I need a simple Sirius XM radio set-up that doesn't create clutter
December 3, 2013 10:45 AM Subscribe
For Christmas, I want to get my mom some sort of Sirius XM radio set-up for her kitchen/house. My options as I see it are 1) finding an elusive under-the-cabinet radio 2) finding a way to get a radio that won't be in the way 3) or getting a sound system or something. I need some help. Details on my mom and what I am looking for below. Thanks in advance!
posted by peachpie to Technology (20 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
So I want to get my mom an XM radio set-up and she's pretty clueless about technology so I think I want to get her exactly what she gets in her car, which is XM satellite radio. To get this out of the way, I don't think internet radio with Bluetooth or anything like that is what I want.
My first thought was an under-the-cabinet kitchen radio with XM -- but do these not exist? I cannot find one. Amazon has one designed for RVs that doesn't work in a house. Ideally, I'd want an under-the-cabinet radio with XM, FM/AM, a CD player and maybe even a USB port. They make them for cars so I'm not sure why they couldn't exist for homes. She has an under-the-cabinet radio and CD player from the 90s I thought I could replace.
If that doesn't exist or is impossible, what would be a clean setup that won't create clutter but will give her XM? I think the kitchen is the best spot, but I don't want to take up counter space. My mom hates clutter and it's a relatively modest kitchen without a ton of counter space anyway. I don't think she needs another thing she has to leave out on the counter. What should I do?
Another thing to mention is my mom expressed interest in those small wireless speakers that seem popular nowadays as a way to fill the house with music. I think she'd like to have guests and entertain and be able to put the speakers in the living room and dining room (which are both right off the kitchen in a small house). So if I could get an XM radio that will be able to work with some wireless speakers, that would be great.
And lastly, the only other option I could think of was installing a sound system. Then the radio would be in the wall somewhere or out of the way. But tell me, getting something like that done would be crazy expensive, right?