SiriusXM can be fairly complicated to work with. So how can you hook up Sirius radio to a home stereo & car stereo?
We will split this article into two parts. The first one is all about what you need to know in order to connect your home stereo to SiriusXM, and the second part is all about SiriusXM on car stereos.
There are some differences between the two. But, by the end of the article, it’ll be a breeze either way.
So here is what you need to do in order to connect Sirius services to your stereos.
- How To Hook Up Sirius Radio To Home Stereo
- How To Hook Up Sirius Radio To Car Stereo
- Frequently Asked Questions With Answers
How To Hook Up Sirius Radio To Home Stereo
There are a number of ways to do it. If you were to follow the advice offered by SiriusXM on their official website, you can purchase a SiriusXM Sound Station.
This would be a perfect stereo unit for your home, but remember that this is their flagship radio, meaning it’s going to be a little expensive.
Even so, it’s a really good unit and the best part is that it’s made specifically to work with the SiriusXM services.
All you need to do is open the setup menu from the home screen, and log in using your SiriusXM ID and password.
Thus, it’s never been easier to listen to everything Sirius has got to offer from the comfort of your own home.
However, Sirius works with a whole lot of other stereos as well.
So we will write a short guide on how to make their services work on your own stereo in the following section.
Keep in mind that Sirius is not compatible with any kind of product. We will talk about this a little bit later.
- A radio
- Sirius home antenna
- A Sirius subscription
Here it should be noted that this tool list is only necessary if you’re trying to establish an antenna connection, not an internet one.
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Step By Step Guide
Option 1: Internet radios
Earlier I explained that you can access SiriusXM services with a stereo produced by this company.
The same is possible with many products that have an internet connection.
The official SiriusXM website has a list of several brands of stereos that are compatible with their services.
Here it is: Yamaha, Denon, Autonomic, Control4, Crestron, Integra, Nuvo, Russound, TiO, URC.
Remember, however, that you still need a SiriusXM subscription. In fact, a subscription allows you to listen to all of their 200+ channels even if you don’t have a radio.
In other words, you can use a radio, but you can also use a smart TV, wireless speakers, or even your smartphone. It all works.
One of the best parts of this is that it’s very easy to do the setup. Most of the newer stereo models should have a setup option right on their home page.
From there, you should be able to log into your SiriusXM account.
However, probably the biggest disadvantage of this option is that there are a small number of stereos that are Sirius compatible.
On the other hand, hooking up Sirius radio to your home stereo with an antenna has the advantage that it works with pretty much any radio.
There are some differences though, but that’s exactly why we’re here.
Option 2: Antenna connection
Step 1: Positioning the antenna
The first thing that you need to do is place the antenna near a window, provided that the window is facing south.
If this is not possible, try to place the antenna on the outer sill. Be careful that the antenna does not fall.
The antenna may be in a good position even if it is not facing south, provided it is exposed to the sky.
It also goes without saying that the antenna should not be obstructed by anything, not even by the window’s frame. Otherwise, the signal won’t be very strong.
Step 2: Opening the clamshell and orienting the antenna
After getting the position of the antenna right, open the clamshell so that the antenna is open halfway.
Specifically, you need to make sure that the antenna is facing the sky.
If you’ve managed to make it face not only the sky but also the south, that’s perfect.
Step 3: Connecting it to your radio
Now that we’re done with positioning the antenna, connect it to your SiriusXM radio.
On the back of the radio, you should see ANT. That’s where the antenna needs to go.
Step 4: Fine-tuning the reception
The last thing you need to do is connect the AC power adapter, and that should be it.
You might also want to fine-tune the reception by moving the antenna around and making sure it’s facing south.
How To Hook Up Sirius Radio To Car Stereo
So far we have discussed how to hook up Sirius radio to home stereos, but what about car stereos?
Did you know that SiriusXM allows you to access over 200 stations?
And although you might like tuning into your favorite stations as home as well, let’s be real: long trips would be unbearable without music or podcasts, wouldn’t they?
Regarding the installation, there are two options, just like in the case of a home setup.
You can connect to SiriusXM with an antenna mounted on top of your car, or you can set up an internet connection.
Both work perfectly, and we’re going to explain both processes in detail.
You won’t need many tools for this task.
- A radio
- Sirius car antenna
- A Sirius subscription
- A credit card (for fitting the antenna wire inside the weatherstrip)
Step By Step Guide
Option 1: Antenna connection
Step 1: Placing the antenna
The first step is also the easiest, but it’s worth giving it some thought because there are many places you could position your antenna.
