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SIRIUS Starmate 5

Dock & Play SIRIUS satellite radio with car accessories

7 Reviews

Item # 607ST5TK1

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Our take on the SIRIUS Starmate 5

The SIRIUS Starmate 5 satellite radio sports a sleek look to go with its compact size and long list of features. It stores the last 44 minutes of the channel you're listening to, so you can pause, rewind, and fast forward live broadcasts. The easy-to-read display showcases artist, song title, and channel information with 5 lines of text.

The SIRIUS Starmate 5 satellite radio sports a sleek look to go with its compact size and long list of features. It stores the last 44 minutes of the channel you're listening to, so you can pause, rewind, and fast forward live broadcasts. The easy-to-read display showcases artist, song title, and channel information with 5 lines of text.

A la carte programming
Unlike other satellite radios, your Starmate 5 allows you to choose from a variety of "a la carte" programming options, so you can customize your satellite radio experience. Once you activate an "a la carte" subscription, you can go online and choose which channels you'll receive. A la carte programming options begin at 50 channels for $6.99 a month.

Check out the awesome channel selection from SIRIUS/XM

Find all your favorites
You can scroll by channel, artist, or song title, and you can enter channel numbers directly. You can also save up to 30 of your favorite channels in the preset banks. The handy wireless remote gives your passengers convenient system control while you're driving.

Save the names of up to 30 songs or artists, and S-Seek will tell you anytime one of them is playing on SIRIUS. You can also save the name of your favorite sports teams, and the system will alert you whenever their games are starting.

Car accessories
You'll find the accessories needed to use the Starmate 5 in your vehicle packed in the box, including a car cradle, suction-cup and vent mounts, a roof-mount antenna, an FM extender antenna, and a DC power adapter. Connect the dock to your stereo's auxiliary input for great sound. The optional home kit gives you SIRIUS playback over your home stereo.

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 service is available in Alaska and Puerto Rico.

*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.

Product Highlights:

  • internal memory stores the last 44 minutes of the channel you're listening to (memory resets when you change the channel or turn the power off)
  • car accessories (antenna, suction-cup mount, vent mount, docking station, DC power adapter)
  • wireless remote
  • supports a la carte programming
  • built-in wireless FM transmitter*
  • transmits on any of 100 FM frequencies from 88.1 to 107.9
  • 30 presets
  • compatible with SIRIUS Universal Docking accessories
  • S-Seek alerts you when any of 30 songs or artists you've saved plays anywhere on SIRIUS
  • notifies you when your favorite song, artist, or sports team are playing on another channel
  • 5-line LCD displays artist, song, and channel info
  • clock, auto shutdown, sleep timer
  • tuner dimensions: 4-15/16"W x 1-15/16"H x 11/16"D
  • warranty: 90 days
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Starmate 5 SIRIUS receiver
  • Wireless remote control with CR2032 battery
  • Vehicle docking station
  • Cigarette lighter adapter with attached 6' DC cord
  • Magnetic antenna with attached 21' cord with SMB connector
  • 20' FM Extender Antenna using a right angle male minijack connector
  • Suction cup mount
  • Vent mount and extended vent hooks
  • 2 Clear suction cups
  • 3 Plastic self-adhesive clips
  • Adhesive antenna tail cover
  • 4 Large machine screws
  • 1 Small machine screw
  • 2 Alcohol cleaner pads
  • User Guide
  • Getting Started booklet
  • Activation sheet
  • Accessory guide
  • Limited Warranty information

SIRIUS Starmate 5 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(7 Reviews)

SIRIUS Starmate 5

youngster from Minneapolis,mn on 11/16/2011

My first Sirius radio was a sportster and I started having problems with it within the first 6 months. The light on the display quit working and would loose the sat signal occasionally. Lived with it for a couple of years before getting the Starmate 5. Sirius wanted $40 to switch my account over to the Starmate 5 which I was able to convince them to not charge me. Within 3 months the Starmate 5 staarted loosing the sat signal and all the buttons on the radio quit working. Now I have to use the remote to be able to use this radio at all. The FM transmitter also doesn't work in the Minneapolis area because there is no available requencies. My truck is old and the fm trans. is the only option I have to connect. Completely frustrated and don't know where to go from here. These radios are a complete waist of money!

