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06-24-2019 11:44 PM
marlboromike Remember...if any one wants to change the coloring of your LED readout...all u need is another face plate ONLY from another GM car....as long as they are identical radios. Just the face plate is needed...not the entire radio
06-24-2019 09:37 PM
jaleonard3 I just finished installing a Kenwood DNX996XR head unit in my Sky. I also followed the path blazed by Mike Martin and installed a dash cam and a reverse camera. It wasn't especially difficult but I haven't managed to successfully program the steering wheel control integration yet. I have very minimal mods on my car but I just couldn't stand the orange text in the factory radio any longer. Couldn't read it at all with the top down. The new Kenwood has sat-nav, carplay, sirius/xm, the works. It a very nice upgrade and I'm very happy with it so far.
06-21-2019 03:57 PM
ZPM
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Originally Posted by Shawnkart83$ View Post
What about adding a replacement for the subwoofer, and adding a power amp for the subwoofer using the existing Monsoon amp.
Certainly can be done. You'd need to run an 8 or 10 gauge power line from the battery to the new amp. Easiest way to send it input signal would be to use the monsoon's high-level output lines that originally powered the subwoofer. Otherwise, make RCA connectors by splicing into the low level input lines from the head unit. If you have an aftermarket head unity, you could also run an RCA cable from the head unit to send input to the new amp.
05-24-2019 09:19 AM
Shawnkart83$ What about adding a replacement for the subwoofer, and adding a power amp for the subwoofer using the existing Monsoon amp.
08-06-2018 02:57 PM
KVandenh1 I just replaced the radio in mine and used the aswc-1 module. It was a pita to get working and it ended up being because for some kenwood radios they recommend unplugging the 3.5mm during programming and then plugging it in. Did that no problems since.

To agree with many replacing the head unit has been a huge upgrade with the monsoon system. Sounds better and can hear it with top down doing 80 on the highway.
08-05-2018 03:53 PM
Windancer
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Originally Posted by ZPM View Post
What's this "winter" thing? Is it coming?
I wish we didn't have winter...…….. I would love to drive my car year round.

Terry
08-05-2018 03:48 PM
Windancer
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Originally Posted by snkhill55 View Post
Looking for a sound system and all I saw was old news. Wondering if there was a newer solution, thanks.
I know you have gotten a huge amount of opinions. This is just my opinion and mine only and let me preface it with "I'm not an expert". I replaced my head unit with a Kenwood unit (certainly not the best or the most expensive one) and I was very pleasantly surprised by the increased quality of the sound and the increased volume without distortion I got. My unit has Bluetooth, Pandora, I Heart Radio, Sirius and others. It plays music from a USB stick and most of all looks good IMO.


Terry
08-05-2018 03:15 PM
ZPM
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Originally Posted by mstrjon32 View Post
The very first Axxess integration adapter I put in this car would flatten the battery in about a week--as in, totally dead, no crank, no lights, nothing. If you're still using that and you don't need OnStar, I'd highly recommend you get the updated non-OnStar model. It's cheaper than a replacement battery, anyway.

The ASWC-1 is a pain to get working the first time, but mine is working fully and hasn't lost its programming or given me any issues since I installed it. I even disconnect the battery during the winter months now and as soon as I reconnect it everything is as normal.
I'm getting the AGM type battery next time. I understand it can be deep cycled without damage. I used to put deep cycle marines in all my cars but the AGM has more sizes available.

I live in Texas. What's this "winter" thing? Is it coming?
08-05-2018 03:14 PM
jshines This thread has intrigued me so much I sent the following question to Crutchfield:

QUESTION: "Looking for a speakers just for the doors that would improve the overall sound. Keeping the stock head unit. Is there something specific about looking for speakers that will play nice with the factory head unit?"

ANSWER: "Thanks for the email. So there are a number of things to look for when pairing a speaker with a stock radio, but the main thing is the speakers sensitivity. This is how low a speaker can get given a specific amount of power and is measured in db. The higher the better and anything over 90db is what you would be looking for to run well on a stock radio.

That's not a guarantee though, there are plenty of very high end speakers with high sensitivity that would sound awful on a stock radio. So you would also want to look at the speakers minimum listed power. If its 5 watts or more it will struggle on a stock radio. Problem is many companies don't list minimum wattage since none one wants to print a low wattage on their box as the common misconception is more power the better.

Kickers are a good example of speakers that run well on stock power, the 43CSC654 would fit your front doors and sound great. They don't list the minimum wattage so its a bad example there but we have used these on countless stock radios and always had good luck with them."
08-05-2018 01:44 AM
mstrjon32
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Originally Posted by Rockchops View Post
For what worit's worth, I was never able to get the SWC module to work in mine. The onstar and chime module wasn't bad though, only a few wires. I must have the old system, my setup definitely has a parasitic draw when the car is not on...been through several batteries now.
The very first Axxess integration adapter I put in this car would flatten the battery in about a week--as in, totally dead, no crank, no lights, nothing. If you're still using that and you don't need OnStar, I'd highly recommend you get the updated non-OnStar model. It's cheaper than a replacement battery, anyway.

