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In-car XM satellite radio package

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by Matt Freeman

Delphi's Roady2 package includes everything you need for in-car XM reception — the Roady2 XM Satellite Radio receiver, a cassette adapter, a built-in wireless FM transmitter, a cigarette lighter power adapter, and a magnetic roof-mount antenna. The Roady2's extremely compact size allows for a variety of installation options, even if space is tight in your car.

And, in the plug-and-play spirit, if you'd like to play the Roady2 through your home stereo, too, you can, thanks to the optional home kit.

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The sleek, gun metal gray receiver features seven selectable display colors (plus three colored faceplates) for a totally personalized look. It gives you 30 presets for instant access to your favorite channels. You can also search by channel number or category, or enter channel numbers directly.

TuneSelect™ lets you know when any one of 15 songs is playing anywhere on XM, plus it saves artist and title information for them, so you won't forget them when you hit your local music store. The Roady2 also displays up to 20 customized stock quotes. The micro antenna takes up minimal space, connecting to the Roady2 with a single wire.

You can send the Roady2's audio signal to your car stereo using the convenient cassette adapter, or by connecting the Roady2 to your stereo's auxiliary input. If you don't have a cassette deck or an auxiliary input on your radio, you can still listen to the Roady2 through your vehicle's radio using the built-in wireless FM transmitter.

A subscription to XM is also required. XM Satellite Radio service is available only in the lower 48 states, not available in Alaska, Hawaii, or U.S. territories.

Read a review of the Roady2 on CrutchfieldAdvisor.com.

Highlights:

  • includes built-in wireless FM transmitter and power adapter for car use
  • home kit required for XM reception in home
  • mounting arm with adhesive pad
  • display shows title, artist, and channel information
  • seven selectable display colors (red, green, sky blue, orange, night blue, purple, and pink)
  • three colored faceplates (red, blue, and black)
  • TuneSelect™ song memory
  • displays up to 20 stock quotes
  • magnetic roof-mount micro antenna with single-wire connection
  • cassette adapter
  • built-in wireless FM transmitter
  • auxiliary output
  • cigarette lighter power adapter
  • 3-7/8"W x 2-3/8"H x 13/16"D (tuner); 1-5/16"W x 9/16"H x 1-7/16"D (antenna)
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • In-car XM Satellite Radio Receiver
  • XM magnetic roof-mount antenna with attached 22.75' cable
  • Cassette audio adapter with attached 44" cord (has gold-plated right-angle 3.5mm stereo mini-plug)
  • 12V Cigarette lighter power adapter with attached 37" cord
  • Car mount with adhesive pad
  • Car mount bracket
  • Vent mount
  • Cell phone mount adapter
  • 3 Self-adhesive Velcro pads
  • Plastic cable wrap
  • 3 Faceplates (black/red/blue)
  • Extra adhesive pad
  • Alcohol prep pad
  • Surface preparation cleaning kit
  • 2 User Guides (English/Spanish)
  • 2 Quick Guides (English/Spanish)
  • XM Channel Guide
  • Sheet concerning activation and accessories

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Features

Overview: The Delphi Roady2 package includes everything you need for in-car XM reception - the Roady2 XM Satellite Radio receiver, a cassette adapter, a cigarette lighter power adapter, and a magnetic roof-mount antenna. A subscription to XM Satellite Radio is also required. The unit also has a built-in wireless FM adapter for easy connection to any car or home radio.

XM Satellite Radio: XM Satellite Radio programming offers more than 120 digital radio channels including 68 channels of commercial free music, plus news, sports, talk, comedy, and other entertainment programming from coast to coast.

Display: While tuned to an XM channel, the display contains the following information: artist name, channel name and number, display mode indicator, category search indicator, signal strength indicator, and keypad mode (Direct, Preset A, or Preset B). The receiver display features seven selectable colors: red, green, sky blue, orange, night blue, purple, and pink.

Interchangeable Faceplates: The Roady2 is equipped with three interchangeable face plates. You can install the Roady2 with a red, blue or black faceplate to suit your mood or match your vehicle.

