Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Sedona, AZ, USA
Aux cable works, but low volume
I installed part number 82 11 0 149 389 on my '05 LT this weekend. It was fairly easy - I had to remove the skins, remove the stingray and open the radio compartment in it to get to the connector. Installed perfectly into an open slot in the master radio connector, I needed to pull out a blue retainer clip to get it into the slot and then re-install the retainer. I ran the cable out and tie-wrapped it to the other radio connectors, so the ends are all together. I brought the input cable (1/8" - 1/8" stereo) from my BMR shelf down through the nose and up to the bike-side radio connectors.
Powered up the radio, selected AUX and for a while thought I had screwed something up - but the volume was just really low. I needed to bring my radio volume up to the max before I was able to hear the sound from my Sirius radio. I don't like this, because if I switch back to CD or radio (AM/FM) I will blast my speakers to kingdom come. So, it appears that this input needs a strong signal to drive it to acceptable volume levels. I will look into a booster that I will mount adjactent to the Sirius radio, such as the radio shack model mentioned (looks like a Boostaroo).
Other than using a booster, the other options are:
- Use the intercom, with a "Y" input cable on the audio input (this is not an option for me as I don't have the helmet headsets)
- Use an in-line FM modulator
- Use the Sirius radio's built-in FM transmitter (not the best sound quality)
- Use the ice>Link Plus source selector (available in the US soon)
So far the aux input is not bowling me over, we'll see how a booster works. Next step for me will be an FM modulator, and if that sounds crappy I will either use the built-in FM transmitter (where I started) or try Dension's source selector when it becomes available.
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