Sirius Stiletto 100
Manufacturer: Directed Electronics Inc. Part number: SL100-TK1
- Bottom Line:
- The intriguing Sirius Stiletto 100 is packed with useful radio and digital audio features, and it's easy and fun to use. However, some consumers may find the Stiletto too bulky, and battery life isn't stellar.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $300.00
- Reviewed by: James Kim
- Reviewed on: 11/03/2006
The good: The Sirius Stiletto 100 can stream online content via built-in Wi-Fi, record live satellite songs, and be used as an MP3/WMA player with subscription compatibility. You can pause and replay live streams, the GUI is intuitive and fun to use, the main controller is well designed, and it comes with two batteries.
The bad: The Sirius Stiletto 100 design is a bit chunky; you're limited to less than 1GB of MP3 or WMA music; the antenna headphones are uncomfortable; its USB port is proprietary; Wi-Fi does not support 802.11a/g; audio quality when using Wi-Fi isn't top rate; rated battery life for live radio isn't stellar; pricey.
The bottom line: The intriguing Sirius Stiletto 100 is packed with useful radio and digital audio features, and it's easy and fun to use. However, some consumers may find the Stiletto too bulky, and battery life isn't stellar.
mediocre reception in sf... xm much better
by buj94565 on May 12, 2008
Pros: works ok... xm much better
Cons: poor reception in sf bay area
Summary: i use to have xm which worked great in the sf bay area... but...i bought 2 cars...both of which came with sirius... so...i switched because sirius has ...
Summary: i use to have xm which worked great in the sf bay area... but...i bought 2 cars...both of which came with sirius... so...i switched because sirius has good pricing on 3 radios... the 3rd radio i have is the stiletto in my office... it works ok...i have it plugged into a speaker system... but...the reception is spotty. i don't use the stiletto outside of my office...its a bit cumbersome to carry around and the battery doesn't last that long... xm worked great in my old car...sirius doesn't work nearly as good... if you recall how the old fashion fm blanks out because of line of sight issues...sirius does the same thing... i think the west coast signal is so weak that even passing under a small branch causes it to blank out...and...ofcourse...it always blanks out just when you don't want to miss the broadcast... i personally find the blanking out to be very annoying... i think i'm paying about $14 bucks a month for 3 radio...the master radio i paid $360 bucks for a lifetime account...each additional account is about $7 bucks each...
Better than I thought
by akavedge on May 2, 2008
Pros: portability, ease of use, wifi
Cons: battery life could be better ( extras can be found easily on ebay)
Summary: After reading many reviews of this device I decided to get one. In searching, I found that RadioShack had the best deal by far - I ended up with a ...
Summary: After reading many reviews of this device I decided to get one. In searching, I found that RadioShack had the best deal by far - I ended up with a demo unit including the car kit for $75.00. They were exceptionally helpful in explaining the unit (pros and cons - that is something you don't get often). The programming is amazing – I have not found anything I didn’t like – check out #74 blues which I could listen to 24/7.
Many people have commented about the satellite headphones which are uncomfortable - but I have found that the system works fine (90% + of the time) with normal headphones utilizing the unit itself to pick up the satellite signal. I find I can walk down the street and other than standing under an awning, I could get the signal without difficulty.
In showing this to many friends who are die hard IPod users, a number of them have gone out and bought one. The controls are very IPod-like and it takes a user only a minute or two to become an expert.
I am very very pleased with the 100 which allows me to take it with me everywhere! Sirius makes an excellent product!!
by superstar221 on December 18, 2007
Pros: Design, sound quality
Cons: Size is a little bulky
Summary: I read all of these reviews about poor live portable reception and I don't get it. I live about 15 minutes north of Minneapolis MN and have never had ...
Summary: I read all of these reviews about poor live portable reception and I don't get it. I live about 15 minutes north of Minneapolis MN and have never had a reception problem. I even get uninterrupted live reception in my gym while working out..with my normal earbuds.
The design is beautiful and the rotary wheel is fabulous.
I would never use the antenna headphones. The feel like a knife fell into your ear...but from my experience I did not need them. Maybe there are a lot of repeaters in my area. Bottom line is I love this product.
Poor satellite signal will have you reaching for a Stiletto.
by sfbbs on December 8, 2007
Pros: Great radio stations.
Cons: Very poor satellite signal acquisition.
