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Old 12-26-2006, 07:00 PM   #16
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I don't understand why folks find it necessary to start calling these devices junk based on one individual experience.
Thats easy... The person giving his/her opinion is experiencing equipment problems and is not very likely to say its great... When I had my home dock problem, and especially after I saw that others had the same problem, I was very quick to call it (the home dock) a piece of junk...

However, i replaced the home dock (with much skepticism) and after a few successful tests, Im starting to think the home dock might not be so bad..

People base their posts on their own experience... if something doesnt work for me, its a "piece of junk" regardless of anyone elses opinion...I know theres the "one voice could ruin its reputation" issue, but its real hard to stay quiet when something isnt working...

First step: complain like a mofo, then try to find a solution... Its just the way most of us non-deities think
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Old 12-26-2006, 07:21 PM   #17
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Thats easy... The person giving his/her opinion is experiencing equipment problems and is not very likely to say its great... When I had my home dock problem, and especially after I saw that others had the same problem, I was very quick to call it (the home dock) a piece of junk...

First step: complain like a mofo, then try to find a solution... Its just the way most of us non-deities think
Yes, I suppose so, but I still think its crazy. You have all these folks talking about their great experiences and you are the odd man out, yet the device is a POJ. But you are correct many can't think beyond their own situations regardless of what everyone else has to say.

I would not figure anyone would say it was great if they were having a bad experience, but neither would I figure they would call it a POJ either after having looking around it would become fairly clear that isn't the case at all. But different strokes for different folks!
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I also find it interesting that this is the second thread I've read where he's posted the same thing about how bad the Stiletto is. You know it doesn't cost anything to go back to Best Buy and exchange your radio, and see if you got a bad radio. I also wonder why otherwise sat rad savy people totally get that they have to have an antenna in their window or outside to get a signal in their home, or on the roof of their car, but expect the Stiletto to get magical reception no matter the obstacles.
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Old 12-27-2006, 07:34 AM   #19
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a pre gift that my wife wanted to give to me ,the stiletto 100, then I turned around and gave my wife the sportster 4 for the expedition which she was excited about. Just wondering about the volume in the truck now it seems like it has gone down somewhat, any clues as to why or what can be done about to correct this would be helpful
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Old 12-27-2006, 07:41 AM   #20
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I like my Stiletto overall so far, but do have a couple of comments:

My Stiletto with car and home kit costs nearly 500 bucks. For that amount of money, you should not have to be making antenna headphone modifications, and should not have to have the antenna headphones and earbuds plugged in at the same time just to listen to the unit in portable mode. That is not acceptable. If you are going to market a device as a portable, then it should be truely portable out of the box.

I'm not impressed with the car kit at all. It seems a bit cheesy for the price and the FM modulator is useless. It should have included a cassette adapter at least.

I will put the Stiletto to the test this weekend to test the portable abilities.
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Old 12-27-2006, 07:54 AM   #21
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I was going to try and get a stilleto, but after reading a lot of these threads and my portable reception i had with my old MIFI for my XM, I think i will keep sirius in my car and get a ipod to use for in the gym, running, etc... I figure i can hear all the new music while listening to sirius in my car and on my home stereo and just download the songs i like to my ipod.

I would like to be able to record Bubba, but the price of the stilleto is high and in one man's opinion, it just ain't worth it.

On a positive note, i wouldn't get rid of my stratus(after the FM Modulator) for anything!
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Old 12-27-2006, 08:39 AM   #22
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. . . I think i will keep sirius in my car and get a ipod to use for in the gym, running, etc... I figure i can hear all the new music while listening to sirius in my car and on my home stereo and just download the songs i like to my ipod.
You can download music to the Stiletto via Yahoo Music and use it like an iPod as well. I've already dumped 3 or 4 CDs worth of music to mine and have only used 10% of the memory available for downloads. PLUS, when you record something like Bubba or Howard, that is also available to listen to in the Gym or out running like an iPod and you definitely won't have any blank spots in those recordings.

