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Current Weather at TSS-Radio

Friday, June 19th, 2009
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Look at some pics of the incoming storm:

More to come….maybe……..

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SIRIUS/Mp3 Audio Integration

Monday, June 15th, 2009
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How to integrate SIRIUS or an Mp3 Player Audio in your Car and Home

Installing a SIRIUS Satellite Radio is very close to installing an Mp3 in your car. Both types of media need basically the same thing. Below is a simple breakdown of how to integrate these into your car and home.

SIRIUS/Mp3 Integration in a Vehicle:

Note:You must install the SIRIUS Car Kit-for Satellite Radio, this always the first step.

In a car both units need an audio connection. This can be done several different ways based upon the desired quality. For the highest quality, I would suggest an Aux-Input. These units install to the back of the car stereo headunit and have RCA input cables that run up to the source, whether a SIRIUS Radio or Mp3 device. Most of the these units use the simple headphone jack 1/8” however for specfic Mp3 devices (ie. iPod) have specific connectors that allow for more than just an audio connection. See Here for iPod Integration

SIRIUS/Mp3 vehicle integration devices can be found HERE

Also another great devices for iPods and SIRIUS is the Audio Cassette Adapter, this device is simply as can be. Plug the cassette into your vehicle’s cassette player and extend the cable to your SIRIUS Dock or Mp3 and Done! Check them out HERE

SIRIUS/Mp3 Integration in the Home:

SIRIUS Satellite Radio and Mp3 devices can use many of the same equipment to be installed in the home. If you have a home stereo receiver, simply connecting your SIRIUS Home dock to the RCA Audio Input in the Home Stereo would give you a great quality sound. If you do own a newer SIRIUS Satellite Radio that utilizes the Universal Style Dock or the Sirius Stiletto Series, and if you own an iPod than we have a great product to be able to dock both of those and play/charge them:

Sirius Soloist Universal Sound System

This sound system also has an AUX-Input for use with standard Mp3 players.

There is a seemingly endless count of devices and equipment to Integrate SIRIUS Radios and Mp3 Players in vehicles and the home. If you have any questions on how to hook up your vehicle or connect your home to these devices please feel free to give me a call up 773-772-4340 ask for Josh or shoot me an email: . Thanks!

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SIRIUS Stiletto 2 and XM XMp3

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009
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What options does the SIRIUS Stiletto 2 have? What options does the XM XMp3 have?

In a Head to Head breakdown of features here is what I found:

Radio Sirius Stiletto 2
Satellite Service Sirius Satellite Radio XM Satellite Radio
Screen Size 2 1/4” 2 3/4”
WiFi Compatible



Internal Storage Space 2gb 2gb
Memory Card Compatible up to 16gb on a MicroSD Card up to 16gb on a MicroSD Card
Weight 4.3oz 2.5oz
Music Files Supported Mp3/WMA Mp3/WMA
Simultaneous Channel Recording Only 1 Satellite Channel at a time Up to 5 Satellite Channels at a time
Home or Car Kit Included No Home Kit Included

So who wins in the battle? You do. Both receivers are quality products that both have something different to bring to the table. I couldn’t pick one or the other to say, “it’s a better receiver”. Each receiver is designed to carry different attributes, so don’t think of them as rivals, but more as teammates.

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How to find a quality car audio installer

Thursday, June 4th, 2009
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Have you ever needed a car audio installer and did know where to turn? Looking for more than the Big Box cookie cutter installers?

Finding a quality installer is easier than you think if you know what to look for, and I can help you find a person you trust to handle your vehicle.

Step #1- Interview the installer/shop before you commit. Even before you look for local reviews of a shop go there, get a vibe from the place. Most shops will not allow you to enter the installation floor( for insurance reason) however if they cannot take the time to get to know you and your situation then move on.  Good installers build a relationship with each and every person that walks in the door. You might not be able to talk to the shop owner, but don’t get discouraged if you speak to the standard installer-they can tell you a lot about how the shop operates and they will  be the ones making the install happen.

Get a vibe for the shop-look around for displays or more importantly if they show off awards or certifications. If the shop you are in does not display past or future work they are doing, there might be a reason. Does the shop look clean? Safe? Do you see employees goofing off?

Step#2-Before committing to the shop, check for reviews in your local area. The Internet has given many people the ability to review everything these days, install shops are frequently reviewed because they are in the service industry. and Yahoo Local Business are great sources for reviews.

Step#3-try local independent stereo install shops, don’t get blinded by the Big Box stores. Local shops survive on Customer service, because if they gave bad service they would cease to exist, whereas if Big Box stores gave bad service they would just sell more MP3 players to make up for it.  Local shops need to have good customer service to prosper and continue to stay in business, give them a chance. Local shops also build better relationships with you, in case there is any mistakes they are more likely to resolve it to your satisfaction. Local shops most of the time have access to the same resources as larger chain store and they also can perform various installs that chain stores will not do(ie. custom boxes, lock picking a Nav Screen to play DVD’s, boats etc.)

