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Old 09-18-2005, 05:29 PM   #31
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Can you guys that have one :

tell me how long the antenna wire is?

And what is the Line out config....1/8" mini stereo Plug.

I Just orderd one yesterday. Local store did not have one and today I got an email saying they were restocked......!
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Old 09-18-2005, 08:36 PM   #32
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It should be a standard SIRIUS antenna with a 15 ft cord.


Does anyone see this as SIRIUS's Answer to the $50 XM Roady?


I just ordered 2 myself (don't tell the wife) and had a $10 off a purchase of $75 or more deal too, so I got mine for $45 each. Gunna see if I can hook these bad boys up to a computer!
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Old 09-21-2005, 02:40 AM   #33
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I just received this tuner today, and installed it after the sun went down. The pictures didn't turn out very good so I'll see if I can snap some when I don't need flash.

I really like this tuner. I think it's the size form factor that does it for me. This is the most flexible tuner for installing that I have seen. It comes with a very handy mount that can be mounted on the visor, or on the dash, or stuck to the window, or several other places. I did a temporary install on the window just below the rear view mirror, kind of like a radar detector. I like the desigh of this mount alot. It's versatile and small, especially when you compare it to the window mount that ships with other tuners.

I didn't think I would care for the single line of text, but really I don't mind it. It is easy to read and the controls are pretty easy. The presets are a bit awkward at first, but I found I could operate them without looking once I got used to it.

The FM transmitter on this thing is incredible. I put it on 87.7, and I couldn't hear any static or fading at all. It is sharp and clear sounding. I will have to give it a full test tomorrow on my road trip to see if any FM channels step on it. All of the previous tuners I've tried (PNP2 and Xact XTR1) would get stepped on as you drove around. So I will have something to compare it to.

I won't be using it as a PNP but as a fixed install, but need more time with it to decide where to ultimately stick it.

The remote control is a nice form factor for a car install. I did have one issue with it. When I pulled the coin battery and went to put it back in, I put the holder in upside down and the whole thing got stuck. I had to use a razor blade to finesse the battery holder and batter back out. So be careful when you go to install the battery. I havne't tried it out yet but will tomorrow.

Xact did a very nice job on this tuner, and given the flexibility of the install options, may be the best choice for many people. Expecially when you factor in the price! I think this will be a winner of a product not only for the entry level given the price, but for installs that can take advantage of this form factor. I could see this going on motorcycles also.
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Old 09-21-2005, 10:21 AM   #34
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I also Purchased one of these at CC yesterday for 49.99 + tax. Can't wait to install it in my new Pacifica.
I don't sopose there is anyone in the Arlington, VA area that wants to give me a hand :-).
I am pretty confortable with the majority of the install its the hard wiring the power that has me a little nervious. Any recomendations?

FYI i also have the audiovox hard wire piece for the fm modulation.

If I didn't have to be at work I would be doing it right now.
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Old 09-21-2005, 12:01 PM   #35
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Try the 10 minute install which is to use the cig lighter for power, and suction it to the window (I had to flip the mount piece with the suction by removing the thumb screw and flipping it). Throw the antenna on the dash and wait until you figure out the best location for it before doing the permanent install. You can also do a temp mount on the roof for better reception. That's what I'm doing. I'll probably do the perm install this weekend.
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thanks for the review, manco. I'm going tonite to get either the Xact2, this one, or the Starmate. I was worried about the single line but from your review it might be okay. Still might go with the Starmate, but I'll test them out at CC tonite.

Gotta turn off my XM sub for Sirius.
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thanks for the review, manco. I'm going tonite to get either the Xact2, this one, or the Starmate. I was worried about the single line but from your review it might be okay. Still might go with the Starmate, but I'll test them out at CC tonite.

Gotta turn off my XM sub for Sirius.
If Song seek is important to you, keep in mind that the Visor lacks song seek. It also doesn't have antenna aiming like the others.
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thanks for the review, manco. I'm going tonite to get either the Xact2, this one, or the Starmate. I was worried about the single line but from your review it might be okay. Still might go with the Starmate, but I'll test them out at CC tonite.

Gotta turn off my XM sub for Sirius.
If Song seek is important to you, keep in mind that the Visor lacks song seek. It also doesn't have antenna aiming like the others.
nah, not a big deal for the song seek. but it will just be in the car, is antenna aiming a big deal if the antenna is on the roof?
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nah, not a big deal for the song seek. but it will just be in the car, is antenna aiming a big deal if the antenna is on the roof?

Antenna aiming is not important in an automobile because those antenna are omni directional, so no aiming is required.

Manco thanks for the great report on the Visor. I am glad you like it so much. Sounds like this will be a good unit.

How is it in regards to heat. Sorry if you already answered this. I am just wondering if this is a 3.0g tuner or not.
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nah, not a big deal for the song seek. but it will just be in the car, is antenna aiming a big deal if the antenna is on the roof?

Antenna aiming is not important in an automobile because those antenna are omni directional, so no aiming is required.
didn't think so. i've had XM (just cancelled) since 2002, so wasn't sure if sirius was different for some reason.
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nah, not a big deal for the song seek. but it will just be in the car, is antenna aiming a big deal if the antenna is on the roof?

Antenna aiming is not important in an automobile because those antenna are omni directional, so no aiming is required.

Manco thanks for the great report on the Visor. I am glad you like it so much. Sounds like this will be a good unit.

How is it in regards to heat. Sorry if you already answered this. I am just wondering if this is a 3.0g tuner or not.
I just got mine 2 hours ago. When I opened it up, it looks identical to the tuners in the Gen 2.5 products, however, I haven't cracked open the tuner module.
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I think this is a 2.5G unit, but the heat isn't an issue. It is so well ventalated that it doesn't feel as hot. With the smaller display, it is bound to be using up less power also which will reduce the heat some.

An update on the remote control. In the location that I have installed it, the remote works quite well. I haven't investigated where the IR window is, but I just aim it towards the front windshield above the unit, and it is responsive.

Also on my way to work, I threw the antenna on the roof and only had a couple minor dropouts. One was out in the open, not sure what that was, but the other was near tall trees. Both were only a second or so long. This is for a 35 mile trip which includes about 16 miles of mountain driving.
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Does it have Song Seek and Artist Seek?
No, it does not seem to have that feature. I just got mine from CC yesterday and it's really a nice unit. Clips nicely to the visor. The FM sounds pretty good at factory defaults, but it's a little strong using a cassette adapter. The side tuning knob is great for changing channels on the fly.

It doesn't seem to get nearly as hot as my friend's XTR1.

Hard to beat the price for the features. All I need is a second antenna and lighter power cord for my other vehicle.
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clipped to the visor you have the power cord running down to the lighter?
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Mine distorts the audio when set to 87.7. 87.9 is fine. Anyone else notice that when the Visor is set to the very first FM freq on the dial?
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