06-12-2006, 07:53 AM
Anyone think the XM tuning/navigation sucks? I'd like the option to simply scroll through a list of XM channels (I don't have the navigation system screen, which may offer this option), rather than having to hit the "advance" or "reverse" buttons on the stereo deck and wait for the screen to tell me what kind of channel is playing.
The XM tuning/navigation system sucks so bad it's leading me to decide after only a week that XM is too much of a hassle to keep (especially if I have to pay $10+ a month for a crappy interface). I'd rather use an auxiliary jack and my Dell Axim to listen to multiple gigabytes of music, audio books and podcasts.
It's pretty much the same with NAVI, too. You can't access a complete list to just review it before choosing a channel or category. Using the category mode button will advance you to the first channel in that category and tune to it. The printed XM brochure with the channel listings is really the only option at this point. :paranoid: I keep it in my glove box for reference when I really need it.
You would think for the premium you pay for NAVI you would at least get a better interface with XM (and other aux accessories).
Honda is already re-designing their music link because it doesn't measure up to aftermarket offerings so I'm betting they'll be more attentive to this area in the future. I bet future interfaces will more closely mimic something like an iPod menu.
06-12-2006, 09:08 AM
Once you know your way around XM and set up your presets, all of the extra fluff with menus only serves as a hindrance.
06-12-2006, 09:36 AM
Well what I like about XM online is that I can see what is playing on the other channels, so I don't have to click on the other channel to know I don't want or want to listen to it. I wish it scrolled "What's On" on the XM in the car.
06-12-2006, 10:08 AM
I'd like something more along the lines of how cable TV offers a "guide" feature listing the channels and upcoming programs for the next 2-3 hours. That way, you can quickly scroll through the channels, and can even set your TV/cable box to change the channel automatically when the next show you want to watch starts on another channel. Seamless viewing/listening....