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post #16 of 23 Old 01-24-2013, 10:53 PM Thread Starter
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I got the siriusxm onyx today and signed up for their service then installed it in my wj. So far it seems alright. The only complaint I have is it sounds tinny. There is such a night and day difference in the sound quality when I switch my wj radio between satellite and local fm stations.

Is there anyway to improve this? I did some google searching and found satellite commonly does have worse sound quality even in cars that came with it built in.
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post #17 of 23 Old 01-24-2013, 11:03 PM
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I got the siriusxm onyx today and signed up for their service then installed it in my wj. So far it seems alright. The only complaint I have is it sounds tinny. There is such a night and day difference in the sound quality when I switch my wj radio between satellite and local fm stations.

Is there anyway to improve this? I did some google searching and found satellite commonly does have worse sound quality even in cars that came with it built in.
I think there is a line level adjustment in the settings menu, adjust that up to at least 75%. How are you getting the signal to your radio?

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post #18 of 23 Old 01-25-2013, 10:40 AM
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post #19 of 23 Old 01-25-2013, 10:49 AM Thread Starter
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I think there is a line level adjustment in the settings menu, adjust that up to at least 75%. How are you getting the signal to your radio?
Not the best way, I am connecting through FM stations.
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Not the best way, I am connecting through FM stations.
Used that method for a while. I use the XM the most when I go on long trips and this takes me into strong FM signals and my XM signal would get interrupted. Getting tired of dealing with it, I finally got the interrupter, which is Sirius/XMs best method of getting the signal to your head unit. I still have the stock sound system in my truck but I have zero signal problems and I noticed a DRAMATIC improvement in my sound quality. Im not sure your XM signal will ever sound as good as FM, more comparable to CD. As an X-FM radio DJ, I can say few signals, if any, sound as full and rich as a clear FM signal. Try the line volume adjustment in the setting menu and pay the extra cash for the interrupter, itll be well worth it.

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post #21 of 23 Old 01-25-2013, 06:48 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks I will try this if I get tired of tuning to different fm stations. Locally its been doing good. I really like siriusxm so far and cant wait to get a docking station for the shop.
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Thanks I will try this if I get tired of tuning to different fm stations. Locally its been doing good. I really like siriusxm so far and cant wait to get a docking station for the shop.
No prob. i got a dock.I Love it.

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post #23 of 23 Old 01-28-2013, 07:59 AM
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I've had my XM pioneer Inno (like the newer XM3pi) since they were the newest on the market. I love it but you have to know there are trade offs.
My Inno is the size of a small phone has an integrated antenna and tuner, it can record xm of the air and playback recorded XM and mp3s. You can listen to the same station the entire time you are driving no matter how many time zones you go through. You can pretty much choose your genre, I like 80s, BPM, electric area, classic rewind, Ozzy, book radio and XMNPR, sure beats the preacher radio , lame talk and conway twitty that is all that's available trucking up the eastern shore. BUT... here are the down sides
Even with the magnetic patch antenna it will lose signal in light coverage areas. Installed units usually have a more sensitive tuner.
Even running it off of the dock it has good but not great sound quality. Again the small size means less sophisticated amplifier tech.
I got my son a a portable unit one black friday for free after rebate, it had a monochrome screen and needed to be in a dock with this little tuner chip to get XM but you could record to it and play back that without being plugged in. He used it for a couple of years but we discovered a fairly unique jeep issue. Your XM dock will corrode if it gets rained on and covered with mud
Since he bought himself a sedan DD and I got back the Jeep I replaces his portable with an Onyx this year, the tuner is much more sensitive and the sound is much better.
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