Summary: As a portable device, the Stiletto 100 is marginally useful. You can store a few albums in its memory and if you are lucky, perhaps you can receive a satellite ...
Summary: As a portable device, the Stiletto 100 is marginally useful. You can store a few albums in its memory and if you are lucky, perhaps you can receive a satellite signal. "Acquiring signal" seems to be the default setting on my device. When I do receive a signal, the sound is tinny like a good old fashion radio from Mr. Edison's days. I received my Stiletto last year as a gift. The antenna headphones that come with the device reminds me of a Saturday Night Live skit where Al Franken is a roaming reporter with a full satellite dish strapped to his head via a crash helmet. The Stiletto antenna headphones were designed by former Sputnik scientists as a behavioral-motivation device for chimpanzees. They are so bulky and painful to wear that I believe that they can be used as motivational tool to soften harden criminals. Due to these design flaws, I purchased the home connection kit and use it to receive a signal through a Wi-FI Internet link. The signal/sound is good and the radio stations are wonderful. Lots of excellent choices for just about any listening mood. This is where the Sirius brand shines. Would I buy a Stilleto? No. Are the radio stations worth the monthly fee? Yes. You decide.
The "UNportable" portable
by sawbaker on September 8, 2007
Pros: Excellent if your in a good reception area and stay there.
Cons: Hitler designed the headphones.
Summary: I destroyed the first one in a week. I didn't figure it would be so tender. The second one lasted and was a great desktop radio. I live in ...
Summary: I destroyed the first one in a week. I didn't figure it would be so tender. The second one lasted and was a great desktop radio. I live in DFW and should get a fairly good signal more often than not, but didn't. It didn't work in my truck, gym, office, bathroom, anywhere indoors without the antenna plugged in. I removed the extended antenna from the headphones and stuck it to my rearview mirror or outside my window and the unit worked good. The FCC mandated transmitter detuning (?) stopped me from leaving it in my truck and listening throughout my house.
Satellite sound quality is not good.
by Perttia on July 6, 2007
Pros: Good user interface, great display
Cons: Sound quality
Summary: Been using the product for 3 weeks. Sirius programming is great, however, music sounds irritatingly compressed, comparable to below 64kbps mpeg3. Receiver works when it works. If you do not ...
Summary: Been using the product for 3 weeks. Sirius programming is great, however, music sounds irritatingly compressed, comparable to below 64kbps mpeg3. Receiver works when it works. If you do not have terrestial repeater in area then this product is not portable. Car kit works very good. However, my local FM station sounds better and no they transmit in HD. Basically, in engineering terms, the system does not have a radio link budget for a portable device and Sirius crams too many channels into the 4.4Mbps stream. Only talk channel that has a reasonable sound quality is Howard Stern.Updated
After using the device is is apparent that music channels have different audio quality. For example Sirius Hits 1 sounds horrible but music from 80's 90's etc. is coded at near CD quality and sounds really good. My unit actually works indoors in some places. I also like the rewind, record features - it is like a TiVo for satellite radio.
Good Product, poor reception
by tlowell01 on June 7, 2007
Pros: Nice concept, interesting features, great interface
Cons: Reception, Reception, Reception
Summary: I had the Stiletto for a couple of days before I returned it. I live in an apartment in Tempe, AZ, and I was unable to receive a signal in ...
Summary: I had the Stiletto for a couple of days before I returned it. I live in an apartment in Tempe, AZ, and I was unable to receive a signal in my apartment or anywhere accessible from my apartment. In addition, I could not get a signal in my office either. This is a reflection of Sirius' coverage of the East Valley rather than of the unit itself.
I really did like the features of the unit, including the scroll wheel, channel title announcement as you change stations, and ability to record songs. The WiFi capability is nice, but sounds pretty poor played through a home stereo system.
Another downside is the lack of a home or car kit with the unit. It is pretty pricey to come with neither.
Overall, if I had been able to get a signal, I would have kept this cool gadget, but since I couldn't, no matter how good the features were, it was going to go back.
What a disappointment!
by bubbasue on June 4, 2007
Pros: Easy use, Howard Stern
Cons: Bad reception, painful headphones
Summary: I had such high hopes for this device.I work outdoors and thought this would be a great alternative to an I-pod-type player. The Sirius programing is great, but if ...
