10 Years Ago The Announcement Of Howard Stern Created The Basis For This Business.

This post was written by: Taylor

October 19th, 2014
Share Button

10 years ago this October I was glued to my radio listening to Howard Stern announce he was coming to Sirius Satellite Radio and I knew at that moment that somehow his move to Satellite would change my life.

Within a month I got my first Satellite Radio and activating it and tuning in was nothing short of magical. At the time it was spectacular to have so many listening choices, options, and hear shows and songs without any censorship. Soon after I found a niche in painting satellite radio antennas to match the paint of the vehicle they were on. It was a fun start in the business and we developed some very loyal customers from the get go but it evolved into selling more radios, parts and accessories in no time.

In a matter of months we were the first to sell the Sirius Sportster Replay radio online. Beating out many large retailers. We gained a reputation for offering things that others didn’t and for being personable and helpful at the same time. The business grew and supported all sorts of satellite radio listeners, but it especially catered to those that weren’t getting served by their local big box store or Sirius or XM. There is a tremendous value in the fact that at TSSRadio we deal with the products, we have them in our warehouse, and we use them ourselves. You can’t say that about the majority of the outlets that offer these products.

Sirius and XM have come a long way and they continue to grow with Millions more subscribers per year. The service, programming and radios continue to change. Sometimes there are subscribers in need of something no longer offered. That’s where we really shine. We put in a tremendous effort to carry older products, niche products, replacement parts and more for when you need them.

This February will be our official 10 year anniversary in business and we truly thank you for being a customer of ours. We are in the business of serving you. From taking phone orders, to finding rare radios and parts to purchasing used or new equipment from our buyback program to repairing radios. Please let us know how we can help and serve you now and in the future!

We’ve worked to stay focused on our core values of customer service and quality products over these years and you’ve rewarded us with repeat business and referrals. That means a lot and it’s why we keep doing what we’re doing –

Peace and Love, Peace and Love –

Taylor
October 19, 2014

Share Button

What is SiriusXM PowerConnect?

This post was written by: Ray

October 14th, 2014
Share Button

PowerConnect 5 Volt Car Power Adapter

In general, when it comes to 5 volt car power adapters, there are two types of Car Power Adapters to choose from: “PowerConnect” and Non-PowerConnect.

So, what exactly is the difference?

For starters, the plugs are different sizes and it’s important to buy the correct power adapter compatible with your dock.

“PowerConnect” is SiriusXM’s patented method of connecting your plug and play radio to your car stereo’s FM radio. With PowerConnect audio connection technology, the FM signal is sent directly to your car stereo instead of through the air.

Because PowerConnect works by connecting through the car’s power adapter socket (also known as the cigarette lighter jack), this method isn’t as ideal as using an Aux Cable or an FM Direct Adapter. However, it is a simple way to connect and you won’t have to take apart the dash to install an FM Direct Adapter.

PowerConnect Power Adapters must always match up to PowerConnect Docks/Cradles (SDPIV/XDPIV1/XDPIV2). The PowerConnect radios and power adapters are 5 volts and many customers confuse them with Non-PowerConnect 5 Volt power adapters.

While we accept returns within 30 days, our policy is that customers are responsible for all shipping costs if they buy an incompatible power adapter or dock. That’s why we highly recommend double-checking before placing your order. We have a parts finder that will confirm compatibility, and you can always email us.

powerconnectdemoHow to determine if you need a PowerConnect Car Power Adapter?
It is very easy to determine if you need a PowerConnect Power Adapter. If your Vehicle Dock has color coded inputs it means that you need a PowerConnect 5 Volt Car Power Adapter. If your Vehicle Dock doesn’t have that then you need a different power adapter.

How do I know if the 5 volt car power adapter is PowerConnect or not?
The OEM PowerConnect Power Adapter has a red tip.

