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Connecting Sirus audio to Onkyo HT-R500

I have a Sirius home kit to connect the audio with my Onkyo HT-R500 receiver. My Sirius is set on FM 88.1 and have my Onkyo set at FM 88.1 as well. I have connected the RCA cable from the Sirius to the front input audio plugs on the my Onkyo and no results on the audio. I have good reception on the Sirius. I also tried several input on the back through the CD, VCR audio input plugs and no results. Any suggestions. Carl in Branson, MO

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  • carlfcc Mar 04, 2009

    Did not work. Had feedback on CD input and DVD input. No sound through Onkyo and signal is varying now. I'm checking into an extension cable for the antenna and locate it on the roof for a better reception. Thanks for now!



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Carl- If you are sending a Line Level Audio signal to your ONKYO RECEVER, from your Sirus RCA cable Output, IE, the CD input, the VCR input, the AUX in, ETC. No Need to have the RECEIVER in the FM mode, you are just needing amplificaton of the sound signal or Sirus signal sound.

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  • If you listen to your SIRIUS radio wirelessly through your vehicle's FM radio, then please review the solutions listed below and select the one that works best for you. SIRIUS will provide you the best solution at no cost.
  • If you use your SIRIUS radio only when docked in a boombox, or directly connected to your car radio or home stereo using audio cables or a cassette tape adapter, then no interference can occur and no further action is required, provided you have turned off your FM transmitter. To turn off the FM transmitter, first press the MENU button. Use the channel up/down buttons to highlight “FM Transmitter” and push the SELECT button. Use the channel up/down buttons to highlight the "FM On/Off" menu item and then press the SELECT button. Use the up/down buttons to highlight "FM Off" and press the SELECT button. To exit the "FM On/Off" menu, press the MENU button. Use the same procedure to turn off the FM transmitter if you use Solution 1 or Solution 2 below..
Solution 1 - Direct Wired Audio Connection: If your vehicle radio has a “LINE IN” or “AUX IN” jack, you can use a stereo cable to connect directly to your SIRIUS radio. This solution is the easiest to install and provides the best audio performance. Many newer vehicles provide the required audio input jack. It will normally be found on or near the front faceplate of your vehicle’s radio.


Solution 2 - Cassette Tape Adapter
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Solution 3 - FM Extender Cable Kit: An FM extender cable will provide a special transmitter antenna that allows you to obtain the best audio performance through your vehicle’s FM radio. This solution is easy to self-install, but does require that an easy-to-hide wire be run in your vehicle so the transmitter antenna can be placed in close proximity to your vehicle’s radio antenna. Using this FM Extender Cable Kit, you will continue to use your SIRIUS radio exactly the same way as you do currently. fcc_a_3.jpg

Solution 4 - FM Direct Adapter with Professional Installation: An FM Direct Adapter provides a wired connection between your SIRIUS radio and your vehicle’s radio. You will continue to listen to your SIRIUS radio through the FM tuner of your car radio, but the FM Direct Adapter eliminates the outside static and interference you sometimes experience when using a wireless FM connection. This solution usually requires professional installation. We will provide a certificate redeemable for installation at an installation center in your area.
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You will improve the performance of your SIRIUS radio and reduce the potential for interfering with adjacent radios if you properly tune your FM transmitter. Please see the FM Transmitter Set-Up Tips below for more information.
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