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Old 11-08-2007, 03:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I finally got my Starmate 4 installed in my 2007 Tacoma, but unlike the awesome (for factory h/u) sound of regular FM and the CD Changer, the Sirius signal is far lower and the sound quality seems to lack.....

I have the FM direct cable installed so any input what's up?
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Old 11-08-2007, 03:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I finally got my Starmate 4 installed in my 2007 Tacoma, but unlike the awesome (for factory h/u) sound of regular FM and the CD Changer, the Sirius signal is far lower and the sound quality seems to lack.....

I have the FM direct cable installed so any input what's up?
Make sure that the volume is all the way up on your Starmate. I've read that the volume output of the newer tuners (post FCC crackdown) is fairly low. I never had any problems with the volume with the FM Direct adapter in my truck, but my radio was made before they were forced to cut the output power of the FM transmitters.

When I moved up to an aux input, I found the volume low there as well. I added a line amp to boost the level and it sounds great. Unfortunately that isn't an option when using the FM Direct adapter.
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I have the Starmate volume all the way up - it's just that the volume going from CD etc. to sirius is way lower.........are you saying there is some mandate that the receivers in factory h/u's give weaker signal???

what is a line amp and where do I get one?
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I have the Starmate volume all the way up - it's just that the volume going from CD etc. to sirius is way lower.........are you saying there is some mandate that the receivers in factory h/u's give weaker signal???

what is a line amp and where do I get one?
A while back (maybe 18 or so months) the FCC cracked down on Sirius and XM for exceeding allowed RF emission levels with their satellite radio tuners. They were both forced to decrease the RF output to bring the radios within spec. This means that the wireless transmission strength of the radios was GREATLY decreased. I don't know first hand, but I have read that this also affected the volume level when using the FM Direct adapter since it also makes use of teh de-tuned FM transmitters.

I switched to using an aux input connection which uses the audio-out port instead of the FM out. This bypasses the whole FM modulation and transmission that is utilized when you are using the wireless method or the FM Direct. the line amp basically provides a small bit of amplification to the audio signal so that it can equal the level of your CD player or FM radio. It plugs in-line between the car stereo and the sirius tuner. This is the one I use in my truck:

http://www.myradiostore.com/noise-fi...iamwisufi.html

However like I said, this isn't applicable to the FM Direct adapter. Other than turning up the starmate volume I don't have any other tricks for boosting the volume levels. Hopefully someone else can post some other tips here.

On another note, when I got my '06 Tacoma I was not happy with the sound quality of the stereo either (with Sirius, CDs, and the FM radio). I started by adding the aux input, but that didn't fix it completely, then I replaced the stereo and the speakers stood out as the weak link so I eventually ended up replacing them as well. I ended up spending another $500+ on stereo stuff two weeks after buying the truck! The only thing I want now is more low end, but adding a small sub is a bit tough since there is really no good place to put it without some surgery on the storage compartments behind or below the rear seats. I use those compartments so I am pretty much out of luck. But even without more low-end, things still sound great after replacing everything .

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Every satellite unit iv ever hooked up in my experience has "Always" been low in volume, That just how satellite is i guess, Sucks always having to adjust the volume when transitioning from satellite to CD/radio,
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Every satellite unit iv ever hooked up in my experience has "Always" been low in volume, That just how satellite is i guess, Sucks always having to adjust the volume when transitioning from satellite to CD/radio, :\
same here. I've had 6-7 sirius tuners, and 2 XM tuners. All had low volume. even my ipod is kinda low so I have to max it out to get close to my CD player volume.
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I have a Pioneer HU and it has a setting that allows me to adjust the volume of the AUX
and other devices attached to the HU. It uses the FM as a base line and I can make all the
other components play at the same level.
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Same Here. I have an 06 GMC Sierra. Had a lot of static problems, and when I got the proper Sirius universal antennae adapter and the two after-after market adapters to make it talk to the GMC factory unit, I am now static free, but the volume seems to be at about 75-80% of what I'd expect it to be. Clear now, but quiet volume.
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