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Sirius Starmate 8

Dock & Play satellite radio with vehicle kit (subscription sold separately by SiriusXM)

25 Reviews | 4 questions - 7 answers

Item # 220SST8V1

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Our take on the Sirius Starmate 8

The Sirius Starmate 8 lets you tap into satellite radio's wealth of entertainment in style — you can tweak its look to your liking. Choose from six backlight colors to match the high-resolution screen to your vehicle's interior, plus pick from three different trim ring colors around the main dial to further personalize it.

The Sirius Starmate 8 lets you tap into satellite radio's wealth of entertainment in style — you can tweak its look to your liking. Choose from six backlight colors to match the high-resolution screen to your vehicle's interior, plus pick from three different trim ring colors around the main dial to further personalize it.

Pause and rewind live programming

Since the Starmate 8 stores content automatically, you can pause your program and rewind if you missed something. You can even browse what's playing on other channels while you're listening to a program. Store your favorite channels as presets, and use the One-Touch Jump™ button to go to your last channel or the traffic/weather channel for your city.

All Access package

Car accessories included

You'll get the accessories needed to use the Starmate 8 in your vehicle, including a dock that connects to your stereo's auxiliary input for the best possible sound. No aux input? The PowerConnect system features a built-in FM transmitter you can use to get the satellite radio signal to your stereo without a lot of messy wires.

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. Limited availability in Puerto Rico.

Product Highlights:

  • Dock & Play Sirius satellite radio
  • pause and rewind live satellite radio
  • choose from six different display colors and three different trim ring colors
  • full-color display
  • One-Touch Jump™ (takes you to the last channel or local traffic/weather channel)
  • warranty: 90 days
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Sirius Starmate 8 dock & play radio (SST8)
  • PowerConnect vehicle dock (SDPIV1)
  • Magnetic base antenna (with attached 21' cord terminated with a single SMB connector)
  • 4' Auxiliary input cable (right-angle 3.5mm stereo mini-jacks on both ends)
  • PowerConnect cigarette lighter adapter with attached 55" cord (SXDPIP1)
  • Adhesive dash mount
  • Vent mount bracket
  • 2 Extended vent mount clamps
  • 2-3/4" Antenna cable rubber tail with adhesive strip
  • Black trim ring (installed)
  • Blue trim ring
  • Gray trim ring
  • Trim ring removal tool
  • 4 Large machine screws
  • 1 Small machine screw
  • 2 Alcohol prep pads
  • User guide
  • Quick start guide
  • Station guide
  • Accessory guide
  • SiriusXM Programming information
  • InstallCard

The unit plays great not as durable as the 5 all plastic. I had my 5 for 8 years in and out of my Semi Truck every day. I hope this one is as durable. No clock. I miss the accurate te from the satellite.

Ron, Twinsburg , OH


Sirius Starmate 8 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(25 Reviews)

Sirius Starmate 8

Ron from Twinsburg , OH on 2/15/2015

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The unit plays great not as durable as the 5 all plastic. I had my 5 for 8 years in and out of my Semi Truck every day. I hope this one is as durable. No clock. I miss the accurate te from the satellite.

Pros: Clear large display. Easy to use.

Cons: All plastic no metal reinforcement No Clock !!!!

Great bang for the buck

sensor from Ashburn, VA on 8/25/2014

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This satellite radio was great purchase and for the money I couldnt beat it. Satisfied all the wants I had for installation in my Fiat 500, which had the base radio with no sirius XM capability natively built in. Crutchfield had a great deal on it, and it was a no-brain-er!

Pros: Easy install, loads of color screen features, clarity of sound, COST

Cons: wires to run

Great so far, but fewer channels that with an XM Radio

Josh from Commifornia on 7/22/2014

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Very easy install and everything works great.

Pros: Easy set up, user friendly, six color options, fm direct adapter works great but has to be purchased separately.

Cons: You get less channels with a sirius than XM, but you can go ala carte and save money....

Love it!

Nessie from Miami, FL on 7/1/2014

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I love this satellite radio. It is very small and fits perfectly on any car. I had a local retailer install it and now I do not see any cables dangling from anywhere.

Pros: Everything. Love the music without commercials. Small radio can fit anywhere.

Cons: None so far

Ii works but...

