With many new cars coming with satellite radio pre-installed, we are surprised by the number of inquiries we field on aftermarket radios. Sirius has recently released the Stratus 6 and Starmate 5 radios. XM is hot on the new OnyX. Quite frankly these radios all comes with better displays and more features than the car installed radios. The displays have more lines and most models have the ability to rewind.
There are two drawbacks. First are obviously mounting options. Having the radio attached via suction cup to your windshield is very 2005. Upgrade to a vent, cup holder, floor or lighter mount. Out of site and much easier to see. And please don’t feed the antenna out the window, use an interior antenna mount.
Second drawback is several years ago the FCC limited the amount of wattage the FM transmitter can push out resulting in a degraded FM signal to your car radio. We’ll be addressing this issue in a future blog post. There are aftermarket transmitters that will push as much wattage as the older radios used to push out.