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SiriusXM - Onyx Plus Satellite Radio Receiver with PowerConnect Vehicle Kit - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 1474 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Probably the best of the portable XM receivers

    Posted
    illinimike
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    Was using an older "XMSkyFi2" portable receiver and really liked the pause-jump ahead-rewind buffering capability and general overall performance. I listen to a lot of sports programming which still has commercials and this function generally allows me to pause (while I'm off doing something else) and then come back and skip commercials as I listen. The older unit began to randomly power on and off a while back, but I couldn't find a replacement with that pause function until the Onyx Plus came out. After two months it has been working fine. The color graphics and screen layout are a major upgrade. It is an all push button control which replaces a function wheel. The buttons are smaller and more difficult to find, but I had problems at time with the old wheel so I feel they are an upgrade also. Otherwise it seems to have all of the functionality of the older SkyFi2. The biggest problem so far has been using the "PowerConnect" function for routing the output through the car FM receiver. The Onyx Plus has an output option if the audio reciever you are using has an auxillary input source jack and that would probably work great. My car does not have this aux input, so I planned to use the "PowerConnect" function which outputs the signal through an unused channel on the car's FM radio. This function does work but it is not as strong as the SkiFi2 and does not "overpower" as many weak FM stations, so if you are living in an area with a lot of FM stations you may have trouble finding one clear enough to accept the Onyx Plus receiver. Also, you must use the supplied power cord and it must be plugged directly into the 12v receptacle. I initially used the old SkiFi2 power adapter and plugged it into a 12 v receptacle splitter that I had been using, and got terrible reception even on FM channels that didn't seem to have a station. I was to the point of taking it back when I checked the online troubleshooting guide (you only get quick start documentation with the unit). It says that - unlike the SkiFi2 - the FM "PowerConnect" works through the electrical system and that it may not work if you use a receptable splitter (or do not use the supplied power cord). When I corrected these issues, the unit then worked fine - though again - it is not as powerful as the older SkiFi2 and I still have to look around more for a clear FM channel. Unfortunately my car has only one 12v receptable, so this now means I can't use the multiple outlet splitter I had been using to power my GPS or cell phone charger. Bottom line is that you cannot plan on using the FM connection option unless you have a dedicated 12 v receptacle on your car. They do sell a "FM Direct Adapter" separately which basically creates an Aux Input for your car radio by splicing a connection into the antenna line - but you'll have to pull out the car radio to install (or have it "professionally installed" as recommended in the online user manual). At this point I either have to do that or buy a new car that has an aux input or multiple 12v receptables! So far I have tested it only in a car - they do sell a home adapter kit to use with a home stereo receiver but I can't comment on that. It's a fine unit but you need to be aware of its connection limitations and make sure it works for your situation.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best XM Receiver I've Ever Own

    Posted
    clordatl
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    I've been an XM radio subscriber for over a decade...since 2002 as a matter of fact. This is easily the best radio they've ever made. The good: - It has 20 presets; two banks of 10. I've found that to be more than enough. - Screen is bright, easy to read, and organized. - TuneStart. This alone is worth the purchase. After the radio has been running for a few minutes, whenever I tune to a station in my presets, it starts at the beginning of the song. It makes scanning around for music a far more enjoyable experience. You never again will find a song you like with only to find it’s almost over. - TuneMix. Not something I personally use but kind of a cool feature. Start this mode and your radio will play one complete song from a random preset. After the song ends, it'll change to another channel and play another complete song there. - Supports the Xtra/2.0 channels that only the newest XM radios can tune to. These channels have far better sound quality as well. The bad: - If you're an audiophile, XM may frustrate you. The standard 1.0 channels often sound compressed. The 2.0 channels sound much better, however. - Plug and play radio. The plus is that you can install it yourself. The downside is that since you’re doing it yourself, you'll likely have a couple cables going across the dash of your car. - FM Modulation. The FM transmitter can be weak. The signal is further degraded if you have multiple devices plugged into other outlets in your car (e.g. my iPhone charger). Luckily there is also an option for a direct connection via an AUX port. Overall / tl;dr version: This is a fantastic radio. There's a few shortcomings but they aren't the fault of the radio itself. If you want XM, this is the radio to choose.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A great product.

