Originally Posted by danbrew
More questions, if you don't mind. I've got the hots for this thing, but am trying to weigh the pros/cons over my current GPS & XM solution. I have downloaded and read the manuals for the 376c and the GMX30 antenna and still have a few questions.
* If you are using the GMX30, do you also have to use the BNC antenna (the stubby one on back)? I think the answer is yes. Would be cool if the GMX30 would pick up gps data, xm wx, and xm.
* How do you wire audio to the 376c for XM audio output? My 2610 has a very nice pigtail with a female 2.5mm jack. Would be nice if the 376c offered the same, although I think you end up with bare wires when doing a hardwire solution.
* You don't need anything extra to receive XM audio, right? Other than ear buds, or input into an audio system.
* How difficult is it to enter text when searching for data in the city select stuff? I really like the touch screen capability of the 2610 - and am not so crazy about the rocker type spell the address thing. I suppose Garmin thinks the touchscreen may not last that long in a salt water environment?
* How long did the install take? Just curious. What are you using for a mounting solution?
* Darn - back to the proprietary memory. That sucks. Ok, that's a comment more than a question.
The antenna on the 376C as you can see is pretty much the same as on the orig. Nav/SPIII, etc. Much better than on my 2610 and Nav II. BUT, I THINK YOU ARE REFERRING TO THE XM RADIO ANTENNA. It's the 'puck' antenna and seems to work quite well. The antenna output XM radio that is, has a 'firewire' type connector (that little trapezoid) with way more cabe than you may need. Cables always a problem.
The audio output is the standard '3/16" stereo mini-plug' so audio out a breeze.
With regards to the text entry. When I first got my NavII and 2610, was not so hot on touch screen. Now I love it, but the data entry with the 376C is just like old SPIII/Nav so back to that mode. It's just fine and not a big deal.
The install is the usual PITA . . . had to install v6.0 then the upgrade. Probably total time not more than 1/2 hour to 45 minutes, which included a flakey DVD for the 6.0 setup.
With regards to mounting, until I get confidence it's really working to satisfaction, I mounted a RAM mount that's made for the 276C in the convenient (didn't have to drill) holes on the left side of my BMR shelf. Looks kinda goofy with 2 GPS's ...SPIII also.
Nothing extra for XM radio . . . in fact in the car I just have a set of cheap 'non=powered' speakers and sounds ok.
Hope this helps.