Review (October 2005) - Sirius
By Kevin Nakano
SIRIUS has emerged with the new Sportster radio receiver that is geared for music and sports fans alike. The Sportster is a compact, detachable unit designed to work in the car, home or on the go. The unit plays all 120 Sirius satellite radio channels and lets you store up to 20 of your favorite songs and artists, and alerts you when one of them is available on a channel. The Game Alert feature lets the user know when their favorite NFL or other sports teams are currently playing. The unit can also notify the listener if a particular artist or song (previously saved) comes over the air. Pressing the Memo button stores a song, artist, sports team or city for later notification. The Category buttons are used to select the genre (Pop, Rock, Electronic/Dance, R&B/Hip-Hop Country/Christian, Jazz/Blues/Standards, Classical, Latin/International, Sports, Entertainment, News/Talk and Traffic). We had both the car kit and home kit for this review and they worked perfectly in their respective environments. The vehicle was a 2000 Toyota Sienna using the stock radio for playback. The cassette adapter worked best for us, but users can also make use of the FM modulator built within the Sportster. Los Angeles has very crowded FM bands, so finding one that does not cause occasional noise can be a problem. Rural areas with fewer FM stations allows the Sportster's FM modulator to perform at its best.
The face of the Sportster has a large backlit display with 10 buttons for tuning favorite stations. Three sets of presets (30 in all) can be selected or the user can manually enter the station number. Both the display and the button backlight color can be independently selected from amber or green. We found that the amber color offers better contrast, making the buttons easier to read in the dark. However, the green color has a more pleasant look.
- Kevin Nakano
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Sirius - Sportster Car Kit (Model SP-C2)
Sirius - Sportster Home Kit (Model SP-H1)
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