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Old 12-07-2006, 09:06 PM   #1
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I've yet to pick up a home dock and wasn't really planning on it since I'm getting the Soloist for Christmas. Is there any reason for me to go ahead and pick up the home kit as well other than the charging of both of the batteries at the same time?
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If you do a lot of back to back recording, the Soloist is really not very good at this. If you are the type of person that just records occasionally and usually one at at time, the Soloist will work, but again not as easily as the home dock.

I love my Soloist, but I use it on my bedstand for the sleep mode and alarm feature. I have recorded on it several times and it does indeed work, but it takes some getting use too.
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If you do a lot of back to back recording, the Soloist is really not very good at this. If you are the type of person that just records occasionally and usually one at at time, the Soloist will work, but again not as easily as the home dock.
There have been a few times I recorded some back to back to back and I never had any problems.
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There have been a few times I recorded some back to back to back and I never had any problems.
Yes, you can do it, but its just more difficult than on a home dock.
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I've yet to pick up a home dock and wasn't really planning on it since I'm getting the Soloist for Christmas. Is there any reason for me to go ahead and pick up the home kit as well other than the charging of both of the batteries at the same time?
You'll find many threads regarding this subject. The brief version is this:

Soloist: decent sound at most levels, tiny cheap-feeling buttons, unreadable time readout due to poor contrast control, poor remote and an extra hurdle to recording programs.

Personally, I returned my Soloist after three weeks for a home dock and have never regretted it. If the Soloist functioned like the home dock when recording it would be a much better product.
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I just picked up both. I have the Soloist at my desk at work and it works out great. It's enough sound for my cubical. I was lugging around a Streamer Boom Box before and it was a big pain. I will also be using in the backyard over the summer, again it's small enough to lug around.

I use the Home Kit inside for taping as well and it's nice to get the big sound out of my stereo.
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This is going to sound lame, but Im going to get the home dock in addition to my Soloist...

I have a few recordings going on, and cant be bothered leaving the soloist on, or figuring out how to turn it on automatically, so Im going to have the home dock plugged into the Soloist when I'm not actively listening to it... That way it will automatcically record the stuff without me remembering to do anything.. And I do like the Soloist, so its definitely a keeper (and you need speakers for the home dock anyway)
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I think the Soloist is one of the nicest things I've seen since I started being a SatRad addict five years ago. It is thin, compact, produces a nice sound. And is flexible for more than one device. I've not regretted my purchase one bit.
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Personally, I returned my Soloist after three weeks for a home dock and have never regretted it. If the Soloist functioned like the home dock when recording it would be a much better product.
What exactly does the home dock do so much differently than the soloist?
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The most obvious thing is that the Soloist doesnt automatically "turn on" when a scheduled recording comes on. If you want to record a show late at night, you have to either leave the Soloist turned on all night or set it (like an alarm clock) to turn on... The home dock eliminates the "setting the clock" issue which is prone to human error...

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Charges both batteries at once and has the ability to wake up the the Stiletto automatically for recording. You have two choices when recording with the Soloist (1) leave it on 24 hours a day or (2) program it to wake up each time you wnat to record something. The second option is a pain in the a**

I was like you and thought why would anyone buy the home dock over the Soloist. After living with the Soloist's limitations for three weeks I returned it and got the home dock. I love it.
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What exactly does the home dock do so much differently than the soloist?
I would recommend you get it and try it. I have never found it all that difficult to use. Yes it is a bit more trouble, but if you need and want a decent speaker setup that also provides sleep mode and alarm clock function the Soloist is the only game in town. I use mine as I said every single day and it works perfectly. I've never had a recording fail in it though as I said it does take a little more time to set-up the recordings because of having to set the timer on the Soloist.

I have a home dock too which I use in my living room attached to my home theater system. The fact is they are two totally different animals the Soloist provides functionality that the home dock just doesn't offer, but that is only important if those functions are something you want. The home dock is really nothing more than a docking base that charges an extra battery that has the usb, audio-out and antenna connectors for the home antenna. Everything else is done via the Stiletto itself.

The weakest thing about the Soloist is the remote control. Even the LCD display once you get it in a location you will be using it, you can get the display contrast adjusted to look okay.
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I would recommend you get it and try it.
Excellent advice. Try it for a few weeks. It's the only way you're going to know if it's for you. It didn't fit my needs but many others seem to like it.
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