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SIRIUS Stratus

SIRIUS plug-and-play satellite radio with car kit

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Our take on the SIRIUS Stratus

by Matt Holliday
SiriusXM

The Stratus satellite radio gives you all that SIRIUS has to offer, in a tidy, no-frills package. The easy-to-use Stratus boasts a simple layout that makes it easy to navigate SIRIUS programming.

But that's not to say it isn't packed with features. The three-line display shows artist, title, and channel information, and you'll find 10 presets on which to store your favorite channels. The One-Touch Jump button sends you straight to traffic and weather information for your city, or to your favorite SIRIUS channel.

Use it anywhere
The Stratus also works with the full line of SIRIUS Universal Docking accessories. You can add a home kit for use with any home stereo, or a boombox that'll play the Stratus in any environment. An optional remote gives you across-the-room control of the Stratus.

SIRIUS over any radio
The built-in wireless FM transmitter relays the SIRIUS signal over your vehicle's FM radio.*

Parental controls and channel lock
You can activate the channel lock on the Stratus to keep the kids from accessing channels that may have mature content. Simply select a four-digit password and apply it to the desired channels. You can also keep these channels from being displayed when scrolling channel lists.

Car-ready, out of the box
Your Stratus includes car accessories — vehicle cradle, antenna, and power adapter — that let you listen to SIRIUS in your vehicle. Dash and vent mounts are also in the box, so you have plenty of options for placing the Stratus in your vehicle.

Note: A subscription to SIRIUS is also required. Satellite radio service is available only within Canada and the lower 48 states — not available in Hawaii or U.S. territories. Limited service is available in Alaska. Portable reception may vary by location. If you have questions about the proposed XM/SIRIUS merger, read the SIRIUS guarantee. To view this file, you will need the Adobe Acrobat PDF reader.

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Highlights:

  • plug-and-play SIRIUS radio
  • car accessories (cradle, antenna, DC power adapter, vent and dash mounts)
  • built-in wireless FM transmitter
  • transmits on any of 100 FM frequencies from 88.1 to 107.9
  • 10 presets
  • compatible with SIRIUS Universal Docking accessories
  • 3-line LCD displays artist, song, and channel info
  • clock, auto shutdown, sleep timer
  • tuner dimensions: 4-1/2"W x 1-13/16"H x 5/8"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

*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. SIRIUS includes an FM extender cable in order to address this issue, but Crutchfield strongly encourages customers to use an auxiliary input, wired FM modulator, or cassette adapter to ensure your satisfaction with the performance and cosmetics of this satellite radio.

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What's in the box?

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  • SV3 SIRIUS satellite receiver
  • Vehicle docking station
  • Magnetic antenna with attached 21' microcable (terminated with a single SMB connector)
  • 20' FM Extender Antenna using a right angle male minijack connector
  • Cigarette lighter adapter with attached 69" cord (has an installed 2A fuse)
  • Adhesive dash mount
  • Vent mount
  • 2 Extended vent hooks
  • 2-3/4" Rubber tail with adhesive strip (for mounting antenna)
  • 4 Machine screws
  • 1 Self-tapping screw
  • 2 Clear suction cups
  • 3 Plastic self-adhesive clips
  • 2 Cleaner pads
  • User Guide
  • Installation Guide
  • "Installation Tips" sheet
  • SIRIUS station guide sheet

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Receiver Features
Receiver Controls
Receiver Connections
Car Kit Features
Specifications

Receiver Features

Product Overview: The SIRIUS Stratus is a portable plug-n-play SIRIUS Satellite Radio receiver. The package includes a magnetic antenna, FM extender antenna, cigarette lighter power adapter, an adjustable self-adhesive car mounting kit and vent mounting kit. An optional home kit (607SUPH1) is available for enjoying SIRIUS programming in your home or office.

SIRIUS Satellite Radio: SIRIUS Satellite Radio features more than 120 streams of original programming beamed coast-to-coast, including 65 streams of commercial-free, digital-quality music, plus news, talk, sports, entertainment, and children's programming.

Note: Satellite radio service is available only within the contiguous United States. Service is not available in Alaska and Hawaii.

FM Transmitter: The receiver's built-in modulator allows you transmit SIRIUS radio programming to your vehicle's FM tuner, so you don't have to make any connections between the SIRIUS receiver and the radio. You can select any frequency (in 0.2 MHz steps) between 88.1 MHz and 107.9 MHz. The FM modulator can be turned off if not in use.

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. Sirius includes extra wiring 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.

Direct Connection: Direct connection provides better audio performance than a wireless connection and removes the possibility of interference from local FM broadcasters. You can take advantage of the direct connection if your radio has an AUX IN or LINE IN to connect from the receiver's mini-jack audio output.

Optional Cassette Adapter: You can also use an optional cassette adapter through the audio output of the Stratus if your radio has a cassette player.

FM Direct Adapter: If your vehicle radio does no have an AUX or LINE IN or cassette player, you can use the optional SIRIUS FM Direct Adapter (607FMDA25) which provides a wired connection between your SIRIUS radio and your vehicle's radio, eliminating the outside static and interference you sometimes experience when using a wireless FM connection.

Display: The Stratus tuner has a compact 3-line display. The Default screen displays the channel name, channel number, and signal strength meter on the top line, the artist name on the second line, and the song title on the third line. On the top line, you can toggle between channel name, category name, and time. You can manually adjust the display's contrast and brightness controls for best viewing.

