How to Connect Sirius to a Car Stereo
By Neil Bryant
Sirius satellite radio offers far more variety and channel selection than conventional radio, and the process of installing a Sirius radio in your vehicle is quite simple. You can connect a Sirius radio to your car stereo using either a wireless connection or direct connection. The latter tends to provide better quality, especially if you use an audio cable.
Establishing a Wireless Connection between SIRIUS Satellite Radio and Your Car Stereo
Scan through the FM frequencies on your car stereo, and select a frequency that is not being used by a local station.
Make this frequency a preset on your car stereo.
Power on your Sirius radio, and access the settings or menu tab. Select the FM frequency adjustment tab, and change the frequency number so that it matches the FM frequency you have just preset on your car stereo. This FM frequency is now your Sirius preset station.
Select the best possible antenna option. If your driving area has many FM commercial stations, you should attach the FM extender antenna to your Sirius satellite radio. If your driving area has few FM commercial stations, you can omit the extender antenna and simply use the FM antenna already attached to your vehicle.
Establishing a Direct Connection between SIRIUS Satellite Radio and Your Car Stereo
Visit an electronics store and purchase one of the following components: - Cassette adapter - Audio cable with a connection that fits both your car stereo and the Sirius radio, which connects to a 1/8-inch stereo male connector. Audio cables can only be used with stereos that have an AUX IN or LINE IN input.
Connect the component to your car stereo using one of the following methods: - Connect the cassette adapter to the Sirius radio via the AUDIO OUT or LINE OUT jack. Insert the adapter inside the cassette slot of your car stereo.
- Connect one end of the audio cable to the Sirius radio via the AUDIO OUT or LINE OUT jack. Connect the other end to the car stereo via the AUX IN or LINE IN input.
Power off the FM transmitter on the Sirius radio.
- If you choose the wireless connection option, ensure the FM frequency you select is not being used by a local station; otherwise, it will interfere with the operation of Sirius.
- Visit the Sirius FM finder website to locate an unused FM frequency in your area.
- If you want a direct connection between your car stereo and Sirius radio but your vehicle has neither a cassette deck nor an AUX IN or LINE IN input, you can purchase an FM Direct Adapter. However, this normally requires professional installation.
- To avoid damaging your car stereo, consult the manufacturer's guidelines before attempting any installation.
Neil Bryant has been a contract technical writer since 2005 and is currently living in Gatesville, Texas. He has created educational materials for Mometrix Test Preparation on topics ranging from investment to art history. Bryant has a Master of Science degree in technical communication from Texas State University.