If you listen to a Music Channel for more than 15 minutes, the Stiletto will dump that to free space in the memory as well. So when you don't have a WiFi or Sat connection you can listen to those recordings as well. I've already got an hour of the Stones, Octane, Alt Nation and Coffehouse in my Radio Replays section.

I did a little more experimenting with my antenna hat this morning while I was out running. Much like the antenna on your car or house, the one on your noggin needs to be kept pointing straight up at the sky. If you look down to tie your shoes you lose the signal. I don't think there's anything Sirius can do to fix that, except to fill the entire country with repeaters, at which point they won't need Satellites any longer . . . there are limitations to Satellite Radio technology. Line of sight needs to be maintained.
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I like my Stiletto overall so far, but do have a couple of comments:

My Stiletto with car and home kit costs nearly 500 bucks. For that amount of money, you should not have to be making antenna headphone modifications, and should not have to have the antenna headphones and earbuds plugged in at the same time just to listen to the unit in portable mode. That is not acceptable. If you are going to market a device as a portable, then it should be truely portable out of the box.

I'm not impressed with the car kit at all. It seems a bit cheesy for the price and the FM modulator is useless. It should have included a cassette adapter at least.

I will put the Stiletto to the test this weekend to test the portable abilities.
Again, reception is all about location. In most major cities you should have no problem getting reception both indoors and outdoors even without the antenna headphones. I don't even own a dock and have used the antenna headphones only once just to try them out.
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I got one (SL-100) yesterday (day after Xmas) as a gift to myself ;-). I used a gift card I got to put towards the cost. I picked up the car dock along with it to replace my aging S50. As a side note, I was one of the lucky ones who never had a problem with my S50 at all...but I was ready for an upgrade.

So far my initial impressions of the Stiletto are very good. Unfortunately my area is one that was effected by the FCC shutdown of some of Sirius' repeaters, so indoor sat reception has been non-existent. Thankfully, I have wireless at home and work, so that's been great.

The I like the Stiletto car dock much better than the S50's, since I can hit the direct preset buttons, and I can still scroll through them with the wheel on the Stiletto. Plus it's not as tall as the S50+ car dock was, so it doesn't block as much of my dash board.

I haven't done much outdoor portable satellite use yet since this is only my second day with it and it's rained both days, but a few quick tests seemed ok.

Overall I give the Stiletto 2 thumbs up and a major upgrade over the S50.

Now I just have to decide whether to get the Soloist, or the home dock...I'm mainly looking for alarm clock and sleep timer features...so I'm leaning to the Soloist for the nightstand.
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Agreed, I have packed the headphone antennas away as they are pretty useless (and painful to wear)... I've tested in a few areas and they have not made any difference in reception..

If you get reception, the internal antenna is good enough... If you dont get reception, the headphone antenna isnt going to help... Not even a blip with antenna aiming..

But that being said the internal antenna is pretty good..

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Again, reception is all about location. In most major cities you should have no problem getting reception both indoors and outdoors even without the antenna headphones. I don't even own a dock and have used the antenna headphones only once just to try them out.
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I like the interface and everything but im having reception problems. the terrestrial signal is stronger than the satellite, i get reception when i have my radio pointed a certain way....really annoying. Is it normal to have bad reception in doors? I have yet to try it out outdoors but i mainly listen when im at home and its really bugging me that its not as strong as i thought it would be...
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I have both now and even tho I bought the Soloist for the Stiletto, I like it much better with my iPod.. I bought the Stiletto for timed recording, but it is MUCH easier with the home kit.. Too many timers & settings on the Soloist that makes it ripe for human error...

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Welcome to the club... I had many indoor reception problems, and i finally ended up mounting an external antenna -- Its a pain, but its worth it...

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Is there any way to just use the S50 antenna with the Stilleto, or does the Stilleto home dock come with one? Man this kinda defeats the whole purpose of the Stilleto.....I hope it works fine out doors but if I knew that it wasnt going to be giving me good reception in doors I might as well return it and get an 2nd s50 for myself.
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Never had an S50, but I imagine the same antenna can be plugged into the Stiletto homekit...

Try walking around your house with the Stiletto and turn on "Antenna Aiming" it should give you some indication of best places for reception (if any)

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