Archive for the ‘Product Review’ Category

SiriusXM Internet Radio

Thursday, June 21st, 2012
Share Button

Bleep blop blurp wuuurrr… Hey, your internet’s calling!  Its got a whole new set of skills.  The internet is a reliable source for just about anything you could possibly imagine.  Its a veritable genie at your finger tips.   Ask and ye shall receive.  But then you already know that.  That’s why you’re here.  You being the tech savvy consumer you are, have already figured out that TSS Radio is the best online retailer for all SiriusXM parts and accessories.  You know it, I know it, and the internet knows it.  That’s not why its calling.  The internet is calling to let you know about all of the SiriusXM content that’s available online.  With the update to Sirius 2.0 and its new Beta Player, there’s a whole lot to be excited about!

What is Sirius 2.0 you ask?  I’m so glad you did.  SiriusXM has provided online content for years, but the recent update to Sirius 2.0 it has gotten a whole lot better.  You still have the ability to listen to the online content anywhere you want, using the same username and password, on any device that can connect you to the internet.  The Internet Radio subscription gives you additional content, not available through the satellite feed, as well as the new XTRA channels.  The XTRA channels have a lot of great options, which for me, couldn’t be more perfect.  I love comedy, rock n’ roll, and sports.  With the XTRA channels, I get great new comedy selections from Carlin’s Corner and UCB RadioRockBar and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Radio provide some of the best music ever made.  And SportsCenter gives me all the latest news from ESPN.  Not to mention, Internet Radio’s ability to give you live play-by-play for just about every sport out there.  Who could ask for more? Spanish speaking listeners?  Included in the new XTRA channels is a great deal of Latin programing, including about a dozen dedicated Latin & World channels.  That’s all in addition to the online channels only available with an internet subscription.  But Sirius 2.0 is much more than just XTRA Channels.

Have you ever wished you could time travel, but lacked the Flux Capacitor?  With Sirius 2.0’s Start Now feature you can go back 5 hours from where you start listening to see what you missed.  Some channels are more limited with this feature, but most talk shows allow it.  You can pause, rewind, and fast forward live radio on any channel.  Due to bandwidth restrictions there is a limit to the number of times you can skip a song, but the ability to go back to the beginning of a show is really unbeatable.  Not only can you jump back 5 hours, but you can search to see whats on other channels all while you listen to your current station.  There is even a Show Alert function that will tell you when your favorite song or artist is playing on another channel.  If you missed the alert and flipped over too late, don’t sweat it, Sirius 2.0 has that covered as well.  With TuneStart, SiriusXM automatically starts the song from the beginning when you tune into the station… On every channel!  You can even store your favorite channels for easier access.  Want even easier access?  Try On Demand, Sirius 2.0’s newest feature.  On Demand is exactly what it sounds like, the ability to access past shows at any time, and listen whenever you’d like!  With dozens of ways to tune in, whats not to love about Sirius 2.0?!

Whoopee, you say?  (With genuine excitement, I am sure)  How can I go about obtaining this glorious Sirius 2.0?  Why, how else?  The internet!  For just $3.99 you can add an internet subscription to your existing satellite subscription.  Then, you can access SiriusXM internet radio from home, work, or anywhere you get an internet connection.  Just because the content is online, doesn’t mean you need a computer to access it.  Internet Radios like Grace Wireless and the TTR1 Sirius Tabletop are great options for indoor use.  The Grace models provide features that go well beyond the SiriusXM online content by also delivering access to thousands of Internet Radio options from around the world.  Of course, SiriusXM provides receivers can deliver Sirius 2.0 as well.  The SiriusXM Edge, for instance, operates solely on a satellite feed, but comes equipped with Sirius2.0 features such as XTRA Channels.  The Edge is a Plug and Play receiver like most others on the XM platform.  On the Sirius side, the Stiletto 2 is capable of connecting via WiFi and therefore capable of getting Sirius 2.0 within range of a router.  The nice thing about the Stiletto is its versatility.  It can be used with WiFi, as a plug and play unit in docking stations, or portably with a built in antenna and battery.  Unfortunately the Stiletto is discontinued, so its parts and accessories are becoming more and more difficult to come by, though we will carry them as long as we possibly can.  One of the most fascinating and exciting receivers that receives Sirius 2.0 is the new SiriusXM Lynx.

