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No power to car stereo or starter

While installing a new car stereo in my 1999 Saturn SW2, I screwed something up, as I no longer get voltage to the orange "constant power" wire (well, sometimes a mere hundredth of a volt!) to my car stereo, and my engine won't crank either! Yet all of my other electronics (headlights, air conditioner, etc.) work fine. Is there a blown fuse preventing power from getting to the starter and the car stereo? If so, where might the fuse be? The fuses in the fuse box are all fine.
posted by Eiwalker on Jul 9, 2014 - 2 answers

High pitch pulse sound coming from stereo receiver

I am getting a high pitch sound coming out of stereo in a pulse that would make a dog loopy. I do not have a sophisticated setup. The stereo is plugged into the wall. Apple TV is plugged into wall and TV. Router plugged into power strip along with DVD player. I switched out all RCA plugs and speaker wire. [more inside]
posted by snap_dragon on Jan 29, 2014 - 8 answers

How do I install an auxiliary port in my car?

I drive an '09 Nissan Versa hatchback (base model). I'm sick of burning CD's and listening to the same songs, listening to songs from my phone echoed by the cup holder, and there's far too much feedback with an FM transmitter for my iPod. What I am looking to do is simply buy a stock Nissan Versa stereo with an auxiliary plug-in. Is/are there any additional components I would need aside from the new stock stereo itself? I plan on recruiting a technologically savvy friend who can install it for me. And in case anyone is curious, I'd like to stick with a stock stereo as I'd intend to leave it in even when selling or trading in.
posted by HiphopAnonymous on Jan 12, 2014 - 12 answers

Audio system for a cottage

We're looking to play music and other audio at a cottage. Do we want a mini system, powered speakers or what? [more inside]
posted by bonehead on Aug 10, 2013 - 7 answers

The sound on my vintage receiver cuts out.

My dad recently gave me his mid '70s-era receiver. It's a Kenwood KR-5600 (here's a photo). I've got it up and running and it mostly sounds great to my ears, but the sound sometimes fluctuates (cutting/fading in and out) when I'm playing my turntable through it (a Toshiba SR-F770 direct drive...nothing fancy). [more inside]
posted by The Card Cheat on Apr 29, 2013 - 7 answers

Fix my crummy 80s Hi Fi

Speaker and turntable both on the fritz. [more inside]
posted by theodolite on Jan 1, 2013 - 6 answers

I listen to music through my TV and it has to end.

My computer is connected via HDMI to the flatscreen TV in my living room. There has to be a better way to listen to my music than through TV speakers. Help me out. [more inside]
posted by anthropomorphic on Nov 15, 2012 - 14 answers

iPad + ? = music

With all this tech, surely there's a way to listen to music in my living room? [more inside]
posted by libraryhead on May 16, 2012 - 25 answers

Going up to eleven. And twelve, thirteen...

Would a FiiO amplifier or similar be suitable for amplifying my TV through headphones? [more inside]
posted by sleepcrime on Nov 10, 2011 - 2 answers

Which stereo will rock the party?

Help an audio noob figure out what kind of sound system would be good enough to play music at a small party in a large space. Would a home audio system be sufficient? [more inside]
posted by zosime on Oct 18, 2011 - 7 answers

Looking for a single (1-ear) earbud

Looking for recommendations for a single earbud (1 earbud) for an mp3 player. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Aug 17, 2011 - 9 answers

Old Movies with New Sound Effects

Why, when remastering old movies, do they record new sound effects to dub over the original audio? [more inside]
posted by koolgiy on Apr 2, 2011 - 5 answers

Help bring music to our home.

Stereo advice needed. [more inside]
posted by ottereroticist on Mar 9, 2011 - 14 answers

HiFi CD player vs DAC

Audiophile questions: HiFi CD player vs DAC. What benefit is there to a CD player compared to just getting a quality digital/analog converter? What exactly is a quality DAC? Help me avoid audiophile snake oil! [more inside]
posted by cotterpin on Jan 24, 2011 - 15 answers

Device that makes mp3s sound deeper, richer, etc.

I found and immediately lost a link the other day that talked about a device that made mp3s sound richer, deeper, perhaps like vinyl (or at least not as compressed as they truly are). It was a rather simple device and the article talked about one brand as low as $150. I don't expect anyone to find the exact page especially as I am not being too descriptive. It was on an audiophile site and was recommended...not one of those 'buy this cheapie/crap product that screws up your music' sort of thing. If anyone knows what I am talking about or has something else that they know that works for improving mp3 sound through stereo, I'm interested. Pardon me for the nebulous post. It is the best my brain can recall. Thanks for your techie/audiophile input.
posted by snap_dragon on Dec 30, 2010 - 22 answers

Strategy needed for a new home audio system (not home theater).

I would like to upgrade or completely replace a 30+ year old stereo system, but don't know where to start. Previous questions seem to be oriented toward home theater, which is not an interest, or to address details instead of the overall approach. [more inside]
posted by Kevin S on Dec 12, 2010 - 18 answers

Why so negative?

