Beginner’s Guide to Sirius Satellite Radio

May 4, 2017 – 04:08 am
XACT Visor XTR3 Front

1.What is Satellite Radio?
Satellite Radio is a service whereby a radio signal (music, talk shows, sports events, weather and traffic reports, etc.) is broadcast via satellite to special receivers in your home, car or even handheld Satellite Radio receiver. Satellite radio is delivered with digital technology similar to that used by satellite TV services such as DirecTV and DishNet. Because the bandwidth requirements are smaller, you don’t need a huge dish like TV requires.

The service is digital and broadcast over the entire nation, therefore Satellite Radio does not have the same static and fading that traditional radio has. Since the same signal is broadcast nationwide, you can take a drive across the country and never have to change stations!

There are only two satellite radio providers; XM and Sirius Satellite Radio, which broadcast uniquely different programming.

2. Why pay for Sirius Satellite Radio when you can listen to regular FM for free?
The answer is content. Sirius delivers more than 125 channels of the best programming with commercial free music. They offer 67 music channels available and also deliver 61 channels of sports, news, talk, entertainment, traffic, weather and data. Sirius is the Official Satellite Radio Partner of the NFL and, NBA and broadcasts live play-by-play games of the NFL and the NBA.

Many people asked the same question when Cable TV first came out. How many people do you know that don’t have Cable or Satellite TV now?

3. How much does the Sirius Satellite Radio subscription cost per month?
The basic rate is $12.95* per month. Less than the cost of one CD! If you pre-pay, you can save even more.

4. Do I have to sign a contract with Sirius Satellite Radio?
No contracts are necessary. Subscriptions are month to month. There is no risk in giving Sirius Satellite Radio a try.

5. How much does the Sirius Satellite Radio equipment cost?
Satellite radios can be purchased from $50 to $400. Every Sirius Satellite Receiver receives the same Sirius content; it just depends on your needs and the features you want. Many people are happy with the lower priced units; others want the latest and greatest features such as being able to record and create playlists for later playback. Some people want to move the radio from the car to the house. Others want to take it to the gym or on their bike.

6. Can I install Sirius Satellite Radio myself?
Most Sirius Radios are Plug & Play and don’t require a great deal of skill or knowledge. If you are unfamiliar with basic audio installation, you can have a professional install the equipment for a nominal fee.

7. Where can I buy the Sirius Satellite Radio equipment?
You can purchase Satellite Radio equipment from us or other vendors on eBay and at many consumer electronics retailers and websites. Visit Our Store for some great deals!

8. Why would I want a Sirius Satellite Radio when I already have an IPOD or other MP3 Player?
An iPod is only as good as the content that's on it. Even with 60 gigs of music, you still end up hearing the same songs over and over again; developing "iPod Attention Deficit Disorder" – the condition where you constantly hit “Next” after hearing the first 4 seconds of a song. Sirius Satellite Radio offers 170 channels of content, offering you a new play list everyday! Many previous IPOD users no longer use their IPOD after purchasing an Sirius Radio.

9. How do I activate my Sirius Satellite Radio?
Once you have your radio installed and are receiving the preview channel, you will need to contact Sirius to activate the Radio. You can call at Sirius’s toll-free number or visit the Sirius Radio website.

10. What if I want to add more than one Satellite Radio receiver to my account?
Sirius allows you to add up to 4 additional radios to your main account for $6.99*/each per month. This is called the “Friends and Family Plan”.


Xact Communications XACT COMMUNICATIONS XTR3CK Sirius Satellite Plug + Play Receiver and Vehicle Kit
Speakers (Xact Communications)
  • Receiver Features Easy To Read Display & 16 Character Scrolling Display
  • Scrolling Display Features Channel Number, Channel Name, Artist Name, Song Title
  • Rotary Encoder Knob with 36 Channel Preset Capability
  • Flip Display, Feature Used When Mounting to a Vehicles Sun Visor
  • Stereo Line Level Audio Outputs
Xact Home Kit for XTR8CK Sirius Satellite Radio Receiver
Car Audio or Theater (Xact)
  • Home kit for the Xact XTR8 plug-and-play SIRIUS satellite radio
  • Desktop docking cradle
  • Indoor antenna
  • Wall-outlet power adapter
  • Audio cable (minijack to RCA)
  • Includes home antenna, docking cradle, AC adapter, and audio cables
Xact XTR8 Sirius Satellite Radio Receiver and Car Kit
Car Audio or Theater (Xact)
  • Built-in wireless FM transmitter for easy car-to-car portability
  • 5-line display with illuminated keypad and control buttons
  • 45-minute buffer with instant replay feature
  • Includes antenna, docking cradle, and DC adapter
UpBright® NEW Car DC Adapter For XACT XTR1 XTR1CK SIRIUS RADIO RECEIVER PORTABLE DOCK STAND Auto Vehicle Boat RV Camper Cigarette Lighter Plug Power Supply Cord Cable Charger PSU
Wireless (upbright)
  • Tested Units. In Great Working Condition.
  • UpBright 30 days money back guarantee. 1 full year service warranty.
Xact XAct XS034 Sirius Satellite Radio Boombox (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
CE (Xact)
  • Satellite radio boombox for XAct XTR2 plug-and-play Sirius satellite radio receiver
  • Front docking slot holds receiver and delivers access to Sirius 120 satellite stations
  • Attached 3-inch full-range speakers (2.5 watts x 2); includes AC adapter
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack for private listening; receiver eject button quickly removes receiver
  • Runs on 6 D-size batteries; measures 14.25 x 7 x 13.5 inches (W x H x D); 1-year warranty

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