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Volvo C70 Audio System Problems

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  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    Why didn't you just go w/ the factory Motorola unit???
  • jaanjaan Posts: 3
    Nokia 616 advantages:
    1) Additional display, showing caller Id, even keeping phone in the pocket.
    2) Ability to dial any number (not only voice-tags) and any number in address book (incl for contacts with multiple numbers attached).
    3) Number of reports about Volvo BT handsfree, complaining about incompatibility with Nokia phones.
  • freddy8freddy8 Posts: 13
    I need a handsfree solution for my '7 C70, with Dynaudio, for safety. (By the way, isn't driving the car just glorious?! Tons of money, but I'm so affected daily, with 5k on the car now in 3 months). I'd like 75mph top-down driving across L.A. on serious (sounding) business calls. Wonder if the $35 bluetooth headset option is better sound quality, with mic closer to my mouth, than the Volvo bluetooth accessory.

    On-line, the Scala 700 seems the most citations for top-down good noise reduction. Wish I knew results of someone's good research on this subject, or that I could design the product myself.

    It's worth it to me to pay $35 or $450, to get a great solution here -- use of commute time.

    Thanks.
  • freddy8freddy8 Posts: 13
    Make your own discussion:

    The Scala 700 worked horribly.

    Looks like there's a product called "The Boom" that has been tested in helicopters. A headset for cell phones with active noise reduction technology.
  • cricket4cricket4 Posts: 94
    Whatever you find out please let us know. I have the dealership-installed Volvo bluetooth and I like it. However, when the top is down, I don't even bother answering my phone b/c I know there is no way the person on the other end will be able to hear a word I say. I just call them back when I'm not driving or when the top is up.
  • freddy8freddy8 Posts: 13
    Yep. www.umevoice.com. Product called "The Boom". 80mph on urban freeway, under an overpass, and no background noise was detectable. Nice find. Keep those kids in science class....
  • volvobuffvolvobuff Posts: 35
    My Volvo has the Premium sound system and the dealer-installed Hands Free Bluetooth car kit, which is an OEM version of the Motorola IHF1000. It worked fine for the first two weeks, then developed an odd little quirk: the car kit no longer mutes the paired cell phone handset ring on incoming calls, so both the cell phone and the car kit ring at the same time. It does this with three different Verizon network cell phones, so the problem is not with the phone. I have talked at length with both Motorola and Verizon tech support to no avail. Anyone out there have any thoughts on this problem? Apologies in advance for cross-posting this message to the S40 and V50 forums.
  • I just purchased a used 2006 C70 that has a nav system. No one can seem to tell me how to equip it with satellite radio? how can I tell if it's satellite ready or already installed. Please help.
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    Sat radio has to come from the factory.
    There is no way to add the factory system.

    If it has Sat radio, the tuner button would show it when you change bands.
  • tsk1tsk1 Posts: 31
    Just look the the fin attenna!
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    Fin antenna isn't alway the clue.
    If the car has Nav, it has the Fin antenna as well.
    Car can have Nav and not have Sat radio.
  • redbuzzredbuzz Posts: 57
    My dealer told me that all S40s have the fin regardless of whether they have satellite radio or navigation. Apparently it is easier production wise to put it on every unit. I dont know if the wiring is also always installed. This is not the case with C70s.
  • zanewiczzanewicz Posts: 1
    Thanks for the info - which model of the booms did you purchase? (I see there are a few)

    James
  • I have this interesting problem with my Ipod 5th gen 30gb and 2007 C70. If I leave it in the car, turned off, attached to the AUX port, and come back anywhere from 12-24 hours later, the Ipod battery is completely discharged - even though the car has not been turned on during the time. Doesn't matter if I have the Ipod connected to the 12v or not.

    I suspect that the Ipod is somehow getting a signal through the AUX port that is causing it to turn on. I've tried leaving the Ipod connected to the stereo cable, but not connecting the stereo cable to the AUX port. In this case, there is no discharge. I'm going to do some more experiments (different cable, connecting Ipod to my home stereo), but was wondering if anyone had any info on this problem.
  • Solved the problem. Turns out that the mini stereo cable must have a short in it. Tried a different cable - no problem.
  • dfaydfay Posts: 1
    I've got a 2000 C70 and I'd like to replace the original audio system. I'd appreciate any ideas/possibilites of systems that you may know of that can be used. Thanks!
  • I have a 1998 volvo C70. I just bought a new VALOR ITS-703W in dash DVD Player. I need to know if there is a kit that would fit my car, or if I will need a custom kit made.
  • mvnmvn Posts: 5
    I do not know if you have found a solution or not, but I own an 06 c70 convertible and found a way to install an FM modulator through the antenna to attach an XM radio.

    Since there is no way to connect the modulator directly to the radio, I traced the antenna connection back to the antenna itself and found the antenna connects up to the car using a European style cable kit as seen.

    http://www.installer.com/item/display_item.php?it=40-eu30

    The difficult part was running a long XM antenna extension 30' cable from the docking station to the back of the car. Then figuring a way to run the antenna from the trunk to the FM modulator mounted in the passenger rear quarter by the antenna without getting the wire cut by the hard top roof. I used 2- sided automotive tape to attach to the trunk lid; seeing that the trunk is fiberglass/plastic. Plus, the extension cable needs to run up through the center console and out from under the shifter (there is a space behind the radio and just above that cubby hole behind the radio.)

    This was certainly a challenge, and I may recommend buying the gaurantee for the satellite radio from stores like Circuit city, considering it took me two tries to keep the antenna from being torn/cut in the convertible framework.

    All in all, I am happy with the set up even though I have not found a decent way that I like to mount the Roady XT. It usually is kept in that space behind the radio, or it can be pulled out to be accessed. I think reception is partly reduced because I believe the powered satellite antennas use the metal surface to magnify the signal. I notice that the signal will fall out in places where it barely comes in with the my truck.
  • freddy8freddy8 Posts: 13
    Hi, anyone else have this problem/know a solution: after listening to the radio in the car for awhile -- 10 - 15 minutes -- with the key in the off position, I get a bad pop/boom from the speakers when I pull the key out. Yikes! hard on my fabulous (Dynaudio) sound system.

    Thanks!
  • hummushummus Posts: 11
    Has anyone had the Ipod music interface installed on a 2008 c70 and if so how does it work? Are you able to switch between playlists, artists and albums via stereo controls?

    I was ready to get this but then I tried an mp3 disc and was very disappointed to learn that you can't navigate between folders but only songs. I am concerned that the Ipod interface will have similar limitations. Thanks
  • 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: 11
    Crixy,

    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
    Hi,

    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..
    C.
  • hummushummus Posts: 11
    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.

    http://vccs.volvocars.se/accessories/cat/en-GB/C70/audio/cd/VCC-342631.htm
  • 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.

    Thanks
  • hummushummus Posts: 11
    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.
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