One of Sirius's easiest to use and most affordable receivers, the Sirius InV is a must for satellite radio fans who want a less-expensive entry into the market. Just like other Sirius-compatible receivers, the InV offers a large, easy-to-read display and an intuitive front control panel. But more significantly for people who spend a lot of time in the car, the InV is designed to seamlessly complement your driving routine thanks to the bundled car kit. Note that the InV doesn't support Sirius's universal docking architecture--unlike the comparably priced Stratus--so you'll have to connect it to your stereo console via wires. However, the receiver does offer a complete in-car solution, with a design that's perfect for smaller vehicles with tight mounting locations. In addition to the receiver, the kit includes a power adapter that connects to your car's 12- volt cigarette lighter plug, a vehicle antenna for enhanced reception, and a dash mount. Once you're connected, you'll have the ability to decode the incoming digital-quality signal from more than 130 music, news, sports, talk, and entertainment channels, many of them commercial-free.
An intuitive three-line display tells you the channel name and number, artist name, and song title. The receiver also lets you program up to 10 presets of your favorite streams, as well as search by channel name and music category. And with a quick press of the One- Touch Jump button, you can instantly switch between the traffic and weather reports for your city or any of the other music, news, or entertainment channels. Other programming details include direct station tuning via the numeric buttons and a channel lock option.
The InV also includes a built-in FM transmitter that sends Sirius radio programming to your vehicle's FM tuner, so you don't have to make a direct connection to enjoy the full array of channels. Simply set an empty FM frequency on your radio and tune the InV to the same frequency (the transmitter supports up to 100 frequencies). The transmitter also works with other FM tuners, such as the one on your home stereo, but is easily paired with the car thanks to the vehicle kit, which includes everything you need for listening to Sirius while driving.
Other features include a real-time clock; a parental lock function that restricts your children's access to off-color material; and compatibility with a separately sold wireless remote control. The InV, which measures 4.5 by 1.9 by 0.7 inches (W x H x D), is backed by a one-year warranty.
What's in the Box
InV satellite radio receiver, dash mount, car power adapter, roof-mount antenna, mounting hardware, Sirius station guide, user's manual.