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Aftermarket Satellite Car Radio Systems by cliffw
Started on: 06-21-2014 06:47 AM
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Report this Post06-21-2014 06:47 AM Click Here to See the Profile for cliffwClick Here to Email cliffwSend a Private Message to cliffwEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Way past time I had satellite radio as I travel and stay in remote locations.
So recommend me a set up. Teach me the ropes.
I wanted a vehicle 'head unit' without the need for an additional ... 'control central' module with it's own display. Rare as hens teeth if they exist at all.
Then I got to thinking and realized that I could have a vehicle system that also does a home dock system or more better, a portable speaker dock system, AKA boombox.
Such as the XM Onyx EZ with Vehicle Kit & Portable Speaker Dock, or the Stratus 7 with Vehicle Kit & Portable Speaker Dock, or the Starmate 8 with Vehicle Kit & Portable Speaker Dock.
How is the sound quality of these speaker docks ? How are they powered ... battery and/or 120 volts ? The web sites are scant with information. For instance ... under what's included, it does not seem that the portable speaker dock is included.
I will call them later today but wanted to hear your opinions, experiences, and suggestions.
Thanks.

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Report this Post06-21-2014 03:42 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Fiero_Fan_88Click Here to Email Fiero_Fan_88Send a Private Message to Fiero_Fan_88Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Honestly I would just buy a new head unit from crutchfield or sonicelectronix. I've owned both stand alone units and head units and I only used the standalone outside of the vehicle on a few occasion. I've owned 3 different stand alone units which all required a 115 outlet or the speaker system required an outlet, however I see on some docks "Plug into an available AC outlet or listen anywhere with battery power (Requires 8 C-cell batteries, sold separately)". With the stand alone you will have to either connect via auxiliary or find an unused FM station. That and the wires will stick out and show. Everything is a lot cleaner in a head unit.


Here is how I had an older one mounted in the Fiero. Not very clean.







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Report this Post06-21-2014 03:49 PM Click Here to See the Profile for MidEngineManiacSend a Private Message to MidEngineManiacEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I dated a girl for a couple of years who had a Sirius....it was OK up north (where regular radio gets sketchy) and reliable, but for the subscrition cost and the once per month we were up there I didnt think it was worth it. I was actually perfectly happy just hitting "scan" on the regular radio and listening to whatever came up.
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Report this Post06-22-2014 01:51 AM Click Here to See the Profile for litespdSend a Private Message to litespdEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I've been an XM subscriber for years. Love the service, but hate the Customer Service. I have three radios...the Acura has it in the factory head unit, and I have standalone units in my Mustang and Grand Prix. You can't beat it if you travel a lot...I don't miss having to search every few miles for a new radio station when you leave the range of the one you're listening to. One thing I've learned...you don't have to pay full price for the service. I pay for a year at a time for all three radios, and if you call to cancel when your year is up, telling them that it's just too expensive, they will shoot you a lower price...usually about half. I don't have any experience with any of the radios you're looking at, but have heard that the Onyx is a great radio. You might hit up one of the satellite radio forums... AVS Forum
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Report this Post06-22-2014 02:13 AM Click Here to See the Profile for acemanSend a Private Message to acemanEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I've got the Onyx in two cars. Neither is cleanly and neatly installed. I also picked up a used speaker dock. The Onyx is just a basic system with no real bells and whistles. Some systems have a "rewind" feature. I love the channel variety. Its relatively cheap. It's great if you're a sports fan and like to listento all the different pro teams playing. If I'm traveling out of state. I can always hear my local team's game. If I'm a fan of a team on the other coast of the country, I can always hear that game. The portable speakers are great for when I'm doing yardwork or sitting on the patio
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Report this Post06-22-2014 07:06 AM Click Here to See the Profile for cliffwClick Here to Email cliffwSend a Private Message to cliffwEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
 
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Originally posted by Fiero_Fan_88:
I've owned both stand alone units and head units and I only used the standalone outside of the vehicle on a few occasion.

 
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... and I have standalone units in my Mustang and Grand Prix.