Pros: The display provides you with station and song information all at once

Cons: reliability

Sirius Starmate 5

ptomas from Baltimore, MD on 6/29/2010

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I bought this for my father. He really enjoyed the satellite radio that came in their new honda. We got him the starmate 5 so he could enjoy satellite radio in his Tundra pickup truck. Crutchfield delivered it promptly. The item was as described. Took 5 mins to install in his truck hiding wires behind the trim. After a 5 min call to sirius to set up his subscription he was enjoying music. My father is not very tech oriented and finds the radio easy to operate. We programmed his favorite stations and he was good to go. He really enjoys his gift. I would not hesitate to recommend this product.



Problems with FM transmitter/Car radio receiver

Bill from NE Corner of NC on 5/11/2010

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The Sirius Radio FM transmitter/Car radio receiver feature really sucks. We installed the Sirius Starmate5 Radio and it is great but making it work in the car is a real hassle. I installed the Sirius Radio FM transmitter/Car radio receiver feature and proceed to take trip half way across the US. About every hour we had to stop and find an "unused" FM frequency and then re-program the Starmate to the new unused Freq. After several of these "episodes", the Sirius radio was turned off for the rest of the trip. Upon returning, I searched your catalog and found the direct FM adaptor. I called Tech. Support and asked if the adaptor would solve my problem and they said it would. I wish the sales person I had spoke with initially had suggested the direct FM Adaptor as that would have prevented a lot of agrivation and bad words!



Nice unit BUT

Anonymous from Parsippany, NJ on 4/26/2010

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Unit is good for using in both home and car but the home kit DOES NOT support FM tuner reception only wired connection to reciever. I had to run speaker wire to external spekers hear the radio in another room. It's a good thing my reciever had second speaker output. I didn't find out this info until I called Tech Support when FM output didn't work.



2 nd time around

fire49829 from escanaba on 9/23/2009

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

i tryed to order this radio from sirius wow what a joke. my 2nd time i orded it from cruchfield and all went well as always. sirius radio is not the best place to deal with but what can ya do if you want satellite radio. now that i have it hooked up in my house and my car i love it.



SIRIUS Starmate 5

kirkh21 from Auburn, Alabama on 1/28/2009

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Crutchfield does an excellent job. I have a lifetime subscription to Sirius and received a defective unit from Crutchfield; which, was replaced without any problems at all from Crutchfield, but when I go to deactivate the old unit and activate the new unit Sirius tries to hit me with a $75 charge. Sirius knows the unit was given to me defective but yet wants $75 to activate the new unit. Had I known Sirius done business like this I would never have gotten into the satellite radio scene. BUYER BEWARE OF SIRIUS!!!! Crutchfield does an excellent job, and many thanks go out to them for that.




Mike from MA on 11/19/2008

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I replaced an old sportster replay with the starmate5. The install was seamless and the overall quality of the starmate5 is quite nice. Stronger signal strength than my failing sportster replay, the aux line out works great, etc. The starmate5 is quite small and is a bit of a pain to dock/undock given that the universal dock no longer cradles the radio into position. The starmate5 doesn't have a sexy display, which gives me hope that it'll last longer than say the sportster5 (trying to be optimistic). Overall I'm glad to see Sirius is selling much more refined products like the starmate5 (but it is way overpriced). But that being said, the only reason I went with the starmate5, over the sportster5, was because it is the first sirius radio to support "a la carte" subscriptions. I was hoping to save $5/mo. Unfortunately sirius's "a la carte" offering is useless for those who care about live sports, howard stern channels, or the free online sirius streaming account. I should have done more research on sirius's "a la carte" scam (it is very comcastic!). True "a la carte" doesn't differentiate between the channels by compartmentalizing the "premium" offerings into add-on packages. Anyway, in hindsight I really should've purchased the sportster5.




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Receiver Features
Car Kit Features

Receiver Features

Product Overview: The Sirius Starmate 5 is a portable plug-n-play Sirius Satellite Radio receiver. Along with the Starmate 5 Sirius receiver, the package includes a wireless remote, magnetic antenna, FM extender antenna, cigarette lighter power adapter, an adjustable suction cup 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. This receiver supports a la carte Sirius programming allowing you to pick and choose which channels you want to subscribe to.

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

Audio Connection: There are several ways you can connect the Starmate 5 to your vehicle's stereo system.

