Back to SatRad with an Edge!

MikeV

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After leaving XM what seems like many years ago (It was really only like 4), then joining Sirius for a year while I owned a Jeep with it pre-installed (that has since been traded), I have purchased a new satellite radio receiver today. A "Grand Re-opening" of a remodeled nearby Best Buy (complete with a free $10 gift card), combined with some Reward Zone certificates to help pay for it and the desire to get back into SXM NASCAR Radio, were the incentive to get me back into the service.

After doing some quick looking - but no real research - I went with the SiriusXM Edge. I'm very happy to see that this is one of the new "2.0" receivers, capable of receiving signals from both Sirius' and XM's broadcast systems.

As I was expecting, the audio compression for the music channels is deadly on my ears. All I can do, though, is wait it out while the new receivers slowly make their rounds and more and more people get them. Maybe they'll start eliminating duplicate content between the two systems as more subscribers get these receivers, freeing up bandwidth to improve audio quality!

But I'm back in the Satellite Radio game... listening at home via my Sonos players, and on the road with my SiriusXM Edge!
 
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SIRIUSaboutXM

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After leaving XM what seems like many years ago (It was really only like 4), then joining Sirius for a year while I owned a Jeep with it pre-installed (that has since been traded), I have purchased a new satellite radio receiver today. A "Grand Re-opening" of a remodeled nearby Best Buy (complete with a free $10 gift card), combined with some Reward Zone certificates to help pay for it and the desire to get back into SXM NASCAR Radio, were the incentive to get me back into the service.

After doing some quick looking - but no real research - I went with the SiriusXM Edge. I'm very happy to see that this is one of the new "2.0" receivers, capable of receiving signals from both Sirius' and XM's broadcast systems.

As I was expecting, the audio compression for the music channels is deadly on my ears. All I can do, though, is wait it out while the new receivers slowly make their rounds and more and more people get them. Maybe they'll start eliminating duplicate content between the two systems as more subscribers get these receivers, freeing up bandwidth to improve audio quality!

But I'm back in the Satellite Radio game... listening at home via my Sonos players, and on the road with my SiriusXM Edge!
The Edge is actually not a 2.0 radio it does pick up those channels that are called Xtra channels. Xtra Channels - SiriusXM Radio . The 2.0 service is very misunderstood due to SXM not fully explaining it.

The 2.0 service applies to Internet radio, smartphone apps, some new car tuners & the Lynx being able to Tune Start, time shift up to 5 hours on most channels with Start Now, Download certain shows & utilize the On Demand Library. Just thought I would try to clear that up for you.
 

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The Edge is actually not a 2.0 radio it does pick up those channels that are called Xtra channels. Xtra Channels - SiriusXM Radio . The 2.0 service is very misunderstood due to SXM not fully explaining it.

The 2.0 service applies to Internet radio, smartphone apps, some new car tuners & the Lynx being able to Tune Start, time shift up to 5 hours on most channels with Start Now, Download certain shows & utilize the On Demand Library. Just thought I would try to clear that up for you.

I am pretty sure I have heard the Edge being promoted as a 2.0 radio. Agreed it does not have the advanced functions but the extra channels do make it 2.0.

I see now they refer to neither as 2.0. One is labeled 'extra channels', the other 'on demand'. Better than the 2.0 version number IMHO.
 

SIRIUSaboutXM

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You heard wrong- You and many others get confused by this:
Enjoy SiriusXM Xtra Channels - 20+ channels of additional music, sports, entertainment and SiriusXM Latino, a collection of dedicated Spanish language channels*
Nowhere on The Edge's product page does it mention 2.0 SiriusXM - Shop - SiriusXM Edge with Vehicle Kit

Once again, the Lynx is the only 2.0 radio and it doesn't appear SXM will be offering any other in the near future. The Xtra channels, not extra, are not considered 2.0
 

IdRatherBeSkiing

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You heard wrong- You and many others get confused by this:

Nowhere on The Edge's product page does it mention 2.0 SiriusXM - Shop - SiriusXM Edge with Vehicle Kit

Once again, the Lynx is the only 2.0 radio and it doesn't appear SXM will be offering any other in the near future. The Xtra channels, not extra, are not considered 2.0

Show me on SXM page where they say 2.0 for the Lynx. They have removed the 2.0 from even the Lynx. 2.0 no longer exists. They say it has On Demand.
 

SIRIUSaboutXM

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Glad you like them.

Luna is the only 2.0 channel I really like. Viva is ok. I used to enjoy Party Mega Mix before it was dropped. It would be nice if they brought it back limited time for New Years or a few hours on another channel.
Agreed- I still don't understand how they made these channels sound so much better than other Sat channels

Article from CNET last year:

SiriusXM's Lynx radio is coming just in time for the holidays, according to CE Outlook. In a call with analysts, Sirius XM CEO Mel Karmazin confirmed that the Lynx 2.0 radio will ship by the end of the year.
The Android-based radio is satellite 2.0-compatible and will be able to access the 30 new channels that SiriusXM debuted last month, and should be able to access the on-demand programming that launches next year. Priced at $249, the plug-and-play device will also be able to receive satellite channels over WiFi and stream music over a Bluetooth connection to home stereos.
 

SIRIUSaboutXM

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Whatever dude- you remind me of what my father used to say to me when I was little: You'd argue with a brick wall if you could! :banghead:
 

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Guys, I think you both are right. At the time, the lynx and edge were released and considered "2.0 compatible" because at the time, the only thing that was different was the xtra channels. We did not have any other new features really. So, the edge was branded as '2.0 capable' by us and others on the net, since at the time 2.0 and xtra channels were synonymous. SXM has stopped using 2.0 in their marketing really, and with the lack of new radios, it's hard to say whether or not they will pick this '2.0' term back up to market new radios/services. I know at some conference calls or end of quarter calls, SXM still referred to '2.0' service, but not sure how far back that dates.