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Hi this is my first post!! I just got a new CW 2003 manual last week and I want to upgrade the audio!!! I searched the forum and found the Aux Input post very usefull and I will add those inputs and Go that route for my setup!! I want to use the Stock radio but I wanto to add a Omnifi mobile media player http://www.omnifimedia.com/home/ when it comes available, But I have a few questions:

1. If I add a EQ with dual inputs(I am thinking of a the Clarion EQS560http://www.sounddomain.com/sku/CLAEQS560 or the Rockford Fosgate PA2 http://www.sounddomain.com/sku/ROCRFQ1401) I don't need a RCA switcher because I will use the EQ input togle Right?

2. With this setup can I use the other output of the EQ and replace the rear speakers and add an AMP to run them? will the Stock volume still work with this setup?

3. for the new rear speakers I am thinking of a new set of Focal's!! What do you guys think it would be better a pair of 6x9 of a pair of 61/2 components? I want a SQ system and I don't want to add a sub for now!! wich of the 2 will give me decent Bass? what amp do you recommend? I am looking at the Hifonics!! these are good?

Thanks in Advance!!
 

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AFIS300PR said:
Hi this is my first post!! I just got a new CW 2003 manual last week and I want to upgrade the audio!!! I searched the forum and found the Aux Input post very usefull and I will add those inputs and Go that route for my setup!! I want to use the Stock radio but I wanto to add a Omnifi mobile media player http://www.omnifimedia.com/home/ when it comes available, But I have a few questions:

1. If I add a EQ with dual inputs(I am thinking of a the Clarion EQS560http://www.sounddomain.com/sku/CLAEQS560 or the Rockford Fosgate PA2 http://www.sounddomain.com/sku/ROCRFQ1401) I don't need a RCA switcher because I will use the EQ input togle Right?

2. With this setup can I use the other output of the EQ and replace the rear speakers and add an AMP to run them? will the Stock volume still work with this setup?

3. for the new rear speakers I am thinking of a new set of Focal's!! What do you guys think it would be better a pair of 6x9 of a pair of 61/2 components? I want a SQ system and I don't want to add a sub for now!! wich of the 2 will give me decent Bass? what amp do you recommend? I am looking at the Hifonics!! these are good?

Thanks in Advance!!
1) Yes, this will THEORETICALLY work. You can connect the output of the stock headunit into the EQ and then connect the output of the EQ back into the stock amplifier. You can then connect the mp3 jukebox into the other input of the EQ and use the EQ as a switch. However, I do have a couple concerns about this setup:
a) As I found out while doing the AUX Input mod on my IS, the output signal of the headunit isn't a typical pos/neg signal. It seems to be some sort of differential signal. Therefore, the stock amp is expecting this weird signal as input. The stock amp does seem to accept typical pos/neg signal as input, or else the AUX Input mod wouldn't work at all. But, this seems less than optimal because when I connected a normal pos/neg signal into the factory amp, the sound level was about half of what it was when using the head unit's differential signal. Since the AUX Input mod uses a non powered RCA switch as input to the factory amp, this may not matter much, but if you're using an EQ powered output as input to the factory amp, it might be a bigger deal, I dunno, you can try and see! This also leads to my 2nd concern:
b) The EQ's you have chosen have 7V and 9.5V max output signals. I don't know how well this would mesh with the factory amp. Maybe Lisnup can comment on this.

2) If you do end up deciding to connect the EQ between the headunit and the factory amp to use it in place of an RCA swtich, and you use the other output of the EQ as input into an aftermarket amp, you will NOT have volume control via the stock head unit. You will have to use the AUX Ouput mod and feed that into your aftermarket amp to retain volume control using the stock head unit. So a search on AUX Output, there is a great post out there that shows you how to do it.

Hope this helps!
 

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Re: MP3 Jukebox with Stock Radio & EQ with dual Inputs h

[REPLY EDITED OUT - DID NOT READ THE ORIGNAL MESSAGE THROUGHLY]
 

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drinkmalk said:
...2) If you do end up deciding to connect the EQ between the headunit and the factory amp to use it in place of an RCA swtich, and you use the other output of the EQ as input into an aftermarket amp, you will NOT have volume control via the stock head unit. You will have to use the AUX Ouput mod and feed that into your aftermarket amp to retain volume control using the stock head unit. So a search on AUX Output, there is a great post out there that shows you how to do it...
That is incorrect on both counts.
Volume control will work. Even if it did not, AUX output would not provide it.
Wait, I thought the volume knob on the head unit has nothing to do with the signal coming out of the headunit and that the knob is directly connected to the stock amp via some data lines and basically controls the gain of the amp? Are you sure the volume knob will affect the signal coming out of the head unit?

And if the AUX Output mod will not provide volume control via the volume knob on the stock head unit, why would people do the AUX Output mod at all?
 

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My bad. :oops:
I did not read the external amp portion.
I was still thinking of the OEM amp.
You are right on the output MOD being need to be done to feed the aftermarket amp.
 

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Thanks for ar the replys!! drinkmalk: I did a search I can't find the post of the AUX outputs!!! if you have the links please can you post it? I search and found a psot by csdstudio
http://new.is300.net/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=13336428&highlight=aux+input csdstudio uses the Kicker KQ5 with have a Maximum Output Level of 7 Volts RMS so I could guest that the Clarion & RF will work!! I have to PM csdstudio to ask him about the volume level of the AUX Inputs!!! Another question? you guys said that to use the stock volume control I have to do the AUX Output? Can I just use the volume control of the EQ and have full control of the external amp volume of the whole system and still have fade, balance, bass & treble control?

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Thanks for ar the replys!! drinkmalk: I did a search I can't find the post of the AUX outputs!!! if you have the links please can you post it? I search and found a psot by csdstudio
http://new.is300.net/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=13336428&highlight=aux+input csdstudio uses the Kicker KQ5 with have a Maximum Output Level of 7 Volts RMS so I could guest that the Clarion & RF will work!! I have to PM csdstudio to ask him about the volume level of the AUX Inputs!!! Another question? you guys said that to use the stock volume control I have to do the AUX Output? Can I just use the volume control of the EQ and have full control of the external amp volume of the whole system and still have fade, balance, bass & treble control?

Thanks!!
Oh, I didn't realize the EQ has volume control on it. If it does, then you can bypass the stock amp and go directly to your aftermarket amp. This will render the volume knob on your head unit useless though. This will also negate my concerns from my original post. If you decide to not bypass the stock amp, then you'll have potentially 3 places to control volume, 1) head unit, 2) EQ, 3) mp3 keg.

Anyway, here is the post for AUX outputs from the stock amp if you still need it.
http://www.is300.net/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=13340011

And if for some reason you decide to not bypass the stock amp, let me know how it sounds or whatever else you find while doing it.
 
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