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Old 12-12-2005, 12:09 AM   #1
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Hi everyone!

Now that satellite radio has launched here in Canada, I could KICK myself for not getting a grey market subscription earlier! Sirius ROCKS!

We only have two receivers available here right now (The Sirius One and the Starmate...the Sportster Replay should arrive in early January). I wanted to get the Starmate Replay, since it's not available here, I think I'll head down to Buffalo and pick one up (although I still have to decide whether I'll activate a Cdn sub or a US one)

I want to move my Starmate around; various rooms at home as well as the office. A few things concern me:

-The lack of a "docking" port on the Starmate makes me think that I could break the unit if I move it frequently
-In rooms like the living room, the receiver could be quite a distance away from where I'm sitting

I'm wondering:

-Do you think it's better to go with the Sportster Replay (because of the Dock port) or do you think that the Starmate plugs are pretty robust?
-Which one is easier to read from a distance (say, 10 feet)?
-Does the Sportster Replay remote have all of the functions on it, or are there some functions that must be performed on the unit itself?

Of course, I could just get BOTH (I was thinking about a boombox, and I like the Sportster one better than the planned Starmate model), but that now increases the monthly cost to $23.00 CDN a month...
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Hi-Do you think it's better to go with the Sportster Replay (because of the Dock port) or do you think that the Starmate plugs are pretty robust?
-Which one is easier to read from a distance (say, 10 feet)?
-Does the Sportster Replay remote have all of the functions on it, or are there some functions that must be performed on the unit itself?
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I would get the Sporster Replay without hesitation. It would be very easy to move around because you have cradle kits for home and auto. You just pull the tuner up and bring it into the house or the office and snap it into the cradle. No wires to plug or unplug.

The display on the Sportster Replay has a large text mode that can be seen across a good size room. The Starmate Replay has this, but the text is still smaller because the display is smaller. The text even in the 2 line artist/song title mode is larger on the Sportster than the Starmate Replay.

I think for the way you are wanting to use it you just can't go wrong with the Sportster Replay setup.
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-Does the Sportster Replay remote have all of the functions on it, or are there some functions that must be performed on the unit itself?
You can perform every function with the remote. In fact, I think you can perform more functions on the remote than on the unit. One thing in particular that I can think of is the previous channel button. I believe the mute button is only on the remote.
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You can perform every function with the remote. In fact, I think you can perform more functions on the remote than on the unit. One thing in particular that I can think of is the previous channel button. I believe the mute button is only on the remote.
Thanks for all the info! It looks like the Sportster Replay is the right one for me!
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You can perform every function with the remote. In fact, I think you can perform more functions on the remote than on the unit. One thing in particular that I can think of is the previous channel button. I believe the mute button is only on the remote.

Push and hold in the round "scroll" button (or the big round buttong with the dog on it when using the StarmateIR) and that will work as a "previous channel" button.

(at least that's how it worked on my old Sportster and my current Starbase)
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If the exchange rate I got was correct, C$23 is exactly what we pay in the States (US$20) for a subcription and extra receiver.
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If the exchange rate I got was correct, C$23 is exactly what we pay in the States (US$20) for a subcription and extra receiver.
Your calculation is correct...$20 US is about $23 Canadian. The days of "$1 US...isn't that like $1 million Canadian" are gone! LOL
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