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OK first of all let me say I love this car, and usually have no negative posts, BUT for a 40+K car I'd expect to be able to listen to some Metallica, or any other music for that matter, cranked without the damn speakers over-heating and shutting down. Mind you, the radio sounds great in my opinion but if you have to let it cool down to get it going again why bother. Anybody else's doing this?
Swedes don't like it loud or what

Sorry just had to vent. Oh and btw if anybody has suggestions without spending a fortune on the sound system I'm all ears, literally
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Re: Frustrated....need to vent (JABRD__s60R)

Yeah - I have that issue when I crank up the CD player with some really rockin' tunes but interesting enough I can listen to the same song via my iPOD (Volvo integrated) at the same volume without any problems!


PS - Swedes love it loud! Check out Yngwie Malmsteen http://********************/smile/emthup.gif
 

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Re: Frustrated....need to vent (JABRD__s60R)

It's another Volvo safety thing. They're saving your eardrums for later in life. ...For Life.
 

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Re: Frustrated....need to vent (JABRD__s60R)

A common known problem, for which Volvo has no fix. I had it on my 2004 V70R and now my 2005 V70R, which have different head units, HU-803 and HU-850, but same under seat amplifier.

The under seat amplifier can not deliver it's rated output, for any sustained period without going into high temperature overload. Mind you this is on a system that Volvo audio engineers designed end to end. I do extended touring in my car and if I am also listening at high amplitudes, that is when it will shut down. The "Volvo" fix is to turn down the volume. I suspect an underseat fan to move some air might help, however I have not done that due to dust and noise considerations. I have never had the center channel cut out, which of course is driven directly from the head unit.
 

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Yep, I get this frequently, just one of the quirks although it drives me insane, I turn it down and listen through the center channel for a while....no fun at all.

I find it to most of a problem #1 when I'm by myself, because well that's just obvious and @2 when they are CDs that are made from older stuff, and haven't been remastered, which makes sense when you take levels into account.

A few times I have contemplated just replacing the amp with something gutsier, as many have said as well the Dynaudio speakers are pretty good, and can easily benefit from it. But, I have yet to find something that will be able to be mounted in the same spot.
 

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I have only had the car for a few weeks...but this has not happened with mine. I have noticed that during spirited cornering the CD player will skip. I find that to be a minor irritation.

This is probably a really dumb question but: How do you hook up an ipod to the car? Is there a special aftermarket unit that needs to be purchased?
 

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Re: Frustrated....need to vent (JABRD__s60R)

I've never had that issue and I've listened to "Enter Sandman" and countless other songs much louder than the EPA allows. I think the stereo in the R rocks for an OEM headunit.

-Eric
 

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Quote, originally posted by esquiR »

This is probably a really dumb question but: How do you hook up an ipod to the car? Is there a special aftermarket unit that needs to be purchased?

My buddies Ipod uses the radio channel to play in my R with no special equipment
What is all the crap I hear from the dealer that a special install and cost is involved

Jim
 

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Re: Frustrated....need to vent (JABRD__s60R)

A possible fix:

Go to any computer shop and by a 120mm fan. The 120mm size are generally very quiet and deliver over 30 cubic ft/minute of air flow.
Computer fans are 12v DC, so it is easy to connect to the car power (piggy backing off the amp power leads should be fine).

Simply put a dab of heat glue on each coner of the fan a mount face down on top of your amp. Bingo, lots of cooling and you can crank your system up.
 

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Re: (surfsd)

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My buddies Ipod uses the radio channel to play in my R with no special equipment
What is all the crap I hear from the dealer that a special install and cost is involved

Jim

Hardwiring the Ipod in requires a specific connectors and an extra harness. And install, natch. No FM static that way.
 

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Hardwiring the Ipod in requires a specific connectors and an extra harness. And install, natch. No FM static that way.

my 2004 was prewired - so it was just the Volvo adapter. (I believe they all are - installation was a snap!)

The real benefit is being able to use the steering wheel audio controls to access the iPOD via the CD Changer selection. http://********************/smile/emthup.gif
 

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Re: Frustrated....need to vent (Sue Esponte)

Quote, originally posted by Sue Esponte »
I think the stereo in the R rocks for an OEM headunit.

-Eric

Ditto and I've listened to the Black Eyed Peas cranked at insane volume levels for a good 30 minutes at a time and never had a problem. This is the best factory (albeit optional) stereo I've had in any car http://********************/smile/emthup.gif

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Derek
 

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Re: Frustrated....need to vent (Sue Esponte)

I listen a variety of music cranked up no issues. My commute home is like ~35 mins so if it was going to overheat I imagine it would have at some point. Now I have a lot of speaker rattle but thats another story.
 

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Re: Frustrated....need to vent (bb vign)

No worries of noise with this fan. With the 800 rpm version, you can't tell it's on. All you really need to accomplish is move some air under the seat. (not to be confused with moving air IN the seat)
Place a grill cover over the side and suspend the fan above the amp.
Something you might watch for is the rear floor mat isn't deflecting the air flow from the rear heater duct.
http://www.coolerguys.com/sff21.html

 

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Really doesn't matter what I'm listening to, but if it's at the point where the mirrors will shake with the bass, ex. the car behind you goes from clear, to fuzzy, to essentially a blur, back to clear, the amp will cut out after probably 25 minutes.

But, I must agree this is by far the BEST OEM system I have ever heard.

I thought about a fan, but realised what I had on hand wasn't practical, might take a 120mm out of one of the defunk servers at work and give it a try.

Haven't looked at the amp in a while, anyone have the wiring diagram online somewhere?
 
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