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Old 12-16-2006, 03:19 PM   #1
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Hello to all,

I am totally new to sirius radio, besides listening to free online trials. I can't think of any new email names to make up though, so I'm taking the plunge.

Here's my situation:

I own a lawn care company, and I want to install Sirius in the truck and listen to it through noise cancelling headphones while working. None of our properties are large, so therefore I would need only a max range of 200 ft. Although price is always a consideration, I don't mind paying to just get it to work well! I would also like to be able to bring the radio in the house and use it, so I guess I'll need a dock inside for that as well.

That being said, does anyone have a set up they would recommend for what I'm looking for? I saw the s50 online for a cheap deal, but I'm not sure if that's the best choice. Again, I need reliability and great sound that I can transmit to an FM radio outdoors (either through Peltor racetunes or a walkman/headphone set up inside N.C. headphones).

Also, I'm assuming the radio is hardwired so it can be on when the truck isn't to broadcast?

Thanks for any input, and i'll keep searching in the meantime. Wifey wants to buy it for me for X-Mas so I'm looking to get it soon.
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Old 12-16-2006, 03:30 PM   #2
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You're going to want an older radio if you want a strong FM transmitter. Any reason you don't want to go with the Stiletto and just listen live? The stiletto docks so you could play it at home, in the car and carry it with you outside.
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You're going to want an older radio if you want a strong FM transmitter. Any reason you don't want to go with the Stiletto and just listen live? The stiletto docks so you could play it at home, in the car and carry it with you outside.
Here is what I have for the house, if your willing to spend a few extra bucks

Buy a basic new radio like starmate 4 like I have, buy a home dock and connect it to the stereo, through aux output/input. Now you will be able to hear it locally in the office etc...

Now buy a pair of Sennheiser wireless headphone, these things are great, plug them into the headphone jack of the stereo, so I far I tested these about 500 feet away and they work perfectly, but they are pretty big.

Here are the headphones I have
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16826159406
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You're going to want an older radio if you want a strong FM transmitter. Any reason you don't want to go with the Stiletto and just listen live? The stiletto docks so you could play it at home, in the car and carry it with you outside.

I am not entirely against this idea, however I thought it would be wise to keep the most expensive part of the process out of the elements we work in. Extreme heat, scraping against trees and bushes, massive sweat (I'm in Texas BTW).

Are there any ways to boost the strength of the newer radio transmitters? I"m guessing if I order a radio from Sirius now it won't be an older one.

Thanks much!
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Here is what I have for the house, if your willing to spend a few extra bucks

Buy a basic new radio like starmate 4 like I have, buy a home dock and connect it to the stereo, through aux output/input. Now you will be able to hear it locally in the office etc...

Now buy a pair of Sennheiser wireless headphone, these things are great, plug them into the headphone jack of the stereo, so I far I tested these about 500 feet away and they work perfectly, but they are pretty big.

Here are the headphones I have
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16826159406
Thanks for your suggestion, but it seems like that would only work great at MY house. We service 40 lawns per day, and I need it to work out of my truck with maximum reliability and minimal wear & tear/damage.
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I am not entirely against this idea, however I thought it would be wise to keep the most expensive part of the process out of the elements we work in. Extreme heat, scraping against trees and bushes, massive sweat (I'm in Texas BTW).

Are there any ways to boost the strength of the newer radio transmitters? I"m guessing if I order a radio from Sirius now it won't be an older one.

Thanks much!
For what it's worth, I'm in Texas as well and use mine outside (I have the TSS-radio armband) everyday. I bike about 40 minutes-1hr/day and lift weights for another hour and all the time it's strapped to my arm. So, I wouldn't worry about sweat hurting it if you use the armband.

You might want to check the 'for sale' section here or check on ebay for an older unit. I know with my S50 the FM transmitter goes a LONG ways, many hundreds of feet even when there are walls in the way.
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Thanks very much for the reply. Do any of the other units that would mount in the truck have an FM transmitter, or can I at least add one to them? I don't really care too much about the portable unit, although I would like to take it inside the house to play which I don't mind getting another dock for.
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You could always run a Ramsey FM25B on 12 vdc.

That connected to and audio source will transmit to any FM radio up to 1/8 of a mile.
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Thanks very much for the reply. Do any of the other units that would mount in the truck have an FM transmitter, or can I at least add one to them? I don't really care too much about the portable unit, although I would like to take it inside the house to play which I don't mind getting another dock for.
If you get a wireless audio transmitter and plug it into the radio, it'll broadcast the audio from satellite radio to headphones wirelessly.
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If you get a wireless audio transmitter and plug it into the radio, it'll broadcast the audio from satellite radio to headphones wirelessly.

Will this work with any of the sirius radios that will mount in the truck?
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Old 12-20-2006, 11:19 AM   #11
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Hello to all,

I am totally new to sirius radio, besides listening to free online trials. I can't think of any new email names to make up though, so I'm taking the plunge.

Here's my situation:

I own a lawn care company, and I want to install Sirius in the truck and listen to it through noise cancelling headphones while working. None of our properties are large, so therefore I would need only a max range of 200 ft. Although price is always a consideration, I don't mind paying to just get it to work well! I would also like to be able to bring the radio in the house and use it, so I guess I'll need a dock inside for that as well.

That being said, does anyone have a set up they would recommend for what I'm looking for? I saw the s50 online for a cheap deal, but I'm not sure if that's the best choice. Again, I need reliability and great sound that I can transmit to an FM radio outdoors (either through Peltor racetunes or a walkman/headphone set up inside N.C. headphones).

Also, I'm assuming the radio is hardwired so it can be on when the truck isn't to broadcast?

Thanks for any input, and i'll keep searching in the meantime. Wifey wants to buy it for me for X-Mas so I'm looking to get it soon.
This is a unit that I think has been discontinued. It has a GREAT FM transmitter. The unit is On sale at Meijer this week for only $39. You could buy it and test via a preview channel so you would not have to subscribe. You could then return it if you are not satisfied. Good luck.

(Copy/Paste from another post I previously did on a previous thread)

My wife has had the SIRIUS XACT Visor for over a year but hardly ever takes it out of the car. It has worked great but is a "no frills" device and the remote does not work too well (being honest). If you can keep it within reach, a remote will not be needed. It is $39 at Meijer this week.

www.meijer.com (do a search of SIRIUS VISOR)

More information:

http://www.xactcommunication.com/XTR3-Visor-29/
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This is a unit that I think has been discontinued. It has a GREAT FM transmitter. The unit is On sale at Meijer this week for only $39. You could buy it and test via a preview channel so you would not have to subscribe. You could then return it if you are not satisfied. Good luck.

(Copy/Paste from another post I previously did on a previous thread)

My wife has had the SIRIUS XACT Visor for over a year but hardly ever takes it out of the car. It has worked great but is a "no frills" device and the remote does not work too well (being honest). If you can keep it within reach, a remote will not be needed. It is $39 at Meijer this week.

www.meijer.com (do a search of SIRIUS VISOR)

More information:

http://www.xactcommunication.com/XTR3-Visor-29/

Thanks for the great info! I'll definitely check them out and try it.

BTW, we love Matthew McConaughey as well as we live in Austin, TX. Dave Ramsey has it right on too.

Thanks again!
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