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XM Direct2 Tuner

Add XM satellite radio to your aftermarket car stereo (Model CNP2000UCA)

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by Zak Billmeier

Add the endless entertainment of XM Satellite Radio to your aftermarket car stereo with the XM Direct2 tuner. First, you'll need to purchase a brand-specific cable that connects this adapter to your stereo. Once connected, you'll be able to change channels and see programming information on your stereo's display. XM includes a magnetic, roof-mount antenna for pulling in the satellite signal.

Note: Before installation, this unit must first be programmed by connecting it to a computer with a 32-bit operating system running either Windows XP Pro, Windows Vista, or Windows 7, and Internet Explorer.

Note: A subscription to XM is also required — learn about XM's programming. Satellite radio service is available only within Canada and the lower 48 states — not available in Hawaii or U.S. territories.

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Highlights:

  • car-only XM radio interface — works with brand-specific adapters
  • includes roof-mount antenna
  • displays text on the stereo and supplies power to the satellite radio
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • XMDirect² Vehicle Tuner with attached 42" cable
  • Protocol Interface Adapter
  • Snap-on cover for PIA
  • 6' USB Programming cable (USB Type A connector on one end and proprietary XM connector on the other)
  • Magnetic antenna with attached 22' cable (single SMB connector)
  • Antenna cable rubber bumper
  • Alcohol prep pad
  • Installation Guide (English/ Spanish/ French)
  • Computer connection instructions

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Features

Product Overview: The Audiovox CNP2000UCA XMDirect² Protocol Interface Adapter allows you to install XM Satellite Radio with select aftermarket car stereos. It includes the XM Vehicle Tuner, a magnetic base XM antenna, the Protocol Interface Adapter (PIA), and a USB programming cable. For most installations you will need a separate XMDirect² connection cable for your specific car stereo brand (see list below). In addition to the proper hardware, you will need to subscribe to XM Satellite Radio in order to receive programming.

XM Satellite Radio: XM Satellite Radio programming offers over 170 digital radio channels including commercial free music channels, plus news, sports, talk, comedy, and other entertainment programming from coast to coast. XM also offers traffic and weather alerts for several major US cities (24 cities as of 6/29/10), as well as live sports broadcasts from Major League Baseball, NHL, the PGA tour, Indy car racing, and several major college conferences.

XMDirect² Connection Cable: XMDirect² connection cables are available for XM-ready Alpine, Clarion, Eclipse, Jensen, JVC, Kenwood, Panasonic, and Sony car stereos. For specific head unit model compatibility, see the connection cable for your car stereo brand. The required cables for each brand are:

  • Alpine: 220CNPALP1
  • Clarion: 220CNPCLA1
  • Eclipse: 220CNPECL1
  • Jensen: 220CNPJEN1
  • JVC: 220CNPJVC1
  • Kenwood: 220CNPKEN1
  • Panasonic: 220CNPPAN1
  • Sony: 220CNPSON1

Installation Overview: The XM Vehicle Tuner plugs directly into the Protocol Interface Adapter (PIA). The XMDirect² connection cable for your aftermarket car stereo (sold separately) plugs between your XM-ready radio and the PIA via a 34-pin connection. You must also mount the magnetic antenna on the roof or trunk of your vehicle, and route the cable to the tuner (inside the vehicle). Before installation, you must download the proper radio model protocol to the PIA from the XMDirect² website (firmware will not be available for all satellite ready radios, but if this unit is listed as an accessory for your radio, it is compatible and the correct firmware is available on the audiovox.com/xmdirect/ website). This requires connecting your PC to the PIA via the supplied USB Programming cable and accessing the Internet.

Note: You must have Windows XP, Windows Vista (32 or 64 bit) or Windows 7 (32 or 64 bit) installed on your PC for programming the PIA.

Dimensions: The XMDirect² components have the following dimensions:

  • Tuner:
    • Width: 3.71"
    • Height: 0.70"
    • Depth: 2.05"
  • Magnetic Antenna:
    • Width: 1.41"
    • Length: 1.74"
    • Height: 0.53"
    • Cable Length: 22'
  • Protocol Interface Adapter (PIA):
    • Width: 2.78"
    • Height: 0.85"
    • Depth: 4.65"
 
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5 out of 5

So far so good

Written By Joe, Walkersville, MD on Thursday, June 20, 2013
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I was worried after reading all of the negative reviews but this was the only option for my eclipse unit. Keeping the other reviews in mind installed the so that I could take laptop out and reprogram the unit if needed. So far I have no issues at all. I will say that the best install instructions are a review on another site. I am including 1. Down load the XM direct software from [...]

