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XACT Visor XTR3

Plug-and-play SIRIUS satellite radio with car accessories

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by Matt Freeman
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Plug-and-play satellite radios are remarkably convenient, but they all pose the same dilemma: where do you mount them? Xact's Visor XTR3 radio takes a unique approach to this problem by including a bracket that offers four different mounting options.

You have the choice of mounting the radio on top of your dash with the included adhesive pad, on the windshield with the included suction cups, on a universal or vehicle-specific mount (such as a bracket made by Pro.Fit), or on your sun visor. And here's a neat feature: when you turn the radio upside-down to mount it on the sun visor, the one-line display flips over at the touch of a button for easy reading. The DC adapter plugs right into your car's cigarette lighter to provide power.

Surf the SIRIUS dial with the rotary knob on the side. The 16-character, scrolling display shows you your choice of channel name, song title, or artist name. Thirty-six channel presets keep your favorites close at hand. The wireless remote offers convenient system control. And the Visor features a built-in wireless FM transmitter that lets you broadcast the sound over any FM radio.

Note: A subscription to SIRIUS is also required. Satellite radio service is available only within the lower 48 states — not available in Hawaii or U.S. territories. Limited service is available in Alaska.

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Highlights:

  • plug-and-play SIRIUS satellite radio
  • mounting bracket offers four installation options:
    • on the dash (with the included adhesive pad)
    • on the windshield (with the included suction cups)
    • on an optional vehicle mount
    • on the sun visor (display flips to accommodate visor mounting)
  • one-line, 16-character, scrolling display shows channel name and number, song title, or artist information
  • wireless FM transmitter broadcasts the sound over unused FM frequency (87.7 MHz to 107.9 MHz)
  • rotary encoder knob
  • wireless remote
  • DC power adapter
  • 36 channel presets
  • roof-mount antenna
  • minijack audio output
  • 4-13/16"W x 1-5/16"H x 3-1/2"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • XTR3CK SIRIUS Satellite Radio receiver
  • Wireless remote control
  • 1 CR2025 lithium battery (installed in remote)
  • Magnetic antenna with attached 20.75' microcable (terminated in a single right-angle SMB connector)
  • 5.5" Rubber antenna tail (self-adhesive)
  • Cigarette lighter adapter with attached 6.25' cord (has 2A fuse)
  • Vehicle mounting bracket
  • 4 Suction cups
  • 1 Self-adhesive foam pad
  • 1 Alcohol wipe
  • 1 Alcohol pad
  • 1 Silica gel packet
  • Instruction Manual
  • Installation Manual
  • "Hardwire Cable" note
  • SIRIUS information card
  • Remote battery note

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Features

Product Overview: The Xact XTR3CK Visor is a SIRIUS Satellite tuner that can be used in your car or at home (requires optional home kit). The package includes a car kit for mounting the unit in your vehicle. This plug-and-play tuner can receive 120 channels of SIRIUS satellite radio, including 65 100% commercial-free digital quality music channels. A subscription to SIRIUS is also required in order to receive SIRIUS satellite programming. A wireless remote control is included for operation from a remote location.

Optional Home Kit: An optional home kit (item # 612XS052) is available for connecting the unit to your home stereo or powered speaker system.

Display: The XTR3CK has a 1-line, 16-character scrolling display. When the tuner is mounted to your visor, you can flip the display. The display brightness and contrast can be adjusted in the menu. A 10-segment bar graph is displayed to assist you in adjusting the display settings.

Controls: The tuner includes the following controls:

  • Power: turn the unit on/off
  • Rotary Dial: turning the rotary dial allows you to cycle through the channels and menu options. Pushing the rotary dial in allows you to select the highlighted item in the menu or display list.
  • Numerical Keys (1-6): sets and selects preset channels
  • Band: cycles through the 6 preset banks; enters and exits Preset Tune mode
  • Menu: enters and exits setup mode
  • Display: switches display between different modes
  • Category: allows you to cycle through the music and entertainment categories

FM Transmitter: The unit's built-in FM Transmitter lets you listen to satellite radio over your existing FM radio in your home or vehicle. You can choose any transmitting frequency in the FM band between 87.7 MHz to 107.9 MHz. If you choose not to use the FM transmitter, it can be turned off in the menu.

