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Antex XM3000 Triple Play Receiver

by March 19, 2006
  • Product Name: XM3000 Triple Play Receiver
  • Manufacturer: Antex
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStarhalf-star
  • Value Rating: StarStarStar
  • Review Date: March 19, 2006 19:00
  • MSRP: $ 1999

GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS
Size: 17.75” W x 3.5” H x 12”D
Front Panel

  • Main Display 160x240 graphical LCD, backlit

  • Display indication for all 3 zones

  • Power On/Off button

  • Channel Up/Down buttons (buttons repeat if held down)

  • Category Left/Right buttons

  • Select button

  • Zone button

  • Preset button

  • 0-9 direct entry buttons

  • Infrared receiver eye

RECEIVER UNIT SPECIFICATIONS
RF/System

  • Physical: Single SMA to Antenna

  • Input Frequency: S band

  • Input Level: -65dBm to -20dBm

  • Input Impedance: 50 ohms

  • Demod/ Descrambling: SIRIUS Proprietary

Analog Performance/Connectors

  • Compression: ePAC

  • Conversion: 24 bit D/A

  • Frequency Response: 20 to 20kHz ± 3dB

  • Harmonic Distortion: < 0.02%

  • Output Level: 2VRMS maximum

Rear Connectors

  • RF Input: Female SMA

  • Audio Line Out Connectors: 3 pairs RCA : Left, Right

  • Digital Audio: 3X S/PDIF TOSLink

  • IR: Hard wired IR input via a 3.5mm tip jack connector

  • Data Control Port: DB9 RS232: data rate:19,200 baud, no parity, 8 data bits, 1stop bit.,3 wire (Rx, Tx & Gnd) interface

  • AC input: 3 wire cord

General

  • LNA Supply: 7.5 volts, 250mA

  • Power Input: 85-140VAC, 50-60Hz

  • Certifications: UL, FCC Part 15 Class B

  • Operating Environment: 0-40C, 0-95%

  • Relative Humidity non-condensing

Antenna

  • Input Frequency: Min: 2.32GHz, Max: 2.33GHz

  • LNA Noise: 0.7 dB at 25 °C typical

  • LNA Gain : 42dB typical

  • Operating Temperature: -40°C to +85°C

  • VSWR, Antenna Module Output: 2:1 at Zo = 50 ohms

  • Power Requirements: 5.3-8Vdc

  • Cable Type: RG58U

  • Output Connector Type: SMA female plug

Pros

  • Three zones capable of tuning three different channels
  • Elegant solution for custom installers looking for 3 zones of XM-Radio

Cons

  • Freakin’ expensive
  • No Coaxial out – only TOSLink
  • Substandard remote
  • Difficult to read display

Introduction

When I received word that I would be reviewing the Antex TriplePlay XM-3000 receiver I thought, “WhooHoo! Score, baby!” finally, a chance to play with satellite radio and perhaps convince both of us that the benefits outweighed the costs. Now, the purpose of this review is to evaluate the hardware, not XM radio as a whole… so this is the last I will speak of the service. I’ll leave it up to each of you to decide if the monthly charge is worth the return.

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