Tao TXM1020 XM2go (XM)
Manufacturer: TAO Electronics Part number: TXM1020
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CNET editors' review
price range: $219.00 - $249.99
- Reviewed by: Matthew Moskovciak
- Edited by: David Katzmaier
- Reviewed on: 07/20/2005
- Released on: 05/15/2005
The good: Truly portable XM satellite radio; five-hour memory buffer for timer recordings; built-in FM transmitter; includes all necessary accessories for home and car use.
The bad: Fairly expensive; subpar sound quality.
The bottom line: The well-featured Tao TXM1020 XM2go satellite radio receiver brings the XM experience to your car, your home, or on the go.
Cool to have XM in my hand, but reception is spotty
by oldskoolboarder on July 29, 2005
Pros: Content is king and XM has much more than broadcast radio
Cons: The reception issues are significant enough that this won't get rid of 20GB iPod
Summary: I have considered getting one of these since it was announced last year. I tend to listen to XM at work via my PC (free feed). Thought it'd be ...
Summary: I have considered getting one of these since it was announced last year. I tend to listen to XM at work via my PC (free feed). Thought it'd be nice to listen to the content in my car and my home theatre. I won a Tao recently and have been playing w/ it for about 2 weeks.
The concept is promising but the execution leaves a little to be desired.
-It's nice to have access to all the content and be able to schedule recordings up to 5 hours.
-Comes w/ most of the accessories you'll need.
-Relatively small form factor.
-Stock ticker is cool.
-FM transmitter doesn't work that great. I end up using a tape adapter, but that means more cables in the car.
-Can't get good reception at my desk, even though I'm near a window. It's NW facing though.
-Antenna must always see the sky, so bridges, tunnels and overpasses cause drop outs.
-You can only schedule 2 different programs.
-You can only schedule programs while in the home dock.
-Sound quality is variable, depending on the channel.
-5 hr battery life is pretty short.
-Doesn't come w/ lipstick antenna like MyFi.
W/ the convenience of podcasts w/ iTunes 4.9, it's hard for my Tao to beat my 20GB 4G iPod. Sound is cleaner and more consistent. And, I don't have to deal w/ an antenna.
But for a free unit, I can't complain.
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
by indy1981 on October 4, 2005
Pros: Small, long battery life, plenty of display options, sturdy
Cons: Have to plug it in to home dock to record programming, program list does not show which game is on what station
Summary: Overall, I think this is a great product. I got it last week and intend to use it for tailgating, but also to record the baseball playoffs each day while ...
Summary: Overall, I think this is a great product. I got it last week and intend to use it for tailgating, but also to record the baseball playoffs each day while I am at work. I wish that the program guide showed you which game was on which channel. That's a big drawback when you wanna go back and forth alot. You can program in certain stations easily, but there will always be one more you want to add. That being said, if you are doing all of your channel changing with the remote, you're probably not even close to the screen to read it anyway, thus making my previous comment somewhat moot I would definitely reccomend this to anyone who's been thinking about sattelite radio. Sirius has some great programming, but their hardware is a bunch of junk (see cnet for their reviews). Long live XM!
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
The Tao xm2go radio is pretty cool
by jaguarfan729 on July 25, 2005
Pros: You get a LOT of accessories up front and is easilly installed.
Cons: I wish it was a little smaller, maybe the next generation will be a sleeker...
Summary: I had been doing some research for the past few months on buying an XM20 radio. I looked at all 3 and decided to get the (in my opinion) the ...
Summary: I had been doing some research for the past few months on buying an XM20 radio. I looked at all 3 and decided to get the (in my opinion) the cooler looking one, since they apparently all use the same components. I love having my XM music no matter where I am. I'm totally satisfied and would recommend this brand even though they are new...
2 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
The meaning of TAO...
by raymunlbwtao on January 9, 2006
Pros: A very durable unit...with surprisely great reception indoor & outdoor.
Cons: None so far....except for it's bulkiness.