We currently have 2 versions of PowerConnect Car Adapters. One is the OEM version here. The other has a thicker cabled coiled cord that only provides the power and NOT the audio portion. This version is less expensive but it’s great if you have the audio covered with an Aux connection or FM Direct Adapter.

PowerConnect Power Adapters:
SiriusXM 5 Volt PowerConnect Car Power Adapter (red tip)
TSS-Radio’s 5 Volt Coiled Cord (yellow tip, but still PowerConnect)

Non-PowerConnect Power Adapters:
Sirius Power Adapter
XM Power Adapter

USB Solutions:
USB outputs are required. We carry a Powered Mount with USB Ports.
USB to 5v PowerConnect Cable (3 foot)
USB to 5v PowerConnect Cable (4 inch)
USB to 5v Non-PowerConnect Cable (3 foot)
USB to 5v Non-PowerConnect Cable (2 inch)

Share Button

How to Use Your Sirius & XM PowerConnect Car Dock at Home

This post was written by: Ray

October 13th, 2014
Share Button
Our PowerConnect AC Adapter fits your SDPIV/XDPIV Vehicle Dock.

Our PowerConnect AC Adapter fits your SDPIV/XDPIV Vehicle Dock.

Did you know your Sirius and XM PowerConnect car dock can also be used at home?

At TSS-Radio.com, we sell a specially made PowerConnect AC Power Adapter that is compatible with your PowerConnect car dock, basically allowing your car dock to double as a home dock.

You would treat the car dock as any other home dock. Connect to a home stereo through RCA cables (sold separately) and receive the satellite signal with the assistance of a home antenna (also sold separately).

Please note that this particular Home Power Adapter is only compatible with PowerConnect vehicle docks. The model number on the back of your dock must be either SDPIV1, XDPIV1, or XDPIV2. Otherwise, this AC Adapter will not work.

This PowerConnect Power Adapter ($19.99) is a great accessory to pick up if you have a PowerConnect vehicle dock and want to utilize it at home.

 

Share Button

Best Ways to Contact TSS-Radio.com

This post was written by: Ray

September 26th, 2014
Share Button

Got a question for TSS-Radio.com? We’re here to help. For faster service, here are the best ways to reach us:

TO PLACE AN ORDER

Order online anytime, any day of the week. Or give us a call at 312-846-6606 during weekday business hours (10am-6pm CT).

CONTACT US VIA EMAIL

Option 1. For quick and fast answers during weekday business hours (10am-6pm CT), send us an email at questions@tssradio.com. You can also tweet us @tssradio or message us on Facebook.

Option 2. For more detailed responses, email us at sales@tss-radio.com. Drew, our repair person, handles that email. Since he works late night, please allow extra time for a response.

QUESTIONS ABOUT ORDERS

For questions about a product or an order, email us (questions@tss-radio.com) or give us a call at 312-846-6606. We are here to take your calls weekdays 10am-6pm CT. We will also return voicemails on Saturdays until 4pm.

We will help with troubleshooting questions for products purchased through TSS-Radio. Please have order number ready.

FOR RADIO REPAIRS

For all radio repairs, please send an email to our repair person Drew at sales@tss-radio.com. Include the model number of your radio and the issues you are encountering. If the issue is something Drew can fix, he will tell you how to go about sending it to him for a repair. Repairs are generally around $50. Many customers with a lifetime subscription (an old option that SiriusXM no longer offers) opt for a radio repair, but often times it makes more sense to purchase a replacement radio. We carry new and refurbished/used radios at competitive prices.

*We do not repair boomboxes.

SE HABLA ESPANOL

If you or someone you know would prefer to speak to someone in Spanish, Alex will be happy to assist you. His direct line is 312-508-5489.

Share Button

Introducing SiriusXM’s newest boombox… The SXSD2

This post was written by: Ray

August 22nd, 2014
Share Button

sxsd2
If you’re looking for a portable speaker dock to blast your Sirius or XM dock & play radio, check out SiriusXM’s newest boombox: The SXSD2. Released July 2014, the SXSD2 is arguably the best SiriusXM portable speaker dock on the market today.

