If you have been researching in-dash Sirius you most likely have heard terms like tuner and translator. This is a simple explanation of what these terms mean to you.
Tuner: a tuner is the device that receives the Sirius Satellite signal. It may also be referred to as being a receiver. The tuner may be a Dock and Play Sirius Radio or the in dash SIRIUS Connect Vehicle Tuner SCC1. To use a Dock and Play Radio you only need the car kit, but to use the SCC1 you MUST have a translator.
Translator: this is the unit that will translate to the SIRIUS signal to your specific car stereo. If you have a Pioneer you will need the SIRIUS Connect Vehicle Tuner SCC1 and the Pioneer SIRIUS Connect Interface CD-SB10, and so on with each specific car stereo.
IF YOU HAVE A DOCK AND PLAY RADIO AND WANT TO CONTROL IT THROUGH THE CAR STEREO SEE HERE
Here is a list of some of the translators and the stereos they are compatible with:
SoundLinq SL2S Toyota Sirius Interface:Select Toyota OEM Stereos
SoundLinq SLS2 Lexus Sirius Interface:Select Lexus OEM Stereos
Alpine SIRIUS Connect Interface KCA-SC100:Select Alpine Stereos
Clarion SIRIUS Connect Interface CLA-SC1:Select Clarion Stereos
SIRIUSConnect ECL-SC1 Eclipse Interface Translator:Select Eclipse Stereos
Pioneer SIRIUS Connect Interface CD-SB10:Select Pioneer Stereos
JVC SIRIUS Connect Interface KS-SRA100:Select JVC Stereos
Kenwood SIRIUS Connect Interface KCA-SR50:Select Kenwood Stereos