The Lynx is a ground breaking new receiver for SiriusXM, that is sure to change how people listen to Satellite Radio.  It can be used portably with a WiFi signal and is optimally designed for Sirius 2.0.  With a built in speaker as well as a headphone jack, this radio is ideal for carrying around the house or office while streaming your internet subscription.  You can also use it like a Plug and Play receiver in Home Kits, Vehicle Kits, and Boomboxes where it will receive a satellite signal.  Another ground breaking feature is the ability to connect to devices via Bluetooth so your home stereo plays what the device you carry around portably displays.  The Lynx is designed on a modified version of the Andriod platform, and has a touch screen display that is very easy to use.   All of the features from Sirius 2.0 are available with this unit, as well as a few additional features.  Radio Replays, Artist and Song information, as well as some rumored updates yet-to-come such as On Demand, make this radio unparallelled to any other.  The Lynx makes one wonder why anyone would want to listen through a computer or app.

Computers, Tablets, and Smartphones are like the internet, they’re everywhere.  There’s a reason they call it the World Wide Web.  An internet subscription allows you to listen to live NFL games in Europe, MLB in Asia, and NPR in Africa.  Your only limit to the online content is internet access.  Connecting audio for these parts has never been easier.  Whether you are using the basic RCA Input, an iPod dock, or Smartphone adapter, TSS Radio has the parts you need to play your Radio at home or in a vehicle.  I’m of the opinion that SiriusXM Satellite is the way to go for road travel, and even in home with the right satellite radio home antenna.  With SiriusXM online, as with any online content, you will always be limited to internet access.  The Satellites hovering above North America ensure you will always have a signal provided you can aim an antenna in the sky.  When you do have internet access though, nothing compares to the clarity and quality of the sound on SiriusXM’s internet service.  Give it a try, you won’t regret it.  You can get a free trail right now from, where else?  The internet!  It’s a wonderful tool.  With Sirius 2.0, its even better.

Share Button

New SXV200V1 SiriusXM Tuner Packs Lots of Channels

Monday, May 21st, 2012
Share Button

There have been many types of Aftermarket Sirius and XM Car Tuners since there inception and the new SXV200V1 is the latest and greatest. If offers more features, simplicity, and channels than ever offered before.

The SXV200V1 and Antenna

The question is what scenarios do you need an Aftermarket SiriusXM Tuner? In other words is your Car Compatible with the SXV200V1? It’s an Aftermarket Tuner so if your Car Stereo is SiriusXM Ready from the Factory you will need a Factory Tuner and NOT an Aftermarket tuner. An Aftermarket Tuner is made to work with Aftermarket Stereos (those Stereos that didn’t come from the factory when the car was made). A lot of people prefer the features and look of an Aftermarket Stereo as they often have the most up to date technology. Popular Aftermarket Radio Brands are Alpine, Eclipse, Pioneer, JVC, Sony, Kenwood, Clarion, Dual, and Panasonic.

Packaging for the SXV200V1

The SXV200V1 is compatible with those Aftermarket Stereos that show the “SiriusXM Ready” Logo. Radios with the “Sat Ready” “Sirius Ready” or “XM Ready” logos will require a different Aftermarket Tuner. The Sirius ones can be found here and the XM ones will be found here. Or if you still have trouble just reach out to us. 312-846-6606 or sales@tss-radio.com

Make sure your radio displays the SiriusXM Ready Logo

Unlike some previous tuners requiring multiple parts, the SXV200V1 is simple and connects to the back of the Aftermarket Stereo in the back with it’s proprietary 10 pin plug. It includes a magnetic mount SiriusXM antenna which can be mounted on the roof or trunk of your vehicle or if you are really picky inside the windshield by the dash (just make sure it get’s good enough reception there). It’s really that simple. The toughest part will be accessing the space behind the Aftermarket Radio. And if this isn’t something you are comfortable with find a local car stereo installer. Yelp is a great resource to find a good one. Just look for one with good reviews.

Now onto the fun part, the features. Every SXV200 will have the ability to receive the most channels available via the Satellites. It will allow you to access all of these channels which includes the 20+ Xtra Channels that many other Satellite Radios are not capable of doing. Receiving all of the channels will be based upon the subscription package you choose. In addition depending on the Aftermarket Stereo you have you may also have the capability to.