Summary: I was in the market for a portable sat radio unit. It was between Sirius S50, Delphi MiFi, and of course the TAO. The S50 was out of the question ...
Summary: I was in the market for a portable sat radio unit. It was between Sirius S50, Delphi MiFi, and of course the TAO. The S50 was out of the question because it was not live radio. So it came head to head with MiFi versus TAO. Not knowing anything about the TAO…I was impulsive and purchase the unit because of its black stylish rugged-look. When I got home I opened the box like a child opening a Cracker Jack Box looking for the surprise. The product was well-package from getting damage I must say. When it came time, the installation and XM subscription was so quick and easy that I was listening within 15 minutes of signing up. I was very impressed I had no problem getting reception indoors, I used the antennae aiming feature to find a strong reception and didn’t have to place my antennae by a window. The outdoors was the same…great reception driving in my Jeep Wrangler. Beware though, XM radio will be addicting….keep your eyes on the road
The bottom line, the TAO may not have all the exposure as the Delphi… but the unit is truly a quality unit with great features such as tune selecting and schedule recording capabilities
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Very versatile, but reception is a bit rough around the edges still
by b_mark_215 on November 7, 2005
Pros: Versatility, tons of accessories, sleek rugged look
Cons: Reception (probably all xm, especially the personal antenna), earbuds could be better
Summary: Overall I have to say this product is really cool. Home, car, walkman, type uses are all options, plus with xm you get internet xm for free, so you can ...
Summary: Overall I have to say this product is really cool. Home, car, walkman, type uses are all options, plus with xm you get internet xm for free, so you can listen to xm wherever you are. My main problems really don't lie with this product, they are the satelite radio itself. Reception is spotty sometimes in car, even though I'm in a big city. The main problems with the product have to be the small, uncomfortable earbuds, and the virtual uselessnes of the personal antenna. Other than that you get more accessorries than you could think of. The product is great and has many useful features. I bought mine from Abes of Maine and they were half the price of every other retailer, and it looks like they're down even lower now. Definitely don't hesitate with that store!
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Quality control issues / LACK of Tech/Customer Support !
by jsotoole on December 31, 2005
Pros: Not applicable as I can't even use the product!
Cons: Incorrect antenna's sent for both home and auto !!
Summary: I rec'd as a Christmas gift and can't even use the product as the kits that were included both have the incorrect antennas! As the internal antenna does ...
Summary: I rec'd as a Christmas gift and can't even use the product as the kits that were included both have the incorrect antennas! As the internal antenna does not work, I cannot even use the product! I was sent male connection antennas for both home and auto and the unit itself has a male connection. No customer support available until January 2, 2006. Very disappointed with product and lack of support. Sending back entire package! Obviously they do not have a quality control department.
1 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Radio is great
by klhermann on August 21, 2006
Pros: Radio works very well
Cons: Costomer service almost non existent for xm radio
Summary: The radio works very well under most conditions.I added a klip antena for use when I am outdoors. And I get good reception most of the time. But the ...
Summary: The radio works very well under most conditions.I added a klip antena for use when I am outdoors. And I get good reception most of the time. But the custamer service is very bad for xm radio,not the radio itself but for subscription service. take that into consideration before you buy a xm radio.
The best way to enjoy satellite radio anyplace!
by rskolin on January 4, 2006
Pros: Ease of use; simple set-up/operation
Cons: Auto vent cradle sags
Summary: I upgraded to this portable from the Roady2. While the Roady2 unit was awesome in the car, it was a hassle to unhook for home use due to the multiple ...
Summary: I upgraded to this portable from the Roady2. While the Roady2 unit was awesome in the car, it was a hassle to unhook for home use due to the multiple connection wires, so I never used it in the house.
Both connections in the house and my car were very easy to set-up and the reception is perfect using only the internal FM antenna. For my home, I hooked it up to a pair of small computer speakers that have great sound and are partially hidden behind a plant on an end table. The black finish of this unit looks professional and doesn't stick out like a sore thumb (unlike the Delphi model). The remote control is also a plus, especially while driving or sitting across the room at home.
