Discontinued SiriusXM Radios

This post was written by: Taylor

July 28th, 2013
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This isn’t the first or last time that some Satellite Radio products have being discontinued. It’s happened before and it’s just part of the Electronics business. But this is a particularly dramatic change and I wanted to make sure everyone is aware of the product line changes. Many times products are discontinued and replaced with an improved product with more features. This time many features and types of radios are going away with no equivalent radio to replace them.

In this post I want to highlight what Radios are going away and what that means for you.

Discontinued Radios

-Sirius SCC1 Vehicle Tuner

-SiriusXM Lynx Portable Internet Radio

-XM XMP3i Portable Satellite Radio

-Sirius Starmate 8 Plug and Play Radio

-Sirius SR-H2000 Home Tuner

The Sirius SCC1 Vehicle Tuner has been around for some time now. It came out around 2008 and allowed people with “Sirius Ready” Aftermarket car stereos to get the Sirius service directly through their Headunit (ie Alpine, Pioneer, Kenwood, Sony, etc) given that they also had to purchase an Aftermarket Translator (an additional part that made the SCC1 work). Once installed the SCC1 and Translator hid behind the radio and people were able to control Sirius through their Aftermarket Headunit with excellent sound. Newer Aftermarket Headunits now come “SiriusXM Ready” and use the SiriusXM SXV200 Tuner which plugs directly into the Headunit. There are many advantages to the SXV200 vs the SCC1 such as it’s capable of receiving the “Xtra Channels” and you don’t need an Aftermarket Translator to make it work. So it’s less expensive than the SCC1 option. The disadvantage for some is that the SXV200 is Based on the XM network of Satellites and if you are in an area where the Sirius signal is better or most of your accounts are on the Sirius side it may be better to stay on the Sirius side of the service. Keep in mind the SiriusXM billing is now merged but depending on your programming package there are pros and cons to being on one side or another.

Once gone the SCC1s will be extremely hard to find and if your Aftermarket Headunit is “Sirius Ready” you will have a difficult time finding them so it’s best to purchase one now as well as the Translator you may need. Feel free to call us for help with this. 312-846-6606

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The SiriusXM Lynx Portable Radio is in a World of it’s own. There are so many unique features about the Lynx. It is very versatile and can be used in many different ways. You can activate it simply as a SiriusXM Internet Radio, you can use it as a Satellite Radio Plug and Play or you can use it as both. Some folks really have gotten a lot of use out of it. And for less than $200 you can get the Lynx along with a Lynx Home Kit and a Lynx Car Kit. You can record programs, use it as an MP3 Player, and more. It’s also the only SiriusXM Portable option out there. While it’s not capable of getting live Satellite Radio while in the Portable mode it is capable of getting SiriusXM Internet Radio while portable (so long as you have a Wifi signal nearby). This is one of the best products SiriusXM ever released and it never was on the radar for most. The users who have it seem to be very pleased with the overall package, especially being it’s the first SiriusXM Radio with a touch screen. One thing I know for sure is that months after these are gone you will find them on Ebay and Amazon with asking prices nearly double what they are now. The price of the radio and the kits right now are a bargain and just like other discontinued portable radios like the Stiletto’s or XM Inno’s you will see the price skyrocket in the months or year after they have been phased out. There is a very slim chance there will be an Aftermarket SiriusXM Portable Radio in the future from what we know.

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The other Portable that sadly has gone away is the XMP3i Portable XM Radio. It has a built in Satellite Radio Antenna within and has many features such as the ability to record 5 channels simultaneously. The XMP3 has been around since 2008, which is a very long lifespan of a Satellite Radio. The new versions have been discontinued officially and they will become sparse in the marketplace. We do have a Refurbished Version of them still around for a short while, but keep in mind while they do come with a home kit, the XMP3i Vehicle kits are extremely difficult to find. Refurbished XMP3i with Home Kit.

xmp3i Ever since 2005 there has been a Sirius Plug and Play Radio with the Replay Feature. That is the ability to pause and rewind radio (up to 30-50 mins depending on the radio and channel). It’s probably one of the most popular Satellite Radio features ever. The Starmate 8 may be the last Sirius radio with this feature. The Starmate 8 is going away and the only Plug and Play Sirius Radio option will be the Sirius Stratus 7, a radio that won’t have the Replay feature. So if you are looking for a new Sirius Radio and enjoy the Replay Feature we highly recommend purchasing a Starmate 8 while they are available. We expect to have some for a couple more months but like the other discontinued products they will be harder to find and will go up in market value in a few months.

