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Old 07-29-2003, 12:45 AM   #46
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please elaborate. I don't understand what you mean by a radio chip?
Kind of like a pentium is a chip, this is a chip that understands how to receive a radio signal and process it. More technical below:

A radio is made from transistors, capacitors, resistors and inductors. For a radio like this it takes lots of these components and they would require a large amount of space unless you integrate them into one or more Integrated circuits or "chips". The radio chip receives the signal and "demodulates" or extracts the data from the air and feeds this to the digital decoder chips. The receiver is made up of the Analog portion and the digital portion. The Gen 2 chipset that everyone talks about is the digital portion.

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Wonder if these are available in South Carolina yet.....I like the Kenwood, but something just stands out about the Audiovox unit. Also, does anyone know if BB return policy is still 30 days on car audio items?
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Wonder if these are available in South Carolina yet.....I like the Kenwood, but something just stands out about the Audiovox unit. Also, does anyone know if BB return policy is still 30 days on car audio items?
I couldn't tell you if its available locally, but you could surely call or go by and find out. I think most CC have them now or will have them this week.

Yes, BB return policy is 30 days on car audio items, I confirmed that myself. Though I didn't listen to that little voice in my head that told me to bring back the H2A, then just purchase it again until the Audiovox came out, so that I would have had the avenue to return. I need the bigger text due to my poor vision, otherwise, I'd probably just keep the H2A.

Now I am looking for a buyer as indicated in my signature. Anyone from this forum that is interested, I am asking $199.00 and I'll even pay shipping. I am not looking to get all my money back.. so So if anyone ie interested... let me know. Package includes Tuner, Car and Home Kits
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About how big is the text on its largest setting? I normally fix it to where I can lay in bed which is about 5 ft. away from the unit and can see it perfectly from that distance with the text on its largest size on the H2A.
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The SRS large text is almost double the size of the large text on the H2A. Its also dark on a light blue background. Whereas the H2A is Blue on a dark background.
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The hunt for the Shuttle begins. I feel like everytime I go in search for something its like a hunt for a rare jewel lost in the Amazon...Plus I have only 3 days left to find one before I definately keep the H2A.
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Found one in CC in town, kinda surprised me that they had them in stock being that we are normally one of the last places to get things in. Anyways, I got the home kit and the unit and went home to put it through my tests that would determine if I liked it anymore than the H2A.

First test was how good the remote was. As many people who have the H2A knows, the remote is kind of weak when using it from a far distance (like a couch or where I keep the remote by my bed). Hooked everything up and started pushing buttons on the remote and it worked at every angle I had the remote at, which made me very happy.

Second test was the largest text size that the unit has. The H2A's large text size was good, but the AudioVox is alot better. I believe you could see it from a couple of yards away.

As far as the sound quality, when using my H2A, I would notice that some of the songs having a little of a washed out sound. However, I have been listening to the Shuttle all afternoon and I haven't noticed anything washed out on any of the streams. The music sounds better than anything I have ever heard on XM.

The antenna screen is more helpful also than the H2A's antenna screen is. Instead of 3 bars, the scale from 1-10 is more helpful because where the H2A would show a 2 bar signal, the Shuttle would show it as a 4. When I moved the antenna, it has been a steady 10 all afternoon.

All said, I would recommend the Shuttle slightly over the H2A. Don't get me wrong, I like the H2A, but the Shuttle is designed a little better than the H2A.
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Darkbandit, I agree with you totally.... I am glad you were able to get you one so quickly. Goes to show you when one is determined what they can do. LOL The other cool thing about that display is outdoors in the sunshine. Its unbeatable!
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It surprised me too that they had it. When I went back to the car audio department, I didn't see any out on display so I figured that if I asked, the worst that could happen would be that they didn't know when they would be in. The man went in the back, came out with the unit and both kits and told me to get what I wanted, which threw me for a complete loop.
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It surprised me too that they had it. When I went back to the car audio department, I didn't see any out on display so I figured that if I asked, the worst that could happen would be that they didn't know when they would be in. The man went in the back, came out with the unit and both kits and told me to get what I wanted, which threw me for a complete loop.
The CC that I went too had a little display with the Audiovox and Kenwood Sirius Tuners. Of course when I left they had three less boxes and didn't have much of a display left. I got a friend that seen mine today and is planning to try and get one this weekend. But I told him you better call first, cause supplies are short until the get production ramped up. Strange that crutchfield moved their ETA to 8/28 from 8/4. We maybe fortunate we got ours already.

Oh Yeah.. what about the size of those boxes that the tuner and kits come in? Was that extreme or what? HUGE ass boxes...
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Damm it DAB... now I am going to have to go out and run my own test...
Don't do it... You'll want to keep it. I can't believe how much money I got tied up in Sat Equipment. I did sell my Skifi today, because I can't imagine going back to XM at this point.

Well... if you do it, let us know what you think.
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I bought this Audiovox Shuttle to see what it and Sirius was all about compared to XM.

This Shuttle is huge and heavy... it isn't practical to move around.

I was able to activate this shuttle pretty easily, and I was getting a great signal.. 7 circles.. in my house. The stuff on the air sounded real nice and clean and clear....

Then all of the sudden, BAM No signal... display just said aquiring signal. And that was it until this morning when I moved the antenna and the signal went to 3 circles.

I assume this has to be because the Sirius satellites are moving as opposed to XMs... so at any time, the signal can just go away... which is the only thing I can think of.

In cars this wouldn't be a problem but with this home cradle being near one window this seems to be a major problem...

So I am blowing up the home cradle and going to the car.

XMs system is for sure much better.
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This Shuttle is huge and heavy... it isn't practical to move around.
Its bigger than the Skifi, but I don't see it as being huge. I am moving mine around with no problem whatsoever. I take it from home to truck, then into the office and reverse that process in the evenings. I have also used it in our van using the FM Transmitter. Like I said moving it around IS no big deal at all. I think you are exaggerating in a major way.

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Did you actually follow SIRIUS guidelines for home use? In some cases the antenna is required to go outdoors. Its evident you are in an area that is not serviced by a repeater. Then again SIRIUS has a hundred compared to 1000 for XM. Because the SIRIUS sats move it does take a tad bit more effort to find the sweet spot. Antenna placement instructions will clearly indicate which direction or window is necessary for the best reception given your geographical area. However, it is my opinion that on home units in areas with no repeaters rather SIRIUS or XM the best reception will be if the antenna is outdoors.

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I agree that this can be a problem, but only if you do not follow the installation instructions as laid out by SIRIUS for home antenna placement. I have several buddies that have the H2A and once the actually did this reception has been great. You can't just stick it in any window and expect perfect reception and that goes for SIRIUS or XM. While I would agree that it appears easier to get and maintain reception with XM, that is not the case for everyone.

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Boy that is a matter of opinion and experience. I have much worse reception problems at home with XM than I have ever had with SIRIUS. Don't even get me started on the limited text data provided by the XM system.
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I'm getting a tiny bit of interference on my satellite when I have the Shuttle on and the satellite receiver on at the same time. It's not bad, but I have never had that happen before. Does anyone have any idea's on how to correct this?
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