-Pause, Rewind and Replay up to 60 minutes of live Satellite Radio

-Get alerts when your favorite song, artist or team is playing

-Discover new music and tag for purchase with iTunes® radio tagging

So if you have a “SiriusXM Ready” Aftermarket Stereo/Radio this should be a no brainer. And frankly, I’m jealous. Especially because I would love to listen to Tiesto’s Club Life Radio, or RockBar, or Carlin’s Corner in my car. I just don’t have a radio capable of that.

If you need more help as always email us sales@tss-radio.com or call us during our working hours at 312-846-6606. MSRP is $79.99, but of course since we are TSS-Radio we have it for a much better price than that.

-Taylor

Share Button

Sirius XM MiRGE vs. XM Xpress RCi: A Comparison

Thursday, March 31st, 2011
Share Button

Since it’s release in 2009, we at TSS-Radio.com have gotten a lot of questions about the Sirius XM MiRGE plug & play receiver. The question we get most is “Why don’t you carry the MiRGE?”. Upon it’s release Sirius XM decided to keep the MiRGE as an exclusive product, meaning we, or any other retailer, wouldn’t be able to carry it. However, what most customers don’t know is, while we can’t carry the MiRGE, there is a very comparable radio available at TSS-Radio.com. That radio is the XM XpressRCi.

Here is a quick comparison guide to show you the differences and similarities between the Sirius XM MiRGE and the XM XpressRCi.

From the photos above, you’ll notice the MiRGE and RCi look almost identical. Both feature split screen displays, a control knob, preset buttons along the bottom, and are relatively the same shape and size. The MiRGE radio is a bit thicker, but otherwise they are the same radio.  In terms of features, both the MiRGE and XpressRCi feature the Replay function that allows you to pause and rewind up to an hour of live programming and sports/stock tickers. However, there are a few differences. The MiRGE has 20 favorite channel presets (10 for Sirius/10 for XM) where as the XpressRCi only has 10, but the RCi has the Song Saver function (allows you to store up to 10 songs on the radio for playback) where the MiRGE does not.

Here is a side by side comparison of features:

(Red text denotes exclusive to MiRGE, Green text denotes a feature of the RCi)

Besides the minor differences in features, there are also some programming differences – but not as many as you may think. First of all, the MiRGE radio does get a FULL Sirius and FULL XM subscription, unlike any other model, but it also comes at a higher monthly subscription price. The MiRGE requires the Sirius XM “All in One” package that is $19.99 per month (plus additional taxes & fees). The benefit to this package basically comes down to both home and away NFL broadcasts, some additional sports coverage, and a few extra music channels. The XpressRCi can actually get pretty close to the MiRGE programming options by adding the Best of Sirius package and a full XM subscription for only $16.99 per month (+ taxes/fees).

View the XM with Best of Sirius channel lineup HERE.

View the Sirius XM All in One (MiRGE) package HERE.

In all,  if you purchase the MiRGE (which is a more expensive radio) you pay about $3 more per month just to have the convenience of Home AND Away NFL Broadcasts. The Xpress RCi with XM and Best of SIRIUS will have all the same NFL Broadcasts, but you’ll only be able to listen to the home stream. It breaks down to an extra $36 per year for the subscription and about $160 more for the MiRGE radio hardware vs. the Xpress RCi.

As I mentioned earlier, the MiRGE and XpressRCi are nearly identical in size and shape, so they are also compatible with the same accessories.

Here are some accessories that will work with both the MiRGE and XpressRCi:


Car Kit

XM PowerConnect Vehicle Kit XADV2

Although the Sirius XM MiRGE doesn’t ship with a PowerConnect Vehicle Kit, it is compatible. The PowerConnect Vehicle Kit gives you easy, do-it-yourself installation and good sound quality when transmitting wirelessly over a FM frequency. This is also the car kit that ships with the XM XpressRCi.

Boombox

Sirius XM Portable Sound System

The Sirius XM Portable Sound System is the first boombox designed for use with both Sirius and XM plug and play receivers. It is compatible with both the MiRGE and the Xpress RCi, as well as several other models. This boombox is battery compatible and includes everything you need to take Sirius XM wherever you go!

Home Kit

XM Dock & Play Home Kit

Both the XM XpressRCi and the Sirius XM MiRGE are compatible with the XM Dock & Play Home Kit. The XM Dock & Play Home Kit  allows you to connect your XM or MiRGE plug and play receiver to any home stereo system with RCA inputs.

