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SIRIUS Sportster SPT-K1

SIRIUS Satellite Radio tuner with car kit

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If you live and die with your favorite sports teams, then the SIRIUS Sportster tuner is for you. It's a full-function plug-and-play SIRIUS Satellite Radio tuner that's easily transported, so you can set up shop with SIRIUS in your home, car, or at the tailgate party. It delivers all of SIRIUS's programming, and offers a host of enhanced features that keep you in close touch with all of your favorite teams.

If you live and die with your favorite sports teams, then the SIRIUS Sportster tuner is for you. It's a full-function plug-and-play SIRIUS Satellite Radio tuner that's easily transported, so you can set up shop with SIRIUS in your home, car, or at the tailgate party. It delivers all of SIRIUS's programming, and offers a host of enhanced features that keep you in close touch with all of your favorite teams.

SIRIUS broadcasts every NFL game, and the Sportster's Game Alert lets you know when your favorite NFL team is about to take the field. You can even choose whether you want to listen to the home field or away team announcers. The Game Zone feature lets you scroll through all the league scores while you listen to the game. Factor in the extensive sports coverage on ESPNRadio, and you're set.

Driving to the game? One Touch Jump takes you straight to the latest traffic and weather reports for 20 major metropolitan areas (sorry, Green Bay). A built-in alarm clock helps you make it to the game on time. And, oh yeah, don't forget the 65 commercial-free channels of the best music programming you've ever heard.

This package includes the car kit you'll need to play the tuner over your vehicle's in-dash stereo. The kit features a docking station, a DC power (cigarette lighter) adapter, and a roof-mount antenna. The tuner mounts firmly in the docking station, where power and signal connections are made; the docking station's base is designed to mount securely to your dash (adhesive mount and mounting hardware included). The antenna attaches to your vehicle's roof with a magnetic base. The compact Sportster tuner features a built-in FM transmitter so you can broadcast straight to your vehicle's FM radio — no wired connection needed. A small remote control is included, so your passengers can switch channels while you drive.

If you'd like to be able to transfer the Sportster between your car and your home stereos (and only pay one subscription), you can also get the home kit, which includes a SIRIUS home antenna, docking station, and power supply. And so you can take the Sportster with you just about everywhere you go, a portable boombox is also available. A subscription to SIRIUS is also required.

I recently purchased this Radio and it is awesome. Two different colors screens to change back and forth. The ease of use is the key factor, also big screen display, easy to install. Put together real well, some other brands I looked at had cheap plastic faces.

Mike Azarmi, San Diego, CA

What's in the Box:

  • One box containing two blister packs (Receiver blister pack/Car Kit blister pack):
  • The Receiver blister pack contains:
  • Sirius Satellite Radio Receiver
  • Wireless remote control
  • CR2025 Lithium battery
  • Operation manual
  • Correction sheet for operation manual
  • Sirius channel information card
  • The Car Kit blister pack contains:
  • Mounting cradle
  • Magnetic base Sirius antenna with attached 20.5' micro cable (SMB connector)
  • Mounting base with adhesive pad
  • Cigarette lighter power adapter with attached 6.25' straight cord (fuse installed)
  • 30" FM Transmission antenna
  • 4 Machine screws (3/8" length) with flat and lock washers
  • 2 Half inch mounting screws
  • Alcohol swab
  • Vehicle Installation Guide

Product Highlights:

  • package includes compact plug-and-play SIRIUS tuner, remote control, and car kit
  • built-in FM transmitter
  • 6-line display (favorite team's logo can be selected for start up and shutdown screen)
  • 30 channel presets/20-song memory (alerts you when one of the songs is playing on SIRIUS)
  • NFL Game Alert (lets you know when your favorite team is playing)
  • search by category, channel, artist, or song title
  • car cradle and mounting base
  • DC power adapter
  • roof-mount antenna with magnetic base and 20-1/2' cable
  • dimensions: 4-5/8"W x 3-1/8"H x 1-9/16"D (tuner); 1-5/8"W x 4-3/16"H x 11/16"D (remote control); 4-3/4"W x 2-3/8"H x 2-3/8"D (cradle)
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Receiver Features
Receiver Controls
Receiver Connections
Car Kit Features
Car Kit Manual Correction
Dimensions

Receiver Features

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, and news, talk, sports, entertainment, and children's programming.

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

Display: The SP-R1 tuner has a large backlit LCD screen. You can choose between two ways to present the artist and song title information on the LCD screen. The Default screen displays the artist and song title on separate lines. Pressing the Display button will increase the character size to its maximum, put artist and song title information on the same line, and continuously scroll them across the screen. The stream name, number, category, preset band/number, and time of day are always displayed.

Display Adjustments: You can manually adjust the display's contrast and dimming controls for best viewing. The Auto Dimmer option allows the unit to use ambient light to automatically sense and determine the proper display intensity for the current lighting conditions. The backlight color for the display and buttons is switchable between amber and green.

