updated 10:35 am EDT, Wed August 15, 2007
Sirius Stiletto 2 and More
Following its Sonos deal this morning, Sirius has also released three new satellite receivers. The pictured Stiletto 2 is truer to its portable roots with a slimmer, lighter shell and a boosted Wi-Fi capability that connects to 802.11g access points, more secure connections, and paid hotspots. Users also have access to Sirius' premium stations and can flag either individual songs for permanent copies through a "Love" button or schedule recording in advance for up to 100 hours of shows. A microSD slot adds to the storage space with up to 2GB of extra music.
Sirius ships the new Stiletto with the same MP3/WMA support as before but includes upgraded hybrid antenna headphones from Altec-Lansing with more powerful drivers and a more comfortable fit. Battery life when listening to live radio is rated at four hours and 20 for pre-recorded content. The Stiletto 2 ships in the fall for $350 and will have the option of car and home kits for $50 each.
Accompanying Stiletto, the SCV1 is built for use in a car's backseat and revolves around a breakout display controller safe enough for children that lets them pick from Sirius' traditional radio stations as well as TV from the Cartoon Network, Disney, and Nickelodeon. Listeners in the front are also free to tune their own radio via an FM transmitter that broadcasts a separate audio signal to the main system. The SCV1 will cost $300 when it ships in the fall and requires both an existing backseat TV plus a $7 monthly fee for TV subscriptions.
Finally, the Sportster 5 is one of the satellite operator's more conventional receivers and is intended for mounting on a car or docking at home; the new update adds a color display that a 6-line, multi-color display that can be adjusted to match a car's lighting or provide a brighter contrast during night driving. It features an hour-long buffer of music as well as up to 30 presets, and should be available in the fall for $170.