Versatile, this boombox is compatible with both Sirius and XM radios by switching the dock adapters (included). This boombox will play popular radios like the Starmate 8, Onyx Series (Onyx, OnyxEZ, Onyx Plus) and many more. See the full compatibility list below.

Here at TSS-Radio, we’ve switched over from the SXABB2 to the SXSD2, and we’re loving it. Our initial thoughts are that we’re noticing a more powerful sound with a solid bass. The boombox boasts a 2.1 sound system with separate tweeters, midrange speakers and a subwoofer. We also appreciate the return of the simple turn-dial volume control knob as opposed to the fancy — but inconvenient — touch-dial on the SXABB2.

There are several ways to power the SXSD2. The traditional AC power adapter is ideal for home use. But if you’re on the move, you can power the radio with “D” batteries. Also, another advantage this boombox has over the SXABB2 is the ability to power through a car’s cigarette lighter output. You’ll need a 12 volt boombox power adapter (sold separately).

We’ve been using this boombox here in our offices for over a month now, and we think this is THE top candidate when it comes to a modern SiriusXM boombox.

IMG_6286

The SXSD2 includes:

  1. SXSD2 Portable Speaker Dock
  2. Radio Dock Adapters
  3. AC Power Adapter
  4. Indoor/Outdoor Home Antenna
  5. Remote Control
  6. User Guide

Compatible with these XM & Sirius radios:

XM: Onyx Plus, Onyx EZ, Onyx, SiriusXM Edge, XM XpressRCi, XM XpressRC, XM XpressR, Xpress, XpressEZ.

Sirius: Starmate 3, Starmate 4, Starmate 5, Starmate 8, Stratus, Stratus 4, Stratus 5, Stratus 6, Stratus 7, Sportster 5.

IMG_6289


Share Button

Announcement: Booey Ball Auction on eBay!

This post was written by: Taylor

June 10th, 2014
Share Button

We at TSS-Radio are proud to announce today’s start of the Booey Ball auction on eBay:

Want to own a piece of Howard Stern Show history?? Well, we’ve had the pleasure of owning (and showing off) the “Booey Ball” for years now and it’s time to pass along that thrill to another deserving fan. We’ve even made it possible for anyone to get in on the action. Bidding begins at just $5 and there is no reserve. We don’t expect it will sit at a low amount for long, but that’s no reason not to dive in headfirst – you might just get lucky!
A little history: Gary Dell’Abate, world famous producer of the Howard Stern Show and butt of jokes (but super nice guy who can give as good as he takes, and that’s pretty dang good) was asked to throw out the first pitch for the New York Mets (Gary’s favorite baseball team) at the new Citi Field on May 9, 2009. Boy was it a wild one! To cut Gary some slack, it wasn’t the first “bad” pitch and it certainly won’t be the last one (just ask 50 Cent, a guy who doesn’t make a habit of being the butt of jokes but also rolled with the punches on his recent wild one).

When Gary tried to redeem himself on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the pitch (nearly?) hit an audience member. To frustrate our lovable Booey, Robin Quivers, Howard’s sidekick and newslady for most of his career, went on Kimmel and threw almost perfectly. Check out this link to see the pitches, side-by-side.

The signed ball and the jersey Gary wore on that date which will live in infamy is offered in this auction. As a bonus, the Kimmel ball, signed by Jimmy Kimmel and Gary is included!
That’s right, two balls, one jersey, and bids that start at 5 bucks with no reserve. Deal? Get to bidding, win this auction and a baba booey to y’all!

Click here for the eBay auction.

ballpage3557264_10151798460505786_1367414707_n31572_429981715785_7732090_n 31572_429983235785_8232037_n 10245465_10152461031180786_2224543023425243792_n

Share Button

Garage Sale 2014 – Less Than 24 Hours Away!