FM Frequency: Roady2's internal FM modulator can be used to send the audio to your radio on an unused FM station. You can choose from 12 different stations: 88.1, 88.3, 88.5, 88.7, 88.9, 106.7, 106.9, 107.1, 107.3, 107.5, 107.7, and 107.9 MHz.

Tuning Wheel: The Tuning Wheel can be used to scroll through channel or menu options. Pressing the Tuning Wheel allows you to select the current channel or menu option.

Direct Entry: Using the numeric buttons on the face of the receiver, you can directly access XM channels.

Direct Tune: This feature changes the functionality of the Tuning Wheel so that it automatically selects a channel each time it is rolled, without having to press the Tuning Wheel in.

Channel Presets: The receiver can store up to 30 preset channels. They are organized into three different groups, or memory banks: Preset A, Preset B, and Preset C. Each memory bank can store up to 10 channels.

Channel Preview: You can use the Tuning Wheel to preview the artists and songs currently playing on other channels without having to tune away from your current channel.

Artist Name and Song Title Memory: You can save the artist's name and song title on the current channel for future reference. Up to 20 different artist names/song titles can be saved at once, after which any new information that is saved will replace the oldest information in memory.

Tune Select: Using this function, you can program the receiver to alert you with a tone and display change when a favorite song is played again on a channel other than the one you are listening to.

Stock Ticker: This feature lets you track up to 20 of your favorite stocks and indices. You can track any stock symbol and most indices listed on the NYSE, NASDAQ, and AMEX. The stock market index information on the Roady2 is approximately 25 minutes delayed.

Audio Level: You can adjust the receiver's audio level output if it is too high, causing distortion, or too low for your vehicle.

Auto-off: You can set the tuner to automatically shut off 60, 120, or 180 minutes after it is turned on.

Car Mount: Using the supplied car mount with attached adhesive pad, the receiver can be mounted to any flat surface in your vehicle. The car mount has a ball joint that allows you to swivel the receiver for optimum viewing. Using the extra adhesive pad and car mount bracket, you can mount the receiver directly to your vehicle's dashboard without using the car mount. 

Optional Home Kit: For indoor listening, an optional home kit is available for purchase (item # 040SA10069). The kit includes a docking station, an antenna and a power supply.

Controls

Receiver Front Panel:

  • Power: turns the receiver on or off
  • Display: toggles between display options
  • Memory: saves artist name and song title information on the display screen
  • Menu: allows you to select and change receiver configuration options
  • Preset/Direct: switches between Direct Entry, Preset A, Preset Band Preset C
  • Category <</>>: enters category search and displays channels grouped by category
  • Tuning Wheel: allows you to scroll through and select a channel or a menu option
  • Number Keys: used to select a channel or channel preset directly

Connections

Left Side of Receiver:

  • DC In (6V): jack for use with the supplied cigarette lighter power adapter
  • Line Out: stereo minijack for use with supplied cassette audio adapter; using an optional audio cable, you can connect the cradle directly to your receiver's auxiliary input (if your receiver has one)
  • Antenna Connection: single input for use with supplied antenna; this is a single input that accepts satellite and terrestrial signals, so it is not compatible with antennas, or antenna extensions, that require separate satellite and terrestrial connections

Dimensions

Dimensions:

  • Car Mount: W=2.171", H=1.418", D=1.812"
  • XM Antenna: W=1.293", H=0.507", D=1.415"
 
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1 out of 5

Throw the

Written By "Kerry", Indianapolis, IN. on Friday, March 31, 2006
 
Let me tell all of the good things first.
1)Crutchfield takes care of its customers. :)

Now for all the bad things.
1)My mother always said if you can say something good dont say anything at all. So here are my comments on the "Roady 2".