I haven't used the MyFi as a portable yet, but have purchased the available clipXT antenna (a must) so I'll be ready for outdoor use (especially at baseball games).
The price has fallen so much that it is more affordable for most. There is currently a $50 rebate from XM, and TAO has a free additional home or car kit offer as well.
If you're thinking of going satellite radio, take a good look at this XM radio. You'll wonder why you waited so long.
Better than expectations
by burstgreen on December 28, 2005
Pros: plug in anywhere, fm transmitter, remote control, great reception with home kit
Cons: a little bulky
Summary: I had medium expectations going into the purchase. I heard that the internal antenna didn't work very well. However, the home kit/antenna works very well, and with a ...
Summary: I had medium expectations going into the purchase. I heard that the internal antenna didn't work very well. However, the home kit/antenna works very well, and with a bulky coat, you can actually use it "on the go." The home kit can be used even without plugging in power (that is, it can be used with batteries), which is nice if you are in a friend's car and don't want to set up the car kit. I didn't buy this device for incredible home sound quality or perfect reception, so I can't complain about either. For those not yet with XM, if you're in a major city, the ground repeaters are great. I have zero satellite reception in my office, but 100% terrestial reception. At home, I get good satellite reception regardless of where the home kit dish is pointed--no need to angle it perfectly or keep it still. Good enough display, although I would like the option to make the font smaller so that more info can fit on the screen (titles are often cut off). And for XM in general, the programming is great. I bought with the plans to listen to about 5 or 10 channels that I had tried out online, but I've ended up listening to dozens of different channels as I've wandered around the dial. Quality programming throughout all the channels.
Not a bad device
by cowboys2000 on July 22, 2005
Pros: Portability, 5 Hour record feature
Cons: Monthly fee, no "pause and resume"
Summary: Where do I start?
I have been eying getting the myfi portable device since last fall) I have access to the GM Family discount (cars and other products). I came ...
Summary: Where do I start?
I have been eying getting the myfi portable device since last fall) I have access to the GM Family discount (cars and other products). I came accross this device 2 months ago. It is identical to the silver MyFi2 portable device that sold for $349 now $299. With the money saved on this devise, just buy some better sound isolator earphones.
This unit is available on the gmfamily website for far less than the list price. Mine is on order. The plan is to buy a good pair of headphones for around $100 plus buying the unit for $150. Having XM in my car and this device will only run me an additional $6.95 a month on the family plan.
1 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: TAO Electronics
- Part number: TXM1020
- Description: Featuring a compact and rugged look, the Tao XM2go is designed specifically for those who enjoy being on the move. With a built-in antenna, five hour rechargeable battery and more than 150 channels of XM radio available wherever and whenever it is wanted, satellite radio has truly moved from the car to become an integrated part of consumers' lifestyles. In addition to providing listeners with the convenience of their favorite XM shows, the Tao XM2go also provides the technology to record up to five hours of programming in memory mode. Users can record wirelessly at the press of a button or program a time in the future, ensuring every show is captured and time in subways and airplanes is still entertaining.
- Depth 1.2 in
- Height 4.5 in
- Width 2.8 in
- Weight 7.2 oz
- Included accessories XM antenna,
Car power adapter,
- Sound output mode Stereo
- Timer Record
- Built-in clock Digital clock
- Addtional features Title scroll,
Built-in FM transmitter,
XM radio recording capability
- Audio system built-in display LCD
- Tuner type Digital XM radio tuner
- Station preset qty 30
- Tuning display LCD display
- Remote control Remote control - Infrared
- Headphones type Binaural Ear-bud
- Sound output mode Stereo
- Connectivity technology Wired
- Cable(s) included Audio cable -
Battery / Power
- Battery Rechargeable Battery packIntegrated
- Power device type [Feb 24, 2011 from CDS: Power Device] Power adapter