Controls and Connections
Overview: The Delphi SKYFi3 XM
Satellite receiver works as both a
portable player and a plug-and-play receiver. This package includes everything
you need for in-car use. The car kit includes a magnetic roof-mount antenna, a
cradle (where all connections are made), two
mounting brackets, a DC power adapter, wireless remote control and a XM
SureConnect cable. If your in-dash
receiver has an auxiliary input, you can connect the SKYFi3's cradle directly to
it with an optional minijack-to-RCA cable. The SKYFi3 also features a built-in
wireless FM transmitter. The SKYFi3 features a MicroSD card slot and USB
connection to download MP3 and WMA files to your SKYFi3. The receiver comes
supplied with the USB cable and a pair of earbud headphones. The micro SD card
is sold separately.
XM Satellite Radio: XM
Satellite Radio programming offers more than 170 digital radio channels
including 68 channels of commercial free music, plus news, sports, talk, comedy,
and other entertainment programming from coast to coast.
Backlit Display: The SKYFi3
features a large 2.8 inch LCD backlit display that allows for either vertical or
horizontal orientation. The Display screen offers two modes.
- Live XM Mode: The screen
displays the following information in the Live XM mode.
- Signal strength from 0 to 3
- Battery level and charging
- Listening/User mode
- Direct/Favorites indicator
- Channel Icon, Channel Name
and Channel Number
- Artist name
- Song Title
- Information Extras such as
Stock and Sports Tickers
- My Music Mode: The screen
displays the following information in the My Music mode.
- Available memory used and
- Battery level and charging
- Listening/User mode
- Title Bar (All Songs, Artist,
Category, Channel, Session)
- Artist name
- Song title
- Elapsed time
- Song length
- Song position
Display Appearance: When you
are in the Live XM Mode you can choose between the default font size or a larger
font size. The artist and title information will scroll when you are in the
Large Font size mode. The LCD display will also allow you to adjust the
Brightness, Contrast and Backlight Timer for both the Live XM mode and the My
Battery: The SKYFi3 uses an
integrated Lithium Ion rechargeable battery that can be charged from the
supplied car kit's vehicle power adapter or the supplied USB cable when
connected to your PC. The battery should be fully charged for 3 hours before
Pause and Replay: The SKYFi3 features a 30
minute Pause-Replay function that continuously and automatically saves the last
30 minutes of music, sports, comedy or talk radio regardless of whether the user
changes channels on its built-in 32 MB internal RAM. At any point during live
listening, you can pause a song or program with a single press of a button and
as long as playback resumes within 30 minutes, you can enjoy what you would have
The Delphi SKYFi3 can store up to 10 hours of
XM programming on its non-removable 256 MB internal flash memory. Recordings can
be started anytime during the live listening mode or by using SKYFi3's scheduled
recording feature. A subscription to XM must be maintained to listen to stored
Removable Memory: The SKYFi3 features a
MicroSD card slot that will accept up to a 2 GB MicroSD card. Using the mini-USB
type-B connection on the receiver you can download MP3 and WMA files from
XM+Napster from your PC onto your SKYFi3's optional MicroSD card. You can listen
to these music files with the supplied headphones, supplied car kit or optional
FM Modulator: The SKYFi3 offers a built-in
FM modulator that allows you to wirelessly transmit an FM signal from the SKYFi3
to your car's radio. This allows the broadcasting of XM radio through Car
radio's FM station. You can adjust the FM output to match your vehicle's FM
signal when the unit is docked in the car cradle.
Important Note from Crutchfield:
Current FCC rules limit the
transmission strength of wireless FM transmitters to a point where
transmission needs to take place very near your FM antenna. XM includes the
SureConnect wiring with the car kit in order to address this issue, but
Crutchfield strongly encourages customers to use an auxiliary input, wired
FM modulator, or cassette adapter to ensure satisfaction with the
performance and cosmetics of this satellite radio.
Information Extras: The SKYFi3 features
the ability to display the latest stock quotes and sports scores at the bottom of
it's LCD screen. You can track up to 20 stock symbols and see their prices and
EQ: The SKYFi3 allows to set the tone
quality for the unit to match the type of music you are listening to.
Firmware Updates: You can check for and
download firmware updates at any time by plugging the SKYFi3 into your PC and
going to http://FWUPDT.xmradio.com.
Live XM Mode: You may listen to live XM
content only when the SKYFi3 is docked to the supplied vehicle cradle, optional
home cradle or optional portable cradle. The Live XM Mode offers the following
- Channel Selection: You can select
channels from the Live XM mode by using the following functions.
- Channel Browsing: scrolls the
full list of channels
- Direct Entry: enter the channel
number directly from the remote or dock
- Category Browsing: scrolls the
list of channel categories from the channel list
- Favorites: access your favorite
- Replaying XM Content: The SKYFi3 is
equipped with a 30 minute buffer that automatically records the last 30
minutes of music played. You can access this 30 minute buffer at anytime to
replay XM content. The following music search functions are available for XM
- Skip: skips to the previous or
next song in the order that they played in
- Rewind/Fast Forward: rewinds or
fast forwards through the current recorded song or songs
- Quick Rewind/Fast Forward:
increases the fast forward and rewind speeds up to 4 speed levels
Note: XM Instant Traffic and
Weather cannot be replayed.
