Sirius Stiletto: Rumored Bits & Pieces

Tuesday, July 18, 2006 at 12:45 PM
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Sirius Stiletto?The clock is ticking as people are anxiously awaiting some word about the Sirius Stiletto. David Frear, Sirius Satellite Radio CFO, said at the CIBC Conference back in May that details regarding the upcoming Sirius live-wearable device will be released in the "next several weeks." Separately it was supposedly told to analysts (privately) that the device would be released in June - we're in the second half of July now and still no word.

What's this mean? Well, since there's nothing concrete to go on, it only leaves room for rumors and speculation of course!

So to help feed the fire, below are some pieces of chatter that have been picked up:

  • The device will not be a full-time live wearable receiver. Instead, it will come with the option to plug in an antenna/power module to enable on-the-go listening. Hence the connector at the TOP of the unit seen in Mel's hand.
  • The device is not designed by Ziba (the agency that designed the Sirius S50).
  • The Sirius Stiletto SL100-TK1 has been pushed back to September/Fall as Sirius awaits more color on RIAA-related issues with XM on both the legislature/lawsuit front.
  • The final device will be black (as opposed to the unit we saw Mel waiving around) and will look like a "wider S50."
  • There will be two devices: the first will be the Zing player which is pretty much an S50 with added Wi-Fi abilities. The second will be the Stiletto with a Live option.

 

So... there you have it. As usual with any anticipated device, people are whispering that "all will be told at the August conference call." We shall soon see.

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If true, still not quite as "wearable" or "Live" as XM's portables. An optional "antenna/power module?" An antenna I can see, but a power module... eeeeeesh.

Regardless of the battery drain issue with the Pioneer Inno (I have one and I'm dealing with it), it's still lightyears ahead of what the Stiletto is shaping up to be.

I just heard a rumor that the Sirius true portable will be released in a bundle pack with Chinese Democracy and Duke Nukem' Forever.

If the true portability of this player really is an 'option', then this means that XM's technology lead will be at a full 2 years easily -- possibly more depending on what we see at Christmas in August and CES in the coming months.

Hard...to....tipe...wile...lauugginng...make...it..ssttop...

World peace is coming before Sirius comes out with a true portable!

How 'wearable' and 'portable' can it be if you have to add an antenna AND battery to that brick?

"...The second will be the Stiletto with a Live option."

Ugh. Sounds like a S50-style paperweight. Guess I know what's not going on my X-mas list this year. Looking at sales, it's a good thing for Sirius most people really don't seem to care that XM has better hardware.

Why are you still showing the picture that was already CONFIRMED to be the wireless transmitter for the audio system at the transmitter as the portable??

"Sirius awaits more color on RIAA-related issues with XM on both the legislature/lawsuit front."

ie. Sits back and lets XM fight this "war" alone? Thanks Mel. "But they already paid off the record companies"

Bitches?

Actually, Sirius is wise to see what happens with XM's suit before it draws the RIAA's eyes.

lol..

transmitter for the audio system at the transmitter as the portable??


???what, say that again???

Ryan, this post with the "Rumors and Speculation" bullet points is just proof that Sirius has done a great job at keeping this radio top secret. not 1 thing you put down is true. you guys need to be patient.

Iband, we'll see whos laughing next month! in the mean time, enjoy your obsolete Inno!

In a discussion of the little Doggy company's hardware, I think Lil Jimmy Norton said it best when he said, "Congratulations Sirius, you just invented the tape recorder"!

"I just heard a rumor that the Sirius true portable will be released in a bundle pack with Chinese Democracy and Duke Nukem' Forever."

Well, Guns N' Roses currently have the highest-selling UK tour at the moment, and are booking US dates for a simulatneous album release. Sirius better hurry up.

"Looking at sales, it's a good thing for Sirius most people really don't seem to care that XM has better hardware."

If stores had proper access to XM inventory instead of FCC-related shipment freezes and delays on hardware sales would be better. I know for a fact devices were held pending FM transmitter re-approvals. All of the new car kits have ferrite coils on the DC adaptors and antennas to dampen transmitting range. Some stores had stuff, others had nothing. Either way - sales were/are affected by this.

We'll see what the next few months hold for both companies.

when you are at a conference.

..you have a mini mic usally attached to your suit.

