Originally Posted by davetroy
I'm looking at both the S50 and the Stiletto 100 as the best possible options because I want to be able to record. I don't think I care much about being able to transfer what I record; I simply want to use it much as I'd use Tivo: to listen to things that I'm not around to hear when they're broadcast, mostly the Met Opera station.
So, a few questions for anybody who has used the Stiletto in their home through their home stereo:
1. Does the Stiletto allow you to record music?
2. How is the sound quality through your home stereo? Did you hook it up with the RCA cable provided or did you upgrade cables?
3. Is the sound quality on recorded music the same as live broadcast music, or is their a downgrade?
I guess the S50 isn't a good option; seems like everybody has trouble with it, even those on the Sirius Backstage forum, and now it looks as if Sirius is throwing its hands up in the air and replacing bad S50s with Stilettos.
You know, this whole "which unit to buy for home" problem would be solved if Sirius came out with a good home unit with recording capabilities. But it seem as if Sirius is way behind XM in the quality of its hardware.
Dave, here is what I have concluded as the best option for recording MET operas from Sirius. First, let me say that I have heard all the bad stuff about the S50s as well. That and the fact that it is workable but "old" technology makes me shy away from it. Instead I bought the latest, the Stiletto and have been fairly pleased with it. But had I known what I know now I might have not bought it and saved a bunch of money on equipment and subscription. Here is what I mean. The Stiletto cost $350, docking station will cost around $80 after shipping, a year's subscription to Sirius is $150, two year warranty was $45 at Circuit City, plus we are not talking about extra antenna wire, leads, extra batteries, carry cases, car kit, etc., etc. Big bucks for what you get.
The Stiletto is great if you want or need a portable device for your person when you jog or to take from your car to your office, etc. It has a lot of memory and sounds pretty darn good. And yes, the only way to get it to play to any other equipment is the line out via the home docking station or the units own headphone jack. I recommend neither as the best way to hear the MET.
Here then is what I decided is the best way to go for recording and enjoying Met opera on Sirius. I simply subscribed to Dish Network. I live in the sticks where there is no broadband, cable, DSL or anything else that resembles technology. I am forced to use Sat tv and my provider has been Directv. They carry XM radio, not Sirius. Also, Directv does not allow you to record their radio programs to their directivos.
Dish Network is different. They do permit recording of their audio programs to their DVR. I am getting the vip622 which supports something like 30 hours of HD programming and 150 or more hours in standard definition. It also will hold many hours of opera. If you want a tivo like device that will record and save your operas and will play back through your home theater, this is the best way to go. Chances are you will have your set top box hooked up to your amp anyway to watch movies and tvs that are broadcast in 5.1 dolby, which the vip622 supports via a digital cable of some sort (optical I think but I could be wrong). Your sound should be far superior than using a "docking" set up such as the Stiletto uses or going through one of their boomboxes or Soloist devices or, heaven forbid, going through a headphone jack.
If you don't want Sat tv, you might look into a dedicated amp/receiver. I think Sirius has still makes one that plugs directly into your home amp, much like an FM receiver would do. But it won't record and save and you still need to run an antenna to it. With Dish network, they do all the installing for nothing.
Well, sorry for the long post but I hope you have something to think about before you start shelling out a lot of money for some of these pocket gagets that may not serve your purpose.