I only go to local install shops when I need something done. They can order just about anything you need and if not they can make it. If you need help selecting a car audio installation shop in your area feel free to shoot me an email and I can help you out. Thanks!

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Technical Update on a Few Products

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009
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I want to take a moment here on the TSS-Radio Blog and post a few Technical Updates for some products we sell. As always not only do we sell Satellite Radio Products-we are here for you Before, During and After the sale is made, to ensure a quality experience with and the products we sell.

Technical Update #1- The SIRGM2L is a product we offer to convert select GM branded vehicles 2006-2009.  The update on this unit includes a .pdf Installer’s Guide to help ensure a successful installation. The sheet is more of a quick guide to installation, but it does come in handy for the Do-It-Yourselfer. The quick guide can be found/printed here:

Technical Update #2- iSimple kits are designed to allow many vehicles the ability to receive In-Dash SIRIUS. The Technical Update includes a key step the the instruction manuals have seemed to not include. The .pdf is a quick reference guide for installers, but a must for self installers. It will take you step by step on each of the required processes. The installer guide can be found here:

If you need assistance in any installation feel free to shoot me an email: or give me a call up 773-772-4340 ask for Josh. Thanks for Reading!

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New Whole Foods Market in Chicago!

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009
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Just thought I would show everyone a new store that literally just sprouted up here in TSS-Radio’s neighborhood.  We always had a Whole Foods on North Ave , within walking distance of TSS-Radio, but now we get to bask in the glory of the New-Huge store they put up. I took a trip over there for lunch today and all I got was a can of all natural juice drink, I would have gotten food, if I had been able to get to it. There was a ton of people there. Wall to Wall people lined up during the lunch hour to partake in the Grand Opening of the new Whole Foods Market.  I plan on taking more photos of the inside to show everyone how cool it looks and more importantly how the food tastes.

I’ll keep you posted on the development of this story!

Whole Foods UPDATE! 

Hi, this is Tish. I was able to make it over to the new Whole Foods Market to check it out and take some photos! First of all, Josh isn’t exaggerating about this place being huge! Through a quick Google, we found out that this is the 3rd largest Whole Foods in the world, coming in at a massive 75,000 sq. ft.! There are 3 levels, an attached parking garage, a full food court, a wine and cheese bar, a bar with micro brews and local beers on tap, fresh nut butter grinders, a trail mix bar, plus all the other departments of Whole Foods bigger and better than ever. It’s like a grocery store mall! This is gonna make lunch time at TSS Radio so much more exciting! 

Anyways, here are some photos I was able to take through the mass of customers and  employees. 

View of the produce section, flower area, and bar from the escalators coming from the parking garage.

View of the produce section, flower area, and bar coming in from the parking garage.

In the produce section

In the produce section. Notice the "street" signs! This place is gigantic.

Another shot of the wine area. Who says Whole Foods is too expensive? Bottles of wine for $6.99

Another shot of the wine area. Who says Whole Foods is too expensive? Bottles of wine for $6.99

Prepared food area. They aren't pictured, but there's a sub shop, pizza stand, taqueria, diner, smokehouse, and noodle shop in the food court!

Prepared food area. They aren't pictured, but the street signs point you to the taqueria, diner, sub shop, and other food court offerings. You can also see the 2nd floor seating area.

It's hard to see, but this is the wine and cheese bar. There's seating behind the service area.

It's hard to see, but this is the wine and cheese bar. There's seating behind the service area.

Looking down on the bar

Looking down on the bar


Live plants and more produce out front

Live plants and more produce out front


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Need to Convert XM to SIRIUS? New GM-Honda-Toyota and Much More!

Friday, May 15th, 2009
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If you are looking to convert your vehicle from XM to SIRIUS, here is a guide based on make, model and year. Please feel free comment if you have any questions or concerns or shoot me an EMAIL


GM Sirius Connect SIRGM2L

This is a long awaited solution for Newer “Lan” Based vehicles! The compatibility includes:


  • Lesabre 2006
  • Lucerne 2007-2009


CTS Not Compatible

  • DTS 2006-2009
  • Escalade 2007-2009
  • Escalade ESV 2007-2009
  • Escalade EXT 2007-2009
  • SRX 2007


  • Avalanche 2007-2009
  • Equinox 2007-2009
  • Impala 2006-2009
  • Monte Carlo 2006-2007
  • Silverado (New Body) 2007-2009
  • Suburban 2007-2009
  • Tahoe 2007-2009


  • Acadia 2007-2009
  • Sierra 2007-2009
  • Yukon 2007-2009
  • Yukon XL 2007-2009


  • Torrent 2007-2009
  • Vibe 2009
  • G8 2009 Only


  • Outlook 2007-2008
  • Vue 2008-2009


  • XL-7 2007-2009

gm1SIR-GM1 SIRIUS Connect: This will convert select 2003-UP  “Class II” GM made vehicle from the factory XM.  Chevrolet-Buick-GMC-Cadillac-Hummer-Isuzu-Oldsmobile-Pontiac-Saab-Saturn.


