[quote7894ad5c72="bruman"]1. Does the receiver (see above) really matter? Aside from ease of use and looks? Is it the same quality and what not as others?
2. I was looking into sirius a bit and to get the best connection I would need to purchase some kind of wire for my aux input on my cd player. Is this the best way?
3. Once the radio is installed properly in the vehicle, can I just call, purchase a subscription, activate it and play it instantly (any waiting time?)
4. Which do you prefer, XM or Sirius. Looking at the channel line-up Sirius looks more appealing to me. I'm not interested in sports so that doesn't matter.. just all types of music, talk radio, news, etc. For Sirius, are there any channels that cost extra or is it all in one? For example, howard stern and the playboy channel cost extra on cable, do they also cost extra on sirius? Or is it just a get-everything sort of thing?
5. When buying monthly, is there a commitment? Can I buy it for a month for $15 or whatever and if I decide I don't want it cancel with no penalty?
Any other info would be appreciated. I would be installing it via the DIY method with the help of my dad.
Thanks in advance.[/quote7894ad5c72]
1. Receiver doesn't make any difference in terms of SQ and reception, all of that is entirely dependent on the satellite antenna... Though if you want ultimate portability, I would go with the Stiletto
You can listen to SIRIUS wherever you go and it doubles as an MP3 player and a few other interesting features... More info is available at SIRIUS.com
2. There are multiple methods of receiving SIRIUS in your car... You can use an AUX input for your car (best method), or you can use a Wired FM modulator (requires you to pull out your factory radio and hook up an adapter), or you can use a Cassette Tape adapter (not the best method, but I'd say it comes in 2nd)... Lastly, you can use the FM modulator that is already built-in to the radio... Just pick a station with the least amount of noise and tune in from your SIRIUS radio
3. To activate, you can call or activate your radio at SIRIUS.com.. Activation takes about 5 minutes tops... Before you phone in or log on to activate, be sure to tune your receiver to SIRIUS 184.. It should tell you to call to subscribe on the screen and you should be able to hear the Emergency Weather broadcast. When you call, have your ESN/SID # ready... It's on the box of the radio you bought and also it's available on channel 000.
4. I would go with SIRIUS... Less commercials on "Non-Music channels than XM (i.e. Talk, News, Comedy)"... All channels are available for one flat fee of $12.95 per month (discounted annual rates are also available). I tried XM for a month and I just couldn't stand it... I think you'll really enjoy the SIRIUS experience if you give it a shot... Regardless, if you want a sample of both, you can sign up for a free 3-day trial of their Internet Radio at both SIRIUS.com and xmradio.com... Keep in mind that you only get a fraction of the channels offered on both services and on the free trial, the bitrate is somewhere in the 64-96kbps range (so you're not getting the entire experience, but merely a taste of what's offered).
5. You can choose to pay monthly and cancel anytime
If you're a SIRIUS subscriber, you're also subscribed to the SIRIUS Internet Radio service at 128kbps... So if you had the Stiletto and you were in say... China. You could listen to SIRIUS at any hotspot.
If you do choose SIRIUS and you have some more questions or would like to find out more... Feel free to shoot me an e-mail or PM.
Also, if you're curious as to what radio I have... It's the Starmate 4
You can get one for $99.99 after $20 MIR
Though I do see myself buying the 2nd Gen Stiletto when it comes out.
Here's a few flash presentations for you that may help you out
[b7894ad5c72]SIRIUS Beginner's Guide[/b7894ad5c72]
[b7894ad5c72]Sound Quality in your Car[/b7894ad5c72]
[b7894ad5c72]Sound Quality in your Home[/b7894ad5c72]