Go Back   TeamTalk > Maintenance Tips, How-tos and Refurbishing Topics > Audio/Stereo

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 01-03-2013, 03:16 PM
bjames's Avatar
bjames bjames is offline
MC Devotee
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Boat: 2009 X-Star LY6
Location: Alberta, Canada
Posts: 1,106
Satelite Radio (which method)

Previos boat had a factory installed Serius Satlelite antenna/receiver installed. My 2009 Xstar Clarion factory receiver is satlelite ready. My question is, should I install the Serius XM antenna/receiver (drilling a hole for the antenna) or go with a portable unit that I can use either in the boat or truck? Not sure if I am sacrficing anything going to a portable unit.
__________________
Current: 2009 X-Star, Indmar 6L, 400hp, ZFT3 tower. c/w 1/9 scale R/C PWT X-Star

Owned:
2012 X25
2011 X25
2009 Moomba LSV
2009 Moomba Outback V
2008 Monterey FS180
Pelican 4 set paddle boat
plastic tug boat when I was 4
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 01-03-2013, 05:11 PM
blakekrone blakekrone is offline
TT Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Boat: 1996 Prostar 205
Location: Midwest
Posts: 138
If you are constantly moving the device the connections wear out. I had an older plug in play sirius model that the connections wore out from moving it between vehicles and home kit.

I would go direct connection to the headunit and you probably don't even have to drill anything for the antenna, just place it under the console facing up and it should go through the fiberglass no problems.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 01-03-2013, 06:40 PM
ricford's Avatar
ricford ricford is offline
MC Fanatic
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Boat: 1996 Prostar190
Location: Muskoka, Canada
Posts: 539
Personally, I would go with the built in unit. Portable units are a pain, bouncing around in the boat, extra wires, etc. Much cleaner look with the built in unit. Like blakerone said you can try putting the antenna under the dash first. I have my doubts that it will work, but worth a shot.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 01-03-2013, 06:48 PM
EarmarkMarine's Avatar
EarmarkMarine EarmarkMarine is offline
MC Fanatic
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Boat: TBD
Location: Dallas, TX
Posts: 518
Satellite Radio is a very compressed format so I don't see a sound quality difference in the tuner of the portable versus permanent unit.
However, the method of interface will make a huge SQ difference.
Wireless FM connectivity is a 1 on a scale of 10.
Hardwired FM modulation (with a quality modulator) is a 5 on a scale of 10.
Hardwired into the auxilary port is a 10 on a scale of 10 and the same quality as a dedicated tuner controlled from the source unit.
Using the auxilary port borrows the input that most use for an ipod. If ipod is used also then JL Audio has a very nice hide-away triple source selector.

David
__________________
Earmark Marine
www.earmarkmarine.com
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 01-03-2013, 08:12 PM
clrussell's Avatar
clrussell clrussell is offline
MC Devotee
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Boat: 1990 mastercraft p190
Location: midwest
Posts: 1,855
Question is do you already had satellite radio in the truck/ vehicle that's driven all of the time?


Tapatalk
__________________
1990 prostar 190, 351, powerslot 1.5:1, tinted windows
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 01-03-2013, 08:47 PM
Jerseydave's Avatar
Jerseydave Jerseydave is offline
TT Hero
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Boat: 2005 X-STAR & 1993 Prostar 190 Limited
Location: Jersey
Posts: 5,397
David is right (he is the expert) satellite radio is a compressed format and you won't get that nice clear sound like from a CD. I personally like Pandora for music choices....not sure how the sound clarity compares to sat radio.

I know my next radio in my work truck will be Pandora capable, not XM.
__________________
I was njskier on here.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 01-03-2013, 10:34 PM
blakekrone blakekrone is offline
TT Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Boat: 1996 Prostar 205
Location: Midwest
Posts: 138
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jerseydave View Post
David is right (he is the expert) satellite radio is a compressed format and you won't get that nice clear sound like from a CD. I personally like Pandora for music choices....not sure how the sound clarity compares to sat radio.

I know my next radio in my work truck will be Pandora capable, not XM.
Pandora is just as compressed, also depends if you are a Pandora One subscriber or not. Unfortunately if you are running it via your phone you will never have CD quality out of it.

"Pandora on the Web plays 64k AAC+ for free listeners and 192k for Pandora One subscribers. All in-home devices play 128k audio, and mobile devices receive a variety of different rates depending on the capability of the device and the network they are on, but never more than 64k AAC+."
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 01-04-2013, 12:19 PM
bjames's Avatar
bjames bjames is offline
MC Devotee
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Boat: 2009 X-Star LY6
Location: Alberta, Canada
Posts: 1,106
Quote:
Originally Posted by clrussell View Post
Question is do you already had satellite radio in the truck/ vehicle that's driven all of the time?


Tapatalk
No... to date we only had satellite installed in the boat. I would like to have it in the truck, but wasnt interested in paying for additional connections since I can only be in one vehicle at a time.
__________________
Current: 2009 X-Star, Indmar 6L, 400hp, ZFT3 tower. c/w 1/9 scale R/C PWT X-Star

Owned:
2012 X25
2011 X25
2009 Moomba LSV
2009 Moomba Outback V
2008 Monterey FS180
Pelican 4 set paddle boat
plastic tug boat when I was 4
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 01-03-2013, 11:27 PM
Nick911's Avatar
Nick911 Nick911 is offline
MC Devotee
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Boat: 2013 Mastercraft X25, 6.0 Ilmor, Pro Package, slammed and flaked!
Location: Canada
Posts: 1,202
I'm lost....

My 2013 is coming with the factory satellite radio. Will the sound quality be as good as a CD or AUX input from my iPhone?
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 01-03-2013, 11:30 PM
blakekrone blakekrone is offline
TT Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Boat: 1996 Prostar 205
Location: Midwest
Posts: 138
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nick911 View Post
I'm lost....

My 2013 is coming with the factory satellite radio. Will the sound quality be as good as a CD or AUX input from my iPhone?
I haven't noticed any noticeable issues with the quality from the satellite radio in my Jeep. I didn't think the portable unit was as clear, but the factory one in my Jeep is great. Also need to consider the atmosphere you are listening to it in, I don't really think a boat will ever sound amazingly clear.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:40 AM.