Satellite radio can be one of the most functional things you have installed in your car. It works almost wherever you go and offers up a pretty good selection of music and talk radio, depending on your preference. The Edge is a satellite radio unit that can work through a simple do-it-yourself setup, or as an integrated part of your car’s stereo system by ConnectPro technicians.
The Edge is stylish and simple at the same time, thanks to a feature set that offers the basics but doesn’t give you more than you may have seen before. That makes the Edge an ideal option if you’re new to satellite radio and want to get into a one-year subscription on a budget.
Installation isn’t too hard, and shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes to do yourself, though you could also opt to have a ConnectPro rep do it for you. The one that I reviewed was installed that way, and it works really well, though it sometimes pops in and out on roads surrounded by really tall buildings. This doesn’t happen all the time, and it can depend on where you place the antenna (the front or back windshields are the best options).
There are about 130 channels to choose from, and you can assign presets for 10 of them through the corresponding buttons on the unit. You can also pause, rewind and replay content for up to 30 minutes. The screen is a nice size, vibrant and actually displays in colour, which is good for a satellite radio unit. The knob to navigate the channels is a little on the sensitive side because you can scroll through a lot of channels without turning it that much. It just takes a little getting used to, so I wouldn’t chalk that up as a negative trait, although a separate remote would’ve been cool to have.
One good thing about the menu interface is that you can also scroll through categories instead of all the channels. It beats going through over 100 to get what you’re looking for. Having 10 presets helps, but more than likely, you will be navigating the unit’s menus more than a few times.
As far as content goes, this is an XM-branded unit, so you will get XM channels off the bat. Sirius-exclusive ones like the NFL, Howard Stern, Playboy and Martha Stewart aren’t available. It seems weird to called them “exclusive” considering the two companies have already merged in Canada, but that’s how it is. XM and Sirius still use different technologies, so fully merging the two will take some time.
In the meantime, if you’re looking for a Sirius XM unit that doesn’t have much of a learning curve, the Edge is a good one to start with.
With this much entertainment in your car, you might want to drive forever. With over 130 channels of music, sports, news, talk, comedy, and exclusive entertainment, you'll enjoy almost unlimited content. The Edge displays artist name, title, and channel info on the large colour display, and you can pause, rewind, and replay live radio.
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