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Directions for hook-up of your new AM/FM Stereo Conversion

1) Installation of this radio conversion in a collectors car in British Columbia may affect your insurance if you have Collectors Plates and the reduced cost collectors insurance from ICBC.  This is a legal notification.  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's 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) Your conversion, while powerful and robust in use, is easily damaged by incorrect or partial hook-up of speakers. Follow hook-up instructions exactly.  Do not ground any of the 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.

 

Hook-up.

The unit supplied comes with a wiring harness which is used to attach it to power and your 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 are required. Additionally, an inline fuse is supplied in the power lead to ensure safe operation and protection of your new unit.

 

f you have requested programming for 4 speakers:

 

Hook up your unit as follows BEFORE powering it up.

Red (with inline fuse) - Goes to a switched 12 volt+ source. The radio connector on the fuse block may be used for power but must have its fuse upgraded to a 15 amp fuse minimum before use. No other device must run off the circuit.

Green - this wire runs 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 your car did not have this feature the green wire may not be present.   

 

Speakers; Follow this instruction Exactly!  .

Your speakers have a positive and negative terminal on them. The positive terminal is the wider blade.  If both speaker terminals look the same, look for a red dot which identifies the positive terminal. If there is no indication of polarity, you may assign a positive terminal. For the best sound, ensure that each speaker has the same terminal assigned as positive.

 

Left Front Speaker Positive: connect to Blue -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 Blue -Green tag

                         Negative: connect to Violet -Green tag

 

Right Rear Speaker Positive: connect to Grey -Green tag

                           Negative: connect to White -Green tag

 

Check for any grounding to chassis before proceeding. 

If you find any wire connected to the frame or interior metal, fix this before proceeding!

 

Remember to plug in your antenna!

 

Changing the number of speakers that your unit is attached to:

Changing the number of speakers that your unit is programmed for or installing the unit in a different radio should not be attempted by the owner!!  It requires technical training on the device beyond the knowledge of most technicians.  Contact your supplier to arrange this change.

 

If you have requested programming for 2 speakers:

 

Hook up your unit as follows 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 but must have its fuse upgraded to a 10 amp fuse before use. No other device must run off the circuit.

 

Green - this wire runs 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 your car did not have this feature the green wire may not be present.   

 

Speakers; Follow this instruction Exactly!  .

 

Your speakers have a positive and negative terminal on them. The positive terminal is the wider blade.  If both speaker terminals look the same, look for a red dot which identifies the positive terminal. If there is no indication of polarity, you may assign a positive terminal. For the best sound, ensure that each speaker has the same terminal assigned as positive.

 

Left Front Speaker Positive: connect to Blue -Yellow tag

                          Negative: connect to Violet -Yellow tag

 

Right Front Speaker Positive: connect to Grey -Yellow tag

                            Negative: connect to White -Yellow tag

 

Leave all other speaker wires unattached and taped off. Check for any grounding to chassis before proceeding.

If you find any wire connected to the frame or interior metal, fix this before proceeding!

 

Remember to plug in your antenna!

 

Changing the number of speakers that your unit is attached to:

Changing the number of speakers that your unit is programmed for or installing the unit in a different radio should not be attempted by the owner!!  It requires technical training on the device beyond the knowledge of most technicians.  Contact your supplier to arrange this change.

 

If you have requested programming for a single speaker:

 

Hook up your unit as follows 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 - this wire runs 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 your car did not have this feature the green wire will not be present.   

 

Speaker; Follow this instruction Exactly!  .

 

Your speaker will most likely come woith the radio harness attached.  Should that not be the case follow the direction below.

Your speakers have a positive and negative terminal on them. The positive terminal is the wider blade.  If both speaker terminals look the same, look for a red dot which identifies the positive terminal. If there is no indication of polarity, you may assign a positive terminal..

 

To achieve correct mono operation the speaker must be attached to the left front channel!

Left Front Speaker Positive: connect to Blue -Yellow tag

                          Negative: connect to Violet -Yellow tag

 

Leave all other speaker wires unattached and taped off individually. Check for any grounding to chassis before proceeding.

If you find any wire connected to the frame or interior metal, fix this before proceeding!

 

Remember to plug in your antenna!

Changing the number of speakers that your unit is attached to:

Changing the number of speakers that your unit is attached to or installing the unit in a different radio should not be attempted by the owner!!  It requires technical training on the device beyond the knowledge of most technicians.  Contact your supplier to arrange this change.

Operating your unit on a different number of speakers than it was programmed by the Tech.

This unit can be set up to operate either four (4) , two (2) or one (1) speaker if it has been programmed for at least the number of speakers you want.

