Customer Reviews: SIRIUS Stratus 6 Dock-and-Play Radio with Car Kit (Black)
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on August 13, 2010
I purchased this to replace an Audiovox PNP2 radio purchased in 2004...after wasting tons of time and effort trying to make it continue to work properly. I had purchased three home docks and one auto dock for the PNP2 so I was not thrilled when it started to fail. I could not get consistient reception with the PNP2 even after placing the antennae in various places outside my home. I even bought an antenna extender so I could place the antenna on the roof, free from dice. I listen to Sirius all day long so reception problems were driving me nuts!

I ordered the Stratus 6 (with car kit) and a home kit from Amazon because they had the lowest pricing and free shipping. I only ordered one home kit to be sure everything worked properly. After spending a short time connecting everything to a receiver on the first floor I was ready to take the antenna outside for a test when, to my surprise, I heard music! The new antenna was pulling a signal from inside the house! I was completely floored and soon realized that the technology has been enhanced quite a bit since the days of the PNP2. I now keep the unit on top of an organ next to the receiver and keep the antenna curled up, pointing at a wall, and I get all three reception bars! Moving to another stereo in another part of the house is so simple that I don't even need to purchase additional docks. I wish I hadn't waited so long.

The car kit is just as great...I plugged the supplied 3.5mm to 3.5mm connector to my AUX IN, ran the antenna through to the trunk, and found a convenient spot on the dash for the dock. WAY better reception than the crappy PNP2 car dock!

I was able ot transfer my lifetime subscription to the new unit in about five minutes ($75 fee for that but worth it to call all the way to India for assistance ;-)

The blue display is so easy to read and the 10 pre-sets are adequate to get me around the dial quickly. Sound is stellar! I highly recommend this unit!
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on January 3, 2011
Dear wife got me this radio for Christmas and I love it. Was able to plug it in and have it playing within 15 minutes in my truck, although making the installation permanent took a little while longer.

Ended up ditching the "mounts" provided with the unit, and just used velcro to mount the item (it's light!) to a clip I'd already used to mount my mp3 player. The directions say to run the antennae outside the truck cab and use adhesive to mount to the top of the truck. However, I just ran it into the dashboard, out a vent opening and stuck it in place with a little velcro right on the dash near the windshield - inconspicious, easy to remove, protected from the elements, and still have perfect signal.

Logging on to Sirius and starting the subscription was easy, as well. With this unit, I could opt for the A La Carte package - 50 channels for $7/month. Got the channels I wanted for a minimum price and it all went through QUICK.

All in all, I highly recommend the unit. No complaints at all.
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on September 13, 2010
Pros: Ease of installation and activation is a snap. Sound quality is very good (with caveat in the cons). Very easy to use; menu and programming is very intuitive. Hard to beat the price.

Cons: On the third day after installing, the audio wire/plug going into my 'aux' input of my car radio started hissing and lost the right channel. The wire is really, REALLY, cheaply made. I worry about the antenna wire, because it appears to be no better in quality. The gauging of both wires is MAYBE 14-16 gauge. Great for hiding under trim, not so great in terms of robustness. Also worrisome is the fact that sometimes the radio doesn't always go into menu mode when pressing the menu button. It seems to be hit-or-miss, and you have to press it several times to finally get the thing into menu mode. Very worrisome if you ever have to change a FM frequency setting, etc.....which IS likely, because.......if 97.9 (the default frequency transmission) is too close to a strongish commercial radio station in your area, you will need to change it. Any FM frequency close to a fairly strong commercial radio station will suffer from static/interference. In the interest of fairness, once you find a relatively 'lonely' FM frequency in your area, the sound quality of the FM transmission is stellar. I'm hoping the purchase of a decent mini-plug stereo cable will fix up the aux feed problem but, frankly, that extra purchase shouldn't be necessary for a brand new radio with a (supposedly) complete car installation 'kit'.

Overall, I can't fault the concept, but the execution seems to be really marginal. Buyer beware. This could be $50 thrown away if the thing dies within a few months. Which, I suspect, may be more likely than one would hope.
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on May 14, 2012
I am a new Sirius/XM subscriber, and the reason I chose this radio was so I could get the A-La-Carte plan (50 channels for $7.99 a month). The item arrived 18 days earlier than expected, and I got to use it on a road trip this weekend. It was easy to install - got it completely installed and activated in less than an hour. (I'm sure others could do it faster, but I'm very slow when it comes to anything mechanical). I know this radio isn't as fancy as some of the others, but it does what I need it to. It's very small so I can carry it in my purse if I don't want to leave it in the car. The sound quality is amazing. I actually look forward to road trips now, thanks to 80's on 8 and 90's on 9!! I am very pleased with my purchase!!!
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on March 29, 2011
Beware: SIRIUS and XM radios are not the same. If you have an XM Radio account, the SIRIUS radio can not be added to that account. A new account must be created. If this is your first satellite radio, no problem, it is a good product.
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on September 18, 2010
I bought this as a replacement for my factory new car Sirius subscription. We have 3 trucks, so in order to have Sirius available in all three, I decided to go with a docking station type radio. I am using the FM modulator on all three. I would put the sound quality using that method at marginal. It works, but isn't going to help you win any sound quality competitions. It does look nice,and the car kit comes with everything you need to mount it, no matter what method you desire. I used the adhesive type mount in one truck, the vent mounts in the other two. All work perfectly. I called Sirius and got the activation fee waived, paid 95 bucks for 1 full year with all the fees and taxes included. Can't beat that deal at all.
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on July 19, 2012
I purchased this item new and was pleased with it when it arrived. I have used it gently for 6 months and it now constantly loses and searches for a signal. I thought it might be the antenna, but I have bought a brand new original Sirius antenna from Radio Shack and the unit still searches for a signal. I WOULD STRONGLY ADVISE AGAINST THIS UNIT.
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on September 7, 2011
I called the Sirius 800 number to inqure about the satellite service. They offered me this unit for around $20.00 with a subscription. You need another product for use in the home, so I also purchased an Audiovox Sirius SUBX2 Speaker dock portable sound system. Both work extremely well, I recommend one or both to anyone.
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on August 21, 2012
Installation was difficult. Two hours on phone support with Sirius. The support was super friendly. We finally got this device working as advertised.

Oops. Leave home on a 900 mile trip and it stops receiving right away. The one channel we heard clearly was the Sirius home channel that advertises this device. As for other channels, some would come in and out for at most 30 minutes. Very disappointed.

In contrast, the dealer installed Sirius/XM in our other car never fails.

Suggestions welcome.
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on March 13, 2013
Sirius offered me a deal on the Stratus 6 when I contacted them regarding my wife's car radio. When the rep mentioned home use he really got my attention since I am retired and listen to the radio a great deal during the day. This unit can play thru my Sony boombox (no need for Sirius $130 player)with it's FM feature but is a little better with the cassette adapter. Instructions advise pointing ant. SW but works fine pointing NW on my window ledge near my radio (no need to run it around the room) and I receive 2 of 3 bars. Took the unit out to car and put the ant. on the shelf in front of the gauges and received all 3 bars. Everything was simple and works fine, I don't understand the problem some people report of wire/plug hook-ups. Once connected to the docking stations they stay connected.
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