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Old 12-28-2004, 10:49 PM   #1
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After being a proud Sirius stock owner for the past 6 months, I decided I might as well put some of the money I gained back into the company. After some reading here and hands on playing at Circuit City, Tweeter, and Best Buy I decided on the new JVC over the Sportster. The decision was made because of the clarity of the screen and reviews about how it didn't run as hot as the Sportster. Now, I have a few questions.
I recently (12-28) bought the JVC from Sirius Direct. My question lies in the rebate. It states that the radio must be activated by the 31st. I had the radio sent UPS ground and am betting it won't get here till after the new year. Would I still be eligable for the rebate? At my Sirius home, under my "Service Plan Information" the activation date says 12-28. Is this what they go buy for the rebate?
My second question concerns the home kit for the JVC. Do I have to use the RCA cables or can I use the FM modulator on a home stereo? Next, would I be able to use the home kit on a boom box that doesn't have a digital station search (it uses the knob to change stations) nor RCA in's.
I appreciate any responses and have found this site to be a big help making my decision. It was also nice to see there isn't a whole lot of garbage talk here. Thanks in advance!
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Old 12-28-2004, 10:52 PM   #2
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Welcome to SBS.

You could always call Sirius CS and let them know that you want to make sure that your radio was activated 12/28.

I am not sure about your other questions, but I am sure someone knows.

again, welcome.
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My second question concerns the home kit for the JVC. Do I have to use the RCA cables or can I use the FM modulator on a home stereo? Next, would I be able to use the home kit on a boom box that doesn't have a digital station search (it uses the knob to change stations) nor RCA in's.
Sure, you could the Built-in FM Modulator. I don't know if you could hardwire it, however, it depends on if they make converters for standard aftermarket car radio antenna plugs to home stereo antenna plugs, in both directions. You CAN just run a wire from the FM Out and splice it to your FM Antenna for a signal boost.

As for analog tuning, you can tune into the Sirius Signal like you would any other FM Station, whether it's digital station search or not doesn't matter - I don't think - perhaps the Sirius Signal is harder to grab, but I don't think so, never been down that road.

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Old 12-29-2004, 12:54 AM   #4
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So, if I buy the home kit and plugged the JVC into my home stereo using the mini to RCA patch cable, and decided I wanted to take it to work, where they have a crappy little boom box without RCA inputs, I could just unplug the patch cable from the home cradle, take the cradle, PNP, AC power adapter, and antenna with me to work and use the built in wireless FM modulator? This would in sense allow me to leave the RCA to mini patch cable connected to my home stereo so I don't have to go behind it and disconnect and reconnect if I decide to listen to Sirius at work.
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So, if I buy the home kit and plugged the JVC into my home stereo using the mini to RCA patch cable, and decided I wanted to take it to work, where they have a crappy little boom box without RCA inputs, I could just unplug the patch cable from the home cradle, take the cradle, PNP, AC power adapter, and antenna with me to work and use the built in wireless FM modulator? This would in sense allow me to leave the RCA to mini patch cable connected to my home stereo so I don't have to go behind it and disconnect and reconnect if I decide to listen to Sirius at work.
exactly. but all that movement isnt going to make ur antenna last very long. They really are not designed to be unplugged/plugged in all the time and all that movement on the antenna is going to cause a failure fairly quickly.
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exactly. but all that movement isnt going to make ur antenna last very long. They really are not designed to be unplugged/plugged in all the time and all that movement on the antenna is going to cause a failure fairly quickly.
Yeah, exactly, you could do that, but you don't want to be moving all that stuff - especially the antenna, which you want put permanently in a good place ideally, not just next to a window. You should buy another home kit for work, really.

You do know you can stream all of the Sirius Original stations right? And the non-original ones you can usually stream from their source.
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Old 12-29-2004, 10:24 AM   #7
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Okeedokee. Thanks guys. You've been quite helpful.
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Old 12-31-2004, 03:10 AM   #8
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Holy smokes!!!!
I ordered this puppy on the 28th, and already received it (12-30) with UPS ground. I'm already impressed with Sirius and I haven't even plugged the thing in yet!
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Old 12-31-2004, 01:36 PM   #9
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NOW, I'm completely impressed. The hardest thing about setting this up was running the wires. When I finally had them routed, I walked inside, activated it on-line, and by the time I walked back out to the car, it was activated. I called customer care, because I had some problems with logging in to stream on-line and found the rep very courteous and helpful. I love this dog, and I'm a cat person!
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Old 01-04-2005, 09:28 PM   #10
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I have another quick question. When I play CD's through my car stereo, I only have to turn the volume up half way and it's pretty loud, FM radio loses a bit, but when I play Sirius through the wireless FM modulator, I have to turn the volume up well past half way to get it as loud as the CD. I jacked up the sound on the receiver itself and found it to help a bit but not much. I was curious if it's just losing a bit through the wireless FM modulator and if you think hard wiring to the AV inputs on the rear of my car stereo would help? I plan on doing it anyway, but thought I'd ask to see if anyone had a similar situation.
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