Switching Radios

antsie

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Hey guys!


Currently I have a Sportster SP-R2 and I was thinking of getting a newer model. The one I have still works fine, the only thing wrong is the blue light on the display keeps flashing and going on and off, at night, it looks like a disco in my vehicle. :purpbanana:


My question is, if I get a newer model, do I need to remove all the wiring that was installed for my old player or do the docks change but the wiring is still good? The dock I have now is pretty big compared to the new ones, they are smaller in size.

Do I just unplug and remove my old dock and put the new dock in and just hook my old wiring to the new dock? Right now it's mounted in one of my cup holders.

Someone installed this for me and I didn't know who else to ask so I thought of all of you. You always have all the answers!!! :)

I may just keep what I have for now since it still works, but would like to know what to do when the time comes to change it out.

Thanks for any help you can give me.
 

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The antenna and line out should be good. **IF** the new radio takes the same voltage as the old one, the DC adapter should be good too. All new radios take 5V DC. Some older Sirius radios take 12V. Some older XM radios take 6V. You would need to replace the adapter if that was the case.
 
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semipenguin

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When I bought my Sportster Replay off DAB, I signed it up for a lifetime subscription. When they announced that they were going to limit the FM transmitters on the newer radios, I went out and bought two Streamer Replays (one of which I keep with me in the truck) just in case my Sportster Replay ever died on me (Which I'm sure it will at some point in the future...:shock:)

The Streamer Replay is the exact same radio as the Sportster Replay. Uses the same dock and everything. You can always go on TSS-Radio and see about buying a replacement radio.

Refurbished SIRIUS Sportster Replay Standalone Receiver

Refurbished Best of XM Compatible SIRIUS Sportster Repl

or...

You can have one of my Streamer Replays, but you'll have to wait until I get home to send it to you.

Choice is yours...:)
 
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antsie

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The antenna and line out should be good. **IF** the new radio takes the same voltage as the old one, the DC adapter should be good too. All new radios take 5V DC. Some older Sirius radios take 12V. Some older XM radios take 6V. You would need to replace the adapter if that was the case.

Thanks for your help and I'll keep that in mind about the voltage. :)
 
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antsie

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When I bought my Sportster Replay off DAB, I signed it up for a lifetime subscription. When they announced that they were going to limit the FM transmitters on the newer radios, I went out and bought two Streamer Replays (one of which I keep with me in the truck) just in case my Sportster Replay ever died on me (Which I'm sure it will at some point in the future...:shock:)

The Streamer Replay is the exact same radio as the Sportster Replay. Uses the same dock and everything. You can always go on TSS-Radio and see about buying a replacement radio.

Refurbished SIRIUS Sportster Replay Standalone Receiver

Refurbished Best of XM Compatible SIRIUS Sportster Repl

or...

You can have one of my Streamer Replays, but you'll have to wait until I get home to send it to you.

Choice is yours...:)



Woohoo choices!!!! Semi, thanks for your help, the links and the offer. Hopefully my radio will last a while longer and when it breaks down, I'll go check out TSS and see what they have.
Thanks again :)
 
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All the newer radios are 5v, and your sportster replay is 12v. You will definitely need a new power cord, if your power is hardwired. If you use the FM transmitter in your sportster, you will have problems with a new one as well. Answering your questions without knowing how your radio is installed is tough. Like semi said, the easiest thing would be to find another Sportster replay, or Streamer replay, before they are gone.
 
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antsie

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All the newer radios are 5v, and your sportster replay is 12v. You will definitely need a new power cord, if your power is hardwired. If you use the FM transmitter in your sportster, you will have problems with a new one as well. Answering your questions without knowing how your radio is installed is tough. Like semi said, the easiest thing would be to find another Sportster replay, or Streamer replay, before they are gone.


Hi #1!!

Thanks for the information and for your help :)
 

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Wanted to add my scenario to this thread. Wanted to confirm some questions I had.
I too have a Sportster Replay and am thinking about switching to a Starmate 5.

I cut off the cigarette lighter end and have my unit hardwired to the fuse box and ground.
So I would need the 5v plug for the Starmate correct ?

I have the Sportster Replay Dock - The Starmate uses the universal dock - Therefore I would have to mount the new dock to my car.

I am using the Direct FM connection. This will work with the Starmate 5 correct ?

I am using the Sirius Square antenna - This will work with the Starmate 5 correct ?
 

IdRatherBeSkiing

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Wanted to add my scenario to this thread. Wanted to confirm some questions I had.
I too have a Sportster Replay and am thinking about switching to a Starmate 5.

I cut off the cigarette lighter end and have my unit hardwired to the fuse box and ground.
So I would need the 5v plug for the Starmate correct ?

Yes, you would need to convert to a 5v DC source.

I have the Sportster Replay Dock - The Starmate uses the universal dock - Therefore I would have to mount the new dock to my car.

Yes

I am using the Direct FM connection. This will work with the Starmate 5 correct ?

This should still work.


I am using the Sirius Square antenna - This will work with the Starmate 5 correct ?

Yes. I believe all antennas are compatible.
 
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erock9174

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cool thanks for the replies.
I noticed much more traffic and quicker replies on here than the old Backstage forums
hooray !!!
 

BobBski

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Just to carry on this "switching radios" thread....if you change radios, is it as simple as calling Sirius, have them access your account, turn off the old radio and turn on the new one without creating any billing problems?
 

IdRatherBeSkiing

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Just to carry on this "switching radios" thread....if you change radios, is it as simple as calling Sirius, have them access your account, turn off the old radio and turn on the new one without creating any billing problems?

That's the theory. :)