I cant comment because my mother would kill me. You figure it out.
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5 out of 5

Delphi XM Roady2

Written By tim, Saint Louis on Thursday, March 02, 2006
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Couldn't be more impressed. I've had the Roady for about 6 months. No matter where I am, signal strength is excellent. I have a Pioneer unit in my truck but still have the stock speakers (it's a diesel, lotsa background noise anyway) and I use the FM transmit feature of the Roady. The sound quality is still way above local FM, though not as crisp as a CD. I think I paid $49 at the time and it was certainly worth that and more. I'm very happy with XM as well. Amazing unit for the price.
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5 out of 5

Best BANG for the BUCK!!

Written By JAMES, Saint Paul, MN on Tuesday, December 20, 2005
 
What a steal! Package includes everything you need to get started falling in love with satellite radio. Optional accessories include a Home Kit (under $40) which allows you to patch into a home stereo without improvising with the car accessories. Don't pass this one by!
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1 out of 5

Not so good

Written By tbadm, Topeka, Ks on Saturday, December 17, 2005
 
reception was fair, but the power hookup broke within the first week of purchase so it was returned. seemed to me all the stations played the same songs over and over. plus not very good sports
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4 out of 5

Excellent choice for the cost

Written By 334856, Easton, MA on Tuesday, October 25, 2005
 
I have Roady2 in my truck and a sony xm-ready head unit (set up) in the car. Have had R2 for over a year and at first was huge disappointment. The built-in FM modulator is weak, and in Boston area there are NO open FM frequncies. The Cig-adapter/modulator works well. Finally I installed a direct antenna adapter (about $19) which came with a direct power connection. Now the performance or the R2 matches ANY other XM radio that I have heard. 30 presets is a plus. Its size makes mounting real easy and non-obstructing. Highly recommend the direct connections and you should not be disappointed.
6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

It's Cheap....

Written By Dan, Sioux Falls, SD on Saturday, October 15, 2005
 
The Roady2 is my first XM Radio. I bought mine right after they were released. Im having the following regrets with the Roady2:

1) The selector knob in the top right corner is not very easy to use. My clumsy fingers just have a hard time grabbing onto the small knotch on the selector wheel and navigating through the channel lists or menu items. This was just a bad design by Delphi to include such a cheap control on the unit.

2) My selector knob is now misfunctioning. When I go into the menu and press in on the selector knob to select a value, it essentially "double-clicks", kicking me right back out of the menu item before being able to change it. This unit is less than a year old.

3) The FM Modulator feature works fair at best. If there is any type of radio station anywhere near the vicinity where the XM Roady2 is, your signal will be bombarded with static. Also, "full" music seems strained when sent to the cars head unit via the FM Modulator. I had to buy a $250 head unit with direct line-ins as the FM Modulator performance was so poor.

4) A few other small gripes, many already mentioned, are as follows:
- Limited information available on the display
- Antenna leaving rust spots on my roof
- Cord mess from all the included cords (why not make the DC-to-DC power convertor built-in so a neat, direct-wire hook-up is possible?)

With all these opportunity areas youre probably thinking I absolutely hate the unit. I dont. I was just expecting more, especially for the $100+ I paid for my unit. I think the current price of $50 is more appropriate, but youd be better off spending a few more bucks on something else.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Nothing but problems with this unit

Written By sofiav, NY on Wednesday, October 12, 2005
 
The buttons are too small, the screen is too small, and I keep losing the signal. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. My husband is very disappointed that it doesn't have the NFL games.
2 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Delphi XM Roady2

Written By Benjamin Gattey, Tucson, AZ on Tuesday, October 11, 2005
 
Like the XM product line so much that I had to buy this one for my wife's Benz... Nice how it has a built in FM transmitter(don't want to cut up any of the stock wiring harness which is fiber optic) which works well even though we have radio reception on most of the channels. I like this one better than the Delphi unit as it is smaller and easier to mount without it getting in the way of other things or becoming an eye-sore. Highly recommend this unit to anyone that is considering.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Delphi XM Roady2

