updated 09:50 am EDT, Mon June 18, 2007
XM XpressEZ and XpressR
Bringing its satellite radio technology to new territory, XM on Monday launched a pair of receivers for cars and homes with their own distinctive features. The Audiovox-produced XpressR is the first satellite radio from any provider to bring split-screen controls: listeners can keep track of the current station while also viewing the listings for other stations in the menu, letting them either choose the station they really want or else backtrack to their current station if a favorite song begins to play. A half-hour memory buffer also helps replay missed segments, while 30 presets keep favorite channels ready for future occasions.
In turn, the XpressEZ is one of the lowest-cost satellite radios to date and focuses only on essentials to make the technology affordable: a three-line display provides track data and memory holds 10 presets for later access.
Both of the Xpress series tuners should be shipping now at prices of $130 for the XpressR and $70 for the EZ before adding the cost of an XM subscription.