Sony DRN-XM01C Satellite Radio Receiver
Manufacturer: Sony Part number: DRN-XM01C
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CNET editors' review
price range: $34.95
- Reviewed by: Troy Dreier
- Reviewed on: 01/31/2002
The good: Better variety than terrestrial radio; good sound quality; displays song information.
The bad: Unreasonably expensive; confusing controls; no easy way to flip between stations.
The bottom line: After sampling the lineup at fledgling XM Radio, we want to hear more, but we don't want to hear it on this poorly designed first-generation receiver.
Overall Thumbs Up!!!
Summary: Just got the Sony XM and I am very pleased with it. The reception and sound quality are very good. I was surprised to see that it holds reception under ...
Summary: Just got the Sony XM and I am very pleased with it. The reception and sound quality are very good. I was surprised to see that it holds reception under most over passes (even quite long ones). My guess is that it has some sort of buffer or cache (but I am not sure of this). The controls are a little lacking and it would have been nice to have a second or third set of presets (like FM1 FM2 etc.) Mounting could be a problem - I have used my center glove box (with a FM Modulator bought off of ebay for about $12) to avoid having spagetti all over my car. I find the remote useful and its angle appears sufficient to control the base unit. I think the antenna is OK for a standard unit but I will probably look for a lower profile antenna and paint it the color of my car - to avoid announcing to the world that I have XM sitting in an unattended parked car. As a final synopsis - the technology is amazing and the fact that I can listen to what I want - Reaggae, Jazz, Rock, Etc. - when ever I want makes the rather high price worth it. I have no regrets and would recommend this to anyone who spends a lot of time in their car or to those who cant stand main stream radio.
Portability is the deal.
Summary: I have a Harley Davidson, a 1997 Chevrolet Corvette, a Toyota Tundra truck and a Toyota Avalon. I could not afford to equip all the rides. This is the answer ...
Summary: I have a Harley Davidson, a 1997 Chevrolet Corvette, a Toyota Tundra truck and a Toyota Avalon. I could not afford to equip all the rides. This is the answer with out a doubt.
cheap(?) piece of plastic!
Summary: The Sony DRN-xm01c Satellite Radio Receiver (could they think of a longer name for a radio?) seems like a gadget for the gadgets sake. I find it hard to believe, ...
Summary: The Sony DRN-xm01c Satellite Radio Receiver (could they think of a longer name for a radio?) seems like a gadget for the gadgets sake. I find it hard to believe, that it actually will be able to receive even a reasonable signal in a moving car, with the antennae bouncing up and down. Furthermore it has the look of a cheap pc, or a cheap stereo from radioshack. Oh - I almost forgot: the shape of the thing make it impossible to build it into the old "hole", instead you have to have it on the dashboard or under the seats. All-in-all a dissapointing product.
Easy set-up and everything worked the first time.
Summary: Great sound. No trouble seting the system up. 30 seconds after calling XM Radio I was listening. I had no real good spot to place the unit so I made ...
Summary: Great sound. No trouble seting the system up. 30 seconds after calling XM Radio I was listening. I had no real good spot to place the unit so I made a device to mount the unit next to the center console. I have Subaru Forrester. I ran the cable out the back tailgate and up to the roof. The magnet holds very well. The antenna has next moved. I didn't use the plastic mounting strip. The audio is great. I get the world news, stock reports, and everything that no local station even tries to cover. Then the music. Other then outstanding what is to be said. The Sony controls need improving. I'd add more memory buttons and faster channel changing but that's about all.
"great product for first time out"
Summary: I purchased this product just as soon as I could get my hands on one. Had been hearing about it for about 6 months now, and as C-Net states in ...
Summary: I purchased this product just as soon as I could get my hands on one. Had been hearing about it for about 6 months now, and as C-Net states in their review, as standard radio stations become property of one big company, what choice do you have? I hooked the receiver up into an auxillary input in the rear of my Kenwood minidisc car stereo, placed the antenna, and I was up and running! I have been listening for about a week, and I love it! I have had very few signal dropouts, and I have my antenna inside the rear window of my car. Sure, 5 presets for 100 channels just don't quite cut it, but I noticed a USB port on the back. Maybe Sony will make available a downloadable upgrade to make the current 5 presets into "Two-Touch" 6-10. As far as programming, I have no qualms about it. Commercials are annoying on whatever you see or hear them. But, if you have cable or satellite, you pay for them also. To sum it up, when you live in a remote part of the country, (Missouri) this is just what I have been waiting for!
great sound, poor controls
Summary: I bought this unit with both the home cradle and the car cradle. For the price of a single subscription, I can use the service in my living room, my ...
