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Plug-and-play XM satellite radio with car accessories

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Delphi's Roady XT plug-and-play satellite radio offers you a sleek, slim, and easy way to get XM Radio in your car and at home. The striking display presents plenty of programming information, and its thin profile doesn't take up much space in your car.

The Roady XT's seven display colors let you tailor its appearance to suit your vehicle's interior decor. A built-in transmitter is able to "broadcast" the XM signal over your vehicle's FM radio, on any unused FM frequency. You'll have no trouble finding one that's perfect for you. And you can jump back to any of the last six frequencies you've selected, a handy feature for quick tuning when you're traveling cross country.

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While you're listening, you can save up to 20 song titles or artist names in the TuneSelect™ memory. Whenever any of them is played on XM, the Roady XT will alert you so you can hear it. You can program 30 channels as presets so you can get to your favorites quickly. You can also customize a running stock ticker with the symbols you want to follow, or select the teams whose scores you'd like to see scroll at the bottom of the display.

The Roady XT comes with the accessories you'll need to play it over your car stereo, including a mount, power adapter, and an antenna. If you'd like to use it at home, too, a home kit is also available.

Highlights:

  • plug-and-play XM satellite radio
  • display shows title, artist, and channel information
  • seven selectable display colors
  • built-in wireless FM transmitter lets you play XM over any FM frequency
  • instant access to any of the last six FM frequencies you've used
  • TuneSelect saves the names of 20 songs or artists and alerts you when any of them is playing
  • selectable scrolling sports scores
  • selectable stock ticker (up to 20 stock quotes)
  • 30 channel presets
  • car mount
  • roof-mount car antenna
  • vehicle power adapter
  • 3-3/4"W x 2-1/4"H x 11/16"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • Roady XT satellite radio receiver
  • Car cradle
  • XM magnetic antenna with attached 22.75' cable (terminated into a single SMB connector)
  • Antenna rubber plug
  • Cassette audio adapter with attached 44" cord (has gold-plated right-angle 3.5mm stereo mini-plug)
  • 12V Cigarette lighter power adapter with attached 42" cord
  • Car mount with adhesive pad
  • Vent mount
  • Surface preparation cleaning kit
  • Alcohol prep pad
  • 2 User Guides (English/Spanish)
  • 2 Quick/Install Guides (English/Spanish)
  • Attention sheet
  • XM Channel Guide
  • Sheet concerning activation and accessories

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Features

Overview: The Delphi RoadyXT package includes everything you need for in-car XM reception - the RoadyXT XM Satellite Radio receiver, car cradle (with adhesive and vent mounts), 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 150 digital radio channels including 67 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: arctic, ocean, sunset, spearmint, dusk, lime, and orchid. The contrast is also adjustable.

FM Frequency: RoadyXT's internal FM modulator can be used to send the audio to your radio on an unused FM station. You can choose from any frequency between: 88.1 and 107.9 MHz. (In order to optimize the performance of this feature, the XM antenna should be installed near your vehicle's FM antenna.)

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

Channel Scanning: The RoadyXT can scan through each channel, pausing long enough (approximately 5 seconds) to allow you to hear programming, before moving on to the next channel.

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.

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 by beeping and flashing when a favorite song is played again on a channel other than the one you are listening to. You can instantly switch to that channel by pressing the Select button.

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 RoadyXT is approximately 25 minutes delayed.

Info Extras: XM Satellite Radio broadcasts information such as sports scores and other features at various times. When activated, you can choose whether you want the display to scroll the information from right to left continuously, or in pages one at a time.

Audio Level: You can adjust the receiver's audio level output if it is too high, causing distortion, or too low for your vehicle. The audio level has a range of 1-6, with the default setting at 5.

Auto-On: You have the option of automatically turning on whenever it receives power (Auto-On), or turning the unit on manually every time you want to listen to it.

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

Car Mounts: The RoadyXT comes with a docking cradle and two car mounts. One has a self-adhesive pad and two screw holes and can be mounted to any flat surface by the adhesive or two screws. The other mount features two clips that can be attached to an air vent. Either car mount attaches to the docking cradle. Note: The antenna, power, and audio output connections are made to the docking cradle.

