). Sirius is owned by less institutional investors, and more individuals, meaning that they were less greedy, and always have been, in my experience. Their price is $12.95/mo, but they only have one tier of service, that includes unlimited streaming via the internet, and they've always been 100% commercial free on the music channels - always. XM only started when they ditched clear channel as an investor and Sirius was eating their lunch because people were like "fuck, I'm not paying for a service with commercials on it!". Sirius is also anti-censorship, and brags about it. They have a few kids channels where they censor things, but unless all they can get is the radio edit version, they always play the dirty version on every channel. They're crazy enough to take on howard stern, and give eminem his own channel.

In short, I like Sirius better. I've seen both, and I made my choice :-)
Sep. 19th, 2005 03:18 pm (UTC)
I must state that it did a great job driving from OH to NV. I'm a big fan of RawDog (the uncensored comedy channel), even if it does have occasional commercials for crappy products.
Sep. 19th, 2005 06:06 pm (UTC)
Given that XM also has terrestial repeaters, does the lack of a 3rd satellite, or ellipticals really make that much of a difference?
Sep. 19th, 2005 06:16 pm (UTC)
Yes. They only have terrestrial repeaters in heavily populated areas. In the UP, you're on your own off the major highways. 2.3 Ghz is blocked by trees (which is the frequency both satellite radio companies use), so you want satellites above you rather than to the sides, since trees grow up, and not side to side.
Sep. 19th, 2005 06:17 pm (UTC)
Also, elliptical orbit is much cheaper, and means the satellites are closer, meaning that there's less money spent in running the gear, and more money spent on the talent, and also it means that the satellites are easier to service, and are going to have stronger signal levels all other things being equal.
Sep. 19th, 2005 03:01 pm (UTC)
Oh, and additional receivers on sirius are only $6/mo. I have another one that I'm gonna take apart and try to make work more reliably, then hack the remote head off, and make it totally computer interfaceable, so I'm keeping service on two at the moment.
Sep. 19th, 2005 02:06 pm (UTC)
Ours is Red, which we like 'cause it goes with all the other guages and displays in the Aztek.
Sep. 19th, 2005 02:59 pm (UTC)
Yea, everything I've ever seen though that's not blue is mostly this awful orange, or dirty amber. eew. I'll take blue any day. Honest to God Red would be not bad, since your pupils will stay dilated in the dark when looking at it, so it's safer for night driving.
Sep. 19th, 2005 03:15 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty possitive it's actually red...


Sirius Starmate Satellite Radio Plug-and-Play Receiver with Car Docking Kit

I would prefer blue in any other case, but the red looks really good since the rest of the car is red lit.
Sep. 19th, 2005 05:28 pm (UTC)
(Did I mention it's blue?)
Did you have to?
Sep. 19th, 2005 05:45 pm (UTC)
Re: (Did I mention it's blue?)
true, it's basically a given with me, isn't it?
Sep. 19th, 2005 06:47 pm (UTC)
mmmmm.... me like..
Sep. 19th, 2005 07:06 pm (UTC)
me like more because I get to listen to it :-)
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