Would you buy a satellite radio receiver for your home or car?

Would you buy a satellite radio receiver for your home or car?
Yes, with no reservations
14% (31 votes)
Yes, with some reservations
28% (63 votes)
Probably not
24% (53 votes)
Not interested at all
29% (66 votes)
Not sure
5% (12 votes)
Total votes: 225

Reader Bard-Alan Finlan has seen the hype about digital satellite radio from XM and Sirius. He'd like to know what you're really thinking about the new format.

Andrew Johnson's picture

After all of this SACD and DVD-A stuff, I'm not sure how much I'm up for another radio signal format on top of a new disc format!

Scott Miller's picture

I'd rather listen to CDs.

Robert's picture

As usual, purchase will depend on available programs, sound quality, and, of course, cost.

toan's picture

Yes, I would like to look into one, but only if it's of decent quality and performance in both content and fidelity. (Mostly content.) And, of course, reasonably priced for the service. Once in a while it's nice to just hear a variety of tunes. Thats mostly how I expand my collection.

Gregg Fedchak's picture

Let's see: $60 a month for cable TV, $20 a month for my ISP, $350 to $700 a month (depending upon the stage of the "car cycle" we're in) car payment(s). Hmmm. These monthlies add up. I already own my own music CDs . . .

m pearson's picture

For random listening, plain-Jane radio is just fine. If I want to choose, I'll pull out a CD.

Dan Landen's picture

My musical tastes are more obscure than those of the masses, so unless there's really something for everyone, I'm not buying into it yet. I listened to some of the music channels on DSS and Dish Network but it's the same ol' stuff over and over again! If it's even remotely similar, who needs it?

Henry's picture

My Magnum Dynalab Etude seems to work just fine, thanks.

I.M.  Outthere's picture

Once upon a time, radio was good. Radio was a gift for the imagination. Radio told us stories, gave us personalities, and sent us a range of music that dazzled the synapses. That was once upon a time. Now, radio is ecru. Radio is neutral. Radio is beige. Radio is PC. Radio is void of local conscience. Radio is a homogenized container, the contents of which are unable to excite or offend, infect or liberate. And satellite radio will only make the problem worse. Thank goodness for in-dash CD players and books on tape.

Tony P., Washington, DC's picture

I'd have to see and hear it in action before I get one of my own. If I find that it carries enough good music to justify the cost, then maybe I'll consider one.

Mike H.'s picture

I installed a CD player in my car last year, because, where I live, there are fewer than ten acceptable stations and they all play the same thing: Commercials. And if I really wanted talk radio, I would invite some chatty friends to carpool to work with me.

Keith Myers's picture

Ever since I moved into a radio-blind location, I've been dreaming of music from the sky.

John Adams's picture

Only if the content is free.

Joe Hartmann's picture

I know very little about this format

Tim B's picture

At this point the price to performance is not good enough!

Patrick Taylor's picture

It's about time we did _something_ about radio.

JessR's picture

No. I have found, as far as my tastes go, that it is impossible to build a high-end car audio system without spending a hugh amount of money. Money that would be better served upgrading my home system. For me, car audio systems are only for news, talk shows, and background music, never for serious, high quality listening. Plus, I work from home, so I don't have to jump into the car that much.

Anonymous's picture

Just for the car.

curtis's picture

I now listen to most of my "radio" programming over the internet where I can actually hear some interesting new music, as opposed to that pathetic commercial radio junk. Unless the content is significantly different than the typical commercial radio in my area, I won't bother.

eaglebeak of Vallejo's picture

A bunch of techno-overkill. Come now, isn't it sufficient to have an okay FM reciever when the interior noise of most cars can reach 85 decibels?

K.Rich RTF U.T.  Austin, TX's picture

Yes, with some reservations. As long as I can get NPR and my local campus radio stations I'm all for it. This is all I really listen to on the FM dial in the car or at home. However, In the office I like to use Real Player to listen to BBC Radio. If I could get BBC Radio 5 live and BBC Radio 1 (for John Peel), that would be truly amazing. I would buy it today.

Chris S.'s picture

I like the idea of satellite radio, but I am leary of jumping on the bandwagon without knowledge of its implementaion. Will there be enough of a selection to justify the price? How will the reception suffer in bad areas or within buildings? I think I will adopt a wait-and-see attitude on this one.

Bill Coy's picture

Hopefully, it would have digital output so I could do my own conversion.

Louis P.'s picture

Since I commute to work, there is no way in the world that I am going to pay for the what I get for free right now, just for doing errands on the weekend.

Ken Kirkpatrick's picture

I like to listen to talk radio or my CDRs in the car. I might like to check it out for the home, if it has good blues and jazz.

Anonymous's picture

To early to say. I think it will be good for travelers and people that move out of state so you can pick up your favorite station.

sam tellig's picture

First it was cable TV. Then it was bottled water. I'm tired of paying for what I used to get free.

Ed Strnad's picture

Sure, as long as they have an all Jean Shepherd Channel!

Graham Abbott's picture

I would purchase if the system offered at least Stereophile "Class C" sound. But they'd have to prove the claim, that means no "oops, we're really sorry -- here's a half-assed patch to fix the problem." I will not become the testing ground for first-generation operational bugs for manufacturers. Make it work at a reasonable level of quality and I will buy.

CJ's picture

Like satellite dish, it can be hacked!