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Lastly the SR-H2000 Home Tuner which is often gets integrated into High End systems. It has an Optical Out which provides the best sound quality from the Satellite Radio service. The SR-H2000s will be gone soon and some may need to use an SCH2P as an alternative.

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We do want to stress how discontinued radios affects our customers buying decisions and we encourage you to reach out to us via phone or email to help you find the best Satellite Radios for you. 312-846-6606 or email us sales@tss-radio.com.

 

 

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Thank you for your support!

This post was written by: Chris Larkin

June 10th, 2013
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Last week’s 5th annual Garage Sale was a huge success for us and for our customers who got great buys. That being said, we at TSS-Radio.com are always working to get you the best deals possible while providing you the best US-based customer service of any company in the satellite radio and accessories business. Call us any weekday between 10am and 6pm CST at 312-846-6606 if there is anything we can help you with, especially if you can’t find a product you need for your installation on our website.

We have some great promotions going on right now and we still have a sizable selection of items on sale including refurbished standalone radios at this link.

Again, we are honored to be your choice for satellite radio equipment! If you want to get on our mailing list and get notifications when we offer special sales events, click here.

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Garage Sale 2013 is less than 24 hours away!!!

This post was written by: Chris Larkin

June 3rd, 2013
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Folks, big savings are on the way. This year there are more parts and awesome deals than you can imagine!

If you aren’t on our mailing list, PLEASE subscribe now by clicking this TSS-Radio mailing list signup form link. We’ll be sending out the message in the morning and you’ll find out about special savings offers that include open box radios, factory-refurbished components and installation equipment and even a collection of quality used gear.

Here’s a small preview of items in the USED category (and the crazy low prices we’re able to offer them to you for this year):

Antennas:
Sirius Dot Micros $4.99
Sirius Home Antenna $4.99

Docks:
Sirius Universal Home Dock SUPH1 $4.99
Sirius Universal Car Dock $4.99
Sirius S50 Home Dock $4.99
Sirius PowerConnect Car Dock $4.99
XM SkyDock Dock $14.99
XM XMP3i Home Dock $4.99
XM XMP3i Vehicle Dock $4.99

Radios:
Sirius Xact XTR3 $4.99
Sirius S50 $19.99
XM (SiriusXM) Lynx $99.99
XM Edge $49.99
XM Onyx $19.99
XM Roady XT $9.99
XM SkyDock $19.99
XM Xpress RCi $29.99

Remember, for these USED items, you will have to call TSS-Radio directly at 312-846-6606 during the normal business hours (10AM-6PM CST). We’ll be at the phones ready to help you!

The sale runs from Tuesday 6/4 through Friday 6/7 only, so you probably should start ordering as soon as you get the email if you want to get these extremely unique deals!

So, don’t miss out. Get on the mailing list here and join in the fun this week. Perfect selection of items for Father’s Day gifts, second car radios (make the husband, wife or children happy), and spare components for yourself. If you are like me, you’ve had to replace a part here and there over the years and it would be nice to just have a spare antenna in the closet, especially at these prices, right?

Enjoy the Garage Sale, 2013 Edition!

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Now Back In-Stock MOTORCYCLE KITS

This post was written by: Chris Larkin

May 20th, 2013
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Finally, after a long delay, these customizable kits for motorcycles are available again!

As you’ll see in the video below, you can ride in style and enjoy SiriusXM at the same time.

These kits are now available with tons of options, and you get to choose which parts you want as shown in the image below. Some of you may be aware that the kits were out of stock for a long time and are in limited supply. We just got these kits today so head over to our order page and pick a couple up while you can. The page is available by clicking this link or the image below.

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Top 10 Things You Might Not Know SiriusXM Offers (and More!)

This post was written by: Chris Larkin

May 16th, 2013
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SiriusXM has undergone quite a few changes in years since the merger of Sirius and XM, and there are some really cool service features that you need to know about!

  1. Multiple types of subscriptions are now available, as explained in the SiriusXM Subscription Comparison Guide at TSS-Radio.com.
  2. The All Access plan boils down to about $2 extra per month than the standard subscription, but it includes internet access and the premier stations. That’s a lot of value for $2.
  3. Instead of calling and waiting on hold for a person, you can add services, change services and even make payment online.
  4. You can even combine Sirius and XM accounts now.
  5. With an internet subscription, you can listen back five hours on many channels.
  6. You can listen to many programs On Demand, such as Howard Stern, Opie & Anthony or even 90s on 9’s The Back in The Day Replay (top 30 countdown).
  7. Select programming can be downloaded to your device to listen offline, such as the aforementioned Stern and O&A shows. Take a week’s worth of your favorite programming hiking where there’s no 3G data signal!
  8. There’s still a SiriusXM internet-based portable unit that makes a great plug and play radio called the SiriusXM Lynx and it’s almost gone. You can get a special bundle of this model with both the home and car kits by clicking here.
  9. SiriusXM’s new MySXM feature allows you to customize many music stations online. For example, on SiriusXM Hits 1, you can choose between varying degrees of pop & rock vs pop & rhythm, new hits vs currently hot hits and less teen pop or more teen pop. It’s the ultimate in music customization!
  10. SiriusXM puts you in the driver’s seat for all of your news and entertainment choices, whether you are a political junkie, just want to catch up on international headlines, a Howard Stern fan or ready to jam to any of the most eclectic choices in music programming available anywhere on the web.

