Satellite radio is an increasingly popular alternative to regular radio. With satellite radio, you pay a certain subscription fee each month (about $ 15 or so) to get around 100 music channels streamed by satellite. The subscription cost mainly pays for the lack of commercials, which is a major plus for most listeners.
To take advantage of satellite radio, you will need a satellite radio receiver. There are several types of receivers available and some of the most popular models are produced by Delphi. Its two most popular models are the MyFi and SKYFi line. The MyFi satellite receiver is slightly smaller and is considered the most portable. This device is designed to be taken anywhere, just like an mp3 player like the Apple iPod. The SKYFi is your standard satellite receiver unit and is commonly installed in cars, boats, and the home using different accessory kits. You will find more information on these two units below.
Delphi MyFi Portable Satellite Radio
Manufacturer’s Description: Delphi MyFi is the industry’s first personal XM satellite radio that you can take with you anytime, anywhere, right out of the box. MyFi provides the personal freedom to experience 130+ digital XM channels virtually anywhere. Packaged with a built-in rechargeable battery pack, antenna, remote control, headphones, home kit, and vehicle kit, the palm-sized MyFi is Delphi’s most consumer-friendly satellite radio yet. MyFi also has the ability to store up to five hours of XM programming with the push of a button. Your favorite music and programming are never lost and are available for playback at any time.
– The first personal and portable XM satellite radio
– Advanced “Memory Mode” with time shift capable of storing up to five hours of XM programming
– Integrated rechargeable battery
– Built-in FM transmitter to turn any FM radio into an XM radio
– Everything you need in one package for the car, home and on the go
– Information extras include a custom sports and actions ticker
– Live XM listening mode
– Up to thirty preset channels
– Large, illuminated six-line LCD display
Price: $ 300
Delphi SKYFi Satellite Radio Receiver
Manufacturer Description: SKYFi access to all 101 XM channels of music, news, sports and entertainment programming in the vehicle or at home. Enhanced features like the large 5-line display, 10-button direct channel entry, and 20 preset channels help users easily navigate XM’s award-winning radio service. SKYFi (TM) also gives listeners the ability to preview and search XM channels by artist name and song title. Accessory kits for your home, vehicle, or our on-the-go audio systems (sold separately) make SKYFi (TM) portable and fun.
– Advanced 5-line display simultaneously shows channel number, channel name, artist name, and song title
– Preview song titles and artists
– 10-button direct channel input
– 20 preset channels
– remote control
Price: $ 100
Delphi SKYFi2 Satellite Radio Receiver
Manufacturer’s Description: Using state-of-the-art technology, the exclusive Replay / Pause feature continuously and automatically saves the last 30 minutes of programming, including multi-channel programming.
– Exclusive Repeat / Pause: Continuously records 30 minutes of the selected XM station for added flexibility.
– Integrated FM modulator – SKYFi2 can wirelessly transmit XM satellite radio to any FM radio, without the need for cables or complicated connections.
– TuneSelectTM: select channels and programming in several different modes
– TuneSelect mode automatically finds favorite shows too!
– Personalized information tickers: stay updated on your favorite
stocks, sports, and XM guides as tickers scroll across the bottom of the receiver screen.
– Advanced display: displays up to 5 lines of text on a white screen that simultaneously displays channel, song, artist, and title information.
– Backward Compatible – Will work with SKYFi Genuine Accessory Kits
– Remote control included
– Wide variety of listening accessories available:
– Vehicle kit: everything you need to install SKYFi or SKYFi2 in your car or truck
– Home kit: everything you need to connect your SKYFi or SKYFi2 to a home audio system
– Marine kit: everything you need to install your SKYFi or SKYFi2 in a marine environment
– Audio system: a portable system containing speakers and docking station
– CD audio system: a portable system with a CD / MP3 player and an AM / FM tuner
Price: $ 130