Search Modes: This unit gives you two ways to search for and select music or other programming:

  • Channel: Scroll through each channel in numerical order
  • Category: Scroll through each of the categories (Pop, Rock, Country, Hip-Hop, R&B/Urban, Electronic/Dance, Jazz/Standards, Classical, Latin & World)

Preset Tuning: The tuner allows you to store 10 presets. Preset channels can be tuned directly by pressing the preset number on the numeric keypad.

Direct Tuning: You can directly enter the 3-digit channel numbers using the number keys on the Stratus.

Jump Button: The Jump button is used to quickly tune to a traffic/weather channel in your area.

Signal Indicator: You can check the strength of the SIRIUS satellite signal being received. When locating the antenna in your home, you should place the antenna in a spot that illuminates the maximum number of bars on the meter.

Audio Level: The Audio Level setting adjusts the level of the audio output to the radio.

Parental Control: The Stratus has the ability to lockout the use of any channel you do not want accessed without your permission. The locked channel will not appear when the user changes channels with the channel switch. When the user tries to directly access a locked channel, the "Enter Code" screen will be displayed, and the channel will not be accessed until the proper code is entered.

Receiver Controls

Receiver Front Panel:

  • Power: Turns the receiver on/off
  • Menu: Accesses the menu options (user setup menu)
  • Jump: Jumps to a pre-selected traffic/weather channel
  • Number Keys (0-9): Select preset or channel number directly
  • Category Previous/Next: Changes category group
  • Channel Up/Down: Navigates through channels and display screens and highlights on the display
  • Select: Selects the highlighted option on the screen

Receiver Connections

Bottom Side: The Stratus has proprietary connection on the bottom side of the receiver that plugs into the included car kit or optional home kit. All other connections are found on either the supplied vehicle dock or optional home dock.

Car Kit Features

Overview: The supplied car kit includes everything you need to install the SIRIUS Stratus tuner into your vehicle. The kit contains a vehicle docking station, self-adhesive mounting bracket, vent mount bracket, DC power supply (cigarette lighter), and roof-mount magnetic antenna. The Stratus Tuner slides down into the vehicle docking station, which then mounts to either of the supplied brackets with four mounting screws. The bracket's self-adhesive pad holds the unit firmly to the dash or the vent mounting clip attaches the unit to one of your air vents.

Antenna: The low-profile SIRIUS antenna has a powerful magnetic base that allows you to mount the antenna on the roof or trunk lid of your vehicle. The antenna needs to be positioned in such a way that it will be free of mechanical and line-of-sight obstructions. The antenna' s dimensions are: Diameter = 2.182", Height = 0.438"; Cable Length = 21'.

Note: The attached micro cable has a single SMB connector, which plugs into the vehicle docking station.

FM Extender Antenna: The FM Extender Antenna is provided to maximize the audio quality of your Sirius radio when using the built-in FM transmitter in your Sirius tuner to transmit the audio to your vehicle's FM radio. The FM Extender Antenna should be placed inside the vehicle in close proximity to the your vehicle's factory FM antenna. The FM Extender Antenna has permanent adhesive mounts for installing it along your vehicle's window. The Antenna portion measures 18" long and utilizes an attached 18.5' cord to route the antenna through your vehicle. The cord has a right angle minijack connector on the end of it that plugs into the FM-Out on back of the car docking station.

Suction Cup Mount: The supplied mounting bracket features a self-adhesive pad, which will mount the receiver and the vehicle dock securely to the dash. The bracket features a ball socket joint, allowing you to install the receiver at virtually any angle.

Vent Mount: The supplied vent mount bracket allows you to mount the receiver and the vehicle dock securely to one of your air vents.

Compatibility with Optional Pro-Fit Brackets: The car kit docking station is directly compatible with the Legend series (adjustable ball/socket joint) Pro-Fit Vehicle-Specific Mounts (VSMs). When used with the Pro-Fit easy swivel adapter (item number 042EZ1026), the docking station will work with the standard (fixed) Pro-Fit VSMs, as well. Please, check the Crutchfield Vehicle Selector for a Pro-Fit VSM that's compatible with your vehicle.

Note: The Pro-Fit easy swivel adapter (item number 042EZ1026) must be used in conjunction with the standard (fixed) Pro-Fit mounts to provide clearance for the DC and Audio plugs on the back of the docking station.

Connections: The vehicle docking station features the following connections.

  • DC 5V Input: Power input for supplied cigarette lighter adapter or optional AC adapter (supplied with home kit)
  • Audio Output: 3.5mm mini jack line output
  • FM Output: 2.5mm SubMini jack FM output for use with supplied FM Extender Antenna or optional wired FM switch box accessory
  • Antenna: Single female SMB connector for attaching supplied SIRIUS antenna

Specifications

Specifications:

  • Audio Output: 550 mVrms
  • Total Harmonic Distortion (THD): Less than 0.2%
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio (S/N): Greater than 73dB
  • Fuse Requirement: 2A ATC
  • Receiver Weight: 3.0 ounces
  • Satellite Frequencies: 2322.293/2330.207 MHz
  • Terrestrial Frequencies: 2326.250 MHz
  • Power Requirements: 4.9-5.6 Volts, Negative Ground, DC
 
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