Motorcycle Kit

XM Professional Motorcycle Kit

The XM Professional Motorcycle Kit is a TSS-Radio.com exclusive product designed to work with the XM Xpress line of receivers, as well as the Sirius XM MiRGE and newer XM onyX. It includes everything you need to set up XM radio on your motorcycle.

If you are interested in more information on the XM XpressRCi or any of the accessories featured, please contact us at sales@tss-radio.com or call 773.772.4340

Share Button

Hot Times in the City

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010
Share Button

There are two products that TSS-Radio carries that you may not be aware of but I really think you’ll like. One is the Stiletto 2 Armband and Case, which TSS-Radio had specially made. The other is the Sony Portable Travel Speaker.

If there is one thing that Chicagoans do really well, it’s complain about the weather. 75% of the year, it’s subzero and we all fear that our faces will freeze off. The other 25% of the year is spent in the humid seventh circle. The north-side of Chicago is currently residing in that 25% so our manager, Harper, decided to go for a jog… with his Stiletto 2.

Harper was able to comfortably jog the 400-degree streets of Chicago using the Stiletto 2 Armband and Case. The cool part of the product is that it’s made of neoprene, so you can strap it to your arm and not have to worry about your Stiletto 2 getting damaged if the strap gets wet!. The Stiletto 2 Armband and Case basically protects your Stiletto 2 from sweat, from rain and from the sun. It also holds the receiver away from your body so you can use earbuds.

There is also an Armband and Case for the XMp3!

The product I’m really into these days is the Sony Portable Travel Speaker. I just moved from one apartment to another and one of the first things to get packed was my home stereo.  So, I got one of the Sony Portable Travel Speakers so I could still rock out while packing up, moving my stuff, and then the subsequent five hours of cleaning. The next day, I brought my Sony Portable Travel Speaker out to the back deck with me so my friends and I could listen to Sirius XM Alt Nation while grilling out with friends who I had kinda sorta forced into helping me move… But you’ve already read that blog ;)

:) Karen

Share Button

A New Summer Must-Have!

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010
Share Button

Spending the summer at the beach is amazing, right? Imagine spending it rocking out to your favorite music or catching up on game scores in between elaborate sandcastle reconstruction duties. Now, you can!

Did you know that Sirius and XM both carry a line of boomboxes that run on batteries – thus making your satellite receiver 100% portable!

Another awesome and lightweight option for some serious poolside or porch-grilling good times is the Sony Portable Travel Speaker.

I, shall we say, “borrowed” one of these handy gadgets to try out a a friend’s housewarming barbecue. I knew there would be a bunch of snooty local Chicago musicians (aka, my friends) there hanging out on our friend’s porch eating veggie burgers and “swimming” in the new crummy baby-pool in the backyard. I figured this would be the best time to test out the Sony Portable Travel Speaker and see how the sound quality stood up among the my-guitar-is-cooler-than-yours din.

The phrase, “Oh, this song is my JAM!!!! What are we listening to” was heard more than once after I turned on Sirius XM First Wave. I had situated the Sony Portable Travel Speaker and the Stiletto 2 I had attached to it, on a table next to the guacamole in the middle of the deck and the sound was heard throughout the deck and the backyard grotto (read: crummy baby-pool). At $19.99, my friends and I feel that the Sony Portable Travel Speaker is the new summer must-have – along with one of the cute iPad cases TSS-Radio now carries to protect your new baby from the potential damage from the aforementioned sandcastles!

Share Button

The Tivoli Sound System: Good Enough for Grandma?

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010
Share Button

My White Zinfandel-swigging, poker-playing, 1940s music-loving, lead-foot-driving grandma recently turned 86. It’s hard to imagine. So, what do you get an 86 year old for their birthday? When I called her, I asked her. Our conversation went a little something like this:

Karen: “Hi, Nana! You’re having a birthday soon, huh? What would you like for a gift?

Nana: “Great-grandkids.”

Karen: “Oh, Nana… Don’t I need to nail down that husband first?”

Nana: “Not really, sweetie. I’ve been watching that Maury show and none of them have husbands!”

Karen: “I was thinking something along the lines of a Sirius XM Satellite Radio so you can listen to your 1940s music all the time!”

Nana: “Honey, my fingers don’t work as well as they used to because of this damned Arthritis. I appreciate it but I don’t think it’s something I can really set-up. I do love the music though.”