This post was written by: Taylor

June 9th, 2014
Share Button

This is truly our biggest sale EVER! We have great deals on everything in our store. If you aren’t on our mailing list, PLEASE subscribe now by clicking this TSS-Radio mailing list signup form link. We’ll be sending out the message in the morning and you’ll find out about special savings offers that include open box radios, factory-refurbished components and installation equipment and even a collection of quality used gear.

Here’s a small preview of items in the USED category (and the crazy low prices we’re able to offer them to you for this year):

Radios:
Delphi SkyFi  $30
Delphi SkyFi 2  $30
Edge  $30
Lynx  $250
Refurbished XM Snap  $10
Roady  $15
Roady 2  $15
RoadyXT  $10
Samsung Nexus 25 with base  $20
Sirius One  $MAKE OFFER
Sirius Starbase Display  $5
Sportster 4  $45
Sportster 5  $85
Starmate 1  $5
Starmate 2  $10
Starmate 5  $25
Starmate 8  $40
Stiletto 100  $CALL
Stiletto 2  $CALL
Stratus 3  $5
Streamer Orbiter  $5
XM Snap  $10
XMP3  $
XMP3 Stand Alone  $150
XMP3 With Home Kit (Refurb)  $200
Xpress EZ Stand Alone  $MAKE OFFER
Xpress R  $15
Xpress RCi  $35
Xpress RCi  $20
XR9  $10

We’ve also got accessories, cables, mounts and tuners/interfaces for many popular car manufacturers right on the same page of Open Box Specials!

Father’s Day is just around the corner and our guaranteed delivery services from FedEx can give you peace of mind, knowing your order will arrive in time. 

Remember, for these USED items, you will have to call TSS-Radio directly at 312-846-6606 during the normal business hours (10AM-6PM CST). We’ll be at the phones ready to help you! 

The sale runs from Tuesday 6/10 through Friday 6/13 only, so you probably should start ordering as soon as you get the email if you want to get these extremely unique deals! 

So, don’t miss out. Get on the mailing list here and join in the fun this week. Perfect selection of items for Father’s Day gifts, second car radios (make the husband, wife or children happy), and spare components for yourself. This is also a great time to buy spare parts for your cherished (but hard-to-find) radio. 

The employees of TSS-Radio.com look forward to helping you meet all of your satellite radio needs so this can be the best Garage Sale ever!

Share Button

TSS-Radio’s Holiday Delivery Tips

This post was written by: Ray

December 10th, 2013
Share Button

Save on shipping from Dec. 17 through Dec. 24! TSS-Radio is taking $5 off shipping for FedEx 2nd Day and FedEx Overnight services. The $5 shipping discount (FedEx 2nd Day and Overnight only) is automatically applied. No coupon necessary.

As always, we offer free shipping on U.S. orders over $70 and we ship all orders the same day as long as they are placed before 5 p.m. CT weekday or 2 p.m. CT Saturday. 

The holiday season is the busiest time of the year for delivery services and TSS-Radio wants to share a few tips to ensure that you receive your orders in a timely fashion. Below are rough cutoff times for our shipping services. We really want your gift to make it on time, and with some planning we can make that happen.

United States Post Office December 14—Parcel Select®
December 20—First-Class Mail®
December 21—Priority Mail®
December 23—Priority Mail Express®
December 17—FedEx Ground®
December 17—FedEx Home Delivery®
December 21—FedEx 2 day®
December 23—FedEx Standard Overnight®


To find FedEx delivery times, click here (https://www.fedex.com/ratefinder/home?cc=US&language=en&locId=express). We are based in Chicago, zip code 60607.

