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Old 08-09-2005, 03:45 PM   #1
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That Audiovox looks strangely like many GPS receivers on the market. Not that it's a good thing.. and the RoadyXT.. same crap screen it looks like. At least they got rid of that jog dial in the corner.
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I think they're pretty sweet looking, unfortunately that's about it.

No new features, a lot of the old problems unsolved. Smaller is better - but I think we're reaching the lower limit on size now - you will always need a decent size display and buttons, especially on a device that gets used in the car.

I think the Roady XT would have been far more impressive with a better display and time shifting controls. I don't know where I stand on the switch to a dock from individual connectors. On the one hand it makes it easier for a single user, but if like me you only have one radio and you switch it between 2 vehicles for roadtrips I actually prefer the individual connectors, especially if I'm upgrading to a new radio. That way I can use my old radios car antenna and power supply in one car and the new one in another - no additional expense needed and the car without the radio doesn't have a big empty dock sitting there looking useless.

I'd also be concerned about easy navigation on the roady - a lot of similar size and shape buttons.
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dont forget the units cost $99.00 with car kits. For a low price point sat. rad these are great units and word is they arent even 4G. Just the tip of the iceberg.
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The Delphi unit looks okay, but they once again left it with a 2 line display, which totally sucks a big one. The Audivox is pretty cool and of course it will probably be a lot better than the crappy Delphi. Freaking Delphi they put such little effort into their designed in terms of features its truly said, cause most XM'ers just think they are the best. ROTFLOL
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I'm with DAB...the Audiovox looks sweet, while the Delphi isn't that great. Had the RoadyXT improved the display, it probably would have been received much better than it is.

And it CAN'T be all that expensive to improve the display on a RoadyXT. Come on Delphi!
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UDIOVOX AND XM SATELLITE RADIO INTRODUCE BREAKTHROUGH XM SOLUTION FOR MORE THAN 25 MAKES OF NEW AND USED CARS

Audiovox's Terk adaptor makes it possible for every car radio with Radio Data Service (RDS) to become an XM radio

Washington D.C., August 09, 2005 -- Audiovox Corporation (NASDAQ: VOXX) and XM Satellite Radio (NASDAQ: XMSR), the nation's leading satellite radio service with more than 4.4 million subscribers, today announced a new smart digital adaptor that delivers XM to any new or used vehicle that has a car stereo equipped with Radio Data Service (RDS).

RDS is available in various vehicle models offered by leading automakers such as Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, Infiniti, Jaguar, Jeep, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln-Mercury, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Nissan, Porsche, Range Rover, Scion, Toyota, Volkswagen, Volvo, and many others. RDS is a technology that was introduced in the U.S. in 1998 to send digital display information to FM radios.

The smart digital adaptor marketed by Audiovox under its Terk brand connects the in-dash radio to a hideaway XM Direct tuner box. The driver can access all XM functions using a full-feature remote control. The Terk adaptor offers consumers a universal solution for new and used vehicles that do not have factory-installed XM radios. The patent-pending technology provides a "factory-like" XM installation, leaving the dash and existing car stereo head unit intact.

"With the introduction of this new RDS product, Audiovox covers another segment of the satellite radio market. Consumers who want satellite radio, but who don't want the extra hardware on their dashboards that a plug-and-play solution requires, will now be able to purchase this new car stereo solution starting this November," said Tom Malone, Senior Vice President, Sales of Audiovox Corporation.

Consumers can simply use the Terk smart digital adapter (MSRP $69.99) to connect the RDS radio to an XM Direct tuner (MSRP $49.99). The XM Direct tuner is placed behind the dash for a clean, seamless installation. The tuner is available at retailers nationwide. The new Terk adapter for RDS-capable car stereos will be widely available in November.

RDS-capable car stereos connected to the XM Direct tuner will display the XM channel names, artist's name, song title, channel number, and music genre on the existing car stereo's display, similar to factory-installed satellite radio receivers. The user will be able to continue to listen to AM and FM radio stations on the in-dash radio.

