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History of the SIRIUS Starmate

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
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If you have ever wondered where your SIRIUS Starmate got it’s humble beginnings, then this is the guide you’ve been looking for.

 Starmate ST1

SIRIUS Starmate Line: The Starmate line was first created with the Original Starmate ST1. Cousin to the Streamer GT and Xact XTR7 , The ST1 was a simple radio that boasted a no frills, 24/7 workaholic attitude.  The design was simple and offered SIRIUS fans a contemprary look. The Starmate Line really got its glory with the invention of the SIRIUS Replay function.

Starmate Replay ST2

The Starmate 2 or Starmate Replay SIRIUS ST2 was the first Starmate Sirius Satellite Radio to included the Replay function. Cousin to the Streamer GTR, This radio took a notice from many consumer that begged for a narrower SIRIUS receiver, that did not block vision on the dash. It was designed on a unique mounting bracket system much like the ST1 Starmate mount. This receiver is one of the most loved of all by SIRIUS fans.,but SIRIUS goes universal!

With as many different receivers out there, and many consumers switching back and forth. Consumers really wanted a universal docking style, that way any receiver could fit in another car/home/motorcycle kit. This would make it easier for a consumer to replace a radio or purchase a new one if they knew that the docking cradles were all the same. So SIRIUS introduced the SIRIUS Universal Dock and Play system. This means all new receivers and cradles are cross-compatible with eachother. SIRIUS impletmented this in its Starmate 3 ST3

Starmate 3

The Starmate 3 was seen as a huge jump forward and a small step backwards. The SIRIUS ST3 did not offer the SIRIUS Replay function, but it did offer the new universal style docking system. This radio was a throwback to its grandfather the ST1 with the features it carried. The ST3 was a low production radio and saw little favor from the SIRIUS world. This remains the low point in the SIRIUS line, however all that would change with the SIRIUS Starmate 4.

Starmate 4

By far of the most loved SIRIUS radios of all time came in 2006 with the Starmate 4. This radio had all the advantages of the ST2 and ST3, with none of their disadvantages. Th ST4 still remains a top seller and with its low return rate, the ST4 will have a placed saved for the Sirius Satellite Radio muesum and Hall of Fame, which isn’t being built, but should be! The St4 has the universal dock and replay function, plus its narrow design keeps you looking at the road and not the receiver.

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The often overlooked SIRIUS Stratus

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008
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The Sirius Status has been the workhorse of the Sirius line-up since its creation.


It gives you the most basic of features, but with an outstanding service record and a extremely low return rate. The SIRIUS Stratus has been the economy-level Sirius Satellite Radio receiver and has proved itself with SIRIUS radio veterans. It has the most basic of features of all the SIRIUS radios out there and keeps you listening without any frills, long after the more complex devices become in need of service or repair. This isn’t to say the other radios are poorly made, I am just saying the tried and true SIRIUS Stratus holds up very well under conditions other electronics would not. Maybe call the Stratus the Ugly Duckling of SIRIUS radios or the lumberjack-quality radio, being of tough,but simple design. Whatever you call the Stratus Radios be sure that you consider them in situations you would not want to put a Stiletto or Sportster 5 (ie. a boat or snowmobile).


Also be looking out for the New Stratus 6 and Starmate 8 coming soon……….


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Chat Live with TOM TAYLOR from TSS-Radio

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008
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9pm-10pm on the East Coast

8pm-10pm for us Midwesterners

7pm-8pm for the Mountain Dwellers

and 6pm-7pm for West Coast


If you have not been present for the show now is a great time to see what you’ve been missing.


The show will give you a chance to ask questions about your SIRIUS setup and get live video/audio help from the best in the business, TOM TAYLOR. This show is a great way to get a weekly lesson on SIRIUS and have a live forum to speak to the professionals.


Don’t miss out! Every Wednesday: same time, same place!

Click here and bookmark this link: SYNDICATERADIO.TV


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Great SIRIUS XM Accessories

Monday, July 14th, 2008
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If you have SIRIUS satellite radio and have a Plug and Play or Dock and Play unit, here are a few accessories and tips that will help you get the most out of your SIRIUS receiver!

First Protecting your SIRIUS Receiver:

There are several ways and products around that will help you get a long life out of your unit.

