Finding The Right Radio

SIRIUS XM for beginners



SiriusXM Satellite Radio is a service that provides a wide variety of programming for everybody. Music, sports, talk, news and traffic are all featured on SiriusXM with various genres from each category. A good way to picture satellite radio is like a cable television but instead of watching the subscription on your television, you can listen to the subscription on your home or car stereo. Many people are first introduced to SiriusXM when they buy a new car and the service is included free for several months. For those who don't have SiriusXM installed in their car or want to install it in their house, there are only a few things you need to start listening! "Welcome to the World of SiriusXM"!



Installing SiriusXM radio is very easy to do but first you need a satellite radio tuner, or more simply, radio. While there are several different types of radios, for the most part they all provide the same service. There are three types of satellite radio tuners. Sirius radios, XM radios, and SiriusXM radios. All types will install in very much the same way, all are subscribed to their respective satellite radio service, and most have very similar features. All in all there are very few differences between a Sirius radio and an XM radio. However, with the introduction of "Satellite Radio 2.0" SiriusXM branded radios offer an expanded channel lineup and some models offer additional features.

There are still a few minor differences between a Sirius and XM branded radio though. For example, even though an XM radio might fit on a Sirius radio dock or vice versa they are incompatible with each other and one won't play on the others equipment. Subscriptions are another minor difference with each radio having its own separate system for subscriptions. Different programming packages at different price points are offered for Sirius and XM radios. This also leads into the third minor difference between the two which is the programing.

Since Sirius and XM merged, most of the channels are the same between the two services (see here for comparison guide). At this point, there are very few differences between the stations you get on Sirius and the stations you get on XM. They've since added 'Premier' subscription levels to give customers even more flexibility. But a general rule of thumb is that an XM radio with a 'Premier' subscription will give you the more stations than a Sirius radio, and a SiriusXM radio with Xtra channels will give you the most available.

Here are some of the radios to choose from. Most of them include a vehicle kit so you can start listening right away.

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xPress RCi Onyx Radio Onyx EZ LYNX Portable SkyDock
XM xPress RCi XM OnyX
XM Onyx EZ
Lynx Portable
Satellite Radio
XM SkyDock
iPhone/iPod Dock
  • Includes car kit with PowerConnect™
  • Pause and Rewind up to 60 minutes of live radio like Tivo but for your radio
  • Easy to read, full color screen
  • Save up to 10 of your favorite songs to listen to anytime
  • Includes car kit with PowerConnect™
  • Customize the backlight to match your dash lights
  • Jump Button takes you instantly to your city's traffic info
  • Browse other stations without having to change the one you're on
  • The OnyX includes a few more features than the OnyX EZ such as the option to change screen and dial colors.
  • Satellite, Wi-Fi, and MP3 Player
  • Bluetooth enabled let's you stream wirelessly to Bluetooth headphones or speakers
  • Includes home kit, car kit, and remote
  • Add a micro SD card to add your own music
  • Turn your iPhone or iPod Touch into a satellite radio
  • Includes PowerConnect™ technology
  • Charge and listen in landscape or portrait modes
  • Also works as general iPhone/iPod Touch dock

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Starmate 8 Stratus 6 Sirius Stratus 7 
Sirius Starmate 8
Sirius Stratus 6 Sirius Stratus 7
  • Includes car kit with PowerConnect™
  • Pause and Rewind up to 60 minutes of live radio like Tivo but for your radio
  • Includes car kit with PowerConnect™
  • Easy to read bright blue display
  • Includes car kit with PowerConnect™
  • Easy to read display
  • Personal Channel Line Up


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SiriusXM Edge SiriusXM Lynx Radio
SiriusXM Edge
SiriusXM Lynx
  • Sold with PowerConnect™ Car Kit or Home Kit
  • Features new Xtra Channels
  • Works on XM platform/with XM accessories
  • Enjoy both SiriusXM Satellite and Internet Radio on one portable device
  • Pause, rewind and replay live SiriusXM Satellite & Internet Radio, using the Replay feature
  • Easily access every powerful, flexible feature using the high-definition, touch-screen display


After you have chosen and received your satellite radio you are ready for installation. Each radio comes with the bare minimum of what you need to install. The instructions included with each radio also give detailed and specific instructions for self-installation.

Generally, you will need to mount the radio/cradle, attach the power adapter and antenna to the cradle, and route the antenna to the roof of the car. If this makes you nervous or you would rather just have someone else install the radio any car audio installation company can put satellite radio into your vehicle.
There are also many other products you can use to upgrade your installation by making it look cleaner and sound better. Below are several products to help you get even more out of your satellite radio.

Cassette Tape Adapter Cassette Tape Adapter - An easy way to play the audio from your satellite radio on your car stereo. Connect one end to your satellite radio and pop the cassette tape end into your deck. Vehicle Specific Mount Vehicle Specific Mounts install in your vehicle to create a well-integrated location to mount your satellite radio.
Aux. Cable Aux.Input Cable - Many newer cars now come with an aux input to use with iPods or mp3 players. They also work great for satellite radio.
FM Direct Adapter FM Direct Adapter - A very common way to connect satellite radios to your vehicle. This device turns off your FM antenna when you turn your satellite radio on preventing competing FM stations to interfere with your listening. Vehicle Power Adapter Vehicle Power Hardwire Kit - This kit hardwires your satellite radio to your vehicle's power so you don't have to use the cigarette lighter adapter. This also means one less cord on your dash.
Aux Input Aux Input Adapters install into many different types of vehicles that don't already have an auxiliary input. The best sound quality.

Once everything is installed and your radio is powered up you need to set up your subscription. The quickest and easiest way is to do it online as you can enter exactly the information needed and you won't have to wait on hold!
To Subscribe:

or call

You have SiriusXM installed in your car and with so many great stations to listen to you have probably come to find how difficult it can be to stop listening when you get out of your car. Luckily there are many options to expand your SiriusXM listening experience beyond your vehicle so you don't have to.

SXABB2 Boombox
Boomboxes - Are one of the easiest ways to bring Sirius XM into your home. These can be plugged into the wall and placed anywhere the antenna can get a signal. The best part? Use batteries for the ultimate portable satellite radio experience.
Find Boomboxes Here

XM Home Kit
Home Kits - Very Similar to the vehicle kit that came with your radio, these allow you to connect your Sirius XM radio to your home stereo.
Find Home Kits Here

Internet Radios - Connect to your wireless internet or run a cable from your router to this versatile satellite radio listening option. Easily connects to the Sirius Internet Radio stream but operates like a satellite radio.
SiriusXM Internet Radios
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