    Posted
    Mike
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    This is a great radio. I'm glad a chose the Onyx Plus with the color screen. It's worth the extra few bucks. Unfortunately, I had to use the fm modulator as opposed to an auxiliary port. However, the modulator is very powerful and even in a major city with many fm frequencies being used, the sound is perfect. I expected iffy sound quality and was thrilled the first time I listened after installation. The auto-bay installation staff at the store were fantastic, knowledge, and pleasant. A couple extra parts were needed. I was advised of this well in advance of the scheduled install date, so I was able to order them. Staff even called a couple of days before the install date to ensure I had everything. I would definitely call before scheduling an install and tell them the model of your vehicle to ensure you don't need any parts to complete the process. There were no surprises during the installation because of their attention to detail beforehand. The XM was mounted cleanly. No wires hanging out. It was hard-wired into my car. The unit looks sharp, and cleanly installed. Well done, Best Buy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great SiriusXM Radio

    Posted
    05VetteMan
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    I've had Sirius radio since 2006 and always have loved it. I've had several radios over the years. I upgraded to this radio from a Sirius Sporster 5 and am totally happy with my choice. The new radio has artist and song alerts like the Sporster 5 had but can hold up to 100. The Sporster 5 could only hold 30. Plus the new TuneMix, TuneScan and TuneStart features are fantastic as well as the full color display with Album Artwork. This radio is a big improvement and is much better than any radio I have had in the past, including factory installed car radios that were satellite ready. The factory radios just don't have the features of this radio. About a year and a half ago, I tried updating from my Sporster 5 to the the new at the time Lynx portable radio. That was a total disappointment. I had the Lynx for just a few days, returned it and re-activated my Sporster 5. This radio however, is a completely different story. I love it. About the only thing I can say negative is that the radio packaged with the car kit does not come with a remote I had to but a remote separately from TSS-Radio and it's the last generation remote not the newest one but it still works for 90% of the functions. Other than that, I am very , very happy!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Best of the Options

    Posted
    Dakuwan
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    Our XM Xpress RCI died after almost 4 years. Really wanted this radio again because it was best i've used but is not offered at Best Buy anymore. We had the extended warranty so had to use our credit here and choose from the available models. Of the choices the Onyx plus was the best unit. The FM connection is much nicer than what we had to "rig" in the past. It gets fuzzy like any other FM station if there's conflict but overall is pretty solid. When changing channels it will restart the song when tuned which is nice. Navigating the channels could be easier as you have to hold the number key and then type the numbers and press select to change. On the Xpress there was a knob you could turn and press to fly through the channels. Also you have to go by category and then scroll instead of going through them individually. If this radio would adopt the knob feature of the Xpress then it would easily be the best radio out there. As is, it is the best of the available XM radios.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good for an add on

    Posted
    MrWalleye73

    I have an older car that I love with a nice factory sound system. I wanted to add satellite radio and bought this unit. The Geek Squad installer at the Kildeer Illinois store was really nice, asked me where I wanted everything. He did as promised, and actually showed me some better mounting idea. The wiring is all hidden, he placed the antenna on the top of the dash oat the front of the windshield. No extra wires showing either and now I don't have to worry about the magnetic mount outside scratching the car at car washed etc. I was real happy when he showed me how he did the antenna. The radio works great. Had him install the FM modulator so I would get a static free sound. He also wired the power into my vehicles power system, so I didn't lose a cigarette lighter socket either. Installation was included in the bundle, and the two optional pieces added less than $40 more, which I was totally fine with. I know if I had done it myself, it wouldn't have been such a nice and clean installation. I'll go back for a starter install for sure. Very satisfied!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Like it better than I thought I would.

    Posted
    RipW
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    Traded in a vehicle with factory installed SiriusXM for a vehicle that isn't satellite ready. Was initially dismayed with the Onyx due to the exposed wires draped across my dash, but I managed to position it on my console where very little of the wiring is exposed and I can reach it without diverting attention from driving. The tiny unit has remarkable user friendly functionality. I can either shuffle between stations in search of a song or it will automatically switch stations, playing songs it somehow calculates I like. It's usually right. It also has a setting which displays an alert whenever a favorite artist or song is played. Haven't figured out how to route audio though my FM radio yet. Right now I'm content to simply patch the audio via my auxiliary jack. The audio, by the way, is crystal clear despite me mounting the antenna on the side of my vehicle instead of the recommended rooftop placement. I really enjoy using it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Poorly made materials