Ie  A unit programmed for one (1) or two (2) speakers cannot be set up to operated four (4)  Likewise a unit programmed for one (1) speaker cannot operate either two (2) or four (4).  A unit programmed for 4 speakers can be made to operate either 1or 2 or 4 speakers if required.

 

Operating 1 speaker on a unit programmed for either 2 or 4 speakers.

On a four speaker system the unit may be said to have four corners.  A left front, a left rear, a right front and a right rear.  Setting the unit to play in any corner will create a mono (1) speaker system.  Both sides of the FM stereo or auxiliary stereo input are sent to that single speaker location..  Typically the left front location is used for mono ...but any corner will work.

Caution  Ensure that any speaker wires not used are taped or sealed off to avoid contact with any metal parts of the car whatsoever!

Operating 2 speakers on a unit programmed for 4.

Adjust the unit to play either the Front left and right speakers or the rear left and right speakers.

Caution  Ensure that any speaker wires not used are taped or sealed off to avoid contact with any metal parts of the car whatsoever!

Note; in this configuration it is possible to fade the speakers from the selected pair onto the leads with no speakers.  If you experience a loss of sound after attempting to adjust the front/rear fade this is likely the cause.  Reread the sections that follow and adjust the unit fully onto the pair of speaker locations you selected and installed the speakers on.

 

Power up:

This unit powers up on FM. 

  

The unit requires about 7 seconds to come on. This is a computer lag time as it searches for its attached items (antenna, speakers, controls etc...).

 

Before beginning, set the 2 end pushbuttons to the extreme ends of the dial.

The left end button, set to the 550 end (tight against the very end). 

The right end button, set to the 1600 end (again tight against the end).

 

Next, move the selector until your dial is about centred. Do not set the button just yet...

Turn the radio on and set the volume at about 1/2.

 

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 and adjust the volume and tone control so it sounds ok. Now, set one of the middle pushbuttons to this station. 

 

If your radio does not have pushbuttons use the following directions but scroll quickly when asked to select the right or left ends of the scale.  Picking a station close to the end of the dial will sometimes help.

Note: If you have a mono system or a 2 speaker system and you cannot get sound, first check the antenna.  If that does not appear to be the problem, call Vintage AutoSound 604-462-1217 so that we can walk you through the necessary steps to adjust the set.

 

 If your unit is a single speaker unit there is no need to do any speaker balancing steps.  Proceed to the "Switching from Fm to AM" section below.

 

Balancing your speakers:

Balancing the front speakers (from left to right) and fading (rear & front) speakers are both done with the tone control. To start, your radio should be turned on and playing on the station you selected above.

 

For front to rear fade (If you have only front speakers installed skip this step):

Press the right hand push button that you have previously set on the far right end of the scale.

The sound will disappear. Wait until the sound returns and then use the tone control to the front/ rear balance of your speakers. When you are satisfied, stop adjusting the control and wait for 3 or 4 seconds.

Now move the dial back to the station you were listening to (using the middle push button that you previously set). When the sound returns, your settings are stored into memory and the tone control has reverted to tone again. Verify that the tone is infact tone.

 

For left to right balance:

Press the left hand push button that you have previously set on the far left end of the scale.

The sound will disappear. Wait until the sound returns and the use the tone control again, to balance the left & right of your front speakers. When you are satisfied, stop adjusting the control and wait for 3 or 4 seconds.

Now move the dial back to the station you were listening to (using the middle push button that you previously set). When the sound returns, your settings are stored into memory and the tone control has reverted to tone again.  Verify that tone is infact tone.

 

Switching from FM to AM:

Remember, this unit powers up on FM, but can be switched to AM by either moving the AM/FM switch (if so equipped) or simply turning it off, then immediately back on. Don't delay turning it back on to make this change in mode. To return to FM, turn the set off and wait a few seconds.  The set will now power up in the FM mode as it did initially.

 

Playing other devices thru the converted radio:

You new conversion will play any device that you can listen 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.

 

Look on your radio for a 3.5 millimetre "female" stereo jack. Connect the enclosed cable (with two 3.5 millimetre male ends) from your Ipod, CD player, CD changer, MP3 player, Sirius Satellite etc... to your radio & turn on device. When your converted unit senses audio on its auxiliary input it switches this audio to its speaker outputs. 

If the unit does not immediately switch to the device you plugged in it is likely that the sound threshold is insufficient.  Turn up the volume on the device you are trying to play.  If the sound is distorted somewhat check that the device you are playing is not turned too loud.  Adjust iots volume down slightly until good sound results.