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Old 09-08-2008, 09:14 PM   #1
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My version 1 Stiletto died after a little over a year. I rarely used it, 99% of the time I listened in the car, averaging about an hour a week.

I'm really surprised by the short lifespan. How long would you expect a well taken care of Stiletto shoold last?

I 've been looking at eBay, is that my best used shopping options?

I could buy a used, refurbished or new version 1, or I could upgrade to the Stiletto 2. (BTW, If I bought a new Stiletto 1, would the oiginal warranty still apply?

What do you it see as the pros and cons of each choices and what would you do if you were me and why? Since I use it so infrequently I'd like to find the most econo mical solution.

Thanks in advance for your counsel.
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I think most would agree, that the radios produced by Directed, S50, SL100, SL2 etc all seem to have short life's. I believe they are getting better, but in my case, all the radio's and docks have had issues. Many here as well as myself would recommend buying an extended warranty.

Like most portable electronics, it seems that the heat generated as well as the abuse of dropping and using it in real life add to the short life.

This is not new. Look at the cell phones ipods etc. All have issues too.

Call it planned obsolescence, or just poor engineering, I think there is much room for improvement!

Again, Buy the extended warranty. Buying it new would give you a 1 yr warranty. Normally if you get an exchange under warranty you have to re-buy an extended warranty to get a new one. Many of the new extended warranties from BB and CC allow only for one swap per warranty.

As far as eBay, normally you are on your own. You are at the mercy of the person who sold it to you. Make sure you get all your questions answered before you bid. The only warranty is the sellers reputation and the risk of getting bad feedback. Look at their history, See how often they get bad feedback. Some stores such as TSS also sell radios on eBay so they do have a warranty. Others who sell you their old radio's have no warranty left and I don't believe original warranty's transfer to the new owner.

Just remember normally you get what you pay for. If a radio seems like too good of a deal it probably is. I get emails all the time from people who bought S50's and have tried to revive them using the 3 finger salute. But the radio's just are physically not working so no recovery procedure will work. This goes for SL100 too.

Perhaps if you wait a few months there might be a lot of radios up for sale once the dual tuner radios start coming out. Many people will want to sell their radios so there will be lots of opportunities to get a good deal.

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Ive never had a cell phone that lated only 1 year. In fact Ive never even had a cell phone go dead on me. These portables have to be one of the worst engineered portables of all electronics in this day and age... at this price. This post is just another example of the short lifespan these things have.

Based on the number of posts I see about these units, I hardly believe I just had a lemon and as Ive mentioned, Ive never had any electronic, portable device fail on me so quickly. Example, I leave my laptop on for days on end and that thing is still going 5 years later. Face it, this is one shoddy engineered device and they need some competition in who manufacture's these.
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Cell phones don't have heat producing chipsets that must be able to decode audio from moving satellites. These chipsets while they have come down in size, still get very warm and in most cases it is my opinion that the heat is the culprit for most failures.

Notebooks just like Desktops have fans built into them to keep them running cool. Can you imagine the size of a tuner that has a fan on it like a notebook.

Folks need to read up on the technology before making statements such as this.

These chipsets will get smaller, run cooler and eventually the devices will last for much longer periods of time. I have a big streamer that is 5 years old, but it is big and has a big heat sink. When they started making these portables and tuners smaller, heat begin to be an issue. By the way I had a Stiletto SL100 that was 2 years old and to my knowledge it is still going strong! Much depends on how these devices are used, how hard the user is on them and if they are left inside hot vehicles, especially while turned on.

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