Category Tuning: The Category buttons allow you to cycle through the available genres of programming: Pop, Rock, Country, Hip-Hop, R&B/Urban, Dance/Electronic, Jazz/Standards, Classical, Latin/World, News, Sports and Entertainment. Once the category has been selected, you can choose the streams from that category using the rotary knob.

Preset Tuning: The tuner allows you to store 30 presets in 3 separate banks (A, B, and C). Preset streams can be tuned directly by selecting a preset band and pressing the preset number on the numeric keypad (unit or remote). You can also activate the preset tune mode in which the rotary knob scrolls through only the preset streams.

Jump: The Jump key is programmed to access a specific stream, regardless of which preset bank is currently selected. The default setting is the traffic stream (adjustable for your area).

Direct Tuning: Using the direct and numeric buttons on the supplied remote, you can directly access SIRIUS streams by their 3-digit stream numbers.

Skip/Add: You can select seldom-tuned streams to be "skipped", if desired. This prevents the stream from being accessed during any of the tuning modes (except direct tuning). A skipped stream can be re-added using the same menu.

Stream Lock: You can lock a stream, making it only available by direct tuning. When a locked stream is tuned directly, you will need to enter a 4-digit code before the stream can be heard.

Song Alert: This feature allows you to capture and store the program data information (artist and song title). You can store program data information for up to 20 songs. The tuner will monitor the current incoming SIRIUS signals and alert you if any match the program data information stored in memory.

Antenna Aiming: 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 Output Level: You can adjust the level of the audio output to match the other sources in your audio system. You can choose from 10 output levels.

FM Transmitter: The built-in modulator has 100 frequency options. This feature 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.

Game Alert: When your favorite NFL team is playing on a different stream, Game Alert will notify you.

Time-Based Functions: The tuner has a built-in clock with the time data provided by the SIRIUS stream. The clock options can be set for 12-hour or 24-hour operation, time zone, and observance of Daylight Saving Time. Once the clock data is set, you can activate the following functions:

  • Alarm Clock: The built-in alarm clock can be set to turn on the unit at a specific time.
  • Program Alert: The Program Alert function allows you to program the unit to turn on and switch to a selected stream at a specific time.
  • Auto Shutdown: The unit can be set to automatically turn off after a one-hour period without any user intervention, after 59 minutes of inactivity, a beep-tone sounds and a display prompt appears on the screen allowing you the option of canceling auto shutdown.
  • Sleep Mode: The receiver can be set to turn off after a selected period of time, 15, 30, 45, or 60 minutes.

Factory Default: To revert back to all the original receiver settings at once, activate the factory default screen.

Remote Control: In addition to offering all the controls on the receiver's front panel, the remote adds direct tuning, audio mute, and volume control. Dimensions: Length=4.145", Width=1.624", Height=0.678".

Receiver Controls

Receiver Front Panel:

  • Power: Turns the receiver on or off
  • Memo: Captures and stores the current program data information
  • Band: Cycles through the three stream preset banks
  • Menu: Accesses the menu options (user setup menu)
  • Display: Changes display options
  • Category (Up/Down): Advances to the next category group or preset memory bank
  • Number Keys (1-0): Select preset directly
  • Rotary Knob and Select Button: Rotary knob allows you to scroll through the various lists and menu options, the select button allows you to choose the current selection

Receiver Connections

Receiver Rear Panel:

  • Docking Station Interface Connection: Proprietary connector that interfaces with the vehicle docking station or home docking station

Car Kit Features

Overview: The SP-C1 car kit includes everything you need to install the SIRIUS Sportster tuner into your vehicle. The kit contains the docking cradle, mounting bracket, DC power supply (cigarette lighter), roof-mount antenna, and mounting hardware. The SIRIUS tuner mounts firmly in the cradle, where antenna, power and signal connections are made. The cradle's base is designed to mount securely to your dash, console, or other flat surface (the surface doesn't need to be horizontal).

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: W=2.031", H=0.726", D=2.652" (9.1285" including "tail"), Cable Length=20.5'.

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

Cradle: The SP-R1 tuner slides into the docking cradle and is locked into place. The cradle can be bolted to the mounting base on the bottom or the back. On the back of the cradle are inputs for the antenna and DC power supply, plus a line output (minijack) and an FM transmission antenna output (sub-minijack).

Mounting Base: Using the supplied base with attached adhesive pad, the cradle can be mounted to any flat surface in your vehicle. The base has three adjustment points which enables swiveling the tuner for optimum viewing. Depending on adjustment, the base will add various amounts to the dimensions. The minimum is 2.45" added to the depth. The base can also be mounted using the included 1/2 inch screws instead of the adhesive pad.

Optional Pro-Fit Brackets: The SP-C1 car kit can be used with many of the Pro-Fit Vehicle-Specific Mounts (VSMs) to provide a custom mount for your vehicle. Please check the Crutchfield Vehicle Selector for compatibility with your vehicle.

Car Kit Manual Correction

Audio Cable: The manual shows an audio cable in the "Box Contents" section, but an audio cable is not supplied with the kit.

Dimensions

Dimensions:

  • Receiver: W=4.580", H=3.104", D=1.531"
  • Cradle: W=4.737", H=2.321", D=2.330"

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