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Old 08-06-2005, 12:35 PM   #1
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Hi all! I'm new to the whole satellite thing. I've been doing the research before I make my purchase. I figured I have some time before Stern starts in January. That's the main reason I'm getting satellite. I'm sure once I get it I'll find other programs I'll be interested in as well. In the meantime I've been trying to find out which radio's would be best for me. I've settled on the Tivoli table radio for the Kitchen and the Sportster Replay for my bedroom and my car. I would like to be able to use the Sportster in the bathroom so I can listen to satellite in the shower and what not so does anyone know of a good docking station with built-in speakers BESIDES the boombox? I saw one post for something called the "Executive!?" I might be getting it wrong..Well it had mounted speakers and when docked, it looked like a shelf mini system. Can someone steer me in the direction of this or something like this? I'm sorry for my many questions. I'm sure once I become an avid user, I'll be able to help the next set of noobs.

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I see a lot of write ups on what's out now. My biggest concern is when I make my purchase, something better will come out a month later. Is there a spot on here or can someone post all the new radio's and technology that's yet to come to the Sirius family? I have seen many posts regarding the Rego but past that.....what's on the horizon....?

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If you wait on the next best thing you'll always be waiting to make a purchase. Sat Radio equipment continues to expand and grow as the chipsets continue to get smaller, run cooler and require less power to operate. You just have to find a jumping off point and go for it. It isn't like this equipment will become obsolete, though there maybe a time that new equipment will have more features that you won't have, but your unit will continue to work as it does today.

In regards to a docking setup for your bathroom. There is no cradle/speaker system. I use my Sportster Boombox for the bathroom and that works GREAT. It just stays plugged in ready for me to stick the tuner in and tuner it on. Then when I want to take it for portability outdoors its ready to go. There is an executive docking setup coming in the fall that will have a speaker setup, but that probably wouldn't be the best setup for a steamy bathroom. The Tivoli is just too rich for my blood and besides, I do like to change equipment out a great deal. So getting something that costly isn't a wise investment, but of course I am speaking for myself only.

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As far as the new units, things are moving so fast that there will always be something a little better after you purchase something. However, I believe the company said they would be having a preview of some of the new generation products in the next month or so. (Was mentioned at the 2nd quarter earnings report last week.) Of course they won't be ready to purchase at that time, but it would allow you to at least see what's coming.
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Yea I think I will definitely wait to see those new generation units with the smaller chipset's. Although I think I will still purchase the Tivoli for the Kitchen. It's an all in one unit and I wont have to run wires to a stereo in another room to get tunes.
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Yea I think I will definitely wait to see those new generation units with the smaller chipset's. Although I think I will still purchase the Tivoli for the Kitchen. It's an all in one unit and I wont have to run wires to a stereo in another room to get tunes.
Sounds good, but remember you still have to get that antenna and cable which will more than likely have to go outside unless you are are in an area with a repeater. There is the home antenna placement guide that can help you and sometimes you can get away with putting it on a window seal, but most likely not.
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I don't think I will be mounting an antenna on the roof. That wreaks of trying too much and reminds me of when I was a kid and I begged my dad for a CB antenna for the roof. I'm on Long Island right outside New York City. We get very good reception here. Most times I don't even have to have my cell phone antenna up when I'm in the house.

Hopefully I can get away with what's in the box, if not, I'll have to bitch and complain and possibly buy a roof antenna
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I just wanted to give you a heads up because many new subscribers have thought you just buy it, plug it in and bam you've got sat radio. Sometimes getting a contant signal does indeed require an antenna outdoors, so I was just giving you a heads up so that you'd know that right from the start.
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Yea I have heard that :\ but I am optimistic. With the rate Sat. radio is advancing more and more repeaters will be installed. This has been a very big year for Sirius and it's just going to get bigger. Can we say it's thanks to Howard Stern? Possibly but there are quality programs on the channel guide. I think he just sweetened the pot.
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I only listen to the radio for Stern news and traffic so Sirius is sort of a forced purchase. I have to get it. I've been listening to Stern since 91' and I'm not about to stop now. I think that fits in with a lot of stern fans who don't have sat radio and are just now or soon to be jumping on board. He has 10 million listeners so expect a massive influx come January 06'.

The concept of paying for radio has always been a weird one for me but I don't have a choice and won't complain in the least.

I am looking forward to the comedy channel. That's gonna be cool hearing uncensored comedy shows in the car on the way back from work.
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I'm glad to see you are jumping early in anticipation of Stern. I fear too many Stern fans will wait until the last minute, and will have a run on hardware that will drain inventories. The more that get it early the better to avoid shortages.

I think you will find much to like on Sirius. Even though you are primarily getting it for Stern you are likely to find other things of interest. With so many channels to choose from, take some time to explore

Do you know others that are jumping early in anticipation of Stern? We see them on here, but just wondering if the typical Stern fan will be setup by the time he makes the switch in January.

Keep us posted about your Sirius experience!
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Do you know others that are jumping early in anticipation of Stern? We see them on here, but just wondering if the typical Stern fan will be setup by the time he makes the switch in January.


