Top 10 Best Satellite Radio Receivers for Cars
If you want access to satellite radio, these receivers are the best way to take advantage of hundreds of channels in your car.
SiriusXM Onyx Plus Satellite Radio
Not every vehicle’s sound system is created equal, and this is especially true in the world of satellite radio receivers for cars. Satellite radios are quickly changing, and these technological improvements often result in better products. Today, any satellite radio worth its weight should allow you to access your favorite channels at the touch of a button, or even better, a voice command. So, without further ado, let’s make your drive that much more pleasant by taking a look at the best satellite radio receivers.
Editor's Pick: SiriusXM Onyx Plus Satellite Radio
Featuring a fully functional touchscreen interface, SiriusXM Onyx is a solid satellite radio that leads the way in the market. Being highly customizable, various packages depending upon musical taste can be subscribed to.
TuneStart gives users the opportunity to always play songs from their start, a problem other satellite radio receivers have encountered all too often in the past.
Unlike some satellite radios that are simpler in design, the SiriusXM Onyx Plus features a vibrant color interface, giving you the chance to enjoy things like album artwork to the fullest. Content, even live content, can be easily navigated (paused, fast-forwarded, rewound). In fact, the day’s top programs can be replayed altogether.
The Onyx Plus even gives users the opportunity to have alerts sent to them whenever their favorite programs air. Since you can set up the Onyx Plus anywhere (in the car, home, workplace etc.) it gives users some variability in terms of where you receive your satellite radio content. Parents also have the ability to program the device to block certain specified content that they may feel is inappropriate.
Pros/Touchscreen interface, Customize your channels, Free 3 month SiriusXM satellite subscription
Cons/Occasional customer service troubles reported by users
Bottom Line/Editor's Pick for Best Vehicle Satellite Radio Receiver
Pioneer Double DIN Satellite Stereo Receiver
The Pioneer Satellite Stereo Receiver is another well-rounded receiver worth taking a look at. It’s fully Bluetooth functional, making it easy for users to connect their devices and go from there. On top of being capable of picking up satellite radio, it features a CD drive as well as AM/FM channels. There are USB and aux ports conveniently located on the front of the interface, allowing users to connect and charge their phones.
Where this Pioneer receiver really shines is in the variety of content it has the potential to stream and receive. If SiriusXM isn’t your cup of tea, you can always tune in to iHeartRadio on this device, or if that doesn’t meet your standards, Pandora/Spotify can be easily accessed.
The Bluetooth microphone is also said to be incredibly responsive. Users report that minus the exception of some ambient noise, the overall effectiveness of the mic allows them to speak in a normal manner, rather than having to raise their voices to be heard. Keep in mind that this receiver is double DIN in design, and dimensions add up to being 9.4 x 5.9 in.
Pros/Bluetooth friendly, Increases system sound quality
Cons/Navigationally complex for some users
Sony Digital Media Receiver
The Sony Digital Media Receiver is a middle-of-the-road satellite receiver price-wise, but it contains some features worth checking out.
Like the Pioneer Satellite Stereo Receiver previously mentioned, this Sony receiver is Bluetooth capable, making taking important calls on the road safe and legal. What’s also convenient about this device is that it can be controlled through voice commands, ranking it among the safest options for drivers. It also easily syncs relevant information, such as contacts, from your phone so that calls can be easily made via Bluetooth.
The Sony Digital Media Receiver is also one of the most compatible satellite radio receivers for users with iPhones. Easily access Siri, and perform a variety of cellular functions with your voice alone.
Although this Sony receiver cannot be remotely controlled, from say, an iPad app, it is extremely voice-responsive. It also may be controlled by and paired with modern smart steering wheels. It lacks a CD drive, but it does have subwoofer outputs for those seeking to achieve extra bass.
Pros/Fully compatible with Siri, iOS, and Android devices , Built-in, non-external Bluetooth microphone
Cons/Bass adjustment controls seem to be lacking
JVC Car Receiver Satellite Radio
Although slightly on the high end in terms of price, this JVC satellite receiver comes with some extra perks on the side. The stereo’s faceplate is entirely detachable, and it comes with a tuner for SiriusXM systems. It has a USB port on the front of the unit and is both Android and iPhone friendly. It also features wireless connection, so that users can customize programs and music playlists from anywhere in the car.
One of the best aspects of this bundle is the size of the tuner. Due to this, wherever mounted, the tuner has a healthy tendency to remain discreet. It also doesn’t require any additional adapters, making it one of the easier receiver/tuner setups to install. This JVC receiver also allows users to search through 30 minutes of satellite content, going either forwards or backwards. Tunemix and Tunescan features help you get the most out of your channels, with features that allow you to both preview content and sample new or familiar channels.
Pros/Remote pairing for wireless control, 1 year warranty
Cons/Requires separate installation kit