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Old 11-27-2005, 04:36 PM   #241
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Hmm I have read quite a few postings and been to different retailers online and two questions:

Does this unit have a car dock? or ?

Will it connect with my aux input on my car deck?

Seems this unit to be quite exciting to have.

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Does this unit have a car dock? or ?

Will it connect with my aux input on my car deck?
No car dock, power, antenna, audio-output and fm-out all on the tuner itself. It does come with everything you need to mount it.

Yes, you can connect it directly to your aux-input.
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Wow, forgive me for not knowing about this earlier but thats quite interesting. Grab my attention more now.

So I will be fine connecting to aux input. Coolies.

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I guess it will save some room without that cradle. I have a very tiny car (Echo) so I can use all the space.
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I'm switching from XM to Sirius and I'm undecided whether to get a sportster replay or a starmate replay. After reading this thread, it seems the cons of the starmate are the very bright display at night and having to unplug the wires each time you move it. The sportster, however, is larger and is not G3.

What do you think? Sportster or Starmate?
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I'm switching from XM to Sirius and I'm undecided whether to get a sportster replay or a starmate replay. After reading this thread, it seems the cons of the starmate are the very bright display at night and having to unplug the wires each time you move it. The sportster, however, is larger and is not G3.

What do you think? Sportster or Starmate?
If I were buying a tuner for the first time, I'd go with the Sportster Replay or the Streamer Replay. Just remember these tuners don't have artist seek, but they provide all the other features. Both have Blue Displays, but they aren't as brite as the Starmate Replay. It's a lot easier to remove a tuner from a cradle and snap it into another cradle, then plugging and unplugging wires. I just wished we would have gotten a dockable PNP for the Christmas selling season.
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Hmm no docking cradle for the car so hmmm docking cradle for home use or ???
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In the auto, you just get a mounting bracket and it comes with the suction cup mount, which some folks don't like. It also comes with Velcro, because this thing is so small and light you can actually use Velcro. The home kit comes with a nice metal mounting bracket. It works very, very well. You get the home antenna, ac power adapter and rca patch cable as a recall. Just remember this setup will require you to plug and unplug it each time you want to move it between home and auto. The Starmate Replay is one of the newest tuners and its a GREAT tuner. But if you think you are going to move it a lot, then go with the suggestion I made to SuperCell1.
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Thanks for all the info. I actually can't get proper reception from my condo balcony anyways, thus I won't be moving it much at all. This will be used in my car. I thought about getting the "tuner" for my HU but just in case I decide to try and get signal again from my balcony. It is really too bad in my situation, thats why I left Sirius the first time LOL but now I am back.

I may have to climb my condo roof one night and stick an antenna up there hehehe.

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Old 11-28-2005, 01:33 PM   #249
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I'm the proud new owner of a Starmate Replay. I'm new to Sirius as well. So far, so good. I'm using the suction mount in my Mazda MPV. I have it in the lower left hand corner of the winshield. I'm quite happy with it there. My main concern is theft. I do not plan on removing this unit from my vehicle very often.

As soon as I got the unit up and running, I quickly determined that I needed a home kit. At the same time, I was thinking about the Sportster deal that Radio Shack started on Black Friday. After rebates, you get a Sportster with the auto kit AND a separate home kit for $55. That's only $15 more than the cost of the Starmate Replay home kit alone. So, I figured I couldn't lose. I took advantage of this deal and activated my second unit on the same day as my first.

The icing on the cake was when I realized that the home kit for the Sportster would easily work with the Starmate Replay. The only thing missing is a little stand to keep the Starmate Replay upright. The antenna and power supply are really all you need. You can come up with several ways to keep this unit upright.

So, at the end of the day, I have two great PNPs, two auto kits, and a home kit that will work with both PNPs. Now all I need is another home kit to bring into the office.
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I also wonder about theft etc of the unit itself or antenna...good point. Wonder if anyone else had experiences of kids etc trying to steal the antenna or breaking it off the wire?

You really went all out glad your happy with the Starmate and I look forward to mine when it arrives.

Hopefully I can find a good place for it in my small car.

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I'm switching from XM to Sirius and I'm undecided whether to get a sportster replay or a starmate replay. After reading this thread, it seems the cons of the starmate are the very bright display at night and having to unplug the wires each time you move it. The sportster, however, is larger and is not G3.

What do you think? Sportster or Starmate?
If I were buying a tuner for the first time, I'd go with the Sportster Replay or the Streamer Replay. Just remember these tuners don't have artist seek, but they provide all the other features. Both have Blue Displays, but they aren't as brite as the Starmate Replay. It's a lot easier to remove a tuner from a cradle and snap it into another cradle, then plugging and unplugging wires. I just wished we would have gotten a dockable PNP for the Christmas selling season.
I had ordered (not yet received) the S50 - but seeing the problems attached and it isn't as portable as portrayed I am thinking of sending it back to Crutchfield and ordering another unit. You seem to like the Starmate Replay but then suggested the Sportster. If money were NOT a consideration and one wanted the best unit out there (SQ and full features) that could be used in the car (then easily taken out) and attached to a home unit (switching back and forth continuously) - which unit would you recommend (including the S50 - Starmate and Sportster - or another unit)?

