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SiriusXM Onyx Plus

Dock & Play satellite radio with vehicle kit (subscription sold separately by SiriusXM)

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Our take on the SiriusXM Onyx Plus

The Onyx Plus Dock & Play satellite radio gives you everything SiriusXM has to offer in a compact, portable package. You'll also get the accessories you'll need for installation in your car — a car cradle and antenna, dash and vent mounts, and a cable to connect to your car radio's auxiliary input. If your car's radio doesn't have an aux input, the included SiriusXM PowerConnect™ system will deliver clear sound through your vehicle's FM radio. If you have an older car, the Onyx will also work with a cassette adapter (not included).

SiriusXM radio for the road

The Onyx Plus Dock & Play satellite radio gives you everything SiriusXM has to offer in a compact, portable package. You'll also get the accessories you'll need for installation in your car — a car cradle and antenna, dash and vent mounts, and a cable to connect to your car radio's auxiliary input. If your car's radio doesn't have an aux input, the included SiriusXM PowerConnect™ system will deliver clear sound through your vehicle's FM radio. If you have an older car, the Onyx will also work with a cassette adapter (not included).

Everything about the Onyx Plus is designed to help you get the most out of your satellite radio subscription. From the big control knob to the vivid color display to the high-tech features, this Dock & Play radio is made to make your favorite SiriusXM programming even more enjoyable.

What you like, the way you like it

You can view program and channel information on the color display, along with great graphics like channel logos and album art. With TuneStart, you can start a song from the beginning, while TuneMix lets you combine your favorite channels into a music channel that's uniquely yours. If you missed something (or simply want to hear it again), you can pause, rewind, and replay on your favorite channels for up to 30 minutes. You can also use TuneScan™ to scan and select songs you've already played on your favorite channels.

If you're switching back between two shows (music and a sporting event, for example), you can use the One-Touch Jump™ feature to jump back to the previous channel. If you're a sports fan, you'll never miss a score with the Sports Ticker. And you can always access weather and traffic for the city of your choice with the press of a button.

Get even more of what you like

Want to enjoy even more programming on your Onyx Plus programming? Sign up for the All Access Package and get over 150 channels of commercial free music, plus every major sport, news, comedy, entertainment and streaming online or through the SiriusXM app.

Note: A subscription is required and sold separately by SiriusXM. Satellite radio service is available only within Canada and the lower 48 states — not available in Hawaii or U.S. territories. Limited service available in Alaska and Puerto Rico.

Product Highlights:

  • Dock & Play SiriusXM satellite radio
  • color display shows album art, artist, song or program, and channel information
  • PowerConnect system includes auxiliary output cable and power adapter/FM transmitter
  • store up to 20 of your favorite channels for one-touch access
  • start songs from the beginning with TuneStart
  • blend your favorite music channels into your own unique blend with TuneMix
  • catch up on the latest sports scores with Sports Ticker
  • dimensions: 4-1/2" W x 2-7/16" H x 3/4" D
  • kit includes docking station and roof-mount antenna for your vehicle, plus an adhesive dash mount and vent mount
  • sign up for the All Access Package and get over 150 channels of commercial free music, plus every major sport, news, comedy, entertainment and streaming online or through the SiriusXM App
  • warranty: 90 days
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Portable SiriusXM Satellite Radio Receiver
  • Vehicle cradle dock
  • Magnetic vehicle antenna (w/ attached 22.75' cable terminated by single SMB connector)
  • PowerConnect FM transmitter/cigarette lighter adapter (w/ attached 55" DC cord)
  • 4' Stereo minijack cable (w/ a right-angle male 3.5mm connector on each end)
  • Self-adhesive mount
  • Vent mount
  • 2 Extended vent clamps
  • Rubber antenna cable wedge
  • Alcohol Prep Pad
  • 4 Machine screws
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Accessory Guide
  • Limited Warranty Information
  • "Additional User Documents/Warning" note

This item was so easy to install. I am very happy with this purchase.

Tony, Denver, CO


SiriusXM Onyx Plus Reviews

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(54 Reviews)

Fantastic product

Tony from Denver, CO on 2/13/2018

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This item was so easy to install. I am very happy with this purchase.



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Crutchfield customer from Fulton, MO on 11/22/2017

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This is a great product so far it works great! Crutchfield was very good to work with!!



Why didn't I do this sooner?

Dan from Cleveland, OH on 11/5/2017

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We got tired while traveling to constantly trying to find a good radio station, that we wanted to update our listening habits. We researched the available options and came up with the SiriusXM Onyx Plus as the perfect choice. We can move it between cars, take it in the house with the Home Kit and enjoy it everywhere. We've had it now 2 weeks, we wonder why it took us so long! After using it, It is perfectly clear that we're mentally slow. That is the reason that it took us this long. I'm driving from Ohio to Texas this week and can't wait to really appreciate the unit and the service during the 20 hour drive, One Way!!! and really get spoiled with it coming home. Thank you Crutchfield for helping me choose the perfect unit partnered with a Great service, XM. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

Pros: It works!

Cons: Haven't found one yet. Simple Setup, Simple Usage. Perfect for me because I'm simple too!

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AJ from Panguitch, Utah on 9/10/2017

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Perfect for what we needed.

Pros: Great size and value. Would recommend

Cons: None so far.

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Joseph E. from Louisville, KY on 3/1/2017

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It's exactly what I needed to replace my express receiver. Easy installation, great graphics, amazing clarity. Fantastic product.




