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Hardwiring a Plug and Play Radio

Thursday, June 7th, 2012
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A lot of people want to hardwire their Plug and Play Radio. When they tell us that we need to clarify whether they want to hardwire the power (so that there is no need for a cigarette lighter plug) or if they simply want a direct audio connection providing crystal clear sound. We have options for both. But if you have the right vehicle we can provide an all in one solution that is perfect.

We are closing out what we call the “XM5” Aux Input Adapters from PIE. PIE made these years ago to initially support the newer 5 Volt Based XM Plug and Play Radios which is why they are called “XM5 Interfaces.” The XM5 Interfaces connect behind your factory car radio and provide a direct audio and power connection for 5 Volt Sirius and XM Radios. If your Sirius Xm Radio is a Power Connect Radio you will also need this additional plug.

Installation of the XM5 Interface is easy. The hardest part is simply getting behind the radio. If you are comfortable doing that it’s something you can install yourself. Otherwise look for a local car stereo shop. We suggest using Yelp reviews for that.

Here is the best thing about the XM5 Interfaces…they are on closeout for only $29.99. That’s less than half of their original retail price. So they are priced to move. You just have to check to see if your vehicle is compatible. Just look below for your vehicle and be sure to read the product description and compatibility notes.

If your vehicle isn’t compatible or the XM5 Interface is out of stock the next best option would be to hardwire the power with our Power Hardwire Kit and provide an audio connection with the FM Direct Adapter (just make sure your Plug and Play Car Cradle has an FM Output)

XM5 SiriusXM Hardwire for Audi

XM5 SiriusXM Hardwire for Cadillac

XM5 SiriusXM Hardwire for Chevrolet

XM5 SiriusXM Hardwire for Chrysler

XM5 SiriusXM Hardwire for Dodge

XM5 SiriusXM Hardwire for Eagle

XM5 SiriusXM Hardwire for Ford

XM5 SiriusXM Hardwire for GMC

XM5 SiriusXM Hardwire for Honda

XM5 SiriusXM Hardwire for Jaguar

XM5 SiriusXM Hardwire for Jeep

XM5 SiriusXM Hardwire for Lincoln

XM5 SiriusXM Hardwire for Mazda

XM5 SiriusXM Hardwire for Mercury

XM5 SiriusXM Hardwire for Nissan

XM5 SiriusXM Hardwire for Oldsmobile

XM5 SiriusXM Hardwire for Plymouth

XM5 SiriusXM Hardwire for Pontiac

XM5 SiriusXM Hardwire for Saturn

XM5 SiriusXM Hardwire for Volkswagen

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New SXV200V1 SiriusXM Tuner Packs Lots of Channels

Monday, May 21st, 2012
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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

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A Quick Guide to SIRIUS XM Mounting Options

Thursday, February 24th, 2011
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When installing a plug and play Sirius XM radio you may think you are limited to the vehicle mounting options included in the box, but you aren’t! There are actually several ways to mount your satellite radio to achieve a cleaner look, make it easier to use, or make it even more portable. Check out all of your options below!

Vehicle Specific Mounts

Ford Fusion 2010-2011 Custom Mount

A Vehicle Specific Mount is a forged piece of metal that is attached to existing bolts (located behind the molded dash parts in your vehicle) giving you a clean, factory like look. Vehicle Specific Mounts offer a great solution for customers who want to maintain a factory-like look in their car while retaining the portability and ease of use that comes along with a plug & play satellite radio. VSMs are available for a wide variety of vehicles, including semi-trucks and foreign cars that are often hard to find parts for.

To check out our selection of Vehicle Specific Mounts click HERE.

Vent Mounts

Sirius Universal Vent Mount

XM Vent Mount

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A vent mount is an easy-to-install, unobtrusive option for installing your Sirius XM radio. The vent mount simply clips into the heat/air conditioning vent in your vehicle offering you access to your radio without blocking the view out of your windshield. The vent mount is small and easy to install or remove, making it a great option for customers who need to take their radio in and out of their vehicles regularly.

Visit our Universal Mounts section to find more information on Vent Mounts

Adhesive Mounts

Sirius Stratus 6 receiver & car kit being used with an adhesive mount

Adhesive mounts are another affordable and easy-to-install mounting option. Like the vent mount, the adhesive mount will not obstruct the view out of your windshield, but it also adds flexibility in mounting location. An adhesive mount can be applied to any clean, flat surface in your vehicle and will not damage your vehicle’s dash or interior if removed. It’s a great option for customers looking for a semi-permanent mounting solution.

Check out our Universal Mounts section to find the Sirius or XM Adhesive Mount that will work for you.

Suction Cup Mounts

Sirius Universal Suction Cup Mount

XM Suction Cup Mount

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The mount Sirius XM customers are probably most familiar with are suction cup mounts. Suction cup mounts have been included with many of the most popular Sirius radios over the years and are a sturdy, easy to use mounting option. However, in some newer vehicle kits only the vent or adhesive mounts are included. Realizing that suction cup mounts work out well for many customers, we offer the option to purchase a suction cup mount for your Sirius or XM radio separately at TSS-Radio.com.

Suction Cup Mounts can be found in our Universal Mount Section. Click HERE to take a look at all of our options.

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Portable Vehicle Kits

Sirius Universal Portable Vehicle Kit

Another option for installing your Sirius XM satellite radio is a Portable Vehicle Kit from TSS-Radio.com. We developed the portable vehicle kit for customers who are in need of an easy mounting option when moving their radio from vehicle to vehicle. These kits are an excellent option for local truck drivers who are constantly using different trucks, business travelers, or practically anyone else who needs to use their radio in different vehicles frequently. The Portable Vehicle Kits include a specially designed suction cup mount that has an attached metal plate for mounting your magnetic satellite radio antenna. This allows you to keep most of your components attached for quick and easy removal or installation.

