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    How do I go louder?

    Hi. I just finished installing a few weeks ago, and I am not satisfied by how loud my speakers can get. I want them to be as loud as when the factory HU was in there.

    I have the master volume maxed, along with all the other lines that appy. It's loud enough for around town, but it can't get loud enough for windows down hiway driving.

    Would an external volume knob solve my problem?

    Thanks in advance!

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    There is so much information missing, it's not even funny.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    Quote Originally Posted by DarquePervert View Post
    There is so much information missing, it's not even funny.
    +1

    what amp are you using?
    what type of speakers?
    What type of wire?
    how is the power run?

    and most cheaper external volume knobs are passive, meaning that they can only lower the sound going into them, and have no way to amplify the input.

    preamps/line drivers start at about $50 for a jl audio cl-rlc(includes volume knob), and go up, but require rca lines to hook up-- also , with the lack of info, i have no idea weather you just need a line driver or a line driver with a volume control.

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    Thanks soundman for at least pointing me in the right direction...

    I'm using the factory bose amp with the same factory 8 speaker bose sound system.
    I've looked around a lot, and I'm having trouble finding exact system specs on my amp and my speakers

    Currently, I have a splitter coming out of the sound card to split the left and right channel into their own line level outputs.

    For example, the left line level output is tapped directly into the front left+ and front left- inputs on my factory amp.

    I mentioned that I'm still waiting on a part to finish, and I'm hoping that this will take care of the problem. I'm going to be using speaker level inputs to the amp instead of line level.

    As far as speaker wire, its just a standard 3.5mm plug split out into a left and right, positive and negative.

    The power is run to the amp through the factory setup, I have not altered the power in any way. I have however tapped into the remote power wire for the amp to run a remote power wire to the CPU in the trunk, so it turns on when I turn my key.


    I opted not to go with an aftermarket amp, as I would need 2 - 4channel amps, and I don't want to get that involved if I don't have to.

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    In windows there are several settings that affect volume.

    You need to go to Control Panel and then Sound and make sure all the line outputs cd mic etc are all the way up. Also in Road Runner make sure all the levels are up. Then in Winamp make sure all the levels are up. Then in your sound card app make sure all the levels are up. Etc, etc.

    You will find you have to dig a bit to find all the different programs that can be causing low volume.

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    I'm using the latest Centrafuse software, and all the levels within centrafuse are maxed. I'll do some digging to see if I can find any more levels that can be adjusted. Thanks for giving me a place to start.

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    I'm not 100% sure, but I believe you're in need of some form of line-converter if you're going into Bose. What make/model/year vehicle?
    Play with it, 'til it's broke.

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    2001 CLK-430, also know as the w208 model

    I'm using line level inputs to the amp right now, will be switching to speaker level inputs once I finally get my part from Dealer Cost Car Audio.... (Been waiting for 4 weeks now...)

    Here is my car / setup:
    2001 Mercedes Benz Clk-430 w208

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    Quote Originally Posted by thekl0wn View Post
    I'm not 100% sure, but I believe you're in need of some form of line-converter if you're going into Bose. What make/model/year vehicle?

    this is what i was thinking, also, it could only be expecting a higher line level, and if you chose to run speaker level, could run the chance of destroying the input circuit of the amp. some of the bose amps expect speaker level, some expect line level-- it varies by the car. double check what you need, double check it again, and then go through with it.

    where are you located? i have a 8 volt 6 channel preamp that i might be willing to loan you-- the outputs are technically bad, so it produces its own noise at a low level(the reason i have it sitting around), but might be a good thing to try if you can't find any info on weather teh factory deck is line or speaker level.

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