Sirius Stiletto 2: It's coming...

Friday, August 3, 2007 at 8:25 AM
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Sirius Stiletto 2During this week's earnings call, Sirius' President of Operations and Sales, Jim Meyer, announced that details on the upcoming Sirius Stiletto 2 and Sportster SP5 would be released soon.

"...we are preparing for the launch of some new after market products, including a new wearable product, Stiletto 2, and a new Sportser SP5. Stay tuned for more details on these exciting new products next month," Meyer said.

"We now believe that Sirius has reached market share parity in the wearable category and we expect to be the leader with the introduction of the new Stiletto 2 this fall."

While there's no info out (...yet) on what the Stiletto 2 will have in store for us, I'd assume a smaller form-factor and increased storage space would be in order. I have a funny feeling we may be learning the full details on the Stiletto 2 sometime within the next two weeks. But that's just idle speculation.

In the meantime, what features would you like to see in the new Stiletto 2? Sound off in the comments.

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Easy answer. The Stiletto antenna headphones are the most painful craziest looking headphones I have ever seen in my life. I haven't worn them ONCE after the first day I used them. They make a person look like a martian ( they are not in the shape of a human head) and hurt after 15 minutes. Over the ear padded antenna headphones that actually fit a persons head. Thats all I ask for.

Ditto on the headphones. How can they not fix those seeing as every single person reviewing them has called them uncomfortable? How did they get past testing in the first place?

Other Stuff:

1) Let us plug an antennae in without a dock! This is the only way I still use the old headphone antennae: I plug it in and leave it pointing out a window when I'm in a coffee shop or in someone elses car. Of course, I'm using normal earbuds to listen. I'm not going to set up a home dock every time I sit down!

2) More storage, at least ten times more.

3) Let the Stilletto 10 (or whatever the new economy unit will be called) record individual songs, why dumb the software down without a good reason?

4) Improve recording functions so that it doesn't get confused when you start recording "in the past" e.g. when you're rewound a few minutes back.

5) Make the WiFi feature standard. LET US RECORD FROM WIFI!

6) Make it plug into the universal docks/boomboxes, or at least let it fit in the old Stilletto docks with some kind of adapter fitting. DON'T MAKE US BUY/INSTALL NEW KITS AGAIN! It's bad enough some of us keep replacing our radios, don't screw us for more kits again!

7) USE A CLICKWHEEL! I've seen iPods opened up, it's really just a bunch of button contacts in a circle. Buttons aren't patentable, screw the lawsuit, COPY THEM! Those physical wheels look real stupid.

8) Improve heat/power usage. These units are hot! And I like my battery life with the big battery, but man, that is a big battery. Less power means lighter/smaller batteries, it also means less heat, which means smaller units. The first Stillettos marked some serious "shrinking" of the tech, so make another leap. Let's get into iPod 60G range.

9) LIGHTEN UP ON THE FILE SCRAMBLING. Itunes only work with one computer/iPod at a time. Why not let us transfer files to a proper sized Nano? I'd install something on the Nano to protect Sirius content. The recordings can even expire eventually. I could use some Sirius/iTunes replacement software even.

I wish I had a full 10 points! I'm done though...

Thought of one!

10) Let us delete "tracks" from a recorded show when we're listening back, like commericials and boring segments. The meta text divides them already, and there's an options button, this is just a programming task.

Thought of one!

10) Let us delete "tracks" from a recorded show when we're listening back, like commericials and boring segments. The meta text divides them already, and there's an options button, this is just a programming task.

1) Let us plug an antennae in without a dock!

Not gonna happen. I don't want yet another opening on a portable device and I am happy that my Inno doesn't have one. A spot for the computer cable, the dock connector and a headphone jack is all I need or want.

7) USE A CLICKWHEEL! I've seen iPods opened up, it's really just a bunch of button contacts in a circle. Buttons aren't patentable, screw the lawsuit, COPY THEM! Those physical wheels look real stupid.

Buttons are not patentable, but when arranged in a fashion like Apple's clickwheel they certainly are. Sirius has not the money to take on the Apple lawyer squad over something as stupid as a navigation wheel.

Not even Microsoft was stupid enough to steal the clickwheel for the Zune.

8) Improve heat/power usage.