Check out our Sirius or XM Vehicle Kit sections for more information on these kits, or click HERE to view the Suction Cup Mount with Antenna Pedestal separately. (Also available in a XM version HERE)

Mount Accessories

XM Mount Adapter - Required for using a XM Radio with a VSM

Swivel - Allows you to tilt the radio and provides clearance for cables when using a VSM

In addition to all of the mounting options you’ve read about, we also carry a wide array of mount accessories. Sometimes they are necessary to make a mounting option compatible, sometimes they just make things a little better. We also carry a variety of items that will allow you to use other devices (such as iPod, GPS systems, etc.) with Vehicle Specific Mounts.

Click HERE to view all of our Mount Accessories.

If you have more questions about mounting or installing a Sirius XM radio in your vehicle please email us at: sales@tss-radio.com or give us a call at 773.772.4340

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Engine noise through your auxiliary input?

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009
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pie1_mediumRecently, we have had people calling in and telling us that they have engine noise when they are listening to their plug and play satellite radio inside their car. Every time they accelerate they can hear an engine noise or a “wine” through their speakers. Well, we have found a solution. Here’s the scenario:

Problem: When the listener accelerates down the road they can hear an increase in engine noise through their speakers.

Solution: We discussed this with a professional installer that used the PIE in-line 12 amp noise filter and it solved their problem. What they did was go behind the cigarette lighter and put the power filter on the live wire running to the cigarette lighter. This solved the issue immediately.

One way to prove this theory to is to plug in a regular MP3 player into the auxiliary jack on the radio and drive around. Even better, if you have a stiletto you can listen to recorded content through the aux input as well. You should hear no engine wine noise at all. If you do, then this is a completely separate issue. Most engine noise issues come from the fact that the unit is drawing off of the vehicles power through the cigarette lighter, or in rare cases, from a vehicle power hardwire kit. Both scenarios can be solved by using this PIE noise filter.

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iSimple from TSS (Review)

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009
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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.

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New SIRIUS In-Dash Kits

Friday, September 25th, 2009
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TSS-Radio has a large selection of In-Dash SIRIUS Kits, but we had added even more kits to our inventory! Covering more vehicles and more years than ever before.

We are always adding kits and interfaces to supplement our inventory. If you do not see your vehicle listed please feel free to comment below and I can help either-find a solution or give you a development status on the conversion kit you desire.

Having In-Dash SIRIUS is great, however some vehicles cannot have SIRIUS integrated into their radio. In these cases there is several different solutions TSS-Radio offers to help.

For Cars not listed or not compatible:

The New Universal SiriusConnect Controller System is a great way to put semi-integrated SIRIUS Radio into any radio that can display text on its screen. This is a great way to achieve a OEM look and still have SIRIUS.

Dock and Play SIRIUS Radios

These units can be mounted in several different places on your vehicle’s dash and have a large selection of various features depending on model. A great solution if you plan on bringing SIRIUS into your home, just add a compatible SIRIUS Boombox.

Here is a brief list of all the vehicle makes we now have SIRIUS In-Dash Kits for:

Select your Make vehicle below:

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Sad Road Trip Without SIRIUS

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009
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Mountains and Reindeer in Colorado

Two weekends ago I went to a wedding in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.  I have been to Steamboat a few times before, but always in the winter to snowboard.  In the winter one of the biggest appeals of Steamboat over other ski areas out west is that it has a little airport about 20 miles away that has direct flights from Chicago – much nicer than driving out I-70 from DIA to get to Breckenridge or Vail.

However, in the summer there are no direct flights from Chicago to Steamboat / Hayden Airport and I had to drive up from Denver.  It’s about a 3.5 hour drive and my wife couldn’t come so I was doing it solo.  I rather like road trips and I took the long way, through Rocky Mountain National Park, which was beautiful, and spent the morning hanging out in Boulder, which I enjoyed as well.

I am really really cheap, especially when it comes to travel, especially when I’m not traveling with my wife (who is not that cheap).  So I completely skimped on the rental car and got a $20 / day rental from Hotwire.  The car itself wasn’t bad, a Carolla from Avis.  Because of the mountains I would have preferred something with a little more power.  But what really sucked is that it didn’t come with satellite radio.

I am also really spoiled since, as an owner of TSS-Radio, I have satellite in my car and home and I completely take it for granted.  After about 20 minutes of listening to FM I was seriously pissed off – the stations sucked, the reception was awful in the mountains, there were way too many commercials and the playlists were generic and boring.

More Mountains

More Mountains

In Boulder I hit up a cd store and bought 4 cds for about $50.  I was a pretty happy camper for the first two listens of each cd, or about 3 hours.  Unfortunately, between the drive there and the drive back (thanks to some horrible traffic on I-70 coming back) I had about 8 hours of driving total.

Lesson?  I should have paid the extra $10-15 to get a fancier rental car with satellite radio in it.

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Sirius Power Cord

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009
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One of the most frequent problems that people have with their SIRIUS setup is that they break their SIRIUS power cord.  Fortunately, we stock a replacement option for most SIRIUS radios, both for in-car setups and in-house setups.  If you need help picking out the right one for your setup go here or give us a call at 773-772-4340.

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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: Josh@tss-radio.com . Thanks!

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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 TSS-Radio.com 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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