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What is a dedicated car satellite radio?

Add SiriusXM programming to your daily drive

A circuitous path, involving England, New York, rural Michigan, Indiana, and lots of parts in between brought Matthew Freeman to Charlottesville, where he's been writing about mobile audio/video for Crutchfield off and on since early 2000. He fosters an eclectic taste in film, and is fond of a wide range of music. A native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, he found his way to the University of Notre Dame, where, in an act of charity unsurpassed in the history of Western civilization, he was given a B.A. in English.

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If you're thinking about adding SiriusXM satellite radio to your car and you have an aftermarket car stereo, consider going with a dedicated car satellite radio tuner, like the SiriusXM SXV300V1. This compact "black box" receives the satellite signal from an antenna that you mount on your vehicle's roof, and then sends it to your car stereo. The big benefit in adding a dedicated car satellite radio tuner is that all the controls for satellite radio are on your aftermarket car stereo. You can see the artist, song title, and other station information on the display of the stereo, and you'll be able to save your stations on presets, just like AM and FM stations.

SiriusXM SXV300V1

The SiriusXM SXV300V1 tuner works with your satellite radio-ready in-dash stereo.

Car stereo model-specific

To use a dedicated car satellite radio, you have to use a car stereo that is compatible with the satellite tuner. You’ll want to confirm that your car stereo has the "SiriusXM Ready™" logo.

Connecting the radio

A single cable connects the satellite radio to your stereo. This cable provides power to the radio, and sends the satellite radio signal to the in-dash stereo. Because it's a direct, high-grade connection, you'll get the best sound quality out of all the options you have for satellite radio.

Mounting the satellite radio

The satellite radio tuner can be mounted out of sight, such as under a seat, in the glove box, or even behind the car stereo. Once you've hooked everything up, you have no need to access it. You have to connect the cable that goes to the stereo and the wire from the antenna you've mounted on the roof.

Learn more about SiriusXM satellite radio

To learn more about your SiriusXM options, check out our entire collection of satellite radio articles and videos.

  • jackie from taylors sc

    Posted on 9/26/2015 5:39:20 PM

    If the wire to the magnet part breaks can it be spliced back together ??!??

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/28/2015 10:20:10 AM

    Jackie, If the device is still under warranty, that might be the better place to start. If you bought the gear from Crutchfield, you can call Tech Support for free troubleshooting help. If you purchased your equipment elsewhere, you can still get expert Crutchfield Tech Support - 90 days-worth for only $30. Check out our tech support page for details. Good luck!

  • Paul R from New York

    Posted on 4/22/2016 5:33:54 PM

    My dedicated radio says "SIRIUS READY" and I have a Sirius subscription but all the tuners say Sirius/Xm. Can I use these tuners or do I have to find a Sirius tuner?

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/25/2016 9:54:03 AM

    Paul, You will need to find a Sirius tuner for that radio.

  • Ryan from Lexington

    Posted on 7/11/2016 1:55:45 PM

    I have a 2008 Chevy HHR with the upgraded Pioneer factory system. Will the sxv300 work with it?

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/12/2016 9:59:50 AM

    Ryan, The SXV300V1 works exclusively with aftermarket in-dash receivers that have a "SiriusXM-Ready" logo. A "dock and play" SiriusXM satellite radio would be the best choice if you're planning to keep the stock radio.

  • Jesse from Menasha

    Posted on 2/19/2017 1:04:20 PM

    I have a 2008 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg that currently has satellite radio. I'd like to upgrade the radio, for Apple Carplay, and still keep the satellite. Can I use the vehicle's existing satellite antenna if I were to purchase an aftermarket radio and then add a Sirius SXV300V1 tuner module?

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 2/20/2017 8:49:30 AM

    Jesse, The SXV300 is not compatible with most factory satellite radio antennas. You'll need to use the antenna that comes with the SXV300. Give us a call and we'll help you find a receiver that'll work in your car, too.

  • les from bloomfield

    Posted on 2/22/2017 8:46:02 AM

    all i need is the antenna .i have an xm radio in my tyruck and one in my office ,so i want to switch one of them to my car because i cannot afford to pay for a third radio service right now.

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 2/22/2017 9:51:59 AM

    Les, Depending on the radio in your truck, you might be able to enjoy SiriusXM through their smartphone app. It'll use the device's data plan, though, so check on that before you stream hours of music. The advantage of the app is that it's totally portable and you won't need a separate antenna. Hope that helps. If you have questions, give us a call and talk to one of our advisors.

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