After sitting on the fence for quite a while regarding satellite radio, I recently saw a review of a portable device for receiving XM Radio that sounded really good, so I decided to give it a shot.
It's a Pioneer AirWare
, and here's the review I read (among others):
I found it for just $99.00 after rebate, which is an amazing price for such a cool product. It's about the size of an iPod, and works on your hip, in your car, or home or office.
I just received it today, and hooked it up in my office. It comes with all kinds of different accessories, like a small window antenna, another small one for your car, fake cassette adapter for your car (plus it already sends an FM signal to your car stereo without a separate transmitter), all kinds of mounts for your car, a carrying case, cables, earbuds, etc.
It took just a few minutes to hook it up to the speaker system in my office, activate the system on line by subscribing to XM (about $12 per month), and learn how to use the device. Dozens of commercial-free options to choose from, including lots of different music channels, talk radio, sports, like four different comedy stations, and so on.
I also tried it in my car, and walking around outside, and it generally had excellent reception and sound quality. You can preset a whole bunch of stations and even record five hours of programming into internal memory to listen to later. Should be great for me for a variety of purposes - listening in the office at work, in the car (especially on long trips with little radio reception), and while mountain biking, and so on.
For $100.00 or so I must say I'm pretty impressed, and based on what I've seen and heard so far, I recommend it highly!