A Plug and Play carrying case

sirius carry case


Many people who have SIRIUS forget about this little beauty. This case can hold almost any SIRIUS receiver and keeps it from the wind,rain, and unfortunate drops on the pavement. This unit has a soft interior lining and a belt clip. It’s heavy-duty design is made to help the transfer from home to car and back again so smoothly. If you have SIRIUS you need this, and at $9.99 ,its a worthy investment for your precious SIRIUS receiver.

The Static Reliever

This is a must have. No questions asked. This will relieve that annoying FM static on your car radio. This semi-permanent product can be taken from one car to the next. Some cars need an extra FM Antenna Adapter that can be found here. This little baby is good but if you are looking for something with CD quality sound check out our line of Aux-Input adapters.( see here for some install help and guides HERE)


A Clean Custom-look

A Vehicle Specific Mount AKA a VSM is a great way to mount your SIRIUS satellite radio without having to use a suction cup or adhesive. These mounts require only simple hand tools and NO drilling of the dash. They install right onto a bolt or screw that the factory already placed. Mostly it requires just lifting on a dash piece and bolting this bracket on and replacing the dash piece. When used with a swivel found here, these can be angled to be seen from every seat in the car, truck, or Semi-Rig.


With all products that are out there finding one or two ,that will keep your SIRIUS satellite radio safe and sound, is easy and affordable. If you have any questions about your SIRIUS radio you can always email me at


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Chicago Gas Prices:WHERE DOES IT END?

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008
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Gas prices have risen in the City of Chicago to almost $4.50 a gallon, making most cars fill-up costing over $65. According to ,the average gallon of regular unleaded cost $3.62 last May and $2.88 last October. Now the average gallon of gas in Chicago cost over $4.11.  Other hard hit areas are Southern IL, New York, Most of California and parts of Michigan. While some states stay rather cool in comparison like Arizona, Iowa, and Missouri. How are we supposed to take those all important summer vacations with prices this high? Here are a few tips from to help you get the most out of your gas tank: Top Ten Fuel Saving Tips  
1 Avoid High Speeds As your speed increases, your aerodynamic drag increases in an exponential fashion. Driving 62 mph (100 km/h) vs 75 mph (120 km/h) will reduce fuel consumption by about 15%.
2 Do Not Accelerate or Brake Hard By anticipating the traffic and applying slow steady acceleration and braking, fuel economy may increase by as much as 20%.
3 Keep Tires Properly Inflated Keep tire air pressure at the level recommended by your vehicle manufacturer. A single tire under inflated by
2 PSI, increases fuel consumption by 1%.
4 Use A/C Sparingly When the air conditioner is on it puts extra load on the engine forcing more fuel to be used (by about 20%). The defrost position
on most vehicles also uses the air conditioner.
5 Keep Windows Closed Windows open, especially at highway speeds, increase drag and result in decreased fuel economy of up to 10%.
6 Service Vehicle Regularly Proper maintenance avoids poor fuel economy related to dirty air filters, old spark plugs or low fluid levels.
7 Use Cruise Control Maintaining a constant speed over long distances often saves gas.
8 Avoid Heavy Loads Remove the sand bags from your trunk in the spring and pack lightly for long trips.
9 Avoid Long Idles If you anticipate being stopped for more than 1 minute, shut off the car. Restarting the car uses less fuel than letting it idle for this time.
10 Purchase a Fuel Efficient Vehicle When buying a new vehicle examine the vehicle’s rated fuel efficiency. Usually choosing a small vehicle with a manual transmission will
provide you with great fuel economy.

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Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008
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The Sirius Backseat TV allows you receive family programming 24/7 from channels like Nickelodeon, Disney Channel and Cartoon Network.

The SCV1 gives you the ability to listen to Sirius Satellite Radio in the front of the car and watch Sirius Backseat TV in the back(on most aftermarket and factory installed radios and video monitors that have auxiliary inputs).

You need to have an active Sirius Satellite Radio account to receive Backseat TV service, you cannot have just Backseat TV.

The Sirius Backseat TV SCV1 comes with:

  • SCV1 Audio/Video Tuner
  • Wired Display Control Unit
  • Audio Remote Control
  • Video Remote Control
  • Remote Eye(For Rear-seat Video Control)
  • FM Switching Interface
  • Two Mini Magnetic Satellite Antennas
  • Audio/Video Cables
  • User Guide

You will need an existing Video screen or you will have to place one in your vehicle to use this sirius tv tuner. This unit does not include a video screen

Many 2008 Dodge and Chrysler models will have the Sirius Backseat TV as a factory options, so check with your local dealership if you are in the market for a new vehicle.