Categories: The channels are divided into 12 categories to make it easier to locate a specific channel. There are 9 music categories (Pop, Rock, Country, Hip-Hop, R&B/Urban, Dance/Electronic, Jazz/Standards, Classical, and Latin & World. The non-music categories are News, Traffic & Weather, Sports, and Talk & Entertainment. Using the controls, you can switch from category to category to locate the desired category, then tune the channels up or down to locate the desired channel.

Preset Channels: You can preset 36 channels on this unit for quick tuning. There are 6 preset bands (labeled A, B, C, D, E, and F), and each band contains 6 channels.

Auto Shutoff: The tuner will automatically turn off after an hour of inactivity.

Remote Control: The XTR3CK comes with a full-function wireless remote control. The remote operates on 1 CR2025 lithium battery (supplied).

Installation

Car Kit: The supplied car mounting kit includes the following accessories:

  • Vehicle Mounting Bracket: This bracket gives you the following mounting options: dash mount (using supplied self-adhesive foam pad), windshield mount (using supplied suction cups), and visor mount. Once the tuner is mounted, the bracket allows you to move the tuner up and down.
  • Optional Pro-Fit Brackets: The bracket can also be used with many of the Pro-Fit Vehicle-Specific Mounts (VSMs) to provide a custom mount for your vehicle. Please check the Crutchfield Vehicle Selector for compatibility with your vehicle.
  • Cigarette Lighter Adapter: The cigarette lighter adapter plugs into the left side of the tuner and into the vehicle's cigarette lighter or a 12-volt accessory power jack. The attached cable is 6.25' in length.
  •  Magnetic Antenna: The supplied magnetic antenna should be mounted on the roof or trunk of the vehicle with a minimum unobstructed area of 12" x 12", and exactly 6-1/2" from the edge of the roof.

Connections: The tuner has the following connections located on the left side of the unit:

  • DC Power Jack: for connecting the unit to the supplied cigarette lighter power adapter, or an optional AC home adapter
  • Audio Output: a 3.5mm minijack that allows you to connect the tuner to a receiver with an auxiliary input
  • Antenna Input: a single SMB jack for connecting to the supplied magnetic car antenna, or optional home antenna or extension cable
  • FM Out: 2.5mm sub-mini jack for use with an optional wireless FM switching box
 
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4 out of 5

XACT Visor XTR3

Written By Bob, Milford, Michigan on Sunday, January 29, 2006
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This is an easy unit to install. I located it in my glove box and used an PIE FRD04-AUX Auxiliary Input Converter to hard wire it to my Ford Five Hundred factory radio. This radio has an AUX button but you need this adapter to make it work. This way my new Visor sounds perfect in my car, I can use the steering wheel controls to operate it.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

XACT Visor XTR3

Written By Tim, Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday, January 21, 2006
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AWSOME LITTLE RADIO! this radio is great, very portable, very small, easy to use, and the FM transmitter works great also, only problem i see was the power cord, little on the cheap side, but not a big deal, i made my own with a coiled cord. thanks Crutchfield for the fast shipping and free shipping.
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3 out of 5

XACT Visor XTR3

Written By Jeremy, Valencia, Ca. on Tuesday, January 17, 2006
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(+)Great size
(-,+)The aux out jack on my first one developed a cold solder joint which Crutchfield replaced it right away
(-)Display is difficult to read in direct sunlight
(-)sometimes takes two pushes on the remote for the unit to respond
2004 Honda Civic, unit was placed in lower windshield area, and now directly under the head unit.
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4 out of 5

Nice little unit

Written By KB, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware on Monday, January 09, 2006
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Very nice unit, especially for the price. Have it mounted near the gear shift of my 2004 Grand Cherokee. Traded up from a much larger Audivox unit.

