Previously on LIVE Digitally we covered the ‘Sirius Radio Sportster’ and the ‘Car Docking Station With Car Antenna’ (CDSWCA) car integration. The install for our Sirius Radio went smooth as silk. The external antenna, holster, and wires all settled with no aggravating mishaps.
The first portion of the post-install review will take all data points with the mindset that the Sirius radio is connected to the car stereo via the Aux input. This seamless connection assures that the highest possible quality audio signal is being transferred to the car stereo amplifier.
While driving, I noticed a very crisp and clean signal from the Sirius stereo. Every different channel I surfed blasted through my stock Honda deck and Pioneer aftermarket speakers with confidence. I usually jam along in the car with a CD or my 3G iPod (which explains why I have the aux input for the stock stereo). The Sirius sound was just as crisp and clear as a CD or the iPod.
I enjoyed Jazz, Classical, News, Hip-Hop, and Dance music with a very easy navigation interface. I was not given an instruction manual with the Sirius Sportster hand piece, but understanding the controls was no problem at all. Each station is given a 3 digit number, use the knob to scan each station in numerical order. For example the Electronica/Dance stations are given the prefix 06, thus 061, 062, 064, etc are all Electronica/Dance themed stations. Using the ‘category’ button I was able to jump genres with ease. Tap it once and the display shows your current standing without changing the station, tap again and you move entire genres.
I even set a reminder for 50 Cent’s song ‘Candy Shop’. As the song was playing, I quickly hit the menu button and maneuvered myself into the notify feature. Setting this made the Sportster notify me with a few beeps that station XXX was playing ‘Candy Shop’. With 1 button press I could jump to the song and rock out to my new favorite song!
More to come on the Sirius auto experience so don’t touch that dial (mouse button).