The Starmate Replay is a well-built and well-designed piece of equipment.
It's a fun and easy way to enjoy SIRIUS Satellite Radio's terrific programming.
The compact Starmate Replay may look small, but it delivers big SIRIUS performance. It brings you all of SIRIUS's great entertainment lineup, and it automatically stores the last 44 minutes of whatever you're listening to. You can pause live broadcasts, then rewind and fast-forward — great if you get interrupted in the middle of the big game, for example. The easy-to-read 4-line display showcases artist, song title, and channel information.
The accessories that let you use the Starmate Replay in your vehicle are packed right in the box, including a suction-cup mount, a roof-mount antenna, and a DC power adapter. The built-in FM transmitter relays the SIRIUS signal wirelessly over any vehicle's FM radio — and it'll transmit on any of 100 FM frequencies from 87.7 to 107.9.
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 you convenient system control.
Save the names of up to 30 songs or artists, and S-Seek will tell you anytime one of them is playing across the SIRIUS dial. You can also save the name of your favorite NFL team, and the system will alert you whenever they're playing.
You can use the Starmate Replay at home with the help of the optional home kit.
Note: A subscription to SIRIUS is also required. Satellite radio service is available in Canada and within the lower 48 states — not available in Hawaii or U.S. territories. Limited service is available in Alaska.
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Once service is activated, you can jump right in. The controls are intuitive, especially if you've used a satellite radio before. Even if you haven't, it won't take long to grasp the basics.
One of the most handy capabilities of the Starmate is being able to pause and record the live satellite radio broadcast. You can pause the current program while you run through the drive thru or pump gas. When you're ready, just press the play button and it'll continue where you left off. You can also use this function to time shift the radio programming, but the Starmate must be receiving power for this function to work.
The Starmate continuously buffers thirty minutes of music. At any time, you can replay the past half hour. This feature works on the sports channels too. You can conduct your own instant replays of whatever game you're listening to and then fast-forward through breaks in the game.
All of the buttons on the Starmate are present on the remote control, so operation via remote is just as easy as using the Starmate's controls. The remote control also has a mute button and volume control.
In addition to the features the Starmate has the usual satellite radio features too. Song Memory lets you save 30 of your favorite artists, songs or sports teams in the radio's memory. You get an alert whenever one of them is playing anywhere on the SIRIUS line-up. The built-in FM modulator lets you choose any five FM frequencies for sending the SIRIUS signal wirelessly to your car stereo.
The Starmate gives you three banks of ten presets, which means you can store up to 30 of your favorite channels as presets for quick access. Plus, for that channel that you visit frequently, there's a special "Jump" button. Pressing this button lets you jump from where ever you are on the SIRIUS dial to your designated Jump channel. After checking in there, you can press the Jump button again to return to the previous channel. Use it for your favorite music or news channel to quickly hear what's going on there, then get back to the channel you were listening to.