CDRQ from Littleton, NH on 9/25/2016

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This is a replacement for a Sportster. It came with everything I needed to install. This thing works great, is easy to read and gets better reception than the old model. I recommend this product

Pros: Easy to install, read and set up

Cons: None so far


Donald from Indiana on 9/13/2016

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Works great! Nice to be able to move it from vehicles garage and house!

Pros: Movable

Cons: Can't find a good mount

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Rich C from Charlotte, NC on 6/9/2016

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Love the channel selection on SiriusXM. I was one of the fortunate ones who purchased lifetime subscription years a go. Only negative is losing reception when going through tree lined areas.

Pros: Number of channels available. Finding my music type and my sports teams where ever I'm traveling.

Cons: Reception can come in and out at times

Fantastic performance at a great price!

Michael from Lindenhurst, NY on 4/25/2016

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My Camaro has an aftermarket radio already; I was going to buy a Double Din Touchscreen to get a nice unit with built in Sirius Tuner, But this one cant be beat for the price! My favorite feature are the Artist/Song Alerts.

Pros: Easy set up, The vent clips are much nicer than I expected

Cons: None that I see

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Mark from North Ridgeville, Ohio on 4/18/2016

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Good unit. Works as expected. Only negative is some of the screen text is small and hard to read in bright daylight.



Excellent produt

Gregmo from batesville, AR on 3/14/2016

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Excellent product. Easy to install and use right out of the box. Great features.

Pros: Everything about it.

Cons: None.

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JD from Scranton, PA on 2/29/2016

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Easy install. Does everything as described. Still figuring out how to save favorite artists/songs for alerts.

Pros: Easy install, color display, pause and rewind programs.

Cons: Screen small and hard to see artwork/graphics.

Nice Product

Crutchfield customer from Bridgeport, CT on 2/15/2016

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Easy to install, the buttons are a little on the small side. It's good for the price

Pros: Fast delivery and easy to install

Cons: Screen is a little on the small side and it no longer has a clock

good upgrade

chuck from Texas on 1/12/2016

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We have had Onyx radios for a while and these new upgrade are good. They are a lot like the old one's but with some nice changes. I would recommend these to anyone.

Pros: Nice changes from old style.

Cons: none

Great value

Sabby from Westfield, Ma on 1/7/2016

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This radio is great and easy to use!

Pros: Easy to use

Cons: Signal can get choppy in some areas

Onyx Plus

Zach from Virginia on 12/23/2015

Works well!

Pros: 3 different mounting options, and I enjoy the feature to rewind the live radio or start a song over.

Cons: buttons must be pressed firmly which can put some stress on the mount.

XM Radio works as promised

BobT from Maryland on 12/23/2015

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XM Tuner added to new 2016 Mustang Base Radio via FM Adapter. Professional installation. Tuner and adapter works fine. Totally satisfied.



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Johnnie A from Philadelphia Pa on 12/22/2015

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Want to upgrade the unit from the Starmate 4 to onyx plus and glad l did , great unit easy to install, l'm in heaven it sounds great. Love it.

Pros: Easy to install, display the songs and musicians on the unit for reference.

Cons: Not yet.

Onyx Plus

Tahiti from California on 12/14/2015

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Arrived like it shold works great either in the vehicle kit it came with or inserted into our portable boombox.

Pros: Sounds great and works out of the box. With the correct service it pickups up the NHL so my wife can listen to the Ducks.

Cons: vehicle kits are a bit of work to install but that is the nature of the beast. Would be nice if they had a hardwire kit instead of using the cigarette lighter socket.

SiriusXM Onyx Plus - great buy

CuttDad from Maryland on 9/11/2015

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I wanted to add SiriusXM to my Jeep Grand Cherokee and this product was the best fit for me. I did an online chat with two different Crutchfield technicians on two different occasions in deciding exactly what I wanted to purchase. I only wanted to add SiriusXM to my existing radio. I ended up buying the Sirius Onyx XM Plus and am happy with my purchase. The only drawback I had in this whole process was that even though everything that was included in the Onyx, is all that is needed to have SiriusXM in a vehicle, the technicians I chatted with told me that I needed to buy more items. I found out that to be wrong, everything in the box was exactly what I needed, nothing else. I believe the techs were trying to suggest items to make this product a "better" install, but I wanted the absolute basic and that is what I got with the Onyx. It seemed they were trying to sell me more items than I wanted. Good idea but not what I was asking for. Absolutely love this product. Now that it is all hooked up, I am very happy.

Pros: Onyx has everything to add Sirius to your vehicle Relatively easy install Very good price to be able to add SiriusXM to a vehicle

Cons: None really, does exactly what I wanted it to. No problem whatsoever with Crutchfield, had an immense amount of trouble trying to activate the radio once I got it in my vehicle. Tried to activate it online only to find out that it wouldn't recognize my radioID. Resolved issue with two chats online and a finally a phone call which lasted almost a half hour.

SiriusXM Onyx Plus is great

Stephen from Woodstock, VA on 7/8/2015

I just purchased the SiriusXM Onyx Plus and had Crutchfield install it at their Harrisonburg, VA location. The install was professional and the staff was great to work with. I have had XM radio in the past and the SiriusXM Onyx Plus has large buttons and the pause button is nice. The large color screen is easy to read and the car kit works perfect. This is a great buy for those who are in the car a long time or someone who would take their SiriusXM Onyx Plus out of the car and use at home.

Pros: The pause/rewind feature is great. I like the home options for the SiriusXM Onyx Plus system. The color screen is great.

