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Old 10-05-2014, 01:06 AM
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Speaker Problem

Alright, so I just bought a 93 Prelude Si. It came with an aftermarket head unit

and aftermarket rear speakers which were not hooked up. After some rigging I

got the rear speakers hooked up, but I've got a problem and I really hope you

guys can help me with it. When I put a cd in I can hear the music, but its very

low. I have to turn the volume up to 30+ to even hear anything while driving,

and at that volume its cracking and distorted. I had a similar problem in my old

240sx and it ended up being the speakers actually had amps built in and had to

have a power source. I don't know if the Prelude has something like that or

not, but I've checked all the connections at the HU and all the colors match.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 10-05-2014, 07:26 AM
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Re: Speaker Problem

Sounds like you need to stop rigging and take it somewhere that can do a proper install.

Probably your grounds.
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Re: Speaker Problem

I guess I should explain a little more. When I say rigging I mean one of the back

speakers still had its + & - wires attached to it which I wired up like normal.

The other speaker however I had to use some spare wire I found laying around

to make the + and - wires to attach to the stock ones. So I guess to clarify,

I have some knowledge of wiring and what not, I'm just no prelude expert. Is

there anything else anyone thinks it could be besides a bad ground?
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Sounds like the amp in the aftermarket head unit is rooted. Do you have any way of verifying if this is working properly?
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Sounds like the amp in the aftermarket head unit is rooted. Do you have any way of verifying if this is working properly?
^^x2. Sounds like a head unit problem.
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So none of the channels play loudly, but they all play? Not a connectivity issue, sounds like a fried amp. Within the hu
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Re: Speaker Problem

I understand trying to use what you already have and not forking out any money yet if you don't need to...

FIRST... Have you made sure that the radio isn't faded ALL THE WAY to the front?

Can you get the the speaker wires coming out of the back of the Head Unit? If so, try hooking a known good speaker to each set of speaker wires. (I.E. Right Front, Left Front, Right Rear, Left Rear) to eliminate bad wiring going to the back of the car and possible bad speakers.

And how does the FM Radio work? Do you have the same issue? Meaning, is it JUST the CD player that you have the low output?
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bah! I was too lazy to ask all those good questions, good job. Especially on the known speaker thing.
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So none of the channels play loudly, but they all play? Not a connectivity issue, sounds like a fried amp. Within the hu
Yea all of speakers play, except the door speakers which I found out today were missing. The front ones on the dash play and the after market rears play. Its like there is no power behind it if that makes sense. There is no bass or treble.



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I understand trying to use what you already have and not forking out any money yet if you don't need to...

FIRST... Have you made sure that the radio isn't faded ALL THE WAY to the front?

Can you get the the speaker wires coming out of the back of the Head Unit? If so, try hooking a known good speaker to each set of speaker wires. (I.E. Right Front, Left Front, Right Rear, Left Rear) to eliminate bad wiring going to the back of the car and possible bad speakers.

And how does the FM Radio work? Do you have the same issue? Meaning, is it JUST the CD player that you have the low output?

Yea I messed with the fade I don't know how many times now. I've looked over everything I know to look at 10 times lol. I think I'm gonna replace the HU tomorrow as some are suggesting and see if that works.

Thanks for the replies everyone, I'll update on whether or not it works.
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And how does the FM Radio work? Do you have the same issue? Meaning, is it JUST the CD player that you have the low output?
Oh and its the same for the radio and the CD player.
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Re: Speaker Problem

Switch speakers around to see if different channels work. Inspect or add ground from chassis of deck to metal ground in console frame. Take a speaker u know is good and hookup to deck. Make sure ATT function is not on, if equipped. What kind of deck is it?
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