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Hyundai Sonata Audio Questions



  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,934
    The FM adapters are easy to use, just plug them into the headphone jack, but in my experience with a Belkin unit (about $20) we sometimes use with a portable DVD player, it doesn't work well in large urban areas, as it has only a few station settings and it's hard to find an unused station. Maybe there's units that have more of a selection of stations.
  • I just purchased a Silver 2006 Hyundai Sonata LX, 22k, loaded but without moonroof and infinity w/ subwoofer :(. I am looking to install the JVC HDR1 headunit (with built-in HD radio), but want to see what the dash looks like with aftermarket radio. Does anyone have pics? Does anyone have a headunit that looks particularly nice in the dash? Also, which 6 1/2" speakers fit nicely in the front and back doors? Is there a place for aftermarket componet tweeters? Thanks, and I cannot wait to pick up my car tomorrow.

  • tkumpftkumpf Posts: 27
    I just came across three MP3s that take about 40 seconds before the player will start playing, even if I switch away (to say, FM) in the middle of a song and try to resume the CD.

    It's very curious that the three that behave this way were all downloaded on the same day, and I have not had trouble with any other of my hundreds I've played so far.

    I'm not done troubleshooting this, and will post my findings when I figure it out (or not).
  • tkumpftkumpf Posts: 27
    OK, I haven't figured out exactly *what* is causing the delay, but I have a fix. The problem is definitely inside the MP3 file itself. I can get around the problem by opening and re-saving the file using an audio editor. I tried both Goldwave and SoundForge and the resulting files work perfectly in the player with no delay.

    I find it very curious/confounding that the only MP3s that display this behavior were all downloaded on the same day. It has nothing to do with the date of download either. Amazon permitted me to re-download them days later and they are exactly the same. The pre- and post- saved files are dramatically different binary files, so I couldn't find any obvious eyecatcher to tell me what may be the problem.

    It isn't the song manufacturer (although I first suspected Sony's DRM) as I have songs from those companies that work without the problem.

    If I find out any more I'll post it here.
  • I have found my radio (1 CD Vision for 07 Sonata) to be unusually picky about what kind of compressed audio disks will play. Variable rare WMA is difficult. Fixed rate MP3 works better. These WMA discs play well in other players.

    Anyone have any similar experiences?

    I would be most interested in any further data from thumkf
  • Check on the Crutchfield site. They show an adapter plate for the Sonata that fills in the space and has the right curvature. One user opinion says it is "just a shade different" than the two side panels.
  • jrod9707jrod9707 Posts: 7 there you go a double din and single din mount. I've never ordered from these guys but the mount looks pretty good. Although I'd prefer to have an actual picture of the unit already in mount.
  • tkumpftkumpf Posts: 27
    The best I can determine is the car player does not play MP3s that are sampled above 256kbps. I looked at the three songs that were delayed and all three were above 256kbps (320kbps was common).

    When I resaved them in my audio editor, my default was 256kbps and then they played fine.

    Now, this is purely a guess: since the higher sampling versions eventually *did* play after a 40-second (or so) delay, I'm now wondering if the player is smart enough to convert them from 320k to 256k (thus the delay) and then play them at the newly-converted sampling rate.
  • dong4dong4 Posts: 1
    I just purchased an 09 Sonata that has a USB connection for an IPod. The manual says not to use the cable supplied by Apple with the IPod Nano, but is not clear what I should use. The dealer can't seem to give me an answer. Can someone help?
  • moocow1moocow1 Posts: 230
    I don't think I'm seeing that issue. I've got a huge number of 320k mp3s on my usb stick and it's running fine on my Sonata. Course I'm on the 2009 model, so I guess this may be completely different for older ones.
  • I am wondering if anyone has the Mastersheet for 2006 Sonata? Head unit, door speakers. I have the LX with no factory amp. Let me know if you can help me. Thanks!!