Sir Joe 70 from Southampton, NY on 5/2/2014

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It works but if using a factory radio without aux input, local FM stations will overpower the Starmate 8 FM transmitter and interfere as static. In this type of installation, you must use the FM Direct adapter which is not mentioned in the owners manual of the Starmate or listed as an accessory in the literature shipped with the device. It is however listed in the details on Crutchfield website but you have to look for it and it is not included in the car kit for sale by Crutchfield. I deduct 2 stars for for the importance of this device not being highlighted by Crutchfield and for the device not mentioned anywhere in the literature shipped with the Starmate 8. I own two of these Starmate 8 units, 2 vehicle kits, a home dock and a portable radio dock.

Pros: It works and is versatile. Can be quickly and easily moved from vehicle to vehicle or home dock. Installs fast with minimum tools and skills.

Cons: Important interface needs are not highlighted by Crutchfield and the manufacturer. I still recommend it though.

starmate 8

BJD from springfield ,ma on 3/27/2014

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so far so good..I can't live without my satelite radio..starmate8 allows me to get the sirius radio I love and the best of XM that I look forward to(hockey). It didn't come with a remote,but the remote from my old radio the pause feature and ease of programming. I got ten years out of my last radio,looking forward to the next ten with my starmate...

Pros: pause feature,programming ease..display readabillity,able to get best of XM

Cons: didn't come with a remote,not as powerful a reception as the replay I had.wish it had a suction cup mounting system.


paul77e from Marathon, FL on 1/18/2014

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Sirius for the car and home on the cheap



Surprisingly well

St from Eastern nc on 1/4/2014

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This unit installed easily and works very well. There isn't anything else I have to have. We have a supposed lifetime subscription to Sirius. The options are very limited to receiver options but this is regularly on sale. It may not have all the features of some do the xm receivers. But can't say I need anything else. After reading some of the reviews I was concerned about the purchase but so far no problems and works well through the aux input. I don't like the fm transmitters because the bands are so crowded. I had hoped xm and Sirius would become more interchangeable but that has not happened. Would make the purchase again. And crutch field did an excellent job and price

Pros: Easy install, simple subscription transfer. Small size

Cons: Attachment to ac vent doesn't hold real well with small veined vents

Sirius Starmate 8 a winner

RonW from Yardley, PA on 12/27/2013

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Out of the box and into the car - easy installation, great sound thru car aux input.

Pros: Easy to install, worked right away. Can use cheaper a la carte subscription with this model.

Cons: Signing up with SiriusXM took a few chats with an online person, but it got resolved fairly quickly.

Starmate 8

Cole from Wabasso, mn on 12/1/2013

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Works great. Does exactly what it needs to and seems to pick up a strong signal


Cons: Only pauses for up to 30 minutes

Starmate 8

Anonymous from Las Vegas, nv on 10/16/2013

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I have used my starmate 8 for a week now and love it it works like its suppose too. It was a long process for me to review and decide which one would best suit my needs. This is it and would recommend it to everyone. Crutchfield was very quick with delivery a big plus.



Starmate 8

PV from Charlottesville, VA on 8/30/2013

Just what I wanted, car and home.



Siriusly easy

J R from Auburn, NY on 7/1/2013

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I like the radio and its choices for color background and ease of installation. Minus one star for not being able to store favorite artist or team notifications.

Pros: Backlight. Easy to read. Easy to install.

Cons: No song, artist or team alert setting

Overall very good

MD from Keysville, VA on 6/14/2013

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I got a new car without satelllite radio, so after having it previously I was going crazy without it. I bought this unit to get me back up & running with Sirius. It has performed well & I have had no probelms with it at all. I later bought the boom box the unit slides into so I could bring it in the house at the end of the day. Absolutely love having that option as well.

Pros: Easy to read display Several options regarding mounting

Cons: Lack of a remote (aside from using the presets, it is hard to tune to another station when traveling along)

Sirius Starmate 8

Anonymous from Springfield, MO on 4/13/2013

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This product works great! I love the FM transmitter built into this. The job I have not all the trucks have input jacks so I just find a station and roll on.

Pros: Works great and comes in clear just about everywhere!

Cons: Don't really have any.

Much more that Edge

JR from Northern CA on 1/6/2013

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This is a solid product which is hands down superior to the Edge, which I purchased and then returned. The Starmate 8 has a display which can be read and has the option of A La Carte programing, which is a savings to pay for the unit. Recommended.

