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  1. #1
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    Default iPod and Sirius Connected Direct!

    Wahoo!

    Just finished connecting the USA-Spec Aux-in adapter on my 2002 Volvo XC 70 with HU-613. It now plays Sirius and iPod feeds flawlessly. Even charges the ipod, which turns itself off when the car is off. All-in-all, an elegant solution.

    The interface works like a charm - I've can control songs on ipod with steering wheel, and can turn off ipod and listen to my Sirius Sportster Replay. I was worried that I would only be able to control playlists, but it lets me go through my entire music library.



    Sound quality is EXCELLENT - no ground loop noise, no nothing, except iPod quality sound and satellite quality sound - no more RF modulation for me!

    I highly recommend this item. Crutchfield sells them with full install directions.

    One word of caution. Make sure to disconnect your battery prior to install. By disconnecting the climate control unit during install, I caused an airbag fault light to come on. I now need to go to the dealer to have the light reset...small price to pay.

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    Why disconnect the CCM at all? I was able to do my install without disconnecting anything, left the stereo and the CCM connected. I was careful to use a towel to protect the rest of the trim while it hung sat on the aluminum handle next to the passenger seat.

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    Hi Eli,

    A belated welcome to the site and your new XC!

    I believe the CCM had to be removed first on the pre-'05 models, although some are able to do this without disconnecting the cables. The design is slightly different on the 2005 and on, with the entire assembly being removed as a unit.

    I agree with you all, direct connection of the iPod and satellite sounds great!

    Gundo, I swapped my Roady2 for a RoadyXT and had to install a ground loop isolator. It doesn't make sense, but that's what I had to do.

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    Thanks Jack.

    I'm thinking about getting a different XM reciver as wel. My SkiFi2 is cool with the 30 minute buffer etc, but it's very large and I'm trying to figure out how to mount both it and my iPod somewhere on the dash. Right now I'm using a Belkin TuneDok with the cupholder part cut into strips and shoved in the cubby hole. I took a buddy for a drive yesterday and he thought the iPod holder came from the factory b/c it looked so integrated. I'll try and get some pictures of it after work today for everyone.

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    Hi again Eli,

    I'd really like a sat receiver that recorded...all of my DishTV receivers are DVR's to accomodate my short attention span!

    That said, I like small units for the car (the factory unit would be perfect if it wasn't SO overpriced!). I replaced the RoadyXT with an Audiovox Xpress on an impulse buy. It is almost the same size but has a larger display. I mounted it where the 4C buttons would be on the V70R, on the plastic panel above the center vent. The wires sneak between the vent and the dash. It looks reasonably clean. I'll probably put the XT in the V50 T5 AWD that we pick up in Gotenburg (OSD) this June.

    I tried a Sirius replay unit from Costco, but like the Kenwood Sirius unit I had a couple cars ago, I couldn't dim the display enought.

    On another topic, if you have a Bluetooth enabled cell phone and use it more than now and then in the car, you must get the factory Bluetooth adaptor. It's made by Motorola and comes with a Volvo harness for a very simple install. It works great! Ten seconds after you start the car it says "phone one connected" and thereafter the car is your speakerphone.
    Much too cool!

    Best,

    Jack

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    i've been telling myself that I would get the bluetooth adapter soon, but I think I'm going to get the subwoofer first. I can barely bring myself to get it, as every car I've ever owned the first thing I did was remove the stock stereo and put a *large* stereo in. I'm trying to make myself stick with the stock unit in the car. We'll see how that goes.

    I picked up a RoadyXT today, and I'm looking at mounting options. Where would the 4C buttons be? I'm considering mounting it to the left of the cubby, behing the ignition and under the dash cluster. Somewhat out of the way but I don't plan on changing channels that often. I've also got a somewhat crazy plan to dremel a small bit of plastic out of one of the cup holders and route wires into there. I took the cupholder assembly apart and it's acually got small indentations under the rubber flaps that would be totally invisible. If I could wire up the power behind the dash by tapping into the 12 plug, and put the XM antenna under the empty center channel grill, I could have a fairly invisible install. I could do something similar if I wired the system up next to the cubby where I have my iPod holder I suppose, and I've already got a hole there for the iPod cable.

    Sooo tempting to replace all the speakers. Do you know anything about the dynaudio speaker upgrades? How much am I going to spend, and is it worth it? Also I want a PA-300....

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    Default can a novice install this w/o trouble?

    I've never worked on electronics on a Volvo b4...can this ipod adaptor be reasonably easily and safely installed by novice?

    Also, if I've got a flaky HU-613 that may need to be replaced, is that something also easily done by novice? (perhaps at same time as above?) or not?

    Thanks!
    Dan

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    Eli,

    The pictures below show how I mounted the XT. I used the same bracket (but not the dock) when I replaced it with the Xpress.

    I have the sub installed and it's ok. A bit thumpy with the 850 system. I may follow tapaugh's advice and get the sub software download next time I'm in for service.

    Knowing that swapping out the audio would be a pain in this car I opted for one with the HU-850. I was unsure if the improvement would be worth the extra cost, but since I plan to keep the car for a while I'm now glad that I did.

    danmalks,

    The USA-Spec adaptor is very easy to install. There are many installation threads posted here and on Swedespeed.com if you search. You will have the HU out when you do it, so swapping the 613 would be very simple. Just remember to disconnect the battery for 10 minutes before you take stuff apart. Disconnecting the climate control with the battery connected will send you to the dealer after installation to clear an error code. It doesn't hurt anything but that's the only way to clear the annoying message. The Volvo brand iPod adaptor is more difficult to install if you mount the iPod in the center console per their instructions. However there is no need to do that since, unlike with the USA-Spec device (and others), you can't controll anything on the iPod when it is connected to the Volvo adaptor. btw, just how flaky is your 613? Oops!, I just saw your other thread. You might try opening it up, blowing out the dust and hit the laser lens with a q-tip dipped in alcohol.
    Last edited by Jack; 03-23-2006 at 11:01 PM.

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    Jack,

    That's great, those pictures could be of my XC, I mounted my RoadyXT I picked up today in exactly the same spot. I'm happy with it. I'd like permenantly mount all the power and antenna in the dash though...

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    Guundo,
    Do you have NAV?
    I remember someone saying that the USA spec unit was not nav compatible.

    2005 XC70 Barents Blue & Taupe leather, deliv. 12/04, built 11/04
    Prem / Conv / Climate / DSTC / NAV / 650 / Sirius / 60/40 / 3rd Row / Boosters / Thule / Weathertech mats / Mud Flaps / 46% Tint / Nokian WR SUVs

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