Cons: It would be nice to have an optional wireless remote and have 30 presets instead of 20.

mixed experance

JoelD from Alabama on 5/31/2015

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Review guidelines say to rate the product and nothing else , but the service is too much a part of sat radio to ignore. I sent back the first radio I got because I couldn't get it to perform properly(major pain).I now believe I got bad support from Sirius but the second radio keeps cutting out and announcing the antenna is damaged. When the radio works, it is wonderful l .Dont buy if unsightly wires bother you.

Pros: price . portability. great to have sat radio in a 19 year old truck

Cons: must have service 60 days before you get the rebate. questionably reliability.

My XM Radio

Carlos W from Nashville,TN on 5/26/2015

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Radio works great in my mustang.

Pros: Compact, sounds great, easy to set up in car.

Cons: None at this time!

Excellent Radio

Rian from Illinois on 4/20/2015

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Excellent radio. Just what I wanted. It is awesome to be able to review what is playing on other channels without tuning to them and to be able to replay songs from other channels that I wasn't even listening to when the songs played.

Pros: See my review.

Cons: None.

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Rod from Az on 4/13/2015

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Easy to use. Visible display, recording of music is a plus.

Pros: Excellent build quality. Ease of install and use

Cons: I could do without the messy wiring.

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james p from Mechanicsville, VA on 3/10/2015

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Great price and awesomw features



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John from South San Francisco,California on 2/21/2015

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Onyx Plus is a very nice unit, Easy to follow instructions,nad it took less than 2 hours to fully install in a GMC Yukon

Pros: Simple to setup. I live in a metro area with almost all FM frequencies in use, and I can always find a usable frequency. Love the selections on SiriusXm without a lot of commercials. $50 rebate is nice too.

Cons: Can't think f any so far.

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GotGrits from Lexington, SC on 2/17/2015

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Happy with the product!

Pros: Easy to install - easy to setup

Cons: Wish the power convertor (12V plug/5 v output) was smaller - takes up way too much space. Will be buying a hard wired version to free up the plug.

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George from Columbia, MD on 1/23/2015

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This is a nice unit and provide every details that one needs into what station you are listening too.

Pros: easy of use and connect ability.

Cons: Instruction was hard to follow in the booklit

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Larry from Louisiana on 1/16/2015

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Quick shipment, easy installation. A windshield replacement facility showed me how to hide the antenna wire under a trim piece. Looks great. Works great. What more can you ask for?

Pros: FM transmitter works well (better than expected). Easy install.

Cons: Subscription is a little pricey.

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Crutchfield customer from Georgia on 12/31/2014

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Fast delivery and reliable product based on other reviews. Gave this item as a giftas so I hope they like it! Crutchfield has always come through for me in the past!



Not what I expected

Gary from Hampton VA on 12/31/2014

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I should have done better research! I didn't realize that you had to plug the antenna outside the car in order to get a decent signal. Also the power adapter isn't usable in anything other than a cigarette lighter which makes taking the unit into the office a non-starter without purchasing additional equipment. I thought the unit would be similar to a GPS but was woefully mistaken. I wouldn't recommend this product to anyone.

Pros: Easy set up

Cons: The packaging makes the unit look really slick. What you don't see is all the wiring for the unit and the antenna that has to be mounted outside because the signal is weak inside the car. Power adapter should be universal so you can use standard plug in or cigarette lighter and USB capable. Way too much money for the outdated technology.

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Fz67rs from Nj on 12/28/2014

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Good product easy installation

Pros: Easy installation

Cons: None so far

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RMoore from Florida on 12/26/2014

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Great little radio

Pros: Lot of music at your fingertips

Cons: Sound is less than I expected, very compressed digital sound.

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Crutchfield customer from Craigmont, ID on 10/5/2014

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Great satellite radio

Gene from Westminster, MD on 9/12/2014

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Great radio. Reception isn't as good compared to a standard factory installed satellite radio in newer vehicles.

Pros: Small, doesn't take up much space. Vehicle kit provides a couple options for mounting the device. Display is clear and colorful. Buttons are very responsive.

Cons: The wires are slightly cumbersome. It can be difficult to set it up and have everything look clean and organized.


srsorrell from greenville, SC on 8/27/2014

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My husband loves his new satelitte radio I got him for his truck. He is often out of town driving and his is a great way for him to keep up with all the sports. Also, I listen to the satellite connection via my tablet when I am at work. So, the cost is really great!

Pros: -easy to use -you can use the service via a tablet when you don't have access to the radio -easy to install

Cons: don't have any yet

Exactly What I Was Looking For

namgew from Fairfield, OH on 8/22/2014

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This unit has some really nice features and keeps a steady signal in my area. I had previously considered and even tested using my SmartPhone with the SiriusXM app and just having the Internet only access. However, I don't have an unlimited data plan, so going over my data limit was a concern. Also, the data signal didn't stay consistent enough. When it switched from 4G to 3G or 1G, the signal would pause or get lost all together. The app is not as feature rich as this unit. Also, it frees up my phone if I want to use it for navigation. I'm anxious to try this on an extended trip to see how it does over a long distance. I originally hooked up through the cassette play, but switched over the FM signal. I haven't had any problems with having to change FM frequencies and the sound is pretty clear with no interference. The reason for transmitting versus wire was to avoid having another wire visible.

Pros: 20 station presets, signal reliability and audio quality, set up was easy.

