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I've been playing with my dealer installed Sirius radio but must say that the controls seem a bit confusing. For example, I can get it to give me a list of station categories but then when I scroll through the stations, it shows their number, not the same name.

The only instructions I received are those that are included in the main owner's manual. I didn't receive anything separate with the Sirius radio. It explains the operation in some detail but mixes in all the functions together so it's not very clear. Does anyone know if one exists or have a cheat sheet on how to get the most out of the Sirius radio?
 

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NewToNissan said:
I've been playing with my dealer installed Sirius radio but must say that the controls seem a bit confusing. For example, I can get it to give me a list of station categories but then when I scroll through the stations, it shows their number, not the same name.

The only instructions I received are those that are included in the main owner's manual. I didn't receive anything separate with the Sirius radio. It explains the operation in some detail but mixes in all the functions together so it's not very clear. Does anyone know if one exists or have a cheat sheet on how to get the most out of the Sirius radio?
I've got the Sirius system as well and I've got it set up pretty well now on my Mada. When you use the dial or the steering wheel controls it displays what you have selected to display. In other words, it can be changed to display what you want. Press the audio button (right knob on your head unit) repeatedly until it says "Display", then turn the same knob and stop on what you would prefer. I have selected "Name" which is what I think you are looking for. Now when you scroll channels it will temporarily show the number then it will switch to the Name of that particular station (i.e. JazzCafe, SlowJamz, Blues, BackSpin, FoxNews, CNN, ESPN, etc.)

Also if you 'press-and-hold' up on the lower steering wheel control on the left it will scroll through the different Genres then you can use the dial to select the channel that you like within that Group. You can also preset (recommended) the stations just like the radio stations in A, B, or C, up to 18 stations in total (any combo of AM/FM/Sat. Once they are preset, you can use the Mode button to move between A, B, or C, and the lower left control to scroll through the presets (one-touch, NOT press and hold). Hope this helps.
 

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I've got the Sirius system as well and I've got it set up pretty well now on my Mada. When you use the dial or the steering wheel controls it displays what you have selected to display. In other words, it can be changed to display what you want. Press the audio button (right knob on your head unit) repeatedly until it says "Display", then turn the same knob and stop on what you would prefer. I have selected "Name" which is what I think you are looking for. Now when you scroll channels it will temporarily show the number then it will switch to the Name of that particular station (i.e. JazzCafe, SlowJamz, Blues, BackSpin, FoxNews, CNN, ESPN, etc.)

Also if you 'press-and-hold' up on the lower steering wheel control on the left it will scroll through the different Genres then you can use the dial to select the channel that you like within that Group. You can also preset (recommended) the stations just like the radio stations in A, B, or C, up to 18 stations in total (any combo of AM/FM/Sat. Once they are preset, you can use the Mode button to move between A, B, or C, and the lower left control to scroll through the presets (one-touch, NOT press and hold). Hope this helps.
Thanks for the response. After playing around with it for a while, I think I discovered many of the things you mentioned. In my previous vehicle, I had a stand alone Sirius receiver and while I hated the fact that it was a separate unit, I do already miss some of the funcitons. It seems like in the Armada unit, you have to switch back and forth a lot to see all the information on a category or music stream while the stand alone units displayed all that information at once. Kind of shame, really, considering the size of screen Nissan has to work with. I also miss the memory function where I could store my favorite songs and it would alert me when they came on one of the streams.

It seems that while Sirius and XM and now finally becoming options in many cars, auto makers still haven't exploited the technology. I think Acura leads the pack there with the integrated XM, navigation and traffic although they don't display the XM information well either.

Oh well, I'm happy enough. Maybe the next car will exploit more of the Sirius features and have things like integrated traffic reports with the Navigation system and maybe it will finally have Bluetooth as well. Car makers are SO slow!
 

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Maybe its me, but I hate the Armada stereo controls all together. So the less integrating the better. The "scan" function is insane. It stops on static & release too quick & it goes to preset...aargh! F-that.

So I got the Sirius Sportster unit nicely hardwired (+PIE booster) & mounted on my vent next to the wheel for less than factory. The Sportster has all the cool preview functions. You can even preview while your listening to radio, CD or Ipod. Then click over.

Then I only use the Armada volume control...ahhh.

Now I'll just unplug it & use for my commuter car setup.
 
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