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Volvo C70 Audio System Problems



  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    According to Volvo, you can view songs and playlists on the radio screen.
    Steering wheel controls will work.
  • crixycrixy Posts: 3
    I've just had this fitted to an '08 C70 in the UK. You can access and control the full ipod menu via the audio controls on the centre stack. All your playlists are listed, and you can get albums and artists too. Once connected all the controls on your actual iPod are disabled so it can only be controlled via the audio menu system. Once a playlist or album is selected via the centre stack you can move forward or back a track at a time via the steering controls. I don't think you can change playlist etc via steering controls - but I'm still learning as I've only had it a week. You don't want to be swapping playlists while driving via the centre stack as it is a little tricky!
    It's a fairly expensive option - but I managed to get it almost thrown in with a deal on a new car so was worthwhile! And it leaves the sole 12v socket (why only one?) free for your phone or sat nav system.
  • hummushummus Posts: 8

    Thanks for the detailed feedback. Sounds like there is alot of useful functionality and worth the investment. Did you notice a difference in sound quality between the interface and the auxiallary input (like Volvo advertises)?

    I have an iphone so this seems like the perfect solution for me as I always have the device on me and will be able to charge it in the car while listening to music.
  • crixycrixy Posts: 3

    I can't compare sound with the aux input as I've never used it - however it is fantastic quality compared to the FM iTrip I used before.

    The bad news is that my iPhone does NOT work with the system - just says unsupported device. There might be a way to fix that - I don't know. I now just leave my old iPod mini in the car all the time..
  • hummushummus Posts: 8
    That is really strange because they sell a cradle for the Iphone as part of the music interface and even have a picture of it on their accessories website (see link below).

    I also called Volvo North America personal shopper and was told that it is compatible with the Iphone. I guess more investigating is in order before I shell out $600.00 for the interface combo. Thanks again for all your insight.
  • ilinevilinev Posts: 4
    I just bought a 2008 C70 on Saturday and would like to get the iPod music interface installed. I was wondering if hummus found out any more information about the interface's compatibility with the iPhone and whether he/she got a good deal from the dealer.

  • hummushummus Posts: 8
    I got it installed and it works great with the iphone. The sound is better than CD (with good encoded songs) and much, much better than the auxiliary input. The only thing I don't like is that when you are playing a song in a playlist, album, artist, etc., you can't go up one level up but have to start from scratch again. Other than that it mimics the ipod interface pretty well.

    I highly recommend you print out the part numbers and specs from the link I attached in a previous post as the dealer I went to had no clue that the interface was compatible with the iphone/itouch. They did not want to do the installation for me until I showed them the documentation that the iphone was indeed compatible. They were hesitant but still did it. Later they told me that Volvo does not communicate new products well and they learn about new developments through customers. Volvo has communication issues to resolve and I shared my feedback via a survey.

    As far as price, I think it was $650.00 with installation and tax.

    And finally, a very pleasant and unanticipated surprise is that the kit included a USB interface. You can add songs (mpr and wav only) on a usb jump drive and play it through the radio with the same ease and clarity as the Ipod interface. I highly recommend the ipod/usb kit especially if you have dynaudio.
  • ilinevilinev Posts: 4
    I just got the iPod interface installed yesterday ($590 before tax). While I haven't had a chance to put it through a rigorous test it seemed to integrate quite nicely with my iPod Nano. The sound quality was amazingly clear--that Dynaudio really came into its own. I wish I had remembered yesterday to test it with my iPhone. Having read the instructions manual, it seems the system should be compatible with the iPhone. Apparently, Volvo designed the system to be device-agnostic, so long as the music files are stored in one of the recognized formats--MP3, WAV, etc. Like you pointed out, the package includes a 1GB USB flash drive--a nice touch.

    The one thing that concerns me a little is that it didn't become immediately clear to me how to browse my iPod's playlists. The iPod itself is disabled as soon it is plugged into the cable with a Volvo logo flashing on the screen. According to the manual, the system should mimic the iPod's file system but I have to play with it a little more to figure it out.

    All in all, I love the idea of bringing my iPod, or any other music player, into the car, plugging it in, and having access to all of my music. I think Volvo should make this option standard on all of their vehicles, especially the luxury ones.
  • I, too, am considering getting the iPod music interface. I was told that it was $595 installed and that once installed by Volvo, it has a very good warranty. Given the price, I was curious as to whether anyone knows whether there is a harness or equivalent hardware set for the Volvo C70. It seems to be a crime to be able to install a Pioneer HD radio with XM satellite radio, a CD player, a ceiling-mounted dropdown DVD player, and an ipod interface that controls my iTouch in a 1998 vehicle (my old SUV) for a total of $700 while there is apparently no such option for a Volvo C70. Is it because the Volvo is so new? Is there no other source for the interface?
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    The problem is the software.
    The interface requires software from Volvo.
    Volvo's stereo system(or any system in the car) wasn't designed to work with any aftermarket applications.
    Nor was it desgined to be easily replaced by an aftermarket system.

    This is true for most newer cars, esp the higher end ones.
  • ilinevilinev Posts: 4
    Volvomax is exactly right--the dealership had to update the Dynaudio software in order for it to connect to the iPod. I was going to suggest philippians413 buy just the parts from the dealer and either install them him/herself but updating the software would have been a problem. Even with the software update, I still think the $600 is excessive. Of that, $300 was parts and the rest labor. Have you noticed that most dealerships bill at over $100/hr. now...