2. Plug in your CNP2000UC (the XM adapter thing), your computer should prompt you to install software. - Choose the second option that says "Install from a list or specific location (advanced)" and press Next - Click the box that says "Include this location in the search" and browse or type in the path "C:\Program Files\XM Direct 2" and press next - That should get you the the XM Universal Board v3 programing that you need.

3. Now the hard part DON'T use the instructions that pop up when you click on the short cut that gets installed on your desk top. Instead go to my computer > C: > Program Files > XM Direct 2 > usbprog Use the "usbprog" to program your unit.

4. You may have to use the Direct File Select option if the list of car stereo models is to long to show on the screen, if you do the path you will need is: my computer > C: > Program Files > XM Direct 2 > HEADUNITS > YourBrand > YourModel

Once the blue bar runs across the bottom of the usbprog window then your unit is programed!
Pros:
Quick and easy to connect to radio. Works well
Cons:
The instructions that come in the box. That's why I included better ones above
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1 out of 5

Most frustrating piece of junk....ever.

Written By Williams, Allentown, PA on Sunday, January 13, 2013
 
I've delt with this junk long enough, and it's finally time to voice my complete displeasure with this absolutely worthless unit. I don't normally rate items, but this junk has brought me to this... those who wrote good reviews obviously haven't owned the unit long enough to have experianced the little surprises this unit has in store. The unit was easy to install, and worked wonderfully for about three months. Once the honeymoon was over, however, the unit would suddenly flash "No Signal" and die. over the past year, I'ver become very proficiant at removing my Alpine head unit and disconnecting the power lead to the XM receiver, reconnecting, reinstalling, and reprogramming all of my stations. I can perform this task in about 10 minutes. The fact that I've gotten so friggin good at this task goes to show what a complete piece of garbage this unit is. If Crutchfield cares about carrying quality items, this unit should be on the chop and discard list. One star is a stretch....if i could have put a "-" in front of the star, I would have. BUYER BEWARE.....LOOK AT OTHER OPTIONS, AND USE THIS AS LAST RESORT ONLY.
Pros:
ease of installation
Cons:
you name it, this unit screams 'Cons'. Read entire review above. this thing sucks.
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

This unit is junk!

Written By William, Charlottesville, VA on Wednesday, December 19, 2012
 
If find it hard to give this unreliable unit one star. It has quit working 3 times. I am hoping Crutchfield will have a NEW solution.
Pros:
Sometimes it works.
Cons:
It fails. it fails. it fails.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Frustrated SiriusXM subscriber

Written By G. Hall, Marion, IL on Friday, October 05, 2012
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What an unmitigated piece of electronic JUNK. Ordered the unit on 3/25/11. I repeatedly tried to program/update the receiver for my Kenwood head unit, but it would never work for more than a few seconds. I called Crutchfield and they sent me a sent a new tuner and installation kit claiming the USB cable was a known issue. After another frustrating few hours of attempting to get the unit to work, I removed the unit from my Dakota and left the piece of junk wrapped in a bag with the rest of the associated parts where it gathers dust to this day.
Cons:
Junk
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Unable to Use

Written By Okie A, OKC, Ok on Thursday, September 20, 2012
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The software is so far out of date I am suprised it didn't come on a floppy disc. I am unable to program the reciever. In this day and age of computers i was blown away by the antiquainted software you have to download. Even after spending 2 hours correcting the failed installation it still failed to update the reciever.This has nothing to do with Crutchfield but maybe they should stop selling this item until they get it fixed
Pros:
unknown
Cons:
Its been a week and I still cant get it to work. I guess I'll send it back
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Piece of Crap

Written By Philip, Jackson, WY on Thursday, August 09, 2012
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Worked for 3 months then intermittently lost signal then died. Reprogrammed, removed, reinstalled. worked for 2 days then died. Cruthfield was great. Sent a new one along with cable to JVC unit just in case. Second unit died in same fashion in 3 months. Went to local stero shop who said they will not stock this product because it sucks and they have had to eat labor on replacing. They recommended using a blutooth XM anywhere unit. I see there a bunch more similar experiences since I bought the stero and XM tuner.
Pros:
none
Cons:
pulling unit out is a pain every time it dies.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