Very impressed with it overall, however only two complaints. The wires... both antenna and power, seem to be shorter than previous units. And the screen scrolls very slowly, and only shows partial letters in cold weather. Once it warms up, it works fine.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Could not be more pleased!

Written By dj strict, Saugus, MA on Sunday, January 08, 2006
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This producst kicks all kinds of tush. With VERY little dashboard space avalable in my 2001 Jeep Cherokee, this satellite tuner fit the bill perfectly, fitting right in the small flat space to the left of the steering/instrument panel. I chose this one specifically because of my love for my CD/cassette factory radio combo, (not wanting to have to replace it for satellite,) and the wireless FM transmitter works perfectly - sound quality is excellent, with no signal loss or interference. I also have an expanded system in my Jeep, with Infinity ref full ranges and a sub setup in the rear, so I was hoping this wireless tuner system would have the same frequency response as CDs or a wired tuner, and I can say it definitely does. 5 stars
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4 out of 5

Awesome product price and quality

Written By Grunge, Pittsburgh, PA on Monday, December 26, 2005
 
Ok,this is just awesome. FM transmitter at 88.1 works perfect, everything worked perfect right out of the box. The installation is so simple even my technically challenged girlfriend could set it up. 50 bucks, that's the best price for everything and a remote which is really nice so my passenger can change the station for me and not even have to reach up on my dash to do it.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great Buy!

Written By MC, Warrenton, VA on Wednesday, December 14, 2005
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I was a Sirius subscriber years ago when the service was new, and I left the radio in my old car when I sold it... I've been missing Sirius ever since.
When I saw the Xact Visor, you couldn't beat the price. I'm so glad I purchased this radio as it was virtually painless from purchase to radio set up.

First of all, if you have a vehicle with a hatch back, antenna installation is a snap. If you have a pick-up, it's going to be a little trickier.(I suggest professional installation for this)

One of my main concerns was the built in FM transmitter not being strong enough. I live in the suburbs of Washington DC and my commute actually brings me into DC. I didn't even have to change the factory default of 88.1 on the transmitter and the reception is flawless all the way into DC. At one point, I turned off the satellite radio, and there was a station on 88.1, but the FM transmitter performed like a champ broadcasting right over it.

For the price and the added car kit, you can't beat this unit.
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

XACT Visor XTR3

Written By dwl, Norfolk, VA on Wednesday, November 30, 2005
 
SIRIUS' programming is fantastic. Performs exactly as described, other reviews are dead on accurate. I've had for ~ 1 month and am completely satisified. Would be 5 stars except for two problems (one of which is vehicular vice product): 1. The remote either lacks power as it demands a very precise positioning relative to unit to work and numeric keypad is not in standard telephone sequencing, which requires too much eyes off the road. 2. Placement in my vehicle has been difficult due to what I consider "suitable" placement; however, whether it was this product or another "plug and play" I'd be faced w/ this, hence a vehicular problem.
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4 out of 5

Very good value

Written By Brian, Melbourne, FL on Friday, October 21, 2005
 
-The price is awesome considering that everything is included to install in your car.
-The installation options are a welcome improvement over my old Kenwood KTC-H2A1. I had to make my own bracket to mount the Kenwood under the dash. This unit eliminates that problem.
-The display is MUCH easier to read than my old unit. Nice and bright.
-I love the rotary dial!!!
-The built-in FM transmitter works well most of the time (there is a strong station about every 2nd click on my FM tuner, so there arent any great frequencies to use in my area). But Ill be using the audio output when I upgrade my factory radio to one that has an Aux input.

