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Old 05-15-2007, 11:06 AM   #1
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I am confused on what is needed to get a XM or Sirius radio system going on the boat.
I do not have any stereo or any speakers installed now.

Is there such a thing as a XM/Sirius receiver that does not require the install of a stereo system to power the Sat receiver?

Sure, speakers are needed but a stereo receiver as well?

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Old 05-15-2007, 11:12 AM   #2
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There are 'boomboxes" for either brand.
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Old 05-15-2007, 03:49 PM   #3
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Or just get a radio that supports connecting an AUX input. Then you can use a portable sat radio, or an mp3 player. No sense getting a fixed install sat radio setup if you're not using the boat all the time. Ours came with that (clarion) and were it not for getting two years free I'd have yanked it out.

But does anyone make a portable sirius player that can be controlled from a radio and it's remotes?
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I think you can get adapters for most of them that will either use the cassette slot on a standard player or use an fm carrier (uses an unused channel on your radio). Most standard players should be compatible.
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Old 05-15-2007, 06:57 PM   #5
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The Clarion CMD5 and M475 can do either XM Radio or Sirius radio.
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Old 05-15-2007, 07:14 PM   #6
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I don't have a head unit for my Satellite radio. I have a Sirius Stratus plug and play flush mounted with a waterproof cover, hooked to 3 Polyplanar ME-50 expansion amps. Each amp has it own volume control that's flush mounted above the Stratus. I have 3 sets of speakers, front center, back, all with their own volume control. The 3.5 mm output of the Stratus splits into Left and right RCA plugs. I also have a 3.5 mm selector so I can plug my mp3 player in. Being a plug/play unit, I bought 2 additional car kits for my truck and other boat, so I only pay 1 subscription for truck and both boats. Works great and no head unit that I don't use.
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Old 05-15-2007, 10:56 PM   #7
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I have one Jensen Sirius permently installed in my SUV. For all other aplications I use one single reciever and several portable units. One a boom box, one a 110 V, home unit, into a sterio system, one with a cigarette lighter plug for power supply and a mag mount antenna, which I use for two RV's, 3 boats, at home and in my truck. These can be interphased with the radio thru hard wire, thru a cassette adaptor, or thru an FM modulator (which is built into the Sirius radio head). The FM modulator will work on a large number of frequencies which are controlable thru the head menu.
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Does anyone know of a waterproof or at least water resistant Satellite boombox?

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Old 05-23-2007, 11:39 PM   #9
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The boombox things are not even close to waterproof.

What I do is use an older (but great) marine stereo. It is made by Standard Horizon, but because it is a tape player with AM/FM tuner it was closed out for a crack head price.

Anyway, I have a small receiver. the XAct Stream Jockey. It has a built in FM transmitter. So all I have to do is put the receiver in a dry place, run power and the satellite radio antenna to it, and turn on the FM transmitter. The stereo picks it up and everything works great.

You can get a satellite radio ready stereo, but then you are paying a subscription for something that is only used when you are in the boat. Not that I use my XAct unit when I am not in the boat - but I can if I want to.

I pay for two Sirius receivers. One is always in the truck and the other is portable. I had it set up inside the house, but then I got DirecTV and that comes with XM. So I just use XM in the house.

Having good boat tunes is important.
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I will probably install a head unit, but I have heard a lot of people say that they only work a little before they fail. I really don't want the hassle of changing it out. Currently I just use a cheap little boombox and tune it to an FM station. Gotta have boat tunes.

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Old 05-24-2007, 12:32 PM   #11
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I've put sirus on two boats and had xm on another. You need a head unit that is satellite ready. The Clairon is good. I have a Jensen currently. You'll need the reciever box (about 3x4x1/2) and an antenna (galaxy makes a good one). During install, plug in the sat reciever into head unit, antenna into sat reciever, connect all and ready to go. I like the fixed mount b/c I have service in the car and it costs a few bucks to add another radio.
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Old 05-24-2007, 12:46 PM   #12
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slap one of these or an MP# player on your dash and run a cable to an marine amp buried in your console - done - no corrosion or hassles to worry about...

http://www.crutchfield.com/S-uGGtxSP...0150&I=607SL10
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