    I have to say that I would have happily swallowed the cost if the iPod interface worked properly. It bugs me beyond belief that I can't browse my iPod's playlists and play an album from start to finish. For some reason, the car stereo indexes all music files on the iPod and creates its own filesystem. It then proceeds to play the songs in no particular order--it's utterly frustrating. The only navigation possible is by turning the Tuning dial, which skips from song to song. Remember, however, that the songs are arranged completely haphazardly by the stereo. I have over 5,000 songs on my iPod, so you can imagine the utter mess and frustration in trying to play related songs. The songs are not organized in any logical fashion. I assume the system indexes the songs in alphabetical oder by song name. Why didn't Volvo design the system so it loads the iPod's file structure? I guess they thought they could out-design Apple.

    If someone can shed light on this issue, I'd really appreciate it.
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    The install isn't easy.
    You are ripping open the center console and the dash.
    If you don't now what you are doing, you can make a hash of things.

    It just amazes me that someone would spend $40-50,000 on a car and then try to save a couple hundred dollars on a complicated accessory.

    Personally, I don't have the USB connector. I'm perfectly happy using the reg Aux input and using the controls on my iphone.
    I just start my playlist before I drive away. :)
  • hummushummus Posts: 8

    I am having a different experience than you with my setup. When I am in the Ipod mode, I hit the enter button and from there I can choose my album, playlist, artist, whatever (just like the regular ipod). I hit enter and then go into the next folder where I can either choose a sub folder ( a particlar album) or a song and then hit enter again and it will play all the songs in that folder in order. Once I am done with folde I am in, I have to hit enter to begin the process all over and can't just go up a level which is a little disappointing but has much more functionality than you described. Try the enter button and if that does not work talk to you dealer becasue you are missing a bunch of critical functionality. I am using an iPhone with 2.0 software on it.
  • ilinevilinev Posts: 4

    Wow, this is amazing. What you describe above worked like a charm. Once the stereo connected to the iPhone, I pressed Enter, which allowed me to browse the iPod file structure on the stereo LCD--Albums, Artists, Songs, Genres, Composers--they were all there. Do you have any other secrets up your sleeve you'd like to share with us? Better still, call Volvo and offer to revise the iPod interface manual because currently it leaves this "minor" detail out.

    As you can tell, I'm still giddy with excitement but I had pretty much given up on the idea of being able to listen to an album from start to finish.

    Thanks for you help

  • hummushummus Posts: 8
    I am glad it worked for you. As you have already experienced, this takes the interface to a whole new level that makes the money spent well worth it.
  • I recently had the genuine Bluetooth kit installed at my dealer and have two comments/questions:
    #1 - A few moments after I start the car, the audio is interrupted with the message that my phone is connected. This is normal. However, about two thirds of the time that I drive, a minute or two later, the Bluetooth link is "lost" and has to be restored. Seems weird that it is always a block or two after I start the car, wherever I am. Is anyone else having this same problem?
    #2 - One reason I bought the Volvo system was that the audio plays through the stereo. However, the volume adjustment is not the stereo's volume knob, but instead the pushbutton on the Bluetooth accessory. As someone else mentioned on this board, with the top down it is simply not loud enough. Does anyone know if this can be re-wired to allow the volume knob to control the volume so that it can be louder than what the accessory pushbutton allows?
  • Hey,

    I pulled out the whole audio system of my volvo C70 and pluged in another one. It asked me to input a code, I input the one on the card, but after I input the code 3 times, it said:" system off" and does not work at all. I pluged in the previous one, input the code, but it does not work either. What should I do now?
  • I just purchased a C70 and I would like to add Bluetooth. The dealership wants to charge $750 for this feature. Volvo's bluetooth is integrated into the stereo and speakers which is a very nice feature. My concern is this....The actual bluetooth module is $380. The additional $270. is labor. I understand the idea of making a profit but was hoping that because I purchased the car from them they would be more reasonable on the installation costs. I was told that is a very quick installation and the downloading of some software. (I was told this by one of the Volvo dealerships)
    Here is my question...Has anyone had any kind of bluetooth installed in their Volvo with Dynoaudio? I am hoping that there is a good quality bluetooth that can be integrated into the stereo so that I can hear the caller clearly and so that they can hear me clearly. Any suggestions or help would be greatly appreciated since the dealership that I purchased my car through has been less than helpful. They do not have any valuable advice. As a matter of fact, the Sales Manager suggested that I purchase one that attaches to my visor. I already own one. It is a Parrot that I purchased for $99 and it allows too much wind noise when the top is down.
    Thanks everybody,
  • Hi Wendy,
    I have the Bluetooth from the dealer. It works well with the top up, but is useless with the top down. You either have to pull over to answer the phone, or use the handset (not a big deal to change, one button). I thought the price on the Bluetooth was crazy, but there is alot more to it than a plug-in. It is mounted on the dash, and wired somehow into the car. It took them a day to install mine. We also have one in our Infiniti SUV, and theirs works better in some ways, but the voice recognition in the Volvo seems better. If your only reason for having the Bluetooth installed at the dealer is to use it with the top down, stick with the Parrot. The Volvo Bluetooth is pretty, but big bucks!
  • bmyers1bmyers1 Posts: 8
    I recently bought a 2000 c70. it has the factory 3 disc cd stereo. Where do i find the cd changer for the stereo? :confuse:
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