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I had ordered (not yet received) the S50 - but seeing the problems attached and it isn't as portable as portrayed I am thinking of sending it back to Crutchfield and ordering another unit. You seem to like the Starmate Replay but then suggested the Sportster. If money were NOT a consideration and one wanted the best unit out there (SQ and full features) that could be used in the car (then easily taken out) and attached to a home unit (switching back and forth continuously) - which unit would you recommend (including the S50 - Starmate and Sportster - or another unit)?
I understand your feeling about the S50, there seems to be quite a few bugs to work through. I personally really like the S50 because it gives me some real freedom. Listening while laying around on the couch or going out and about. It does have cradles and would be very easy to move from home to auto for live reception. But the big issue is cost and if that isn't a consideration then I'd go with the S50 even with the bugs, which I feel a firmware update will fix. There is an Excutive Boombox coming out for this tuner too, which will be very nice.

The Starmate Replay is fastatic, but someone that will be moving it around a lot, plugging and unplugging the wires would get old quickly.

My second choice would be either the Sportster Replay or Streamer Replay, both have cradle kits for home and car for ease of moving the tuner between them. There is also a boombox for portability.
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I understand your feeling about the S50, there seems to be quite a few bugs to work through. I personally really like the S50 because it gives me some real freedom. Listening while laying around on the couch or going out and about. It does have cradles and would be very easy to move from home to auto for live reception. But the big issue is cost and if that isn't a consideration then I'd go with the S50 even with the bugs, which I feel a firmware update will fix. There is an Excutive Boombox coming out for this tuner too, which will be very nice.

The Starmate Replay is fastatic, but someone that will be moving it around a lot, plugging and unplugging the wires would get old quickly.

My second choice would be either the Sportster Replay or Streamer Replay, both have cradle kits for home and car for ease of moving the tuner between them. There is also a boombox for portability.[/quote]

Dab - let me ask you this (since I haven't made up my mind yet) - On the S50 I know now that you can't program it to record music (which I guess could change in the future) but if it "learns" that stations five - six - seven are your favorite stations then:

1) Does it automatically record those three stations with many hours of music?

2) To do that do you need to leave the unit on?

3) Will that music stay in memory until you delete it?

4) Is the recorded music SQ as good as live?

5) I read where the music fades - is it in this area where it fades and is that soemthing that happens with every recorded song?

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1) Does it automatically record those three stations with many hours of music?

2) To do that do you need to leave the unit on?

3) Will that music stay in memory until you delete it?

4) Is the recorded music SQ as good as live?

5) I read where the music fades - is it in this area where it fades and is that soemthing that happens with every recorded song?

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1. It will only record 3 of your most listened too channels and though there is a limit with over 12 hours in one of my channels it doesn't appear I have reached it yet.

2. Yes, you have to leave the unit on the channel you wish it to record. Generally it doesn't start recording until you've had it on a channel for about 20 minutes.

3. My 3 channels have not be deleted since I have significant amount of recorded content in them, but other have reported having theirs deleted.

4. I am no audiophile, but I find the recorded content to sound as good as live.

5. It appears that the S50 tries to cut out the DJ's or fluff in the middle between songs, so it fades in and out at the begining and ending of songs. It also does this on your "LOVE" songs too. Of course the MP3 content you have wont have this issue.
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1. It will only record 3 of your most listened too channels and though there is a limit with over 12 hours in one of my channels it doesn't appear I have reached it yet.

2. Yes, you have to leave the unit on the channel you wish it to record. Generally it doesn't start recording until you've had it on a channel for about 20 minutes.

3. My 3 channels have not be deleted since I have significant amount of recorded content in them, but other have reported having theirs deleted.

4. I am no audiophile, but I find the recorded content to sound as good as live.

5. It appears that the S50 tries to cut out the DJ's or fluff in the middle between songs, so it fades in and out at the begining and ending of songs. It also does this on your "LOVE" songs too. Of course the MP3 content you have wont have this issue.
Dab - a few more questions

1) Per #2 above: if it's in my car - I can't leave the unit on as my cig lighter only operates when my car is on - so if it is turned off but left on a station - will it still record that station (if it's one of the fav 3) or does the unit need to be left on? If that is the case then do I leave it on to run on its own battery (again, just so I can have recorded content)?

2) With the S50 will the SQ be materially different whether I use an FM modulator or have a techinicam commect it directly to my car radio?

3) Per #5 above: when you say the songs fade in and out - are we talking all songs and are we talking just a few seconds?

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