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Old 11-14-2006, 08:55 AM   #1
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I am replacing a problematic original Starmate, and borrowed my friend's Starmate Replay to give it a try. I was pleased that when I plugged it into the AUX jack of my home stereo it offered a noticable improvement in sound quality.

But I prefer a unit with a channel changing knob, as opposed to the "up and down buttons" on the Starmate. Would the Sportster Replay and Sportster 4 both offer a similar inprovement in sound as I got when I tried the Starmate Replay?

Also, I know that the Sportster Replay uses a "dock". Does the Sportster 4 also use a dock or do you simply plug the wires into the unit they way you do on the original Starmate? Assuming there's no dock, would using the home kit from my old Starmate cause any problems...reduction in reception or sound quality?

(I should mention that I use a cassette adapter in my car and as I said, a line into the AUX jack of my home stereo so I'm not really concerned with problems with the FM transmitter.)

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I think you'll be more than happy with the new Sportster 4. It uses the latest generation chipset, so it should make the best use of the codec's out there. Plus it only needs a 5V power supply, so it'll run cooler as well.
It does use a dock, so there's no need to plug in wires like the Starmate Replay. I would stop in at your local Best Buy or Circuit City and try out the unit, just to make sure you like how it works. I've included a link to DAB's Sportster 4 review which is really good.

http://www.siriusbackstage.com/forum...ad.php?t=83205

Let us know how you make out.
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I am replacing a problematic original Starmate, and borrowed my friend's Starmate Replay to give it a try. I was pleased that when I plugged it into the AUX jack of my home stereo it offered a noticable improvement in sound quality.

But I prefer a unit with a channel changing knob, as opposed to the "up and down buttons" on the Starmate. Would the Sportster Replay and Sportster 4 both offer a similar inprovement in sound as I got when I tried the Starmate Replay?
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Also, I know that the Sportster Replay uses a "dock". Does the Sportster 4 also use a dock or do you simply plug the wires into the unit they way you do on the original Starmate? Assuming there's no dock, would using the home kit from my old Starmate cause any problems...reduction in reception or sound quality?
It uses a dock.

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(I should mention that I use a cassette adapter in my car and as I said, a line into the AUX jack of my home stereo so I'm not really concerned with problems with the FM transmitter.)

Thanks.
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Thanks for the help. Due to some new things I read I may actually want to go with my origina choice...the Starmate Replay. Would you say the Sportster 4 and Starmate Replay have similar sound quality, or is the Sportster 4 better? (Again, i'm using the AUX jack on my home stereo and a cassette adapter in the car.)
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Thanks for the help. Due to some new things I read I may actually want to go with my origina choice...the Starmate Replay. Would you say the Sportster 4 and Starmate Replay have similar sound quality, or is the Sportster 4 better? (Again, i'm using the AUX jack on my home stereo and a cassette adapter in the car.)

I've had both the Starmate Replay and Sportster 4. The Starmate Replay sounds markedly better....less congested and tinny. Both were directly hard wired and volume equalized for a fair apples to apples comparo, btw.

I prefer the Sportster's large fonts and knob as you, but the sound quality, in comparison, was enough to draw me away from the Sportster 4.
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I haven't heard the sportster 4's sound quality on a home receiver yet, so I can't comment there. The starmate replay is a "great" receiver for the money. Especially if your not using the fm transmitter on a home stereo. Unfortunately I have heard some mixed reviews on the sportster 4 though. It is a gorgeous unit, with the universal docking capability, and replay function.

In the world of electronics smaller isn't always better, imo. The plugs on the docking kits for these new radios are extremely small and cheesy, also imo. I'm careful with my gear, and I would be afraid of snapping them off if I had one.

The starmate has the 3 plug problems, which can also break if not careful.

Finally, I would get a starmate for a year or two and wait for the next generation of universal docking radios, as I think they will be even better in quality than the ones in stores now. Plus you could have two, which is the way to go. Good luck!
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Thanks to all for your help. I'll probably go with the Starmate Replay. BTW Costco.com has it for $70. Should I assume I'll be able to use my original Starmate home kits with the Replay with no reduction in quality? Thanks again.
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You might wanna call sirius before you go buying it. They got some great deals through customer service.

I believe the replay is offered as a free radio again.
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I already did. They quoted me a "discounted cost" as a loyal customer that was higher than the Costco.com cost.
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