  • FM Transmitter: The Starmate 5'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 create a preset list of 5 suitable FM frequencies to use. 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 Starmate 5's mini-jack audio output.
  • Optional Cassette Adapter: You can also use an optional cassette adapter through the audio output of the Starmate 5 if your radio has a cassette player.
  • FM Direct Adapter: If your vehicle radio does not 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 Starmate 5 tuner has an easy to read wide-angle 5-line display. The Default screen displays the Channel Name and Number on the top line, the artist name on the second line, the song title on the third line, replay playback status on the 4th line, and the signal strength meter, channel category, clock, and preset bank on the fifth line. Momentarily pressing the display button changes the artist and song title to a large, scrolling one line display. Holding the display button for 1.5 seconds enters the channel list mode, making it easy to quickly search for music by category, artist, and song title. You can manually adjust the display's contrast and brightness controls for best viewing.

Search Modes: This unit gives you several 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)
  • Artist: Scroll through the artist names of currently playing songs
  • Song Title: Scroll through the titles of currently playing songs

Preset Tuning: The tuner allows you to store 30 presets in 3 separate banks (A, B, and C) of ten channels each. Preset channels can be tuned directly by selecting a preset band and pressing the preset number on the numeric keypad (unit or remote). While in the Preset Tuning mode, you can view the list of presets showing channel name, artist name, or song title.

Direct Tuning: You can directly enter the 3-digit channel numbers using the number keys on the Starmate 5 or the remote.

Memory Function (Memo): The Memo function allows you to capture and store information about the programming (artist/song info or sports team) on the currently tuned channel, up to 30 listings.

S-Seek: Once you have stored artist name, song title, or sports team name information in memory, you can activate the S-Seek function to search for, and audibly alert you whenever the artist/song is playing on an incoming channel.

Jump Button: The Jump button is used to quickly tune to a channel that is accessed frequently and temporarily such as a traffic channel, a weather channel, a news channel, a sports channel or your favorite channel. Pressing the Jump button allows you to quickly tune to the specific channel you have programmed into the Jump button, and then tune back to the original channel by pressing the Jump button again. In the menu you can set the Jump button to provide a Traffic report instead.

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.

Instant Replay: You can record the audio of a channel for playback later. As soon as you tune to a channel the receiver starts storing the audio, enabling you to rewind and replay at any time. Once you start playing again, you can fast forward through anything you don't want to hear. You can store approximately 30 to 60 minutes of audio depending upon the channel to which you are tuned.

FM Preset Button: The tuner has a special button called the FM Preset button, which turns on the built-in FM transmitter and begins transmitting on the next frequency from the FM frequency preset list.

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

Parental Control: The Starmate 5 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.

Time-Based Functions: The tuner has a built-in clock with the time data provided by the Sirius signal. The clock can be set for time zone and observance of Daylight Saving Time. Once the clock data is set, you can activate the following functions:

  • Alarm: Built-in alarm clock turns on the unit at a specific time
  • Program Alert: Tunes to a specific channel at a specific time
  • Auto Shutdown: Automatically turns off at a specific time
  • Sleep Mode: Set to turn off after a selected period of time, 15, 30, or 45 minutes

Remote Control: In addition to offering all the controls on the receiver's front panel, the remote adds mute and volume control. Dimensions: Length = 4.165", Width = 1.625", Height = 0.695".

Receiver Connections: The Starmate 5 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 Starmate 5 tuner into your vehicle. The kit contains a vehicle docking station, docking adapter, suction cup mounting bracket, vent mount brackets, DC power supply (cigarette lighter), and roof-mount magnetic antenna. The Starmate 5 Tuner slides down into the vehicle docking station which then mounts to either of the supplied brackets with four mounting screws. The bracket's suction cup holds the unit firmly to the windshield 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 = 2.185", Height = 0.445"; 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 2.395" diameter suction cup which will mount the receiver and the vehicle dock securely to the windshield. The bracket features an adjustable "elbow" and 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)
  • 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
  • Audio Output: 3.5mm mini jack line output



  • Satellite Frequencies: 2322.293/2330.207 MHz
  • Terrestrial Frequencies: 2326.250 MHz
  • Audio Output: 2.8 volts normal, 3.0 volts maximum
  • Total Harmonic Distortion (THD): Less than 0.2%
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio (S/N): Greater than 73dB
  • Power Requirements: 5 Volts, Negative Ground, DC
  • Fuse Requirement: 2A Slow Blow
  • Receiver Weight: 2.5 ounces

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