This product will fail and will need reprogramming

Written By Jeff, Dublin, Ohio on Monday, July 23, 2012
 
it is easy to install and it will probably work for a while, but it will eventually fail and it will need to be reprogrammed. Mine has failed 5 times over the course of a year and a half. Make certain to use IE to program it. It may even report that a program is already loaded, but you need to re-load it often, so install it somewhere that is readily accessible. Mine is connected to a JVC receiver... the JVC works fine.
Pros:
works sometimes; when it works, it works perfectly.
Cons:
it will fail and need to be reprogrammed at random intervals.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

XM Direct2 Tuner

Written By terrym324, hot springs,ar on Monday, June 18, 2012
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Item had to be returned. It was not truely compatable with the Sony Ready Radio. Would not allow CD's to be played from the multi-changer and other working features were not available after installation.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Worthless

Written By Scarymar, Sarasota, FL on Monday, April 30, 2012
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I'd be giving this thing a -10 if that was a choice. I am now on my 2nd unit - having had to pull and re-program the 1st one 5 times in less than 1 year. Loved the JVC KW-NY3HDT head unit but this receiver is the pits. Now I am less than 2 months into the replacement and it drops the signal yet again. Pull the dash- I think not. Pulled the fuse but you loose all the settings. For the record this is my 3rd aftermarket receiver - my son has had his almost 4 years now and NEVER had this crap to put up with. VERY DISAPPOINTED!!! BTW - Programming will not work with VISTA operating systems, but works fine on Windows 7 - not very user friendly I will admit, but doable.
Pros:
When it works I get XM radio!
Cons:
It quits working ALL THE TIME.
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Works Great

Written By Michale, Dayton, FL on Monday, April 02, 2012
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I was hesitant to order this due to the reviews on the site, but gave it a try anyway. I went to the Audiovox website for detailed information on installing and was up and running in 30 minutes. So far everything works great.
Cons:
Has to be programmed by consumer.
2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Piece of Junk

Written By Ron, Lexington, KY on Monday, April 02, 2012
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I purchased a wonderful Kenwood XM receiver and speakers from Crutchfield. Unfortunately, the weak link in the system is this XM Tuner. The first one worked for ~1 month and quit for no apparent reason. The second one worked for 4 days, to say I am ticked is an understatement.
Pros:
It is flammable
Cons:
Everything about this unit, poorly constructed, poor software set-up Windows XP really and finally how does a device lose it's programming?
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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2 out of 5

Terrible

Written By James g, Nj on Monday, March 26, 2012
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Huge piece of garbage. Finally works. Really just a terrible product
Pros:
Packed nicely
Cons:
Not one instruction regarding wiring. A very poor product
2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

XM Direct2 Tuner

Written By rickey b, tupelo, ms on Monday, March 12, 2012
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love the cnp2000uca and xm direct2 tuner for my alpine cda 9853 , and everything worked great , it fix behind my radio nicely and it was priced at a good price. Thank you crutchfield and my advisor dasiy was great with the information i need about there product and my alpine radio.
Pros:
great price and product works great
Cons:
The frist unit was bad , but got another one ship had to wait 2 days ,but they made it good
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1 out of 5

Mixed Feelings

Written By Tom, So Cal on Monday, March 12, 2012
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I bought this unit to go with my JVC radio which I also bought from Crutchfield. After reading all the reviews and instructions thoroughly, I followed all the steps to the "T" and made sure that I did the software upgrade using Microsoft XP. If you're not running XP, I guess you're out of luck...fortunately, I still have an old laptop with XP on it so it worked fine for me. The install was easy and the components are small enough to conceal during installation. The unit worked great for the first 30 days without any problems. Then suddenly one day it just stopped working. I returned the unit and bought a Pioneer XM receiver to go with a new Pioneer radio I also bought.
Pros:
Small components are easy to hide
Cons:
1) Stopped functioning after on 30 days 2) Requires MS XP to perform software upgrade 3) Expensive when compared to others, + extra for special cables (double the price of a comparable Pioneer package)
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

THE WORST

Written By MKHAMMDO, Coastal Georgua on Monday, February 06, 2012
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This is the worst piece of electronic equipment I have ever purchased! The instructions are not for the unit they actually sent, the wiring is completely different. The unit has to be "Programmed" prior to installation. I am very computer savy and I was not able to program it after several hours of trying. From other reviews apparently it has to be programmed using a laptop, running internet explorer and it has to be using Windows XP ONLY ! I am sorry but I don't live in 2002, and I don't have access to such a device. I am really shocked that Crutchfield would sell such a piece. DO NOT BUY THIS DEVICE !!!!!!
Pros:
None
Cons:
Useless instructions, Has to be "Programmed prior to installation. Impossible to program. WASTE of time and money,
3 out of 4 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Buyer beware

Written By Lymelizzard, WNC on Tuesday, December 27, 2011
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This product is utter rubbish. Cheap flimsy plastic, have to download software. After the download you have to have access to winxp computer with internet explorer only.