..this is hardwired to a transmitter that is that wite box

the white box usally gets attached to your back.

ect

If this is not the most XM-biased blog I have ever seen, I don't know what is. Please mark this "rumour" post and see if any of it comes true. Hey "Ryan" do you own stock in XM or have you shorted Sirius? Give me a break. Mel hasn't mislead anyone yet, my bet is he won't on the live portable. But you just keep on posting positive XM news and negative Sirius rumours....

It doesn't matter what he was holding. To me, what matters is whether the rumor that you have to attach something to make it portable. If you have to pay more money to buy an adapter to make it portable (and bigger), it will only be purchased by the die-hards at siriusbackstage. Doesn't sound like this will be better than my Helix.

PNess --

If you think that is Mel's wireless microphone, then you have no idea what you are talking about.

The connector at the bottom == pure satellite. Not to mention the headphones.

And wireless microphones have even accomplished smaller size than that brick.

PPK: I don't own any XMSR or SIRI stock, nor do I have any financial interest in seeing either of their stocks rise or fall.

Ryan, you are definitely doing a fantastic job at Satellite news when both camps are accusing you of being a stooge of the other. Keep up the great work!

(I'll one-up PPK - I think you're secretly behind WorldSpace's impending conquest of the American providers... ;) ;) ;) Kidding, of course!)

The Flying Toaster: I get accused of being anti-XM and anti-SIRIUS literally everytime I write something that might be construed as being negative to either company.

It's getting old.

"If stores had proper access to XM inventory instead of FCC-related shipment freezes and delays on hardware sales would be better."

Look, I recently had Sirius installed in my car. The dealer had about 10 XM units sitting on display gathering dust. He said Sirius consistently outsells XM in his store 5 to 1.

It's only one store and it's hardly scientific, but it appears Sirius is hot at the moment and, due to Stern, clearly has the greater mindshare. XM should be concerned.

"It's only one store and it's hardly scientific, but it appears Sirius is hot at the moment and, due to Stern, clearly has the greater mindshare. XM should be concerned."

The momentum from Stern is winding down but I agree they certainly are the "hotter" of the two at the moment. But the sales this past period wouldn't have been as lopsided if it weren't for the lack of units. Not a problem everywhere, but it made an impact none the less.

Oprah will give XM a boost (especially as she promotes it on her high-ratings TV show). As Opie and Anthony continue their rise upward it will also create a buzz for their XM show, especially since it is heavily promoted on a growing number of terrestrial stations (wait till they take over Corolla's west-coast stations in the next few months).

Hopefully XM can get their ass in gear with the advertising too, at least they acknowledge it's a problem and have taken actions to correct it.

MikeHunt - Your right...it's not scientific. I go into a Wal-Mart and I look where the satellite radio stuff is and everyones always at the XM part listening to something. You don't see me coming here and saying something like "Sirius should be concerned."

Wait for an annoucement in August????? Isn't XM's hardware event "XMas in August" in August also? Isn't this where they annouced the Inno last year? and a lot of other accessories we have and haven't seen yet. So i'm going to impersonate Philmore by saying...

Just wait till August for XM's new devices to be annouced.

Since were all on the internet we always think we know more than the other person which in this case is....nothing. We no virtually nothing about this device and nothing official!

Do you blame Ryan for trying to generate some sort of hype for this device when Sirius hasn't/won't? They have the opportunity to bust on the Inno if this "portable" is so much better...and they haven't yet so what does that tell you?

MikeHunt - Your right...it's not scientific. I go into a Wal-Mart and I look where the satellite radio stuff is and everyones always at the XM part listening to something. You don't see me coming here and saying something like "Sirius should be concerned."

Wait for an annoucement in August????? Isn't XM's hardware event "XMas in August" in August also? Isn't this where they annouced the Inno last year? and a lot of other accessories we have and haven't seen yet. So i'm going to impersonate Philmore by saying...

Just wait till August for XM's new devices to be annouced.

Since were all on the internet we always think we know more than the other person which in this case is....nothing. We no virtually nothing about this device and nothing official!

Do you blame Ryan for trying to generate some sort of hype for this device when Sirius hasn't/won't? They have the opportunity to bust on the Inno if this "portable" is so much better...and they haven't yet so what does that tell you?

Steve55...

Well said!

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