Optional Home Kit: An optional home kit (040SA10176) is available to enable you to listen to XM Radio in your home. The kit includes a docking station, a remote, audio cables, an antenna and a power supply.

Controls

Receiver Front Panel:

  • Power: turns the receiver on or off
  • Menu: allows you to select and change receiver configuration options
  • Display: toggles between display options
  • Up/Down/Select: allows you to move up or down through channel and menu lists and select the highlighted option
  • Preset/Direct: switches between Direct Entry, Preset A, Preset Band Preset C
  • Memory: saves artist name and song title information on the display screen
  • Jump: returns to the previous tuned channel
  • Search: lets you quickly change from one channel category to another
  • Number Keys: used to select a channel or channel preset directly

Connections

Bottom of Receiver: Proprietary docking connector; contains power, antenna signal, and audio signals. RoadyXT receiver docks to the car cradle.

Left Side of Docking Cradle:

  • Line Out: stereo 3.5mm 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)

Right Side of Docking Cradle:

  • DC In (5V): jack for use with the supplied cigarette lighter power adapter
  • Antenna Connection: single SMB jack 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 Cradle: W=3.669", H=1.082", D=1.5"
  • RoadyXT in Car Cradle: W=3.705", H=3.047", D=1.5"
  • RoadyXT Weight: 2.6 oz. (receiver w/o cradle)
  • XM Antenna: W=1.403", H=0.529", D=1.727"
 
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3 out of 5

Great Product! BUT there is a catch

Written By anne, Rockford, IL on Thursday, January 25, 2007
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This is a great product. But, the installation will cost you more then the product. I bought this product and I was told that anyone can install the product! Yeah Right. So, I attempted to install the product, and instead ended up having the product installed locally.
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5 out of 5

GREAT PRODUCT FOR PRICE+SIZE!!!!

Written By Shane, Riverton, UT on Sunday, December 31, 2006
 
I am very satisfied with this product. I connected it via RCA adapter to my Alpine CDA-9856. I know I could have used XMDIRECT, but I wanted the portability offered by this unit. The sound quality is great over RCA with all the units I have used. Those who are complaining about the FM quality should find another way to connect it to their stereo. Not lower the product rating. OVERALL A GREAT PRODUCT FOR ITS FORM-FACTOR AND PRICE. ONLY SUGGESTION WOULD BE A LITTLE HIGHER RESOLUTION SCREEN TO FIT MORE TEXT.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Delphi Roady XT®

Written By Joshua, South Carolina on Tuesday, December 12, 2006
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I have had the Roady XT for a year now. I use it in my apt. with the home kit, and I have used it in both of my cars (my BMW with FM transmitter, and my new Civic Si through AUX port). I have had zero problems with the unit itself or either of the docking stations. I would recommend using an AUX input for your stereo (car or home), as the FM transmitter, though handy in a crunch, of course loses quality, in particular if you travel to an area that has a station broadcasting at a similar or same frequency and will cause static.
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5 out of 5

home roadyxt

Written By boston bob, Los Angeles CA on Monday, November 20, 2006
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I recently got the Roady XT and the Belken boombox. I had wanted a unit for home that was simple and required no outside antenna or south facing window. This is perfect. The reception is great ( 3 bars) in a room that is on north side of house.

Great features and the price is right.

Highly recomended.
6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Delphi Roady XT®

Written By Rick, Front Royal, VA on Tuesday, August 29, 2006
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I am not too impressed with the FM modulator. Seems to have a little trouble keeping a lock on a station, but overall, a good radio.
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5 out of 5

Great Sound - Small Package

Written By Donald, Warner Robins, Georgia on Thursday, July 20, 2006
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Amazing technology in a small package. I purchased the Delphi Roady XT with the home interface package to integrate with my home stereo. Very easy to set up with excellent results. The antenna provided with the home package receives XM satellite signals sitting on my entertainment center without the need to orient in a southerly direction. This is an excellent product that performs well beyond my expectations.
3 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Delphi Roady XT®

Written By Richard, Northeast US on Thursday, July 13, 2006
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This is a really excellent product. Easy to use and install. I would highly recommend that you purchase the remote control for this product. It is difficult to operate, because the buttons are small, while driving. The remote control is the way to go.
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1 out of 5