The place we recommend is on top of the car, in the left corner, next to the driver’s door.
If you position your antenna in this place, it will be easier for you to hide its cable from entering the car.
Some drivers prefer to put their antenna in the back, above the trunk, and others put it between the hood and the windshield.
The problem is that the antenna is magnetic, so it must be placed on a metal surface.
Step 2: Hiding the wire
This step is difficult to explain through an article, which is why we recommend you watch the attached video at the end of this article.
The guy in the video explains the whole process very well, so it will be very easy to watch it and implement exactly what you see.
In short, the antenna cable must be hidden under the weather stripping on the windshield, near the driver’s door.
After you reach the corner of the weather stripping, it should be pretty easy to pull the wire inside the car, without being affected in any way when you close or open the door.
And again, there are multiple things you could do, but we recommend that you pull the cord under the weather stripping inside the car..
Step 3: Hiding the cable under the dash.
This is another difficult step and might require the help of a specialist. In order to be able to connect the antenna to the backside of the radio, the cable must reach under the dash.
Again, for this part, we recommend you watch the attached YouTube video which we have mentioned previously. It will make your job a lot easier.
Alternatively, seek the help of a specialist. They do things like this all the time, so they know very well what they’re doing.
Step 4: Connecting everything together
To wrap everything up, connect the antenna to the modulator/tuner, which then needs to be connected to the actual radio.
And that is it. It might seem complicated – and it is! – but it definitely deserves all the work.
But what if we told you that there is a much easier way to do it?
Option 2: Bluetooth connection
If you don’t want to struggle with the antenna and its wire, that is completely understandable, especially because there is an easier way to do it.
You can simply purchase a SiriusXM with Bluetooth compatibility! In the “recommended products” section you will be able to find a wireless SiriusXM Radio Vehicle Dock that requires no antenna!
It goes without saying that installing one of these is going to save you a lot of time, and it is compatible with a number of receivers, which you can see right here.
01. Choose a wireless radio
The best tip we can think of is ditching all the antennas and the wires and opting for a wireless Sirius radio.
Whether you want to listen to the SiriusXM stations at home or in the car, there are wireless radios out there.
They are going to make your life much easier because the installation is not as complicated, but they also do the same things.
02. Use a credit card for the car antenna
If you do choose to get a satellite antenna for your car, you can use a credit card or a similar object to fit the antenna wire inside the windshield’s weatherstrip.
This will allow you to pull the wire inside the car with a lot more ease, and you can be sure that the antenna wire is fully protected against the weather and other external objects..
03. Place your home antenna on the exterior windowsill
This might sound a little dangerous because the antenna could fall outside your home, but it would also provide much better reception.
Additionally, make sure to orient the antenna south, and also that it has a clear view of the sky.
04. Placing the car antenna in the right spot
Our last tip is to place your car antenna on the roof of the car, in the front left corner.
That is a metallic portion that the magnetic antenna will easily attach to.
This will make it easier to pull the wire under the weatherstrip.
Frequently Asked Questions With Answers
Q: What do I need for Sirius radio at home?
A: You can either get a home kit and position the antenna near your window and then connect the antenna to your radio, or you can purchase a wireless Sirius radio.
The latter is going to save you a lot of time and effort.
Q: Does my car have a satellite radio?
A: To find out, check if there is the SiriusXM logo on your radio. If there is, it means your car is indeed satellite radio compatible.
Alternatively, check the owner’s manual. It should be noted that most cars nowadays have satellite radio compatibility.
Q: Is SiriusXM worth it in this day and age?
A: It depends on everyone’s preferences, but you have to consider the fact that SiriusXM offers you access to over 200 channels of all kinds.
Even if you’re not the kind of person to listen to music at home with a sound station, SiriusXM might be a lot more helpful in a car.
Q: How do I set up my satellite antenna in my car?
A: The antenna needs to be placed on top of the car, in a specific position.
We recommend you check out our article, in which you can find an in-detail guide on how to set up your satellite antenna for your car.
As you can see, you can either listen to SiriusXM via an internet connection or using an antenna.
Both work just as well, and despite the fact that Sirius online might have some obvious advantages, anyone can still use an antenna.
We hope our article has been helpful to you, and we also recommend you check out the YouTube videos attached down below to make it easier for you to get the setup right.