What is Sirius-Ready?

Jules Castillo By Jules Castillo, 9th Mar 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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You might have seen your factory-installed car radio saying “SAT READY” or “Sirius Ready” when you put it on the Satellite band or there’s a sticker on the equipment that says so. Yes it means it is capable of getting satellite radio service.

Sirius Ready

You only need a tuner that will provide your car radio with satellite antenna and Radio ID or Equipment Serial Number (number series that you need in order to activate a satellite radio).

SiriusConnect Universal Vehicle Tuner Model#: SCC1

The latest tuner available is the Sirius Connect Universal Vehicle Tuner (Model#: SCC1). This tuner is designed to work with any Sirius or Sat Ready head unit. This can be purchased for $69.99.

SiriusConnect Universal Vehicle Tuner Interface

Depending on the system of the head unit, you may need specific connectors or adapters or a SiriusConnect Interface Translator. For Interface availability and compatibility, please consult the manufacturer of the head unit. You may also contact a local audio installer.

Here are the different setups of your head unit:

System 1

Head Unit capable of directly communicating to the SCC1 tuner protocol. In this setup, you will need the 8-pin DIN cable that is included in the package when you buy SCC1.

System 2

Head Unit is capable of directly communicating to the SCC1 tuner protocol but the head unit has a specific connector/adapter.

System 3

Head Unit is not capable of directly communicating with the SCC1 Tuner protocol. There is a need for a SiriusConnect Interface Translator. Two cables are needed: the head unit bus cable that connects the head unit and the interface translator; and the SiriusConnect 8-pin DIN cable that connects the interface translator and the SCC1.

Once the setup is determined, the next thing to do is mount the SCC1 and install the antenna.

The tuner should be mounted on a flat surface where it is free from moisture and extreme heat, has adequate ventilation and away from any moving parts of the vehicle (fuel or break lines, wire harnesses etc) or anywhere that may hamper driving. The tuner has mounting holes and supplied screws.

Download the Installation guide here

SiriusConnect Interface Translator

SCC1 is compatible with following brands of head unit: (again if direct connect to SCC1 is not possible, you will need the SiriusConnect Interface Translator specific to the brand. Please refer to the picture.)


Important note: SiriusXM Satellite Radio service is available only in the US and Canada. Subscription required.

Plug-and-play radios may be an option too however you won't be able to use your existing car radio controls.


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author avatar ittech
10th Mar 2012 (#)

Great write, really enjoyed my read.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
10th Mar 2012 (#)

This was a very well-written and illustrated guide, Cowboy.

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author avatar Buzz
10th Mar 2012 (#)

Very interesting, Kabz. Well-done.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
10th Mar 2012 (#)

Great information, many thanks cowboy:0)

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author avatar Christine Crowley
10th Mar 2012 (#)

Too high-tech for me. I'll stick with my AM/FM readio. BUT, I did enjoy reading this article.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
13th Mar 2012 (#)

Thank you for all this information, cowboy. You really do work hard and set out an excellent page.

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author avatar Songbird B
14th Mar 2012 (#)

Wow! So well presented Cowboy. Thanks for sharing this.

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author avatar BC
11th Apr 2012 (#)

Nice concise guide. How do I know which of the three systems I need? I have a Panasonic CQ-C5305U and have written emails to Panasonic but get no response.

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