- Sep 8, 2003
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Tuner Module Provides Simpler Connection
XM Satellite Radio formally introduced XM Direct, an ultra-compact XM tuner module for car stereos.
XM Direct is a universal tuner that can be connected to any satellite radio-ready car stereo with smart digital adaptors developed and distributed by third-party companies. The third-party adaptors connect the XM Direct to the in-dash stereo system so drivers can tune into XM Radio using their existing stereo controls.
The companies Blitzsafe and Terk Technologies are currently developing a variety of smart digital adaptors for XM Direct. Blitzsafe has developed and shipped the first adaptor for 2003 and 2004 BMW and Mini vehicles. Consumers will be able to purchase XM Direct from participating BMW and Mini dealers for $299 plus installation.
Blitzsafe is working with Alpine to develop an adaptor for its aftermarket car stereos available early next year.
Terk plans to introduce adaptors for other applications in January at the 2004 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Jan. 8-11. All of these adaptors for XM Direct will connect the tuner to the manufacturers' equipment and provide seamless operation and digital sound quality.