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What is SiriusXM PowerConnect?

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014
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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)

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SiriusXM Internet Radio

Thursday, June 21st, 2012
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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.

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Tailgating with SiriusXM

Thursday, June 14th, 2012
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Everybody likes to have a good time.  I’m no exception. I’ve always believed that music can take any experience to the next level.  Tailgating before sporting events or concerts with the right music gets you in the right frame of mind for the fun to be had at the event.  Musically, tailgating has come a long way from simply listening to the pre-game show on the radio – from listening to a cassette on a tape player to CDs to mp3 players today.  Each development was meant to open listening restrictions.

With cassettes, you could only listen to one side at a time, then with CDs, you could listen to one album at a time.  MP3s allowed us to listen to artists’ entire catalogs on one device, but my favorite way to get myself excited before any event is SiriusXM Radio.

The depth of music on SiriusXM is almost unmatchable by anyone’s personal library.  All the live concerts and rare outtakes are pretty much impossible to get on your own, not to mention some tracks played on satellite radio which were released direct from the artist’s personal vault.  This, to me, is the best thing about satellite radio – to be able to combine rare versions of our favorite songs unheard before by the public, the album version we all know and love, and the live version that was played just last week all in one place.  So, of course,  when I tailgate before a game or concert, SiriusXM radio is involved.

For me, on almost any occasion Bruce Springsteen and E Street Radio is appropriate.  That will be especially true when Bruce and the E Street Band come in to town and blow the figurative roof off of Wrigley Field this September.  I live on the top floor of an apartment building a few blocks from Wrigley Field.  September in Chicago usually features perfect weather for BBQ and tailgating, which go great together.  I’d love to be outside enjoying the weather and grill, but of course, I  need to be within earshot of my Sirius radio and E Street Radio.  I could grab my Sirius boombox, but I want to be able to hear it everywhere, including inside even when I might be outside tending the grill.  Unfortunately, I can’t blast my inside stereo so I can hear the music outside, so I use the Whole House FM transmitter to relay the signal to my FM boombox that I’ve got playing outside next to the grill.  With music playing everywhere, whether I have to go inside and get the burgers for the grill or I’m outside grilling them, the music is constant and I don’t miss a song.

As E Street Radio plays song after song, the debate begins as to whether or not Bruce will play that song tonight.  Then a live version of “Born to Run” comes on and of course he’s going to play that one, but the version I’m listening to is from the concert he played the previous week.  No place else can you get the kind of variety as you can on SiriusXM.  I love the genre choice on SiriusXM and then, within each channel, the variety of songs and artists played on a daily basis.

Of course, getting pumped up doesn’t just pertain to a Springsteen concert and E Street Radio.  I also used SiriusXM when I was back home in Philadelphia tailgating for a Flyers playoff game.  While I doubted I would hear the Rocky theme, “Gonna Fly Now”, on SiriusXM, (although it was possible if I was listening to Cinemagic) Classic Vinyl and some 70s on 7 did the trick.  Using my Sirius radio with the car kit playing through the car speakers along with a little portable grill and some adult beverages, our tailgate had it all.  To me, all three of those components are essential, but if I had to take one away, the last thing I’d pick would be my Sirius radio.  I don’t need to have a burger or something to eat while tailgating, nor do I have to have an adult beverage to get excited or ready for the event.  I DO, however, need to have some music playing.  Of course, I have my iPod, but there are only so many songs on there and some genres are lacking and it can’t compete with the catalog on satellite radio.  I also like the unpredictability of the songs of satellite radio as compared to my iPod.  I know the extent of my iPod library, but any song could play next (within the parameters of the channel) on SiriusXM and that is kind of exciting.

So, as Summer gets into full swing, SiriusXM is an integral part of tailgating and summer fun in general.  I’m one of those people who views music as a soundtrack to our lives.  I’d love to read your own tailgate stories and what SiriusXM channel is your favorite to listen to while tailgating.  Whether it is Jam_On before a Phish or My Morning Jacket concert, Ozzy’s Boneyard before a Metallica concert, Hip Hop Nation before Jay-Z takes the stage, or just Lithium before seeing your favorite team dominate their biggest rival, I want to know what gets your juices flowing while tailgating.

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More than just SiriusXM…Accessories for your Smartphone, iPad, Kindle, and More!

Thursday, June 14th, 2012
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With Father’s Day approaching and your Summer travel plans coming into focus, you’ve probably been checking out TSS-Radio.com for all of your SiriusXM gifts and gadgets to make Dad happy and the road trip a lot more fun. What you may have not noticed is in addition to all of the great satellite radio products you come to us for, we are now carrying accessories for other popular products like Amazon’s Kindle, the Apple iPad, and cases, adapters, and accessories for iPhones and Android smartphones. Take a look at our quick new product guide below, and feel free to give us a call at 312.846.6606 with any questions!

