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Old 12-28-2006, 11:59 PM   #1
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I've seen a lot of audiovox modulators in a lot of the installs i've seen. Does anyone have any feedback on these? (i think the item# is Audiovox FM100).

Also, does anyone know if it would hookup directly with a stock '02 Grand Am stereo? Or, if it would require additional adapters to do this?

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You shouldn't need a modulator. Unless you have a very old Sirius receiver, there will be a built in modulator... (This is the FM transmitter)..

All these units have an FM-OUT jack... If you connect the FM-OUT directly to the antenna input of your car head unit, then you've got a wired modulator. There is an optional switching relay that will do this for you. It's called an FM direct adapter.

They only cost 20 bucks. Here is the instruction manual showing how to hook it up
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Ok, that makes sense. I guess I meant FM Direct Adapter and not FM modulator. Got my terminology confused.

So, what is the advantage of the adapter? Does it amplify the signal at all? Or, does it just allow for the car's AM/FM antenna to work while the Sirius unit is off?
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Ok, that makes sense. I guess I meant FM Direct Adapter and not FM modulator. Got my terminology confused.
It's not uncommon to get confused.. .. Many people in this forum call the unit an FM modulator, or modulator. It's a shortened version of FM modulator relay Of course this is wrong because the unit does not modulate anything.. RELAY is the operative word.

I don't know how I can make it more clear than Page 7 of the link I suppled in my previous post.. It explains it in full:

"The FM Direct Adapter directly connects the FM signal from your SIRIUS radio to your vehicle’s AM/FM radio, reducing any interference which might be present from FM radio station broadcasts. When the SIRIUS radio is turned off, the vehicle’s FM antenna is automatically connected back to the vehicle’s AM/FM radio. The adapter connects directly in-line with the vehicle’s existing AM/FM antenna input. The SIRIUS FM Direct Adapter is designed to work with SIRIUS Satellite plug and play radios such as SIRIUS One™, Starmate™ Replay, and InV™, and with vehicle docks for plug and play radios such as Sportster™, Starmate 3, Starmate 4, S50™, Stratus™, and Stiletto™. SIRIUS suggests professional installation of this product in your vehicle. Ask your SIRIUS retailer if they provide professional installation services, or can recommend a professional installation service.
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Since the Sirius Receivers actually switch the signals on & off via the FM out, does this mean I could not use an Ipod or alternative player with the Sirius Direct Connect? If I plut the mini jack into an Ipod, I'm guessing nothing will be transmitted to my car stereo?
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Just installed one in my 04 Grand am. 20 bucks for the relay and 30 bucks for the adapters you will need for the antenna. GM uses the mini plug.
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I have the same problem with my plug and play Stratus.......background noise. Will one of those FM Direct Adapters help?
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... 30 bucks for the adapters you will need for the antenna. GM uses the mini plug.
Ouch!!! I got the adapters for my GM vehicle (Chevy Truck) at Advance Auto Parts for $14.
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I have the same problem with my plug and play Stratus.......background noise. Will one of those FM Direct Adapters help?
It will help a LOT. The adapter will put an end to background hiss and scratchy static. With the new low power FM transmitters that were introduced last summer, they should be including these direct adapters as part of the radio kit.
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Where can I get a wired FM relay around town? Circuit City was sold out of them, RadioShaq didn't have them, neither did HHGregg. We don't have a Best Buy here.

Would autozone or advanced auto parts have them? Walmart? Kmart? No Target here either...my city sucks.

Or if you found a place online for less than $20.

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Where can I get a wired FM relay around town? Circuit City was sold out of them, RadioShaq didn't have them, neither did HHGregg. We don't have a Best Buy here.

Would autozone or advanced auto parts have them? Walmart? Kmart? No Target here either...my city sucks.

Or if you found a place online for less than $20.

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Don't feel alone. I called RatShack and the girl was so busy trying to borrow $5 from someone ( while talking to me) she just said NO and hung up the phone. I called a local electronics store that did have one in stock but was priced @ $40. I will order online before I pay that balooned price.
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Just installed one in my 04 Grand am. 20 bucks for the relay and 30 bucks for the adapters you will need for the antenna. GM uses the mini plug.
Is this the adapter you are referring to?

http://www.tss-radio.com/antenna-ada...ss-p-4083.html
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