Cons: Channel navigation is a little cumbersome. I don't know my channel numbers yet to be able to jump right to the channel I want when I'm looking for talk, or sports channels. More of a wish list and probably more a feature from SiriusXM than the unit is to have lyrics display. Lastly, the mounting bracket must be missing something because I couldn't get it to tighten. Wen to the hardware store and got a rubber grommet to press against the base to hold it in place.

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Crutchfield customer from Fullerton, CA on 7/28/2014

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This radio allows me to have satellite radio in my Avalanche, wherever I may go. Being a person who likes to go camping, hiking and fishing, this offers me the chance to use my truck even more than before for those things. The set-up and installation were fairly easy.

Pros: Allows me to have satellite radio in my Avalanche, wherever I may go. Fairly easy to insall and set-up.

Cons: None, thus far

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tiller84 from Central California on 7/19/2014

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This product was exactly as described. I bought it as a replacement for an older unit and was not disappointed.

Pros: Everything about this product is exceptional! I especially like the pause/play, fast forward, and rewind feature.

Cons: There aren't any.

Excellent purchase

Nicole from Clearwater, Fl on 7/17/2014

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This was the first time I've ever had sirus xm and was pleasently surprised with this product. It comes with 2 different style holders. 1 for the vent and 1 that sticks to just about anywhere imaginable. Easy install and start up. All in all an excellent choice!!

Pros: There are only pros...everything is exceptional!!

Cons: Nothing bad about it

Great Product

Chris L. from Snaford, Fl on 7/14/2014

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System was a breeze to install and works like a champ.



A perfect upgrade -- better than what came with the car!

BillS from Washington, DC on 7/5/2014

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I bought this to replace an older receiver that was installed in my car. I was having problems with the one that was installed, so I decided to replace the whole thing. Turns out that it was only the antenna that was bad in my existing installation, but I was so happy with the new receiver that I decided to keep it anyway! One of my favorite features of the Audiovox was the TuneSelect feature, where the receiver alerts me if one of my favorite artists or songs is playing on another channel. The Onyx plus has this feature, but also brings it to a new level. The receiver will record the audio from several of your favorite channels simultaneously. If you put it into the T-Mix mode, you can then skip through all of the songs it's recorded, and listen to the ones you like. Similarly, if you catch the end of a song you like when you switch to a station, you just have to hit the rewind button and can start it over from the beginning. This is also capable of listening to the new 2.0 channels (up in the 300's) which adds a few more stations to the mix. My wife has a built in factory receiver in her car, and after driving in my car, she's jealous of mine! The only thing I miss about my old Audiovox receiver is that it had an AUX input on the side of it. So if I wanted to plug my phone into the stereo (either for hands free calls through the cars speakers, or to listen to audio through my phone) I would do it there. Now I have to use a cassette adapter (factory radio)

Pros: TuneSelect and T-Mix feaures are must!

Cons: - I've had the receiver lock up twice while using it. Both times have been when the tune select feature finds a song I like. Unplugging the power and then plugging it back in fixed it both times. - No AUX input


Shawn from Elkton, MD on 6/30/2014

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Great product, works great and is easy to navigate. Great sound quality.

Pros: Flexibility from vehicle to home use is a plus. Easy installation.

Cons: Doesn't work well in FM mode.

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Joe from Colorado on 6/25/2014

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Easy setup and easy use! Not complicated at all-love the portability. Shipment came as expected. The rebate was awesome. Received for Father's day gift, works great.



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VAN from Thompson, Ohio on 5/23/2014

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Works great - just have to get used to the real "fancy" of controls



Check what programming you want beofre purchasing

Wouldn't you like to know from Detroit, Michigan on 5/18/2014

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For the price it is worth it. However, watch out thet this is an "XM" radio...Even though it's all one company "SiriusXM". Because its an XM radio rather than a Sirius radio means you have to purchase the premium lineup @ $14 a month to receive Howard Stern. If you buy a Sirius radio you get a cheaper premium lineup for $10. The radio itself is good. Good display. Good Sound quality. The fm transmitter is ok...they aren't as strong as a few years ago. For the price it's worth it.

Pros: Price, great display, Good sound quality, has the buffering option

Cons: No remote, antenna isn't as good as the flat wider antenna that come with other radios, forced into a premium plan for channels I want

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Ron from Tucson Az on 5/9/2014

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Install pretty straight forward. Everything went together fine. Have had Sirius before so just added to wife's account.




Richie from Hattiesburg, MS on 5/6/2014

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The portable Sirius radio and car kit work extremely well - every fit perfectly with very little effort and no tools required.

Pros: Easy to install, easily portable for in-home use as well as in the vehicle. Plus with the rebate on a decent purchase price - the value was beyond belief.

Cons: None

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Guest from charlottesville, va on 5/6/2014

great product, easy to install, but the instructions for how to use the actual unit are very lacking, lots of trial and error but it is loaded with great features just wish it had detailed info on how to use them all.



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jamminjoee1 from western maryland on 4/21/2014

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Got this and out of the box it work good, i like the album art on the display when you have music on.



Crutchfield rules

dlizotte from Syracuse, NY on 4/17/2014

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Took me many years, but I finally got sold on satellite radio. This particular unit really enhances your SiriusXM experience with this whole TuneMix feature they added. Basically from the moment you turn the radio on it begins recording up to 18 of your preset stations and jumps from song to song between them. If you don't like a song you can skip it... Pretty awesome, and allows them to compete with other services like Pandora and the like. Not that any of those other services can really compete with amount of programming SXM has. Music, comedy, talk AND sports. I dunno, I sound like a sales person but I promise I'm not! Anyway, Crutchfield is really what sold me on this. There were some sweet rebates, and they were very helpful with my various questions. Plus free fast shipping. I remember my father getting the catalog and ordering from them in the 80s. Proud to be keeping the tradition alive.

