Pros:Nice size, great portability with car kits, easy to manage remote control.
Cons:Runs hot, dies young.
The Bottom Line: Stay away from this receiver. For the money you can certainly find a more stable and reliable piece of equipment.
...away from this receiver. I got one for Father's Day along with the CD boombox. Worked fine but as others have said, it ran a little hot. No big deal. I installed a car kit in each of 2 cars to move it back and forth.
About 6 months go by and all of a sudden the thing starts intermittently rebooting itself. Then it stopped receiving any audio, even though the display indicated that it was tuned in. After a few days of tracking paperwork and owner's manuals and eventually winding up on xAct's website I packed up the offending receiver and shipped it off to Georgia.
THree weeks later I get a letter in the mail telling me that they can't replace the receiver because it was incompletely returned. I call them up and am told that I needed to include the remote. "But the remote works fine!" "We replace the whole thing, so we need the remote. Either you can ship it out or we can send you another one for $xx.xx."
Well, it's been almost a month without my (paid subscription) satellite, so I cough up the $$ for a new remote. The replacement comes back and works fine - for about 2 weeks. This one starts going into an "acquiring signal" loop where it won't bring in any stations. Once more I go through the customer service routine - yes, the antenna is hooked up. Yes, it's happening where I know there is a good signal. It's happening with 2 diffrent cars and the boombox. FInally they tell me to ship it on back, now I'm really a little upset. After explaining that it's costing me a month's service plus shipping every time I need to return the darn thing they finally decide they will send out a prepaid label. So, once more the receiver is returned (at least I was smart enough to send the remote this time).
I have been running #3 for 5 months now with no failures - yet. Be assured however that should #3 die like #1 and #2 did, the replacement will certainly not be anything made by xAct.
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