updated 04:50 pm EDT, Wed August 26, 2009
Sirius XM Stratus 6 onyX
At the same event that launched the XM SkyDock, satellite radio provider Sirius XM today updated its hardware for the fall with three of new radios, a boombox and a tuner. The Sirius-oriented Stratus 6 as well as XM's onyX and Xpress RCi both add a new feature known as PowerConnect that simplifies reception by using the FM radio's antenna, rather than separate wiring, to get a good signal. All three can store 10 presets, while the Stratus 6 and onyX get traffic and weather updates for up to 20 cities and have connectors to use them outside of the car.
The three ship in the fall but, despite similarities, will have slightly different prices of $70 for the Stratus 6 and $80 for the onyX; the Xpress RCi's price isn't yet available. Any can subscribe to a "Best of" package for the other's network, but only the Stratus 6 can support a la carte channel subscriptions.
A pair of teasers have also surfaced for new Sirius-specific home audio equipment. The Sirius TTR1 will be Sirius XM's first clock radio and will pack a relatively large stereo speaker system, tuner and antenna alongside an alarm clock. Most features are still vague, but 10 presets and a low-light optimized monochrome display are self-evident on the system. It should ship in the fall for $150.
Lastly, a dedicated satellite radio tuner for home theaters should come in the fomr of the Sirius SH-H2000. Again, few details are available other than button presets and a monochrome display. A number of home audio receivers from Denon, Pioneer, Onkyo, Sony and Yamaha releasing this fall should also have satellite radio tuners built-in. [some images via Orbitcast]
Sirius Stratus 6, XM onyX, XM Xpress RCi