Bad engineering

Written By Don, Charlottesville, VA on Wednesday, June 28, 2006
 
The roady XT is a good looking unit BUT it stops there.
The power supply injects noise through the unit like engine whine. And that is with the engine off!
My original Roady does not do this and I have exchanged two XT units with crutchfield an they both do the same thing. No more delphi products for me..
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Bad power converter for car

Written By Pete, Los Angeles, CA on Saturday, June 03, 2006
 
Roady XT for the car comes with DC to DC converter which takes 12 volts from cigarette lighter and converts it into 5 volts for the unit. Converter is designed wrong so that the unit puts out audio osciallation at 10 KHz (even with the engine off) and feeds through alternator tone which varies with engine RPM for 1 Khz to 4 Khz. Crutchfield sent another unit which exhibited the same problem. With the unit powered by the indoor (12o volt) converter, there was no noise even with the engine running, so the problem is not the receiver in the car or something in the audio hook-up of the unit (I used the direct RCA audio cables for hook up). So if you have a car radio with good frequency response and you have good hearing, you may have trouble with this unit. (FYI, the car was a 95 Camry with a Sony CDX-C5850 receiver).
4 out of 6 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Good Basic XM receiver

Written By John, Louisville KY on Monday, April 17, 2006
 
The XT is very easy to use. I like the setup and simplicity of the key arrangement. It has a good selection of background screen colors. If you just want a basic XM plug and play receiver, I'd recommend this one.

My only problem was that the car cradle has problems cutting power out to the unit. Cructchfield is sending me a new unit, so things should be good to go.
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5 out of 5

Love this XM radio

Written By HN, San Gabriel, CA on Friday, April 07, 2006
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This XM radio is a nice piece of work.

Pros:
Small and portable, multi-color display, good reception, built-in FM modulator, easy setup

Cons (not really bad, imo):
Unable to see channel, artist and song on the same screen. No remote control. Volume amplication could be higher. Wish it has built in rechargable battery (1 less cable to deal with).
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

"XT TO THE POWER OF XM"

Written By "Kerry", Indianapolis, IN. on Sunday, April 02, 2006
 
I recently had to return my "Roady II" and upgraded to the "Roady XT". I could not be happier with this product, the product is all together better.
Most of all I give Crutchfiled ten thumbs up for the outstanding service they always strive to give customers.
Thanks Crutchfield. I am really happy with this new product and anyone else who purchases it should also feel the same way.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great piece

Written By Kevin, Frankford, WV on Sunday, March 26, 2006
 
This is a great unit. I have 2 of them one in my wifes car and one in my company truck. These look great and come ready to go. Easy to use and small as well. Very pleased with the product.

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5 out of 5

Excellent performance and complimentary esthetics

Written By Robert, Andover, KS on Saturday, February 18, 2006
 
I recently added Polk Audio's Xrt12 XM Tuner to my primary home audio system, since doing so I've enjoyed listening to XM enough to explore expanding this capability to my bedroom. I currently use a Bose Wave Music System in my bedroom and was curious to see if it could be successfully adapted to XM; toward this goal I purchased a Roady XT and its associated home kit. I'm happy to report this combination has made an excellent addition to my Bose Wave System. The Roady's adjustable audio output made all the difference in making this a successful installation and the unit's diminutive size and styling served to make it esthetically pleasing to boot.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Amazed!!!!

Written By Bill, Wardensville, WV on Wednesday, February 15, 2006
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Still amazed! The quality was super, the channel separation was excellent! I hade no idea that the quality would be soooo Good! I am super happy. This is an excellent product! You have to get one - I'm super glad I did! Bill
6 out of 8 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Excellent Solution

Written By Tim, Laurel, MD on Sunday, January 29, 2006
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5-stars with Artic display
4-stars with anything else

I have a '06 Civic Hybrid that comes "XM Ready". That means for nearly $800 the dealer will make it ready to use. While I wait for an after-market integrated XM Direct box, the little Roady XT is serving me well.

