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Old 08-09-2003, 12:42 AM   #91
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Derek, do you have the wireless FM Modulator car kit? Nice to know they are selling well at your CC. Did you get any feeling from the sales people how Sirius Vs XM were doing? I get the impression with two PNP's Sirius is closing the gap in retail.
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The only car kit that the local CC carries is the FM modulator kit. It works very well and sounds great but you have to be careful about placement. I tried to put it low on the hump and got static. It seems that too far away from the radio isn't very far at all.

Sales are very split. While I was ringing up, another guy was buying an XM. I got the feeling that no sales people actually have sat radio. When I told them this was going to be my second receiver, they all asked me how I liked Sirius and how well it worked.
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The only car kit that the local CC carries is the FM modulator kit. It works very well and sounds great but you have to be careful about placement. I tried to put it low on the hump and got static. It seems that too far away from the radio isn't very far at all.
Actually the transmitter is sending the signal to your car Antenna, so placement of the radio needs to take the location of the Antenna into account.
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The metal antenna comes up the side where the freqency selector is and then runs back across the very top portion of the cradle. So if you lay the cradle down where the back portion has little or no airspace you will probably get distortion of static. I found in testing mine out that is best to have it mounted or at least sitting as such that the back portion of the cradle is free to tranmit to your auto's antenna. Taking that into consideration I've had great success with the FM Transmitter on the Audiovox SRS cradle.

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The metal antenna comes up the side where the freqency selector is and then runs back across the very top portion of the cradle. So if you lay the cradle down where the back portion has little or no airspace you will probably get distortion of static. I found in testing mine out that is best to have it mounted or at least sitting as such that the back portion of the cradle is free to tranmit to your auto's antenna. Taking that into consideration I've had great success with the FM Transmitter on the Audiovox SRS cradle.
I think I would have problems with the transmitter in my area. There is sound on all 4 frequencies. They don't all come in good but they must be in use in the area somewhere. If the transmit signal from the AudioVox is strong enough it can override the local signal I suppose.
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Guys I played around with my shuttle today with FM mod. On 88.5 in Charlotte, NC there is a station, well just for kicks I kept it on that channel all day. I had very little interference, I was impressed. Everyone I have showed this unit to loves the wireless mod, after they hear it.

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I have had an H2A since they were released in BB stores. The H2A is the only receiver I use in my primary vehicle and is connected via RCA input.

Last weekend I picked up an Audiovox for a more portable solution when I'm out in someone else's vehicle. I've been very impressed with the FM transmitter in th CK1 car kit. I have yet to notice any distortion and have been having fun with the song search feature. I'd recomend the Audiovox to anyone who wants a fairly mobile solution.

As for the H2A. I still use it daily. This post is in no way meant to detract from the quality of the Kenwood PnP unit. The fact is that I can't decide myself which one I like better. Each one serves me exceptionally in each respective situation.
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Guys I played around with my shuttle today with FM mod. On 88.5 in Charlotte, NC there is a station, well just for kicks I kept it on that channel all day. I had very little interference, I was impressed. Everyone I have showed this unit to loves the wireless mod, after they hear it.
Hey John, good to read you.... Yes that is my experience also. We have stations on most of those fequencies except for one and that is the one I pick when I am using the fm tran. I don't use it unless I am in the company van. But when I do its worked perfectly. Most everyone that I've shown it too has also been very impressed with the fact that you just have to put the antenna up, plug in the cig and you've got 100 streams of the dog
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Hi Everyone,

Well I just splurged and bought an Audiovox PNP, and so far I like it a lot. I tried buying it at the car stereo store in town since I like supporting my local retailers. Unfortunately the (very friendly) guy behind the desk told me that his distributer didn't have them yet, and didn't know when they would be in. He did say that he had Sirius in his truck and thought it was a really good system. I then drove to the Circuit City in Huntington, WV to get one. The clerk at CC was pretty clueless, and got the terminology mixed up, claiming that both the H2A and the Audiovox PNP have FM modulators. He did mention that the output from the Audiovox PNP's car cradle was audible on radios at the other end of the store, though. The display for the Sirius radios was OK, although when the clerk demonstrated the Audiovox unit there was a ton of static, probably because the unit was broadcasting though the car cradle rather than using a direct connection. They also had boxes of SkyFis and their cradles out on the shelf behind the dempnstration area for people to pick up, but I had to go through a 15 minute pickup process for the one Audiovox unit they had in stock. Interestingly, the car cradle I got was obvously a return (the box had been re-taped), so evidently someone wasn't crazy about it. I for one have not had any problems with the car cradle, and there's no static at all in my car. The only problems I've found so far have actually been with the online Sirius signup process. They want you to have the unit on while you are performing the registration, which meant that I had to leave the keys in my car's ignition while I ran up to my computer to hit the submit button. Not a problem where I live, but not so good in places like New York or LA where your car might get stolen. The subscription plans were also pretty confusing since they listed two types of plans for each rate (plain and something like 'extended') but didn't describe what the difference is in the rate description popup window.

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BTW, if anyone is interested the Sirius registration number I got last night is 1154XXX.
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Welcome to the backstage Helios!!

Two things i want to reply to:

1) The car can be turned on right after hitting the submit button. The activation hit takes about 5 minutes. If you really need to, go out to the car with a cell phone and activate over the phone, or in the store. Most CCs have in store activation, if not all of them.

2) The difference is that some rates are paid in advance, so it is cheaper, while some are done on a month-month basis. If you pay in advance, it's cheaper, but there is a 75 dollar cancellation fee.
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Hello Helios,

Welcome to SIRIUSbackstage. Sounds like everything went well for you and your new Audiovox? Did you only buy the car kit for now? Where did you end up mounting your car kit?

I am really enjoying my Audiovox setup and I highly recommend it to anyone looking to get a Plug and Play setup.

Take care and I look forward to reading more of your post
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The radio has to be on to catch the activation signal.

If you read closely when you signed up online, you can specify a time to have your radio activated. That way, you can be out driving your car and when the time hits, your radio is active!
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Hi Helios and welcome to Sirius Backstage. Come back and share your experiences with us after you've had a chance to play around with the radio and service. What are your favorite channels?

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BTW, if anyone is interested the Sirius registration number I got last night is 1154XXX.
This is interesting since this appears to be a sequential number so we can estimate the total gross subscriptions that Sirius has. I think the subscription numbers back when 100,233 subscribers were reported was around 1129xxx so if you subtract you could say that there are approximately 25,000 more subscribers since June 20th.
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FYI, I registered on June 9 or 10, and my sub # is 1122xxx so that seems reasonable.
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is the sub number different for people with multiple subs or the same?
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