Pros: A La Cart programming option. Readable display. Reasonable user interface.

Cons: none


MCT1800 from IL. on 11/7/2012

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It's just average at best.Lack of memory button is a negative. Older radios have a longer replay.As for the remote, I guess SIRIUS is trying to save a buck buy not offering them anymore, but I discovered if you have an old remote it will work with this radio . I guess since they only offer two choices of radio on the SIRIUS side of SIRIUSXM this is the best we can get "that is until the new guys take control"

Pros: Good display, easy to learn and operate

Cons: No remote, no memory, too short replay

New but not improved

JohnM from New Jersey on 9/25/2012

Got this to replace an ancient Sportster that was truly on its last legs. Reviews elsewhere have accurately noted the highly compressed sound on this unit, lack of a "Memo" button to save a fav tune, as well as the almost non-existent FM range, which is an issue for someone like me who has the home kit set up upstairs in my home office. I could easily pick up the old Sportster on the FM tuner in Yamaha receiver downstairs and pump Sirius thru the receivers speakers to the TV room, the deck, or the kitchen, so that's a bummer. I have to figure out some other workaround with that. While none one of this was entirely unexpected because I did see those reviews, and I can live with these deficiencies vs the increasing reliablity and portablity issues with the old unit, it is still disappointing and noteworthy for others to consider.

Pros: New

Cons: Poor FM range. Highly compressed sound.

happy but.......NO REMOTE!

Bryan M. from Malvern , PA on 9/13/2012

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Works great but having bought 3 sirius radios before I never even looked to see if it included or offered a remote control. It DOES NOT! Not happy about using it in a home dock foe this reason! Otherwise awesome Crutchfield shipping and support.



Good Sound Again.

Norm from Palm Harbor on 9/1/2012

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Have Sirius in our Mercedes. This unit gives me the same in my car & home. Love it! Easy install.

Pros: Easy to install & use

Cons: None

Sirius Starmate 8

TonyI from Forked River, NJ on 8/23/2012

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I found the product to perform as advertised. Only problem was the adhesive that attached to my window failed after one week. Quality of sound is good.




Jpl.1993 from Guelph on on 8/12/2012

i'm not sure what everyone is complaining about? mine Starmate came with a remote? everything work fantastic. couldn't ask for more.



Good Except for FM Interface

Howie from Chicago, IL on 6/19/2012

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Great product but don't expect to play it thru your FM car radio. Easy to set up. Also works great with home docking kit. Has 10 presets. Jump feature let's you jump back and forth between channels and traffic. Crutchfield provides great support.

Pros: 10 presets. Nice jump feature.

Cons: Does not play well thru car FM radio.

Pretty good!!!!

Anonymous from Watertown, CT on 5/11/2012

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I like it. The Starmate was very easy to set up and even easier to use. The ability to change the color scheme is great. Overall I like it. I had a Stiletto before. That had a few more features but what a piece of junk. It was totally unreliable.

Pros: Easy set up, easy use, I like the different background colors.

Cons: I would like to have gotten a remote. Unlike the Stiletto, u can only go back a half hour. The stiletto you can go back hours.

sirius starmate

STEVE B from East Meredith, NY on 5/8/2012

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Radio works fine...and as described! Huge improvement over my old radio. Would have liked a remote like my old one had. Customer service was excellent. Very easy to figure out controls.

Pros: Very nice screen. User friendly. No issues thus far. Vent mount works surprisingly well.

Cons: No remote like some earlier models.


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Dock & Play Radio
Vehicle Kit

Dock & Play Radio

Overview: The Sirius Starmate 8 Dock & Play Radio + PowerConnect Vehicle Kit provides Sirius Satellite Radio programming in your vehicle. The Sirius Starmate 8 Dock & Play Radio lets you pause, rewind, & replay live Sirius Radio. You can view the artist name, song or program title and channel info on its large, color graphic display. And with optional accessories you can listen to the Starmate 8 Dock & Play Radio at home, at the office, in multiple vehicles, or even outdoors (optional accessories sold separately). All with just one Sirius subscription.

Note: The Sirius Starmate 8 Dock & Play Radio + PowerConnect Vehicle Kit with Sirius programming operates on the Sirius network (subscription sold separately).

