Questions tagged [audio]

Questions regarding OEM and aftermarket in-car audio / ICE equipment.

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Noise in stereo that changes pitch with engine RPM

This is a question of curiosity. I have a '98 Acura Integra, a cheap car stereo with a 3.5mm aux in, a cheap inverter and a smart phone. If I have the smart phone audio hooked up to the car stereo and ...
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How to amplify car speakers without stereo?

I have a 1980 VW Dasher with its original speakers but no radio. It has an unusual (erroneous?) electrical configuration where most accessories (e.g. lights, cabin fan, etc) still run even with the ...
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1-2 sec delay between phone video and car audio connected to phone via bluetooth

When I drive my kids they often watch cartoons on my android phone with the cartoon's audio coming out of the car speakers, connected to the car's audio system via bluetooth. Unfortunately, there is a ...
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Where can I find a power adapter to run a car stereo from a wall outlet?

I have a car stereo head unit that I'd like to repurpose as a radio for my garage. Given that, I'm looking for some kind of power adapter / transformer that I can plug into a wall outlet and splice ...
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Why does my Subaru not select my paired Bluetooth phone automatically after restarting the car?

The car is a Subaru WRX 2012 with the base radio. It did reconnect automatically for the last two years until I changed phones, deleted the old phone profile, then paired the new phone. It does work ...
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Honda Accord radio anti-theft code not working…what am I doing wrong and what should I do?

I had to remove the battery so I can replace the driver's side low beam headlight. I didn't bother to buy a settings saver because I found the security code in my Honda's packet (I bought this car ...
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Music stops playing when pressing the clutch down

In my car the music of my car radio stops playing almost every time when I press the clutch. It does not always stop, but probably in 80% of the cases. It never stops when I do not press the clutch. ...
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Upgrading the Bluetooth Audio on 2012 Honda Civic?

I have a 2012 Honda Civic EX with built-in bluetooth audio support. It has the controls in the steering wheel, etc. Generally it works OK, but I have taken several extended trips in a 2014 Chevy ...
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Bluetooth module causing interference with aftermarket setup

I am fitting a new soundsystem in my bmw (e46). There's an amplifier in the boot (mb quart onx 4.80/500). A line out converter converts the high level inputs from the OEM headunit, into the low level ...
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How can I connect an Aux input to a 2004 Honda Jazz stock stereo?

Just bought a used Honda Jazz 1.4 SE for my wife, and although it has a CD/Radio with an Aux button on it, there is no external connection I can see. As she wants to be able to connect her iPod, I am ...
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Wire a headphone jack into a head unit

I have a tape deck in my car which only gets used to read one of those dummy tapes that feeds from a 3.5mm headphone jack. I have no use for a CD player and would not like (nor can I afford) a new ...
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Battery drain when car is inactive

My 1990 Vanagon camper has an after market Kenwood radio NOT wired through the ignition circuit but instead wired directly to an auxiliary battery which also powers other domestic camping stuff like ...
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Power on issues - Car radio

I'm not if someone here has any experience with car radios or if I can even ask diagnosis questions? I have a dual din DVD player. It's an Absolute DD-3000ADT Problem it's having is the display ...
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Radio and Charging Outlet Stopped Working

I have a 2000 Honda Accord V6 LX. The radio was working yesterday and the charging outlet was working earlier today, but now neither are. Did some research and I'm assuming it could be a blown fuse. ...
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VW Golf mk4 stereo no longer has power

I recently swapped my Kenwood stereo for a new one, also Kenwood. As the adapter was the same it was relatively easy to swap them over. Everything was fine for a day. However, the unit always asks ...
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Keeping radio/stereo unit powered to save pre-set preferences?

