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Hello

Its been awhile but a pulled out a few radios from my closet.

One Sirius and two Xms lol


I was wondering if there are any differences between Sirius branded radios and XM? They both run off the same sats?

And secondly is there a radio that "doesn't" use a dock? I had an old sirius starmate? that didn't need a dock and was great for my car. I had a nice place I could set it in.

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It does seem sat radio is dying? I like it still smile.gif
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If you're buying new then I suggest heading to Best Buy and picking up the SiriusXM Onyx Plus (On sale this week for $65 (reg: $100)). If you want a separate vehicle mount then just buy two of them as a vehicle mount kit is stupidly priced at $50 (so why not have a backup radio).

The Onyx Plus is the v2.0 of their radios and it's quite a nice unit. You get extra channels, logos, album art, tune-mix (which is a nice way to mix things up) and most of what you'd expect from the old radios, depending on which radio you had.

It uses the XM satellite but that really no longer matters.
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Question

I live in Canada and have a US account.

Do you know if the hardware is locked to country specific?

I know most radios are fine.

But the Onyx?
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would the Onyx work with a sirius outdoor antenna? Our current 10 year old receiver has a high pitch whine that is rather annoying and we are always talking about replacing it.
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Radios are not country locked, to my knowledge. I assume that SiriusXM Canada just inputs the Radio ID in and says, "Oh, there you go." In the 10 years I've been dealing with this, I've never heard of any radio being USA or Canada specific so I'd lean towards: no problems.

With regards to an outdoor Sirius antenna.. Depends. It may work. I've experienced iffy results on mixing Sirius and XM antennas with the other brand's radios in the past. They do have Sirius/XM antennas that are supposed to work on both now, without an issue and some people have gotten some antennas to operate fine with either radio.

I'd say try it and see. If it doesn't work, look into a Pixel (I think it's Pixel 600) antenna. I believe it says it'll work with either and it's a rugged outdoor antenna.
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