honda siriusHONDA and ACURA SIRIUS Connect Package:This is the conversion kit for select 2003-UP Honda and Acura made vehicles. SIRIUS HONDA and ACURA

NOTE:This Adapter does NOT work with ANY Honda or Acura vehicles with the ‘Technology Package’


toyota siriusTOYOTA LEXUS and SCION SIRIUS Connect Package:This is the connect package for select 2004+UP Toyota, Lexus and Scion vehicles. SIRIUS TOYOTA-LEXUS-SCION


We have a LARGE SELECTION of In Dash options including most brands of vehicles- Check here to see if you can enjoy In Dash SIRIUS Satellite Radio!

Be sure to read all the notes and compatibility charts to avoid any confusion. As always Give TSS-Radio a call and we can discuss your options!


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Get the most from your SIRIUSXM Radio

Monday, April 27th, 2009
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I’ve got a few tips for everyone on how to get the most out of your SIRIUSXM Radio.

If you love satellite radio in the car, take it in your home! Sirius Home kits and XM Home kits can bring all the music, talk and sports into your home stereo system. If you do not have an existing stereo, try a Sirius boombox or XM Boombox. A boombox can take your radio and truly give you the freedom to listen to SIRIUSXM anywhere you go!

If you want In-Dash SIRIUS Radio, give us a call, 773-772-4340. We have a large selection of In Dash options and auxiliary input devices to fit your needs.

Ever feel like you could get a better sound out of your SiriusXM when it’s in your car or home? Ever have static? We can help you find a direct connection for all budgets! Give us a call:773-772-4340

Have a Sirius Stiletto or portable XM radio? Portable units are a great way to take your subscription with you and have the convenience of a MP3 player all in one. Largest selection of protective cases in stock and screen shields to protect your investment.

Give a call and find out how you can get more from your subscription!

We love SIRIUSXM and we know you do too!

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No More Static and No More using the Cigarette lighter: See HERE

Monday, April 6th, 2009
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You do not have to use the static filled FM transmitter anymore or the cigarette lighter adapter, all you need is………..


The XM5 will allow you to connect your 5v Sirius Satellite Radio and hardwire the audio into your car stereo. Basically plug something into your car stereo and you will get a clean looking setup and have a quality audio sound with no static at all!

If you are not familiar with Aux Input devices they work like this:

Be sure to check the compatibility list first to make sure your car is capable of using these units or just shoot us an email and I can help.

Pull the car stereo out, this is easier on some cars and harder on others. I can help you do this via email or over the phone.

Plug the XM5 into the Car stereo, some cars may need a power source to wired into a 12v line, which again I can help you do that as well.

Replace the car stereo and run the power and audio cable to the SIRIUS Radio dock and Whammy! You’re done.

This works on all 5v Sirius Radios

Most installs only take 1-1 1/2 hours of time and few tools.

Basically, Buy these units with confidence that you will receive support from the TSS-Radio Staff.  We can provide step by step instruction and award winning customer service and support. We are here before, during and after the sale to make sure you get the most out of your setup. We love this stuff and we know you do too.

This is a basic rundown of a standard install. If you need further explanation tailored to your specific vehicle just click below:


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How to update a SIRIUS Stiletto

Monday, March 23rd, 2009
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When you purchase a SIRIUS Stiletto portable series radio you first should update it. While the Stiletto is on the shelf in a store, updates are being created, so when you first receive your radio you should update it to place the current version of firmware on the unit.

The Stiletto can be updated two different ways.:

First and easiest way is to connect the SIRIUS Stiletto up to a Wi-Fi connection(Wi-Fi passkey may be required). Make sure you are able to hear the channels through the Internet Radio section on the Stiletto’s home screen. If you leave the Stiletto playing on the Wi-Fi radio after a few minutes it will begin to update itself.

The Second way to update a SIRIUS Stiletto is a little more involved, but not necessarily harder.

1. Power on your home computer and install the MSS (My SIRIUS Studio) CD that comes with the SIRIUS Stiletto. Also found here for download: My SIRIUS Studio

2. After the MSS program is installed on the computer, connect the Stiletto USB Cable to the USB port on your computer.

3. When Windows recognizes the Stiletto being connected it will ask which program you would like to manage this device with. Choose My SIRIUS Studio.

4. Open My SIRIUS Studio, if it does not open automatically, then on the Right Hand side scroll over the Stiletto picture/icon. Click on the icon that looks like a cog or gear, just to the right and below of the Stiletto icon.

5. Click on the Gear or Cog icon by the Stiletto and select Check for Update. This download will make sure that your Stiletto is running with the current update released by SIRIUS.

If you feel like you have a Stiletto problem please feel free to comment below and I will find an answer for you. Thanks for reading!

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