Digital Radio Central - Sponsored by TSS Radio
  DRC Home Page DRC Forums Contact Us  
 
SIRIUS Backstage Forum
 
 
 
  Sirius Satellite Radio XM Satellite Radio iTunes/iPod Slacker Pandora  
 
 
FAQ Members List Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read  
Go Back   SIRIUS Backstage Forum > > >
Visit Digital Radio Central

Notices

Stiletto Stiletto...it's not just for shoes. Come here to talk about the new SL2, the SL100, or the SL10. Share tips, tricks and pointers, all available via WiFi...just like your music!

 
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
 
Old 12-19-2006, 12:48 PM   #1
chadwickjrm
Just Tuned In
 
Join Date: Dec 19, 2006
Posts: 2
chadwickjrm is on a distinguished road
Default Train Commuter- Stiletto Performance?

I commute from Rhode Island via the train to and from Boston every day. I've been waiting for a truly Sirius Portable devise, but I'm a little nervous that I'd be wasting $350 by buying this item. CNET is positive in the end rating it an 8.0, but this radio appears to be good in some locations and bad in others.

Can anyone tell me if I would be able to get good live reception on the train (sitting by the window) using my Stiletto?

THANKS!
chadwickjrm is offline  
 
 
Old 12-19-2006, 12:51 PM   #2
badmotherfarker
Top Dog Member
Train Commuter- Stiletto Performance?
 
Join Date: Dec 03, 2005
Posts: 7,335
badmotherfarker has a spectacular aura aboutbadmotherfarker has a spectacular aura aboutbadmotherfarker has a spectacular aura about
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by chadwickjrm
I commute from Rhode Island via the train to and from Boston every day. I've been waiting for a truly Sirius Portable devise, but I'm a little nervous that I'd be wasting $350 by buying this item. CNET is positive in the end rating it an 8.0, but this radio appears to be good in some locations and bad in others.

Can anyone tell me if I would be able to get good live reception on the train (sitting by the window) using my Stiletto?

THANKS!
It will likely work in Boston where there is repeater coverage but I'm betting that for a lot of that ride it won't. Check dogstar.com for repeater coverage in your commute area.
badmotherfarker is offline  
 
 
Old 12-19-2006, 12:54 PM   #3
chadwickjrm
Just Tuned In
 
Join Date: Dec 19, 2006
Posts: 2
chadwickjrm is on a distinguished road
Default

I'm not sure I understand why it wouldn't work on the train by the window if Providence and Massachusetts all report solid reception?
chadwickjrm is offline  
 
 
Old 12-19-2006, 01:04 PM   #4
badmotherfarker
Top Dog Member
Train Commuter- Stiletto Performance?
 
Join Date: Dec 03, 2005
Posts: 7,335
badmotherfarker has a spectacular aura aboutbadmotherfarker has a spectacular aura aboutbadmotherfarker has a spectacular aura about
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by chadwickjrm
I'm not sure I understand why it wouldn't work on the train by the window if Providence and Massachusetts all report solid reception?
Sat reception seems to be pretty precarious indoors, even through windows. I have a Stiletto and love it so I'm not trying to discourage you from getting one, just saying that there's a good chance of frequent drop outs in satellite only areas. I'll tell you what I tell everyone- get a Stiletto at Best Buy or Circuit City and give it a shot. They have a 30 day, full refund policy, even if you've opened the box (and buy the extended warranty!). If it works, you're going to absolutely LOVE the Stiletto... if not, you just get your money back and move on. You might find that a mixture of live and recorded will work out great during your commute.
badmotherfarker is offline  
 
 
Old 12-19-2006, 01:45 PM   #5
Peacepeddler
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

I find that I don't get frustrated anymore for those times I can't listen live. Remember you have radio replays, and recordings of your favorites. Make use of these features, and stock pile. The only time I use my personal library is when I hit the gym. The entertainment in my ears is never a bore with the Stiletto 100! When they design more comfortable antenna headphones I'm sure I'll listen to more live on the go. Until then I'm very happy using the other features. Something to think about when traveling on the train....
 
