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XM Commander XMRVRFM001

by Terk
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  • Full function remote with scan and jump features you can also preview channels before selecting
  • Works with any car radio via digital direct connect or FM modulation
  • Full featured interface with remote control and micro antenna
  • Factory installed appearance blends with car interior
  • Tune Select finds your favorite songs
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Technical Details
Item Weight1 pounds
Product Dimensions4.5 x 1 x 1.8 inches
Item model numberXMRVRFM001
  
Additional Information
ASINB000167KWY
Best Sellers Rank #69,646 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight3 pounds
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
Date First AvailableOctober 2, 2001
  
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  • Brand Name: Terk
  • Model: XMRVRFM001

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

The XM Commander is an intelligently designed satellite receiver that works with all car stereos through FM modulation or direct-connect RCA line-out. It gives you a clean, elegant receiver option. Its ultra low-profile design blends inconspicuously with all automotive interiors. The XM Commander is a total system in one; it comes complete with everything necessary for a quick and easy installation.

The XM Commander works with all car stereos through FM modulation or direct-connect RCA line-out (professional installation is recommended). It has an ultra-low profile. The controller is 20 percent smaller than current receivers and blends naturally with your vehicle. The micro antenna is one of the smallest satellite radio antennas available - nearly 40 percent smaller than the competition!

Product Description

Box includes: Commander unit, remote control, antenna and hide-away tuner The XM Commander gives you clean, elegant XM reception. This intelligently designed satellite receiver works with all car stereos through FM modulation or direct-connect RCA line-out. The full-featured interface with dual-line display makes it easy to use, and the micro antenna blends with your car interior Keep an ultra low-profile - Controller is 20% smaller than current receivers and blends naturally with your vehicle Single wire design makes it easy to hide Smallest satellite radio antenna available, 40% smaller than the competition

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Customer Reviews

Sound quality is great.
Tim j Mccabe
On the record, I also own the XM unit that fits in the XM boombox, and the Commander is easily the best looking and easiest to use.
M. Hollingsworth
I am going to attempt to return it.
Jack Davis Jr.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By R. Clark on December 22, 2004
Okay, XM is really, really cool. But this review is not about XM, the concept/service. It is about the XM commander.

1) This unit, when hooked with the FM antenna connector, sounds horrible. Somewhere between an strong AM radio station and a weak FM one. This is not related to reception, it is just the dymanic range of the output. Reception was always consistant no matter where I drove.

2) The face light on this unit is very bright and cannot be dimmed. It is distracting and unsafe. It literally is as bright as a small flashlight. What a huge oversight!

3) The output level of this unit is so low, you must turn up the level of your head unit a lot to hear it. That causes the following problems:

a) Distortion - even with a good head unit, distortion is higher the louder you turn it.

b) Loud Blast of Static when you turn on the car. The XM commander comes up a few second after the radio - since you have the FM radio turned to a blank station, you get a LOUD blast of static for a few seconds until XM comes on. This is worse than it might at first seem. And no, you will not remember to turn off the unit every time you turn off the car.

c) Switching from XM commander to FM etc. causes a HUGE volume difference. This requires lots of blasts of loudness all around, and is incredibly annoying.

(And yes, I am aware of the XM commander audio adjustment, but it does little to mitigate this problem)

A great concept (XM) but a horrible solution (XM commander)

Do yourself a favor and change your head unit to an all-inclusive system such as those from Clarion. Yes it costs more but you will be thrilled with XM when it works right.

I'm having my installer take this unit out of my car and putting in a head unit. I learned the hard way... I don't want you to.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Craig on June 30, 2004
Ease of installation, value, and superb sound quality makes this unit a great buy for any one with a cd player already installed in their vehicle. Other units require buying the tuner, then a car kit with a cassette adapter, which I had no use for, then the FM modulator, and the antenna, almost doubling the price of what this unit cost. Very nice, sleek design... not bulky like the Delphi. It has an excellent two line display, with a cool indigo blue backlite at night, and even direct sun does not impair visibility of the LCD display during the day. Doing a custom in-dash install is the only way to go with this unit. Just wish I had a aux input in my receiver to take advantage of the direct connection ability of the Commander for superior sound quality. (...)
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C. Mendenhall on July 24, 2004
I just purchased the unit a couple days ago and am thoroughly pleased with the features. Face it, most people wouldn't need any more features than the XM offers unless you just like throwing your money at things you never use. Sound quality is great but could use improvement. I notice a slight volume disparity when switching from FM to XM. My unit is mounted in my Ford Explorer with velcro so I can remove if needed. All wires are hidden. I watched the car audio place install everything within 15 minutes. If you have any idea about installing regular car stereos than I'm sure you could do it yourself.
Setup was very easy, one phone call to XM and within 5 minutes I was downloading stations. One thing you do need to know is that when you pull your car into a garage (loose direct line with the satellites) then you loose reception. Within the next 5 years they should improve that.
Bottom Line: I would highly recommend buying the unit, especially if you live in a place where you can't get any radio stations. Look to Ebay for the best price ($40 cheaper than Best Buy and Circuit City) and installing the unit yourself. If you don't feel comfortable about self-install then stop by a place like Best Buy and they will do it for you for around $70. Good Luck.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Ray on July 25, 2009
This was installed by the dealer when I bought the car as I would not have a car without XM. Unfortunately, the car manufacturer did not offer XM until the 2009 models. Generally the unit works well and reception is good except occasionally in the mountains. However, there is one big problem with the unit. The output through the FM modulator is way too weak! Volume is barely adequate when turned up to the max. Then, if you switch to CD without adjusting the volume there is a huge blast. It is better than no XM but not really a quality product.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jack Davis Jr. on April 18, 2008
I had my commander installed professionally at Curcuit City. However I lost reception of some of my favorite AM and FM stations. I had the older model Commander and the module was more powerful, per Curcuit City, and I did not have this problem. I am going to attempt to return it. It is going to cost me additional money for installation approximatelty $100.00. I am very disappointed with this commander.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JD Binford on February 11, 2007
I installed this unit in a 2001 Porsche Cabriolet. Unfortunately, the head unit was DOA, but Audiovox replaced it w/o incident. I have the antenna mounted on my dash and it works fine. I had to use the modulator sysem, which turned out to be just fine also. I wish it had three lines on the head unit so it could show Artist, Song and Channel (station?) all at the same time. Other than that, no complaints.
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