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Favorite stereo for your volvo?

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Re: Favorite stereo for your volvo?

Post by Clemens » Wed May 15, 2019 1:40 pm

The speakers innthe doors aren't that bad. Just getting 3 1/4 inch speakers with nice tweeters for the dash should improve the sound drastically.


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Re: Favorite stereo for your volvo?

Post by wrybread » Wed May 15, 2019 1:49 pm

Good tip. Do you have a specific make and model recommendation by chance?



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Re: Favorite stereo for your volvo?

Post by wrybread » Sat May 18, 2019 9:26 am

I did the line in mod as shown in that video, works great. Well almost great, sometimes my phone doesn't detect the jack is connected and continues playing through it's own speaker until I turn the head unit off and on... Another quirk is that I have to insert a cassette to activate it, and the only cassette I have is a hypnosis tape to lose weight that I found, so that plays until I start music on my phone, ha.

Planning to add my 'ol reliable bluetooth receiver to it:



I've tried a bunch of bluetooth receivers over the years and that one does the best job of repairing with my phone every time I'm near it. If anyone has another good contender let me know.

I'm still thinking about getting an Android Auto / Car Play head unit for the sheer gizmo nirvana of it, but at least there's no rush now. Leaning towards the Alpine iLX-650 (has both Android Auto and Car Play) and the Taramp TS 400X4 amp. Interestingly that the amp is a "class D" amp, meaning the new style digital amps. I wonder if the head unit is Class D also since it's so tiny. I was wondering when these digital amps were going to make their way into car audio. They're both so small that I think the head unit and amp should fit in the dash.



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Re: Favorite stereo for your volvo?

Post by abscate » Sun May 19, 2019 4:01 am

i Just stripped the tape out of my original Hendrix at Woodstock and use the plastic case to stop that playing.

I have a decent BT player from amazon , too.


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Re: Favorite stereo for your volvo?

Post by June » Sun May 19, 2019 5:28 am

abscate wrote:
Sun May 19, 2019 4:01 am
i Just stripped the tape out of my original Hendrix at Woodstock and use the plastic case to stop that playing.

I have a decent BT player from amazon , too.
Your still using 8-track :?: :P :mrgreen: :o June


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Re: Favorite stereo for your volvo?

Post by wrybread » Mon May 20, 2019 12:53 am

Thanks, cutting the tape in the cassette helps a lot. I can't get it to work with my Bluetooth adaptor for some reason though. It plays faintly but isn't usable. The Bluetooth receiver sounds fine if I plug in headphones or another stereo though.

I think it's probably caused by the same issue that makes me have to turn the head unit off when I connect my phone, otherwise my phone doesn't detect the aux connection and continues playing thru it's internal speaker.

Has anyone made this mod work with a bluetooth adaptor?

And do other people have to turn off the head unit when connecting their phones?



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