Summary: I bought this unit with both the home cradle and the car cradle. For the price of a single subscription, I can use the service in my living room, my office, and my car. The sound quality is nearly as good as a CD, and with the road noise in the car, you can't really tell the difference. The XM service is great, with more choices than I'll ever actually listen to, and coverage for every type of music that I do like. I think $10/month is a reasonable price for all the choices. Installation in my Jetta was pretty straightforward. The magnetic "shark-fin" antenna went on the roof, just forward of the existing radio antenna. The cable snakes along the rear window, using the supplied rubber mounting strips, and runs into the trunk. From there, it runs bewtween the split back seat, along the floor under the mat, along the front passenger seat, and up to the receiver. The antenna itself could be moved to another car, but the mounting strips, while removable, would no longer stick. A little ingenuity would probably solve that issue. For a more easily removable, but more noticeable, installation, you could run the cable through a side window. At first, I just pushed the cradle into an open slot in the dash, but I later added a console-mounted platform, normally used for a portable CD player. The supplied base for the cradle could also be mounted on the dash with the supplied adhesive pad. The display has poor contrast, even at the highest setting, and a very limited viewing angle. The stereo display in my Jetta is much more viewable. The platform attached to the side of the console has alleviated this issue somewhat. The receiver is attached to the platform and turned to a specific angle so that I can read the display, but strong sunlight still washes it out, making it difficult to read at a glance while driving. This unit has only 5 presets to cover 100 channels of music. This was a poor design decision, especially when you consider that the average car FM receiver has 10 or more presets for the very limited FM band. (My Jetta's stereo has 10 for FM and 5 for AM.) The scroller button is next to useless in the car because you have to watch the display to see what channel you're on; not a good idea at 70mph. The memo button is a waste of space. The idea: you like the song that's playing, so you push the memo button in order to store the name and the artist. What possible use is this? If you want to know the song, just look at the display. (I have to point out that on occasion, the display doesn't show song and artist; I suspect this is coming from XM and is not the fault of the receiver. However, the memo button would still be useless because it can only record what's coming in from XM.) The cassette adapter that came with this unit seems to be much better than the generic ones I've used with portable CD players. Many of those seem to send the signal primarily to the left channel, but the stereo image with this adapter is very good, as is the sound quality. This is a satellite system, so line-of-sight is an issue. Reception has been good, for the most part. I do get cut off on occasion when driving under an overpass or if I have to sit under one while waiting for a traffic light. Trees that overhang the street completely can sometimes block the signal, as well. Some taller buildings block reception, depending on which side you're on and how close you are to them. But driving on the open highway poses no problems at all. I've listened to the same jazz channel non-stop while driving from Jacksonville FL to Bradenton FL. Occasionally I take the home set-up to my office. I set the antenna in a south-facing window, connect a pair of powered speakers, and I'm set for the day. At home, the antenna sets inside the condo, against a sliding glass door that actually faces north; the signal seems to be unimpeded. However, the antenna cable is more than long enough to reach the back of the patio, where there is a clear line-of-sight to the southern sky, should there ever be a reception problem. Cost: outrageous. The cassette package, which includes the receiver, the cradle, a remote control, the cassette adapter, the cigarette-lighter power cord, and the antenna, was $300 from Crutchfield. The home kit, which includes a cradle, an antenna (same as the car version), a stereo connecting cable, a remote control, and a power cord, was $150, also from Crutchfield. If you want the car model that has the FM modulator, you'll have to shell out $400. At these prices, you have to REALLY want this service. Not everyone will be willing to pay early-adopter prices, especially if they get to use this receiver in the store before buying. Am I sorry that I'm connected? No, because I love the service. Am I annoyed with Sony over the poor design and the high cost? You betcha! And I don't plan to give them any more of my cash for the next generation receiver, either, unless it costs less than $100 and fits my existing cradles.
A major cultural connection for rural residents and those without favorite genres of music available
Summary: The Sony model is not truly plug and play - that is while the manufacturer (and XM) markets the Sony receiver as transportable to the home, no home adapter kit ...
