Pros This unit has everything: Sexy slim design, Multi color display, great reception, Home or Car use, Easy to install
Cons No recording ability or internal battery for "true" Portability, Can't display channel, Artist and Song (only 2 at a time) , no way to silence beep for artist/song memory
Summary This unit is truly amazing not to mention a great bargain. I got mine through the World Series game 1 offer for FREE (only catch is 12 month service agreement). I didn't even have to pay activation fee since I am a current subscriber, just switched radio IDs. This thing has great display with numerous color options. Reception is great at home, in the car, and at work. The set up took all of about 5 minutes which included hiding all the wires in the trim of my car and behind the floor trim at home. The favorite artist/song feature is great but limited to 20 entries. This option really made the XM service much more enjoyable since I hear more music I like. The remote is slim and sexy just like the head unit. Easy to use and not cluttered, but provides great control. The sports and stock tickers are great if you are a day trader or sports nut.
There are only three true complaints that can be made: 1) This unit does not have recording ability to make it truly "portable" so you can use it when you don't have reception. 2) Can't be used unless plugged into a base i.e. no internal battery or plugs are all on base) 3) No way to silence the beep that comes up for favorite song/artist option. This plays in because I like to listen to jazz when I sleep, not a good feature for it to beep loudly every so often.
I rated it a 9 out of 10 because you can't beat the price, especially if you get it for under $40 bucks. Be sure to get the remote and the home kit if you really want to enjoy your subscription. I even have a home kit at work!!! Sad that I spent so much on the Home kits. haha. I even set up my car steering wheel controls to control the unit via a special unit behind the dash. I got mine here: http://www.pfyc.com/store/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=PFYC&Product_Code=GN8002&Product_Count=9&Category_Code=GPOTHER I think it will work with other cars besides grand prixs as well. Talk about a nice feature and easy to install for any semi-techy. (PAC SWI-X Steering Wheel Audio Control Interface) Mine is set up to control both the aftermarket head unit and the XM unit!!!
Overall this is a great unit at a great price if you shop around!!!!
Pros NO COMMERCIALS!!!, Better music in morning
Cons bad reception, needs to be hardwired
Summary I love my new roady. It was free when my husband activated his (MyFi) on Christmas day. Love the music selection with no annoying commercials.
I have had to invest a lot of money in this free little gadget. $55.00 for a home kit and $120.00 to get it installed. The wireless FM transmitter sounds horrible. There was always some feed back noise no matter which number I had it set on. This is why I had to get it hardwired in. My husband also had this problem but, his feed back noise was not as much.
I do really enjoy the music and the stations. I hope my money that I have spent on it pays off in the long run.
Pros Easy to setup, great price, clear display, sports ticker, great reception both in the car and with the home kit
Cons Have not seen any yet
Summary I am new to satellite radio, so I did not know what to expect, but after purchasing the Roady XT I am very impressed. I was expecting the setup to take a while, but literally it was a matter of plugging the unit in, setting the FM frequency and it was up and running. Activation through the XM web site was quick and easy to follow.
While the directions state not to put the antenna on the dash and to mount it on the outside of the car, I found that not to be the case. I put a strip of Velcro on my dash and on the bottom of the antenna and I get perfect 3 bar reception. I have friends who have tried this with other radios and it did not work as well as it does with my Roady XT.
I would recommend the home kit for this radio. The home kit antenna is very effective. I was worried at first because the instructions stated I needed to place it in a south facing window and in my office my window faces the west. I was happy to say when I plugged in the antenna and faced it out the window I got three bar reception. I did experiment by placing the antenna in the middle of the room to see if it would work without a widow to direct it out of. In my testing this did not work and a window view is needed.
Pros Great plug and play receiver, attractive
Cons small buttons for big fingers
Summary I purchased the Roady XT for my car and moved my existing Roady 2 into my wife's car. I ordered online, so did not even try it hands-on, but I have not been at all disappointed. Although the buttons can be small if you have big fingers, the XT is much easier to navigate while driving, since it doesn't use the jog dial. The backlighting is better at night, and it's nice that they have a "jump" and "search" button on the unit rather than just on the remote. Since I have my MP3 player running through the line-in on my head unit, I run the XT through its on-board FM modulator, which plays at every FM frequency so it's easy to find the right channel if you're driving across country. Sound quality through the FM modulator is very good, but please don't think it's going to be CD quality. To my ear, it's better than FM quality, but it's probably because there's no static issues; you either receive it or you don't. If you've been happy with your Roady 2 and aren't sure if the step up to the XT is worth it, trust me; it is.
Pros Ease of use, display, price, home use.
Cons Car use, antenna installation.
Summary Overall, in the home (w/optional home install kit), it is an excellent addition to any stereo system. Clear sound, solid performance, easy to use.
Unfortunately, I wanted this to be the primary player in my car. I had it professionally installed (which means the antenna). I don't think there is a problem with receiving reception from the satellites, but the problem comes from the FM transmitter. If possible, have it connect directly to your car stereo deck, do not rely on the FM transmitter. Using the FM transmitter, the sound quality is worse than local radio stations - lots of static, in and out performance.
I'll keep the player and the service, but need to find a better way to receive reception from the FM transmitter.