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When it comes to satellite radio, apparently, the second time is a charm. The first receiver that we reviewed for XM Satellite Radio, the Sony DRN-XM01C, showed us the potential of satellite radio for the home and the car but came with such a limited and clunky feature set that we said no thanks. The Delphi XM SkyFi, however, has beautifully laid-out controls, great functionality, and a reasonable price; plus, it works equally well in the car, at home, or as a portable boombox (depending on which adapter you choose).
Editor's note: We have changed the rating in this review to reflect recent changes in our rating scale. Click here to find out more.Delphi wisely decided to make this satellite receiver a small module that can be augmented with different adapters; car and home adapters run $70 each, while the boombox adapter costs $100. New for 2004 is the $200 CD Audio System, an upgraded boombox that also includes an AM/FM radio and plays audio and MP3 CDs. This means that you can remove the SkyFi from your car to prevent it from being stolen, and that you can also add functionality with other kits. If you really love XM's programming, buying all three peripherals and swapping the pocket-size receiver module among them makes a lot of sense (and one $12.95-per-month subscription covers all three applications).