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Old 08-08-2005, 02:15 PM   #1
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I yanked this from the 2004 CES Review.

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SIRIUS also announced a new wireless distribution system for the home. The antenna and base station will allow a SIRIUS device to operate without line of site, even in the depths of your home. Imagine using the boom box in your bedroom or even in the garage without windows! The repeater system is exclusive to the SIRIUS service and is estimated to be released in March at a price of $79.
I've been waiting for this, but never saw anything from Sirius or XM on this front. That is, until yesterday when I was walking through Best Buy and stumbled upon the Delphi XM Signal Repeater.

Does Sirius have any plans to put out a repeater of their own? This would certainly make things a lot easier for me in various places of my home (garage, basement, etc). I love my Sirius, but having to always deal with placing the antenna somewhere it can get signal gets quite annoying and frustrating.
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Old 08-08-2005, 02:45 PM   #2
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The Sirius Repeater is not expected anytime soon. The FCC requires it to be designed in a way that would be currently too expensive to make.
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Old 08-08-2005, 03:52 PM   #3
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As far as I know, the ECHO Home Repeater is dead. It's a shame because this is critical to SIRIUS in-building reception. Sort of ironic being that XM came out with their own Delphi version.

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i noticed the same thing the other day....and relized how important that repeater is....Sirius is always one step behind.
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I agree, it would've been nice to have. Has anyone read how well the XM one works? I have not really heard. I just remember reading that you have to have a converter connected to you XM radio that will convert the 900MHz??signal back to the GHz range for the radio to read it.
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Awe man - that's really crummy news :\

Maybe Sirius will surprise us with something like the Delphi unit, but I won't hold my breath.
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I really wish Sirius would make a repeater product and sell it to health clubs, allowing better reception indoors for those wearable devices in the future.
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Too bad because i'd love that for my house. Why exactly can XM do it but Sirius' costs are too expensive? Do they have a different hardware deal or something that allowed it?
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I agree, it would've been nice to have. Has anyone read how well the XM one works? I have not really heard. I just remember reading that you have to have a converter connected to you XM radio that will convert the 900MHz??signal back to the GHz range for the radio to read it.
I have the Delphi home repeater for XM, and it works great. It has an advertised range of about 75 feet. I have it in my attic, and I'm able to get 2-3 bars of signal strength (3 being the max) on both floors of my house.

If Sirius came out with one of these repeaters, I'd definitely get one. I keep my Sirius antenna outside now, so I don't have reception problems, but I'm limited to 1-room listening unless I want to keep moving the antenna to different outdoor locations near the room I'm in (or buy a load of extension cables).
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Too bad because i'd love that for my house. Why exactly can XM do it but Sirius' costs are too expensive? Do they have a different hardware deal or something that allowed it?
The assumptions you see here about why Sirius never released the Echo are just that; assumptions. They've never said a word about since the initial announcement. Send Customer NoService an email referencing the 2004 PR and see what they respond!
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Personally I don't think the Echo is dead. If XM can do it, Sirius can too. Sirius may just be working out all the bugs before releasing it.
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Sirius needs to come out with a home repeater BEFORE offering ANY MORE receivers. If a company can offer a repeater for XM, there's no excuse for Sirius to not offer a design of their own.
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I hope they come out with a home reapter soon!!!
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The reviews of the XM/Delphi repeater weren't good...it sounds kinda worthless in many cases I guess.

The original Sirius Repeater was a great idea, but it got nixed by the FCC.
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Old 08-09-2005, 11:53 PM   #15
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The reviews of the XM/Delphi repeater weren't good...it sounds kinda worthless in many cases I guess.
How so? I haven't seen the reviews. Where are they?

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The original Sirius Repeater was a great idea, but it got nixed by the FCC.
I still think they need a new idea.
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