Summary: I had such high hopes for this device.I work outdoors and thought this would be a great alternative to an I-pod-type player. The Sirius programing is great, but if you dont have reception it is worthless. The antenna headphones are the most uncomfortable things I have ever experienced. Put the $250 to something else.
by rrjung on May 26, 2007
Pros: You can roam around outside
Cons: poor sound quality, reception, uncomfortable headset
Summary: I NEVER thought this unit would be so uncomfortable (headset) and that the sound quality would be so poor. Reception constantly cuts in and out, has much static and is ...
Summary: I NEVER thought this unit would be so uncomfortable (headset) and that the sound quality would be so poor. Reception constantly cuts in and out, has much static and is generally quite poor. The plastic "ear pieces" on the headphones are hard. I stopped using the unit after about 6 weeks. I will stick strictly to my XM stuff. I really don't want to write anymore about this thing. I recommend AGAINST buying this unit.
I love this thing, use it every day!
by tgschmidt on May 22, 2007
Pros: Great home docking station, comes with 2 batteries, sound quality is excellent, user interface is the best, wifi streaming, records live satellite content for listing later, mp3 player
Cons: Small memory for mp3's, size & shape could be better
Summary: I bought this player about 2 months ago. It is a great combination of functions & features. I travel all over the US & I use this thing every where ...
Summary: I bought this player about 2 months ago. It is a great combination of functions & features. I travel all over the US & I use this thing every where I go. I have about 70 hours of music on it at all times, some Stern & some Blue Collar Comedy. On long plan rides, this combined with my noise cancelling headphones is pure heaven. I do not even watch the movies anymore!
I work in the middle of a building, so I do not get any radio reception or Sirius reception, but with the docking station & a small set of portable speakers, I listen to my recorded radios replays all day. Several people in my office have purchased the Stiletto just because of that feature alone.
I love the wifi part too. I was at the tire store a few days ago getting new tires & wheels & they had free wifi, so I listened to internet radio for 90 minutes.
I use it allot while working around outside around the house, riding my bike & hiking. I do not mind the antennae headphones. If you adjust them right, they are just fine. I also use this with the car kit in my boat. Works great & I always have the best tunes on the water!
I use mine with Napster-to-go & have had no problems.
I am sure the next generation will be even better, heck, with the introduction of Backseat TV, you may even get live video broadcasts & be able to use it as a DVR! That would be the greatest.
- Manufacturer: Directed Electronics Inc.
- Part number: SL100-TK1
- Description: Sleek, stylish, personal, powerful and completely portable. The Stiletto 100 lets you listen to live and recorded SIRIUS almost anywhere. On the go, in the car, at home or in the office - Stiletto 100 also lets you experience SIRIUS Internet Radio over an accessible WiFi network.
- Product type Sirius satellite radio tuner / network audio player / digital player
- PC interface(s) supported USB
- Flash memory installed 2 GB Integrated
- Software type [Jul 2, 2008 from CDS: Software] Yahoo! Music Engine
- Depth 0.7 in
- Height 4.6 in
- Width 2.1 in
- Weight 4.7 oz
- Carrying case None -
- Included accessories Sirius satellite antenna,
- Digital storage None
- Sound output mode Stereo
- Timer Record
- Built-in clock Digital clock
- Addtional features System locking ,
Sirius satellite radio recording capability ,
Built-in FM transmitter
Digital Player / Recorder
- Supported digital audio standards MP3,
- ID3 tags support Yes
- Audio system built-in display LCD
- Diagonal size 2.2 in
- Backlight display Yes
- CD system type None
- Digital audio standards supported MP3,
- Cassette system type None
- Tuner type Digital Sirius satellite radio tuner
- Station preset qty 30
- Tuning display LCD display
- MD system type None
- Headphones type Binaural Ear-bud
- Sound output mode Stereo
- Connectivity technology Wired
- Cable(s) included 1 x,
USB cable - External
- Connector type 1 x Headphones,
1 x USB,
1 x Satellite antenna,
1 x DC power input
Battery / Power
- Battery Rechargeable Player battery
- Mfr estimated battery life 10 hour(s)
- Power device type [Feb 24, 2011 from CDS: Power Device] Power adapter
- Peripheral / Interface devices [Jul 2, 2008 from CDS: System Requirements] USB port,
- Operating system Microsoft Windows XP SP2
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- Manufacturer:Directed Electronics Inc.
- Phone: 1-800-876-0800