- Recording: The SKYFi3 can record up
to 10 hours worth of XM content. You can record while listening to Live XM
or by scheduling a recording session. When listening to Live XM, you can
record the current song or begin recording the current channel. You can then
listen to your recorded XM anywhere with the SKYFi3 and organize your
recorded content into playlists. To record XM content you must dock the
SKYFi3 in either the car or home cradle.
Note: Recorded XM contents is for
personal, non-commercial use only and cannot be downloaded from the
SKYFi3 to another device.
- Delayed Start Recording: The Delayed
Start Recording feature gives you 45 seconds from the start of the song to
press RECORD and capture all of the song, as long as you have been tuned to
that channel for at least 45 seconds.
- Scheduled Recording: The SKYFi3
allows you to set a particular period of time for the unit to record. To
schedule a recording session, the SKYFi3 must be on with an XM signal or off
and in a powered home or car dock. You will need to enter in the following
criteria for the unit to record a scheduled session.
- When: choose from Today,
Everyday, or a select a specific Date
- Start: select a start time
- End: select an end time
- Channel: pick the channel you
want to record
- Tune Select: The Tune Select feature
allows you to setup a list of songs or artists that the SKYFi3 will alert
you of when one of them is playing on any XM channel.
- Favorites: The SKYFi3 has three banks
of favorites or presets (A, B, C) that you can save 10 items in each bank,
giving you a total of 30 XM presets.
My Music Mode: The SKYFi3 gives you the
ability to listen to recorded XM content or downloaded MP3/WMA files through the
My Music mode function. The My Music Mode offers the following features.
- Music Access: In addition to
accessing a list of your song in the order that they were recorded, you can
also access your music by Artist, Category, Channel, and Recording Session.
- Playlists: The SKYFi3 allows you to
create your own playlists. Playlists contain a list of songs that are
organized to play in a certain sequence. You can add a song to more than one
- Playback Modes: The SKYFi3 offers the
ability to randomly playback the order of your recorded songs or repeat the
- Locking Songs: Once the SKYFi3's
internal memory is full, subsequent recordings will replace stored songs in
the order they were recorded. You can lock songs to prevent them from being
Auxiliary Mode: You can use the SKYFi3
with an external audio source by attaching it to the line-input jack on the car
cradle. This will allow you to listen to the external source through the SKYFi3
from your car stereo's sound system.
Controls and Connections
Controls: The SKYFi3 offers the following
controls on the front panel and right side of the unit.
- Front Panel:
- Display Orientation
- Power/Mode Button
- Arrow Keys (used for menu selections and
- Right Side:
- Volume Up/Down
- Hold/Lock switch
Connections: The SKYFi3 features the
following connections on the top and bottom of the unit.
- Top of Receiver:
- Headphone Jack: 3.5mm jack for
supplied earbud style headphones
- MicroSD Slot: MicroSD Card slot
for optional MicroSD card up to 2GB
- Bottom of Receiver:
- Dock Connector: connection for
supplied car dock and optional home dock
- Power Connector: connection for
supplied vehicle power adapter and optional AC adapter
- USB Connector: mini-type-B USB
connector for supplied USB cable for hookup to your PC
Vehicle Kit (SA10226): The SKYFi3 comes
supplied with a vehicle docking kit. The kit includes a docking cradle, wireless
remote control, magnetic antenna, XM SureConnect cable, vehicle power adapter
and two mounting brackets.
- Docking Cradle: The Docking cradle
includes the following connections and controls.
- Connections: The vehicle dock
offers a dock connection for the SKYFi3 receiver to slide into for
operation in your vehicle. The vehicle dock features an SMB antenna
connection and 5 V DC connection on the rear panel. The 5 V DC
connection allows you to easily power the SKYFi3 using the supplied
vehicle power adapter (cigarette lighter adapter). The dock also
features a Line Out connection on the left side to allow you to directly
connect the SKYFi3 to your in-dash head-units auxiliary input, if
equipped. On the right side, the dock features a Line In connection
which allows you to input an external source into the SKYFi3 such as a
portable MP3 player and have it playback through the SKYFi3's docking
cradle and your car's stereo system.
- Controls: The car dock features
0-9 back-lit number keys which allows you to either directly access XM
stations or use them as your favorite XM presets. The dock also offers a
record button to record the current song playing.
- Wireless Remote Control: The Car Kit
comes supplied with a full function IR wireless remote control. The remote
features the following functions.
- Power On/Off
- Arrow Keys (use to select songs or as
- Mode (Live XM, My Music or Aux)
- Favorite or Direct channel access
- 0-9 Number keypad
- Display (Horizontal or Vertical display
- Volume Up/Down
- Jump (returns to previous channel)
- Vehicle Mounts: The car kit give you
two different mounting methods for vehicle.