Pros: Awesome unit, great service, Crutchfield's customer service and prices

Cons: Unit doesn't sound as good as if you pay to enable it in your xm ready vehicle, but if this is your only option like me then you'll love it


Kevin S. from Lackawanna, N.Y. on 4/17/2014

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It's compact, light weight, portable and great design. I love the screen and ease of use. Works for me!



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Ines from Portland, CT on 4/14/2014

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Very happy with this receiver ... Easy to install and the price was great .




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Product Research

SiriusXM Radio
Vehicle Kit

SiriusXM Radio

Dock & Play SiriusXM Radio: The SiriusXM onyX Plus Dock & Play Radio + Vehicle Kit provides SiriusXM Satellite Radio programming in your car, truck, van, or SUV. The SiriusXM onyX Plus Dock & Play Radio lets you pause, rewind, & replay live SiriusXM Radio. You can view the artist name, song or program title and channel info on its multi-line graphic display. And with optional accessories you can listen to the onyX Plus Dock & Play Radio in a second vehicle, in your home or office, or even outdoors (optional accessories sold separately). All with just one SiriusXM subscription.

Note: The SiriusXM onyX Plus Dock & Play Radio + Vehicle Kit requires a SiriusXM subscription.

SiriusXM Satellite Radio Programming: The SiriusXM onyX Plus satellite radio receiver supports SiriusXM programming with access to XM & Sirius Satellite Radio stations. SiriusXM offers more than 150 channels of exclusive music, news, entertainment sports, talk programming. Available SiriusXM subscription packages include (visit for a complete list of subscription options & channel guide).

Note: SiriusXM Satellite Radio operates on the XM Network. However, you can easily add this SiriusXM tuner to an existing Sirius or XM account for a Multi-Radio Discount Plan.

Large Multi-Line Color Display: The SiriusXM onyX Plus satellite radio receiver features a large multi-line full-color display which lets you view artist name, song title, Album Art, channel information, and Channel Logo. You can adjust the brightness and contrast of the unit's display.

Real-Time Channel Guide w/ Categories + Presets: The unit's Real-Time Channel Guide allows you to browse programs, artists, and songs playing on other channels, without having to change the channel you are currently listening to. Channels are organized into categories to make it easier for you to find the ones that suit your taste. You can scan a category and listen to each channel for 10 seconds before the onyX Plus automatically tunes to the next channel. You can save and enjoy fast access to up to 20 of your favorite SiriusXM Satellite Radio channels as presets.

Smart Favorites + Tune Start/Scan/Mix: You can identify 18 of your 20 preset stations as Smart Favorites. Smart Favorites features TuneStart, TuneScan, and TuneMix.

  • TuneStart: TuneStart allows you to choose whether to start a song from the beginning or from its live point when tuning to a Smart Favorite channel. 
  • TuneScan: TuneScan plays the first 10 seconds of each song that has not been listened to from each of the channels which you have saved as Smart Favorites.
  • TuneMix: TuneMix plays songs in a unique mix from the music channels you have saved as Smart Favorites, allowing you to build a blended channel from as few as 3 to as many as 18 music channels. TuneMix plays the songs that have aired on those Smart Favorite music channels in a shuffle type format.

Instant Replay: The SiriusXM onyX Plus supports the SiriusXM's Instant Replay function, so you can pause, rewind, and replay up to 60 minutes of current channel. You'll also be able to rewind and replay the last 30 minutes of content from Smart Favorite channels (up to 18).

Alerts & Ticker: The SiriusXM onyX Plus offers Song/Artist and Game/Score Alerts, plus a Sports Ticker.

  • Song/Artist Alert: Alerts can be set for your favorite songs, so that whenever the song begins to play on any music channel, you will be alerted and given the opportunity to tune to the channel. Alerts can also be set for your favorite artists, so that whenever a song by that artist begins to play on any music channel, you will be alerted and given the opportunity to tune to the channel. You can save up to 100 song/artist alerts.
  • Game/Score Alert: Alerts can be set for your favorite sports teams so that whenever SiriusXM begins broadcasting a game in which your favorite sports team is playing, you will be alerted and given the opportunity to tune to the game. When you set a Game Alert for your favorite sports teams, a Score Alert is automatically set also. If you are not listening to the game, you will be alerted each time there is a new score in the game, and given the opportunity to tune to the game. Score Alerts can be turned off if you do not wish to receive them.
  • Sports Ticker: Sports Ticker shows status of games in progress including current score, and the final score for games which have ended within the last 24 hours. For games in progress, it also shows the channel number if the game is being broadcast by SiriusXM. The Sports Ticker is displayed on the main display screen, and depending upon how many teams have been selected, the Sports Ticker scrolls across the screen. Whenever a score occurs, the scoring team is shown in yellow in the Sports Ticker.

Direct w/ One-Touch Jump: The Direct button allows you directly tune in a SiriusXM Satellite Radio station, using the keypad (0-9) on the front-panel of the SiriusXM satellite radio receiver. The One-Touch Jump function allows you to directly access traffic or weather of the 22 most congested cities, or go back to the previous channel to which you were listening.

Parental Controls: You can easily lock and unlock channels or an entire category with mature content. The Parent Control feature is protect by a 4-digit code.

