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Rating 3.7 out of 5 stars with 51 reviews

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  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Overall, not bad

    Posted .

    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 >>.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Still not sold

    Posted .

    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!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    I LOVE IT

    Posted .

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Nice features. Some hardware limitations

    Posted .

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 3 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Starts Great, Ends not so well

    Posted .

    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.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 3 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Not As Good As The Inno

    Posted .

    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.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Good within limitations

    Posted .

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great receiver/player

    Posted .

    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?

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Dont wait

    Posted .

    This one is the best unit for sat recievers,The amazing screen display,and the tivo function of unit makes the unit in a class by it self.The complaints i have about the machine is the short battery life .The unit also could do a better job organizing recorded material.The Battery life is about 3 hours with reception and not sure without.I have had unit for a week.If you like the format of a ipod you will love this unit.Just a sharp screen and small and lightweight makes unit again in a class by its self.The unit also has a option to see programs in advanced which is neat.The unit also will record any channel that you have been listenng to when you switch channels.This can be turned off.The unit has a sd slot .Enjoy this unit now with price break and the rebate makes this unit a must buy.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 2 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    You'll need a new one in 6 months

    Posted .

    Check XM boards before investing $200. If you like satellite radio it is the best featured receiver but they fail after 6 months and it is a one month turnaround for a warranty replacement. Additionally, if you don't have the receipt Pioneer won't help you. Don't expect to take this with you and be able to easily listen to live XM as you walk the dog. It has to have an unobstructed view of the SW sky to recieve a signal and if your body or buildings get in the way you will not get a signal. The reason this unit is so popualr among satellite radio junkies is that there is not another unit out there this size that lets you view, manage, and record content like this one. Understand that the XMP3 can't relace your ipod and the computer interface is clunky. Consider it if you listen to SR everyday, understand how it works, and want to get the most out of the 150 plus channels.You will quickly find out you do not want to go back to your old receiver. Expect to replace this reciever at least once before the warranty is over. I have the Best of Sirius and XM (about $150 yr) and this reciever helped me discover cool shows and music I would not have found with the old receivers. I'm hooked on it and will likely ante up another $200 when my warranty ends and my warranty unit inevitably fails. The XMP3 is not for everyone, and I would only reccomend for someone who is familar with satellite radio and the costs associated with this unit.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    replaced old for new same model

    Posted .

    This is my second unit of this brand and type. The first version lasted 3 years of heavy use. I really enjoy the portability of this type of unit. I enjoy the ability to pull songs from XM content without hassle. There is still reception problems, but the new version is improved from the older unit. The Auto record feature also allows for something to listen to when reception is a problem. if you listen to music you can scroll through songs for example and play what you like. Nice new feature not on older version. Durability will be determined over time, as I have only had this for one month. Previous version was very good for my experience with it.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    This unit is much better than the INNO

    Posted .

    I have had an INNO for the last year and a half and I was very happy with it although it was a little bulky and heavy. The screen was also very small and the words on the screen and sports tickers were almost impossible to see unless you had it right up in your face. I am an avid cyclist and a lot of people complain about the reception on these units but I have to say that the INNO seldom gave me reception issues and I used it almost everyday on my rides of 30-50 miles. I hit deadspots from time to time if I was in a heavily wooded area but that was about it. I have used the XMP3 player on a long ride this week and I had no reception issues. I just got the XMP3 this past Monday and boy was I surprised. This unit blows the INNO away! It's lightweight, the screen is huge compared to the INNO and I no longer have to squint to read the song info and the tiny sports tickers I had set to run across the radio while it's playing. The screen is crystal clear and I can read eveyrthing on the screen without a problem. One function I really enjoy that the INNO did not have is the replay/rewind button. I am one of those people that have to listen to a good song over and over until I get tired of it. This player lets you do that and record the songs as well. Mine was a gift but I personally think the unit is very expensive considering you then have to sign up for XM and pay a monthly fee. I always thought the radios should be cheaper because of that. The price of the INNO remained about same throughout its existence so I wouldn't expect to see any price drops for those waiting to see if they can get it cheaper. Your best bet is to wait on a in-store rebate and jump on it. One other plus is the cradle for the car kit. Much sturdier then the one for the INNO. The one for the INNO was really cheap and you had to tilt the radio sideways to mount it on the cradle. The XMP3 cradle totally wraps around the entire unit which keeps it very stable and secure. I am still playing around and learning new things about this unit but I think it's great and I think Pioneer really listened to the INNO owners and came up with a new and improved and much better unit. Very happy and hoping this unit has a long life!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 3 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Nice idea with isues

