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XM Direct Satellite Radio Package

XM radio and adapter cable for Alpine stereos

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Item #: 700XMALPIN
 

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Our take on the XM Direct Satellite Radio Package

by Matt Freeman

If you're looking to get XM Satellite Radio in your car, and if you have an XM-ready Alpine stereo, this package is for you. It features the XM Direct radio, an XM antenna, and the adapter cable you'll need to connect the radio to your Alpine stereo.

The XM Direct radio is super-compact, so it will fit neatly in a convenient spot — under the passenger seat is the most typical location. The antenna mounts snugly on the roof of your vehicle, thanks to its strong magnetic base. The adapter cable plugs right into your Alpine stereo's CD changer port.

Once the XM Direct radio is connected, you can use your Alpine stereo to select channels (by category or station number) and view station information (artist, album title, track title, channel number, or channel name) on its readout.

The XM Direct radio is a universal application. It also works with compatible Sony, Kenwood, Pioneer, and Panasonic stereos. Should you ever switch the brand of your stereo, you'll only have to buy a new adapter cable (for the appropriate brand), rather than replacing the XM Direct radio entirely.

You must have a subscription to XM in order to tune in the digital satellite radio signal. (Satellite radio service is available only within the lower 48 states — not available in Alaska, Hawaii, or U.S. territories.)

Highlights:

  • XM Direct XM radio
  • Alpine adapter cable
  • roof-mount XM antenna with 19.75-ft. cable
  • single-cable antenna connection
  • select channel name, channel number, artist, song title, or category name to appear on receiver's display
  • channel scan/search
  • channel presets
  • dimensions: 4-1/2"W x 1-5/16"H x 5-1/8"D (tuner); 1-13/16"W x 11/16"H x 2-3/8"D (antenna)
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Preliminary info from the manufacturer
Features and Specs
General
Service
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XM
Compatible Brand
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Alpine
Display Lines
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None
Channel Presets
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None
Song Memory
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None
Built-in FM Transmitter
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No
Car Kit
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N/A
Home Kit
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N/A
Changer Jack/Pass-Thru
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Yes
NavTraffic Compatible
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No
Included Antenna
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Car Antenna
Dimensions and Warranty
Width (inches)
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4-1/2
Height (inches)
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1-5/16
Depth (inches)
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5-1/8
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
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5 out of 5

Perfect

Written By John, New York on Friday, October 27, 2006
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Works fine with my Alpine CDA-7894 and 1999 Tahoe.

System picked it right up, accessed through Radio "Band" selector (FM1, FM2, XM1, XM2, AM).

I chose to install behind Glove Compartment and off to the sides (Adapter on Left and XM Direct Box on Right).

Ran Antenna cable in through a small hole I cut into the bottom of the Passenger door's Wiring boot and in through existing hole behind kick panel.

Connected easily to Head unit, supplied cables also power unit from Stereo.
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1 out of 5

Problems!

Written By brian, ca on Friday, July 07, 2006
 
I am having nothing but problems with this unit and my Alpine 9835. First of the unit came with a bad ai connector.
Now with a new connector cable the HU won't even recognize the XM radio.
I did have it playing for a short while yesterday then it just cut out and the tuner doesn't even see the XM unit.

I tried using this unit with my Alpine 410c. Apparently that doesn't work either.
The cable is very short as well and doesn't fit behind the dash of my mazda3.

I know my ai port is working at my Ipod running through my 420i works.

If anyone has any suggestion please help.

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5 out of 5

Working fine IPOD and XM

Written By Robert, Boston MA on Saturday, April 01, 2006
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Thanks Crutchfield for creating a package. It took the guess work out of what to buy. Connected up to a CDA 9851 plus the KCA 420. Once connected the head unit easily found the XM radio and the IPOD. I have no noise issues both sound great along with the tuner and CD.

Only one nit, the wires between the units are long and thick. Stuffing the 3 modules into a small space for a sports car is a challenge.

Also my Trunk is fiberglass so I had to put the attenna on the fender. A little bit more drop out than with my car that has a metal trunk.

Rob
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5 out of 5

XM in my Alpine 9856 - Sweet

Written By Mark Joppru, Cincinnati OH on Saturday, March 25, 2006
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I was a little worried about running the Antenna wire through the whole car, but it really wasn't too bad.

I found a spot under the dash to velcro the xm direct radio and Alpine adapter.

Easy install and the XM is so nice with no more SkyFi cables hanging around my car.

Sounds awesome too.

Mark
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4 out of 5

XM Direct Satellite Radio Package

Written By Mike, Anaheim,CA on Sunday, February 19, 2006
 
Great product!! Satellite radio is amazing! The only problem that I have is with using the extra pass through. I have the Alpine KCM-122B Auxiliary Cable running from the pass through to my Ipod. When I switch over to my AUX input on the head unit I get a lot of interferience, and the ipod playback sounds horrible. Has anyone else had the same problem? Other than the aux problems, I would recommend this item.
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1 out of 5

buyer beware

Written By bytored, Pacific Northwest on Wednesday, February 15, 2006
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I have an Alpine CDA 9856 and am having nothing but problems with the Tuner and adapter. I have been on the phone to XM and crutchfield about not being able to recive anything but the preview station. xm says that my radio is active and I should be able to tune into XM. Crutchfield is Awsome in the costumer support area 5 stars for them. Crutchfield sent me another tuner but am still having problems so Its got to be the adapter. Do your research on the TERK products befor buying, many people have had problems with Terk. You ought to be able to buy a product and plug it in and enjoy!!!
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4 out of 5

Bad Info

Written By Mr Matt, San Diego on Tuesday, August 16, 2005
 
This unit can pass thru AI-Net signals. If you have the KCA-420i IPOD unit and want to add XM, you do not need to add the KCA-410c. This unit will connect to your Alpine SAT Ready deck and then your KCA-420i will connect to it. I found this out after pounding Alpine and TERK for a straight answer on this issue. I still ordered it from Crutchfield, but I let the Sales Rep know that his info on this product was false. The need to change the Features TAB to say Pass Thru- YES.


[EDITOR'S NOTE: This customer is correct, and we have changed our database to reflect this.]
20 out of 22 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

XM Direct Satellite Radio Package

Written By David, Hatboro Pa on Wednesday, July 13, 2005
 
Great Item!! Installed in 2000 Mercury Mountaneer with no problems. Great Sound&Recpection
8 out of 8 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

XM Direct Satellite Radio Package

Written By joe, missouri on Tuesday, April 26, 2005
 
Great product easy to install. Alpine rules.
22 out of 38 people found this helpful
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