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post #1 of 13 Old 06-18-2003, 11:25 PM - Thread Starter
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Hi, i was wondering what peoples experiences with the home and car units are.

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The Kenwood KTC-H2A1 Plug and Play seems quite popular. See here for info: http://www.siriusbackstage.com/
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Can't beat the Delphi Skyfi for XM. Works great in car, home, office and in the middle of the desert with the boombox. They are $69 A/R now. I love mine.
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The Delphi SkyFi is very popular and has a nice clear display, to get the best sound make sure you wire it direct, using the cassette or FM adapter won't deliver its full potential.
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I have the first generation Sony. It sounds fine but has horrible user interface: blue screen that's impossible to read, only 5 presets(!) on the unit as well as on the remote.

There's an updated version out with an easier to read display and 20 presets. I'd buy one if I could find one just to avoid having to replace all my docking stations. But all the big box stores seem to have dropped it since the Delphi is far cheaper, sounds just as good and has better user interface than the Sony.

By the way, if you must use an FM modulator because your car radio has no analog auxiliary input, the Sony FM modulator kit for XM passes practically no bass.

Rarely does Sony get a product so wrong.

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Correction and Update:

The new Sony model still has only 5 presets on the unit but its new remote has 20 presets plus direct channel tuning (via a regular 10-digit keypad.)

Due to the sudden availability of this unit for $119 I decided to replace my old one with it:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...16#post2356216

Re: poor bass response on the Sony FM modulator, cranking the bass on your regular head unit will probably compensate (although this is something Sony should have fixed on their end.) BTW, I wouldn't be using an FM modulator except that the Alpine OEM head unit in my Mercedes-Benz has only one aux input but it's digital/optical and dedicated to the trunk-mounted CD changer.:rolleyes:

Also about the FM modulator: Sony says to use maximum audio output from the unit for feeding your home audio system, which works fine. But they tell you to turn it down to just three bars on the display for feeding the FM Modulator. Wrong: you'll hear hard clipping at three bars;two bars works better. Either way, you'll have to crank your head unit nearly to the max for usable level. Gotta try and ditch the FM Modulator. Hope the Blitzsafe Adapter solution pans out. See this thread:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...hreadid=273217

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Can't beat the Delphi Skyfi for XM. Works great in car, home, office and in the middle of the desert with the boombox. They are $69 A/R now. I love mine.
I also have the Delphi. Works great...sound is just OK...not great with the builtin amp/speakers. Reception performance is outstanding, design is marginal...a bit on weird side and the grill cloth is not tolerant to dirt or wear/tear. A bit more thought should have gone into the physical packaging of the unit.
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I looked at the new kenwood car and home unit tonight. I had planned on putting it in my car as our second Sirius radio. I was disappointed when I found ou that it does not have a fm modulator. It uses a cassette adapter to interface with the car factory radio. I don't want any more wires hanging out of my Lexus.
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The best solution for home and car is two different receivers, and Sirius' discounted monthly fee for the second receiver. :)
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Best solution is a SkyFi with a direct or FM mod install in the car and home adapter at home.
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Best solution is a SkyFi with a direct or FM mod install in the car and home adapter at home.
But then you'd have XM service, and it wouldn't be "best." :)
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But then you'd have XM service, and it wouldn't be "best." :)
True words indeed, don't want any pesky adverts. :)
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Bruceko, I have a new, extra FM modulator for your sirious unit. send me a PM.

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