Kindle Products
The Kindle Fire is one of the coolest eReaders/Tablet PCs on the market, so we decided we should offer some great accessories to get more out of your Kindle Fire, or to protect it from dings and dents.

Belkin Verve Tab Folio for Kindle Fire $24.99

The Verve Tab Folio by Belkin is a durable and stylish portfolio-style case that protects your Kindle fire from scratches while offering a sleek look. Magnetic closures insure protection and speaker holes allow for full use and sound of the device while in the case. Also available in Pink and Purple.

 

Nyko Kindle Fire Speaker Stand $39.99

This speaker stand from Nyko features stereo sound, a 2 hour battery life, and includes a stylus for easy touchscreen input. Additionally, you can dock the Kindle Fire either vertically or horizontally and the Nyko Speaker Stand charges your Kindle Fire as well. This is a great, affordable product to get the most out of your Kindle Fire!

 Click to see the rest of our Kindle accessories. 

Smartphone Accessories
It seems like almost everyone has a smartphone these days so we decided to start carrying products that will allow you to make the most of it. From connecting your smartphone’s audio in your car to stylish cases, we’ve got a large assortment of smart items for your smart phone!

iSimple Tranzit BLU FM Transmitter and Bluetooth Adapter  $79.99

The Tranzit BLU from iSimple is a Bluetooth enabled, app controlled FM transmitter that allows you to connect your Android smartphone to your vehicle’s audio system. It is compatible with an vehicle that has an AM/FM stereo or AUX input and can be used with any Android device. Stream the audio from your smartphone without messy wires with the Tranzit BLU!!

 

Arkon Sports Armband for Large Smartphones $14.99

Want to stream your favorite music, sports, news, or SiriusXM internet radio while at the gym but your phone is just too dang big? Now there’s a solution! The Arkon Sports Armband is specially designed to work with larger style smartphones like the Spring EVO, Droid X2, HTC Thunderbolt, iPhone, and more! It’s universal enough to work with many phones and most arms, but special enough to do what other sports armbands can’t!

Click to see the rest of our Smartphone Accessories. 

iPad Accessories
When it comes to one of the coolest gadgets in the land, the Apple iPad has got to be near the top of the list! A brilliant display, take and edit photos, view maps, watch movies, stream music, play games…it does it all! With a device like that, you want to keep it protected and really take advantage of the great features. We have products to let you do just that.

iLive BluetoothSpeaker and Charging Station $69.99

Stream audio from your iPad, iPhone, Android, or any other Bluetooth enabled device.  The iLive Bluetooth Speaker and Charging Station also will charge your iPad, or two smartphones simultaneously. 2 Channel Stereo Sound and durable construction makes this a must have accessory for an iPad owner the person in your life with lots of gadgets!

iLuv Professional Workstation Portfolio with Bluetooth Keyboard $119.99

Turn your Apple iPad 3 into the ultimate work/play device! With the Professional Workstation Portfolio from iLuv you can make sure your iPad is protected and catch up on all of your important business with the Bluetooth keyboard. This case also features a retractable kickstand for movie viewing, extra long battery life, and dedicated keys for specific iPad functions. If you’re looking for a way to get the most out of your iPad, you’ve found it with this product!

Click to see the rest of our iPad accessories.

iPhone Accessories

The iPhone is the hottest smartphone on the market, and we’ve got the hottest accessories. Stylish cases, products to let you listen through your iPhone in your car, home, or office, chargers, Bluetooth accessories, and a whole host of other great stuff!

XM SkyDock Car Dock for iPhone and iPod touch $37.99 (After $50 Mail-In Rebate)

The XM SkyDock has been on the market for a little while now, but not that many people know about this awesome product! With the SkyDock, your iPhone or iPod touch turns into an XM radio receiver. With the free SiriusXM app and an XM Internet Radio subscription you can stream all of your favorite music, news, talk, and sports in your car. Super easy installation and no need for an additional satellite radio! What’s not to like?

 

Griffin Elan Passport Wallet for iPhone 4/4S $24.99

This smart iPhone case from Griffin offers the protection of a case and the convenience of a wallet, all in one stylish package! With it’s folio design, the front cover folds over to protect your iPhone’s screen while the other side holds your bank cards, ID, cash and more. Snap it together, put it in your pocket, and have everything you need in one place!

Click here to see the rest of our iPhone cases. 

Click here to see some of our other iPhone accessories. 

 

Thanks for checking out our new product lines! If you have questions about these (or other) products, please give us a call at 312.846.6606.

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SiriusXM Channel Spotlight: Shade 45

Thursday, July 14th, 2011
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Shade 45 is Eminem’s exclusive channel for SiriusXM. Shade 45 features uncensored hip hop from artists like founder Eminem, 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, G-Unit and more! The channel also features some of the biggest hip hop DJs doing live on-air mixes, original programming, countdown shows, and tons of special events. Shade 45 is a must-listen for serious hip-hop fans.

