Friday, August 06, 2004

There's a very good chance that whichever room I'm in always has some kind of music playing. In my car, I can't stand listening to the radio because of the incessant and annoying commercials, so I'm constantly making mix CDs. After growing tired of hearing the same old songs over and over, I decided to give XM Radio a try.

I picked up the Delphi Roady2 at Best Buy for $130 on Wednesday night. Installation is pretty straightforward, and the tuner gets XM signals from its mini antenna, patching it to a cassette adapter or wirelessly to a designated FM station. Since I don't have a cassette deck in my car, I went the wireless route which doesn't give as good sound quality as the wired way, but which is still better than the radio.

Activation was easy -- I signed up online and left the tuner on until my account was magically beamed down from outer space by XM aliens. Ten bucks a month gives you access to a hundred commercial-free music stations of all genres . You can also get a free accessory that allows you to bring it inside and hook it up to your home stereo system. I figure I'll try it out for a month or two and see what I think. So far it's been pretty impressive.

Anyone else out there tried XM Radio or its going-broke competitor, Sirius?

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