After several call to Crutch field and rma's etc I phoned Kenwood had a 348-u head-unit and head unit rocks but..... The supplied software for the head unit from audiovox was corrupt.........Kenwood advised to use a different software than for my radio and it work for a month or so.
Pros:
XM, when it works
Cons:
It's a poor poor performer. Audiovox and XM should be embarrassed to put this out for sale or be associated with it.
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Easy Install

Written By Chris B, Houston, TX on Tuesday, September 27, 2011
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This was a very easy install. Connecting the 2 wires to the navigation head unit was easy, just matched the colors, and the cable connection uses a unique connector. It took some time to run the antenna cable. I had to go around the sunroof and went out through the third brake light rubber mounts. Very easy to pass the thin antenna through this rubber mount (Nissan Frontier Pickup).
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1 out of 5

Buyer beware - Awful instructions

Written By MidloRichard, Midlothian, TX on Sunday, September 04, 2011
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Took about 6 hours to install. I know what I am doing, but apparently the technical writers at Audiovox do not. They do not tell you that the only way to program this is to use Windows IE. In fact, they tell you very little about programming it, unless you go to the Internet. Also, the head unit-specific cable comes with a black and yellow wire and the instructions say NOTHING about them. I figured out what to do with them after googling the unit and reading the complaints. Yellow goes to switch power, black goes to ground/chassis. After that, the unit works fine. Hopefully it work longer than what others say their experience was. Good luck.

Hats off to Crutchfield Technical Service. They solved 2 problems very quickly over the phone ON A HOLIDAY WEEKEND. These guys know what they are doing!
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

old hat technology

Written By Mike, Colorado Springs, CO on Tuesday, June 28, 2011
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I know better than to buy something without reading the details about it, but this one I missed. The requirements necessary to download the binary file for the adapter are from the 1900's. I had to pay an extra $10 to have it loaded after talking to some computer stores, insuring they had what was required to download the .msi file. A Tech Support group at a local office supply store could not do it. Their reason was "it must be a defective unit." So, I called Crutchfield asking for help. They readily agreed to send a replacement. This time I went to a local computer parts store, who had all the necessary items to download the program...and well worth the $10 to have it done. It works just fine now, and there are no more issues with mating to the XM radio receiver I purchased. Now that I've bought this, I see it is being discontinued. Not my lucky day when I purchased it.
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

XM Tuner

Written By Jerry, Austin on Thursday, June 02, 2011
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Great product. You have to download the config program from the internet and configure the unit, but it is simple to use.
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

XM Direct2 Tuner

Written By Anonymous, nm on Saturday, January 29, 2011
 
works great
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

XM Direct 2 Tuner

Written By Mikek, Greensboro, NC on Thursday, November 25, 2010
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I wanted XM to be controlled thru my head unit; it meets my expectations.
Crutchfield provided first class service to receive and respond to my questions.
Recommended!
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5 out of 5

XM Direct2 Tuner

Written By Gilbert H, Houston, TX on Tuesday, October 26, 2010
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very easy to installed been waiting almost a year to add XM radio to my JVC radio, love it!
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

XM Direct2 Tuner

Written By Eric, Chesapeake Beach, MD. on Thursday, September 09, 2010
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Ordered the MX Direct2 Tuner package from Crutchfield a couple of weeks ago. First off,
let me say that the customer service, when I called, was excellent. Since I wasn't sure of
what I needed, I told them that I wanted to hook up XM radio to my Alpine 9884 car
stereo. Within a few seconds, the gentleman on the line directed me to the Crutchfield
website that had what I needed so I could review it. After that, I placed the order, which
was very quick, and within a couple of minutes, my order was placed.

After the order was placed, I received an email within 2 hrs saying that my order had
already shipped (That was a Thursday). And by the next day around 4pm, my kit was
sitting on my doorstep (granted, they are located in VA., and I live in MD., so it may take
an extra day or two if you live in the midewest or the west coast).

I am very pleased with Crutchfield's service and will definitely be using them again in the
future. By the way, my kit worked perfectly as well.
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