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Old 11-28-2005, 07:15 PM   #16
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Default S50 Installation (unit and antenna)

Just wondering if most have installed it (in their car) themselves or have they hired a radio/speaker installer to do it. I have a 2004 Mercedes CLK 320 convertible and since I am not mechanically inclined I am thinking that this may be the better solution - unless someone can convince me that it is very easy to do.

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Old 11-29-2005, 08:06 PM   #17
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I am having major issues with my s50 bumping out of the car deck. I don’t understand why they didn’t install a lock. Not only does it bump out but I have to completely remove the s50 from the deck to make it work again. Otherwise it just says acquiring signal. I like the s50 a lot but I am starting to think I got a broken car deck. I also get a lot of noise when I use the lineout from the deck. I don’t get the noise when I plug it into the top of the s50. Wondering if I should try to return the deck or are others having this problem?
Same here. I got a 2000 Grand Am GT and I was seeing this tonight. If it just barely jumps in the cradle and I mean BARELY it cuts out. I had it happen to me in Cincinnati tonight twice and just did the install. Not done yet so pics coming soon!
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Old 11-29-2005, 08:12 PM   #18
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Ok guys I need a link to a good right angle line in adapter that fits the S50 dock. All the Rat Shack ones are this round shape that is too fat. I would prefer that on the other end of the cord are RCA's but thats optional.

Any Ideas?
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Old 11-30-2005, 10:47 AM   #19
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Managed to shave around the fat end on the radio shack adapter last night and made one fit. It will suit me for now but I shaved too much on the left side so it wont last forever...but will do for now. Still curious on what everyone else is doing on hooking it up in the car.
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Old 12-01-2005, 06:22 PM   #20
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I returned my s50 because I was so tired of it popping out when I hit a bump. I got a new one and the problem is gone. I think they may have released a few defective units. My new s50 fits much better in the deck. I also tried to get ride of the ground issue with a ground loop isolator and it didn’t work. Not sure how to get rid of the ground issue with my lineout on the deck. They made the lineout to darn sensitive.
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Old 12-02-2005, 10:24 AM   #21
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I returned my s50 because I was so tired of it popping out when I hit a bump. I got a new one and the problem is gone. I think they may have released a few defective units. My new s50 fits much better in the deck. I also tried to get ride of the ground issue with a ground loop isolator and it didn’t work. Not sure how to get rid of the ground issue with my lineout on the deck. They made the lineout to darn sensitive.
Do you have an amp in the car?
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Old 12-02-2005, 02:31 PM   #22
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yea 800 watt amp with 4guage wire for supply and ground. the noise is only coming from the speakers that are amped.
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Old 12-02-2005, 02:37 PM   #23
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I thought so I have an amp in my Grand Am. You might need 2 ground loop isolators but I would try this. Put the GFI just before the Amp. Meaning....

S50 ----> Tuner ----> GFI -----> AMP -----> Speakers.

Im assuming you have RCA's going from the Tuner to the AMP. I had to put one right there in my car to get out the noise.

Also You might want to check the headphone connection on the back of the S50 dock. If you have too fat of a connector you will get noise if it doesnt totally fit into the back of the S50. I had to trim down a radio shack one to make it totally fit snug.

The Radio Shack GFI's do a hell of a job compared to some of the others on the market and are the same price ~ $15.


That will take care of your issue.
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Old 12-03-2005, 08:12 AM   #24
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I thought so I have an amp in my Grand Am. You might need 2 ground loop isolators but I would try this. Put the GFI just before the Amp. Meaning....

S50 ----> Tuner ----> GFI -----> AMP -----> Speakers.

Im assuming you have RCA's going from the Tuner to the AMP. I had to put one right there in my car to get out the noise.
I tryed 1 GFI just like you said. S50 ----> Tuner ----> GFI -----> AMP -----> Speakers. Didnt fix the problem. But i think you may be right about my connector being to big. I might try shaving it down to see if that works.
I got my rca to mini y cable from Recoton.
http://www.minidiscaccess.com/item.html?PRID=776801
The connector is big for the s50 lineout. I put the GFI right into the amp instead of right out the radio. I figured it would be the same thing without having to put it under my dash. I appericate your help musicguy2k3.
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You did it at the right spot putting it next to the Amp. You want it as close to the end of the line as possible to take out the most noise.
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I shaved the connector down and completely fixed the problem. Thanx alot musicguy2k3.

Also talked to a guy at BB today and he told me alot of the units are having the problem with bumping out and having to reboot. You may wanna try returning your s50 for a new one if you have his problem. He said the 1st batch they sentout had the issue and now they have fixxed it.
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Old 12-03-2005, 05:42 PM   #27
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Awesome.... glad to be of some help!!!

If the unit gets to be annoying enough I will call up Sirius for a return since I already mailed in my rebate.
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Old 12-09-2005, 02:52 PM   #28
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Default S50 FM Modulator or Aux In???

I have been looking at the Sirius S50 for quite some time now and stumbled on this website.

I have a 2006 Mazda 3 GT and would like to install this in my car and wanted to check if i could use an aux in instead of an FM modulator?

The Mazda 3 factory stereo does not have an AUX in but there is a company that has created an add-on for the factory stereo that attaches to the port where the Mini disc or cassette player would attach to, see the link below:

http://www.sylfex.com/products/AuxMod/

I would like to know If i could because im sure i would recieve a better sound from it. Or if anyone else has suggestions or comments.

As a side note I wanted to know if i could mount the antenna for the S50 in the car but up against the front window or am i better off putting it on the roof as much as i hate the fact of an ugly antenna on the roof.

Anybody have any advice or maybe already installed one on a mazda 3 let me know...........
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Old 12-09-2005, 09:09 PM   #29
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I have been looking at the Sirius S50 for quite some time now and stumbled on this website.

I have a 2006 Mazda 3 GT and would like to install this in my car and wanted to check if i could use an aux in instead of an FM modulator?

The Mazda 3 factory stereo does not have an AUX in but there is a company that has created an add-on for the factory stereo that attaches to the port where the Mini disc or cassette player would attach to, see the link below:

http://www.sylfex.com/products/AuxMod/

I would like to know If i could because im sure i would recieve a better sound from it. Or if anyone else has suggestions or comments.

As a side note I wanted to know if i could mount the antenna for the S50 in the car but up against the front window or am i better off putting it on the roof as much as i hate the fact of an ugly antenna on the roof.
I would recommend using the AUX in. You will have great SQ.

The antenna should be on the roof, this is recommended by Sirius. You can try it inside the car if you want. You might experience more drop outs because of this. Some people have had good luck doing it that way.
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Old 12-11-2005, 02:11 PM   #30
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Default Turning on/off S50

OK, a few things here:
1) LOVE the S50
2) When the S50 is already in the car-dock and off, I hold the "Playlists" button to turn it on, BUT, ONLY the player turns on and not the car-dock. I then try to turn it off and cannot. Hold the Playlists button...nothing. I must remove the player from the dock, replace it and only then will everything - player and dock - turn on. Minor inconvenience, but frustrating, nonetheless.
3) It seems that when everything does turn on, that for about a minute or two, I get drop-outs every 5 to 10 seconds and each lasts a few seconds. It seems that the antenna icon appears only when there is a weak signal and it does actually appear during this initial start-up for the minute or two soon thereafter.
Any help is greatly appreciated. I have noticed others 'complaining' of the not turning on thing, but haven't noticed of any resolutions. Thanks for your help.
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