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Old 11-05-2006, 12:25 PM   #1
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Ok, with all this talk on the board of how great the Soloist is I think I want to get one. However, I have no real use for it. I could put it in the bedroom to use as an alarm clock but that is an expensive system to only use only as an alarm clock. My office is in my basement and I"ll NEVER be able to run an antenna to get a signal there and I already have my older unit broadcasting sirius throught the house with it insane FM transmitter (the Visor has a great FM transmitter) that I can listen to while in the office working.

I could buy it to use as a travel system when I'm on the road but that is a pretty weak reason for wanting one.


So, despite the fact that I don't need one and have no use for one, I still really want it.



Help me find a place for it.
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Old 11-05-2006, 12:29 PM   #2
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I think having Sirius on the road is a great thing. Depending on your work, you may want the boombox instead...but the Soloist is great.
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Ok, with all this talk on the board of how great the Soloist is I think I want to get one. However, I have no real use for it. I could put it in the bedroom to use as an alarm clock but that is an expensive system to only use only as an alarm clock. My office is in my basement and I"ll NEVER be able to run an antenna to get a signal there and I already have my older unit broadcasting sirius throught the house with it insane FM transmitter (the Visor has a great FM transmitter) that I can listen to while in the office working.

I could buy it to use as a travel system when I'm on the road but that is a pretty weak reason for wanting one.


So, despite the fact that I don't need one and have no use for one, I still really want it.



Help me find a place for it.
I'll be the voice of reason; don't do it. You admitted yourself you don't have a real use for it.

The sound quality is nice; not great.

The fact that you have to set the Soloist to tun on to record (or leave it on forever) is a very stupid design. Why couldn't they have designed it to provide enough power in standby like the home dock? The buttons are microscopic and feel cheap. For $75 maybe; for $150 I'd pass.

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Old 11-05-2006, 04:14 PM   #5
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I was personally very disappointed in the Soloist. Much of it felt very cheap (buttons on unit, remote, LCD) and the sound quality wasn't worth the high price. Don't do it.
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Ok, with all this talk on the board of how great the Soloist is I think I want to get one. However, I have no real use for it. I could put it in the bedroom to use as an alarm clock but that is an expensive system to only use only as an alarm clock. My office is in my basement and I"ll NEVER be able to run an antenna to get a signal there and I already have my older unit broadcasting sirius throught the house with it insane FM transmitter (the Visor has a great FM transmitter) that I can listen to while in the office working.

I could buy it to use as a travel system when I'm on the road but that is a pretty weak reason for wanting one.


So, despite the fact that I don't need one and have no use for one, I still really want it.



Help me find a place for it.
Sounds like me...just have to have it. Im happy with mine but recording is not as simple as it is with home dock.
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I'll second bbk's comments, I felt the same way about all of those things, as well as what DoublEE had to say...

Like a lot of us on here, I also am a have to have it kind of guy. I was very disappointed with it and returned it after trying it out at work for a week. DAB feels the complete opposite about it...there's a thread somewhere talking about it, you'd have to search for it though.
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I like it, but I think if the Stiletto had a clock that was on all the time and the home dock would actually wake up and play when it was recording I would rather have that.

The blue clock is too small and too dim. Like others say it's a pain to program.

It does make a nice picture frame.

Most of all I use it for a sleep timer. That's an expensive feature.

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I did find some new timex alarm clock radio's that accept input from a MP3 player and can wake to it. They also had sleep timers. I could leave the stiletto on all the time and get the same features with it.

That would of cost $25 dollars instead of $150
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I think you've answered your own question when you said you have no need for it. If you have no need for it then clearly you should probably wait till perhaps the boombox is released or just not get one period.

I use my Soloist in my bedroom on my nightstand, I use it for the sleep mode, alarm clock and music mode. I do record with it occasionally during the night to get fresh content, then it wakes me up each morning. I use it EVERY weekend to record content.

I've never missed a recording a single time and I personally don't find the recording on it to be that complicated. Sure it is easier on just a regular home dock that goes without saying. I also use my Soloist with my iPod sometimes and since I don't really have a speaker dock system for it, having the Soloist serve this purpose too really adds extra value for me. In fact I took it out on the patio this afternoon and listened to several Podcast I've been wanting to listen too. The sound is clear, crisp and clean, which is amazing for a device with such a small footprint.

I also feel based on what you are wanting to do "travel" that the boombox would be a much, much better option. The Soloist in my mind isn't really a good traveling companion. I have a JBL On Tour that I use for the job and though it doesn't sound as good as the Soloist, it works off batteries for up to 14 hours and is totally travel friendly.

I most certainly plan to get a boombox for my Stiletto to use for outdoor activities, we camp, go to the beach, cook-out a great deal. I would have killed to have one this weekend as we had a big bonfire. But I'll get one eventually.
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