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Old 11-28-2006, 10:40 PM   #1
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It's supposed to be for the car but I know some people use AC DC adapters to use them at home.

What is the setup for using Sirius One in home?

1) Does the car kit antenna work well in home?
2) How difficult would it be to move the whole thing from one house to another?
3) Is it a good option for someone on a budget who just wants to hear Premiership soccer?
4) Is there a way to hook it up to my speakers (which aren't with a stereo but are just stand alone)?

http://shop.sirius.com/edealinv/serv...dParentID=7870
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1. works just as well as or better than the home antenna. Personally, I use a car antenna withmy Sirius One at home. The included visor clip works great as a small desk stand by the way. Just flip it upside down and you're in business.

2. easy enough. gather the receiver, antenna, power cable, and speakers if you need them and you are ready to travel

3. sure

4. If your speakers are amplified (like a set of computer speakers) then all you need to do is plug the speaker input into the audio-out port on the Sirius One. This is what I do at home and it works fine as a poor-mans boombox. Unamplified speakers might work too, but I have never tried and would imagine that the level would be really low.

good luck

By the way, I would avoid buying direct from Sirius. Their customer service is reportedly very bad. I'd recommend tss-radio:

http://www.tss-radio.com/sirius-one-sv1-p-227.html

Awesome customer service (well respected around here) and they offer a better price

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It's supposed to be for the car but I know some people use AC DC adapters to use them at home.

What is the setup for using Sirius One in home?

1) Does the car kit antenna work well in home?
2) How difficult would it be to move the whole thing from one house to another?
3) Is it a good option for someone on a budget who just wants to hear Premiership soccer?
4) Is there a way to hook it up to my speakers (which aren't with a stereo but are just stand alone)?

http://shop.sirius.com/edealinv/serv...dParentID=7870

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Old 11-29-2006, 12:33 AM   #3
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I think I will buy it for $19.99 at Circuit City as it will be quicker and CS will be more accessible (although the idiots tried to claim that P&P radios are completely unportable, even when i explained what I meant by portable in the sense that you've just enlightened me).

One more thing.

The sportster replay is $49.99 on offer at present.

1) Does all the above apply to the Sportster with regard to travel capability and antennae, power conversion, etc?

2) Could anyone tell me what I'm getting for the extra $30? I see that I get a nice display, 44 mins of replay, a different antenna and home/car unit compatibility? Is there anything else, and is any of it actually significantly useful?

3) Does the Sportster's timer allow you to set the radio to turn on as an alarm?

4) What is conditions create the main utility of the FM transmitter?

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If you can get it that cheap at your local store, then that is always the best option. The Sportster Replay is a great tuner but will cost you more money to use it in your house since it requires a home docking kit which will run you another $40-$50. The Sirius One has all the cables plug directly into the tuner so there is no need for a home dock kit - all you need is to get an inexpensive AC adapter from radio shack. But to Answer your questions (as I also use a Sportster Replay at home along with my Sirius One ) :

1. Yes. There is an additional docking piece with the sportster but nothing that would make it any less portable than the Sirius One

2. You've basically nailed it. You're getting the display, replay functions, and all the standard PnP functions that you don't get with the Sirius One.

3. Yes, but I haven't used tht feature so I can't tell you how it works

4. I don't quite get your question here. The FM transmitter is about the same in both tuners. Keep in mind that the fm transmitters have been significantly weakened bythe FCC in recent months. So I wouldn't be expecting to broadcast the signal all over your neighborhood. I use my transmitter to broadcast through a 1000 sq foot condo with good results

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I think I will buy it for $19.99 at Circuit City as it will be quicker and CS will be more accessible (although the idiots tried to claim that P&P radios are completely unportable, even when i explained what I meant by portable in the sense that you've just enlightened me).

One more thing.

The sportster replay is $49.99 on offer at present.

1) Does all the above apply to the Sportster with regard to travel capability and antennae, power conversion, etc?

2) Could anyone tell me what I'm getting for the extra $30? I see that I get a nice display, 44 mins of replay, a different antenna and home/car unit compatibility? Is there anything else, and is any of it actually significantly useful?

3) Does the Sportster's timer allow you to set the radio to turn on as an alarm?

4) What is conditions create the main utility of the FM transmitter?
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1) Does the car kit antenna work well in home?
Yes
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2) How difficult would it be to move the whole thing from one house to another?
As simple as unplug two coords, bring it in, and plug in two coords.
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3) Is it a good option for someone on a budget who just wants to hear Premiership soccer?
It's a one line display but yes. I'd recommend the Stratus though.
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4) Is there a way to hook it up to my speakers (which aren't with a stereo but are just stand alone)?
Yes, they can even be hooked up to computer speakers.
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1) To clarify, there is no way to get around obtaining a home kit to play the Sportster Replay at home? And I'm not going to get one for much less than $50?

2) Would you advise the Stratus above the Sportster Replay, even though the latter is now $10 less at $49.99 on offer?

