Audiovox CNP2000UCA XM Direct2 Main Kit
- Universal XM Satellite Radio Programmable Interface Adapter
- Allows conversion of your existing aftermarket head unit into an XM Radio receiver
- Direct connection allows for greater digital sound quality
- Features built-in expansion port (pass through connection) for additional compatible manufacturer devices like iPod adapters or CD changers
- Compatible with the XM Mini-Tuner, a portable subscription cartridge that will eliminate the need to have multiple subscriptions
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1) Build quality - Bad (1/5): The PIA is made out of cheap, fragile plastic. The kind of plastic that gets light-colored markings on it from fingernails. It weighs only a couple ounces and feels like it will fall apart. I was terrified to carry it around as a drop would probably shatter it. Once the protective cable cover is snapped on (useless part, see "design" below) it is almost impossible to remove, especially without damaging the crappy housing. This is bad because according to other reviews online, the PIA is going to have to be reprogrammed regularly.
2) Design quality - Terrible (0/5):
- Neither of the little boxes have indicator lights, beeps, screens, or anything. There's no way to tell if they're hooked up properly, if the PIA is flashed properly, if either are powered, if either has power, or what part isn't working (and believe me, something will not be working).
- The 34-pin connector into the PIA is the strangest design I think I have seen. Wiring harnesses are everywhere in cars, I am unsure why Audiovox chose not to trust a standard harness clip on this unit and instead opted for a loose-wires-with-secondary-outer-seal design. It doesn't make sense reading it here, but it's no better after seeing it. Basically you plug in the 34-pin adapter cable, plug in the tuner module, then snap a plastic cover in place over the whole thing. It's a terrible design, barely clips on, and is a bear to take off. Total head-scratcher.
- The USB hookup (which is also recessed with the 34-pin connector, but not sealed like the 34-pin connector is) is straight into a port soldered onto a circuit board.Read more ›
I was able to mount the antenna ontop the unit right next to the GPS and there's no interferrance whatsoever.
As for flashing, running windows7 64bit and had no trouble getting the firmware to run and do its thing.
Quality wise - what can I say ? This is going to be tucked away from site so who cares what it looks like? I made sure to electrical tape all the connectors to give it added grip. I placed the system box and receive in the footwell of the vehicle and have the antenna ontop the receive unit. Cords are plenty long enough for this.
Yes, this would've been very nice if it were integrated with the receiver unit. But get over it - it's not, and you can only make do with what you got. In this case, the XM now has the appearance of being fully integrated and I'm quite happy with it.
Edit: Unit has been working great for almost a year. I love this thing. No problems whatsoever with XM. Appears those who have had trouble with the unit either got a bad one or wouldn't be able to put together a two piece jigsaw puzzle.
No idea how this works once it's installed, but I couldn't get past step one with the operating system I'm using.
With the cable taken care of, the rest of the programming / install went smoothly. Note, the programming software will work fine with Windows 8, in either x86 or x64 flavors. I actually did the programming on an x64 Windows 8.1 box. No issues whatsoever.
As to the antenna, I pulled the third brake light out and ran the antenna wire down through there, into the headliner, and then down the rear passenger door weather stripping. From there I ran it through the foot well forwards and then up the side of the fuse panel on the front passenger side. When reinstalling the brake light, I did add some black silicone caulking (I have a black truck) around the wire to ensure that I wouldn't experience any water leakage.
The rest of the parts just plugged in, and I used some 3M tape (3M VHB Heavy Duty Mounting Tape) to tape both the PIA and tuner behind the glove box. Registration was quick, and 5 minutes later the system was activated and receiving the full channel lineup.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
OK but be forewarned you have to program it using Internet Explorer on a Windows 98 computerPublished 1 month ago by Regular Shopper
Works great...seamlessly fit into my existing radio unit...great customer service from JoshPublished 11 months ago by Gary J.
I had two of these units and not sure if the radio was problematic or these units? I ended up buying a new radio with a built in Sirius module.Published 16 months ago by Grb
It works, but annoying part with XM is that if you driving thru the park or suburban area - there is very poor reception. Read morePublished 18 months ago by CreoX