I just spent a day bloodying and stressing myself to the breaking point while trying to get an XM Direct kit installed with my Alpine head unit. After four phone calls to Crutchfield I finally determined that it can't be done with a CDA-9847 despite the fact that they said it would work. So the whole freaking thing is going back and I'm starting with nothing but a big hole in my dash. I need a new sat-ready head unit and I'll be damned if it's going to be another Alpine. (Before you say anything this is a confirmed problem...not just me, not just a fluke.)
Any suggestions for a good sat-ready head unit in the $200-300 range? I had a Pioneer that I liked once upon a time but it's been a while. Also heard some good things about Kenwood but no first-hand experience. This is definitely the wrong message board but at least I'll get intelligent responses vs. the ricer forums. Thoughts?