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Old 12-14-2006, 04:09 PM   #1
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Hey fellow Sirius fans, I had my ST2 for about a year now. Does anyone know the average lifetime of your radio approximately ? Mine is never locked in the car in the Arizona summers, and winters. I listen to it on the way to work, take it out, and put it in my boombox for 8 hours, listen to it on the way home, and listen for another couple hours in the late afternoon. Thanks
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Old 12-14-2006, 06:15 PM   #2
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mine starmate 3's (3 of them) lasted a few months each. same problem every time. i would bring it in my car, then back to my house everyday and the wear and tear on the power cord made the supply fall right out on two of them! 3rd one was broken right out of the box
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Old 12-14-2006, 07:00 PM   #3
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My Audiovox PNP2 lasted three years before it began to 'act up'. It started taking 3-4 minutes to 'warm up' before it would receive a signal. Apart from that, it still works

After two or three years, you're better off getting a newer radio anyway.. I picked up a Stratus because the PNP2 wouldn't get the new Canadian channels.

FWIW my PNP2 saw a LOT of use. I often left it turned on sitting in my home dock for weeks on end. I'll bet over the three years, I had it, it was on for an average of 20 hrs a day.
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Old 12-14-2006, 09:55 PM   #4
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My Starmate Replay just died today. 15 days past the warranty period of course. It was my first unit. I did have to replace the car dc cord once, and the home kit once. For people who just leave their radio in their cars I suppose this is fine but I listen in my home, bring it in the car, and then bring it into my office. The constant plugging and unplugging of the jacks wears everything out!
My friend at work had a Starmate Replay like mine that just crapped out too, same timeframe.
He bought a new Starmate Replay and noted that the new unit's FM transmitter sucks!
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In my experience it seems the larger, older units stood the test of time much better.

The Original Streamer, Orbiter and PNP1 and PNP2 all seem to have the most loyal following.
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Well let's see here. Today is December 14 2006. I subscribed to Sirius on November 7 2005. I'm about to loose the power jack on my second Starmate Replay so it's beginning to sound like a two-receiver per year deal around here!
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In my experience it seems the larger, older units stood the test of time much better.
I think that Sirius started trying to shrink the cases -- thereby increasing heat build-up and shortening the lives -- more quickly than they were able to drop power consumption by virtue of moving to the 2nd and 3rd generation chipsets...

Now that they have reasonably low-power chipsets out, I want to believe the reliability of the latest models should be pretty good.
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Now that they have reasonably low-power chipsets out, I want to believe the reliability of the latest models should be pretty good.
YES.. My old PNP2 got so hot that it was painful to press your hand against the back and hold it there when the radio was running in the car on a hot summer day....

My new Stratus gets a little warm to the touch, but nowhere near as hot..
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Yea the truly sad thing is that about 6mo ago the starmate replay(ST2) seemed to be absolutly everywhere...I remember seeing them in cars on the road all the time....now with the connection problems folks spent their hard earned money and got a less than stellar product. The newer recievers are FAR better (imo) but that doesn't help the people with limited incomes who tried sirius for the first time.
Hopefully they will be able to try the newer ones....I know the InV and the Stratus are fairly inexpensive..
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Old 12-18-2006, 01:22 PM   #10
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My original Audiovox PNP2 lasted over 3 years of hard, house to car, plug and play use. I purchased an extended 4 year warranty ($39) at the outset, so I am essentially still on my 1st radio. I think I am going to get a Stilletto though, when they either go on sale or come out with another portable.
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I had a sirius one and I killed it off on friday. Nothing to do with the radio, I had just installed a Aux connection to the head unit and when putting the dash back together and placing the sirius unit I managed to push in the dc power cord to far into the radio and it killed it. Ran down to the store and picked up one for $19. The new unit runs substantially cooler then the origional unit. I have it inside a little cubby in my altima and when the door is closed, the area gets very hot. Not with the new one. Perhaps the lower powered fm transmitter is what is allowing it to run cooler. I also noticed that the led display is substantially sharper and brighter then the origional unit.
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Old 12-18-2006, 08:09 PM   #12
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My wife has had the SIRIUS XACT Visor for year. It has had no problems. It is rarely taken out of the car though.
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Average 3-4 years daily plug & play use. If left in car and not docked and redocked several times per day.....
5 years or more if taken care of.
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i havent had any trouble out of my radio (starmate 3) i actually love the radio. if you are really careful they should be good for a year or two. if you dont have to move it a lot. probably good for years to come! i move mine from my truck to house every single day! i have a first gen skyfi (xm) and it still works like it did when it was new. i have had really good luck with sat radios.
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Average 3-4 years daily plug & play use. If left in car and not docked and redocked several times per day.....
5 years or more if taken care of.

what? plug and play use MEANS you can move it from one location to another easily. if left in a car and not taken out, that is not plug n play amigo, that's plug n sit. plug n play is when you bring it back and forth, you're supposed to be able to do that. and when i did it daily, i got three broken starmate replays in one year.
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