Sirius Conductor: satellite radio at your fingertips

Most satellite radio tuners come with remote controls, but the Sirius Conductor, hitting stores this November, would be better described as a remote command center. It wisely shares the same operational philosophy as the Sonos and Logitech wireless music systems: putting the tuner's display right in your hand so you don't have to squint across the room to see song and artist information, or when you want to browse channels. Actually, you don't even have to be in the same room as your tuner (shown on the right), since the Conductor transmits commands through walls via the RF (radio frequency) band, though it also does infrared (IR) when you want it to.

You can control your whole home theater from the Conductor; it's a 6-in-1 universal model and the package includes an IR blaster for relaying commands to your other gear. And with a separate SiriusConnect tuner, you can stream two different Sirius channels to two different rooms, although that would mean you'd need another subscription as well. If you already subscribe to Sirius and have a multiroom system (and you didn't feel like shelling out two grand for Antex's SRX-3 triple-zone Sirius tuner), this is perfect for you. And if you don't, the Conductor is an easy, affordable ($150) way to get into Sirius, and by putting the display on the remote, it's leaps and bounds better than most plug-and-play tuners. That is, until you lose it in the couch cushions.

CNet, via Engadget