 
 
Old 12-19-2006, 01:49 PM   #6
badmotherfarker
Top Dog Member
Train Commuter- Stiletto Performance?
 
Join Date: Dec 03, 2005
Posts: 7,335
badmotherfarker has a spectacular aura aboutbadmotherfarker has a spectacular aura aboutbadmotherfarker has a spectacular aura about
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Peacepeddler
I find that I don't get frustrated anymore for those times I can't listen live. Remember you have radio replays, and recordings of your favorites. Make use of these features, and stock pile. The only time I use my personal library is when I hit the gym. The entertainment in my ears is never a bore with the Stiletto 100! When they design more comfortable antenna headphones I'm sure I'll listen to more live on the go. Until then I'm very happy using the other features. Something to think about when traveling on the train....
I agree... I LOVE my Stiletto- couldn't imagine going back to the S50. Just didn't want to get his hopes up about having perfect reception. It's possible that he will, but better to proceed with caution.
badmotherfarker is offline  
 
 
Old 12-19-2006, 02:14 PM   #7
tonyho7476
Sirius Star
 
tonyho7476's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 15, 2006
Location: North Riverside IL
Posts: 1,809
tonyho7476 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by badmotherfarker
I agree... I LOVE my Stiletto- couldn't imagine going back to the S50. Just didn't want to get his hopes up about having perfect reception. It's possible that he will, but better to proceed with caution.
He could also listen to recorded material or recorded music, until he hits the repeater areas near Boston. And if he walks from the train, he would still get reception. BMF said it right, buy it, try it, and return it if you don't like it.
__________________


4-18-07: Mark Buerhle Throws a No-hitter and I am in attendance!
tonyho7476 is offline  
 
 
Old 12-19-2006, 02:16 PM   #8
badmotherfarker
Top Dog Member
Train Commuter- Stiletto Performance?
 
Join Date: Dec 03, 2005
Posts: 7,335
badmotherfarker has a spectacular aura aboutbadmotherfarker has a spectacular aura aboutbadmotherfarker has a spectacular aura about
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by tonyho7476
He could also listen to recorded material or recorded music, until he hits the repeater areas near Boston. And if he walks from the train, he would still get reception. BMF said it right, buy it, try it, and return it if you don't like it.
Exactly. A combination of recorded and live might be the trick.
badmotherfarker is offline  
 
 
Old 12-19-2006, 02:44 PM   #9
tonyho7476
Sirius Star
 
tonyho7476's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 15, 2006
Location: North Riverside IL
Posts: 1,809
tonyho7476 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by badmotherfarker
Exactly. A combination of recorded and live might be the trick.
Oh, I missed that part of your post.

I am able to get reception at the front half of my gym, where all the treadmills and shit are. So I listen to live howard or music, and then when I move to the back of the gym to hit the weights, I listen to recorded music. It works quite nicely.
__________________


4-18-07: Mark Buerhle Throws a No-hitter and I am in attendance!
tonyho7476 is offline  
 
 
Old 12-19-2006, 02:50 PM   #10
TSS Taylor
Top Dog Member
Train Commuter- Stiletto Performance?
 
TSS Taylor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 25, 2005
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 1,880
TSS Taylor will become famous soon enoughTSS Taylor will become famous soon enough
Default

I rode the Train about 40 minutes to Ohare Airport.

About 40-60% of the time I was getting a signal, mostly when the train was above ground. Clearly below was te time that there was no signal.

Then on the plane, with the radio up against the window, was getting signal 80-90% of the time.

But that's just one persons experience in one place.
__________________
DRC
TSS Taylor is offline  
 
 
Old 12-19-2006, 04:21 PM   #11
badmotherfarker
Top Dog Member
Train Commuter- Stiletto Performance?
 