Another thing to keep in mind is that Priority Mail could take longer than two days. Although our website states that Priority Mail is two-day, that number is an estimate and may take a day or two longer to arrive. Please keep this in mind if you need the package by a certain date. If you need the order to arrive in two days or less, we suggest Priority Mail Express, or the Fedex overnight services both which guarantee delivery. 

refurbxabb2

Share Button

Holiday Gift Guide for Sirius, XM Satellite Radio Listeners

This post was written by: Ray

November 25th, 2013
Share Button

Looking for the perfect gift for a Sirius/XM listener? Check out this TSS-Radio’s Holiday Gift Guide below, as we go over some great gift ideas for the satellite radio listener!

xmsnapEasy-to-use car radio:

XM Snap In-Vehicle Satellite Radio
If you’re seeking a low cost, no-frills car radio, look no further than this XM Snap we are carrying refurbished for $17.99, reduced from $29.99. Specifically designed for vehicles, the XM Snap has everything you need to listen to satellite radio on the road.

Basic Sirius Radio:

Sirius Stratus 7
stratus 7Enhance your satellite radio experience with the Sirius Stratus 7 receiver for less than $80. There’s also a $50 rebate available if you add a subscription, meaning you’ll end up paying just $26.99 for this receiver. Not only can listen in your car, but with a docking kit you can continue enjoying satellite radio at home or at the office. We carry this as a standalone receiver as well as an entire vehicle kit, which includes PowerConnect Vehicle Dock/Power Adapter, antenna and additional mounting options. Stratus 7 is compatible with many of the newer Sirius Radios accessories.

onyxBasic XM Radio:

XM Onyx EZ
A reliable XM radio for less than $70 is the XM Onyx EZ, which is compatible with many XM accessories. The radio also has a mail-in rebate worth $50 if you subscribe to a satellite radio package. Depending on where you plan on listening most, we carry a radio and car kit and also a radio and home kit.

LynxPremium XM Radio:

SiriusXM Lynx
This gorgeous SiriusXM Lynx with touch screen color display not only supports satellite radio, but also has wi-fi capability for SiriusXM Internet Radio service. This top-of-the-line radio has can also record your favorite programs. There is a very limited supply of these devices and is no longer produced. We sell the radio on its own as well as the home kit for it.

xmp3iPortable XM Radio:

XMP3i and Home Kit
For listening on the go, during your work commutes, check out this color screen XMP3i player that is both a satellite radio receiver and a Mp3 player. We have a refurbished kit for $99 (half the price of a new one!). The very limited XMP3i is the only remaining radio with a built-in antenna capable of live satellite in a portable mode. It can record up to five channels at once.

Radio Bundle for Motorcyclist:

Onyx Motorcycle Kit
Go full throttle with this customizable Onyx Motorcycle Kit for everything you need to install XM radio on a motorcycle. Your choice of an Onyx or Onyx EZ Radio.

Great accessories for people with Sirius and XM plug and play radios

Want to buy them a new power adapter or antenna? Just call us to find out which radio they have so we can help you out. 312-846-6606 10am-6pm Central Time Mon-Fri.

Share Button

Our Satellite Radio Buyback Program

This post was written by: Taylor

September 2nd, 2013
Share Button

For years we’ve dealt with customers that are seeking out older Radios, Kits and Boomboxes that haven’t existed or been produced for some time. We understand how people can be loyal to the equipment they have used for years. We also have many customers with old Satellite Radios sitting around in boxes or closets doing nothing.

The great thing is we have a solution for both! Which is our TSSRadio Buyback Program. We are always seeking out various older radios for customers. If you have old Sirius XM Radios or Boomboxes or Kits, or even new ones you don’t need just contact us at 312-846-6606 and let us know. We will figure out whether we can purchase them off you and for what price we can do so.

So far here is a list of things we feel are easier for us to buyback.

-Sportster Replays/Streamer Replays. The Radios, and Car Kits

-Sirius SUBX1/SUBX2 Boomboxes

-Stiletto Radios and kits

-XMP3 Radios

For everything else just inquire. Feel free to call us Monday-Friday 10am-6pm Central time at 312-846-6606

Share Button