Pros include the new short swivel mount that tucks nicely into almost any interior recess. The antenna is so small that I used 3M double sided tape (white with green plaid backing) to mount it on top of the dash. Reception isn't perfect, but I don't have to mess with it. Cost for capability is outstanding. The FM wireless modulation connection is good enough for those that don't want to, or can't use the cassette plug-in. I didn't try it, but the aux connection will undoubtably produce the best quality sound.

Cons: Colors! What were they thinking? It would be smart for XM to actually look at dash illumination across the auto industry and pick from that. The Red is blood, with Green-de-menthe, ink stain blue, and a yellow this is, let's say, unattractive. There are a couple others colors, hallucinogenic pink and purple. All are so saturated that they reduce the display contrast with the black lettering. The Artic blue/white is the only calm color of the bunch. The other colors are not choices for the OEM types among us.

This is my fifth XM unit, and a slamdunk add-on to a good audio system if you want, or need to use an external component. When they get around to fitting it to a small portable interface (no boom-box please!) it could be the iPOD of satellite radio.
4 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

INCREDIBLE UNIT

Written By Truckguy, Westville, NJ on Friday, December 30, 2005
 
I had to retire my original Ski Fi. The only logical choice was a smaller more compact unit. Who knew the Roady xt would be so feature packed!!! Working from the built in FM transmitter is flawless and sounds much better than my hard wired fm modulator. All features work beyond belief. I can't wait to install one in my wife's car. "GO ROADY XT"

And thank you Crutchfields for your impecable service and support. Five stars for you as well.

JPW
Westville, NJ
10 out of 10 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Bset XM radio for the money

Written By Lugosi, Northern Virginia on Monday, October 24, 2005
 
The Roady XT has made some major improvements over the Roady2. First and foremost, artist names and song titles will now scroll if they are longer than 16 characters. Each will scroll twice at the beginning of a song. If you need the complete name/title further into the piece, the best way to trigger the scroll again is to to hit the "display" button five times. This takes you back to the same display mode you were using, and it will begin to scroll again within a few seconds.

The sports ticker is great also. I was able to set it up for every NFL team, so there doesnt appear to be any limit on its size. Its not instantaneous, however; it takes about 2-3 minutes for an actual change in the score to be reflected in the ticker.

There is also a "Jump" button which allows you to flip to the previous channel.

The "Tuneselect" feature now allows you to search for songs not only by the song title, but by the artist name as well. This is accessed through the menu screen. You do, however, have to pick one or the other.

Another big plus: The Roady XT now gives you access to virtually the entire FM spectrum (88.1-107.9) if you want to listen via the FM modulator. The "Jump" button also comes into play here as well. If you hold it in for a few seconds, it will bring up a screen showing the last 6 FM frequencies you used. You can then use the arrow buttons to go to the one you want, then hit "Select." And by setting your in-dash radios presets to the corresponding FM frequencies, it makes it much easier to adjust the modulator if you start running into interference as you drive.

Tip: The XM antenna also serves as the FM transmitter. If possible, place
24 out of 25 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

The Best Yet!

Written By david, The Colony, Tx on Saturday, October 22, 2005
 
This radio blew away my expectations! I've been an XM User since 2 months after they first started broadcasting, using the original Sony XM01.

This unit has a clear-visible screen, easy buttom access, and all the features I wanted. I am directly connected to my Panasonic's head unit Aux port for better sound quality, but I was amazed with the range and clarity of the built in FM transmitter. A neat feature is when you disconnect the audio out jack, it automatically converts to FM transmitter within a couple of seconds. Great for when your hanging out with your buddies, and you can all tune your cars to the same channel!

Next is another car kit in my Jeep, for those long trailrides out in the country.
16 out of 16 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Awesome radio!!!

Written By Mark, Atlanta, GA on Tuesday, October 11, 2005
 
This is my second XM radio, my first one (a SkyFi) is now in my wifes car. This is such an awesome unit! I don't know how they fit all those features into such a small and light package. It is amazing. And it fits in my car perfectly, even better than my SkyFi used to fit. It sounds great through my casette player. And when I moved it to my brothers car yesterday, I was able to find a clear FM channel right away! I think I might even get the home kit to connect it to my receiver and good speakers.
47 out of 59 people found this helpful
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