At this point in the conversation I could have given up and sent her something unremarkable.  Of course, I didn’t want to do that and I was convinced that, like me, once she experienced satellite radio, she would instantly love it.  My only dilemma was figuring which product would be best for her.

Luckily, this is something I get to do every day.  I talk to a wide variety of customers that have a wide variety of needs and it’s always fun to be able to figure out the best product for each specific situation.

In my grandma’s case I knew she’d want to listen at home, the radio had to be easy to set up and easy to operate.  I instantly thought of the Tivoli:


The Tivoli
is a great looking Sirius XM Satellite Radio. It is simple to set-up, but my 86 year old grandma wasn’t very tech savvy, so I wanted to be sure she’d be able to do it. I figured, if I could set it up with minimal effort and not have to bust out any screwdrivers or other tools, she’d be in.

I took a few pics just to show how easy it is.

The Box!

The components out of the box.

The three plugs in the back.

Success! Granddaughter approved!

E-mail me and let me know what your thoughts are: karen [at] tss-radio.com

Share Button

iSimple from TSS (Review)

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009
Share Button

This review is courtesy of MichiganMade “MM” from his DigitalRadioCentral thread. You may find the original post HERE.

Ever since my wife got her 2008 Nissan Altima I have been trying to figure out a way to get Sirius and her iPod connected in a way that wasn’t obtrusive or gaudy looking. I wanted a clean look.

At that time there was nothing available. So I just connected her Sportster 4 to an FM modulator and hid it in the compartment below the radio. She just used an stereo cable to use her iPod through her car stereo’s front Aux input.

Then a few months ago Taylor said a solution was coming. Then two weeks ago my iSimple Kit from TSS Radio finally arrived.

After I opened the package, I was a little overwhelmed at first. It seemed like a lot of work. I was wrong. After opening everything and piecing the whole kit together, I knew the install would not take too long.

Before I took the dash apart, I followed the “quick install” directions from TSS and updated the firmware to the Media Gateway. This is a very important step. I simply had to go to a website and download the firmware. You need a micro USB cable to do so.

I was excited to just get the unit connected so I could see how it worked. After a few minutes of disconnecting the harness to the car radio, installing the new harness, connecting back the car stereo harness, plugging in the iPod cable, and the Sirius…I was ready to go.

This is where you have to follow the “quick install” directions. You turn the car to accessory and wait three minutes. This allows all the peripherals to talk to each other. After the three minutes, you turn the car off and back on to accessory. Then I pressed the “RADIO” button on the car stereo. I then hit “TUNE” immediately and I scrolled through IPOD, AUX 1, and SIRIUS. I will explain how these work later.

I unhooked everything and had to decide where I would mount everything. This, for me, took the longest. You have to find a place where the Media Gateway and the SCC1 Sirius Tuner can be secure and not move.

Close up of the iSimple iPod Connector.


After I got everything secure and plugged in to the correct spots, I tried the system out once more before I put the dash back together. All was well. Installation is complete!

Your iPod will look like this (of course I have Modest Mouse on there).


Your car stereo will look like this.

I cannot express how impressed I am with this system. This what so many people have been looking for. It’s what I have been looking for. I finally get my clean install. The sound quality is second to none. Sirius sounds so crystal clear, much better than before with the FMDA and better than in my car using Sirius with an Aux Input.

If you are looking for a clean setup, look no further than the iSimple solution at TSS Radio.

This review is courtesy of MichiganMade “MM” from his DigitalRadioCentral thread. You may find the original post HERE.

Share Button

Review of the Jensen Docking Station and Clock Radio for I-Pod/I-Phone

Friday, August 21st, 2009
Share Button

Hey everyone!

I got a chance to take the Jensen docking station and Clock Radio for I-Pod/I-Phone home this past week and incorporate it into my daily life.  First I must tell you that I am the guy that does not wake up to a little buzz or beep on a standard alarm clock, so when I learned I had the chance to both; charge my iPhone ( A task I rarely perform until it dies when I need it most) and wake up to blaring guitars of Van Halen’s: Eruption, I gladly took it.