Most of my friends who are stern fans and that's pretty much everyone, have either gotten Satellite since the announcement and the rally he had in NYC where Stern gave out 5000 boom boxes and another 15 thousand coupons for free boom boxes or just doing the research now like I am. Stupid me I got a free coupon but never redeemed it and it expired already. Oh well. loll
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Hi everyone

Another new poster here. Been lurking on the site for a few weeks as I am also a huge Stern fan (since 1988 or so) who will definitely be making the jump to satellite soon. Love this site and how most people are SO enthusiastic about Sirius!

I have an 04 Maxima that is not pre-wired for Sirius and was told by my dealer that it would cost $700 to wire it. Well, the hell with that! So, I'm going to get a PNP unit (Sportster Replay, most likely) and had some questions.

Car use

Would I have to permanently mount a car kit in the car to use a PNP unit along with an antenna? I really don't want to make any permanent modifications to the vehicle if I can avoid it as it is leased. Short of having the factory head unit wired for Sirius, do I have any other options? I'd also like to be able to shuttle it between my wife's car and mine and wasn't sure if I could do that.

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I want to use the PNP unit in my office in my house and was wondering about the reception. I live on the North Shore of Long Island, about 45 miles from NYC. Do I absolutely need the antenna? And if so (I apologize if this is a stupid question), does this antenna get attached to the PNP unit with an actual wire?

Now, how about if I get the boombox? If I take that out in my backyard for entertainment during BBQ's, how about antenna use then? Does the boombox have a built-in antenna? I also want to be able to take it to tailgate parties and want to make sure I don't cart this thing 5 hours to my alma mater only to not get any reception while it is in the boombox!


The deal in Best Buy's circular this week for the Sportster Replay looks good, especially when I have $110 in BB Reward Zone certificates that expire this month! So, if anyone could help with these questions, I would really appreciate it. Thanks to all and I look forward to being a subscriber...for Stern and for all of the other great programming!
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Hi everyone

Another new poster here. Been lurking on the site for a few weeks as I am also a huge Stern fan (since 1988 or so) who will definitely be making the jump to satellite soon. Love this site and how most people are SO enthusiastic about Sirius!

I have an 04 Maxima that is not pre-wired for Sirius and was told by my dealer that it would cost $700 to wire it. Well, the hell with that! So, I'm going to get a PNP unit (Sportster Replay, most likely) and had some questions.

Car use

Would I have to permanently mount a car kit in the car to use a PNP unit along with an antenna? I really don't want to make any permanent modifications to the vehicle if I can avoid it as it is leased. Short of having the factory head unit wired for Sirius, do I have any other options? I'd also like to be able to shuttle it between my wife's car and mine and wasn't sure if I could do that.

Home use

I want to use the PNP unit in my office in my house and was wondering about the reception. I live on the North Shore of Long Island, about 45 miles from NYC. Do I absolutely need the antenna? And if so (I apologize if this is a stupid question), does this antenna get attached to the PNP unit with an actual wire?

Now, how about if I get the boombox? If I take that out in my backyard for entertainment during BBQ's, how about antenna use then? Does the boombox have a built-in antenna? I also want to be able to take it to tailgate parties and want to make sure I don't cart this thing 5 hours to my alma mater only to not get any reception while it is in the boombox!


The deal in Best Buy's circular this week for the Sportster Replay looks good, especially when I have $110 in BB Reward Zone certificates that expire this month! So, if anyone could help with these questions, I would really appreciate it. Thanks to all and I look forward to being a subscriber...for Stern and for all of the other great programming!
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Car - If you get the Replay you can attach it to your car with a bracket like this:


Sorry the pic sucks.

All you would do is put a few holes to hold the mount on. Don't worry though, when you turn the car in they'll be hidden.

If you want to "shuttle" it between 2 cars you would have to buy another car kit.

Home - You will absolutely need the antenna. I would suggest the home kit for the Replay. I have the home kit for my Sportster and I have it hooked up to some great computer speakers.

I will not expound on the boombox because I have never used one. I almost bought one before the home kit, but I read that the SQ was not that good.

If you have the home kit you can use the wireless FM transmitter to listen on any radio in the close vicinity on the frequency that your Replay is set to.

Go out and buy it. You'll be happy

Here is a review thread:

http://www.siriusbackstage.com/forum...ic.php?t=23542

BTW, next time start a new thread with your question. We wouldn't want you to get lost in here!!

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Thanks for the reply and for the warm welcome to SBS!

A few more questions...

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How would the holes be hidden when I turn the vehicle back in? And wouldn't I need to get a car antenna, too? Isn't that going to leave holes or some other permanent mark?

Home

I think the Replay comes with the car and home kit, so I'd be all set, but what about using the antenna? Where did you mount that?


Thanks again!

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Thanks for the reply and for the warm welcome to SBS!

A few more questions...

Car
How would the holes be hidden when I turn the vehicle back in? And wouldn't I need to get a car antenna, too? Isn't that going to leave holes or some other permanent mark?

Home

I think the Replay comes with the car and home kit, so I'd be all set, but what about using the antenna? Where did you mount that?


Thanks again!

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Here's the best pic I have. You take off the plastic piece from around the radio and drill one or two holes to hold the mount on. Then the plastic piece goes back on. When you turn the car in, just reverse the process and the holes (which will be small) will be hidden.




For my antenna at home I have it on a widow sill in my 3 season porch.
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The car antenna comes with the car kit. The home antenna comes with the home kit. Get them both and you'll be all set.

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