 
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Originally posted by aceman:
I've got the Onyx in two cars. Neither is cleanly and neatly installed ...

Stand alone units, . Even though they work through the existing head unit ... ok, check.
I am also gonna update my head unit, and, have seen many that are satellite radio ready but still need a tuner, . What's up with that ?
 
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The portable speakers are great for when I'm doing yard work or sitting on the patio

How is the sound ? Is/will it get loud ? Does it sound crisp/true ?
 
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... all required a 115 outlet for the speaker system, however I see on some docks "Plug into an available AC outlet or listen anywhere with battery power (Requires 8 C-cell batteries, sold separately)"

Well, battery and/or an 120v AC outlet is what powers my boom box, that's acceptable. I will make sure I get dual capability.
 
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I was actually perfectly happy just hitting "scan" on the regular radio and listening to whatever came up.

That works for me but does not make me happy, as I get fringe receptions from all stations sometimes. Then one song will fade to another from different stations on the same frequency, or the song can be heard with static, to periods of nothing available unless I speak Spanish, .
 
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Some systems have a "rewind" feature.

Thanks, I am aware of that and want it. Some also will start at the beginning of a song if you just tune in. I like that too.
ill any let you record ? To say an MP3 or the like ?
 
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... you don't have to pay full price for the service.
You might hit up one of the satellite radio forums... AVS Forum

Thanks for that.
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Report this Post06-22-2014 11:42 AM Click Here to See the Profile for htexans1Click Here to Email htexans1Send a Private Message to htexans1Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
The unit in my Cartier Town Car is aftermarket, and is in the Pioneer system in the car. All its controls are on the radios touch screen and the box is in the trunk. Clean factory looking install.

Of course when under one of Houstons myriad freeway bridges it cuts out if under for more then 30 seconds.

Its a touch screen Pioneer head unit, has DVD movie capability and sd card slot (for mp3s and vids also.

I went ahead and paid the 400 bucks for "lifetime subscription" for Sirius radio. Ill never have to pay again for it, except for a fee if I get a new unit cause this one broke.

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Report this Post06-22-2014 10:30 PM Click Here to See the Profile for litespdSend a Private Message to litespdEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Cliff, the "standalone" units have a built in tuner, and transmit the radio signal to your car radio. Some do it with a built in FM modulator, some do it with a cassette adapter, and some do it with an inline connection with your existing radio antenna. They allow you to receive the signal and listen to it with your existing radio. On the aftermarket head units, they are similar to the old "HD Ready" tv sets...they were capable of projecting a high definition image, but had to have an external HD tuner to do it. Same idea with the aftermarket head units...they don't have a built in tuner for the satellite radio signal, so you have to purchase the separate tuner. The sound quality will normally be better with these, as it's more of a direct connection...your separate tuner is connecting to the amplifier in the head unit...like plugging a turntable or a CD player into your stereo amplifier on your home stereo. I haven't looked at SiriusXM radios lately, as I'm satisfied with the ones I already have....I just have an old Roady XT in the Grand Prix, but have a Delphi XpressRC radio in my Mustang. The Roady XT connects to the car radio via the built in FM Modulator. The XpressRC connects via a cassette adapter. I also ordered a custom mount for it, and hid all the wiring, so although the position of the XpressRC isn't exactly the best, it looks okay, and functions well. It has the "rewind feature"...basically, it records the previous 30 minutes or so of the broadcast, so that you can go back. You can't record and save anything to MP3 with it, though. The nice thing about standalone head units is that you can get a home dock, so it acts as a "boombox" or radio. You can carry it anywhere you want and listen to satellite radio. Just something else to consider.
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Report this Post06-23-2014 03:59 PM Click Here to See the Profile for PyrthianClick Here to Email PyrthianSend a Private Message to PyrthianEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
http://shop.siriusxm.com/xm...onnect_vehicle_tuner

tho, I am sure your local car audio place will have a whole range of answers
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Report this Post06-23-2014 05:06 PM Click Here to See the Profile for heybjornClick Here to Email heybjornSend a Private Message to heybjornEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
cliff, just go buy the one that comes with a new Cadillac attached.

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