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Old 08-06-2005, 10:38 AM   #1
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I'm kinda confused and maybe someone can help me..... I'm buying the fm modulator for my Sirius Sportster radio from Crutchfield.com website.... and then having it professionally installed in my truck at bestbuy, that's not the problem though. the problem is that on crutchfield's website, the fm modulator is $19.99, whereas at Bestbuy or Circuit City, they are like $50.00 and plus. My question is, what's the difference, arn't they both the same modulators i'm buying from crutchfield or what? Can someone please explain the difference to me please... Also, isn't an fm modulator i'm getting for my sportster radio the same as an SATSWB, or whats the difference? I mean they both are gonna give me awesome good signal to my radio, i also don't have to switch stations to find a clear channel everytime i enter another state, plus it gives me clear no static stations... so please can someone explain to me the difference between the ones at crutchfield.com and bestbuy/circuit city? thanks..



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Old 08-06-2005, 12:46 PM   #2
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Default FM Modulation?

Great question as I would love to know as well. I am thoroughly confused regarding FM transmiiter which I believe comes with the car kit which apparently allows me to listen via my car stereo versus this FM Modulator thingy that I keep seeing posted.

I am still unclear. I saw an FM modulator today. Are they all the same?

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Old 08-06-2005, 10:59 PM   #3
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Maybe BB is adding $ for installation.

The SATSWB is what you should be getting. The piece costs $20. You really can install it yourself. I even have a post how to here.

It will take you ten minutes.

Also, they could be installing a powered FM modulator. IMO I think the SATSWB will best the best bet.

Some companies and stores call them something different.

Here's what Circuit City has here.

Here's what Crutchfield.com has

here #1,
here #2.

All 3 of these products are the same thing for about the same price.

Save $ and install it yourself.

If you have any questions, let me know.

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Ok so this is a more direct route than using the FM transmitter correct? Thus technically should get a better signal or more complete signal?

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And can I assume these module relays are specific to the receiver being used or do u think i could find something here in Canada?

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Ok so this is a more direct route than using the FM transmitter correct? Thus technically should get a better signal or more complete signal?

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And can I assume these module relays are specific to the receiver being used or do u think i could find something here in Canada?

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This is the best sound quality list for PnP's (1 being best, 4 worst):

1. Direct connection to HU using an aux input
2. Tape adapter
3. Using the satswb
4. Wireless FM mod

With the SATSWB you won't get a better "signal." You should get a clearer sound without any static.

All 2.5g tuners use that SATSWB.
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Great question as I would love to know as well. I am thoroughly confused regarding FM transmiiter which I believe comes with the car kit which apparently allows me to listen via my car stereo versus this FM Modulator thingy that I keep seeing posted.

I am still unclear. I saw an FM modulator today. Are they all the same?

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The FM transmitter is built into your PNP unit, not the car kit. It transmits (wirelessly) an FM signal to your car (or other) radio that is tuned to the same station. The FM modulator is a hardwired connection that directly connects the FM feed from your PNP unit's FM OUT to the FM antenna input of your car radio, thus you get no outside static interference and never have to change the FM station. With he FM transmitter, you will ocasionally have to change stations as you drive from place to place due to local FM broadcasts overpowering the FM transmitter.

With the modulator installed, when you turn on your PNP, all other FM signals are blocked from reaching your radio. When you switch your PNP off, the modulator switches over to allow regular FM radio signal reception.
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Hey thanks, makes things very clear. I guess I should maybe try and find that modulator thingy and have it installed.

I am going to see how the FM transmitter sounds before I do this.

I also looked at Sat ready radio?? With sat ready radios do I still need other equipment to get the sat radio to work?

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I understand what your saying Michigan Man.... this is what i'm ordering and getting from crutchfield.com website.......Directed 14110 FM Mod Relay Sirius FM Mod Relay Starmate/Base/SPTK1
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Wired FM modulator for use with Starmate, Starmate, or Sportster SIRIUS radios • adapts wireless FM transmitter into a wired connection • frequency selected from radio menu • 21' cable


If you don't understand any of this what i copied from crutchfield.com website.. you can go on crutchfield.com website and the item number is this, that you can type in to see the fm modulator im ordering and getting from their website.. the item number is: Directed 14110 FM Mod Relay
Please also let me know if this is a fm modulator or an SATSWB, aswell as if you think it will work with my sportster radio aswell as if it will block out the other fm signals you were talking about in your posts so it wouldn't interfere with the signal and give good clear music with no static... so please let me know about all of this i mentioned on this forum and let me know all the details. thanks man.



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I understand what your saying Michigan Man.... this is what i'm ordering and getting from crutchfield.com website.......Directed 14110 FM Mod Relay Sirius FM Mod Relay Starmate/Base/SPTK1
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Wired FM modulator for use with Starmate, Starmate, or Sportster SIRIUS radios • adapts wireless FM transmitter into a wired connection • frequency selected from radio menu • 21' cable


If you don't understand any of this what i copied from crutchfield.com website.. you can go on crutchfield.com website and the item number is this, that you can type in to see the fm modulator im ordering and getting from their website.. the item number is: Directed 14110 FM Mod Relay
Please also let me know if this is a fm modulator or an SATSWB, aswell as if you think it will work with my sportster radio aswell as if it will block out the other fm signals you were talking about in your posts so it wouldn't interfere with the signal and give good clear music with no static... so please let me know about all of this i mentioned on this forum and let me know all the details. thanks man.



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Yes this is what you will need for the Sportster. SATSWB is just another name for it. It will block all FM stations except the one you choose to listen to your Sirius on. You will get no static and you will never have to search for a clear station again.

Let me know how it works out for you after you get it installed (do it yourself).

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Thanks Michigan Made, you really helped me a lot man........you really know your stuff!!!!


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I sure will Michigan "MADE" let you know how it goes.. One last thing man... right now my sirius station is on 88.1, so after i get the modulator installed, i never have to change that station(88.1) again even if i go to another state or travel around the whole U.S., is that true??? also, michigan is an awesome college and has an awesome football team every year.. do you think they will have a great season this year or what?



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I sure will Michigan "MADE" let you know how it goes.. One last thing man... right now my sirius station is on 88.1, so after i get the modulator installed, i never have to change that station(88.1) again even if i go to another state or travel around the whole U.S., is that true??? also, michigan is an awesome college and has an awesome football team every year.. do you think they will have a great season this year or what?



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I'm also from MIchigan, do I get to answer? Hehe. Anyways, the not changing the station ever again may not be entirely true. If your right under a broadcast tower that is transmitting on that station you may get static or interference, but the likelyhood of that happening is pretty slim.
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