Samsung Helix XM Satellite Radio Receiver - YXM1Z

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Ease of Use
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Performance

Purchased the Helix XM radio along with the car kit several weeks ago and have had some time now to play around with it. Overall works pretty well, the price after rebate at the time was very cheap. Reception: I get a great signal with the Home Dock and the car kit/dock (external antenna). Have not used it in standalone mode for live XM except for one time indoors and it could not get a reliable signal...not surprised. The FM transmitter is a bit weak even with gain set to max..it doesn't drift or have static but there is some quality/range loss. For best sound use the line-out into a better modulator or to a direct line-in on your head unit. Acceptable though when the only alternative is BAD FM channels. Battery life: Battery is quick to charge and plays for a long time. I had an issue however with battery drain when off (it would go dead overnight)...so I updated the firmware to version 1.30 and now performance is much better (they claim 11 days in off mode now) Sound quality: Decent when listening to XM (I'd put it at ~92kb MP3 quality), very good with high bitrate WMA or MP3. LOUD volume capability. Earbuds are so-so. Features: Love the programmable record capability, I can grab special programs and various mixes of songs overnight at home, then toss it in my bag and listen in the office, have discovered lots of new artists. Nice file organization system. Form factor is good, looks/feels/performs high quality. Value: After rebate, the player is a great deal (although I see the price has gone up recently). Car kit is a ripoff though, but it's required to activate the internal FM transmitter and to access the line-out signal. This is a second radio in our house so the XM plan is just $6.99/month.

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The Helix works great, the reception is awesome walking around outside or in the car, but inside you pretty much get no reception (unless you use the home dock) but thats when I switch over to my recorded music. I haven't had a problem with the battery life at all, and its very easy to navigate. I would absolutely suggest getting one.

-Pblock03@Hotmail.com quote

Nice radio/player

on 2/13/2007

Purchased the Helix XM radio along with the car kit several weeks ago and have had some time now to play around with it. Overall works pretty well, the price after rebate at the time was very cheap. Reception: I get a great signal with the Home Dock and the car kit/dock (external antenna). Have not used it in standalone mode for live XM except for one time indoors and it could not get a reliable signal...not surprised. The FM transmitter is a bit weak even with gain set to max..it doesn't drift or have static but there is some quality/range loss. For best sound use the line-out into a better modulator or to a direct line-in on your head unit. Acceptable though when the only alternative is BAD FM channels. Battery life: Battery is quick to charge and plays for a long time. I had an issue however with battery drain when off (it would go dead overnight)...so I updated the firmware to version 1.30 and now performance is much better (they claim 11 days in off mode now) Sound quality: Decent when listening to XM (I'd put it at ~92kb MP3 quality), very good with high bitrate WMA or MP3. LOUD volume capability. Earbuds are so-so. Features: Love the programmable record capability, I can grab special programs and various mixes of songs overnight at home, then toss it in my bag and listen in the office, have discovered lots of new artists. Nice file organization system. Form factor is good, looks/feels/performs high quality. Value: After rebate, the player is a great deal (although I see the price has gone up recently). Car kit is a ripoff though, but it's required to activate the internal FM transmitter and to access the line-out signal. This is a second radio in our house so the XM plan is just $6.99/month. Read More

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Very cool

by Pblock03@Hotmail.com on 3/5/2007

The Helix works great, the reception is awesome walking around outside or in the car, but inside you pretty much get no reception (unless you use the home dock) but thats when I switch over to my recorded music. I haven't had a problem with the battery life at all, and its very easy to navigate. I would absolutely suggest getting one. Read More

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Product Overview

Helix XM Satellite Radio and MP3 Player in one!

The Helix satellite radio player offers the full capabilities of XM satellite radio and MP3 music, the two most popular forms of digital audio entertainment introduced over the past 20 years. You now have a converged solution that offers XM Satellite Radio's 170 channels of commercial-free music and premier sports, news, and talk radio, and the ability to store and play your MP3 collection, all on one portable Samsung device. The Helix will allow you to be totally mobile while enjoying XM programming live. The color screen allows for enhanced viewing of stock quotes and sport scores. This is the ultimate digital experience.

Specifications

Manufacturer Samsung
Mfg Part# YXM1Z
SKU 202778308
UPC 036725601376
UPC 14 00036725601376
Features
Receives live XM content in any environment; car, home, or on-the-go
1GB Flash memory storage for XM content, MP3, WMA, and JPEG files
Full color LCD with JPEG picture viewer
Memory buffer for "catching" the beginning of a song for playback at a later time
Ability to create unique playlists with a mix of XM content and personal music collection
XM and Napster feature allows users to bookmark songs heard on XM, then connect to a PC to purchase tracks instantly from Napster
Customizable sports and stock tickers
Stores XM content by song, channel, or by scheduled session
2 3/16" W x 3 11/16" H x 5/8" D
Includes rechargeable battery, earbuds, remote, home dock, home antenna, AC adapter, USB and RCA cables, and carrying case
Tech Specs
Battery Type Rechargeable -
Interfaces/Ports USB 2.0
Display 5 Line - TFT LCD
Product Type Satellite Radio
Product Name Helix XM Satellite Radio Receiver
Manufacturer Part Number YX-M1Z
Brand Name Samsung
Manufacturer Samsung
Manufacturer Website Address www.samsungusa.com
Product Model Helix
Additional Information Create unique playlists with a mix of XM content and personal music collection without PC 1 GB Flash Memory Up to 50 hours of XM programming in memory 1.7" TFT color display Supports MP3/WMA files from your personal collection
Package Contents Helix XM Satellite Radio Receiver Home cradle with XM antenna
Dimensions 8.31" Height x 9.84" Width x 2.60" Width
Weight 2.39 lb
Channels 170 XM
Built-in Devices MP3 Player
Standard Warranty 1 Year
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