Auto Shut-Off: When the onyX Plus is in the vehicle dock, and Auto Shut Off has been enabled, the plug & play radio will automatically shut off after 8 hours of inactivity, when no buttons have pressed. This features prevents the vehicle battery from being discharged if  you forget to turn the unit off.

Vehicle Kit

Vehicle Dock: The SiriusXM onyX Plus satellite radio receiver comes supplied with a vehicle dock which allows you to listen to SiriusXM Satellite Radio in your vehicle. The vehicle dock has color-coded connectors to assist you in connecting the cables to the correct connector. The vehicle dock also has a rear-panel wire-guide that can help you organize the cables and wires connected to the dock. The SiriusXM onyX Plus Satellite Radio receiver's vehicle dock provides three connection options to transfer SiriusXM Satellite Radio audio to your vehicle's audio system.

  • PowerConnect: The SiriusXM onyX Plus Satellite Radio receiver comes supplied with the PowerConnect FM transmitter and cigarette lighter adapter which allows the XM Satellite Radio receiver to wirelessly transmit audio to your vehicle's in-dash headunit over and FM frequency. You can choose from any FM frequency between: 88.1 and 107.9 MHz. You can store up to 5 FM stations so you can quickly access the stations which give you the best audio reception when using the PowerConnect. The PowerConnect FM transmitter and cigarette lighter adapter simply plugs into the power port of the included vehicle dock and the cigarette lighter or 12-volt accessory port of your vehicle.
  • Auxiliary: The SiriusXM onyX Plus Satellite Radio receiver's vehicle dock has a minijack audio output (3.5mm) to connect the unit directly to your in-dash headunit's auxiliary input (if applicable), using the supplied stereo minijack cable. When using the line output jack, you can adjust the level to match your headunit's other sources.
  • FM Direct (optional): The FM Direct Adaptor (607FMDA25, sold separately) connects directly in-line with your vehicle's existing AM/FM antenna input (motorola) and the XM Satellite receiver's vehicle dock FM output (2.5mm). This optimizes the XM receiver's built-in FM modulator to your vehicle's radio, especially in regions with a high density of FM radio stations and few open FM channels.

Magnetic Antenna: The unit comes supplied with a magnetic antenna that is designed to be run outside of the vehicle and placed on the roof of your vehicle. The magnetic antenna will adhere to your vehicle's sheet metal.

Mounting: The mounting location of the onyX Plus should be easily accessible for controlling the unit and provide good visibility of the unit's display, and should not be located where it will be in direct sunlight, which will affect the visibility of the display screen. The SiriusXM onyX Plus Satellite Receiver comes with two mounting options.

  • Self-Adhesive Dash Mount: The onyX Plus includes a self-adhesive plastic mount which allows you to place the unit on your vehicle's dash. The self-adhesive dash-mount allows you to swivel and adjust the unit for better visibility.
  • Vent-Mount: The onyX Plus also includes a plastic mount which allows to you to clip the unit onto one of your vehicle's dash vents.
Note: When mounting the onyX Plus in your vehicle, choose a location where it will not block your vision, interfere with the controls, or obstruct the air bag.

Optional Accessories: A vehicle kit, boombox, and additional home kit is available for the SiriusXM onyX Plus radio.

  • Home Kit: An optional home kit (220SXDH3, sold separately) allows you to listen to SiriusXM Radio in your home or at the office.
  • Boombox: The optional Portable Speaker Dock (220SXSD2, sold separately) lets you enjoy SiriusXM Satellite Radio programming in your home, at the office, or on the deck.
  • Additional Vehicle Kit: An additional vehicle kit (22SXDV3, sold separately) can be purchased to install the SiriusXM onyX satellite radio receiver in another vehicle.


onyX Plus Receiver:

  • Width = 4.535"
  • Height = 2.385"
  • Depth = 0.725"

Vehicle Dock:

  • Width = 3.995"
  • Height = 2.505"
  • Depth = 1.205" (1.535" w/ cables)

Receiver in Vehicle Dock:

  • Width = 4.535"
  • Height = 3.065"
  • Depth = 1.325" (1.685" w/ cables)

Vehicle Antenna:

  • Width = 1.395"
  • Height = 0.565"
  • Depth = 1.735"
  • Cable Length = 22.75'

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Q & A

Customer Q&A

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Why did you buy this?

