updated 05:20 pm EDT, Thu August 17, 2006
Sirius New Radio Systems
Sirius launched another strategic assault against its nemesis XM today by announcing five new satellite tuners, which includes four new radios that fill out the existing lineup as well as a new unit that taps into existing home stereos. All of the new radios are slimmer or less expensive than the existing models they replace. First to arrive will be the Sportster3 shipping in September, a $120 counterpart to the imminent $150 Sportster4 (pictured). Following closely in October will be the more compact Starmate3 and Starmate4 radios for $100 and $120 respectively; the Stratus shipping at the same time will be the new low-cost champion at $60. Lastly, Sirius will finish its year in November by shipping the Conductor, a wireless controller that streams satellite radio to most home audio systems through a receiver.