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Old 10-01-2006, 12:48 AM   #16
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you people really don't believe somebody can be disappointed enough to bring the device back?
One time you say you returned in within 4 hours, now its 24 hours. hmmm

I think it is highly possible someone could buy a device like this a be disappointed with it after they've actually tested it out. Your excuse of size alone is BS. I am sorry, but this device is not HUGE! Why do you sound like an XM Troll to me? You've been such a big Sirius fan, but never a member of this forum, but yet you say you have tons of post over on the XM forums. So that tells me one thing, you are pro XM. When reading the XM forums, the common catch phrase "SIRIUS's tuners are so huge" is BS that is often used. Sorry, I don't believe you either.

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We'll see what excuses he comes up with when the SkyFi3 is released. Now THAT unit gives new meaning to "archaic and huge."
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Old 10-01-2006, 07:37 AM   #18
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DAB, I think they were 2 different posters. Iamthekiller sounds pretty genuine, but the original poster of this thread complaining about size and battery life is probably an XM basher. 4 hours from the time he bought it? Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight! And that would include the initial battery charging time. Riiiiiiiiiiiiight?
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buddywiser, you are correct, I mistook Iamthekiller for the original poster.
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I'd bet he can not afford the $350. Hey thats alot of cash for some people.
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Old 10-01-2006, 11:31 AM   #21
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DAB, I think they were 2 different posters. Iamthekiller sounds pretty genuine, but the original poster of this thread complaining about size and battery life is probably an XM basher. 4 hours from the time he bought it? Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight! And that would include the initial battery charging time. Riiiiiiiiiiiiight?

i am indeed not the original poster - i was just agreeing with the fact that somebody can be disappointed with the device (even though 4 hours is a bit premature). here is my full review: http://www.siriusbackstage.com/forum...0&postcount=32

generally, if you're not feeling good about a device once you initially use it, chances are you won't warm up to it. when i recall all of the gadgets that i've really enjoyed - i liked them right off the bat. other gadgets that i didn't like, i never gave it another chance and and just grow more confident in my decision.

all that being said, i only used xm when it was compatible with my factory head unit. i've always enjoyed the channels on sirius over xm: chill, the beat, revolution, faction, hard attack... i've now got a great factory-looking install for the sirius starmate replay - can't wait to get it in the car
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DAB, I think they were 2 different posters. Iamthekiller sounds pretty genuine, but the original poster of this thread complaining about size and battery life is probably an XM basher. 4 hours from the time he bought it? Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight! And that would include the initial battery charging time. Riiiiiiiiiiiiight?
The original poster can be best spelled in four letters: P-E-S-T!
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Old 10-01-2006, 02:57 PM   #23
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Whether the lamkiller or a1autins, the issue is simply that they did not want or need a portable device. I have always enjoyed Sirius channels more than XM --- what's not to like with NFL games or talk etc.

I iniitially purchased the original XACTO and still have it -- transport it from my car to work --- won't work in the house. I also purchased the huge portable unit that houses the XACTO since I walk/bike ride etc outside almost everyday. But, since I didn't like the XACTO portable device I bought the MyFi as soon as it became available a couple years ago to listen to what they had available but ended up not listening to XM very much because of the lack of channels that interested me. I am going to let my 2 year prescription run out at the end of this year on the MyFi now that the Stiletto has become available.

The Stiletto is not "huge" when you consider what they had to put in it (satelite receiver and antenna etc). While it may not be smaller than some of XM's portable units I believe that the problem all along may have been that Sirius requires a larger receiver to receive its signal. It is a very nice portable device that is smaller than the MyFi. And if you use the slim battery it is even smaller. It would have been nice if they included the home and/or car unit like the MyFi but on the other hand they included a second battery which I would have probably purchased if it didn't come with one.

The only issue I have is the antenna/headphones which are nice but I hope they provide a smiple antenna like the MyFi has so you can use your own headphones with the thing or other types of headphone/antenna units.

In any case, Sirius FINALLY created a portable unit that can be used outside whether I am fishing/biking/walking etc and it is a very well designed unit. Also, I love the Wifi...which works great. So, the only reason for returning it unless it is a bad unit would be the fact that you do not need a portable unit, you do not listen to Sirius ---but not because of the battery life or other lame reasons. I have been waiting for a real portable Sirius device for 2 years....and it has finally arrived.

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Old 10-01-2006, 03:41 PM   #24
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Well I have to respectfully disagree with some posts here (especially people who have not even used this unit yet).
I picked up the unit today at Circuit City (very excited I might add). This is my first experience with Sirius (had XM a number of yrs ago but never actually used it).

So I called Sirius to start my subscription late this morning and to register my Stiletto. I actually needed to go almost out onto teh street before I had 1-2 bars. Then I was able to actually recive a signal 15 feet from teh side of my house. So let's be clear: I live on a cul desac with very few trees on it. And teh ones that are on it arent even within spitting distance of where I am standing. Now, mind you, I live right outside NYC as well (where one would thing signals in he sky would be juuuuust a little bit better anyway (my apologies to all you Kansas folk out tehre).

I came inside and aimed the Stiletto outside my windo, up at the sky. No signal. I attached the included (monstrous) looking antenna headphones and dangled them outside the window. No signal.
Wow....