3) With regards to the FM question, I'm just wondering when they come into use. I don't have a good radio, so would have to purchase one if it turned out that the FM transmitter was often needed for reception.

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If you have a Sirius Radio One, what is recommended if you need a second car kit (antennae/cable etc).
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If you have a Sirius Radio One, what is recommended if you need a second car kit (antennae/cable etc).
I guess if you got the right AC adapter there is nothing to stop you from using a stratus or sportster repla at home. You'd just have to rig up your own desk stand (which shouldn't be all that hard).

If you have a Sirius One and want a second "car kit" then just buy another Sirius One package. It has everything you need, and you aren't even going to be able to find another antenna for the $20 you'll spend on a complete Sirius One kit. And you'd have a backup receiver in case you ever need it.

If you want super-budget then the Sirius One is the way to go. If you want to spend a little more and don't mind riggnig up a home stand (which may not look all that great) then you could go for a stratus or sportster replay. And if you don't mind spending another $50 you could go for a stratus or sportster replay and a home kit (I'd recommend a stratus since it is newer and uses the new universal dock which would allow you to upgreade to other new units if you ever anted to).
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I guess if you got the right AC adapter there is nothing to stop you from using a stratus or sportster repla at home. You'd just have to rig up your own desk stand (which shouldn't be all that hard).

If you have a Sirius One and want a second "car kit" then just buy another Sirius One package. It has everything you need, and you aren't even going to be able to find another antenna for the $20 you'll spend on a complete Sirius One kit. And you'd have a backup receiver in case you ever need it.

If you want super-budget then the Sirius One is the way to go. If you want to spend a little more and don't mind riggnig up a home stand (which may not look all that great) then you could go for a stratus or sportster replay. And if you don't mind spending another $50 you could go for a stratus or sportster replay and a home kit (I'd recommend a stratus since it is newer and uses the new universal dock which would allow you to upgreade to other new units if you ever anted to).


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But why do you say the Stratus rather than the Sport Replay, given that they are equal price while the offer is on?
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I would recommend the stratus because it is a new generation receiver and uses the same docks/boomboxes as all the new receivers (Sporster 3/4, Starmate 3/4, etc...). if you decided you wanted to upgrade down the road, you wouldn't need to buy any new accessories or anything.

while the Sporster Replay will give you more functionality for the same money, it is the only receiver that will work with its home and car docks and boombox. Also it is pretty much on its way out (hence all the big discounts right now) so it may be hard to find accessories or get a replacement 6 months or a year from now.

but you'll probably be happy with whatever receiver you decide to get.
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I guess if you got the right AC adapter there is nothing to stop you from using a stratus or sportster repla at home. You'd just have to rig up your own desk stand (which shouldn't be all that hard).
I'm sorry to keep going on about this but I'm a bit confused.

1) I thought that above you said that it is possible to play the Sirius Radio One at home because all of the cables plug into the tuner?

With the Stratus etc, I thought that you said that some kind of docking device would be needed for the cables, even if I had the right AC adapter?

2) So what do you mean when you say I'd need to rig up a desk stand?

3) How sure/unsure are you that I'd be able to rig up the Stratus at home for just the extra $30 it costs, using the car kit and an AC adapter?

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1) I thought that above you said that it is possible to play the Sirius Radio One at home because all of the cables plug into the tuner?
Correct. The Sirius One uses no docking cradle and all cables plug directly into the tuner. The Sportster and Stratus use a cradle. The cables plug into the cradle and the tuner plugs into the cradle.

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With the Stratus etc, I thought that you said that some kind of docking device would be needed for the cables, even if I had the right AC adapter?
Correct. Like I said above, these tuners plug into a cradle. All cables also plug into the cradle. This means a different cradle for the car, and a different cradle at home. You can buy home kits and car kits for these receivers that give you the proper cradle for car or home use.

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2) So what do you mean when you say I'd need to rig up a desk stand?
The car cradle that is included with the Sportster Replay and the Stratus is designed for mounting in a car, not for standing on a desk. The home cradle is usually just the car cradle with a base screwed to it so that you can set it on a desk or whatever. If you intend on using the car cradle at home, you will need to figure out a way to have it sit properly on a desk as the car cradle has no base and won't sit flat on a surface. The Sirius One comes with a visor clip intended for the car but also works great as a nice little desk stand.


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3) How sure/unsure are you that I'd be able to rig up the Stratus at home for just the extra $30 it costs, using the car kit and an AC adapter?
If you have an AC adapter that works (voltage is correct, polarity is correct, and the plug physically fits into the power connection on the cradle) then it'll work just fine anywhere you want to put it. Assuming proper antenna placement of course. Any receiver will work anywhere as long as you give it power and good antenna placement.

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You should check out Crutchfield.com and look up all these tuners. They link to the user manuals and give good details as to exactly what comes in each kit.

good luck

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