Video: SiriusXM SXV200V1 In-Dash Tuner
Zak Billmeier grew up in southern Vermont and coastal Maine. After graduating from Mary Washington College with a Geography degree he still isn't sure quite what to do with, he eventually settled in the mountains of Central Virginia. He spends his free time chasing his daughter around, taking pictures, gardening and cooking. Zak traces the roots of his interest in electronic gadgets to the Casio wristwatch with a built-in calculator he received as a gift one year as a child. He joined Crutchfield's car A/V team in 2007.
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SiriusXM's compact SXV200V1 tuner lets you receive satellite radio programming in your car without the need for any additional cables or interfaces. With a compatible in-dash receiver, you can pause, rewind, and replay up to an hour of live broadcasts, plus see alerts when your favorite song, artist, or team is playing on another channel. And with your iPod® connected, you can "tag" songs for purchasing later in the iTunes® store.
Let's take a look at the SiriusXM SXV200V1 in-dash tuner. It's a great streamlined solution to get SiriusXM in your dash. It used to be a little tougher — you would have to buy a translator box for Sirius or XM, based on whatever subscription you had. And then, depending on whatever brand of aftermarket head unit you had, you would then have to buy an adapter cable for that brand. Not anymore. Now as long as your radio says SiriusXM radio on it somewhere then you can plug this new one in the back and just go. It's great.
So this new tuner brings a lot of what's good about Dock and Play radios right here in your dash. One of my favorite things, I think, is the fact that you can pause and play live programming. It kind of records constantly, like a DVR, so if I've got something playing up here and I need to pause it for any point in time, I can just do that. And you can see here it's recording while we're going so, you know, something important is going on and I have to take my attention away from what I was listening to, whenever I'm ready I can hit a button here and go right back to the moment that I paused it, or if I change my mind, I can go right back to the end and it takes us right up to the present state.
Let's say you're driving around and you're listening to something but you really want to listen to the Packers game that's coming on later, but you don't know when, maybe you're changing time zones, what's going on, so what you can do is set up an alert so when that game comes on, it'll flash up on the screen. It'll say, "Hey, the Packers game is playing over on this other channel." You just tap it and you go right to the game. You can also do that with your favorite artists or even individual songs that you're hoping to hear.
I really like iTunes tagging also. So I've got my iPod hooked in, and I'm listening to something on SiriusXM, and a song comes up that I really like. But it's not on my iPod. It's on satellite radio, but I want it on my iPod. So I can hit this tag button here and it'll tag it — and what that does is next time I plug my iPod or iPhone into iTunes, it'll remind me of all the tags that I pushed and say "Hey, do you want to buy these now?" So it's a nice feature. It's a great way to get new music onto your iPod.
The SXV200V1 also lets you tune in the SiriusXM Xtra Channels. These are new channels that were created when Sirius and XM merged their programming together. There's more than twenty of them, so you get more sports, more news, and Spanish speakers will be happy to know that there are many new Spanish language channels included in that also. If you have any questions about this tuner or SiriusXM in general, just give us a call.