The Clock/Docking station right out of the box is definitely a sight for sore eyes who are used to a standard alarm clock or in my case, one of those garfield alarm clocks I have had since I was 7. With a silver and black casing, it will sleekly blend in with all of your nightstand’s accoutrement and the bright blue LED lights are incredibly powerful to where I woke up a couple times in the wee hours of the morning and through cloudy,sand filled eyes exclaimed,”oh nice…6:30, I can sleep for another hour or so”.  Bright lights aren’t always good though for people trying to sleep, that’s why the dimmer switch on the radio provided me with a great way to sleep in on the weekend.

Speaking of sleep, the sleep function on the radio proved to be a great way to nap when I had the chance.  I would set the function for twenty minutes and have my iPod playing some ambient music, perhaps some Enya.  Within ten of those minutes, I was asleep like a baby. This combined with the fact that my radio had shut off when I asked it to, was a great feature on the Jensen piece.  Since I needed to wake up an hour later for a meeting, I set my alarm for 8:30pm however I didn’t need to change my normal alarm time which was 8am as the Jensen has TWO alarm settings.  The sleep and snooze functions were basic alarm clock etiquette and worked out well for this late sleeper.  One thing I also liked is the Crescendo function of the alarm that would have me gently waking up to my tunes starting at a quiet-loud volume and not blaring like a fire alarm, starting off my day right.

Let’s get to the good stuff. You wonder, “How does it sound?”.  The answer is this.  I have used several other ipod docks and this one is hands down the best.

First off,you get no interference when using with an Iphone, UNLESS someone calls you. This can easily be avoided by switching on the airplane function with your iPhone.  The sound is brilliant. Since it has two small powered subs within, it packs a little punch yet still sounds clear and crisp with no harsh popping or distortion. I listened to everything from hip hop to country on this bad boy and had a sound comparable to any smaller bose speaker system.  One thing I will tell buyers to keep in mind is that your FM antenna placement has to be pretty well placed to avoid any static through the radio function, but this sounds great as well once you correct that.
Other features were the headphone jack/aux jack which both were pretty standard but still luxuries to have on an alarm clock, as well as an automatic time zone setting which was an added bonus.

Overall, the Jensen Clock radio and iPhone/iPod dock is a great purchase for those of you who need a multifunctional speaker system or an alarm clock OR both!  You won’t be disappointed in any aspect of it’s functions and will see it might be one of the best bedroom companions you will have!

Share Button

Car Antenna Review

Thursday, August 13th, 2009
Share Button

The majority of the time that most people are listening to their satellite radio is inside their car. But what gets you the best signal? Antenna placement and location on the car is key but is there an antenna that will get you better reception? Are there pros and cons of using one antenna over another? In this posting I will review each car antenna here at TSS Radio as well as include the truck antennas.

dotmicro_medium

The Sirius Mobile Antenna Dot Micro is the standard car antenna that comes with all new plug and play radios. It is the replacement antenna Sirius now uses over the older square car antenna. The mobile antenna dot micro is a round magnetic antenna with a 21 ft cable that has a higher gain than previous models. Basically, that means it can get a better reception. Upon testing I found this to be very true. The dot micro works incredibly well even with poor weather conditions or a bit of cover over it (ie: trees, overhang, etc). The only disadvantage to this antenna is that it’s wire is a fragile and not really equipped for strong weather.

tram-antenna_medium

The Tram Square Car Antenna for Sirius is a square magnetic antenna that is fairly new to us here at TSS Radio. At first glance this radio appears to be the same as the old Sirius square car antenna, but it isn’t. This antenna is designed with a thicker cable sheathing that, in theory, will improve the longevity of the antenna. The additional use of an adhesive pad that the antenna can sit on instead of using its magnetic feature is also included with this antenna. Upon testing I noticed this antenna gets just as good of a signal quality as the Mobile Antenna Dot Micro, if not better. I experienced almost no signal strength loss in poor weather conditions or even under heavy foliage. I would recommend this antenna to anyone! The only disadvantage I could see with this is hiding the wire in a vehicles weather stripping. It is so thick that it may not fit properly.

Terk-SIRMINI_medium

The Terk SIR-Mini Antenna is a magnetic antenna that can be used for older receivers. It comes with a 21 ft cable that has a FAKRA style connector that can be found on older receivers, however the FAKRA connector can be removed so that it can be used with newer receivers. Upon testing with this antenna I noticed it still gets a good quality signal, but isn’t as strong as the higher gain antennas. I would still recommend this antenna for everyday use as it will still get a good signal. As for a disadvantage., this antenna also has a very thin wire and is a bit fragile.

adhesiveant_medium

The Adhesive Car Antenna is an oval shaped antenna that has an adhesive base and rubber cable cover. It has a 21 ft cable and also comes with a FAKRA connector for use with older receivers but can be removed and used with newer receivers. During use, I noticed it works relatively the same as the Terk SIR-Mini antenna. It received a good signal but does not work as well as the higher gain antennas. This antenna is still good for normal use but also comes with a fragile thin wire that may not stand up to the elements.