Requires an FM Tuner or Auxiliary input and video monitor(s) with NTSC and audio outputs for the Backseat TV system (sold separately)

Please feel free to email us with any questions:

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Honda and Acura SIRIUS Connect HON-SC1

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008
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Honda and Acura SIRIUS Connect HON-SC1

This is the long awaited solution for any Honda/Acura owner who wants in-dash Sirius.

This unit gives you a fully functioning replacement to XM. This is a two part system, you must have a SIRIUS Connect Vehicle Tuner SCC1 or SIRIUS Connect Vehicle Kit SCVDOC1.

If you would like to retain the factory XM antenna we do offer an adapter kit- Honda and Acura XM to Sirius Antenna Adapters

If you are unsure about installing this yourself, please seek a professional stereo shop. Most Big-box store installers or independent stereo shops will be able to install this product without hesitation.
The compatibility chart for this kit may be very confusing,but we are here to help and may have already come across your model or question.

Feel free to give us a call. 312-846-6606

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Some New Products!

Friday, February 15th, 2008
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Just wanted everyone to see some new products that we just got in!

New Products Include:

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How to mount a Sirius Satellite Radio

Monday, February 4th, 2008
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How to mount a Sirius Satellite Radio

There are several different ways to mount a Sirius Satellite Radio.There are as many standard mounting options as there are custom options for placing a satellite radio. It can be as simple as a suction cup on the windshield to a piece of ABS plastic cut to fit and placed in an open DIN.

Depending on you level of skill, you can mount Sirius Radios any way you see fit,but here are a few suggestions based on my experience:

  • Suction Cup Mount-This is the simplest way to mount your radio. It’s pretty self-explanatory, push the cup onto the windshield in an area where it will give you the best view of your radio and more importantly the road. This is a beginner skill option.
  • Vent Mount-This is an option if all others are not available. This is a slightly more difficult install, but does give a nice clean OEM look. A great feature to this option is that you can run the Sirius power adapter, Sirius Antenna, and audio cable from your Sirius Radio through the vents behind the dash, making this a cheap and effective mounting option. Also a beginner-moderate skill option.
  • Vehicle Specific Mount-This is the best way to mount your Sirius Radio, hands down. These brackets are tested and made to fit your specific radio. The brackets are made to fit in a specific spot on your dash and cannot be moved elsewhere. They typically use a factory screw or bolt that is already in your car holding you dash in. You simply unscrew the screw or bolt, place the bracket, and then replace the screw and dash. It is a firm hold and fitted with a Swivel it can be angled to be viewed from different seats in the car. A moderate skill option.
  • Like I always say if you have any questions please feel free to call us up and we’ll give you the best advice our collective minds can give.

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Starmate SIRIUS Radio

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008
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Starmate SIRIUS Radio

There are a couple of different SIRIUS Starmate that are out there, and some are not compatible with each other. It is good to know which receiver works with which kits:

Original Starmate-ST1

MODEL Number ST1 .This was the first starmate that SIRIUS came out with. The unit featured a channel toggle switch and a bright 3 line display screen. This unit has since been discontinued.

This is the Starmate Replay MODEL Number ST2R or ST2. This was one of the first SIRIUS receivers to allow the PAUSE, FAST FORWARD and REWIND feature. This feature allows you to pause LIVE satellite content and restart it with out ever missing anything. This unit has also become Discontinued.

Starmate ST3– MODEL Number ST3. This was one of the first receivers to introduce the Universal SIRIUS Docking style. This Universal docking style has expanded compatibility for all the SIRIUS Dock and Play receivers made currently. This receiver did not include the Replay function.

Starmate ST4– This SIRIUS Starmate 4 was an upgrade to the ST3, adding features like Pause, Fast Forward, Rewind. This receiver did add back the Replay function and also added the Blue Screen.

Starmate 5 ST5– This is the newest Starmate in the SIIRUS Receiver arsenal. This receiver keeps all the same features as the Starmate 4, but adds one very cool trick. This receiver can access SIRIUS A La Carte programming while currently no other receiver can.

These are the Starmate lineup from SIRIUS. If you are looking for a part for these receivers take a look here:

Accessory Finder

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