Sirius Unveils Its First ‘Live’ Portables
Sirius Satellite Radio will ship in September and October the Stiletto models 100 and 10, respectively -- its first portables capable of playing live Sirius broadcasts. The company, in a preliminary showing of the products at a New York press event in August at which photography was prohibited, also unwrapped a suite of car and home accessories for the Stiletto line, to be sold under the Sirius and other labels.
Both deep-black models feature a bottom-situated touch-sensitive wheel that will seem familiar to iPod users, and a large, easy-to-read color display screen. The Stiletto 100 ($349) offers 100 hours of total storage capacity, and can also download and store MP3 and WMA files. It also features WiFi capability, according to Gary Dorfner, product manager for portables. A unique antenna headphone, an included accessory, supplements reception in areas that aren’t optimum. Two lithium-ion batteries are supplied; the full-size one provides four hours of live sat-radio listening and up to 20 hours of pre-stored-content listening and the slim version has half the power of its full-size counterpart. Other included accessories are an AC charger, earbuds, and a PC cable. The Stiletto 10 ($249), offering 10 hours of storage, does not support WiFi.
The Stiletto Vehicle Kit ($69.99; Sept.) includes a remote; a Home Kit is also being made available at the same time and price. Docking stations with speakers will come in several versions, including a Sirius-branded Executive System (SLEX1; $149.99; Oct.) and two models to be marketed by Sirius partner Directed: the SLBB1 boombox ($149.99; Oct.) and the Soloist SOLOD1 Universal docking station, which accepts alternative portable devices and uses NXT’s flat-panel-speaker technology ($149.99; Oct.).