- Aug 7, 2011
All of this information is really helpful. I'm thinking of maybe going toward getting this radio. I will definitely look into about the lifetime subscriber transfer and glad to know this radio should be potential for doing that. If anyone got this, I would love to hear what people think about it as well. Again thanks so much for the responses about this. Also this might be a dumb question but does SiriusXM 2.0 mean something specific?
SiriusXM 2.0 was an enhanced modulation to increase channel capacity on newer radios- Here are the details:
SiriusXM Introduces SiriusXM 2.0 with New Music, Sports and Entertainment Channels, Including SiriusXM Latino
New programming available now online and over satellite to new SiriusXM Edge radios Additional programming includes new commercial-free music channels, and sports and comedy channels, such as channels produced with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, ESPN SportsCenter, George Carlin and Upright...
Here is my personal opinion of the Tour:
I presently have the Onyx plus and the Sound station radio with a lifetime plan including streaming (Best $399 I spent
I decided to test drive the Tour radio over the holiday weekend to coincide with the free preview period till 7/5, so I could try the radio out and there was no disruption or complications with my existing radio/setup- In the event I was returning the radio.
So here goes my 1st hand opinion of this radio.
1st off I really like the Onyx plus with its ease and features, and wanted to see if I would be missing anything by not having the Tour instead.
I tested at home so I could try SAT and recognized my WiFi connection to see how it worked with some of the streaming channels (Which were in free preview mode so I was able to test it’s functionality)
I gave it a fair test run and some of the features just did not work:
When you power on the unit it does take much longer than other radios- The backgrounds are different from the Onyx plus as well.
The album art was never displayed, (Unlike the Onyx plus, there is no option to turn the Display on or off,. It is supposed to appear if there is artwork, it never did.)
The other feature I wanted to test was the voice control, I tested it at home with the existing Home dock from the Onyx plus and it never switched to the requested channel when I used the Voice option, kept on receiving error message saying unable to recognize, try again later.
The other functionality performed as expected, Once you understand how the functions work it’s pretty easy to figure it out.
I did like that you can hide channels without creating a lock, The Alerts are 50 total, the favorites are 18 (So a little less than the Onyx Plus which are 100 and 20), and the size of the unit is bigger that the current series of plug and plays.
The convenience of having all the channels (SAT, Internet, Pandora, On Demand, and Xtra channels) Is nice as a plug and play radio- but at home you will need SAT and Wifi, and in the car you will need SAT and a hot spot via your smartphone so all the non Sat channels/options can be used.
The Tour remote will be included as part of the home kit
I don’t think personally in the car I would use all the functionality, So I sent the unit back and remained with my existing Onyx plus.- Sometimes less is more and I appreciate what the Onyx plus does.
(I Just wanted to give a little feedback for those who my have been on the fence about trying the Tour out and provide some details on it’s functionality, and see if it's a radio I would use)