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#118 of 143 Re: replace Car Stereo for 2001 TL [jliu_2000]
Oct 18, 2009 (12:40 pm)
It's unusual but the car stereo guy's right...more or less. The factory sub is powered by the factory external amp located behind the passenger side front kick panel. Unless you know about electronics and aren't experieced in it I would suggest not spending the time to attempt wiring anything into that factory amp. Nothing is marked on it and it's difficult to get schematics for it. In most Acura's I've heard, the rear panel the subwoofer is mounted in incapable of handling a lot of vibration....So removing that subwoofer is a viable option since replacing the head unit negates the presence of it anyway; UNLESS, you simply purchase small 100-watt amp and wire that into your new head unit. You can remove the factory amp in this instance as well. The subwoofer wires will be color coded which go to that factory amp. Peer at the wires connected to the factory subwoofer and write down the color codes, find the wires at the harness that went to the external amp and seperate them.. All of the speaker wire will be similar and will match in pairs. It's much simpler to rewire all of the speakers in the car if you are replacing them. If it's not a 5.1 surround system it may be a bi-amped system. All of the 5.1 surround systems use one external amp for all speakers. But if all speakers go to this one amp then you'll have to pig-tail speaker wires from the plug-in area where the factory amp was, to the new head unit. Most Acura audio systems sound better than even aftermarket head units, because of their external amp. Alpine makes an amplifier that has five channel output which would be the best sounding option to hang toward. No addition of an enclosed subwoofer is necessary by using this option, but even adding a small one such as a bazooka tube mounted away from the floor and close to the back seat on the underside of the horizontal sheet metal would add a tremendous amount of bass. The factory sub doesn't truly add a sufficient amount of lower end decibels that are equal to the decibels the other drivers can produce....This is the primary reason why most people who love music add subwoofers.
#119 of 143 Re: replace Car Stereo for 2001 TL [nemisis34]
Oct 20, 2009 (8:13 pm)
thanks for the detailed info. I temporarily will use a FM transmitter to listen from iPhone when driving. Acura doesn't have any new stereo available for 01 TL, and for the same 01 TL stereo that I am trying to replace but not able to, they are selling as part with listing price of $850.!!!
I guess it must be very difficult. otherwise the vendor (Clutchfield) will say they can make the new stereo to work with Acura installed sub.
#120 of 143 Re: DVD Audio Problem; 2004 TL [jkgreer2]
Jan 02, 2010 (6:58 am)
I have run across this post several times over the course of the last year. My 04 TL has had the EXACT same problem as you described. After reconnecting the battery, everything works, except for the DVD-A. And, it will load the DVD but simply does not play anything. Did you resolve this issue. Though I'm certain others have had this problem, you have the only post anywhere on the web that discusses it.
#121 of 143 Problem with Music Search by Artist
Jan 12, 2010 (12:11 am)
I have an 09 TL w/Nav. When I download more than one CD title by the same artist, and I do a Music Search by Artist of the music I've downloaded to the hard drive, it only directs me to ONE of the titles.
E.g., I downloaded a lot of Rickie Lee Jones. The first one was a 3 disc set, "The Duchess of Coolville".
I then downloaded about 4 other different CD's by her.
If I do a Music Search by Album, each of the albums are listed.
But I don't recall the album names for many of the artists for whom I've downloaded multiple titles, so I do the Music Search by Artist.
It only has ONE listing for Rickie Lee Jones. If I select it, it takes me to "The Duchess of Coolville" and all of the songs from the 3 disc set.
But it doesn't list all of the other CD's by her which I've downloaded.
The manual covers Music Search by Artist on p. 326. There is no mention of this problem.
Has anyone else experienced this?
If you have an '09 TL w/Nav and you have downloaded more than one title by a particular artist, I'd be grateful if you would do a Music Search by Artist, and let me know if you have the same issue.
Any idea where I go for an explanation/solution/fix?
I plan to ask the 2 Acura dealers in town, but when I was last at one of them and asked a question about the sound system, the service rep knew less than I did and suggested he'd ask one of the salesmen. A salesman won't know anything about this or how to remedy this unless he owns an 09 TL and encountered the same situation.
I also plan to call the phone number listed as Contact on myacura.com, but would be surprised if a phone rep can help with this.
Any idea where I go for an explanation/solution/fix?
It seems it would take an Acura sound system engineer to be able to provide further info (unless any of you can).
#122 of 143 Re: Problem with Music Search by Artist [jwbooth]
Jan 12, 2010 (7:05 am)
I will do it tonight and let you know, I have never done music search by artist- I do by album.But I have burned several CD's by the same artist, so I will let you know.
#123 of 143 Re: Problem with Music Search by Artist [billyperks2]
Jan 12, 2010 (11:55 pm)
Thanks, billyperks2. Looking forward to hearing from you.
Won't contact Accura until I know if it's a problem with the software in my car, or a problem with the way they designed the software.
#124 of 143 Re: Problem with Music Search by Artist [jwbooth]
Jan 14, 2010 (7:56 pm)
ok-I did it.First it brings up all the artist alphabetically and it list how many songs for all the different cd's the artist is on.So if I have two cd's in memory with that particular artist, the name will be listed twice for the two cd's and the number of songs for each of the cd's .So probabaly there is a glitch in your HDD.
#125 of 143 Re: Problem with Music Search by Artist [billyperks2]
Jan 19, 2010 (1:21 am)
billyperks2 - Thanks much. You've been very helpful.
I'd like to make sure I have this straight before I contact Acura:
In my case - If I've downloaded 2 different CD titles by an artist, and I "Search by Artist", and click on the artist's name, it will only list the artist one time, but IT WILL list the total number of tracks I've downloaded from both CD's.
Just to confirm - when you've done the same, and you've downloaded 2 different CD titles by an artist, and you do the "Search by Artist", it lists that artist 2 times (one under the other)? So that you can click on either of the titles, rather than only one?
Is that correct?
#126 of 143 Re: Problem with Music Search by Artist [jwbooth]
Jan 19, 2010 (4:49 am)
Sorry, I wrote that wrong. It should've said::
"In my case - If I've downloaded 2 different CD titles by an artist, and I "Search by Artist", , it will only list the artist one time, but IT WILL list the total number of tracks I've downloaded from both CD's."
ALSO - it does not list the title of the CD for any of the artists in my "Search by Artist" file.
Does your "Search by Artist" file list the title of the CD alongside the artist's name?
#127 of 143 Re: Problem with Music Search by Artist [jwbooth]
Jan 19, 2010 (8:30 am)
It does not list the title but the artist name appears more than once for each album that I have downloaded with his/her name. For example if I downloaded two CD's with Bob Marley, you would see his name listed twice with the number of tracks on each of the two cd's.