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What Are Dedicated Car Satellite Radios?

If you plan on listening to satellite radio exclusively in your car, consider going with a dedicated car satellite radio tuner. It's a "black box" that receives the satellite signal from an antenna that you mount on your vehicle's roof, and then sends it to your car stereo. The big benefit in adding a dedicated car satellite radio tuner is that all the controls for satellite radio are on your aftermarket car stereo. You can see the artist, song title, and other station information on the display of the stereo, and you'll be able to save your stations on presets, just like AM and FM stations.

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Car stereo model-specific

To use a dedicated car satellite radio, you have to use a specific car stereo that is compatible with the satellite tuner. You’ll want to confirm that your car stereo is “satellite-ready” and compatible with the tuner you select.

Connecting the radio

A single cable connects the satellite radio to your stereo. This cable provides power to the radio, and sends the satellite radio signal to the in-dash stereo. Because it's a direct, high-grade connection, a brand-specific satellite radio offers the best sound quality out of all the options you have for your vehicle.

Dedicated car satellite radio

A dedicated satellite radio can be installed under a seat.

Mounting the satellite radio

The satellite radio tuner can be mounted out of sight, such as under a seat, in the glove box, or even behind the car stereo. Once you've hooked everything up, you have no need to access it. You have to connect the cable that goes to the stereo and the wire from the antenna you've mounted on the roof.

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