I bought a SL10 almost two years ago, now. I got it at a cheap price (at the time) from walmart on clearance. I think it was like 120 or something. I've been using it ever since. It was in retirement for a few months due to lack of funds for a sub, but I turned it right back on and all is fine.
My only complaint is the lack of features that the more expensive guys have, but I mainly just use it like you said you would. I record Howard and a few other shows daily, and listen at my convienence. The only problem with this is the storage space. You cannot record a weeks worth of shows and listen on the weekend. It only holds maybe 2 stern shows and nothing else at a time. The space is limited. So, with this in mind, Make your decision. At this point, it's almost worth getting a Sl100 since it has much more space and the added features and can still be found much cheaper then the Sl2, but if you can't spare the cash and have a good deal for the 10, go for it!
After two years, my battery doesn't last long in satellite mode outside the dock, but that's not a big problem for me. If all you need is a cheap, and pretty reliable radio to record a few shows on, I say do it. If you want to drop a bit more cash, do the upgrade.
Let us know either way!
Cassettes?? Man, your hardcore. Get the SL10 now!
I probably would if I had an old desktop around.
I really don't want to keep my laptop on all night.
Yeah, I can fully understand that.
So as a desktop guy who has recently moved to a laptop...why wouldn't you want to leave it on all night?
I use my sl10 every day for the past 2 years. In fact, my original one just died and I got a new one. The main advantage for me is that I am addicted to Artist Alerts. The SL10 is the only radio that will let you know anytime one of your favorite artists is playing on any station across the network. So, for example, if I'm listening to BBC Radio One and a Pearl Jam song comes on Lithium, I get a little beep and a message letting me know and I can press select to jump right to that channel. For the 50 or so artist alerts I have set up, I find it to be priceless!
I guess I am forgoing extended record times and wifi, but I record about 5 hours a day and listen to at least 3 of it... so I find I have plenty of room to spare. I don't really need an sd card, my iphone has all my music on it.
In terms of reception and other options, its the same as the SL100.
If you can find the SL10 cheap, I highly recommend it. I got my second one as a refurb on the Sirius site with a $50 gift card for $120 delivered (so basically $70).
How did you make out? I'll have a spare receiver soon and wondered if you already pulled the trigger on a new/used purchase. Like most listeners I don't know how I lived without Sirius/XM for so long.