Delphi's Roady2 XM radio receiver comes with everything you need for car use, so--unlike most competing models--you won't need to shell out for a separate car adapter. More notable, however, is the Roady2's positively elfin size: weighing just 3.4 ounces with dimensions of 2.4 by 3.9 by 0.7 inches (HWD), the Roady2 is the smallest satellite receiver around. The included car accessories are a cigarette lighter adapter, an extrasmall antenna, a cassette adapter, and a built-in FM transmitter. If you want to bring it in the house, buy the optional home adapter kit or something like the Cambridge SoundWorks PlayDock XM, which we used to test the Roady2.
Like any XM receiver, the Roady2 requires a subscription to XM's service, which runs $12.95 per month. You can't share XM subscriptions between components, which is why Delphi designed the Roady2 to be transportable between the car and home. For more information on XM service, check out our quick guide to satellite radio.
The receiver's compactness forced the designers to get creative with the controls, skipping the usual tuning dial and instead adding a tuning wheel on the top-right side of the player, not on the front. We spun it to scroll through lists and pressed it to make selections. We like the idea but found it awkward to use; something on the front of the receiver would have been easier. The rest of the controls are more typical, with a power button on the top left; display, memory, menu, preset, and category buttons along the top; and numbered channel-input buttons along the bottom. Unlike many satellite radio receivers that come with a remote, the Roady2's costs extra: $19.99.
The Roady2 has an interesting mix of features. It comes with three colored faceplates and seven backlit display colors, for your artistic side, and the ability to track 20 stocks, for your business side. (Entering stocks is easy, but you'll need to know their NYSE, Nasdaq, or AMEX symbols.) When a song is playing, you can either save its information in the 20-song memory or put it on your 20-song TuneSelect list so that you're notified when it plays on any XM channel. That's handy, but combining the two memory systems, as thedoes, would make it easier to use.
Although the Roady2 lets you save 30 favorite channels--10 each in three preset directories--you can't scroll through the songs they're playing, as you can with other players, such as the. You can scroll through only the standard XM channel categories.