To expand on this one, squash the overheating thing. You know the one, where the whole f'ing radio shuts down from heat. That is the >one

A couple of my own:

1. Scrap the current software that comes with the thing and cut a deal like XM did with Napster. That Sirius Home or whatever it is called is a RAM hog and is very sluggish and prone to crash. Cut a deal with Yahoo, Napster, WinAmp or maybe even Apple and give some software that has some function and will actually run all day without a shutdown.
2. Neither the Stiletto or the Inno allow you to play the music that you have recorded back through the software on the computer. While I can dock it and do audio out I have very little control over sound quality.
3. Make ALL content available over Wi-Fi. I only tried it once but didn't have access to anything other than what I can get in the online stream. Every channel should be available to the Stiletto regardless of signal coming from sat, repeater or Wi-Fi. If I have Wi-Fi access I can log in online and listen to the scaled down list. Make this an actual feature of the radio.

No, I don't know the details about making it happen. Then again I don't need to. Make it happen.

You wouldn't need another plug for an antennae, that's the whole point of the existing dock connector. I'm plugging in and using an antennae directly already, except it's stuck in a gangly set of headphones. They just have to make the product. Btw, the could actually just make a half-inch sized adapter to to go from that tiny circular antennae plug to the side to a proper, home/car antennae.

And the Zune's clickwheel looks awful too. There are those "touchpad" things on every laptop, or even touch screens. Those would duplicate the effect with a different approach. Just give me that iPod click instead of this stupid pinwheel.

And that Napster relationship is horrible. You're paying to hear music on Sat Rad, you want to pay a second time to keep them? First, I'm Canadian, and our government is sane enough not to care about downloading, but even in the USA you can still record something for personal use, or else VCRs would have to be banned. I want it to record and give me useable songs. I have a PC running for business purposes and I'll soon be hooking it up to give me Stern on my iPod. I miss the opportunity to skip ads since the meta text is right there to use.

There's always backpocket.com, but I'm too lazy to bother.

Martin, I don't have Sirius, so I haven't looked, but Antenna adapters are available all over the online stores for XM Portables. And if not, get a soldering iron, some electircal tape and waste those headphones you don't use anyways. I haven't cut into an antenna wire but I doubt it's optical. I'm sure with a little reseach on this here internet you could find a DIY for the antenna.

Video and Howard TV.

Couple of things would really help:

Make it the size of a pebble, not a brick.
Make sure it actually can pick up a signal.
Include at least a home kit.
Allow for deleting individual tracks so the memory isn't used up with commercials or songs you don't want. This to me is the biggest issue with this unit.
Battery life is abismal, 5 hours on the slim battery is a must. Anything less is unacceptable.
Make tracks recordable on WiFi.
Make all channels available on WiFi and improve sound quality. If sound quality cannot be maintained, just get rid of WiFi. It's a useless feature as it currently is designed.

INTEROPERABILITY.......please?

And that Napster relationship is horrible. You're paying to hear music on Sat Rad, you want to pay a second time to keep them?

Nope. Have never bought anything from Napster. They don't play on my iPod so I don't buy their music. The only thing that I use the Napster software for is scheduling recordings and doing playlists. In that regard, the Napster deal isn't horrible for me at all.

I've listened to some of their samples, and the iTunes music sounds better. If I am buying music I go first for a CD or a used CD. If that can't be found or if the track is too obscure I go to iTunes and buy there. Napster would be my very last choice if I were going to buy a track.

The Napster software does a better job of managing my Inno than the Sirius did for the Stiletto. I do see your point about allowing recording and having usable files on the other side. I have thought that this was the reason why XM is fighting the industry on the Inno. If they can win and have it declared as fair use you might just see them open it up a little more than they do now.

I would love to have plugins for iTunes that would manage recordings and playlists on the Inno and the same for the Stiletto. I will buy one and actually keep it if they can get it right. I use iTunes all day every day and that would be totally sweet.

That's nice. Wake me when the Inno 2 comes out.

"We now believe that Sirius has reached market share parity in the wearable category"

SEE! Even the little doggy company agrees that current Stiletto stinks compared to the INNO. I told you so.

The problem with the Inno is that it only plays XM. I like that I'm in on this whole gadgetry wave, but this is a Howard Stern game for me.

Also, market share is about how many customers Sirius has, I don't see how you draw that conclusion about the Inno.

I don't want Opie INNO my ears.

The problem with the Inno is that it only plays XM. I like that I'm in on this whole gadgetry wave, but this is a Howard Stern game for me.

Also, market share is about how many customers Sirius has, I don't see how you draw that conclusion about the Inno.

I don't want Opie INNO my ears.

