Satellite Radio Receivers

Written by Blaire Chandler-Wilcox
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Satellite radio receivers are one of the four necessary pieces of equipment for satellite radio service. Every would-be satellite radio user needs to select a receiver, a tuner, an antenna, and of course a subscription to the provider of his or her choice. There are a wide variety of receivers for both major satellite radio providers, all of which are made by top quality, brand name electronics manufacturers.

Getting the whole setup for satellite radio isn't as expensive as many might think. Many complete hardware packages, including the first month's subscription, can be had for a one-time investment of less than $200. The good news is that even the simplest system will provide sound quality superior to current FM capability.

Satellite Radio Receivers: Manufacturers

Many well-known electronics manufacturers make satellite radio receivers. For instance, Kenwood, Clarion, Audiovox and other high-end electronics manufacturers create Sirius-specific satellite radio receivers. Furthermore, many new models of cars, like those by Daimler-Chrysler, Ford, BMW, Mazda and Volvo either already (or will soon) feature factory-installed Sirius receivers in specific models.

Satellite receivers come in varieties for car, home, and portables. But before you go shopping for equipment, you need to decide first which provider you want to subscribe to. Receivers are specific to one provider or the other, not both. And though both have competitive line-ups in terms of commercial-free music, there are real differences between the two in terms of sports and talk entertainment programming. Be sure and research both options to see which matches your musical and informational tastes.

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