Written By David, Cullman, AL on Tuesday, October 04, 2005
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This is an excellent choice for entry-level XM radio. The cassette adapter provides much better sound than the built-in wireless transmitter. Also, while travelling and using the wireless feature you often have to change the FM receiver frequency to avoid interference from local FM stations. There are many mounting options and the XM receiver is easy to learn and use. The only drawback is that with the power cord, antenna wire, and cassette adapter, there is a jumble of wires that you have to contend with.
5 out of 6 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Great Product

Written By West, Georgia on Tuesday, September 27, 2005
 
Have had this receiver for about 3 weeks and could not be happier. Very compact, so it'd be nearly impossible not to find a mounting location (also note the kit contains no way to mount the receiver to a horizontal surface, such as the dashboard top). I'd say it's a great starter XM Receiver, and for the money, cannot be beat. But, the main thing is that the kit contains no way to hard wire into your electrical system for power. Also, the included casset adapter to play the audio isn't worth having if your radio/stereo has no casset port or has a bad wine... therefore leaving you only with the option of FM Modulator which is a great alternative.

Other than that I am 100% pleased. I even purchased the home kit a week after buying the receiver. Its size also makes it the perfect plug n play unit because when transferring from vehicle or home, just stick it in your pocket and you're ready.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Much Improved

Written By Mark, Tomahawk, Wisconsin on Wednesday, August 31, 2005
 
I had an original Roady in one of my vehicles. When I purchased an additional vehicle this summer, I installed a Roady 2. The sound of the unit was so much improved over the original Roady that I immediately replaced it with another Roady 2. I also like its somewhat smaller size. Further, I concur with comments about hardwiring being a better way to go. Although the wireless modulator does a pretty darn good job, changing frequencies in densely populated areas can get to be a real chore. You'll be amazed (and very satisfied) with how much better hardwiring sounds.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

remote

Written By kenny, lexington nc on Sunday, July 24, 2005
 
for those you want scan or jump back to last chan get the remote
2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Delphi XM Roady2

Written By Jason, Saratoga Springs, NY on Sunday, July 03, 2005
 
A great little receiver, I love the music but the stock quotes streaming is really great too.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Simple

Written By Kenneth, Harper Woods, Mi on Saturday, June 18, 2005
 
Very compact unit, easy to setup and use. My only gripe, because I like all kinds of music, is that it does not have a scan button. Other than that, this is the perfect, or close to it, xm radio receiver going.
Just needs a scan button.
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Delphi XM Roady2

Written By Dave, Austin, TX on Monday, May 23, 2005
 
This is my 4th and best satellite receiver. It can't double as a space heater like the Sirius Audiovox and JVC units I have, but it's much smaller and better quality. I use it in a car, home, and boat. At under 4 inches wide it makes for a neater installation than the almost toaster size units with obsolete chipsets. The scrolling stock ticker is a nice feature too. Like any PNP, it works best with a hardwired modulator and I highly recommend you buy one, regardless of which unit or service you choose. Wireless sounds good until you hardwire and then you find out just how much better it can be. Also, changing frequency becomes a thing of the past.
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Delphi XM Roady2

Written By Adam, Boston, MA on Saturday, April 16, 2005
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Getting rid of my old car with the Alpine 9820XM, my new car has a dash that I do not want to change, so I decided to get the XM Roady2 and mount it to the side. The unit was easy to install and has more memory stations than the Alpine did, but sound quality is worse than I expected. I have the unit installed with the FM Modulator Kit, but has been a factor. Crutchfield Service to the rescue!!! They helped me trouble shoot the source of the noise, the 12V to 6V convertor that powers the Roady2, and fixed the problem by sending me a power line filter and now the unit rocks!!! The integrity of the dash is the same, and the sound quality has improved dramatically. The flexibility and size make the Roady2 a very good product, but if you plan on a hard-wired install, get a power line filter.
11 out of 11 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Easy Install

Written By Thomas, Oswego, NY on Saturday, April 16, 2005
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I bought the Roady 2 mainly because of the Price, also because it came with the car kit so i wouldnt have to buy any additonal componets in order to use it than i found out it came with a free home kit what a steal 100$ for a XM in the house and the car

Easy Install thanks to tech soupport
works great everyplace i go very little modifications required.


