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Wolvie's picture

Okay - because I drive A LOT, I'm thinking I want this.


Questions - does anyone have this service? Which receiver/tuner did you buy? How do you like it? TIA to any and all.


"We fed the heart on fantasy...the heart grew brutal on the fare" WB Yeats

 

StevenHB's picture

(post #42504, reply #1 of 28)

Only one of the services (XM, Sirius) carries NPR - I don't remember which one.  Why XM?


Without coffee, chocolate, and beer, in that order, life as we know it would not be possible

Without coffee, chocolate, and beer, in that order, life as we know it would not be possible
Wolvie's picture

(post #42504, reply #2 of 28)

XM has NPR. ;-)

"We fed the heart on fantasy...the heart grew brutal on the fare" WB Yeats

 

StevenHB's picture

(post #42504, reply #4 of 28)

XM has NPR. ;-)


Good answer!



Without coffee, chocolate, and beer, in that order, life as we know it would not be possible

Without coffee, chocolate, and beer, in that order, life as we know it would not be possible
MadMom's picture

(post #42504, reply #5 of 28)

My DD got XM simply because she wanted NPR.  Our new car came with Sirius, and I hated not having NPR, but they are going to start carrying it on September 1 - wheee!


If you enjoy listening to the radio and if you take long trips, the satellite radio is definitely for you.  If you don't like radio (or just consider it "background noise") or you don't get out of your immediate listening area, it probably isn't worth the price just to avoid commercials. 


Things are going to get a lot worse before they get worse.
Lily Tomlin

PeterDurand's picture

(post #42504, reply #6 of 28)

NO commercials!! Wow, I want one of those. But then again, because it is from the dreaded US of A, we Canadians would probably face jail time for even thinking about one. Sigh.

Peter

 

Geoffchef's picture

(post #42504, reply #7 of 28)

Don't worry Peter. All of our black helicopters have been grounded by obsolescence.

 


 


The Arctic trails have their secret tales that would make your blood run cold.


-Robert W. Service

 

ADAM'S APPLE, n.
A protuberance in the throat of man, thoughtfully provided by Nature to keep the rope in place.
Ambrose Bierce - The Devil's Dictionary

 

PeterDurand's picture

(post #42504, reply #8 of 28)

But we only had yellow ones. So they could be found quicker when they had to make forced landings.

 

Geoffchef's picture

(post #42504, reply #9 of 28)

LOL!

 


 


The Arctic trails have their secret tales that would make your blood run cold.


-Robert W. Service

 

ADAM'S APPLE, n.
A protuberance in the throat of man, thoughtfully provided by Nature to keep the rope in place.
Ambrose Bierce - The Devil's Dictionary

 

MadMom's picture

(post #42504, reply #10 of 28)

Would anyone be surprised if I hijack this thread?  I've got a question, and thought that maybe people who know about satellite radio might be able to answer this one.  I just love my DD's dish satellite system which has the PVR (you can record anything, watch it later, skip the commercials, etc.)  Unfortunately, I have cable, and they don't offer that option where I am.  Can I buy a TiVo and hook it up to my cable and have the same capability?

Things are going to get a lot worse before they get worse.
Lily Tomlin

TracyK's picture

(post #42504, reply #11 of 28)

YES! That's what I have.


Go with the one that holds 80 hours, not the 40. Technically, with the 40, you only get 20 hours if you want it in a decent quality picture.



"Ignorance is born of not knowing and can be cured with education.
Stupidity is born of not caring and the only known cure is death."


--Unknown

MER02's picture

(post #42504, reply #13 of 28)

We had tivo and absolutely loved it. We bought the 40 hr recorder, then DH opened it up and replaced the harddrive so we could record 120 hours. :) It worked for about 1.5 yrs. Sadly, ours died and the damage was not worth repairing. It was a lot of fun and it is extremely frustrating to watch tv now. As soon as we have $$ to spend on more electronics and have run out of things for this house that we need, we will be buying another.

love tivo!

TracyK's picture

(post #42504, reply #14 of 28)

Oooh. Plainly I need to contract your DH. :-)


My man replaces brake pads and moves heavy things, but he is not one with technology.



"Ignorance is born of not knowing and can be cured with education.
Stupidity is born of not caring and the only known cure is death."


--Unknown

Geoffchef's picture

(post #42504, reply #15 of 28)

He risks THE HANDS? Gasp!
I would be very careful, if I were he. I mean, a cut fingertip could mean weeks off work.

 


 


The Arctic trails have their secret tales that would make your blood run cold.


-Robert W. Service

 

ADAM'S APPLE, n.
A protuberance in the throat of man, thoughtfully provided by Nature to keep the rope in place.
Ambrose Bierce - The Devil's Dictionary

 

MER02's picture

(post #42504, reply #16 of 28)

I am a lucky girl. And so are you. :)

knittermom's picture

(post #42504, reply #24 of 28)

Wow, what exactly happened with the Tivo? We've had ours since the beta version, which is now almost 3 years, and have had no problems with it. Doesn't Tivo have a warranty of some kind? I just feel bad you didn't get your money's worth out of it.

Kris

MER02's picture

(post #42504, reply #26 of 28)

Our harddrive has died twice. DH fixed this once, but thinks that if we put a new harddrive in it, it too will have a short life if any at all. This has happened to other friends of ours. Ours was an early model, bought in fall of 01. I am sure that the newer ones are better. Oh, and the warrenty is void if you open up the case, which DH certainly did when he upgraded the harddrive and later repaired it. You aren't supposed to do that, but DH is the geekiest geek I've ever known.