    Posted .

    It's great to have an MP3 player that can also record satellite radio shows such as Eddie Trunk Live on XM 53's The boneyard, so that you can listen to it later, but the sound quality of recorded shows is low. The battery will give you problems and it's warranty is only 90 days, where the unit has a year warranty. The headphones that are included are cheap junk. Toss them and buy some good ones with noise cancelling. I recomend the pioneed case to protect the finish, otherwise it wears very easily. The display is very nice and bright. The menu is fairly easy to use, but could use some changes. The eq is preset, you only get 5 options, not 5 bands. As an MP3 player, it's really nice. Regular price of $229 is kinda high, so wait for a sale and get it for around $149. with the home kit.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 2 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Somewhat disappointing

    Posted .

    First of all, the remote absolutely sucks. You can almost NEVER turn the unit ON with the remote. I've had 3 units now (because the first 2 died completely), and the remote functions (or should I say malfunctioned) the same with all of them. At first, I went to take the unit back to Best Buy because of the inability to turn the unit on with the remote. But the unit on display had the same issue. So did the replacement I received. In the car dock, or the home dock, forget about turning the unit on with the remote. It isn't goint to happen. Lots of other shortcomings with the remote. For instance, you cant adjust the volume. The + and - keys for the volume work if it's not in the dock. Put it in a dock, and those keys either change channels, or go to the next song when playing recorded music. So you cannot adjust the volume remotely. Reception sucks when not connected to an external antenna. If you have it in your shirt pocket, and you face North, you will cut out the reception. And I'm surprised at how bad the XM radio reception is even with the external antenna on my truck. I suspect that isn't a problem with the XMP3 unit, probably that XM radio has such bad satellite coverage. If I'm driving around town, even trees will cut out the signal if the are on the South side of the street. Perhaps this isn't as big a problem at more Southerly latitudes (I'm in North Idaho). Generally speaking, the firmware is a mess. If you Auto Record XM radio, forget about deleting any of it. You can't, even though the manual says you can. There is no place on the menu structure where you can deleted Auto Recorded XM. You can delete explicitely recorded XM. But as someone else said, if you have recorded more than one song at one time, you can only delete the whole recording, not just individual songs. I recorded a bunch of XM content until the memory reported about 99% full. Then, I deleted 100% of what was recorded. The memory still reported 44% consumed. It would not go back to reporting 100% available. I can get full memory recovered only by reseting the unit to default and erase. That means I have to go back and setup all of my favorite channels and aeactivate the ones I don't want. The software that can be used to manage your music (barely) will not load on a computer that is running 64 bit Windows (Vista or 7). This is 2009 isn't it? That piece of software is the one and only application that I have encountered that cannot even be installed on 64 bit Windows. No great loss. It's a very poor program. Problem is, the firmware software in the unit is even worse. As mentioned elsewhere, XM radio customer support sucks. They wanted to charge me $15 to "Transfer" my service from the dead unit to the replacement unit. On the other hand, the Customer Service at Best Buy is absolutely excelent. I have never had a problem returning something at Best Buy, and the are always very curteous and helpful. Both times I had to replace this unit, they were very accomodating. No hassle whatsoever.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 3 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    I RETURNED MY XMP3 TO THE STORE!!!

    Posted .

