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Old 12-13-2006, 12:35 AM   #1
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Hi, I'm looking to buy a Satellite radio for my parents for christmas, I'm new to the technology and I'm still trying to figure out what I need. It'll mainly be used in the house, so right now car connectivity is not important. My main question is out of the box will a standalone radio such as the Sportster 4 or Starmate 4 be all I need to connect it to the home stereo via an aux input on the stereo? Do these radios come with all I'd need? Or would I also need to purchase the Universal Home Kit, I'm confused on whether this is required, and if not, what is it for?

Lastly, what differentiates the Sportster 4 and Starmate 4, I've heard the FM transmitter on the Sportster 4 is very weak, does this also apply to the Starmate 4? Any other significant differences in features, performance etc...?

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My main question is out of the box will a standalone radio such as the Sportster 4 or Starmate 4 be all I need to connect it to the home stereo via an aux input on the stereo? Do these radios come with all I'd need? Or would I also need to purchase the Universal Home Kit, I'm confused on whether this is required, and if not, what is it for?
Both the Sportster 4 and the Starmate 4 can be used for both the car and home. They both come with car kits, so you're going to have to buy the universal home kit if you want to listen to it in the house. Or you can always get a universal boombox

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Lastly, what differentiates the Sportster 4 and Starmate 4, I've heard the FM transmitter on the Sportster 4 is very weak, does this also apply to the Starmate 4? Any other significant differences in features, performance etc...?
All the new radios have weak FM transmitters. You're going to need an Wired FM Modulator Relay.

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Thanks for the response! So the radio itself does not have an audio output jack, I'll need the dock for that?

And I suppose I shouldn't choose the starmate 4 over the sportster 4 strictly based on poor FM transmission? What else differentiates these two radios that would account for the price difference?

I should also mention that I'm a Canadian customer since I've read that the weaker FM transmission is due to FCC regulations, would you know if these limitations would therefore also apply here? ie. are we getting the exact same models as the US?

Thanks again!
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Thanks for the response! So the radio itself does not have an audio output jack, I'll need the dock for that?
Yes, the universal home dock is what the radio sits in and (should) has an audio output jack.

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And I suppose I shouldn't choose the starmate 4 over the sportster 4 strictly based on poor FM transmission? What else differentiates these two radios that would account for the price difference?
You got me on that one. Other then the screen and controls, I don't think there's much difference.

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I should also mention that I'm a Canadian customer since I've read that the weaker FM transmission is due to FCC regulations, would you know if these limitations would therefore also apply here? ie. are we getting the exact same models as the US?
They all come from the same two makers, so I assume that all the radios shipped to Canada for retail sale are going to be the safe. Maybe someone else can verify that...
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Both the Sportster 4 and the Starmate 4 can be used for both the car and home. They both come with car kits, so you're going to have to buy the universal home kit if you want to listen to it in the house. Or you can always get a universal boombox



All the new radios have weak FM transmitters. You're going to need an Wired FM Modulator Relay.

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Just a quick clarification: if you are only going to use this in the home you do not need the FM relay. That is for car use only. If you get the universal home kit you can connect it directly to your home stereo with a patch cable if your stereo has an open input connection. I think the home kit comes with a cable but depending on your stereo at home you may need to go to radioshack and get a different one (don't worry - they are inexpensive).

And if you do decide to instsall it in their car - you should also get the FM relay as recommended above.
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Sounds good, thanks a lot for the help guys, I appreciate it!
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