I didnt like the visor mount... it wouldnt stay on the visor. It would be better if they included metal clips for the visor mount. Ive chosen to mount it in the storage compartment in front of the shifter in my Saturn VUE. The only other things I dont like about it are:

1) the release button on the mounting bracket could have been located near the front (I use the receiver in the house too).
2) The preset buttons would be better at the front and they really need to be illuminated, but I suppose Ill eventually get used to it and will be able to feel my way around.
3) It would have been nice if the unit just unplugged from the mounting bracket without having to disconnect cables (power, ant, and audio out) when taking it in the house.

Theyve made improvements since the first plug-n-play receivers came out. I think this unit is the best available for now and definitely the best price. The only better one I saw was the new unit that will record up to 50 hours of programming, but that one costs about $400.
7 out of 7 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

XACT Visor XTR3

Written By Accommodator, Mason City, NE on Sunday, October 16, 2005
 
Pros:
-Great unit for the price.
-Good mounting options.
-Adequate number of presets.
-Wheel type knob to change the channel.
-Remote control.

Cons:
-One line display. You take your eyes off the road while waiting for a song title or game score to appear.
-You can't type in a channel number without the remote. Only the wheel works for that on the actual unit. Just like a VCR or TV, I hate it when you have to use the remote only for certain functions. Presets work from both the remote and the unit.
-Button layout on the remote could be easier to use. If they had used a standard telephone button layout for the numbers, it would make for easier typing--especially while driving.
-No memory.

Overall, it's pretty good for $50.

8 out of 8 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

XACT Visor XTR3

Written By Benjamin Gattey, Tucson, AZ on Tuesday, October 11, 2005
 
I am an XM customer and have been since it first became available. I have heard tons of good things about Sirius so I decided to give it a try and figured what the heck for only $50.... first of all, the install is extremely simple and the time it took to activate it was about 5 minutes (I type slow). Actually faster and less painful than XM. The radio stations look somewhat comparable to that of XM too.... plus I like Howard Stern so had to get it. The built in FM transmitter seems to function just fine just like the XM roady. I like the way that you have lots of different ways to mount the unit... under visor, middle console, even on the window like you would mount a radar detector. That's how I have it mounted in my BMW Z3. Also, this unit comes with a remote which the XM Roady doesn't have. Service costs about $3 more than XM a month unless you purchase a package deal. However, Sirius supposedly has less commercials and just music than XM.... so might be worth the extra couple of dollars.
7 out of 9 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Great Receiver!!! For the Price

Written By Carlos Ramos, Baton Rouge, La on Saturday, October 08, 2005
 
I recently bought this product a couple of days for my other vehicle for the price it was set at. I stunned that it was only 49.99 and came w/ everything you need to do the installation with. This receiver comes with a receiver, antennae, dc cable(for power), and instructions. No need for a fm modulator because its built in and you can set it to any station you want. Only cons is that it doesn't have a clock, or song memory but has a lot of storage for station presets. I t scrolls all your songs and information. I give it 4 out of 5.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

I Love this thing!

Written By Rick, San Jose, CA on Tuesday, October 04, 2005
 
I currently own a AudioVox PNP2, an Xact XTR1 and now the Xact Visor. I like all of them, but this one stands out for the following reasons:

Price: Who can argue with $49 for everything you need

Size: Very small and easy to find a good mounting spot

Installation: Very flexible installation options. The mount that comes with it can be used to mount it on the Visor, the Dash, on the windshield, or just about anywhere else you can fit it.

FM Transmitter: This has the strongest FM Transmitter of any PNP I've tried, including the Delphi units from XM. It overpowers weak FM stations without a problem.

Sound: It sounds great and I didn't even do a direct connect. It has an FM Out so you can hook up a SATSWB to the FM input (sold seperately) if you want to eliminate all interference or static.

Remote: This remote is credit card sized, but a bit thicker. Reminds me of the Bose wave radio remote. It works well.

Display: The one line display works better than I expected. You can see channel name, number song title and artist and it will scroll if needed.

Buttons: Love the tuning knob on the side, and the buttons take some getting used to but is very intuitive.

Good product overall!
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