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Very Good Product
on March 25, 2005
First, I'd like to comment on XM Radio in general: I love it! I have a rather long drive to work and it's wonderful to listen to music without interruption. It's great not to hear any commercials (I have no idea what the local car dealers etc. are up to now that I'm immune to their ads). Another XM service I use daily is the traffic report. Never having to wait for a local station to broadcast the traffic conditions is very helpful. I'm still learning all the channels and keep finding new ones that I like. Regarding the XR9, I like it alot (although it's my first XM radio receiver so I have nothing to compare it to). It has a nice large display with a few different options as to how information is shown. It also will show sports scores and stock prices and so far has been really easy to program. The blue display is cool looking (although a choice of colors would be nice). I think the text on the display is much nicer than on other XM receivers I looked at. At first I had my XR9 receiver hooked up using the built in wireless transmitter which transmits the stations from the XR9 to the car's radio. DON'T DO THIS. The sound quality using the wireless feature was horrible (it sounded really tinny like bad AM radio) and there was alot of interference from over the air stations (I'd imagine that this would be a problem in most metropolitan areas with alot of on air stations). I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND NOT USING THE WIRELESS FEATURE. After a week, I had the receiver direct wired to my radio and the difference was incredible. Now, the stations come in perfectly clear and sound as good as my FM stations or CD's. Another feature that I'm not in love with is the flat buttons. Since I use this receiver in my car, I find it somewhat difficult to change the stations sometimes because the buttons are flat and don't stick out of the receiver. I find myself sometimes hitting more than one button at a time. The "1" and the "0" are especially tricky to push sometimes since they curve around the side of the receiver. Those few features aside, I don't mean to sound negative about the reciver. It looks great in my car and now that it is hard wired, it sounds fantastic too. I like the display and its viewing options. Also, there are a few other options (like the alarm) available that I haven't yet used which I'm sure will add to my enjoyment of this product.