We don't regret the $$. We're early adopters so understand that things happen like that sometime. Sucks though. We will get another.

knittermom's picture

(post #42504, reply #27 of 28)

I guess we got lucky; DH has opened ours to play with "insides" too, but I forgot about the warranty being voided when you do that. That does suck a big one!

Kris

Wolvie's picture

(post #42504, reply #18 of 28)

hmmm - the Sirius network has the NFL, too. What type of receiver do you have in your car?

"We fed the heart on fantasy...the heart grew brutal on the fare" WB Yeats

 

MadMom's picture

(post #42504, reply #20 of 28)

My receiver is built in, as part of the car system (whatever Cadillac uses.)  There's a "source" button on the steering wheel to go from AM to FM to CD to XM etc.  Also 12 or 18 (I forget which) presets, which are more than enough...particularly after they get NPR - then I'll just need one!

Things are going to get a lot worse before they get worse.
Lily Tomlin

Wolvie's picture

(post #42504, reply #22 of 28)

hmmm - caddies use to use Bose. I'll check. Thanks!

"We fed the heart on fantasy...the heart grew brutal on the fare" WB Yeats

 

Aberwacky's picture

(post #42504, reply #3 of 28)

Gee, we sell it for aircraft, but I don't think you'd want to pay our prices ;-)


Seriously, though, one of our engineers has done a ton of research on this.  I'll ask him for his opinion.


Leigh

"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." 
-Leo Tolstoy
Aberwacky's picture

(post #42504, reply #12 of 28)

Okay, I was sent back by Mr. Engineer to ask you a few questions:



  • Are you looking to replace your car stereo or or do you just want to add a receiver?

  • What kind of antenna setup do you plan on having?

(By the way, he recommends the Delphi XM SKYFi if you're just adding a receiver,  because you can use it easily at home, too. ) 


Leigh

"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." 
-Leo Tolstoy
Wolvie's picture

(post #42504, reply #17 of 28)

I'm think I'm going to go with the whole enchilada - replace my existing CD/AM-FM Stereo. I don't like plug ins to my existing system - I don't have a cassett player (didn't want one), so the only hook up available with Delphi is thru my existing FM channels - and I don't like the sounds of that. Perhaps he could explain it to me so that it makes sense. You can choose from 6 preset stations. Plus - all the other stuff makes it bulky looking.


That being said - so far I like the looks of the Terk Universal XM commander. It comes with a roof antenna. Is there a particular antenna that he recommends? A different receiver? I see Sony, Pioneer, Alpine, etc., have one, but none had both the ratings and the completeness of the Terk.


I travel out of my home area a lot, so I think this is what I need.


I like the idea of the delphi - it can go car to home, but then, I just may get a stand alone for the house, too. TIA for any more info!!


"We fed the heart on fantasy...the heart grew brutal on the fare" WB Yeats

 

Aberwacky's picture

(post #42504, reply #19 of 28)

Uh oh, Mr. Engineer is off work today.  How big a hurry are you in? (I can get the additional information from him on Monday.)


Leigh

"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." 
-Leo Tolstoy
Wolvie's picture

(post #42504, reply #21 of 28)

not to worry - any time in the next week or so  is fine.

"We fed the heart on fantasy...the heart grew brutal on the fare" WB Yeats

 

gjander's picture

(post #42504, reply #23 of 28)

Hey Wolvie,


Tessa mentioned you were looking for info on this--as you can see I haven't been lurking that often lately.


I got XM back in May and my perspective on the world has changed.  Really.  At that point I was spending a couple of hours in traffic each day and I like to listen to talk radio to keep my head somewhat occupied.


My choices in the morning weren't too bad though a little fluffy: a local AM right leaning talk show with former congressman Fred Grandy, Imus, Howard Stern, and NPR.  NPR is good but as a piece in the Post mentioned recently they can sometimes do an eight minute piece on a cross between a banana and a kumquat and I lose interest.


The lunch hour was harder: Gordon Liddy, Laura Ingraham, and Rush Limbaugh.


The ride home and early evening was Sean Hannity, Chris Corr, Glen Beck, and Michael Savage.


I was angry all the time. 


Now I can get mostly reasonable straight news programming and mix in some opinion if I want it.  Blood pressure has dropped 20 points.  Best $10 I ever spent.


I got the little Roadie unit and my setup is a little kludgy.  I have that cassette adapter and wires running through my interior.  I wanted to be sure I really liked it before I committed.


I did have to experiment with antennae position a bit before my reception was really acceptable.


Gary


 


 


 


 


 


Edited 8/14/2004 4:51 pm ET by GJANDER

knittermom's picture

(post #42504, reply #25 of 28)

<<I was angry all the time. >>

I can relate to this! It doesn't matter which side of the political spectrum you are on, you either get mad because you don't agree, or you get mad because the commentator is getting angry about something the other side is doing/saying. I just can't listen to those kinds of shows anymore, it colors my whole day, and not in a good way, <<smile>>. I like balanced, lively, logical, intellectual political discussions - hard to find sometimes, although NPR tries.

Kris

Wolvie's picture

(post #42504, reply #28 of 28)

Thanks, GJ!


I don't have a cassette player - just the AM/FM CD combo. But - I LOL'ed at the BP drop. I can picture it.


Now - go have a nice cup of Java - which I know you can do. ;-)


I am still looking for a retailer of Cafe Habitat's coffees. Have you hooked up with them yet?


"We fed the heart on fantasy...the heart grew brutal on the fare" WB Yeats