If the merger means the Inno will suddenly start carrying some Sirius content, and it can record in proper formats, then its on the table.

love my stiletto.. think best thing would to improve signal reception with and without the stupid headphones that i put back in the box and havent used since i hooked it up.. better music software like itunes would be nice. removabe (micro SD) memory card slot and bigger hard drive and a video screen. then basic stuff like: smaller, lighter, better battery, improved controlls (power on/off should be seperate from key lock - i couldnt count how many times i've shut it off accidentally). being backwards compatible with the other docks is a must. other than that i cant wait to see it...

1) As stated before, allow recording from Wi-fi. I don't understand why we are allowed to record from a satelite feed, but not the exact same programing from Wi-Fi.

2) The reception is still very spotty at best. Without the very uncomfortable headphones, I rarely get a signal, and I live in a major metropolitain city. This must be improved.

3) Compatibility - don't change the physical interface again. In fact, standardize the interface across the entire Sirius line. If I have to buy yet another model-specific car dock, clock-radio or boombox, I won't buy the tuner.

4) A "memo" function (where alerts are given when favored songs are played) like that available on the other Serius tuners

I am so glad I still have my little Myfi unit for XM stuff.
But if I had to make some suggestions, here's one. Make these units a little easier to use for blind/low vision folks like myself. It wouldn't require a whole lot of modifications, just a little more thought into the design would be the way to do it, and I don't want a special, blind-people friendly radio.
I don't know how it could be achieved, but it'd be nice to actually have the pad data spoken with some kind of synthesized voice? I'm not talking stock tips or any of that other crap, I'm talking artist, song title, channel number, designation like XL, stuff like that. I did hear that there was interest in this happening because people wouldn't have to look away from the road while they're driving to look at yet another display. I'm just asking for equal access to this stuff.

Hoo Hoo. Give me a break, guys. It's me or the technology. Hoo Hoo.

That's right, Hoo Hoo. Besides, we can just steal XM's technology after the merger is approved.

Bubba Raw and maybe a little Playboy Channel mixed in with ESPN or CNBC.

I totally agree with Toonhead. That's one thing I hate on my Myfi...If I want to record, I have to have my wife set it up for me. If I want to know the artist/title of a song, I either have to run to the computer if I'm at home and pull up XStreamXM before the song ends, or have the wife again read it to me. So this goes for both companies; give us some sort of equal access...Rockbox has figured out how to do it for many MP3 players; it can't be that hard for XM and Sirius and their hardware partners to figure it out. I just want spoken PAD data ane menus/settings. That's why I never bothered to upgrade to an Inno; I knew most of it would be useless to me without sighted assistance.

Backpack straps. It needs backpack straps to lug the thing around with.

FFFRRRANNNKKUUSS

Long live the inno!

mFp

Oh man, Mr. Fancy Pants, your comment wasn't even close to trolling. You fail.

How many blind guys we got on here? Normally I would tell one to haul balls, but it seems like we got some sort of movement. I want spoken pad data now too! Fight the good fight my brothers.

after reading about all the limitations and over heating problems of sirius equipment i'm so glad i stayed with xm . howard is just not worth putting up with all the problems listed above, long live the inno.

The White-Haired Shyster , sirius has to maintain their sats for 15 years i believe. if you want xm's tech you will probably have to switch to xm and get the best of sirius package or some new dual unit, but if the merger isn't approved your stuck with that crap for a long time .

>> I have a funny feeling we may be learning the full details on the Stiletto 2 sometime within the next two weeks. But that's just idle speculation.

Suuuuuure it is Ryan. Something tells me that whenever you say "I have a funny feeling" that means it's a little bit more than you can say.

Was on Vacation this week on th Jersey shore and really tried out the stiletto for the first time --Maybe i have more to learn but observed the following

I think i have a cauliflower ear now as these earphones wih the sat receiver built in really suck

wish they had a time left area in song (countdown decreasing as song finishes up) as i tried to save as many songs as i liked but werent sure how long song had to go when i initially switched to it(dont want to record half a song but a few secs that i missed ok)

If i do see a song thats half way thru it, anyway to rewind to beginning and then record FULL fav song?(that would be cool)--saw something that lets me go back only a few secs??

display while current song playing showing next one(song) before it plays(maybe 15-30 seconds before)

Overall a great experience and ws impressed by the unit-I wish the signal was better at home as the trees cut off the music alot and it records the interuptions too---A smaller device that could be better on the armband would be cool too

NOBODY WANTS BLUETOOTH??!?!?!?!