The ASWC-1 is a pain to get working the first time, but mine is working fully and hasn't lost its programming or given me any issues since I installed it. I even disconnect the battery during the winter months now and as soon as I reconnect it everything is as normal.
08-04-2018 06:06 PM
Rockchops For what worit's worth, I was never able to get the SWC module to work in mine. The onstar and chime module wasn't bad though, only a few wires. I must have the old system, my setup definitely has a parasitic draw when the car is not on...been through several batteries now.
08-04-2018 02:49 PM
ZPM Good points. I guess I can do without Onstar. It works but I'm never going to subscribe. Definitely, I want the preamp aspect. Thanks for the heads up on making more space. I'll get to work and report back!
08-04-2018 01:09 PM
mstrjon32
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Originally Posted by ZPM View Post
Thanks for all the input. Part of what held me off on this was having to do all the research and guessing on unclear items. I'd like to maintain Onstar functionality so I plan to go with the SWC unit. Partly out of nostalgia because I was one of the original nine software engineers at Motorola Telematics that developed the system (Gen F1) in the late 90's, and part to keep the car as functionally as original as possible. Even though I may never actually subscribe to the service. However, I'll carefully research its getting between the HU and the amp, read your old posts, and talk to Axxess about it first. My impression is they would have corrected the faults you mentioned in the new unit.

Thanks again!
Since I imported the car to Germany it was never even a second thought about preserving OnStar since it would never work here anyway, but I would seriously consider how important it is to you before going with the more expensive (and likely signal noise-introducing) integration kit. If you ever really want to go back to stock you're not modifying the electronics in the car in any way, so you could just plug the original head unit back in. Does OnStar still even work for these cars? I feel like the cellular networks have really moved on since the mid 2000's...

You'll probably find it in my old posts, but back when I first started this whole effort I bought the Axxess integration kit that allowed you to use the pre-amp level outputs, but that kit would drain the battery. They later replaced that item with a newer version that claimed to fix the problem, but it needed a speaker-level input, I wanted to run the 80PRS with the internal amplifier disabled, and it just seemed ridiculous to amplify the signal, convert it back to line level, and then amplify it again. If I recall correctly that one ended up as more money in the trash. Around that time they released the "Basix" series which had it's own dedicated speaker for the chimes and turn signals and left my audio signal alone, and that was really the golden ticket for me.

Also, there is one last detail I just remembered--you will need to "make some space" behind the radio by means of removing some of the plastic behind the dash. I used a ~30mm wood drill bit to make a hole to allow the connectors to fit far enough back and the radio to fit flush in the dash. It's behind the radio and wont affect your ability to reinstall the stock radio at all.

Let us know how it goes.
08-04-2018 12:01 PM
ZPM
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Originally Posted by mstrjon32 View Post
Looking at the Axxess web site it looks like the AX-GMLAN11-SWC is for retaining OnStar, and must be getting in between the HU signal and the amplifier to provide that--I'd definitely avoid it. The non "-SWC" model just does the basic functions like the chimes and the RAP, but you're right, it will require you to buy the steering interface separately.

It's probably still cheaper too--when I bought the BX-GM4, IIRC, it was about 40, and another 40 for the steering interface, which is less than the ~200 OnStar kits, which are useless to me and only introduce signal noise, anyway. If you look way back in my post history you'll find me complaining about how they introduced noise and were running my battery down in under a week of being parked.

For the mounting kit it looks like I used the Metra 99-3302.
Thanks for all the input. Part of what held me off on this was having to do all the research and guessing on unclear items. I'd like to maintain Onstar functionality so I plan to go with the SWC unit. Partly out of nostalgia because I was one of the original nine software engineers at Motorola Telematics that developed the system (Gen F1) in the late 90's, and part to keep the car as functionally as original as possible. Even though I may never actually subscribe to the service. However, I'll carefully research its getting between the HU and the amp, read your old posts, and talk to Axxess about it first. My impression is they would have corrected the faults you mentioned in the new unit.

Thanks again!
08-04-2018 02:05 AM
mstrjon32 Looking at the Axxess web site it looks like the AX-GMLAN11-SWC is for retaining OnStar, and must be getting in between the HU signal and the amplifier to provide that--I'd definitely avoid it. The non "-SWC" model just does the basic functions like the chimes and the RAP, but you're right, it will require you to buy the steering interface separately.

It's probably still cheaper too--when I bought the BX-GM4, IIRC, it was about 40, and another 40 for the steering interface, which is less than the ~200 OnStar kits, which are useless to me and only introduce signal noise, anyway. If you look way back in my post history you'll find me complaining about how they introduced noise and were running my battery down in under a week of being parked.

For the mounting kit it looks like I used the Metra 99-3302.
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