Sound Solutions for Vintage cars
Directions for hookup of your new AM/FM Stereo Conversion
1) Directions for hookup of your new AM/FM Stereo Conversion
Improper installation of speakers for this radio conversion in a collectors car in British Columbia can affect your insurance if you have Collectors Plates and the reduced cost collectors insurance from ICBC.
This is a legal notification!!
The Insurance Corporation of BC has examined this type of radio modification and has accepted it for use in collector vehicles with certain stipulations related to speaker installation and hookup.
The modifications of this radio, to include Fm and an the auxiliary music input,(no lead allowed), has been accepted within the allowable modifications to Collector class vehicles in BC with the proviso that the speakers use the original mounting and do not modify or change the appearance of the vehicle. The use of high output speakers to accommodate this unit is acceptable, as are kick panel speakers in many cases. No modifications to your vehicle to accommodate speakers for this unit is allowed. Unattached speakers qualify under the "Not permanently affixed" rule
By installing the converted radio unit in your car you are agreeing that you have read this warning and that you accept any consequences associated with the installation or use of this radio in your ICBC insured Collector vehicle. This warning does not apply at this time to any other class of insurance to the knowledge of the author. If you have questions contact the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia to get correct interpretation of the rules associated with modifications to collector vehicles.
2) This unit, while powerful and robust in use, is easily damaged by incorrect or partial hookup of speakers. Follow hookup instructions EXACTLY. ... DO NOT GROUND SPEAKERS!!!! DO NOT USE SPEAKERS THAT HAVE ONLY 1 TERMINAL OR THAT HAVE 1 OF THE TERMINALS CONNECTED TO THE SPEAKER FRAME!!..
3) This unit is unlike any other conventional radio It is controlled by an onboard computer chip which senses the signals. Because of that there is an inherent delay in its functions. Typically 1 to 3 secs but, for certain functions, delays of up to 7 secs may be experienced...This is normal.
The unit supplied comes with a wiring harness which is used to attach it to power and your in car speakers. Additionally, a "male to male" input lead for the auxiliary input of the unit is supplied.
The wiring harness features an inline plug used to detach the radio side from the car side should removal for upgrades or repairs ever be required. Additionally, an inline fuse is supplied in the power lead to ensure safe operation and protection of your new unit.
Your radio is programmed for 4 speakers:
If your system will have only 2 speakers hook up only those speakers. Do not attached more than 1 speaker to any set of leads.
Hook up your unit as follows and as applicable BEFORE powering it up.
Red - with inline fuse- Goes to a switched 12 volt+ source. The Radio connector on the fuse block is an excellent source for power.
Green - If this wire is present it is used to run the dial light when your head lights are turned on...The lamp has low draw and may be connected to the accessory lamps or any source that is switched by the light switch.
If the green is not present your radio's light comes on with the radio.
Speakers: Follow this instruction Exactly!!
Your speakers have a positive and negative terminal on them. If the positive is not identified by a red dot, it is the wider terminal. For speakers that have a capacitor on the lead, this lead is positive. For the best sound, ensure that each speaker has the positive terminal assigned to positive.
If your system will have only 2 speakers then hook up only those speakers. Do not attached more than 1 speaker to any set of leads.
Left Front Speaker. -Positive ..connect to
B -Yellow tag
-Negative.. connect to
Violet -Yellow tag
Right Front Speaker. -Positive ..connect to
Grey -Yellow tag
-Negative. connect to
White -Yellow tag
Left Rear Speaker -Positive ..connect to
B -Green tag
-Negative. connect to
Violet -Green tag
Right Rear Speaker -Positive ..connect to
Grey -Green tag
-Negative. connect to
White - Green tag
Leave unused speaker wires unattached. Check for any grounding to chassis before proceeding... If you find any wire connected to the frame or interior metal..fix it before proceeding!
Remember to plug in your antenna!!
Note: The unit powers up on FM.
The unit requires about 7 secs to come on...This is a computer lag time .as it searches for its attached items..antenna speakers etc..
Ensure that your dial is about centred. Turn it on. Volume at about 2/3.
Scroll across the dial slowly. When the unit senses a station it takes a moment to bring on the audio, If you move the dial too quickly it will not send audio to the speakers. Select a station with good reception.. Don't worry about sound quality just yet.
When you have a solid signal adjust the volume and tone control to get it sounding ok.
If your radio is a pushbutton type set the middle button to this station.
Turn the radio off.
Balancing your speakers:
You do not need to make this adjustment if your unit is a single speaker unit.
Balancing the front speakers from left to right or fading the rear and front speakers are both done with the tone control....
Before you turn the radio back on set the two outer buttons...The right one to 1600 tight up against the right end of the scale....and the left button to 550 tight up against the left end of the scale. You are now ready to set you balance and fade.
Push the centre button to select the station you had previously and when it is playing push the left outer button to move the dialpointer quickly over to the very low end of the scale.
Wait until the audio returns.( About the 7 secs delay) and then use the tone control to balance the speakers. When you have that set stop moving the control and wait for 3 seconds.
Then push the centre button to move the dial back to the station you were listening to in the centre....when the sound returns the tone control is restored to 'tone' function and the settings are in memory until changed.
After 6 or7 seconds of audio push the right outer button to move the dialpointer quickly over to the extreme high end of the scale ...Wait until the audio returns.( Again about the 7 secs delay) and the use the tone control to balance the speakers from front to rear...
When you have that balance set, again stop moving the control and wait for 3 seconds...Then move the dial back to the centre station you were listening to ...when the sound returns the tone control is restored to 'tone' function and the settings are in memory until changed.
Your balance and fade is now set...
In use it is not necessary to shut the radio off to do either of these adjustments ...simply use the extreme ends of the frequency scale to change the tone controls funtion, make your setting and then return to the station you were listening to.
Note: Fade or Balance settings can only be done in the FM mode. They will not invoke if the radio is playing AM or thru the auxiliary input..
Switching from FM to AM:
Remember, The unit powers up on FM. . But it can be switched to AM by either moving the am/fm switch if so equipped or simply turning it off and immediately back on. Do not delay the turn on to make this mode change. To return to FM turn the set off and wait a few seconds..It will switch back the default FM mode.
Playing other devices thru the converted Radio:
You new conversion will play any device that can listened to thru headphones. The output of most devices is a 3.5 millimetre "female"stereo jack into which the male end of the cord from your ear phones or ear buds is inserted.
The auxiliary input of your new conversion is a 3.5 millimetre "female"stereo jack into which the output audio signal from your Ipod, CD player, CD changer, MP3 player etc gets connected.
A separate connector cable with two 3.5 millimetre male ends is provided to allow easy connection.
When your converted unit senses audio on its Auxiliary input it switches this audio to its speaker outputs.
So you need only connect your music device and turn the units on to listen to whatever device or recorded music that your wish.
Changing the number of speakers that your unit is attached to:
Changing the number of speakers that your unit is attached to requires reprogramming its onboard computer for the number of speakers requested. This should not be attempted by the owner!! It requires technical knowledge of the device beyond the knowledge of most lay persons. Contact your supplier to arrange this change.
Installing this unit in a different radio chassis:
Again, this should not be attempted by the owner!! It requires technical knowledge of the device beyond the knowledge of most lay persons. Contact your supplier to arrange this change.