In my previous cars I could save certain radio stations, volume levels, etc. on my stereo and they would stay saved (unless the battery went dead). I'm using the same stereo head unit in my latest ...
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Access car settings with aftermarket radio

I have an '03 Chevy Impala, and I wanted to upgrade its OEM radio (head unit) with an aftermarket one. I just have one concern. I recently realized (after reading the manual!) that the car has a "...
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Ford radio unlocking

I have a Ford Ka and need to re-enter the code. I have removed the radio and have the code (some nice person wrote it on the top of the radio) but I cannot get the "Locked" message off the screen on ...
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How do the audio controls on the steering wheel communicate with the radio?

Do they use some sort of wireless protocol, such as Bluetooth? I can't imagine there is enough room to have physical connections for all of the controls that would also allow for the full rotation of ...
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Multiple issues with AUX input (Mazda 3 2007)

I experience a bunch of problems with my 2007 Mazda 3's electrical system: The most annoying issue is that I hear [a rather loud] engine noise when I connect a phone to the AUX (3.5mm audio jack) ...
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Adding audio accessories that are always powered (independently of ACC)

BMW E46 Android head unit A little context: I have a head unit, that I want to have constant power through ACC. Basically, it's an android tablet customized for my car, but the manufacturer (...
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Replacing a very old radio by a slightly less old one

I have an old Daewoo car (from 1995) with a non working stock radio unit (a Philips DC508D). I got a "slightly less old" Pioneer DEH-2000R (from 1998) as a replacement. None of them has any kind of ...
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2006 Honda Odyssey: input radio security code with broken buttons?

Within the last year the '1' and '4' preset buttons on my radio stopped working - at first you could play around with them & moosh them a little harder and they sometimes worked, but now they seem ...
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Pioneer stereo parking brake wire issue

I have a 2003 toyota rav4 and I'm trying to install a new Pioneer double din stereo. I've wired almost everything up correctly and it runs without any issue, except the stereo always thinks that I'm ...
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Need help installing Pioneer car stereo in 2006 Hyundai Sonata (power antenna)

I have a 2006 Hyundai Sonata and am switching over my brand new radio from my old car. The radio I have is a Pioneer AVH-2800BS. According to Crutchfield (which I know and trust by heart!), it says "...
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Looking for 2013 Ford Fusion Stereo wiring diagram - SONY system

I'm looking for the wiring diagram for a 2013 Ford Fusion with the SONY system. I am having a problem with my front left woofer, in that it sometimes it cuts out. Sometimes when it does finally cut ...
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Mitsubishi Colt trip computer mode change?

I have a Mitsubishi Colt (2004 model, 5-door) where I've replaced the factory head unit / radio. Unfortunately this meant I lost the capability of switching the trip computer modes (instant/average ...
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What is needed to put a stereo into a Silverado?

I'm probably going to get a stereo head unit for my truck for my upcoming birthday. I'm wondering what I need to do to get it hooked up. My truck has steering wheel controls and the Bose speaker ...
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Is unlocking radio without code possible?

I bought Ford Mondeo 2004 but I forgot about the radio code. After unplugging the battery the radio now requires code and is locked. What options do I have now? Is it in essence possible to unlock a ...
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Aux Audio Input for 2006 Honda Accord

I'd like to add an auxiliary audio input to my 2006 Honda Accord LX-SE: What parts do I need to purchase? Can someone with a rudimentary understanding of electronics perform the installation? What's ...
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Radio static with wheels at certain position

I have a 2002 TJ wrangler and the FM radio has a severe static problem. When the vehicle is in motion, there is a pulsing static that increases in frequency the faster I'm going, as if it is the ...
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Peugeot 206 LX (2002), I have installed a cd player which works but it doesn't remember volume/clock settings

I have installed a new CD player Philips CEM2100 it works but when I turn the car on and off it loses several settings such as: Volume, eu region for radio (this may be because I haven't fitted the ...
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2006 Lexus GX470: Convert navigation model to non-navigation?

Is it possible to replace the touch-screen nav/climate/audio system with the non-touch, non-GPS version? My research tells me the wiring harnesses are (very) different. Has anyone successfully made ...
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Speaker setup in Subaru Impreza

I recently had an Alpine INE-W960A Navigation head unit and SPR-60C component speakers installed in my 2016 Impreza hatchback. As my budget was limited I did not replace the rear door speakers at the ...
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Can I still use OEM steering wheel controls with an aftermarket head unit?