Terk-Truck-Antenna_medium

The TERK SIR4 and XM4 universal truck antennas are great for all weather use on trucks and RV’s. These antennas are a mushroom style antenna that can be mirror mounted or flat surface mounted. The cable that comes with the unit is 21 ft in length and is replaceable. When I used this antenna I noticed an outstanding signal quality. I would recommend this antenna for any long hauler or RV user that can’t live without their satellite radio. I would recommend using zip ties or electrical tape to tie down the cable while it is exposed to the elements, so it does not hang loosely in the wind during travel.

Interoperable-Truck-Ant

The Interoperable Satellite Radio Truck Antenna is a universal antenna that can be used with either Sirius or XM. It is a stick style antenna that can be either mirror mounted or flat face mounted and also comes with a 21 ft replaceable antenna cable. This antenna did not work as well for me as the Terk truck antennas. The Interoperable antenna still gets a good signal but did not provide the same signal strength as the other ones. It is still a good and sturdy all weather antenna and can be used for a truck or RV that is making several long trips. And, much like the Terk antennas, I would suggest using zip ties or electrical tape to secure the wire.

Tram_Truck_Antenna_medium

The TRAM Mirror Mount Truck Antenna and TRAM Interoperable Mirror Mount Truck Antenna are designed for use on trucks and RV’s. These antennas are cylindrical in shape and smaller than other truck and RV antennas. The disadvantage to these antennas is that the 17 ft cable built into the unit cannot be replaced. Upon use of the unit I noticed that this is a very high gain antenna and performed as well as the Terk truck antennas. I would recommend this antenna to anyone and especially recommend using zip ties or electrical tape to hold down any exposed wire.

Choosing the antenna that is right for you is key. Function, durablility, and signal strength are all very important. Hopefully this outline has helped in understanding what the differences are between certain antennas and how well they will perform for you.

Share Button

Buying a new Plug and play radio? Here’s a helpful guide!

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009
Share Button

If you are in the market for a new plug and play satellite radio, there are a few options to choose from. The real question you have to ask yourself is, “What additional functions do I want from my satellite radio?” There are several different radios that have many different functions to use that will help you enjoy your satellite radio more. Since no two radios are alike, though some do share the same functions, it is important to know what the radio is capable of doing so you can fully experience the power of your satellite radio. Here is a brief break-down of the newest 5 series radios out now and their functions.

sp5_standard_size_medium

For the heavy satellite radio listener that has to have all the bells and whistles, the Sportster 5 is ideal for you! With it’s full color customizable screen, personalized sports tracker, 30 presets and replay functions, it is the high end of all of the satellite radios. The Sportster 5’s sports tracker is a unique feature that will constantly scan the channels and will alert you when a team or car (NASCAR) you stored in memory is playing a game or running a race, or when there is a score update for a team. This feature is unique only to the Sportster radios and cannot be found on any other radio.

starmate52_medium

Now, for the moderate satellite radio user the Starmate 5 is an ideal route to go. Much like the Sportster 5 it also has 30 presets, S-Seek alerts for your favorite artists and replay functions. The Sirius replay function is highly sought after in satellite radios because it allows you to pause, rewind, and replay up to 44 minutes of content. Also, the Starmate 5 is the only radio that supports the new A La Carte programming package from Sirius.

stratus5_medium

And finally, for the easy going no fuss, no thrills user the Stratus 5 is a simple an easy route to go. The Stratus 5 only has 10 presets and even though a remote does not come with the kit, it does have the capability of being operated by a remote (T030R). Even though it is a simple no thrills radio it is still capable of receiving the full Sirius programming and can even be subscribed to the best of XM.

It is important to note that all of the 5 series plug and play radios come with a car kit.

Shopping for  new radio can sometimes be difficult, but hopefully this simple outline of the 5 series plug and play radios will give you an idea of what to look for and expect in a radio. if you have any questions concerning any of these radios or compatibility, please feel free to contact us.

Share Button