What Are Dedicated Home Satellite Radios?
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 at home, dedicated home radios will give you the best sound options. No matter which system you choose, an indoor or outdoor antenna is necessary to pick up the satellite signal (many include indoor antennas).
Tuner for "XM Ready" or "Sirius Ready" home receivers
If you've got a home receiver labeled "XM Ready," or "Sirius Ready," these are for you. All you have to do is plug in the antenna into the receiver, make sure you have reception, and subscribe to XM or Sirius. Half the processing of the satellite signal is done in the antenna; the other half in the receiver.
Internet table radio
This tabletop radio is compact and easy to place in any room. It connects to the Internet through your home connection, either via ethernet cable or Wi-Fi®. Then you can dial in SiriusXM programming through your SiriusXM Internet Radio subscription.