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KillHour
Oct 28, 2007




IOwnCalculus posted:

Yeah, I'd bet that diagram I posted is accurate enough then, with each of those pin pairs (1/6, 2/7, 4/9, 5/10) feeding a speaker. Theoretically you should be able to put a multimeter across each of those pin pairs and get continuity, but not with any other pair.

Given that there's no signal other than the fiber, and you've already determined that the fiber itself is good, and you're straight up getting no output, I'm inclined to think you do have a dead amp. I'd expect a wiring problem between the amp and the speakers to have at least some intermittent or partial behavior, unless somehow all four of those pairs got severed at once.

That was my exact thought. I pulled the trigger on the $40 replacement. Thanks.

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Aeka 2.0
Nov 16, 2000

Have you seen my apex seals? I seem to have lost them.





Dinosaur Gum

I got your loving grounds right here

https://youtu.be/r4FVnv8qd5A

Reminds me of my first install.

Elmnt80
Dec 30, 2012

I got a SOCOM scout and twenty extra mags
And a couple severed heads in my bug-out bag






Oh god. Suddenly I'm very proud of my 3/4 assed stereo install on basically the same mazda 6 he has. Except wagon in my case. All wires are tucked away from sight, run through factory conduits, etc. I don't have a sub though.

Nichol
May 18, 2004

Sly Dog

So good. It is like the RedLetterMedia of car stereo installs

Razzled
Feb 3, 2011

MY HARLEY IS COOL


Can anyone suggest a good 12" subwoofer replacement?

I currently have one of these in a ported fiberglass sub box:
https://acd18d33-4461-49d0-9804-8fc...d7b85037046.pdf

This is my amp: https://tacotunes.com/shop/z-amps-p...atts-subwoofer/
Which I think is rated for 350w RMS. So I'm thinking it would be drop in to replace the current woofer (rated for 250RMS at 2 ohms) with something a little bigger.

The enclosure's dimensions are: 40.5 26 14 in

Would either of these be better choices?
https://www.crutchfield.com/p_206CV...4.html?tp=68897
https://www.crutchfield.com/p_13612...4.html?tp=68897

um excuse me
Jan 1, 2016

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I absolutely loved my JL 10TW3 right up until it was stolen. Went with a more secure under seat Rockford Fosgate dual 8 inch set up, but it isn't the same. Someone with a little more technical knowledge can speak up, but I can find Kicker stuff in Walmart, which puts a sour taste for the brand in my mouth.

PittTheElder
Feb 13, 2012

Yes, it's like a lava lamp.



So the stereo in my 2010 Jetta has now failed for the second time in four years (and it didn't have bluetooth support to begin with) so I'm thinking it's aftermarket time, but I have no idea about where to start looking for such things. Any general recommendations on buying stereo systems? It'll be working with my android phone, but based on my limited experience with rentals that had it, Android Auto is somewhat useless anyway, despite seeming useful?

This is a dash unit only swap, not looking to touch the speaker system at all.

um excuse me
Jan 1, 2016

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Crutchfield is the general go to. They have amazing customer support and worth buying from even if they aren't strictly the cheapest out there. Give them a call and they can go through the whole process.

Here the advice seems to be split between getting a cheap eBay Android auto head unit and buying higher end. I'm guessing that because the mid range stuff is a horrible compromise of both.

Uncle Lizard
Sep 28, 2012


PittTheElder posted:

So the stereo in my 2010 Jetta has now failed for the second time in four years (and it didn't have bluetooth support to begin with) so I'm thinking it's aftermarket time, but I have no idea about where to start looking for such things. Any general recommendations on buying stereo systems? It'll be working with my android phone, but based on my limited experience with rentals that had it, Android Auto is somewhat useless anyway, despite seeming useful?

This is a dash unit only swap, not looking to touch the speaker system at all.

Go to Crutchfield and punch in your car information would be where I would start. Android auto on Pioneer and Kenwood is better than I have seen on any offering from a vehicle manufacturer. Even though it could be much better, I enjoy having Android auto rather than not. If you can spring the extra money get a capacitive screen instead of a resistive touch screen. If you don't listen to CDs you can save some money by getting a head unit that is a digital receiver only.

PittTheElder
Feb 13, 2012

Yes, it's like a lava lamp.



Yeah ok, and should I be thinking of installing it myself? Or better to just pay somebody to do it for me? I am comfortable messing around with electronics general, but know next to nothing about automotive electronics.

e: Oh, and in regards to satellite radio tuners; my car has a satellite radio antenna, is there generally a tuner colocated with it up there? Or would I have to buy one separately if I wanted it to work? Low priority thing of course, I haven't bothered to pay for it in years because there seems to be very little decent content on SiriusXM but I digress.

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Don Dongington
Sep 27, 2005

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For common cars, crutchfield will usually be able to sell you a cable harness and fascia kit that basically makes the whole experience plug and play, as long as you're comfortable using a screwdriver and maybe a 10mm socket. I would not recommend going DIY if you have to cut into the factory wiring because basically every inexperienced person who's done this as a PO of one of my cars has done a terrible job of it.

Generally there's a YouTube guide showing you how to get the dash apart and remove the factory head unit.

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Aquila
Jan 24, 2003



Don Dongington posted:

For common cars, crutchfield will usually be able to sell you a cable harness and fascia kit that basically makes the whole experience plug and play, as long as you're comfortable using a screwdriver and maybe a 10mm socket. I would not recommend going DIY if you have to cut into the factory wiring because basically every inexperienced person who's done this as a PO of one of my cars has done a terrible job of it.

Generally there's a YouTube guide showing you how to get the dash apart and remove the factory head unit.

I just did exactly this:



Everything* works. Steering wheel controls even. My first time ever installing a stereo (I however have electrical and electronics experience). I did need to cut some wires for the steering wheel controls as I could not get the pins for that out of the connector.

In addition to a philips screw driver and 10mm nut driver I would recommend a decent wire stripper and crimper, I improvised these and it was a bit of a pain.

*Everything except the stuff I saved for later, that being speakers (need a custom mounting bracket), usb (need to either find where the oem connects and get an A-B or run the one from the headunit into the glove box), mic (I'll have better access when doing the speakers), fascia (included screws weren't long enough).

Definitely watch some youtube videos specific to your car for everything you want to do. One of the easiest things to mess up can be removing trim to get at the stereo.

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