Help for Sirius noob?

Discussion in 'Mobile Phones / Entertainment' started by DarrenAlan, Jan 12, 2006.

  1. DarrenAlan

    DarrenAlan Stunt Coordinator

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    Hey guys (and gals, if there any reading),

    Right now I get Sirius satellite radio via my subscription to DishNet. And I have enjoyed it immensely, especially the classic jazz station and Les Davis.

    However, for a number of reasons, the most critical being DishNet's lack of HD programming and my inability to get OTA due to topography, I'm thinking of switching to cable.

    I have satellite dishes (two), HDTV OTA antennas, etc., as well as exterior cabling running right to where my two systems (one music only, the other dedicated HT) reside -- what else do I need, specifically, to continue receiving Sirius satellite radio?

    Besides a subscription, that is.

    Thanks in advance for the help!
     
  2. Brent T

    Brent T Second Unit

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    I have DirecTV with HDTV and I have my sportser plugged right into my Integra. Sounds great. As long as you can get the antenna outside you shouldnt have any problems. I just ran mine along the wall. I did buy the extension for it though.
     
  3. DarrenAlan

    DarrenAlan Stunt Coordinator

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    Thanks, Brent. Just to clarify for any future readers, I don't care too much about mobile audio; this is just for my home systems. The clarity I get right now is outstanding -- does anyone know what Sirius uses for a source ... CDs? DVD-Audio? -- and I don't want to lose that.

    Additional specific recommendations welcomed!
     
  4. Jeff Gatie

    Jeff Gatie Lead Actor

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    Sirius uses a proprietary compression technique to broadcast. They probably use computers for sources, PCM or high bitrate MP3. In order to get Sirius without your Dish, you need the following:

    A Sirius Radio - There are plug and play (go from car to home, need a dock of some sort in each location) which broadcast via FM mod or mini-plug cable to existing receivers, Car only (usually a box that cables into a head unit) and Home only (Kenwood makes one for use with a stereo/HT and Tivoli makes a real nice table radio)

    An antenna - You need to place this in a window or mount it to the side/roof of the house. There are different pointing recommendations according to your geographic location. Every radio comes with a basic antenna and there are home specific antennas available if the standard one is not sufficient (mine is a standard car antenna in a north facing window sill and I get 2 out of 3 bars and a full terrestrial signal). Terrestrial signals are from land based sat repeaters and are located around major cities.

    A subscription - Monthly is 12.99, Buying multiple months/years give you a discount.

    You can read this all on the WWW.sirius.com under the "How to get it" tab.
     
  5. DarrenAlan

    DarrenAlan Stunt Coordinator

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    Jeff, you da man.

    'Nuff said.

    Many thanks.
     

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