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    Need help with audio install

    I have a question that I hope someone will be able to give me an easy answer to. Sorry for the long post but I have no choice but to explain from beginning.

    I have my carputer audio output connected to the auxiliary input of my HU. Currently I use the carputer for GPS only until I have it loaded with audio. So I am still using the HU to play regular CD or listen to the radio. The problem I have is that I can only choose to listen to GPS or CD/radio but not both at the same time.
    I bought a KH style relay that can switch between two “4 wire” sources. I plan to connect the audio from carputer into the input terminals of relay and have one of the outputs connected to my HU and the other output to a simple speaker. The negative 12 volt of the HU will activate the relay and route GPS to the speaker if I am listening to radio/CD, and switch it back to HU if I am not using the radio/cd on the HU.

    My question is that if the audio quality is going to suffer because I will be passing through the relay. Will I have interference, noise or cross talk because of that? How can I prevent that from happening? shielding? Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

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    A relay is a switch. Mount the relay(s) in an isolated place, and it should make no audible difference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David88vert
    A relay is a switch. Mount the relay(s) in an isolated place, and it should make no audible difference.
    That is what I was thinking too. But I had seen many posts regarding shielding the audio lines and I thought if those wires are going to be next to power lines within the body of the relay without any shielding then it might cause problems. Thanks for the input.

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    You shouldn't run into any problems.
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    Thank you!

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