2011 Honda Odyssey Touring: Slow Satellite Radio Tuning Video
August 03, 2011
This is what happens when you try to jump a bunch of XM stations using the tuning knob on the Odyssey. It's a little slow.
Here you can see that I'm starting somewhere in the 70s and trying to get the channel 22 -- Pearl Jam Radio (the only satellite radio worth listening to). Turning the knob slowly will, with glacial progress, click off one station at a time and display the station number with each click. But you'll need to divert attention to the radio for minutes to cross the chasm between channel 79 and channel 22.
Attempts to blast through 20 to 30 stations at a time with rapid knob spinning doesn't really work, either. As you can see in the video, progress is limited to only a few stations at a time.
I'd love to blame this on XM, but I've tuned in real time in too many other satellite-radio-equipped cars to do that. This, it seems, is a Honda thing. Certainly presetting the stations would help, but presets are always a personal choice so I'm a manual tuner quite often. Also, there's the category button, which is great if you have the order of the categories memorized. Otherwise, just be patient.
Reception, however, is quite good -- no cutting out under overpasses as happens in some hyper-sensitive cars.
Josh Jacquot, Senior editor