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Old 12-26-2006, 09:40 AM   #1
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Default Sportster4 and Sportster Replay

Whats the difference these 2? The Sportster Replay is $20 cheaper than the sportster4, but whats the difference? Is the Sportster Replay a Sportster4?

Its very confusing all the different models that seem to do the same thing except look differently. should I consider the starmate series? If so which one?

Can someone please clarify and give me some suggestions on what I should buy for my first satelitte radio.
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The Sportster 4 is sleeker and much smaller/thinner. It also utilizes the new "universal dock", a dock that has more boombox and accessory options. Artist Seek is supported on it as well, rather than just Song Seek like the Replay.
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Old 12-26-2006, 11:18 AM   #3
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For your first satellite radio, if you don't know if you will like it or not, or if you just want a barebones radio for your car, I would recommend the InV. It is less than $50, so it is a small investment if you end up not liking it. If you want an upgraded radio from that, it is almost a chain:

-Stratus has similar features, but it uses a docking station making it easy to move from the home to the car and back.

-Starmate 3 adds more features like a nicer quality display, song and artist seek(alerts you when your favorite song or artist is playing), a clock, 30 presets instead of 10, 5 FM frequencies to transmit to your car with a one touch switch to go from one to another, GameAlert, which will tell you when a team you like is playing and when the score changes.

-Starmate4 Is similar to the Starmate 3 only it has a blue display and has replay features, so you can go pause and rewind live radio. If you want

-Sportster 3 and 4 are similar to the Starmate 3 and 4, only it has a much larger display and a rotary knob for easier switching between channels

-My Pick: Starmate Replay. It is similar to the Starmate 4, but it is last year's model. Almost all of the features are on it, except gamealert, but it has a smaller footprint if you only want it in the car due to the lack of a dock. It's also $25 cheaper than the Starmate 4.
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many thanks for the detailed responses. I know I'm going to like the sat radio as many of my friends have it. I guess I was looking at the sportster replay but also eying the starmate and the sportster replay.

One concern I have is the poor fm transmitter coverage I have been reading aobut lately. I have a FM radio headphone set I was going to use in conjunction with this sportster. I wanted to use my radio headphones that I got for christmas to listen to my sat radio from inside my company truck while I am doing yard inspections. I will at most be 100 feet from my truck in direct line of sight. Will I have to buy a stronger fm transmitter or will the one in the sportster be strong enough? Will I also be able to pick up the sat radio in my house if I park my truck right beside my house?
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If you can find it, the Xact Visor is your best bet if you want the absolute strongest radio. This year's radios have had their FM transmitter neutered because of the FCC and NAB, National Assoc. of Broadcasters. It's only a barebones radio though, so if you want a feature-rich radio, I would recommend the C. Crane FM Transmitter, which can be easily made to broadcast strongly:

http://www.ccrane.com/radios/fm-tran...ansmitter.aspx

Making the modification(takes 10 minutes and almost no technology experience: http://www.xmfan.com/viewtopic.php?t=3257
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so are you saying that in its original state the sportster will not be able to transmit 100feet radius around my truck?
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