I saw the XM XPRESS RC today. That is a damn nice looking radio! Far better display than on the Sportster 5.
Yes unless you are just partial to Sirius that is what I'd get. I love my XpressRC. Heck I got rid of an Inno for this baby. Beautiful display, preset buttons, replay feature, automatica updating wallpaper and channel icons and you can save up to 10 songs for anytime playback in the memory! It's a great setup!
But out of the ones you intitially mentioned I'd go the Starmate 5.
NPR talk and Now are generally very similar. Glad to see it's on XM, will make my choice easier. As long as I have NPR, 100/101 and a few political talk channels, I'm happy.
I am of the opinon that American Right and America Left on XM are better than the left and right channels on Sirius. Plus you also have Air America on XM.
For me going with XM over Sirius was a no brainer not only programming wise, but because I could get the Best of Sirius and the XpressRC
Yea, I'm looking at XM with best of Sirius and it's only $175/year. I think I was paying $160 for Sirius. Given that and the absolute awesomeness that is the XPRESS RC, I think that's what I'm going to get. The XPRESS is pretty much the same price as the Sportster 5 and looks a hell of a lot better.
Wow... I just found it for $99 and it's only $15 for 2-day shipping:
XM Satellite Radio at MyRadioStore - XM Radio Receivers - Delphi XpressRC Receiver & Car Kit
You might want to wait a month... Isn't that when the new line of SiriusXM dual-chip radios come out? Might as well get the latest and greatest, but that's just me...