This is my fourth Sirius radio that I have purchased, my first was this very same radio, December 26, 2005. The radio finally burned out or shorted out, it started to go on and off repeatedly, upon investigation I learned the ac adapter plug on the dongle was loose. I popped the plastic apart and the solder had come off the board inside the dongle, the ac adapter plug-in had fallen out. I had resoldered the piece back on, but due to the constant on and off's and rebooting the unit had done for months the ac plug unit had shorted out as well. Of course I would like to point out though that I used to move this radio between my car and home, once the antenna wire had been pulled slightly off the roof and had been caught under my back wheel of my car, when I backed up it yanked the radio off its perch and broke the wire. So that alone could have damaged the dongle orginaly.
The actual radio itself features and big blue screen which is easy to read even from a distance, as well as the FM transmitter before the FCC crackdown. If any of you have a current Sirius radio you know the FM transmitter is weak. The older radios have a better transmitter in them, for example I broadcast on 90.1 I can recieve the Sirius broadcast on all my radios in my house, including my Zune player for when Im listening to Stern and dont want my kids to hear. The three removable face plates is more a bell and whistle than anything but I guess if style and color is what worries you then it's a good thing. The fact that it comes with a car and home kit alone makes it worth the buy. Most radios come with a car kit and the home kit is another $50-$100, this makes installation and use simple. ...Read more
Good versatile product. I bought this unit for a vehicle without a standard radio. It can be used in the home as well. Have had XM receivers before, this is first Sirius. I like the compact size and the clear sound that the unit delivers.