Sirius Satellite Radio: Sirius Satellite Radio features more than 140 streams of programming beamed coast-to-coast, including news, talk, sports, entertainment, children's programming, and over 65 streams of commercial-free, digital-quality music. Visit SiriusXM Satellite Radio for the latest Sirius subscription packages.

Note: Subscription required for service. Satellite radio service is not available in Alaska or Hawaii.

A La Carte: The Starmate 8 allows you to choose from the A La Carte programming packages, which provide for individual channel selection. There are a variety of A La Carte options, offering both basic & premium channel selection.

Large Color Graphic Display: The Sirius Starmate 8 Dock & Play Radio features a large 2-line color display which lets you view artist name, song title, and channel information. You can change the color of the display screen to one of 6 color themes (Blue, Red, Amber, Yellow, Silver, or Teal) to match your dash lights. You can also  adjust the brightness of the unit's color display.

Customizable Trim-Rings: The Sirius Starmate 8 comes with three interchangeable menu button trim rings (Black, Blue, or Gray), which allow you to personalize the radio to reflect your taste or complement the interior of your vehicle.

Real-Time Program Guide: The Real-Time Program Guide makes it possible to browse programs, artists, and songs playing on other channels, without having to change the channel you are currently on, so you can listen to your current channel and never have to interrupt your music.

Favorite Presets: You can save and enjoy fast access to up to 10 of your favorite Sirius Satellite Radio channels.

Direct: The Direct button allows you directly tune in an Sirius Satellite Radio station, using the keypad (0-9) on the front-panel of the Sirius Starmate 8 Dock & Play Radio.

Instant Replay: The Sirius Starmate 8 Dock & Play Radio supports the Sirius Instant Replay function, so you can pause, rewind, and replay up to 30 minutes of live content. Listen to your favorite programming over again.

Channel Scan: You can scan a category and listen to each channel for 10 seconds before the Starmate 8 automatically tunes to the next channel.

One-Touch Jump: The One-Touch Jump function allows you to directly access traffic or weather of the 23 most congested cities, or go back to the previous channel to which you were listening.

Parental Controls: You can easily lock and unlock channels or an entire category with mature content. The Parent Control feature is protect by a 4-digit code.

Auto Shut-Off: When the Starmate 8 is in the vehicle dock, and Auto Shut Off has been enabled, the Plug & Play Radio will automatically shut off after 8 hours of inactivity, when no buttons have pressed. This features prevents the vehicle battery from being discharged if  you forget to turn the unit off.

Vehicle Kit

Vehicle Dock: The Sirius Satellite Radio Starmate 8 comes supplied with a vehicle dock which allows you to listen to Sirius Satellite Radio in your vehicle. The vehicle dock has color-coded connectors to assist you in connecting the cables to the correct connector. The Sirius Satellite Radio Starmate 8 Dock & Play receiver's vehicle dock provides three connection options to transfer Sirius Satellite Radio audio to your vehicle's audio system.

  • PowerConnect: The Sirius Satellite Radio Dock & Play radio comes supplied with the PowerConnect FM transmitter and cigarette lighter adapter which allows the Sirius Satellite Radio receiver to wirelessly transmit audio to your vehicle's in-dash head unit over and FM frequency. You can choose from any FM frequency between: 88.1 and 107.9 MHz. You can store up to 5 FM stations so you can quickly access the stations which give you the best audio reception when using the PowerConnect. The PowerConnect FM transmitter and cigarette lighter adapter simply plugs into the power port of the included vehicle dock and the cigarette lighter or 12-volt accessory port of your vehicle.
  • Auxiliary: The Sirius Satellite Radio Dock & Play radio's vehicle dock has a minijack audio output (3.5mm) to connect the unit directly to your in-dash head unit's auxiliary input (if applicable), using the supplied stereo minijack cable. When using the line output jack, you can adjust the level to match your head unit's other sources.
  • FM Direct (optional): The FM Direct Adaptor (607FMDA25, sold separately) connects directly in-line with your vehicle's existing AM/FM antenna input (motorola) and the Sirius Satellite receiver's vehicle dock FM output (2.5mm). This optimizes the Sirius receiver's built-in FM modulator to your vehicle's radio, especially in regions with a high density of FM radio stations and few open FM channels.

