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Old 01-07-2007, 11:04 AM   #1
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I recently installed a radio w/ aux-in port. I picked up an aux cable that had built-in filters. Problem is- no sound. If I turn my reciever volume to max, I can barely hear any sound. I checked the sirius radio and sound is max there. Could there be something wrong with car radio? I just got this thing and don't know the history.
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Sounds more like the cable has an attenuator built in, not a filter. Why did you buy such a cable? Was there a need for attenuation?
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I'll build one at work tomorrow. I need a very short cable and have some 1/8 plugs laying around.
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Sounds more like the cable has an attenuator built in, not a filter. Why did you buy such a cable? Was there a need for attenuation?
I bought this one.
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make sure that the aux input is actually turned on in your radio settings. Some stereos (like mine) require you to atually turn on the input for it to work.

I had the exact same problem when i installed my stereo - no signal on my aux input. I eventually took out teh stereo and looked closely and saw that i had hooked my sirius tuner into the subwoofer output of the radio! serves me right for installing it at night and just feeling around for the right connector instead of actually looking for it!
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I bought this one.
The resistors in that cable are probably lowering the level of the audio to the aux-in. Buy a cable without that. That cable is to go from a headphone output to a line-level aux-input. It's used for a different purpose in that application which sometimes needs that attenuation. What you want to do with your Sirius receiver should not require attenuation.

Many Sirius radios allow you to adjust the level of their aux-out (line-out) if you need to turn it down a little. I didn't see where you've noted which Sirius radio you have, so don't know if it has an audio level out adjustment.

You've already confirmed that the audio at the output of the Sirius radio is fine. But when you put that cable in, it is not. If you have a Radio Shack near you, they have the right cable.

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Bought a 3.5 MM stereo plug cable and, Weeeeeeeeeeeee, I have sound without static!
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