Pioneer - Portable XM Satellite Radio Receiver with Home Kit
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- Service ProviderXM
- Radio Service Fee$12.95/month
- Home KitYes
- Car KitNo
- Auto ShutoffYes
Rating 3.7 out of 5 stars with 51 reviews(51 Reviews)
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Overall, not badPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
This product is smaller than I expected it to be. As other reviewers say, don't think that you can mow your lawn and get a clear signal outside. You must use the antennae with this product. You can use at home without the antennae if you are stationary and near a window. What is nice is that you can use it at work and at home. However, it only comes with one antennae and power charger. I got the car kit so I could leave that in the office and use the home kit at home. However, the charge on the battery only lasts a few hours. I had to find a way to charge the battery in the office (and keep my home kit at home). It doesn't seem the USB charges the unit at all. The car kit doesn't come with an electric plug that you can use in a standard eletric outlet - so I had to buy a cheap converter that allows me to charge the unit with a cigarette lighter type plug into a standard outlet. Now I am able to use this both at home and in the office. Features I wish they would change/update: The loud BEEP you hear when one of your preferred artists or songs are playing on an XM station. I had my headphones plugged into it and my boss said "do you keep hearing that beeping noise?" (he didn't know it was coming from my radio). I wish you could set it so it doesn't make a beep, OR just makes the beep in the audio stream (so with headphones others can't hear it). It's not easy to figure out how to delete recorded content. I have to review the manual but when you record a show, it's listed under recordings but it doesn't give you the option to delete it. I wish you could type in your favorite artist to make them one of your preferred. It seems the only way you can make a preferred artist is to happen to have that artist come up on a station you're listening to, then go under OPTIONS and add them. I would like to be able to somehow add the artist without having to wait around on a station for them to come up. Things I love: The favorite channel list. You can also scan through just your favorite channels to see what's on each. You can set to record a talk show. What you have to keep in mind here - it MUST be on and able to receive a good signal if you want to record something. You can pause live radio. If I have to go into a meeting, I can pause it and then come back to the radio. When you do this, or when you record a program, you can jump past commercials by hitting >>.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Still not soldPosted .No, I would not recommend this to a friend
I enjoy this satellite radio and get good reception. I am dissapointed by a few things that I think may have to do more with the $80 installation than the product itself. My main issues are the wire being too short the way it was installed so I cannot move it anywhere in the car and I don't really like where it is. The worst problem I have with it, however, is the volume. I have a brand new car and it has a great sound system. It has a max volume of 40 and i can listen to the regular radio a bit loudly at ~8. If i have my normal radio on 8 and turn it to XM it automatically jumps to 38 and is only at the same volume. That is as loud as it will go so I cannot even enjoy my sound system! This has been very frustrating for me. Other than this and not being able to surf channels too easily with the remote, I love the radio!
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
I LOVE ITPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I LOVE this Radio!! Yea, its a little steep on the price side but it balances out because you don't have to pay for downloading music. You can setup alerts when your favoirte song plays so you can record it. Or you can just record like you would on a VCR or ect... The radio also records 5 of your favorite stations automatically. This is great when you don't have signal for listening to music when on an airplane or ect... The radio still has lots of room for improvement. I can only imagine what the next generation of this radio will be like. Something has to be done to improve favorite stations. I't a little ackward trying to locate your fav's. The computer program that you use to orgaize your music is also a little lame. The program won't let you listen to your downloaded music like itunes does. So its difficult to know what song is what if you can't hear it on the computer program. Another thing that would be nice is if you could record songs directly off pre-recorded stations. I am pretty sure this is in the works for the future. And 1 last thing is I WISH THIS WAS A TOUCH SCREEN. Please don't change you mind about buying this radio. It doesn't have any flaws. Just lots of room for improvement.