Finally, by customer demand, SiriusXM now has Sports Play by Play online. You can listen anywhere you have internet access and a compatible browser, smartphone or tablet.

We’ll have more blogs to come, especially since our world-famous summer Garage Sale event is near! If you aren’t on our mailing list, click this link and sign up now. Note: you only have to give your email address, but add your birthday and you’ll be eligible for special offers and prizes

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PowerConnect Adapters and Docks

This post was written by: Taylor

February 26th, 2013
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A couple years ago SiriusXM introduced a patented solution to improve the audio quality from the Wireless FM Transmitters that are built into all the Plug and Play Radios.

That solution was called PowerConnect. Instead of the Plug and Play Radio simply sending the audio over the air to your cars FM Dial it instead injects it via the SiriusXM PowerConnect Power Adapter to the metal of the socket and your car. While this method isn’t as ideal as using an Aux Cable or an FM Direct Adapter it’s a very easy way to connect and Play your Radio with ease. Especially in small radio markets outside big cities.

PowerConnect 5 Volt Car Power Adapter

PowerConnect has helped a lot of TSS-Radio customers simply because it’s easier to buy a radio and not have to take apart the dash just to install an FM Direct Adapter. However it’s important to know one thing about PowerConnect when looking for replacement parts.

PowerConnect Power Adapters must always match up to PowerConnect Docks/Cradles. The PowerConnect radios and power adapters are 5 Volts and many customers confuse them with NON PowerConnect 5 Volt power adapters. We can’t highlight enough that you have to make sure you are purchasing the correct adapters or docks.

XM PowerConnect Car Cradle. Note the Color Coded Inputs.

The tip is that PowerConnect Docks/Cradles always have Color-Coded inputs. 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.

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.

In addition some people like to use the Vehicle Docks in their home. If you have a PowerConnect Vehicle Dock but need a Home AC Adapter for it we do have a special PowerConnect AC Adapter just for you.

If you do need help with this our Parts finder is a big help or feel free to call us 10am-6pm Central time at 312-846-6606 or email us sales@tss-radio.com

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Discontinued Products

This post was written by: Taylor

February 24th, 2013
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We find a lot of customers get frustrated when things get discontinued or changed product wise. But it’s how things are and they will likely always be. Even if a car model or a phone is wildly popular and successful the manufacturer has to tweak it or replace it at some point.

Satellite Radios, parts and accessories are no different. And we have a couple products that are Discontinued, but for the time being we still have stock of as of publishing this post.

XMP3 Antenna Headphones

XMP3/XMP3i Antenna Headphones

If you have an XMP3 or XMP3i Portable XM Radio your radio has a built in Antenna, but some may need additional reception with the use of these Antenna Headphones. They are now discontinued and we have limited quantities.

XM Snap Radio

XM Snap

The XM Snap is an incredible simple and fun XM Radio. Installation is a Snap. All you do is put the PowerConnect stalk into the Cigarette Lighter, Mount the Antenna and either connect with an Aux Cable or use the PowerConnect to match up FM Frequencies and the install is done. The unit doesn’t have tons of features or presets but for a lot of people that’s the draw. Sadly the XM Snap is being discontinued and hopefully something fun and simple will come out in the future. In the meantime if you love the concept of the Snap, make sure you snap it up fast before they are gone!

 

 

 

 

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Who is TSS Radio?

This post was written by: Taylor

February 19th, 2013
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Sometimes when people call to order Satellite Radio parts from us they really aren’t sure who we are. Maybe they were referred to us by SiriusXM customer service. Maybe a friend told them to come to us to get help finding a part. Some people might think we are a bigger company than we are and some may thing we are a home based business.

At one point this was a home based business. It started in my very small guest house apartment in Los Angeles. Things got very busy very fast and I moved to Chicago. We had as many as 13 people at one point working for TSS. Right now we are a solid 5-6 guys. The good thing is everyone at TSS knows the products and service inside and out. You might call a customer service rep at SiriusXM that may not even listen to the service or have a radio. We all do in some way or another. That’s what makes us who we are. We can understand what it’s like to break a radio and be miserable for days waiting for it to arrive.

