Clarion Sirius SIRPNP
XM has the lead in the satellite radio race, but Sirius is doing a good job of playing catch-up. While there are more receivers on the market for enjoying XM radio, we're beginning to see a strong variety of products for competitor Sirius. This one comes from Clarion, and it's a sleek plug-and-play unit that works with both home and car adapters. While it's similar to other plug-and-play units already out, it stands apart with a few innovations.
The Clarion's design, though, is certainly not innovative. For some reason, theset the standard for what satellite receivers should look like, and followers have varied in only the slightest ways (a few shifted buttons here and there). The Clarion is a nicely compact unit, though, a bit smaller than the SkyFi and noticeably smaller than the . We wish the Clarion had the Audiovox's jumbo screen, however; its cramped LCD is the unit's only failing. Clarion includes a well-designed remote.
Like other plug-and-play units, the SIRPNP can be used in either the home or the car and requires a dock to work in either place. Unlike models such as SIRHM for the home and the SIRCR for the car, online for around $50., Clarion charges extra for the car dock. We found compatible docks, including the
The Clarion offers all the features a satellite radio fan would expect, and a few new ones as well. We like that the receiver has 30 spots for station presets (divided into three bands with 10 presets in each), which is more than most of its competitors. Like other receivers, it easily lets you browse channels or categories and save the artist and title information of your favorite songs as memos.
We love the unique notification system, which lets you know whenever one of your memory songs is being played on any of Sirius's stations. Sure, it's not as strong as the notifications of the now-defunct, but that receiver has the benefit of a PC interface. This is a great tool in a plug-and-play unit.