Magnetic Antenna: The unit comes supplied with a magnetic antenna that is designed to be run outside of the vehicle and placed on the roof of your vehicle. The magnetic antenna will adhere to your vehicle's sheet metal.

Mounting: The mounting location of the Starmate 8 should be easily accessible for controlling the unit and provide good visibility of the unit's display, and should not be located where it will be in direct sunlight, which will affect the visibility of the display screen. The Sirius Satellite Radio Starmate 8 comes with two mounting options.

  • Self-Adhesive Dash Mount: The Starmate 8 includes a self-adhesive plastic mount which allows you to place the unit on your vehicle's dash. The self-adhesive dash-mount allows you to swivel and adjust the unit for better visibility.
  • Vent-Mount: The Starmate 8 also includes a plastic mount which allows to you to clip the unit onto one of your vehicle's dash vents.

Note: When mounting the Sirius Starmate 8 in your vehicle, choose a location where it will not block your vision, interfere with the controls, or obstruct the air bag.

Optional Pro-Fit VSM: The Sirius Starmate 8 can be mounted using an optional Pro.Fit Vehicle Specific Mount (item 042VSM) and the TS-01 adapter (item 042TS01). Please consult the Crutchfield Vehicle Selector to see if there is a Pro.Fit VSM to fit your vehicle.

Second Vehicle Kit: An addition vehicle kit (220SADV2, sold separately) can be purchased to install the Sirius Satellite Radio Dock & Play receiver in a second vehicle.

Optional Home Kit: An optional home kit (607SUPH1, sold separately) allows you to listen to Sirius Satellite Radio in your home.

Boombox (optional): The optional Portable Speaker Dock (220SXABB1, sold separately) lets you enjoy Sirius Satellite Radio programming in your home, at the office, or on the deck.


Dock & Play Radio:

  • W = 4.5625"
  • H = 2.4375"
  • D = 0.75"

Vehicle Kit:

  • W = 4.0"
  • H = 2.125"
  • D = 1.125"

Dock & Play Radio in Vehicle Kit:

  • W = 4.5625"
  • H = 3.0"
  • D = 1.125"


  • W = 2.1857"
  • H = 0.4375"
  • D = 2.375"
  • Cable Length = 21'

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Customer Q&A

4 questions already asked

I'm sorry... I use the basic fiunctions and only have set the sirius presets.... Not FM Like the starmate 8 , it pops right in to the orginal sirius mount. That was important to me... Good luck!! Crutchfield is great support !!! [ GERRY  Oct 01, 2014 ]
no. only if it is done professionally thru a dealer!!! [ ELISE  Mar 02, 2014 ]
Yes, but this one would be a companion to your regular radio. Depending on the year or your car installation can re really easy. My wife has a 2008 Honda that has an auxiliary jack (look like a headphone jack) once you. Connect power (cigarette lighter adapter) place antenna and plug in aux jack you are listening to satilite radio. If you don't have the aux jack then you would need to get an attenna adapter. I have this set up in my other 2 cars and it works really well. I hope this helps [ Jenelle R  Mar 02, 2014 ]
Hello! I think you can probably do that, I quickly looked this up on the Sirius website to help answer your question. It says: SiriusXM is available in most new and many pre-owned cars: & trucks. Find your vehicle model and year in the chart below to see what type of satellite radio, as well as traffic, weather and other services are available in your ride. Don't see the vehicle brand you're looking for? Click here for options to add SiriusXM to any vehicle. They should be able to help you, either online or by phone. Good luck! [ PARI  Mar 02, 2014 ]
I'm sorry I don't use a lot of those advanced features too often, but I believe that you can. I do use the "rewind" button quite a bit and love it! Maybe call the satellite company and ask them to be sure, then purchase through this site, as I did, since it was a better deal. Good luck! [ PARI  Jan 06, 2014 ]
We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question. [ Jeff  Jan 04, 2014 ]  Staff
Yes. This is the Starmate 8 receiver and vehicle kit. If you wanted to use it in a home you would need to purchase a home kit as well. If you want to move the Starmate between vehicles you may need additional vehicle kits. For further information please feel free to contact an Advisor by phone or online chat. They will be happy to help you find exactly the pieces you will need. [ Jeff  Dec 26, 2013 ]  Staff