Never hesitate to call and ask us for anything. Whether it be to price match a product or you need help with trying to get better sound quality with your Satellite Radio. We deal with people day in and day out and it’s likely we’ve heard it before and if we haven’t we can usually track down an answer.

So feel free to reach out to us and ask!

via Email sales@tss-radio.com

via Phone 312-846-6606

via Twitter @TSSRadio

via Facebook http://www.facebook.com/tssradio

Taylor

 

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Radio is only as good as you make it

This post was written by: Taylor

February 8th, 2013
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I’ve been a huge radio fan for all of my adult life. I prefer the radio to TV especially since it’s great to multitask to. You can work and listen to the radio, or commute and listen. But the problem with the radio is the dial. We all get in phases where we expect all the content on the channel to change instead of changing the channel. It’s always fun to mix some things up. Here are some suggestions. All I ask is that you be open minded enough to try some of them.

Howard Stern Alternatives

I love catching the Howard Stern show, but 3 live days isn’t feel like enough talk for me. So I love to catch Opie and Anthony, Covino and Rich or Jay Thomas as alternatives. To listen to Opie and Anthony you must either have XM or the SIRIUS Premier Package. But the show airs the same time the live Howard Stern show airs which is at 6am ET on channel 105/206. It also replays various times throughout the day. Covino and Rich air on Indie 104 between Noon and 4pm ET. There show isn’t as shocking or controversial as Jay Thomas, Stern or O&A but I like that about it. It’s fairly easy going and they always have great debates and mix up it up a lot of big celebrities. Finally Jay Thomas has a mix of controversial opinions and banter along with random guests promoting various books or odd accomplishments. The Jay Thomas show airs 3pm ET on Indie 104.

When things get too stressful

Spa 73 is perfect. It’s honestly great to have low in the background to just relax. I swear I can barely wake up if I leave it on overnight in the background. I can’t use this station enough to calm me down when things are too hectic. It’s perfect to have on using a Plug and Play Radio and an SXABB2 Portable Sound System because unlike using an Internet Feed that needs to be refreshed this will just keep playing in the background.

Off the beaten path

Radio Classics channel 82 can be a lot of fun. Every once in a while on a lazy rainy day I find myself listening to Radio Classics and it rarely disappoints. For one you end up realizing how different things used to be 50-80 years ago. It’s fairly funny how many suspenseful radio thrillers involve a total stranger knocking on the door of a home in a small town asking for help. There were always scandals and lies and it’s fun to try to discern who is the victim or suspect.

Pop Music Alternatives

If you end up getting sick of the same handful of songs played on Sirius XM Hits 1 it’s time to try out a few of the other Pop alternatives. My favorite is BBC Radio 1. I end up listening on the weekend and they mix it up really well with Hip Hop and Pop and a mix of British and US Artists. It’s a lot more refreshing mix to me. I end up loving the interactions the DJs have with various listeners and it always seems like some 14 year old British girl is working on her homework while listening to the BBC 1. BBC Radio 1 is found on the SiriusXM Internet service but currently not on the Satellite Radio service. 20 on 20 Channel 3 changed a few months back and ended up highlighting a lot more new music and songs not played on Hits 1. If you haven’t heard it recently, give it another shot. And if you are between 25 and 35 Pop2k which is on the Internet Feed and XM and SiriusXM Satellite Packages only is the best way to relive Pop hits from the 2000s. For some reason it really brings me back even though the songs are too old.

What channels have you ended up stumbling upon and enjoyed?

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Hard to find Satellite Radio Parts

This post was written by: Taylor

February 5th, 2013
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A lot of people hit roadblocks when searching for old Satellite Radio parts. For the most part it’s difficult to find Boomboxes and Car Kits for Satellite Radios that are more than a few years old. But it never hurts to reach out to us and ask if we have something. We often have some used and open box products that aren’t listed on our website.

Just inquire by calling us at 312-846-6606 Mon-Fri 10am-6pm Central Time.

Below is a rough guideline on how easy or difficult it is to find parts for your old Sirius or XM Radio.

Satellite Radio Car Power Adapters-Easy

Satellite Radio Home Power Adapters-Easy

Satellite Radio Car Antennas-Easy

Satellite Radio Boomboxes-Hard

Satellite Radio Home Kits-Medium

Satellite Radio Car Kits-Hard

Satellite Radio Batteries-Medium

It’s always best to get the accessories and parts while you can!

 

 

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