Very recently , I brought home a World-Space satellite Radio . And for that I had to shell out Rs 2000 for the model Diva and a three-month silver subscription . It is a nice machine with many features that the normal radio can’t offer .
This radio works on the beams transmitted by the Asia-Star and Afri-Star satellites which covers about 80% of the whole of our planet . Offering over 40 channels with crystal clear voice this radio is worth its cost .The songs that this radio plays are full (unlike FM) and and ads free (again unlike FM) . So you can enjoy each and every moment when this radio is on .
But this radio has serious disadvantages too . First of all this radio recieves the signal only when it is facing any of the two satellites directly . No obstacles in between (except the clouds , of course ) . Even if you place your hands in between , the music stops . So the antenna has always to be outside the home . But this isn’t of much worry as the antenna supplied with it is weather-proof .
And second flaw is that this radio requires a subscription which is sky high i.e. Rs 1100 for one year for silver subscription and Rs 2700 more for the Gold one . Without this this radio transmits absolutely rubbish channels which are of no use .
Thirdly , it does not support 5.1 channel sound . So , you have to be satisfied with the 2.1 channel sound like I am :-)
Otherwise , it is a sexy master-piece .