Summary: The Sony model is not truly plug and play - that is while the manufacturer (and XM) markets the Sony receiver as transportable to the home, no home adapter kit is currently available. When I called, about two weeks ago, the Sony Style Tech specialist told me that although the "release" date was September 2001, no home kits were available and they did not have any date for distribution of the kit. Although Best Buy sold the car kit, and told me they'd order the home conversion kit, one week later they informed me that the kit was not available. The car kit is easy to activate - plug it in using a cassette adapter (provider, does not work on all auto cassette players; cannot use the model without a cassette deck in the car). Then turn on channel one to ensure that you can receive the signal; then either go on line or call the toll free number provided (at the time of activation, you will need the unique identifier number found on the box, and may be viewed in the radio display (consult the instruction leaflet). Expect, outside of America's largest cities many signal drop outs - if the Southern horizon is blocked by an building (even one just 2 stories tall). The drop out usually lasts no more than 2 - 5 seconds, rarely more than 30 seconds (assuming you are moving). The quality of the XM signal (although digital when played over the car radio it becomes analogue) is excellent. Music as braodcast from XM does sound like a CD. The DJs are very professional, love the genre of music they broadcast, and are highly knowledgeable. The music selected is wonderful. XM broadcasts approximately 100 channels, of which 70 are music based (30 without commercials, the remainder with a max of 6 minutes/hour of commercials). Some of the news channels, like the BBC World Service, do not have the same audio quality as XM owned channels, but are worthwhile. Overall, I have become addicted to XM, and despite the drawbacks (signal drop out, can't easily bring the plug and play into the house), I'd highly recommend the unit and XM to anyone who lives in rural areas, areas without diverse FM stations; those who regularly drive across the country or who regularly drive long distance, and those who have musical tastes that may not be satisfied by local radio.
Summary: first generation, yes .. improvements to come but it is well-designed. Waiting on Sirius is a big gamble. They keep psuhing their launch dates back and may not make it at ...
Summary: first generation, yes .. improvements to come but it is well-designed. Waiting on Sirius is a big gamble. They keep psuhing their launch dates back and may not make it at all.
- Manufacturer: Sony
- Part number: DRN-XM01C
- Description: Suddenly, that long-distance road trip seems like a good idea - now that you'll never have to hunt for a local radio station with programming you like. Your XM Radio looks and works just like a conventional radio. Depending on the equipment you have now, you can either upgrade or replace your current radio; or order an XM-equipped audio system in select new car models. Your XM Radio requires no more space than a conventional radio, and operates with your choice of fixed or detachable antenna and a remotely mounted small XM receiver box. Offering 100 Digital Channels of new music, sports, jazz & blues, children's programming, and much more, XM Radio transmits clear digital sound from coast to coast with limited commercial interruptions. So you can drive cross-country listening to your favorite XM Station, and never miss a beat of a song or the punch line of a joke. XM Radio is more than just great sound for the road: it's ready to come home with you. The first home unit, Sony's award-winning DRN-XM01 Digital Audio Receiver model, is designed for use in both home and car. Compact and sleek, it integrates into your existing home audio systems. The satellite antenna is small and is magnetically mounted. Jog Roller and wireless remote Commander are provided for easy operation. Auto Power Down function enables the unit to automatically turn the power off.
- Product type Satellite radio
- Color Silver
- Body material Plastic
- Depth 4.7 in
- Height 1.5 in
- Width 4 in
- Weight 7.8 oz
- Carrying case None -
- Included accessories Remote control,
Car connection cable kit,
Car cassette adapter,
Car power adapter,
- Digital storage None
- Sound output mode Stereo
- Timer Sleep
- Built-in clock Digital clock
- Addtional features Auto power off
- Audio system built-in display LCD
- Backlight display Yes
- CD system type None
- Cassette system type None
- Tuner type Digital Radio tuner
- Station preset qty 5
- Tuning display LCD display
- Station memo display Yes
- Additional radio features Preset buttons ,
- MD system type None
- Remote control Remote control - Infrared
- Cable(s) included 1 x Car connection cable kit - External
- Connector type 1 x Audio line-out Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm,
1 x Satellite antenna,
1 x DC power input
Battery / Power
- Battery None
- Power device type [Feb 24, 2011 from CDS: Power Device] Power adapter - car