Shade 45 recently announced that Sway Calloway, best know as a former MTV VJ, will be taking over mornings on the channel. “Sway in the Morning” will feature special guests, in-studio interviews, song premieres, music news and more live every weekday morning from 8am-Noon. Eminem says of Sway in the Morning: “I got my start on radio with Sway and so it only makes sense for things to come full-circle and have him join the family at Shade 45. I’m looking forward to the honor of Sway making mornings better on Shade 45 for a long time to come.” Look for Sway starting Monday, July 18th.

In addition to Sway joining the Shade 45 crew, you can also hear great shows like “The All Out Show with Lord Sear and Rude Jude” every weekday at 4pm ET, “Smashtime Radio with DJ Clinton Sparks” Mondays at 8pm ET, “G Unit Saturdays featuring DJ Whoo Kid” Saturdays at 10am ET and TONS more! There are special shows almost every night of the week featuring unique mixes, world premiere songs, and lots of in-studio guests.


Shade 45 Product Suggestion:

SiriusXM Portable Sound System


Hip-hop is all about booming bass, so what better way to listen to Shade 45 than with a great sounding boombox! The SXABB1 offers 30 watts of power and a 2-way speaker system to give you amazing sound quality and ultra-portability. The boombox includes an AC power adapter & antenna and is compatible with several Sirius and XM radios – making it ready to go right out of the box. You can also use the SXABB1 with batteries, plug in an iPod or other Mp3 player into the AUX port, or listen with headphones. The SXABB1 is a must-have accessory for any Shade 45 fan!

Learn more about Shade 45 on their website, or ask us questions about out product suggestion at sales@tss-radio.com.

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XM Antenna Buying Guide

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011
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When choosing an antenna for your XM radio, you may be confused about the different models and what is best for your setup. This short guide will go over some of the common XM antenna models and help you figure out what you need.

Vehicle Antennas

Mini XM Car Antenna


The Mini XM Car Antenna is the smallest satellite radio antenna on the market. At around 1 square inch, it is probably the most unobtrusive antenna you’ll find. High gain and  a 20ft. antenna cable make this antenna a great solution for customers looking for a small and strong antenna. Works with any single-input XM radio.

XM Car Antenna

XM Car AntennaThe XM Car Antenna is included with most XM Plug and Play Radio models. It is a low profile, high gain antenna that works with all single-input XM radios. It features rubber feet on the bottom to protect your vehicle’s finish and has a 23 ft. attached cable that can easily routed under interior molding for a clean look.

Browning Magnetic Car Antenna for XM

This antenna from Browning features a slightly thicker cable that tends to be more durable than some of the XM branded antennas. It has the same high gain and 20ft. cable, and utilizes the standard SMB connection, making it compatible and ideal for any single input XM radio. It also includes an adhesive pad for customers who would like a more permanent mounting solution.

XMicro XM Magnetic Vehicle Antenna

The XMicro is a versatile antenna that can be used with older FAKRA style XM Radios or standard, single input SMB antenna connections. It features a low profile, 23 ft. cable, magnetic base, and rubber feet to protect your vehicle’s finish. It’s a great option for customers who currently have an older radio, but who may be considering upgrading.

XM Home Antennas

XM Home Antenna

The XM Home Antenna is the most common type of XM antenna for home use. It is included with all current XM boomboxes and home kits, and is sold separately as a replacement. This antenna has a 20ft. cable and can be easily mounted indoor or outdoor for use. Compatible with most XM single input docking stations or radios.

Terk XM Outdoor Home Antenna XM6

The Terk XM6 is a weather resistant, high performance outdoor antenna for use with most XM Radios. The XM6 uses standard RG6 coaxial cable for extra durability and longer cable runs (can drive up to 100ft.) It includes a F to SMB adapter cable to plug into any standard single input XM docking station or boombox.

Pixel Technologies Pro-500 or Pro-600

The Pixel Pro-500 and Pro-600 are professional grade antennas that work with both Sirius and XM satellite radios. Featuring 12 and 8.5 dBi Gain (respectively) these Pixel antennas are the strongest on the market. Both antennas utilize standard RG6 coaxial cable and include F to SMB adapter cables to plug into your satellite radio. In addition, both antennas can drive up to 200ft. of cable without any additional external amplifiers.

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Great Gift Ideas for Dad!

Monday, June 13th, 2011
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Deciding what to get a Dad in your life can be a difficult task! You don’t want to be the boring person who gives a tie or gift card, so check out these unique gift ideas from TSS-Radio.com!

Give the gift of SiriusXM Satellite Radio

Satellite radio is a great gift for anyone who spends a lot of time in their car, is an avid sports fan, a news junkie, or just about anyone else. With commercial free music and exclusive talk from stars like Howard Stern, a satellite radio is bound to please even the pickiest of Dads.

