This isn’t the first or last time that some Satellite Radio products have being discontinued. It’s happened before and it’s just part of the Electronics business. But this is a particularly dramatic change and I wanted to make sure everyone is aware of the product line changes. Many times products are discontinued and replaced with an improved product with more features. This time many features and types of radios are going away with no equivalent radio to replace them.
In this post I want to highlight what Radios are going away and what that means for you.
-Sirius SCC1 Vehicle Tuner
-SiriusXM Lynx Portable Internet Radio
-XM XMP3i Portable Satellite Radio
-Sirius Starmate 8 Plug and Play Radio
-Sirius SR-H2000 Home Tuner
The Sirius SCC1 Vehicle Tuner has been around for some time now. It came out around 2008 and allowed people with “Sirius Ready” Aftermarket car stereos to get the Sirius service directly through their Headunit (ie Alpine, Pioneer, Kenwood, Sony, etc) given that they also had to purchase an Aftermarket Translator (an additional part that made the SCC1 work). Once installed the SCC1 and Translator hid behind the radio and people were able to control Sirius through their Aftermarket Headunit with excellent sound. Newer Aftermarket Headunits now come “SiriusXM Ready” and use the SiriusXM SXV200 Tuner which plugs directly into the Headunit. There are many advantages to the SXV200 vs the SCC1 such as it’s capable of receiving the “Xtra Channels” and you don’t need an Aftermarket Translator to make it work. So it’s less expensive than the SCC1 option. The disadvantage for some is that the SXV200 is Based on the XM network of Satellites and if you are in an area where the Sirius signal is better or most of your accounts are on the Sirius side it may be better to stay on the Sirius side of the service. Keep in mind the SiriusXM billing is now merged but depending on your programming package there are pros and cons to being on one side or another.
Once gone the SCC1s will be extremely hard to find and if your Aftermarket Headunit is “Sirius Ready” you will have a difficult time finding them so it’s best to purchase one now as well as the Translator you may need. Feel free to call us for help with this. 312-846-6606
The SiriusXM Lynx Portable Radio is in a World of it’s own. There are so many unique features about the Lynx. It is very versatile and can be used in many different ways. You can activate it simply as a SiriusXM Internet Radio, you can use it as a Satellite Radio Plug and Play or you can use it as both. Some folks really have gotten a lot of use out of it. And for less than $200 you can get the Lynx along with a Lynx Home Kit and a Lynx Car Kit. You can record programs, use it as an MP3 Player, and more. It’s also the only SiriusXM Portable option out there. While it’s not capable of getting live Satellite Radio while in the Portable mode it is capable of getting SiriusXM Internet Radio while portable (so long as you have a Wifi signal nearby). This is one of the best products SiriusXM ever released and it never was on the radar for most. The users who have it seem to be very pleased with the overall package, especially being it’s the first SiriusXM Radio with a touch screen. One thing I know for sure is that months after these are gone you will find them on Ebay and Amazon with asking prices nearly double what they are now. The price of the radio and the kits right now are a bargain and just like other discontinued portable radios like the Stiletto’s or XM Inno’s you will see the price skyrocket in the months or year after they have been phased out. There is a very slim chance there will be an Aftermarket SiriusXM Portable Radio in the future from what we know.
The other Portable that sadly has gone away is the XMP3i Portable XM Radio. It has a built in Satellite Radio Antenna within and has many features such as the ability to record 5 channels simultaneously. The XMP3 has been around since 2008, which is a very long lifespan of a Satellite Radio. The new versions have been discontinued officially and they will become sparse in the marketplace. We do have a Refurbished Version of them still around for a short while, but keep in mind while they do come with a home kit, the XMP3i Vehicle kits are extremely difficult to find. Refurbished XMP3i with Home Kit.
Ever since 2005 there has been a Sirius Plug and Play Radio with the Replay Feature. That is the ability to pause and rewind radio (up to 30-50 mins depending on the radio and channel). It’s probably one of the most popular Satellite Radio features ever. The Starmate 8 may be the last Sirius radio with this feature. The Starmate 8 is going away and the only Plug and Play Sirius Radio option will be the Sirius Stratus 7, a radio that won’t have the Replay feature. So if you are looking for a new Sirius Radio and enjoy the Replay Feature we highly recommend purchasing a Starmate 8 while they are available. We expect to have some for a couple more months but like the other discontinued products they will be harder to find and will go up in market value in a few months.
Lastly the SR-H2000 Home Tuner which is often gets integrated into High End systems. It has an Optical Out which provides the best sound quality from the Satellite Radio service. The SR-H2000s will be gone soon and some may need to use an SCH2P as an alternative.
We do want to stress how discontinued radios affects our customers buying decisions and we encourage you to reach out to us via phone or email to help you find the best Satellite Radios for you. 312-846-6606 or email us firstname.lastname@example.org.