|Topic Review (Newest First)|
|03-11-2007 12:19 PM|
|mgiguere||Paid $80 for a brand new Panasonic at Circuit City with aux input (for XM and another other source), single CD player, and a remote which, comes in very handy from the cockpit to mute, change stations, etc. Definitely no need for "maring grade".|
|03-11-2007 11:54 AM|
I am a big fan of sat. radio. We spend about 30 bucks a month for all our vehicles(mine, hers, and the boats/motorhome). Up here we have one AM station(news/talk) and only a few FM's that will come in. If I get back up in some of the canyons I get zero AM/FM signal, but the XM always works, and I can choose the music.
In the Platano I run a cheap WallyWorld car radio and the XM, with a pair of portable speakers.
If I hadn't lost all the music on the old PC I would definatly get an iPod to go with the XM.
|03-11-2007 03:22 AM|
|sailingdog||I'm not a big fan of XM or Sirius...why should I pay for radio every month??? AM/FM are free, and most of what I want to listen to, at least musically speaking, is on my iPod. Much better than shelling out $15+ a month...|
|03-11-2007 01:27 AM|
Both XM and Sirius free-standing receivers will transmit (at very low power) on the FM broadcast band. _Any_ FM radio will receive that signal. You don't need a "Sirius-ready" or "XM-ready" broadcast radio.
We got a Sirius "Roady" at Radio Shack for about $50 -- runs off 12v, works very well (all over the continental US and Canada -- not so good in Central America).
|03-10-2007 09:49 PM|
|sailingdog||One thing I did was get a car stereo that had an iPod connector option. I carry about 7400 songs on my iPod and it allows me an easy way to listen to it, and the iPod gives me a very compact way of carrying a lot of music with little space and effort.|
|03-10-2007 04:54 PM|
I took Cam's advice. I bought a car radio that has one DVD/CD-R/CD slot plus a slot for a memory card and a USB port to plug in an iPod-like device.
I paid $30 for a program that enabled me to change all my CDs and old cassette tapes into MPEGs. Instead of carrying a locker full of music, I now have to remember where I left the remaining few CD-Rs.
Then there's the cockpit speaker issue. I found I could drive radio linked speakers, which are AA battery powered and work anywhere on the boat, dock, beach... So I did not need to drill holes and feed wires or worry about water proofing (I don't listen to music in a blow).
Since I have a lot of AA battery charging options and a ton of AA batteries on board anyway, this seemed a good way to go.
|03-10-2007 04:07 PM|
|T37Chef||As usual, well presented replys...thanks guys.|
|03-10-2007 04:00 PM|
Originally Posted by T37Chef
|03-10-2007 02:53 PM|
If you have alot of music in mp3 make sure you get one that can play off of a data cd it will virtualy eleminate the cd changer, I think most new ones will. Unless your boat is really damp inside I really wouldn't pay the extra cost of the "Marine" type of radio.
spend the extra on more features.
We have a remote for ours but it doesnt work from out in the cockpit you still have to get at least to the companion way before it works.
We have sirius on the boat and didnt go the portable route thats one thing I would do different I didnt think I would enjoy it so much. I would recomend going with the portable on that.
sirius and xm both have really neat weather services but they are pricey.
I have an old blaupunk on my work boat thats been in it for 7 years, Normal car version
Ipod ready is deffinate plus also.
|03-10-2007 02:02 PM|
Radios...what to do?
I have been trying to decide on a new radio for the boat. I have been researching and comparing several things. Thoughts please...
1. Considering how quickly technology changes, (HD radio, satellite, etc) is the durability of a marine grade radio really worth the extra money, especially if mounted in the cabin?
2. Allot of the marine radios have the capability to access weather channels...worth it? (I have two VHF's that can do that.)
3. What about remote control...I would like to mount the radio in the cabin, as mentioned, but also mount a remote in the cockpit. I have had a difficult time finding radios other than marine style with remote control units? If remote, infrared or hard wired?
4. Are there any radio units that have 6-disk built into the same unit, like you find in allot of new cars these days. I am not opposed to buying a CD Changer as a separate unit, just looking for a possible easier install.
5. What about satellite radio? Better to have a Sirius or XM ready or a portable unit thats compatible with.