Rated 3 out of 5 stars
Starts Great, Ends not so wellPosted .No, I would not recommend this to a friend
I have had this unit for about 7 months. It just dies, and the only reason I do not score it lower is that Best Buy replaced it for me. I live in Canada and it take 5 minutes to get to the US so I was kind of jammed dealing with Pioneer as they have a US and Canadian unit, so Best Buy was great. I loved this unit when I got it. The portable reception is very good if you are in a sub division, but if you go into a wooded area, forget getting a signal. The unit works very well in the house (faces south), and is bullet proof in the car. I still very much like the unit, however the battery was only good for about 20 minutes tops, which stinks when you're just starting out on a run or bike ride and the thing dies. Basically you might as well go with an XM Express, and get service for your smart phone for portability. This was not an option when I bought this. In fairness I did have the player in the dock all winter, which I'm sure didn't help the battery life. I am going to try and let the battery run down on my new unit. I am really disappointed in Pioneer. The failure of this unit is EXACTLY the same for everyone. This should be fixable for them, fairly easily as it happens time after time. You will eventually get a 'Powering Up....' message that dosen't go away. They should yank this unit until they fix it. It's quite embarrassing for Pioneer and XM selling this unit as is. I loved the idea of this unit, but don't think I'd buy it again. If you are still considering it, check out reviews online, at sites like XMfan.com.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Nice features. Some hardware limitationsPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I have only had this hooked up for aweek. In home setup was very easy. The room it is in faces south so I placed antenna in window sill and worked well. The remote works fine for me. It's not laid out all that well but is functionable. The major problem was with car installation. The car power cable is very short. I use power outlet in middle armrest. From there the cable could reach the center part of the dash only. I planned to install it in the vent near my driver side door. Luckily I had an old Sirius 5 volt car power adapter or this would not have been possible. This wire was twice as ling as the included adapter the unit does seem delicate I have tried to use only the remote to control it as I will not be using it outside the car or home. I havE also ordered an inivisishield to protect the screen. The included antenna also has short wires making custom installs tough depending on how you want to route the wire.
Rated 3 out of 5 stars
Not As Good As The InnoPosted .No, I would not recommend this to a friend
This is a good portable XM radio and decent MP3 player. I purchased the radio to record XM content during the night and had hoped to edit the material at my liesure. WRONG, this player does not allow you to edit. You have a choice of recording in 1 to 6 hour sessions. For example, I recorded a 6 hour block of tunes and when I chose to delete just one song the player deletes the entire 6 hours of music. Spoke with Pioneer tech support and they confirmed this feature (or should I say lack of feature). You can, however, record one song at a time but that only permits 10 hours of recored material verses 100 hours if you record in 6 hour sessions. I'm guessing the sessions are recorded as one compressed file verses individual files. So if you wish to use this as an EDITABLE XM recorder/player buy the INNO so you can delete unwanted songs and talk.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Good within limitationsPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
After returning two (or was it three) defective units, I am quite satisfied with this as a major uprgrade from my old walkman-style casette/portable stereo. The sound quality is generally quite good on headphones, through the home stereo, or in my vehicle. I switched from Sirius to XM to get Major League Baseball, and enjoyed listening to Red Sox games during a trip to the West. The unit will also plug into an auxiliary input on a rental car sound system, giving me access go a huger number of CDs stored on a tiny chip. As an independent portable satellite radio, the signal breaks up too much to be useful. Also, the unit won't receive local FM stations, so I ended up getting a separate compact MP3 player for that. I wold also like to see a better directory system. Under "artists" in the menu, it displays indivual songs instead of albums.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great receiver/playerPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
It's rare for me to do a review but this product is so nice I felt I should. I loaded about 7 gigs of my favorite music on it, let it record a bunch of programs for a couple of days and then set out on endless flights. Sound quality was great. Player is small and easy to store in a shirt pocket. Instead of buying a case, I found the player and charger fit perfectly in an old eyeglass case that I could toss in my computer bag. I was amazed that I could get strong signals with the outdoor antenna in the very rural area I live in. Walking around in the yard with no external antenna I could still get decent reception. I was surprised that I even picked up live sattelite feed while in the terminal at the Philly airport. The battery life was good enought to get me through overseas flights and the charger worked fine in the UK with just a prong adapter. One of the reviewers mentioned a problem in identifying individual songs recorded from XM. Most of the programs I recorded had full information and I could scroll and pick out songs to play or skip just like with the ones I loaded from CDs. A couple of programs recorded with just a name and host of the program but those were few. In summary, I couldn't be more pleased with the XMP3 player and would highly recommend it. I'm concerned that I hear that XM/Sirius is going broke but I assume someone will take over and investors rather than listeners will feel the impact. Also of note, I just noticed that BestBuy has dropped the price since I bought mine, maybe due to the XM financial problems?