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 Kenwood DT-7000S Sirius Satellite Radio Receiver



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Kenwood DT-7000S
 SIRIUS Satellite Radio

Sirius Kenwood Radio

 One look at the Kenwood DT-7000S SIRIUS Home Tuner tells you that it's as unique as the 100 streams of digital programming it delivers. 

User-friendly features like four nameable banks of stream presets and multiple search modes make it easy for anyone in the family to find their music fast, while features like an RS-232C control input, optical digital output and discrete IR commands make --Sirius DT-7000S at home in even the most sophisticated system installations. The DT-7000S effortlessly delivers SIRIUS's tremendous variety of digital entertainment while letting you relax with all the comforts of your own home

   DT-7000S  - Sirius Satellite Receiver

The sleek Kenwood DT-7000S brings Sirius satellite radio to your home and connects directly to your stereo system--whether that be a receiver, a shelf system, or a pair of powered speakers. The DT-7000S features a 4-line blue-on-black dot matrix display with dimming control, up to 80 station presets, and a 24-song memory. Note that the DT-7000S requires a Sirius home antenna in order to receive satellite radio signals.

You can store a total of 80 presets in 4 banks (20 presets each), as well as store song title and artist name for 24 songs for easy recall later. Using the Song Seek feature, an alert appears on the DT-7000S display when a saved song is playing on another station (also called a stream). The display shows a read-out of channel number, name, category, preset bank and number, artist, and song title. You can control the DT-7000S via the supplied remote control, or use the two jog dials on the front of the device to scroll through either individual channels or Sirius radio categories (such as rock, jazz, sports, or news). The DT-7000S offers both RCA composite A/V and optical digital audio output.

Sirius satellite radio is a subscription service that provides up to 100 channels of programming, from digital-quality music to news, talk, and sports. It is available only in the lower 48 states--not available in Alaska, Hawaii, or U.S. territories.

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Front view - Kenwood DT-7000S

Kenwood --DT-7000S
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   Product Description Kenwood  SIRIUS Tuner

Do you need to get satellite radio in the house as well as in the car? The current crop of "plug-and-play" tuners (those little ones you can move from house to car to boombox) are definitely convenient, but you've been looking for something with a more "permanent" look for your home system. The DT-7000S is a component-style, full-sized SIRIUS satellite radio tuner with a big blue LCD display and some pretty futuristic styling. The Kenwood DT-7000S brings Sirius Satellite Radio into your home. Not to be confused with portable Sirius Satellite tuners this is a true Home Audio Component. With a 4 Line display you can see the Artist name of the current song playing, as well as Song Title, Radio Station and Category. The DT-7000S has 4 preset nameable banks, that hold up to 20 stations each, meaning it can be programmed to store 80 presets in memory. With features like Song Seek, a song can be entered into the memory and the next time the song is playing on any Sirius channel the unit will inform you it is playing and allow you to switch to the channel so you can enjoy the song. Sirius Satellite services entertain you with 60 commercial free music stations and 40 News and Entertainment stations. The coverage is Coast to Coast and fully digital. Service costs $12.95 a month.

The tuner offers a bank of numerical buttons to the left of the LCD, for entering stream (channel) numbers directly. To the right of the LCD, you get buttons for saving songs to memory, scrolling through preset banks, adjusting the display, and selecting "direct" or "preset" stream access. Two rotary knobs located on the top of the unit (check out the photo above) let you scroll through channels and categories. We loved the tactile "click click click" of the rotary knobs, and the LCD was bright enough to read easily, even right below a window with sunshine streaming in.

On the back panel of the tuner, along with the standard RCA analog outputs and optical digital output, there's an RS-232 (serial) terminal. The serial port is not for hooking the tuner up to a computer, but instead allows it to interface with "compatible third-party control systems." Kenwood recommends that it only be used by professional system installers.

Sirius Kenwood Tuner
 Sirius Kenwood DT-7000S
 - Sirius Tuner back
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As shown in the photo above, the DT-7000S also has an optical digital output for connection to a receiver with a compatible input. Most receivers sold today are multichannel, for home theater, and nearly all have optical digital inputs, so chances are good that you'll be able to take advantage of this feature. You will probably experience a small improvement in sound quality if you use the digital output.

   Connect DT-7000 Tuner

When it comes to hooking up the DT-7000S, we have got one word for you: easy. The toughest part about the installation was finding a spot for the tuner on my overcrowded A/V rack. The installation was hardly more involved than hooking up a CD player. You just plugged in the antenna (not included), connected a set of analog RCA cables from the tuner's output to an available input on stereo receiver or amplifier, and plugged in the power. After a few anxious moments of "Acquiring Signal" on the LCD screen, you will be ready to roll with the dog! The DT-7000S making a really cool stand-alone bedroom or office system, too — you'd just need to connect the analog outputs directly to a pair of powered speakers.

