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Old 11-28-2006, 09:40 AM   #1
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to replace the stollen ST2 and im hearing the new fm transmitter on the new starmates suck..does this hold true when when using the wired fm mod? Id hate to think this thing is not gonna sound like my old ST2

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Old 11-28-2006, 09:54 AM   #2
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It won't be a problem. The lower transmit power is offset by the lack of competing signal.
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great to hear..looking forward to having sirius back after a 2 month hiatus but then again with all these threads on sound degradation and repeater/signal issues maybe I should have stayed away

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The sound quality problems you've been reading recent posts about are fairly new. They're probably the result of a less-than-optimal tweak of the codec that will likely be fixed soon. I understand they are pretty much limited to talk, and not music. Generally, you have to be an audiophile to detect and object to the problem.

Repeater problems rarely happen. They're annoying, but they generally get resolved fairly quickly. There was one in Phoenix that seemed to last months, but was actually resolved in less than two weeks. If you're referring to the FCC problems, those are pretty much a matter of doing the paperwork right. Techinically, a few cheap, easily installed parts should fix any problem, but the FCC requires a few forests to be clearcut before they'll sign off on compliance.

I wouldn't recommend either getting or avoiding Sirius. I would invite a friend considering it over to my house or in my car to listen for themself. I don't have fancy speakers or a high dollar setup, so they can get a good, honest idea of what their purchase will get them. I would also have a frank discussion with them about Sirius vs XM's playlists and channel selection. I would then let them make up their mind.
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I ordered the Starmate 4 also, got it for $80 plus the $20 mail in rebate, I am not sure if I qualify for the mail in rebate, since I already am a subscriber. can anyone explain the new mail in rebate?

As for the weak FM transmitter, I am looking into a new car stereo with aux in plug on the front so i cna use my ipod and satellite radio

Can anyone recommend a good car stereo?
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I have to disagree with Ramius. The Harrisburg, PA repeater has been off since Oct. 13 and there is no mention of when it will be back on. It doesn't appear to be a mechanical breakdown, but a fallout with the FCC. If Ramius was referring to mechanical problems involving repeaters being a short-term affair, then possibly this is true. I sure hope repeater problems are not a trend for Sirius. We all depend on them around tall buildings and when inside where instreaming isn't allowed. I heard that a new technology is on the horizon that will reduce or eliminate the need for repeaters. I hope this is so.
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I have to disagree with Ramius.
I don't mind it when someone disagrees, Dale. Could you be precise about what it is you find incorrect, please? That way I can either reiterate I was stating my opinion, apologize for not stating that it was an opinion, post supporting articles and links, or just admit I was wrong.

A number (eleven, I believe) of repeaters were shut down by the FCC for exceeding tranmitted power levels. IF that violation occured at the center frequency (CF) and throughout the licensed bandwidth, THEN a simple in-line attenuator is all that is needed to fix the problem, if simply reducing the power amp drive level is not an option. IF the problem is excessive power outside the licensed bandwidth, then a band-pass filter would be required. IF the problem is high peak emissions at spots in or out of the licensed bandwidth, then the problem is a lot harder to fix.

In any event, the fix might happen in a day, but the FCC approval and reinstatement of license to broadcast might take weeks and reams of paper.

Going on seven weeks, I would have to say the Harrisburg PA repeater is probably stuck in beaurocratic limbo. But that does not negate my earlier point that long repeater shutdowns are rare.
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