None [ stephanie  Nov 19, 2018 ]
need a moveable receiver and this appears to fit the bill. Will return with rating when I receive it and have it installed. [ Howard  Aug 09, 2018 ]
suggested from wade [ james  Jul 01, 2018 ]
Needed this for my truck got other items from you all very good [ DELBERT J  May 12, 2018 ]
My old XM radio from 2006 is failing. Power drops and signal loss when I hit potholes too hard. I listen to Major League Baseball a lot and this radio allows me to buy the basic XM package with baseball. With the Sirius radios, you have to buy the premium all channel package to get baseball. ALAN [ ALAN  Mar 13, 2018 ]
I pick this one because it came with the car kit [ JAMES A  Feb 25, 2018 ]
my radio in vehicle is not satellite ready but has a aux port that i can plug into. [ Dennis  Dec 21, 2017 ]
love home device [ Richard  Dec 18, 2017 ]
I choose this item because the person I chatted with said it would do what we needed it to do. he was very helpful. [ Beverly  Dec 17, 2017 ]
Replacing an older XM Radio. [ Tim  Nov 29, 2017 ]
I have used these radios to make it easier to have SiriusXM in my car and at the house. [ LONNIE  Nov 27, 2017 ]
My current satellite radio stopped working, decided to upgrade with replacement. [ Lee  Nov 17, 2017 ]
We like Sirius for uninterrupted listening on road. little or no fade [ Kevin  May 23, 2017 ]
Gotta have satellite radio in the car! Installed in a 2001 Tahoe, with an already-upgraded head unit that did not include SXM compatibility. Also, so I can move the radio from car to office to home. [ Justin  Apr 22, 2017 ]
Needed to transfer a lifetime subscription after car was junked. [ Shashank  Apr 13, 2017 ]
Good product [ Judy  Mar 02, 2017 ]
Easy to install, reasonably priced especially with the sale, attractive unit which displays album covers in color. This radio will allow me to continue enjoying Sirius XM service as I am a long time fan. I recently purchased a vehicle which would require purchasing a fairly expensive adaptor and also taking apart the dash, in order to use the AM/SAT button on the in dash factory radio to receive Sirius XM programs. [ C Mark  Dec 18, 2016 ]
needed to upgrade from a 10 year old reciever [ Chris  Nov 26, 2016 ]
Update for older radio [ GILBERT  Nov 19, 2016 ]
Wife wanted up-to-date SiriusXM in her car as the stock radio satellite was old and not getting all channels. [ Desert_Flyer  Oct 23, 2016 ]
likey [ KIMBER  Aug 22, 2016 ]
NFL games on the go!! [ Mike  Jul 03, 2016 ]
I chose this item based on the reviews and the features. [ Jazzy   Jun 19, 2016 ]
Larry was very helpful need this unit for are RV . Putting a Sirius radio in the dash of are 2017 coachmen RV would take major work to the dash. Larry's Bio: [ Dan  May 27, 2016 ]
Like the features of this unit and prefer to use it's controls and an aux input on my stereo instead of the integrated controls on the stereo itself. [ Randall  May 21, 2016 ]
I already have a Sirius account for other vehicles. I am adding this to another vehicle. [ Tracy  Feb 01, 2016 ]
Already have one and a friend liked it so much I bought one for his birthday! [ Brent  Jan 09, 2016 ]
price [ Frederick  Jan 08, 2016 ]
Ease of installation and features [ James  Dec 12, 2015 ]

