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What are dedicated car satellite radios?

Add SiriusXM programming to your daily drive


Matt Freeman

A circuitous path, involving England, New York, rural Michigan, Indiana, and lots of parts in between brought Matthew Freeman to Charlottesville, where he's been writing about mobile audio/video for Crutchfield off and on since early 2000. He fosters an eclectic taste in film, and is fond of a wide range of music. A native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, he found his way to the University of Notre Dame, where, in an act of charity unsurpassed in the history of Western civilization, he was given a B.A. in English.

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If you plan on listening to satellite radio exclusively in your car, consider going with a dedicated car satellite radio tuner, like the SiriusXM SXV300V1. This compact "black box" 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.

SiriusXM SXV300V1

The SiriusXM SXV300V1 tuner works with your satellite radio-ready in-dash stereo.

Car stereo model-specific

To use a dedicated car satellite radio, you have to use a 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.

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.

Learn more about SiriusXM satellite radio

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Last updated April 25, 2016
  • jackie from taylors sc

    Posted on 9/26/2015 5:39:20 PM

    If the wire to the magnet part breaks can it be spliced back together ??!??

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/28/2015 10:20:10 AM

    Jackie, If the device is still under warranty, that might be the better place to start. If you bought the gear from Crutchfield, you can call Tech Support for free troubleshooting help. If you purchased your equipment elsewhere, you can still get expert Crutchfield Tech Support - 90 days-worth for only $30. Check out our tech support page for details. Good luck!

  • Paul R from New York

    Posted on 4/22/2016 5:33:54 PM

    My dedicated radio says "SIRIUS READY" and I have a Sirius subscription but all the tuners say Sirius/Xm. Can I use these tuners or do I have to find a Sirius tuner?

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/25/2016 9:54:03 AM

    Paul, You will need to find a Sirius tuner for that radio.