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Old 08-09-2005, 11:51 AM   #1
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Default Just getting started, had some questions.

Hello all, Noob here with his first post.

I've been thinking of getting a Sat Radio for a little while, primarily because I love my Direct TV and where I live, I do not get a lot of clear radio stations. I decided upon Sirius because they were one of the dedicated advertisers for my favorite Sci Fi show, Farscape. So I figure I'd help support them seeing as how they helped support us Farscape fans.

Here are the questions I had and the scenario I'm thinking about.

First, we have 2 cars and I primarily drive the Neon because of the crazy price in gas but when we travel, we take our Mini Van. For this reason I'm thinking of not having a dedicated install and instead, have it be more portable. Also, we have a new pool and deck, and I'd like to bring it outside when we're relaxing to have some nice music to listen to. CD's get boring after playing them 10 times in a row.


Which basic unit should I purchase?
With a base unit like the Starmate, could I use it with say a portable Radio so I wouldn't have to purchase the speaker system for $99?
If so, what additional hardware would I need?
Would I be better off buying the boom box and just bringing it with me in my car? If so, what hardware would I need?

What are your thoughts and advice?



And is Time Trax kind of like itunes where you can record it to a device? And if so, would it be something like the XACT ReGo?
http://www.timetraxtech.com/default.asp


Thanks for your input.
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Old 08-09-2005, 02:04 PM   #2
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i think the starmate could be a good unit for you. to hook it up in multiple vehicles you will have to buy an extra car kit for each extra vehicle. the car kit will come with an antenna, power cable, and a suction cup mount.

for a boombox the starmate will fit in the xact xs075

the starmate is a pretty portable unit. but if you want true PNP (plug n play) then the sportster (or check out this page for some other PNP's) will be your best bet. it has a boom box and is alot easier to move from car to car. but you will still have to but a second car kit for the other car.

the rego has not had a shipping dat announced yet and will likely be very expensive when it is released. if you like and would use/need all the features it will have then waiting for it may be something todo. otherwise get the starmate or sportster.
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If your'e looking to save money by not getting multiple docking stations, boombox, etc. , and it looks like you are.. I would say get a PNP unit with a car kit that includes a suction cup mount (JVC, Sporster). This will be all you need, with the exception of this A/C Wall Plug Adapter for about $15.00 shipped.

Here's how it would work:

The suction cup mount gives you versatility. You can stick it on the windshield of whatever car you're using. Another thing I found is that the suction cup will actually fit neatly into a cup holder, so that gives you more options as far as placement in your car.

For simplicity, use the FM transmitter and cig lighter power cord as opposed to hardwiring. The FM sound quality is good, but keep in mind it's not as good as hardwiring and you may need to change FM stations as you drive from place to place.

When you want to use it by the pool yopu can still use the car kit. Use the adapter mentioned above which turns your wall outlet into a 12V cigarette lighter socket, so you can use the power cord from the car kit. Again, use the FM transmitter to send the signal to your boombox, or any other portable or stationary system you want to use. You can either stick the suction cup mount on a nearby window, or a glass patio table top, or some cup holder on a deck chair or something. Or you can just adjust the armature to balance it so that it stands upright, using the suction cup as a base. You'll figure it out.

This is probably the least expensive and most versatile method. Maybe someone else can recommend something else...
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