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Old 08-25-2005, 12:29 PM   #31
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Also, tack on another $100 smackeroos for the home dock. Pretty pricey for recorded portability.

Granted, if it can record one channel while you are listening to another then who cares?

Great thing about this is you can record howard all morning and listen on the way home. Will it let you FFW through commercials?
Right on...it sounds like this is the perfect "Stern Show" device...listen live when docked and catch-up on pre-recorded stuff when mobile...

The antenna factor still seems to be the issue for true "mobile" reception...someone should start working on a line of Sirius antenna hats which have the antenna concealed and a super-thin wire to plug into your device...

The S50 may not be perfect...but who are we kidding...anyone posting in this forum is likely to own within hours of availability...me included!!
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Old 08-25-2005, 01:21 PM   #32
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Are the earpieces an antenna/earpiece combo or will I be able 2 use my own earphones?
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Old 08-25-2005, 01:43 PM   #33
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Are the earpieces an antenna/earpiece combo or will I be able 2 use my own earphones?
The earbuds are seperate. There is no wearable antenna.
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Old 08-25-2005, 01:45 PM   #34
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I hope they make a headphone antenna unit for this. So when you are outside, you can get live feed!
I think the reason the player is so small is because the actual Sirius chipset is in the dock, not the player. So it'd require some sort of pod, like the Xact.
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Does the 50 hours mean it will slurp up 50 hours of all Sirius streams or just one stream? I don't have the data stream/bits estimates handy so I don't know if this is even plausible with the probable 1GB of storage.

If it IS the whole stream - then that is very very cool - as one could rewind and ff through content across all their channels.

Several articles mention the ability record LIVE FM radio. Again - is this live "undocked" or "docked". AND, is this true Tivo-style time-slip functionality (record / listen simultaneously) or just plain old VCR style record, stop, listen?

This unit is either incredibly cool or incredibly unimpressive depending on the answer to these questions.
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50 hours of recording time and a color screen...I'm truly impressed.

Hopefully the price will come down for the holiday season.
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Does the 50 hours mean it will slurp up 50 hours of all Sirius streams or just one stream? I don't have the data stream/bits estimates handy so I don't know if this is even plausible with the probable 1GB of storage.

If it IS the whole stream - then that is very very cool - as one could rewind and ff through content across all their channels.

Several articles mention the ability record LIVE FM radio. Again - is this live "undocked" or "docked". AND, is this true Tivo-style time-slip functionality (record / listen simultaneously) or just plain old VCR style record, stop, listen?

This unit is either incredibly cool or incredibly unimpressive depending on the answer to these questions.
1. The one your listening to and 3 others.

2. I don't know about the FM radio thing.
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I hope they make a headphone antenna unit for this. So when you are outside, you can get live feed!
I think the reason the player is so small is because the actual Sirius chipset is in the dock, not the player. So it'd require some sort of pod, like the Xact.
Doubt it -- that would mean two separate chips for home and car docks, and two sep subscriptions.
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Yowch. I was excited when I first saw this thing, but I'm actually rather disappointed. $470 for the radio and home dock? Does this device allow you to transfer MP3s or similar files onto the device for portable listening? We see 50 hours of recordability, but not a storage capacity.

I don't think this is an iPod killer, especially with TimeTrax. The 60gb iPod with educational discount is $370; with the discount I'll be getting by buying a new Mac at the same time it comes to $190. The complete TimeTrax Sirius kit is $170, and a copy of GuestPC (x86 emulator for Mac) is $27.99. All together that comes to $388. Maybe it's just the timing that works out for me, but I don't see how this would be a good deal at all.

With the iPod I know the capacity will be 60gb, and I know I can store about 1000 hours of content. I know I'll be able to play the music I want in any order I want and it'll be split up nicely into individual songs. I can combine music from different channels, different eras, different genres a million different ways.

Sorry Sirius, no dice this time.
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Old 08-25-2005, 10:52 PM   #40
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It looks great. I hope they do have them in the stores by October.
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It looks great; however, IMHO, it may be a little to pricey. Ideal price should probably be around $279-$350 for everything. :\

OT: I wonder who SIRI hooked up with...looks like an iAudio style device. With the color screen, is video, wallpaper, et cetera, et cetera, in the works? Kind of makes you wonder.

Also, what does everyone think S50 stands for? My guesses: Stern + 50 hours= S50 or Sirius + 50 hours= S60

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Old 08-26-2005, 11:47 AM   #42
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Awful lot of hoopla for an MP3 player!! I time-shift now with my PNP2, Audio Hijack Pro, and my iPod. The incremental cost to implement it was the shareware software. Plus, I still have all my other audio content on board. This is all show and no go in my book.
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Old 08-26-2005, 11:50 AM   #43
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The S50 is a passive experience. If you want to listen to MP3s, then an iPod is a better choice. If you want to time-shirt SIRIUS' great music, with absolutely no effort or intervention, then the S50 will do that.

It's easy to cast this off as just an MP3 player, but the average American does not have the patience or knowledge to rip the SIRIUS stream, organize their favorite tracks and then upload them to a device.

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Old 08-26-2005, 12:23 PM   #44
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Hey Jeff, can you program it to record a specific show unattended?


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The S50 is a passive experience. If you want to listen to MP3s, then an iPod is a better choice. If you want to time-shirt SIRIUS' great music, with absolutely no effort or intervention, then the S50 will do that.

It's easy to cast this off as just an MP3 player, but the average American does not have the patience or knowledge to rip the SIRIUS stream, organize their favorite tracks and then upload them to a device.

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I don't understand the bashing....It seems like a pretty slick device. WAY too expensive. It's a 1 gig MP3 player with some really advanced functioning. However, it's better than anything out there, as far as I can tell.

If it comes down dramatically in price (300 including home kit and taxes), then I'm in for one.

It does not compete with XM2Go. (Which with the headphone antenna is actually extremely functional). However, it's not meant to do so, I don't think. It is what it is.
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