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Old 08-04-2005, 01:30 PM   #1
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I do not yet have Sirius but would like to have one. The issuse that is holding me back is that I would mainly listen to it at work, but I am not near a window for an antenna to reach. The last time I checked with Sirus, they said it had to be near a window or it probably would not work.

So my question is, has this drawback been resolved yet or maybe there is something else I could do. Or would the walkman type recievers that will be coming out soon work?

I dont understand why cell phones will work indoors without an antenna on the outside and Sirius does not. It is the same thing basically, correct?
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yes they are similar except cell phones have cell towers where as sirius does not have "sirius towers"(repeaters). major cities have repeaters which help indoor reception much like a cell tower would help a cell phone. unless your in certaing buildings. i get 0 cell reception in my office at work because of the metal siding. if your in a major city and can see a window from your chair you will probably be able to get reception.
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You could also listen online.
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Satelite radio is like a cell phone. That is if it's a satelite cell phone. In fact the reason the Iridium project initially failed is poor coverage inside buildings and a lack of ground stations to back fill coverage.

The antenna connector is quite long and you can get an extension for pretty cheap so if you are within 100 feet of a window you might be able to fish a cable around cubes or in the ceiling.
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I listened to a the trial of Sirius online and the quality is not that great. Would it be any better if I was a member?
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the quality is as good or better than any other streaming service. i dont believe the quality is better for members.
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I think the quality is ok for low volume listening. You can't really crank it though... I get 34 kbs online. So if you get that in the trial then thats the full monty.
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