11 questions already asked

Yes [ Brandon Scott  Jun 11, 2018 ]
Carlos, I have installed the Onyx in my company vehicle so I could still listen to SiriusXM. The unit works great if you have an available mini RC/AUX input so that you don't use the FM signal. [ Wade  Jun 11, 2018 ]
My radio was ordered for automotive set up, so no, it didn't come with a remote control. [ DOUGLAS  Dec 15, 2017 ]
The "Home" version has the remote but the "Automobile" doesn't. [ Randall  Dec 15, 2017 ]
Had the same problem. I put an EQ between it and my head and it boosted the output but I'm now sure if all EQ's would do that. I used a Cadence CEQ773 from Sonic Electronix but they don't seem to carry them anymore. Cheers. [ Duncan  Jan 11, 2017 ]
My onyx plus is routed to the auxiliary port on my radio so the volume is controlled by the volume output of the radio/speakers My husbands docking station is attached to his radio fm station so it is controlled through his radio volume output. Hope this helps. [ cynthia  Jan 10, 2017 ]
Yes, The same small socket as cell phones (I think its the 8mm type) to allow you to plug in a external receiver or headphones (Not the old style very large jack like large headphones. [ George  Jul 19, 2016 ]
There is a standard 3.5mm jack for Audio Out on the cradle itself. Traditionally this is plugged into your vehicle's head unit, or your home entertainment receiver. I don't see why you couldn't plug a set of headphones it. [ Gregg  Jul 19, 2016 ]
I have mine plugged into the iPod input on my stock radio and it sounds great! [ James  Apr 04, 2016 ]
Mine is plugged into the aux in the front of the system [ Eric  Apr 04, 2016 ]
Hey Rick, Same radio just one is for a car, the other home. [ KEVIN  Dec 17, 2015 ]
I haven't done it with this unit, but for others, the home kit is like a dock the reciever plugs into. I assume that's the case here. [ KEVIN  Dec 17, 2015 ]
I think the units are the same. The kits determine power source and antenna mount options, as appropriate. [ Paul  Dec 17, 2015 ]
There's one radio; the two different kits have the necessary pieces to connect to car and home stereo. I bought both kits plus one XM radio and can enjoy on the road or inside my home - just move the XM from one holster to the other. I love it! [ Michael  Dec 17, 2015 ]
The best portable SiriusXm player on the market. [ BENJAMIN  Jun 20, 2015 ]
That's all you need. Once you've got the XM installed (power and antenna) just attach it to your receiver Aux jack with the patch cord included. Power up both and select Aux input - XM should be coming out of your speakers. [ Michael  Jun 11, 2015 ]
Yes, it will plug into a 3.5mm aux connector, like a headphone-size plug. [ KEVIN  Jun 09, 2015 ]
I use mine through the aux input. The Onyx has an adjustable output voltage to make the volume similar to the FM section. [ Ronald V.  Jun 09, 2015 ]
Yes. I use both the aux cord and the FM receiver depending on the car my XM radio is in. [ James  Jun 09, 2015 ]
As long as you have an auxiliary or accessory input, this will work with no problems. I connect mine thru the auxiliary input on my Honda Pilot. [ Paul  Jun 09, 2015 ]
Yes. It will plug into that same aux input that you'd plug an MP3 player into. [ Darian  Jun 09, 2015 ]
Yes, input is from standard headphone style jack. [ Christopher  Jun 09, 2015 ]
the little plug you hooking for your iPod will work for the XM send the auxiliary hole if that don't work you can use it on an FM channel but it's better to put it in a auxiliary cord it comes with one if you buy the car kit [ joe  Jun 09, 2015 ]
Not sure. I have the Premium Package that includes all the sports channels. Sorry I couldn't be of more help. [ Hunter  Apr 21, 2015 ]
I'm not sure. I had the plan that was the least expensive which had music and MLB, which was why I bought the unit in the first place. [ James  Apr 07, 2015 ]
Not sure what you mean by "including a sports ticker." On the unit, you may tune in to any channel broadcast by Sirius or XM or the combined SiriusXM; however, you need to subscribe to All Access Programming in order to listen to sports radio broadcast programming or Talk Show like Howard Stern. [ RICKY  Apr 05, 2015 ]
I didn't get any sports on my Onyx but, I think for the ticker to work you'd have to. Hope this helped ?! [ KEVIN  Apr 02, 2015 ]
Actually, I also found the answer in the owner's manual online here: "**Game and Score Alerts, and Sports Ticker, depend on the subscription package, which must include the play-by-play channels of the desired sports leagues. Subscription sold separately." So no sports channels, no tickee (ticker) [ Tiger-Heli  Apr 02, 2015 ]
NO sports ticker. Yes it will work with mostly music [ joe  Apr 02, 2015 ]
NO, if you only get music, you only get music. No comedy, no news, no ticker, just music. [ Christopher  Apr 02, 2015 ]
IMounted antenna right behind the windshield. Worked wrll but i knocked it around cleaning heavy snow off the van. [ Rolf  Dec 21, 2015 ]
Depends on where you wanna mount it. Some people just put it outside of their driver's side door each time they use it. I opted to mount it on the back of the roof right above the back windshield, running the cable in through the trunk (as explained in the user's manual). I used a small flat screwdriver and tucked the cable in as I went, and it actually turned out really well and was pretty easy. As far as the antenna itself, the magnet is SO strong that it won't have any issue mounting anywhere on the roof and staying [ Darian  Jul 01, 2014 ]
It's easy place the antenna on the of the roof near the top of the windshield. Center it and tuck the wire underneath the wind shield strip and work your way down and inside the vehicle . Plug into dock and roll up the access wire and zip tie it and hide it out of the way, maybe under the dashboard .one thing to keep in mind is .. If you have a compass on your riearview mirror, the strong magnet in the antenna will effect the compass. I found that out when my compass started reading random directions when I first Iinstalled the my antenna. So I repositioned it to the side , on top of the door. And it wiotks. I hope this helps. [ Nathaniel  Jun 30, 2014 ]
We didn't install it outside (it is a company car and I didn't want to risk any damage). The antenna is on the dashboard and gets reasonably good reception. [ JANICE L  Jun 30, 2014 ]
The antenna is just a small box not much more than 1" X 1" with a long wire (approx. 20 ft. of wire) that plugs into the receiver. The box is magnetic and mounts on any surface that points skyward. You merely route the wire somewhere that it can be hidden and run it through a door or hatch opening where there is a soft foam gasket and stick the antenna to the car. Hardest part of the antenna install is finding somewhere to hide all the extra wire. Good luck and enjoy! [ JONATHAN  Jun 30, 2014 ]
I made an effort top completely hide the antenna wire, this envolved some time. I would estimate it took about 1/2 to 3/4 of an hour. I decided to have the controls located in the center consel, also hidden from normal view. I snaked the wire under the carpeting and drilled a small hole in the bottom of the consel to bring the antenna wire in. Very happy with reception and the advise on purchasing the Sirius XM Onyx Plus from the represenative, Ethan, I spoke to prior to the purchase. [ Dennis  Jun 30, 2014 ]
It's relatively easy. The antenna attaches magnetically, can be removed, and doesn't move around while driving. The part that can be tricky is running the cable from the antenna into your car. Around the windshield you can tuck it under the weather stripping. I used the seam between the windshield pillar and the fender to hide it, then ran it down the inside front of the door cavity, behind the hinges, then under the door sill, under the drivers seat, then tucked up under the bottom of the center console, and up into the dash to my stereo. It's hidden and out of the way, but did take some time to get configured in easy that I was happy with. [ AARON  Jun 30, 2014 ]
Depends on the type of car and where you mount it. I mounted mine on the back of the roof. I have a Kia SUV. Had to remove some pieces to hide the wiring. Maybe 20 minutes of work. [ JOHN  Jun 30, 2014 ]
This is very much a universal unit.All that is REALLY required for the unit to install is a working (preferably digital, but not required) FM radio OR an AUX input. (You can also purchase an adapter to connect an AUX input to your cassette tape player if that is all you have.) It helps if you have a cigarette lighter power source as well, but you could always wire one in. (Actually, on a Ford/Lincoln, the cig lighter is probably constant power so I would advise wiring it to the fuse panel.There are three ways to transmit sound to the factory radio: FM Transmitter (easiest, worst sound quality), AUX input (if available - best sound quality, possibly difficult to hid wiring), FM Direct Adapter (additional cost) - goes inline with the antenna cable (May require additional adapters if your car doesn't (likely that is does not) use a standard Motorola connector. [ Tiger-Heli  Apr 01, 2015 ]
For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. [ Krissy  Apr 13, 2014 ]  Staff

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