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Old 12-12-2011, 11:26 PM   Thread Starter #1
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Default Aftermarket Head Unit Producing Low Volume On Driver's Side

2004 maxima SL ..bose system..non navi.....only changed headunit

basically with OEM 6cd changer unit all speakers play normal...swapped out OEM with aftermarket deck..using crutchfield harness and antenna adapter..speakers play fine except for front driver side...I have to crank the volume full to hear the driver side...all my connections are good...what did I do wrong.....I switched the passenger speaker with the driver to see if it was the speaker...but it was the same problem....I reinstalled the OEM and problem is gone....PLEASE HELP
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Default Re: Aftermarket Head Unit Producing Low Volume On Driver's Side

Check the fade & balance settings on the new HU. That's my only suggestion.
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Default Re: Aftermarket Head Unit Producing Low Volume On Driver's Side

that was the first thing I checked.......all other speakers operate normal but when I fade and balance volume to front driver side.....I barley hear anything...I have to crank the volume to max to hear music
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Default Re: Aftermarket Head Unit Producing Low Volume On Driver's Side

BOSE speakers are usually 1 ohm speakers. I don't know of any head units that are 1 ohm stable. That may very well be your problem.
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Old 12-13-2011, 12:02 AM   Thread Starter #5
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Default Re: Aftermarket Head Unit Producing Low Volume On Driver's Side

not sure if this would help but its a kenwood execlon KDC-X994..........but why only the driver side
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Default Re: Aftermarket Head Unit Producing Low Volume On Driver's Side

My stock stereo had that problem. I would beat the center console w/ my fist near the gas pedal and it would go away. (known problem for earlier stock 6thgens) Obviously my issue was loose connection, and maybe your crutchfield adapter didn't fix that loose connection.
I'd suggest, play w/ the connection in the back and see if it comes back on. That would narrow it down to a bad stock harness.
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Old 12-13-2011, 12:23 AM   Thread Starter #7
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Default Re: Aftermarket Head Unit Producing Low Volume On Driver's Side

just today I was using the OEM unit......playing fine.....installed the aftermarket.....driverside problem occured ....got pissed took out the unit and replaced it with OEM...problem gone....I will check for any loose connections....
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Old 12-13-2011, 09:36 AM   Thread Starter #8
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Default Re: Aftermarket Head Unit Producing Low Volume On Driver's Side

Could this be a conflict with the OEM amp
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Default Re: Aftermarket Head Unit Producing Low Volume On Driver's Side

Either that or the harness crutchfield sent you has a bent or loose pin causing a weak connection. If you were able to switch the front speaker connections and the problem was still apparent it wouldn't be the channel on the headunit either. DO you have the adapter that allows you to modify the output sensitivity from the headunit to the speaker/amp?
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Default Re: Aftermarket Head Unit Producing Low Volume On Driver's Side

This is the second harness I tried....the first time I installed it and the problem happened I thought it was the harness....so I tried a second harness with the same results...

Also I do not have the adapter for the aftermarket deck with OEM amp

---------- Post added at 12:10 PM ---------- Previous post was at 12:10 PM ----------

I didnt think I needed one since I was only changing the deck
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Default Re: Aftermarket Head Unit Producing Low Volume On Driver's Side

Try this, hook up the left to the right and the right to the left and see if it follows. If it does its your HU,if not its the speaker.
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Default Re: Aftermarket Head Unit Producing Low Volume On Driver's Side

Recap:
Speakers work fine w the old HU
When you swapped driver passenger, same problem
when you changed harness w new HU, same problem
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Sounds like your new HU to me.
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This is the second harness I tried....the first time I installed it and the problem happened I thought it was the harness....so I tried a second harness with the same results...

Also I do not have the adapter for the aftermarket deck with OEM amp

---------- Post added at 12:10 PM ---------- Previous post was at 12:10 PM ----------

I didnt think I needed one since I was only changing the deck
If you are not using the adapter for the BOSE amp, then exactly how do you have your head unit and speakers wired?
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I assumed that the harness I purchased from crutchfield had everything integrated in the harness with the connections and RCA plugs...green/violet and grey/white
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This is the second harness I tried....the first time I installed it and the problem happened I thought it was the harness....so I tried a second harness with the same results...

Also I do not have the adapter for the aftermarket deck with OEM amp

---------- Post added at 12:10 PM ---------- Previous post was at 12:10 PM ----------

I didnt think I needed one since I was only changing the deck
OK here is the deal. The stock HU sends an unamplified signal to the Bose amp. You can buy the proper wire harness or you can run RCAs from the pre outs on your aftermarket HU and splice them directly into the factory wire harness. You don't want to send full wattage to the Bose amp, it could damage it and theoretically it won't sound as good. Does any of this make sense to you?

Out of curiosity what brand wire harness do you have?
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Cheeto got where I was going with this. That amp may be shutting off due to the power it is receiving.
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BOSE speakers are usually 1 ohm speakers. I don't know of any head units that are 1 ohm stable. That may very well be your problem.
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OK here is the deal. The stock HU sends an unamplified signal to the Bose amp. You can buy the proper wire harness or you can run RCAs from the pre outs on your aftermarket HU and splice them directly into the factory wire harness. You don't want to send full wattage to the Bose amp, it could damage it and theoretically it won't sound as good. Does any of this make sense to you?

Out of curiosity what brand wire harness do you have?
I thought I did buy the proper harness from crutchfield ...a bose system without navi harness...and the second harness was the same setup but it was a METRA
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The only other thing you can try is a different head unit and see if you still have the problem. I'm still leaning towards the 1ohm Bose equipment not playing nice with the head unit.
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I had my Bose speakers w different HUs, Worked just fine.
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Is this what you have?
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If so, have you tried swapping the white and grey rca's? If the low sound problem moves from the drivers side to the passenger side then the preamp in the head unit is faulty. If it stays on the drivers side then it is a connection issue in the aftermarket harness since it plays fine with the factory head unit.

The one ohm impedance of the speaker causing a problem is irrelevant since you are still using the stock amp. If the speakers were being directly driven from the amplifier in the head unit then the one ohm impedance would be a problem.

Something else, the amplified outputs on the head unit are not being used. Do you have them taped off? Also the kenwood execlon KDC-X994 has the option to turn off the internal amp. Your not using it so i would turn it off.
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