XM Finally Gets Universal
by, September 18th, 2007 at 05:24 PM (1104 Views)
I've been saying for a while now that the methods involved in connecting an XM tuner to most OEM audio head units and even aftermarket units is far too dumb. Various makers have had special units out, Pioneer and Eclipse are two that I've dealt with, but their solutions were typically costly. Enter Audiovox's universal programmable adapter.
The CNP2000UC is here to make our installing lives easier, as well as giving the aftermarket crowd a better option set. The unit is, all said and done, a USB programmable XM tuner. The programming is simply to allow the tuner's brain to communicate via the various manufacturers head units, OEM and aftermarket. The tuner unit requires the compatible cable for each brand of receiver.
So far on the list are Alpine, Clarion, Eclipse, Jensen, JVC, Kenwood, Panasonic and Sony. Also in small print is a mention to call Pioneer's sales to acquire the proper adapter for that, so an adapter should be available for the popular brand.
The unit should make XM a lot more attractive to a lot of people. While the Roady and SkyFi units are nice for their portability, many people don't want additional, and often easily stolen, equipment hanging off their dash. Considering the negligable additional cost of adding a second receiver to your subscription, I expect the popularity of the unit to be fairly high. Further costs to be mitigated if the XM/Sirius merger is successful, and the subscriber goes with the proposed a la carte plan, which will start at $6.99, a little over half what a present subscription costs.
Street price on the unit is $109.99, with the adapter cable at $19.99.
I may be my own first customer.