Well for one this at the very least, this is totally unacceptable. On all of Sirius' ads they tout this thing as portable. This is not portable folks. It just isnt. It doesnt matter if it has been 4 hrs like some people on here have posted that someone shoudl wait more than 4 hrs to return something, or 154 hrs. It just doesnt matter - that is not portability for a alomst $400 device costing a consumer an additional $13/month. Any way you slice it: it just is not.
Very, very unfortunate. I was looking for ward to this as I waited for Sirius to come out with a portable unit like XM has so I can listen to HS on my way to work on the bus, like I see some XM useres use theirs on the bus as well, without reception issues.

Sirius' customer service was just as bad. Again, unfortunately. I had to speak with 3 different people before I was told that support isnt even open on Sunday. The second person I spoke with didnt even know what I was talking about when I said Stiletto. That is really unacceptable Sirius. It really is. So after all afternoon of tryin to get this to work, I am about to return. I dont think I shoudl defend this position after a long afternoon with the device either. If it doesnt work, it doesnt work. Doesnt matter is its 4 hours or 392.

Why this device is billed as Sirius' *portable* Satellite unit is beyond my comprehension. Others who are looking to buy should know what they are getting prior to purchase. Luckily I found this great forum that I was able to read through. Too bad I didn't see it beforehand, otherwise I probably wouldnr have wasted teh trip.

So anyway, I plan on giving support a call tomorrow. I dont expect they will magically flip a switch to actually have my radio work (what a concept that would be!). But I am willing to try nonetheless. Good luck to everyone else who purchased this. I'd be curious to know if there is ANYONE out there who is actually getting recption from the Stiletto. And if you are please post or email me, I would very much appreciate to know how I can get this to work.
Thanks alot for reading: my disappointment is evident

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Old 10-01-2006, 04:12 PM   #25
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You are all expecting too much from a portable satelite radio. This is satelite radio, remember that. It needs a perfect view of the sky so that the radio can be in view of the satelite.

Even the Inno won't get perfect reception inside. I can get reception with my Inno just about anywhere upstairs in my house. Why? There is a repeater somewhere very close. I know this because I can even get spotty reception without connecting an antenna in my basement, meaning the repeater is very close to me.

You could expect this to happen if there was a Sirius repeater near you but obviously there isn't so you will get bad reception in your house. This isn't a fault of the radio, it's a problem with Satelite, TV included which is why your satelite dish is usually on your roof, mine is.

I don't have Sirius anymore but I'm thinking of getting a Stiletto to try out but not until they have car/home kits. I don't use portables as portables, I use them in the car or at home. If I don't like the Stiletto, I can always return in in 30 days. Just gotta wait for CC to get some in.
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Nice unit but is HUGE, 4 time the size of my Ipod, and the battery life sucks. Save your money for a smaller unit. Took back within 4 hours of paying $350 at CC. Not worth the money. Love sirius, not the Stilettto.
WAAAAHHHH WAAAAAAHHHHHH !!!!!!

You're a fool...4 time the size of an Ipod? If you are referring to the Nano then yes...anything else then NO! So what ipod are you comparing it to, the one that picks up WiFi and Sirius content, oh wait Ipods DON'T do that...so you are comparing apples to oranges....The battery life is no worst than the majority of other mp3 players out there....except no other mp3 player can pick up sirius content+satellite radio....

In conclusion, SHADDAP!!!!

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Well, I better have good reception from outside my window. I live in a remote area and there is no tower anywhere near me, BUT, I have a beautiful, unrestricted big sky. I hope I can position the antenna/earhones near a window and set the Stiletto on a make shift stand. I don't want to listen live most of the time; I want to preset the thing to come on to record at a certain time - I want a sat radio Tivo, in effect. If I have to go outside in order to get a signal I will return it or wait for the home dock and set the antenna that comes with it outside. I just got back from CC with the Stiletto and will read up on the manual tomorrow and then activate. We shall see.
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Jasonrak, the reason you had to walk 15 feet in front of your house to get a signal is due to the fact that your house was 'shading' your reception. Next time your in your house around noon on a sunny day, go outside and note all the areas of shade around the house. The sun is a great way to visualize how sat radio works. The sun, in many cases, is just as high as the Sirius sats at times. Sunny areas would have excellent signal, shaded areas would have little to none.
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Ok, as much as it pains me to have to break down to "this level" I am going to...WHY WHY WHY would you buy it if after looking at it in the package you thought," Hmm this seems sort of big, in fact too big for my liking..." I can assure you it DID NOT magically grow AFTER you purchased the unit...*curtsies* I feel better now after venting this. PS yes I spelled Those wrong lol i dont know how to edit titles LOL
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Jasonrak, the reason you had to walk 15 feet in front of your house to get a signal is due to the fact that your house was 'shading' your reception. Next time your in your house around noon on a sunny day, go outside and note all the areas of shade around the house. The sun is a great way to visualize how sat radio works. The sun, in many cases, is just as high as the Sirius sats at times. Sunny areas would have excellent signal, shaded areas would have little to none.
Thanks for the reply. I just don;t understand then how will a home kit solve anything even? If reception cannot be gotten in a home, how do people use the other models? This may sound like an obvous question but I'm still learning...
And if I would be able to listen indoors, then whyin the world woudl Sirius put this unit out without teh docK? (but then what would teh poing of portable be anyways)
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