Wired headphones are sooo...last century...gimme some Bluetooth stereo...

and I'm gonna have to agree about the external antenna connection - I had to sacrifice my antenna/headphones to make an external connection so I can use my Stiletto on my motorcycle...

oh yeah...how about some ALBUM ART too ?

The capability to log on secured networks that require a user name and password.

Make it smalle and way better recptionr

Make it smaller and way better recption

1. Put a speaker on the stilleto so I can hear music out teh back of it in good quality. I heard an mp3 phone one time with great quality.

2 Create SEVERAL innovative NEW headphones that can be bought for the device. Basically Sirius branded headphones that increase the signal and are comfortable in the ears or on the head.

3 Album art, music info, artist bio? (might take up alot of space however)

4 Option that allows me to type in artists or song names....create a large personalized list, then perhaps alerts me when they start and on what station. This could be a great way to build your library.

**5. Pandora like software that could refer new music and understand your taste. THIS could be HUGE FOR THE INDUSTRY...

6. I dont think the FCC approves this BUT be cool to have a preview channel like display showing the next 3 or 4 songs coming next on various channels (not just the on your on). Then you scroll and select them for recording as they come up.

If you're so blind you can't read the screen, how are you able to read this blog?

I can't wait to see the next model. My Stilletto 100 is a wonder of technology. Nothing better than being able to listen to Howard on my mass transit commute into work every day. It's got great form factor and a case/interface design that makes the competition look downright antiquated.

I agree with the comments about the headphones though. We need the ability to attach an antenna (not the headphone ones) and make the antenna headphones more comfortable PLEASE!

How about better reliability. I've owned the Stiletto 100 since December 2006, and as of August 1, 2007 I've been through 4 replacement receivers, 2 home docks, and 2 vehicle docks.

I listen every day between 12-14 hours a day. Everything from Wi-Fi at work, to my car, and home.

The replays are nice, but it would be better if there was more storage.

Having the Stiletto record the Talk Channels the same as it does Music Channels for radio replay would be awesome too.

Make it also capable of receiving FM and HD radio and Recording FM and HD radio. .... Just to say " F you RIAA "

I think it would be great to have HD and regular FM on the stilleto. That way the NAB would have an outlet on sat radio. And then ofcourse Sirius could tell the NAB just how many stilleto users are excessing FM feeds... "Yes David there are exactly 0.0 Sirius subscribers listening to your programing."

OH MY GOD! are you telling me that the stiletto can't record talk channels. 80% of what i record on the inno are talk shows, if this is true NitroNeo i can't see how you guys think sirius equipment is so great. if i read your post wrong please let me know. the inno can record any channel on xm music or talk, you can make as many playlist as you want, you can delete any track or commercial you want and who cares about the antenna headphones i get great reception with out them. long live the inno.

Bloody Cape,

it does record Talk, but only if you set up recording times. Thus the flaw. In regular listening modes, it does not record talk channels but does music. I'm not sure why they chose to do this but it appears to be silly/stupid.

I would also like to have better Wi-Fi upgrades (being able to set secure capability)

Yes the antennas do suck!

I use the Stiletto to record six hours of Stern a day. On the weekend I play selected highlights for my wife (she doesn't need to hear the thousandth porn star on the Sybian) and it's crazy that you can't save only portions of a six hour block!

In addition to the good comments above, I'd also like to see for the Stiletto2:

Easy-to-read 3-line display on the Car dock. The Stiletto display is pretty, but impossible to read in my car during the day.

Make it compatible with Macs! Same goes for the online streaming website. (Which works, but is flawed, and missing functionality)

I've never had the Wi-Fi work properly, and have given up trying.

I also agree with the speaker. It's always funny showing it to someone if I've just taken it out of my car and explaining "It's a satelite radio, and it's fantastic ... excellent choice of music & talk ... uh, actually I can't let you listen to anything right now..."

I want to have 3-5 stock ticker prices to flash across my screen continuously.
This is a feature I would pay extra to have.
I would be able to track my stock price during the day.

I want to have 3-5 stock ticker prices to flash across my screen continuously.
This is a feature I would pay extra to have.
I would be able to track my stock price during the day.

1. ship the thing with ONE battery and put a PORTABLE (suction cup) glass mount in the box instead (dont know if it ships differently in the U.S. than in Canada)

2. Increase the output of the radio transmitter in the unit...for what I paid for this unit the sound quality of the units put out of late is disappointing (to be polite about it!)

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