Check out these special deals on Satellite Radios just for Father’s Day:

XM Snap!

The XM Snap! is the easiest and most affordable way to get into satellite radio. Featuring 5 preset channels and easy plug and play installation, even the most technology challenged Dad can install and use the XM Snap! within minutes.  Get the XM Snap! for only $47.99.

Refurbished Starmate 5 with PowerConnect Vehicle Kit

The Refurbished Starmate 5 with PowerConnect Car Kit is another affordable way to give the gift of satellite radio. Refurbished radios look brand new and come with a brand new car kit, so they make great inexpensive gifts. Like the XM Snap! the Starmate 5 is easy to install (and use) and offers all of the great SiriusXM programming – with the added bonus of being able to use it outside of the car. With optional accessories like a boombox or home kit, Dad can listen to Sirius XM practically anywhere! Get the Refurbished Starmate 5 with PowerConnect Vehicle Kit for only $67.99

Cool gifts for the iPad fan

Seems like everybody has an iPad these days and a Dad in your life is probably no exception. Help him get the most out of his iPad with one of these great accessories!

Haier Audio ViewXL iPad Speaker Dock


The Haier Audio ViewXL iPad Speaker Dock is the ultimate iPad accessory! Offering 20 Watts of power, 4 speakers and 2 woofers, this dock turns your iPad into a portable movie theater. The Haier Audio ViewXL also features a video out port, so connect it to your big screen flat panel and watch anything the ‘net has to offer. Get the Haier Audio ViewXL for the special low price of $99.99.

iLuv Portfolio Case with Bluetooth Keyboard for iPad 2


This portfolio case from iLuv turns Dad’s iPad 2 into a laptop all while protecting it in a stylish case! The Bluetooth keyboard features a USB port for fast and convenient charging, a long battery life, and keys specific to iPad 2 functions. The case is a durable faux leather with a retractable kick stand for movie viewing or typing. Get the iLuv Portfolio Case with Bluetooth Keyboard for only $69.99 this Father’s Day!

Other great gift ideas!

Bosch Deluxe Power Box Sirius-Ready Jobsite Radio


Does your Dad work outside? Is he always in the garage or yard? If you answered yes to either of those, he would probably love the Bosch Deluxe Power Box Sirius-Ready Jobsite Radio. The Bosch Power Box is an ultra-durable AM/FM radio with a built in Sirius docking station (radio and antenna NOT included), USB port, SD port and Auxiliary input. Dad can listen to any of his favorite audio devices with this rugged boombox, and he won’t have to worry about damaging it at a job site! Get the Bosch Deluxe Power Box on sale for $269.99.

Coloud NHL or Marvel Headphones


If a Dad in your life is a big time hockey or comic book fan, these headphones from Coloud will make a perfect, inexpensive gift! Great sound quality and team spirit all in one cool set of headphones. Great for a Dad who listens to hockey on the portable XMp3i satellite radio or any other guy who wants to show off his favorite comic book character or team! Grab the Coloud NHL or Marvel headphones for a special Father’s Day price of only $29.99.

If you have questions about these, or any of our other products, please email us at sales@tss-radio.com or call 773.772.4340.

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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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Father’s Day: Round Two!

Thursday, June 17th, 2010
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The boyfriend’s dad is a Pharmaceutical Rep.  On paper, it sounds like an amazing job…  Getting to drive around the country seeing The World’s Biggest Ball of Yarn, the Ripley’s Believe it or Not Aquarium, trying Chili Cheese Fries in all time zones, you know… Awesome, right?! Ryan’s dad says that misses two things: his bed and his television. While I can do little to advise Ryan on a Father’s Day gift on how to ship his dad’s bed around the country, I can recommend the Slingbox.

The chief complaint of Dan, Ryan’s dad,  is that he constantly misses his shows.  At dinner last week, Dan was complaining about how he had to cover his ears every time he entered  a room in case people were talking about the LOST finale. Apparently, Dan had the last four episodes on his DVR at home and had yet to watch them.  The Slingbox will allow Dan to watch his DVR’ed shows and his television anywhere in the country from his laptop! And, while I love the thought of Dan running down corporate hallways with his fingers jammed in his ears, I think the Slingbox would be a great Father’s Day gift so the doctors offices on his route can not think he’s insane.

TSS-Radio just dropped their price on it by a whopping $30 and there’s always Free Shipping on Slingbox orders so Ryan can even wait til the last minute, as he did last year with the Obama Chia Pet Head,  and still get it in just a few days. The best part of it, though, is that there is no monthly fee! The Slingbox is a one-time purchase!!

:-) karen [at] tss-radio.com

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Car Antenna Review

Thursday, August 13th, 2009
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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