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Old 01-18-2007, 12:10 PM   #1
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Default Pre-FCC downgrade radio models

I'm looking to get a Sirius radio and since I will be using the FM transmitter in the car for the next year until I turn in a leased car, I'd like to get one of the older models that people feel had the stronger transmitters.
I've seen it mentioned quite a few times in the forums, but didn't see anyone name a specific model.
If I'm going to buy an older radio off ebay, I want to make sure I'm getting the right one for my needs.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 01-18-2007, 02:08 PM   #2
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I wrote this earlier today in another post...

I bought a Sirius One back in March '06 and loved the FM transmitter, just found this place on eBay and picked up another one ($6.99 + $13 ship)...with the GREAT OLD transmitter!

http://stores.ebay.com/LEGENDMICRO-WHOLESALE

P.S. I am in NO WAY affiliated with this place, I just had good luck!
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Old 01-18-2007, 02:17 PM   #3
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I'm sorry, I did see your post on this model and forgot to mention it. The only thing that would stop me from getting one of these is they seem so basic. I guess I was hoping that something like the Starmate ST1 or equivalent would also have the old transmitter.
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Old 01-18-2007, 02:28 PM   #4
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Default After market FM Modulator

What about picking up an after market FM Modulator. Ive seen many small units over the internet to use for cd players, ipods, ect.

They hook up to the head phone jack. Im assuming that maybe these type of modulators are not regulated as much as the satellite radio industry and might have a higher output.

Just an idea.
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Just to help out, it's almost impossible to make sure what you're buying is an earlier "FCC illegal" one. I do have an earlier Starmate Replay (which I'll keep around as long as I can), and believe me, they're worth the money compared to the new ones. The only advice is to ask the seller when it was purchased, if it was in the 1st quarter of '06 or earlier, you should be o.k. You may be able to go as far as the second quarter of '06 but that would be pushing it in my opinion. But even if your leasing your car, hooking up a wired FM relay shouldn't void any lease clause because it can be easily removed. And then you could go with a newer model.
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What about picking up an after market FM Modulator. Ive seen many small units over the internet to use for cd players, ipods, ect.

They hook up to the head phone jack. Im assuming that maybe these type of modulators are not regulated as much as the satellite radio industry and might have a higher output.

Just an idea.
This is probably the easier way out. You don't want to get an old radio then it breaks after a while and you have to buy another old one at some ridiculous price. External modulators would be good and you can just upgrade your radio as you feel like without losing the FM capability.
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I have a Sportster Replay, Model SP-R2R purchased late 2005. The FM transmits a solid 200 feet. I may be one of the lucky ones but I have had zero problems with this unit. It's gonna break my heart when I have to replace it. All the features you should need and a nice big display.
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I am in the same boat...

my old Sanyo model is all but dead.

Don't want to cut or wire anything under the dash. I need a plug/play set up to take into work. What is the FM modulator? Can it be easily plugged into the back of the starmate?

does anyone know when the better starmate was changed over? did all st2r's have strong transmitters? there are a few str2's on ebay, but I can't tell if they are pre or post FCC bs.
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Originally Posted by popeboy
I'm looking to get a Sirius radio and since I will be using the FM transmitter in the car for the next year until I turn in a leased car, I'd like to get one of the older models that people feel had the stronger transmitters.
I've seen it mentioned quite a few times in the forums, but didn't see anyone name a specific model.
If I'm going to buy an older radio off ebay, I want to make sure I'm getting the right one for my needs.

Thanks in advance.
I bought a Starmate Replay from Costco.com on Nov 15, 2006 and it has the Pre-FCC FM transmitter.
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