Join Date: Dec 03, 2005
Posts: 7,335
badmotherfarker has a spectacular aura aboutbadmotherfarker has a spectacular aura aboutbadmotherfarker has a spectacular aura about
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by paintedantenna
I rode the Train about 40 minutes to Ohare Airport.

About 40-60% of the time I was getting a signal, mostly when the train was above ground. Clearly below was te time that there was no signal.

Then on the plane, with the radio up against the window, was getting signal 80-90% of the time.

But that's just one persons experience in one place.
I'm gonna try the plane next time I fly.
badmotherfarker is offline  
 
 
Old 12-19-2006, 06:36 PM   #12
Jam_17
Channel Surfer
 
Jam_17's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 17, 2006
Posts: 20
Jam_17 is on a distinguished road
Default

I have used my stiletto on the Long Island Rail Road a few times heading east away from New York City and it has worked fairly well. To clarify, typically east of Rockville Centre there isn't any repeater coverage, so you really are depending on signal from the satellite. I would say about 60% of the time I was able to pick up a solid bar or two, keeping the unit by the window. I tend to be picky about music dropouts, but it worked well enough for the talk channels.

I would recomend trying it out to see if it works for your commute, I think you may enjoy the other benefits that it offers. Let us know what you decide, and good luck.
Jam_17 is offline  
 
 
Old 12-19-2006, 08:50 PM   #13
DoublEE
Sirius Star
Train Commuter- Stiletto Performance?
 
Join Date: Jan 07, 2006
Posts: 2,921
DoublEE is a glorious beacon of lightDoublEE is a glorious beacon of lightDoublEE is a glorious beacon of lightDoublEE is a glorious beacon of lightDoublEE is a glorious beacon of light
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by badmotherfarker
Exactly. A combination of recorded and live might be the trick.
I can't seem to find enough time in the week to listen to all my scheduled recordings let alone listen to live broadcasts!
DoublEE is offline  
 
 
Old 01-04-2007, 04:18 PM   #14
TetterkeT
Just Tuned In
 
Join Date: Jan 04, 2007
Posts: 9
TetterkeT is on a distinguished road
Default

Anyone have any experiences using their Stiletto while taking a train from Los Angeles to Oceanside / San Diego?
TetterkeT is offline  
 
 
Old 01-04-2007, 06:44 PM   #15
teksurv
Channel Surfer
Train Commuter- Stiletto Performance?
 
teksurv's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 20, 2005
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 43
teksurv will become famous soon enough
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by TetterkeT
Anyone have any experiences using their Stiletto while taking a train from Los Angeles to Oceanside / San Diego?
I don't have personal experience on that route, but I would sit on the east side of the train each way.

If you are ending in Oceanside, then I don't believe you will be serviced by a repeater. If you continue to downtown San Diego, then you will be in and around that area.
__________________
Sirius in three cars and the house.
teksurv is offline  
 
 
 

Go Back   SIRIUS Backstage Forum > > >


Digitalradiocentral.com




Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Stiletto Boombox Review by DAB DAB Stiletto 100 02-19-2007 11:34 AM
The Thrasherduck Stiletto 100 Review Thrasherduck Stiletto 75 01-05-2007 02:26 PM
Life with my Stiletto - My Thoughts me_rubin Stiletto 12 10-09-2006 05:39 PM
Stiletto review from an s50 / Inno owner cyclopsebunny Stiletto 31 10-04-2006 10:19 PM
Stiletto FAQs are up... jmcn72 Stiletto 3 09-26-2006 04:42 PM

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:31 PM.
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Search Engine Optimisation provided by DragonByte SEO v2.0.39 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
All Content Copyright SIRIUS Backstage. All Rights Reserved. SIRIUS and registered trademarks are the property of SIRIUS Satellite Radio, Inc. The opinions posted on SIRIUS Backstage website and forums are those of the individual posters and/or this website and are not necessarily the opinions or positions of SIRIUS Satellite Radio, Inc.