    Posted
    xbrando7
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I am very disappointed with this product. I have wanted to get SiriusXM for a long time after trying it in a rental, and after upgrading my car stereo with auxillary capability, I thought this would be a simple option. When I began to install it, it became clear to me that the adhesive dash mount would not work, as it would not stick to any surface in my car. I gave up on that and decided to try the vent clips, which were also impractical as it made it very difficult to connect and disconnect the auxillary cable. I like to use my phone's music player sometimes too, so this was a problem. Finally I decided to give up on mounting the radio and just let it sit in my cubby under the dash (after struggling to remove the vent mount for a period of time). When I finally connected everything and turned it on, I noticed a loud buzzing noise in the background that wouldn't go away, even when I tried a different aux cable and adjusted the antenna position. Very disappointed, and will be returning this item.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great buy!!

    Posted
    Xmradio

    i had decided I wanted satellite radio in my car.. Called the dealership and it was going to be around 700 dollars!! I started looking into other options and found this.. I was a little concerned about how it would hook up in my car.. I have a 2013 civic sedan.. I put it down by my consol right under the radio and it hides all the wires and fit perfectly! I mounted my antenna inside my car on the dash and I still get a signal in my garage! I didn't want to mount it outside because I wanted to be able to hide the wire.. I just pushed it down in the creases of my dash and you can't even see it! I am so happy with this product and couldn't believe how easy it was to install.. I am not a tech savy person AT ALL and it took about 15 minutes and most of that was routing wires where they couldn't be seen.. I got this product when it was on sale.. Defiantly worth every penny of the 60 bucks it cost me!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best XM Radio out there

    Posted
    Anonymous
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    I took a break from XM Radio for about 5 years and wasn't interested paying for radio anymore. My work now requires me to do 4+ hours of driving daily and most areas I drive to are remote with little to no cell phone coverage. (there goes my Pandora streaming) This where the XM Onyx radio comes in. I'm totally in love with this radio. The color screen is easy on the eyes, very easy to install, and the FM transmitter is very strong making listening very clear. I also love the "DVR" feature of being able to pause, rewind, and fast forward my music. I also bought another car kit for my personal vehicle as well as a home kit for my house. This allows me to use my radio in 3 other places with only one subscription. My only wish was that I would have purchased this radio sooner.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Not what it says

    Posted
    Keith
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    Returned this product to the store. I looked at all the radios on display, some said XM some Sirius this was marked Sirius/XM. When you go to the website it ask which of the 3 services your radio says to choose the correct channel line-up. you I know this is the same company, but still operates as 2. After 3 phone calls and an hour on the website, I confirmed that I would have to change my Sirius subscription to XM. Still not a big deal, but then I was told the channels I hoped to listen to (channels 300-450) were only on line. When I asked why my other car (2015) got these channels on its radio I was told that was impossible. After much more time and 2 supervisors, I was told I might be right but than was only on new cars and they don't make a radio that you can buy that gets them, only on line. (Why put a channel called Road Trip Radio only on line?) Very disappointed with this radio and returned before I opened it

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Really Great Radio

    Posted
    Goldenite24
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    I bought this radio for my wife for Christmas. She has an older model SUV with specs that do not allow easy installation of a new head unit. She absolutely loves this Onyx Plus unit. The functionality is great, you can rewind or pause good songs. It lets you preview songs that are on other stations and create a favorites list. It's easy to use, and the buttons are just the right size. In fact, I wish that the factory XM that came with my vehicle had as many options as the Onyx Plus version. I don't really like the idea of paying for radio, but since moving to Texas from the D.C. area it has been difficult to find a variety of great music, but SiriusXM radio is perfect for that. The Best Buy sales associate was also very helpful. The only con I have about the unit is that there are a lot of wires. However, we are going to take it to Best Buy to have them hardwire it to reduce the wire clutter.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very pleased with this radio

    Posted
    Sonofmarvin
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    I love this radio, I had owned one of the original nosy radios, and it was very cheap. The first thing I noticed from this radio was if i tune to any of my favorite channels, it would let me rewind up to an hour (if the radio was on for the past hour) even if I had not been listening to that channel at all. It's like it records all of my favorite channels, and it can go to then whenever I want. This is a very nice feature, Because or it already remember my channels, this one switches to a new channel extremely faster than my old one. My only complaint is the high price, or how one week it's really cheap, and the next week it's right back up to $100

