Tuesday, January 3, 2006

XM Satellite Debuts Coin-Sized Mini-Tuner

XM Satellite and Audiovox today unveiled the XM Passport, a tiny, portable tuner that delivers XM Satellite Radio to an expanding portfolio of XM Ready products, including home stereo and home theater systems, DVD players, mini/micro-shelf systems, car radios, clock radios, boomboxes, and the new Samsung NEXUS XMP3 digital audio player.

The XM Passport measures only 1.3 inches wide, 1.65 inches long, 0.44 inches thick. The XM Passport is inserted into a docking station connected to the product, or it is inserted directly into a port offered by the manufacturer.

An XM subscriber can move the XM Passport from one product to another, allowing the subscriber to receive XM Satellite Radio on many devices with only one subscription.

Consumers can purchase an XM Passport for $29.99 (MSRP) and home and car docking stations ($29.99 each) at retailers beginning in spring 2006.

The XM Passport is approximately 40 times smaller than the original trunk mount XM radio tuners introduced just four years ago.


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