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Old 11-27-2006, 09:57 AM   #1
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Default mazda3 sport/ nasty buzzing and whine when using line in?


hoping someone can help me.

I did a temporary install of my replay. Works fine, threw the antenna on the dash for now. Using FM is ok.

I tried the line in. My car has an input for it. The only problem is that the sound is horrible. There is an electrical whine/buzzing.

no idea what this is. Am I missing a piece of hardware?
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Old 11-27-2006, 08:11 PM   #2
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What type of cable are you using to do this? Are you plugging it into the "Line Out"?

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Old 11-27-2006, 08:45 PM   #3
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yes, im plugging from the audio out on the starmate unit into my line in the car. just standard stereo cable that fits both ends

any ideas
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Old 12-08-2006, 12:25 PM   #4
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Im also having the same whinning noise when I have it plugged into the aux jack...any ideas?
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Old 12-21-2006, 11:25 AM   #5
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The interference probably isn't caused by the aux in, rather it's probably from the power source coming from the lighter. A Ground Loop isolator ought to fix your problem... check Best Buy, Circuit City or online for one. I may need to go that route, too, once I have mine installed.

What I'm more interested in is where and how you're mounting your receiver? I have a Mazda3 with nav and usually have a passenger.

Proclip mounts are kneebusters for passengers, and there really isn't anywhere else to put the Starmate4 (I'm getting for Christmas) that's convenient.

Ideally it would be neat to mount the vehicle kit on the vanity plate between the tuning knob and the audio control knob if it fits (haven't test-fitted it yet, since it's wrapped under the tree)... Since I have no interest in having cassette or MD, that would be a good place to put it, as long as it fits and I can cleanly tuck the wires from the dock back behind the plate.

By the way, does anyone have a photo of the back side and connectors of the new universal pnp vehicle dock for the starmate/sportster 4 series? I'm trying to work this though in my head before Xmas so that I can get right to work once I open the box.
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Old 12-27-2006, 12:05 PM   #6
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Default Mazda3 Buzzing Noise

I had the same problem with my Sirius and MP3 players until I found out about this item at Crutchfield:

Several reviews there from other satisfied Mazda3 owners. After I found out about it, I did see the same unit at several other online sites. I bought mine at Cruchfield and got it within 3 days.

Regarding installation, I was able to fit my Xact Replay between the shifter and the ashtray (my M3 is an automatic). I attached my Xact to the mounting unit, and the mounting unit was small enough so that I could slide it into the ashtray. I attached strips of velcro inside the ashtray and to the bottom of the mounting bracket to hold everything in place - it is surprisingly stable. I am also able to stuff the excess wiring from the power adaptor and antenna into the ashtray to keep them out of sight. The shifter does not touch the radio and the readout is very visible from the driver seat (while the car is moving). The plastic liner in the ashtray is removable if you need more room. I understand that this won't work with all of the different mounting units. My wife has an Audiovox SIRPNP3 unit and the mounting bracket was way too large.

I would have preferred to have the integrated unit Mazda offers, but it was just too expensive. Granted, you can see a few wires in my car, but I can live with that given the $380 ($430 vs $50) difference in cost.
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