    I was very impressed when I first purchased the XMP3. It is small, easy to use and has a great screen. The reception was fine inside my house, but very poor outside when I was walking. The XMP3 could not stay tuned and lost the signal many many times. This made recording live XM impossible because the songs were constantly interupted. The only way to attain a strong/ continuous signal is to stop walking and stand still. The battery life is very short (2.5 hours) and the XMP3 overheats. The XMP3 is ideal for someone who wants to sit outside in one place and not move. Additionally, XM Radio customer service is very poor. They make signing up easy, but cancelling is an agonizing experience! I returned my XMP3 to the store.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 3 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great Non portable portable device

    Posted .

    the device is alot of fun being able to record, pause, and rewind is so cool, the sound is crystal clear and the display is colorful and bright its very light and feels fine in your pocket but thats were it takes a nose dive this is not and i do stress this' it is not portable this is not an xm ipod you cant use it at the gym, when mowing the lawn unless your mowing an open field on a hill in the middle of nowhere, or walking through the park,an antenna is the only way to get reliable reception, i wish i would have listened to the other reviewers cause i would have just bought a cheaper in car device for about half the price cause thats the only place i will use it

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    perfect for any music lover!

    Posted .

    i purchased this item as a birthday gift and my boyfriend LOVES it! i was apprehensive after reading the other reviews that it would have horrible reception, poor battery life and the radio would not work various places. was wrong... it's GREAT! i was not familiar with satellite radio and did not know what stations were offered or anything. thank goodness the best buy sales rep knew her stuff, she was a great help and answered every questiion i had. i was totally missing out - satellite radio is the best! although we experience static every now and then, it is not very often at all and the device has not died on him once. he is faithful in charging the battery, just like a cell phone, so battery life is not an issue. what we particularly love about the xmp3 is the ability to transfer music to the device just like an ipod, except in less time and with fewer steps. In addition to the jams he records from the radio, he has his own albums on the device too - perfect for him since he is a total music lover! i highly recommend this item to anyone interested in xm and would suggest purchasing this item rather than other radio hook ups since it has more capabilties, is more convenient and can be taken practically any and everywhere.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    I really like this portable Receiver

    Posted .

    I received this as a gift from my family and I am so glad they gave it to me. I read about the issues people have with this item, and I have just not experienced that. I drove from Long Island, New York to Boston, MA and ran this on the battery (not car). I was surprised to get four hours from it with about a 1/3 of the battery life still in it! And the only areas on the road I had an issue were in the valleys of Connecticut. It worked great through NYC , going across bridges and through tunnels! I agree that reading the directions and understanding them is key for the owner to get the most out of the system. I was lucky and had a fellow XM'er who owned an older model portable player help me get going. I'm still learning the whole MP3 thing, but the player charges quickly for me, and I have already taped some shows to listen at work where I cannot get the satellite signal. I had more problems cancelling my Sirius internet service then calling the XM number to start my new service. I found XM's directions on the phone pretty easy to follow - perhaps a little slow for me, but they were definitely clear.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Love Satellite Radio

    Posted .

    I love this radio! I was diappointed in Pioneers XMP3 due to the fact that this is my 3rd replacement in 6 months. So far my replacement is working well. If you do purchase be sure to get the Best But protection plan, its inexpensive and you get an easy exchange if you have problems. No mailing your XMP3 to pioneer. Overall I really like this product and would recommend to a friend.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 3 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    OK MP3, but cumbersome for a motorcycle rider

    Posted .

    Antenna cable is way too long for use on a motorcycle. Apparently a shorter one is not offered and Pioneer does not recommend attempting to shorten the antenna lead. Radio reception.with the internal antenna is spotty (as expexted). Does not work with home A/V systems or with a Bose Wave radio. Have yet to find a home docking station that allows me to play the MP3 recordings. If you ride a motorcycle consider a regular MP3/IPod. This one has to many moving parts and cable to mount well on a MC.

    I would recommend this to a friend