"With this new Terk adaptor, you can turn any RDS factory-installed radio into an XM radio," said Dan Murphy, Senior Vice President of Product Marketing and Distribution. "This is great news for anyone who has a new or used vehicle with an RDS radio, and is looking for a simple, seamless way to add XM to their existing system."
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The Audiovox looks like a winner, but I bet the buttons are annoying to use even though they are stylish by forming the XM logo around the knob. I would rather have had ergonimically placed buttons over the style.

The Roady is a big improvment by losing the jog dial, but they really missed an opportunity to add a 3rd line to the display. My guess is they reasoned if they added a 3rd line, nobody would buy the SkyFi2. Delphi has left open the door to get beaten on the technological edge by Sirius's next gen of products.

That Belkin Boombox is embarrassingly ugly. Hopefully they add some style to it because as it is with the monochrome look it is a flop imo. I do like the idea of a permanent handle for that grab and go functionality.

It will be interesting to see what Sirius has up their sleeves for the August 25th previw. They have been uncharacteristically quiet about what they have in store so it should be interesting to be paying attention on that day.

The RDS product, I just don't see that catching on, but I guess it's best to have a product that covers every possible way to connect to catch the most subscribers.

I guess the Samsung that was announced isn't far enough along to show for the Christmas selling season?
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And it CAN'T be all that expensive to improve the display on a RoadyXT. Come on Delphi!
Probably not more than a few extra dollars to add a half height line to the display. Such a display could have easily be used without impacting the ultra compact design. The fact the Delphi bundles the remote with the home kit might suggest the price of the XT isn't likely to stay at $99 for long. I expect the XT will drop to $50 or less after the remaining Roady2 stock is cleared out. It will become the entry level receiver and they will likely sell a ton of them. But, you'll get what you pay for. The Audiovox XPress is obviously a step up and won't see much of a price cut. XM will then have 2 clearly differentiated low end receivers.

While the XPress is the class act of the 2, at $40-50 the XT will attract the price sensitive shopper.
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While the XPress is the class act of the 2, at $40-50 the XT will attract the price sensitive shopper.
If they choose to maintain that price point. At this point I would be more inclined to think they would keep the new XT at $99 MSRP for awhile and keep the older Roady2 as the $50 device. After all you can still purchase the original SkyFi at a discounted price, but the SkyFi2 has held it's price in the 100-120 range for awhile. We all know that Delphi can use the money given their possible bankruptcy. So unless XM subsidizes the radios, which I don't think they would want to, I see no reason why Delphi would reduce the price on a new product to the $50 price point.
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While the XPress is the class act of the 2, at $40-50 the XT will attract the price sensitive shopper.
If they choose to maintain that price point. At this point I would be more inclined to think they would keep the new XT at $99 MSRP for awhile and keep the older Roady2 as the $50 device. After all you can still purchase the original SkyFi at a discounted price, but the SkyFi2 has held it's price in the 100-120 range for awhile. We all know that Delphi can use the money given their possible bankruptcy. So unless XM subsidizes the radios, which I don't think they would want to, I see no reason why Delphi would reduce the price on a new product to the $50 price point.


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I can't believe they'd release that Delphi with that rediculous display. Everything else looks good but haven't they realized by now that the screen layout does make a difference? Very nice units except for the fact that they play XM.
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Looks like Belkin has been making too much iPod stuff. Stuck on the white and rounded plastic a little too much.. eeewwwwwwwwwww....
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If they choose to maintain that price point. At this point I would be more inclined to think they would keep the new XT at $99 MSRP for awhile and keep the older Roady2 as the $50 device.
Read my full post again, that's what I said. The price of the XT will be reduced after the remaining Roady2 stock is cleared out. The manufacturing cost of the XT has been held to a minimum, 2 line display and no included remote. The Roady2 was introduced at $129 and XM/Delphi appears comfortable clearing them out at $49.
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