Why does the sound system show negative db? [more inside]
posted by Hactar on Oct 20, 2010 - 12 answers

Troubleshooting distortion within turntable.

TurntableFilter: Distortion within 'table itself requires diagnosis and repair. Troubleshooting ideas and/or audio technician recommendations near Boston, MA much appreciated! [more inside]
posted by alexandermatheson on Aug 17, 2010 - 6 answers

Does my power amp work?

I inherited a NAD 214 stereo power amplifier. I plugged it into power and the lights came on. In order to get it out of the house (spring cleaning) I listed it on ebay for $5 and said it powers up fine. But now it's getting lots of attention and I have people asking me if it works properly. [more inside]
posted by bingoes on Aug 14, 2010 - 16 answers

Car stereo mysterious goes silent

While driving into work yesterday, the stereo in my car mysteriously stopped working. I was listening to NPR, then ... nothing ... just silence. Help me troubleshoot this problem, or suggest a solution for getting it fixed. [more inside]
posted by slogger on Jul 28, 2010 - 13 answers

What's the best way to stream audio or video straight to my TV?

I want to be able to stream music or video straight from my PC to my TV and stereo system. What's the best way to do this? Will a WD TV Live work, or are there other options? [more inside]
posted by gchucky on Jul 5, 2010 - 6 answers

Where is a good place to look for reel to reel audio tapes?

Where is a good place to look for reel to reel audio tapes? Especially ones with non-music recordings on them. [more inside]
posted by tuck_nroll on Jun 3, 2010 - 5 answers

Please recommend a car stereo with a USB input jack.

I want to buy a car stereo with a USB input. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Apr 24, 2010 - 8 answers

New stereo amp to replace my broken one.

My amplifier/receiver died. I need something inexpensive (~$200) but powerful to replace it. I am not an audiophile but like my music to sound good. Should I get a simple amplifier and an HD radio tuner or troll eBay for a used receiver? I have two sets of speakers plus woofer and need about 100W per channel. Need three or four inputs. Don't need fancy 5.1 or anything. Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by misterpatrick on Dec 10, 2009 - 5 answers

Getting equipped to groove

Please help me choose an inexpensive home stereo for a teenager. I'm overwhelmed! [more inside]
posted by notashroom on Dec 3, 2009 - 10 answers

My stubby amplifier...

Home amp filter: Shallow cabinet, 5.1-channel, three-input-HDMI, two-zone, good-quality amplifier-receiver -- does it exist? [more inside]
posted by rleamon on Nov 15, 2009 - 2 answers

bluetooth headset options

Is there a bluetooth receiver that will function as a mic but allow me to use my own earbuds? [more inside]
posted by boo_radley on Sep 6, 2009 - 6 answers

Wiring up an old radiogram

I found a radiogram on the street. There are two short wires out the back, both stripped about 1/4" bare, and no plug. With regard to polarity, does it matter how I attach a new lead and plug? I'm in the US and will be plugging it in to 110V. [more inside]
posted by carter on Aug 14, 2009 - 12 answers

How do I stop my surround sound system cutting out?

My surround sound system keeps cutting out at higher volumes. Please help me find a way to stop it happening. [more inside]
posted by Beep on Jan 21, 2009 - 9 answers

Help me find an album from the 70s that was never released

Once upon a time (the seventies), there existed a Lincoln Majorca live album that stores used to sell stereo equipment. Help me figure out what it was and where it can be found (on CD or mp3). [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Dec 29, 2008 - 4 answers

Where can I find a specific stereo speaker to replace my old one?

Where can I find the correct speaker for my Panasonic CD Stereo System, model number SC-AK600? It still works quite well except for the left surround speaker. I need to find a replacement speaker. Any websites out there that sell these?
posted by Beep on Dec 16, 2008 - 3 answers

iPhone car charger?

What's a good iPhone car charger that won't make my music noisy? [more inside]
posted by olinerd on Nov 18, 2008 - 3 answers

Assembling a budget stereo.

I am confused about assembling a relatively budget, quality home stereo system. (long) [more inside]
posted by Marquis on Oct 13, 2008 - 14 answers

Help improve my sound!

Help improve my sound! After listening to some pristine, rich & dynamic music at a friend's studio, I've decided to improve my own setup. The catch? I don't want to spend thousands and have no interest in audiophile snake oil. Recommendations? Details on my existing gear inside. [more inside]
posted by aladfar on Jul 9, 2008 - 13 answers

A cheap mp3 player for a 16-year-old girl...

Please help my girlfriend buy a cheap mp3 player for a 16-year-old girl in foster care she's "adopted" for the holidays. [more inside]
posted by Ian A.T. on Dec 1, 2007 - 30 answers

How can I record speech in stereo?

Oh, how I wish I could record in stereo, but as things stand, it's looking like it's going to have to be a mono-podcast. Help me get into both channels. [more inside]
posted by featherboa on Aug 4, 2006 - 13 answers

Help me replace my music-player!

I need help figuring out which audio amplifier I should buy. [more inside]
posted by bubukaba on Mar 28, 2006 - 11 answers

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