- Swivel Mount: The swivel mount
clips on to the car docking cradle and has an adhesive backing to allow
you to stick the swivel mount to either your dash or console. The swivel
mount rotates 360-degrees and moves up and down 45-degrees to give you
the best viewing angle possible.
- Vent Mount: The vent mount also
clips to the back of the car docking cradle but it is designed to clip
on to one of your air vents in your car. The vent mount uses spring-type
arms to secure itself to your air vent. The vent mount can also rotate
360-degrees but it cannot move up or down.
- Vehicle Power Adapter: The vehicle
kit comes equipped with a vehicle power adapter (cigarette lighter adapter)
that allows you to easily supply power to the SKYFi3 by using the cigarette
lighter or accessory plug in your vehicle. The adapter plugs into the back
of the docking cradle.
- Magnetic Antenna: The Vehicle Kit
comes supplied with a magnetic antenna that offers a 21.5" cord with a
single SMB connector. The antenna is designed to plug directly into the
vehicle dock. The antenna's magnetic backing will adhere to your vehicle's
sheet metal. The antenna is very low-profile only measuring 1.399" wide,
1.724" deep, and 0.527" tall.
- XM SureConnect Cable:
The kit also features an XM
SureConnect cable that improves FM frequency transmission between you
vehicle's FM antenna an the built-in wireless FM transmitter inside the
receiver. You will want to place the XM antenna as close to your FM antenna
as possible. The SureConnect cable can then be clipped to your FM antenna if
you have a fixed mount antenna or stuck to the interior of the windshield if
you have an In-Glass FM antenna. The SureConnect cable plugs into the
vehicle's dock antenna plug and the XM antenna then plugs into the
SureConnect cable. The SureConnect cable cannot be used on retractable or
motorized FM antennas.
Note: If you're not
able to use the XM SureConnect cable, you'll need to use either the
supplied tape adapter (if applicable) or the optional wired FM method of
installation using the optional FM direct adapter (item 040SA10112, sold
separately). If your headunit has an auxiliary input you can use the
Optional Home Kit (SA10227):
The SKYFi3 can also be used with your home stereo system via the optional Home
Kit (sold separately). It comes supplied with a home dock, home antenna, RCA
cable, full-function IR wireless remote control and AC power adaptor.
Optional Portable Live Kit
(SA10228): The SKYFi3 comes supplied with earbud headphone so you can listen
to recorded XM broadcasts or downloaded MP3/WMA files. It can also be used as a
portable Live XM device via the optional Portable Live Kit (sold separately).
The kit consists of an over-the-head headphone set that featuring a built-in XM
antenna, portable dock, armband and sports case.
XM+Napster Software: The Delphi
SKYFi3 comes supplied with a XM+Napster Software disc that allows you to
download MP3 and WMA files onto the optional microSD card of the SKYFi3. The
SKYFi3 receiver must already be activated before using this software. Before
connecting the SKYFi3 unit to your PC you must first install the software disc.
The software allows you to do the following.
- Transfer digital audio files
(MP3/WMA) between an optional MicroSD Card in the SKYfi3 and your PC.
- Manage your music, playlists and
recording sessions on your SKYFi3.
- Search for and purchase music
- Listen to XM Radio On-Line.
- For a monthly fee you can
download and listen to Napster's entire music library
- You may also transfer ripped CDs
directly that have been downloaded to your XM+Napster library via an
optional MicroSD car reader (sold separately).
Note: Delphi recommends
that you do not create or add songs more than eight folders from the root
folder of the MicroSD card. Folder and file names should be limited to a
maximum of 128 characters.
System Requirements: In order
to use XM+Napster and the Firmware Update Tool, the minimum system requirements
are as follows:
- PC Requirements:
- Intel Pentium-class CPU
- Microsoft Windows XP Home
SP2, Windows XP Professional SP2, or Windows 2000 SP4 operating system
- At least 65 MB of RAM
- At least 13 MB of available
hard disk space for XM+Napster application
- Internet Explorer 5.1 or
- Windows Media Player 9 or
higher; Windows Media Player 10 recommended for Windows XP
- Active Internet connection;
recommends a broadband (cable, DSL, or fiber) connection for optimal
- USB port required
currently does not support the following operating systems - Window
95, Windows 98, Windows NT, and Windows Me
- Mac Requirements: (you
will only be able to copy files; you will not be able to organize your audio
files through XM+Napster)
- USB port required
- Macintosh Finder
Receiver Dimensions: W =
2.428", H = 4.404", D = 0.693"
Dock Dimensions: W = 2.541", H
= 3.261", D = 1.705"
Receiver in Dock: W = 2.541", H
= 5.498", D = 1.705"
Receiver in Dock with Swivel Mount:
W = 2.541", H = 5.498", D = 2.485"
Receiver in Dock with Vent Mount:
W = 2.541", H = 5.498", D = 3.405"
Receiver Weight: 0.25 lbs
Remote: W = 1.651", H = 3.745",
D = 0.458"
W = 1.399", H = 0.527", D = 1.724" (cord length = 21.5")