4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Very easy install

Written By James, Johnson City, Tennessee on Thursday, April 07, 2005
 
Very easy to install into a '97 Grand Prix. Mounted the antenna on the trunk lid, ran the wire under the back seat and inside the carpet trim piece along the passenger's side. The little receiver works great and I've fallen in love with XM radio after only a week of listening. Controls are logical and well laid-out, & most functions are intuitive and easy to understand. The only problem I have right now is that the accessory plug for 12v power is constant and I have to turn the receiver itself off at night. Also note that the receiver gets quite warm on the back during normal operation. The remote that comes with the home kit is very useful in the car, but the instruction set for the remote is almost non-existent. But it's easy to learn how to use, however. All in all, another outstanding Crutchfield experience.
8 out of 9 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Delphi XM Roady2

Written By Clint, Burlison,Tn on Friday, March 25, 2005
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I love this little addictive piece of electronic equipment!My friend who shall remain nameless(Doug)brought one to work,after that I was hooked.I would have given 5 stars but there are three things that are a problem.The isn't a way to display the station,song title and group all at the same time.And if you have a long song title,it will not show the full tilte.I feel it should scroll like the stock market function.And lastly,the fm modulator needs alittle more juice to over ride the local fm stations.Or get more fm locations on the reciever.Other than that all THREE units I purchased from Crutchfield's work just fine....
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Delphi XM Roady2

Written By sfblitz849, NY on Wednesday, March 23, 2005
 
This is a great XM tuner. I take it everywhere I go, including work, my house, and car. The FM modulator works pretty good, but if you can use a direct connect setup such as the tape deck, go with that. My Roady 2 is hooked up directly to the back of my Pioneer CD deck. But whatever way you use it, it will sound great. The controls are very easy to use. The tuning wheel is great to scroll through the channels and see what songs are on without actually changing the channel. The only thing I whish this tuner did is scroll through the song name and artist because if the artist name is too long, it just ends the name when it runs out of charecters. All in all, this tuner gets a 5 out of 5 rating.
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Delphi XM Roady2

Written By Spanky, Hazard, KY on Friday, March 11, 2005
 
The Roady 2 is the greatest! Everyone talks about the FM Modular in these type Plug-n-Play tuner. Well this one will broadcast for over 100ft! I've had friends driving around behind/in front of me and they just had to tune in to listen. Works great, just sometimes in big cities you have to change FM Frequency to keep to static all away.
4 out of 5 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Tuner does all that it promises

Written By Josh, Louisville, KY on Wednesday, March 09, 2005
 
I have been using this product for 7 months. It has done all that I expected it to do. It is easy to set up, and easy to use. The Roady2's small size is the selling point, as my car has no room for a bulky external tuner! I also love the TuneSelect feature, but I wish it would look for the artist rather than the song. I won't count this against the Roady2, since I haven't found a model that will do that yet. I had trouble with interference with the FM modulator at first. If I had a reciever with direct inputs, this would not have been a problem. I removed the FM antenna and it works perfectly. This is the problem with FM modulators in general. If this is a problem for you, don't buy a plug & play unit. As for the lack of a scan button... There is a scan button on the remote control, which is sold separately for about $20. If you want a small, reliable, functional, easy-to-use XM tuner at a decent price, this is a great product.
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Love The Roady2

Written By Jeffry, Lancaster, PA on Friday, February 11, 2005
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I love the ease and simplicity of this product. Everything you need is included in ONE package. No extra "stuff" needed. Simply run your wires and plug it in.

The only thing missing in my opinion, unlike the mini remote control you can buy, is it does not have a hands free "scan" feature or "jump" button. At least not one I could find. You can scan by holding the scroll wheel but I'd rather have it scan automatically.

One cool feature is the "favorite" memory. If ya love, lets say, Billy Joels, "Uptown Girl" you can tell the unit to let you know anytime it's playing anywhere on the XM dial and it will allert you to let you know. Pretty cool! I highly recommend it. Especially the Crutchfield price. Thanks
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