I own a 2014 Ford Mustang with Sync. Sync is pretty mediocre and can sometimes be frustrating. I'm interested in switching to an aftermarket head unit, not unlike this one: Parrot RNB6 I'd like to ...
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Should I connect the “power antenna” wire to the “auto antenna” wire?

I have a new radio (Clarion cx501) for my 2005 Mazda 3. I bought a special wiring harness to make the installation easier. I have two wires that I'm not sure if I must connect. They look like the same ...
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How do I find a replacement radio?

I have a 1995 Mazda Protege LX and the radio has been dead for a while, so I want to replace it. The installation/removal looks pretty simple. How to I find a radio that will work as a replacement ...
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Removing front panel to install new stereo? (Toyota Levin 97)

I'm thinking of buying a new stereo for my 1997 Toyota Levin and I was wondering if anyone knew how to take the front panel off so as to get to the old stereo?.
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HuiFei Android HeadUp Unit not shutting down completely, ACC and CONST wires mixed up?

I Bought No brand Android head up unit from ebay (Hong Kong) here is a link to the unit Generic android 4.4.4 car stereo My car is Volkswagen Golf VI 2010 The problem is that when I turn the car off ...
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(UPDATED 8/29) 2006 Hummer H3's radio (Pioneer NEX 4200) turns back on after the car is off

I am having an issue where after my car is off for a while the radio will turn back on and stay on until the battery is drained. I have had a large Chevy dealership along with Best Buy's automotive ...
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Toyota Raum Radio memory loss

Can you help me Unlock Toyota Raum 2003 Radio to its normal state? My battery ran flat, resetting my radio. I am getting some method on the internet about pressing the tuning Up and 1 buttons, but ...
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Aftermarket stereo with alternator whine

I replaced the OEM stereo unit in my 2001 Toyota Celica with an aftermarket one to have bluetooth, USB connectivity, etc. No new wires were added, I just used the original wiring with an adaptor like ...
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Is an aftermarket amplifier really necessary for standard applications?

I've recently bought a new car, and the stock audio system is lacklustre at best. I've replaced the door speakers in previous cars and this has made a decent enough improvement to the overall sound, ...
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Running cables from rear camera and parking sensors to car front in a Honda Fit 2015

I'm planning to buy a rear camera and parking sensor kits to install myself in a Honda Fit 2015. While I have no trouble making the proper electrical connections, I have no previous experience running ...
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What are the stereo voltages?

I have some ideas for a rear facing camera, AI, and communication servers I would like to add to my car ( a 2006 ford focus). I can handle all of that set up, what I have no idea about is the power ...
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What code do I enter to fix my radio on a Mitsubishi Eclipse?

I had to replace my battery a few months ago. After I started my car back up I noticed that my radio wanted me to enter a code (as a security measure I guess). I don't have the owners manual since I ...
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How to get a CD out?

I just put a new head unit in my '06 Chevy Silverado pick-up. I did the unthinkable of leaving a CD in the unit before I pulled it (yah, got a little excited to get the new head unit installed!). Is ...
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2010 Subaru Legacy weird bolt holding stereo

I just tried to replace my 2010 Legacy's stereo today and found out that there is some weird bolts (refer to attached image) holding the stereo brackets. I can not get that bolt out. Its got a head ...
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How can the connections of an aftermarket wire harness be joined to a stock harness?

I didn't see this question asked before under the tag audio and after searching [audio] wire harness I was curious to know what are the ways you can securely connect an audio wire harness to a factory ...
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2012 Pathfinder won't remember radio station or daylight savings setting

My wife's 2012 Pathfinder Silver Edition doesn't remember the radio station or daylight saving setting the majority of the time. This reddit post outlines our issue, but the solutions there haven't ...