A note on reception: The three SIRIUS satellites are in a moving orbit up there in space. So, while a spot where you have installed antenna can give you perfect reception at certain times of the day, the signal could faded out at others. The best location to install a SIRIUS antenna is on the roof of your house, pointing straight up. We highly recommend the Terk SIR6. It's weatherproof, and comes with a 30-foot cable and a universal bracket that you can mount to a wall, roof, or satellite dish. Plus, mounting hardware's included! 

Kenwood Sirius Satellite Tuner

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The Terk SIR6 SIRIUS antenna.


SIRIUS displays 32 characters for song title and artist info, rather than XM's 16 characters. This is one of SIRIUS' big advantages, especially now that XM has gone commercial-free on its music channels. And the DT-7000S does each and every one of those characters justice. With the display in "large" mode, the text is easy to see from across the room, and the scrolling is neither too fast to read nor irritatingly slow. 

Kenwood gives you four banks of 20 presets, for a total of 80 — more than twice as many as most plug-and-play tuners. Presets are nameable, which is cool, and easy to access using the remote or front panel. In fact, the remote control is set up to make accessing presets even more straightforward than accessing channels by number — just hit the preset number (1-20) and press "Enter". If you want to access a stream using its stream number rather than its preset number, you have to press "Direct" first, then the stream number, then "Enter" (or just wait; it'll switch to the new stream automatically in a few seconds). It didn't seem exactly intuitive at first, but the more I thought about it, the more it made sense. After all, in most cases you'll be switching to one of your favorite channels. And chances are, that stream will be in your presets.

The DT-7000S incorporates a lot of features that portable plug-and-play tuners have made popular. The favorite is probably Song Seek. You can store info for up to 24 songs in the Kenwood's internal memory. When Song Seek is activated, the tuner will actually alert you and give you a 10-second visual countdown if one of your saved songs starts playing on another stream! Just press "Enter" before the 10 seconds is up, and you're automatically switched to the new stream. While this obviously doesn't work that well if you're not sitting in view of the tuner, it's definitely a neat "extra." Not only do you get to hear your favorite songs more often, you find out which channels are most likely to play the tunes you like. It's a great way to get introduced to channels you may not have tried before — especially since the sheer number of options can sometimes get a little overwhelming.

The remote control gives you basically the same options as the front-panel controls, but adds a few exclusive features. It lets you scan automatically through all channels, allows you to adjust the brightness of the LCD, and gives you the ability to add spaces in preset bank names (so you can go with "ERIN B" instead of "ERINB").

  Technical Specifications   
  Key System Features
   Toll-Large analog tuner mechanism with 5:1 geared ratio for precise tuning
   GrouBuilt in FM antenna
   Short External FM antenna input via 75 phm connection and external AM antenna mini jack
  • Satellite radio provider: Sirius
  • Antenna: No
  • Display: 4-line blue-on-black dot matrix
  • Display text-size control: Yes
  • Display brightness control: Yes
  • Station presets: 80 (4 banks of 20 presets)
  • Song/artist memory: 24
  • Audio output: RCA and optical digital
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • What's in the box: Kenwood DT-7000S Sirius satellite radio receiver, remote control (RC-T0710), 2 AA batteries, RCA A/V cable, RS-232C cable, and printed instruction manual


Analog Audio Output Level (1kHz) . . . . . 1.5V RMS (default), 2V (maximum)

Signal-to-Noise Ratio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . >80dB

THD + Noise (1kHz) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . <0.05%

Digital Audio Output . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TOS-link optical, PCM format

Power Consumption . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7W

   Low end-to-end voice delay
   Flexible dial plan
   Easy installation and commisssioning
   Configuration, Status, & Commissioning:
   Uses HNS Vision Network Management System
   SNMP management of voice appliance, PSTN gateway
   Satellite download of VAP configuration and software
   PSTN Gateway:
   Implements standard H.323 protocol
   E1 Interface to PSTN
   Digital R2 signaling (other protocols available)
   Flexible call routing
   One 10/100 BaseT Ethernet port
   One to four FXS 2-wire telephone ports
   Input Power
   90-240 V AC, 47-63 Hz
   24 V DC option
  Mechanical & Environmental
    Weight: 4 lbs (1.8 kg)
    Dimensions:  13.6" W x 2.6" H x 11" D

Is the Kenwood DT-7000S right for everyone? Well, the cosmetics probably fall into the "love 'em or hate 'em" category, and if you don't love 'em, you may have a hard time putting the Sirius DT-7000S on display with your system. And, price may be a consideration: The Sirius DT-7000S retails at around $300, not including an antenna. If you don't mind the impermanence of a portable plug-and-play tuner, there are now a myriad of options available for less than $150. But if, you have been waiting with bated breath for a component-style satellite radio tuner, the Kenowood DT-7000S is a great bet.

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