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After finishing the sub, it was time to move on to the next and harder part, the head unit.<p>I decided to go with a rather radical approach. I really wanted XM, IPOD, MP3, etc but I also wanted to keep the factory look and didn't want my dash cluttered with cables, brackets, external displays, etc.<p>So I gambled, and it finally paid off.<p>I located a radio from a totalled xc90, bought a Pioneer 880PRS, and after several nervous nights of dismantling, cutting, gluing, sanding, probing, soldering, etc she finally came alive! And everything still works! <p>My new model Volneer HU-880PRS:<p><IMG SRC="http://216.119.100.190/_sharedpics/HU_880PRS_02.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Next up, need to figure out where to put the amps. And hope that this thing stays working.....
 

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Re: XC90 Stereo Upgrade - Part 2 (pattyweb)

Wow, that's awesome...can't wait to see the final pics...you may be able to start a side business doing this for all of us = )
 

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Re: XC90 Stereo Upgrade - Part 2 (pattyweb)

Uh, wow. Yes, please tell us how you've done this after you get some sleep. Looks like you replaced the display--did you also rewire the buttons so they control the head unit? How about the steering wheel controls? How will you access the OEM controls (if you need them at all)?.
 

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Re: XC90 Stereo Upgrade - Part 2 (pattyweb)

I admire your skill & creativity - but for $42K - I expect the sound system to be on par with a $42K car - but it's not, and this Computer Science guy is not going to spend billable hours on a car!!!<p><br>
 

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Re: XC90 Stereo Upgrade - Part 2 (tonytong01)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Yes, please tell us how you've done this after you get some sleep</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I'll do a write up but it won't be a step by step. If one feels they need an exact step by step, they probably shouldn't try this. And it won't tell or show where to solder. You'd need to refigure that out with a multimeter as it got very small and tight and I had trouble taking accurate pictures.<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Looks like you replaced the display</TD></TR></TABLE><p>When this is finally installed, the factory display will still be hooked up but hidden behind the console. You need to keep the factory display plugged in so that other functions of the car keep working. The pioneer display (attached by a 1" flat cable to the faceplate circuit board) is now in it's place behind a 30% tinted piece of non-glare plastic. The factory plastic piece was just to dark for it to be sufficiently visible in the daytime.<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">did you also rewire the buttons so they control the head unit? </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Yes, almost all the buttons are rewired and now operate the pioneer. Including both knobs! That was a big gamble I took, praying that the pioneer would use the same type of 3-wire encoder that came with the factory stereo. The right knob now scrolls through various features depending on what mode you are in. In CD mode (or ipod mode), I can browse folders, playlists, etc while the current song is still playing. The CD button since there was no equivalent now toggles the clock. That was a nice plus. I hate where volvo has the current clock in that when I'm a passenger in the day, I usually can't see it. Now I have a nice big clock dead center (and a voltmeter, spectrum analyzer, and lots of stupid flashy backgrounds that I'll leave off). The upper left blank button now loops through the various EQ presets (powerful, vocal, natural, etc) plus two custom ones you can setup. The My Key loops through the various display modes, artist/album,artist/song, etc. The enter key is not used right now. Also, the numbers are not used since there's no equivalent on the faceplate. I may purchase another remote and use that to gain access to the numbers depending on what exactly the bluetooth module they're releasing (this or next month) will do. I hope it works with her phone cause then she'll have caller id display too.<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">How about the steering wheel controls?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Steering wheels controls are obviously dead but I actually don't really care. It's only 4 buttons that I personally don't like how they're placed. Pioneer has a steering remote that I may mount backwards on the left side of the wheel since that's where I almost always have one hand. Steering wheel buttons will be very last on my list. PAC is suppose to be releasing soon a CAN interface that would then bring them back to life. I will most likely just wait for that.<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">How will you access the OEM controls (if you need them at all)?. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>I've yet to need the controls for anything non-audio related. I don't think I need them.<p>
 

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Re: XC90 Stereo Upgrade - Part 2 (pattyweb)

You the man.<p>I wasn't really looking for detailed steps, just the high-level info that you provided. I hate the lack of expandability in the OEM HU, but I'm not ambitious enough to follow in your footsteps. I'm fascinated by the effort, though.<p>Aren't the speakers non-standard, too? Are you running new speaker wires and replacing the speakers?
 

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Re: XC90 Stereo Upgrade - Part 2 (Carbsumer)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Carbsumer</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I hate the lack of expandability in the OEM HU<br> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Me too, that's what drove me to this point. Every trip to Miami, having to deal with searching for new FM stations since no one station would remain clear the whole way just got very old. And no matter how clear it was, the modulator was just not great sound quality.<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Carbsumer</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Aren't the speakers non-standard, too? Are you running new speaker wires and replacing the speakers? </TD></TR></TABLE><p>I opened up a front door and took a picture of the front speakers that I posted in an earlier thread. Can't find it right now. The fronts do 'appear' to be standard although the mount does not appear to be. The front woofer is rivetted in so I couldn't tell how much depth I had to work with. Haven't looked at the back speakers yet. After I'm done with the head unit and amps, I'll probably start focusing on the speakers.<p>
 
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