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Sirius Radio for 2016 Mazda CX5

    Posted
    Geek007
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    Wife's 2016 Mazda CX5 didn't come with Sirius radio unless you upgrade to high end model. Mazda didn't make radio kit for this year so we opted for external Sirius radio kit. Researched the Onyx Plus for its output option that works great with sound system when hooked up to aux input. Very nice large screen size to see full text, knobs and controls are easy to use, great reception. Had it professionally installed for ignition power on. No extra part needed. Overall excellent radio for the price. Sirius radio gave me an excellent family plan since I subscribed a Sirius radio on a 2nd vehicle.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great unit

    Posted
    wes0502
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    I've been a Sirius subscriber for over ten years; before the merger when Sirius and XM were competitors. I low key miss those days but that's neither hear nor there. Needless to say I've had a few cars over the past decade. From factory prewired units to external plug and play units, I've had my share of different user experiences. So to specifically address the plug and play units, this particular unit has to be the best I've owned. The portability and UI are unmatched by the lesser units. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because I haven't had the opportunity to interface with the touchscreen edition. Who knows? Maybe that's the best one; even though screen seems a bit small for a good comfortable user experience. Keep in mind I say that without having even seen one in person; only pics online.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    good unit

    Posted
    shortknocker1
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    My wife and I were driving to Florida and her vehicle did not have XM capability. I went to Best Buy to see if could find an open box opportunity for adding XM to my current account so we would have it for the trip. I spotted just what I thought I was seeking and asked a "blue shirt" if the unit I found would suit my purposes. She was honest enough to relate that she was not completely sure and called a Geek Squad specialist who came right away. He assured me that everything necessary to install the unit and have it operating right away (we were leaving in the AM) was in the box. I called my son (my electronics consultant) and asked him to help with the install and, sure enough, it was working perfectly within the hour. So, all the way to Florida and back, my wife and I had access to XM"s great menu.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works great

    Posted
    Guy5
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    Sound quality is very good through aux jack in my car and through a fm station in my truck. The powerconnect plays through an fm station so no additional hardware is needed. I actually have the antenna on my dash and it works fine, though not recommended as per instructions, allows me to move unit easily between vehicles. Signal strength normally at 3 to 4 bars. I’m sure there is tape out there to secure the wires to the dashboard, haven’t used any yet. 20 presets allows the ability to get to most stations pretty quickly. Color display is good, though smaller than what I expected.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    OnyX Plus Sirius XM Radio

    Posted
    Shawn
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    This is my first Satellite radio and I pretty much love it. There's a vast variety of musical genres to choose from as well as talk for sports and entertainment. On the unit there are 20 slots to save favorites which is pretty nice. This is a great alternative to broadcast radio. Pros: It was easy to install even though I don't have an aux plug. I used an adaptor. The display is color, the menu is easy to navigate, and the sound quality is crystal clear. Cons: It's a bit awkward when clipped into the A/C vents and blocks the air a little.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    POOR RECEPTION

    Posted
    CatdozerDR

    I have three Sirius radios Just bought this on to replace a sportster that died. Onxy radio is the only one that best buy stocked I liked the way it looked and the features it offered. I installed it in my truck yesterday today I traveled for and hour on a road I travel frequently . this radio lost Sat. signal off and on dozen times. where my old radios never lost signal. I called tech support and was told this is a XM radio and that XM only has two fixed satellites and that Sirius has 4 that move. and this was the cause of the poor reception. Suggested that I get a starmate 8 which is a Sirius radio . Oh and this radio will not work in the older boom boxes . Sorry best buy you'll be getting this one back

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great radio

    Posted
    babyface2390
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    My car unfortunately didn't come with the satellite radio built in even tho I have the model with a gps built in. I kept going back and forth about wanting to get this radio as it would take up more space in my car but I'm happy I did! I'm a person that loves a mixture of music and this is actually better than me having my phone hooked up having it on shuffle. There are so many categories and such a variety of music for the whole family to enjoy! It also shows the album cover to the song along with the title and artist and with the channels of each decade most show what year the song was released! I definitely recommend anyone looking to get a sirius radio to get this one it's definitely worth the money!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend