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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Where is the new SIRIUS Stiletto 3?

This post was written by: Taylor

January 30th, 2013
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We get a lot of people asking us when the next SIRIUS Stiletto is coming out. And the sad, harsh truth is there won’t ever be another SIRIUS Stiletto. But that doesn’t mean you are out of luck.

The original SIRIUS Stiletto was the Stiletto 10 and Stiletto 100. They came out before Christmas of 2006 and were an instant hit. The following year the Stiletto 2 came out. Smaller and more efficient. The Stiletto 2 is from 2007 which in terms of technology is a pretty long time ago. We tried grabbing stock of all the new Stilettos for as long as possible after they were discontinued but there is only so long that a retailer can sell a product that was no longer produced. In 2010 we said goodbye to the Stiletto’s with this touching cake.

Goodbye Stilettos

The Stiletto’s were great for a variety of reasons. If you recorded talk shows when you would listen back it would bookmark where you left off. It was a simple feature but fantastic. It also was able to listen to SIRIUS in Portable mode (either with the built in antenna or antenna headphones) or if you were in range of decent Wifi you could simply listen to an Online feed of SIRIUS.

 

But as great as there were they don’t fit into the evolution of SiriusXM quite like they used to. But we do understand how loyal people can be to them. In 2013 the SiriusXM Internet Radio is much more a part of the average subscribers routine. You pay a bit extra for an online login and you can listen Online, on an App or on a device like the SiriusXM Lynx. The Lynx is a twist on the Portable Satellite Radio and it’s very versatile. It’s packed with tons of features like a color touch screen, Game Alerts, 25 presets, it receives the Xtra Channels, and much more. The Lynx can play the part of a simple SiriusXM Dock and Play Radio where you move the unit from your Car to the Home or to work. But you can also listen to the Online service with it and Record Programs and access the On Demand content. It stores up to 200 hours of content and you can import your own MP3s onto it if you wish. One of the cooler features is that it can connect via Bluetooth and the it will connect with the Lynx Home Kit wirelessly. You can sit on the couch and change channels directly on the Lynx while the Home Dock is empty but hooked up to your home stereo.

 

Some of our customers have told us that the Lynx is a major part of their listening experience. Not everyone wants to use their phone to listen portably, whether it uses too much data or it simply drains the battery. And a unique thing about the Lynx is that you could activate it simply as a SiriusXM Internet Radio or a Satellite Radio or both.

SiriusXM Lynx Portable Wifi Player

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Price Drops on many Satellite Radio Products

This post was written by: Taylor

January 29th, 2013
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We have some pretty huge price drops to fill you in on.

Our most popular Sirius Car Antenna the Dot Micro is on Sale from $19.99 down to $17.99. This antenna works with every SIRIUS Plug and Play Radio.

The SiriusXM Lynx Portable Wifi Internet Radio had a price drop from $249.99 to $149.99 and Lynx Home Kits and Lynx Car Kits for it dropped from $69.99 to $19.99!

The SiriusXM TTR1 Internet Radio dropped from $149.99 to $79.99

The XM SkyDock for iPod and iPhones that allows you to turn your iPod Touch or iPhone into an XM Car Satellite Radio dropped from $119.99 to $49.99

In addition we lowered our prices on many of our Refurbished Satellite Radios. The prices and inventory on these won’t last. So take advantage while you can.

The Refurbished XMP3i Portable and Home Kit dropped to $79.99

The Refurbished SIRIUS Starmate 8 dropped to $59.99

And the Refurbished SiriusXM Edge with Car Kit dropped to $79.99

Take advantage when you can! And if there is any product you are interested in but want to price compare it just let us know. It never hurts to ask. 312-846-6606 or sales@tss-radio.com

Taylor

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Lots of Changes in the World of TSS and SiriusXM

This post was written by: Taylor

January 29th, 2013
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When it rains it pours. And now is one of those times, and it’s all positive.

In the past month we launched our new revamped website here at TSS-Radio. It was a tremendous amount of work and we are pleased with the overall result. We feel the website is easier to navigate and have heard that from customers as well. We’ve also added some new features such as now offering Paypal as a payment option and less expensive shipping options to Canada. One of the bigger advantages to our new website is that we have streamlined our offerings. In the past we carried every single accessory or part for Satellite Radio, which at the time was great, but we’ve changed our outlook and here’s why. We used to offer 4 different kits to Integrate Sirius into a Toyota and some of the kits worked better than others and had varying amounts of technical support from the manufacturers and us. It was redundant and overly complicated to find something simple. Our new approach is focused on the best of those products and helping you find them easier. And the important thing to remember is if you ever have trouble finding something we can always be reached by phone, 312-846-6606 or email sales@tss-radio.com

There also has been a lot going on at SiriusXM. Liberty Media has officially taken over majority control of SiriusXM. We feel that long run this will be a good thing. They will take the good things that Management has done and keep those and make changes to things that they feel will improve the company. For great info about all Liberty Media and the financial happenings of SiriusXM I always refer people to SiriusBuzz where they are experts as the subject and are more versed in it than myself.

One of the big changes at SiriusXM is that they have finally Merged the Billing. In the past if you had an XM Radio in your Car and bought a Sirius Radio for your home you would have to have two separate accounts that you paid full price for both. You couldn’t simply add the Sirius radio to your XM account. Now you can. And it’s explained more in depth within this thread on DRC.

The second big change is something I’m extremely excited about as well as many others. If you weren’t impressed enough with the fact that SiriusXM have an On Demand listening feature in which you can listen to shows on your time schedule and without commercials, than perhaps this new service will impress you. It’s called MyControl and it allows you to fine tune many of the stations you’ve loved listening to on the Satellite Radio spectrum. MyControl is SiriusXM’s take on Personalized Radio. And what’s so great about it is that the interface is simple and the service is tweaked the moment you take control. You don’t have to wait many songs deep before the service caters to your needs. If you enjoyed the 80s on 8 channel but didn’t like the Hits so much as the deeper tracks from the 80s, now you can tune out the hits and focus on the niche songs. DRC has a thread on MyControl for SiriusXM here. And SiriusBuzz did a story about it here.

Hopefully all the positive changes keep on this path!

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SiriusXM coming to Google TV

This post was written by: Taylor

June 26th, 2012
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The news was just released that Sirius XM content will soon be available on Google TV. Here is a link to the Reuters Press Release. Sirius XM will have a Google TV app that users can login and listen to their favorite shows, music, news or sports right on their Google TV. So it’s convenient for those that have a SiriusXM Internet Login and Google TV. We suspect there may be more of these types of deals in the future.

Here is a helpful video about Google TV

Google TV Demo

And for more info about SiriusXM Internet Radio read Richard’s blog post about it.

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SiriusXM Internet Radio

This post was written by: Dick

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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