  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,076

    There is a TSB about it. The part number for the cable is 08620-2L000. It's a special iPod cable that plugs into both USB and Aux. It can fully integrate an iPod nano to the stereo. Make sure the nano has the latest firmware and use the latest itunes version for your pc. There is a TSB that mentions it.
  • 2002slt2002slt Posts: 228
    The cable works well for $29.94. I just wish the system would shut off the iPod when you turn off the car. Also, it doesn't remember your settings, like "Random", so you have to select it each time you start up.
  • sijonsijon Posts: 3
    What does TSB mean in msg #134
  • 2002slt2002slt Posts: 228
    Technical Service Bulletin

    It's a dealer aid used for common complaints.
  • dgs4dgs4 Posts: 66
    Likewise. Haven't had a problem playing any MP3 burned discs in my 09 Limited. Although most of my MP3 files are stored on my 80 gig Zune, and that works perfectly through my AUX port. No problems at all. Love the stock Infinity system. I also really like XM radio too. I'll probably renew my subscription when the three month trial is over. For $10 a month it's a no brainer.
  • 2002slt2002slt Posts: 228
    "I also really like XM radio too. I'll probably renew my subscription when the three month trial is over. For $10 a month it's a no brainer."

    It's actually $12.95/mo, unless you get a multi-year plan. I would suggest against that right now, since them and SIRIUS are going to merge very soon. If you already have XM, additional receivers are only $6.99.

    I have XM in three cars and two boats, and think it's a great alternative to FM radio. I just wish they didn't have to compress the audio so much (It's comparable to a 64k MP3).
  • Where can you find / purchase this cable? I have searched both Apple store and some electronic stores (BestBuy, Circuit City, etc), and cannot locate it.
  • 2002slt2002slt Posts: 228
    Where can you find / purchase this cable?

    Your local Hyundai dealer. ;)
  • I just bought a '09 Limited V6 a couple weeks ago and am curious about the infinity system that comes standard. Does anyone have any idea about what the specifications of the head unit and amplifier are?

    Thanks for any help.
  • tquinn554tquinn554 Posts: 1
    :confuse: Did you ever figure out what this was? I have an 07 Sonata w/ only 13k miles. Over teh last month, on 4-5 occasions the sound will not work, even though the tracks on the CD are running, the radio station tunes in, etc. In other words, only the speakers don't work. It's odd, because this never happens in mid-drive, only when you start the car. Some days, start the car, the CD works. Other days, start the car, no sound. When the sound is gone it may be gone for half a day or three days, then suddenly it's back. Always when starting the car, as I mentioned. I presume it has something to do with a connection to the speakers, but I'm an audio idiot, so any thoughts are welcome.
  • bakesaleebakesalee Posts: 7
    Here's what's in my 2003 Sonata, I couldn't be happier.

    -Alpine 9856 CD/MP3 player (with direct connect iPod - digital sound, not modulator - wire hidden and run into center console, where iPod stays)

    -Boston Acoustics S95 x 2 in rear deck, powered by head unit

    -Boston Acoustics SL60 component set in front, powered by:

    -Rockford Fosgate 325.2 punch amp

    -No sub

    -Sheets of Dynamat in front doors (noise and vibration killer to improve stereo sound)
  • sharksoupsharksoup Posts: 26
    Got my new Sonata 7-11-08. Noted that the book recommends not starting the engine while you have a usb device plugged in; that it may damage the device and then states "USB is not ESA".

    Have read a bit about ESA & if I understand, it is a communication protocol.

    So is Hyundai saying that their USB connection is not ESA, or are they stating that the device you plug in must be ESA??

    I plan on using just a plain 1 or 2 gb memory stick for tunes. Curious if anyone has had any problems, or damaged a memory stick by leaving it plugged in all the time.
  • perlymanperlyman Posts: 2
    I just purchased a 2007 Sonata Platinum Edition (and I love it) It came fully loaded (including the 6 disc mp3 w/ subwoofer).

    I want to add an amplifier and sub box to the trunk, does anyone know if the single factory sub is being driven from an amplifier or just the stock radio and is it only recieving an Low Frequency signal?

    I would like to tap into the factory sub line signal to drive a new amp and sub (instead of replacing the deck and running rca cables back to the trunk)

    Will this be a problem if I use a high input converter?


  • eric39eric39 Posts: 15
    OK I'm probably asking an already asked question so forgive me. I have the 6disc changer that says MP3 player on it. I don't see a jack how do I connect my iPod to the stereo? I apologies for a dumb question but I honestly don't know.

  • jlindhjlindh Posts: 282
    Your 2006 Sonata does not have any type of aux input. That didn't arrive until the 2009 model. Just burn your mp3 files onto a CD disc, the player will play those.
  • eric39eric39 Posts: 15
  • lmaxicklmaxick Posts: 46
    Well since you asked let me tell you what I did. First I replaced all the factory speakers except the one on the rear deck. I added an amplifier behind the center rear arm rest, told these guys who did it I wanted VOLUME well let me tell you, there is no WAY you can listen to this system even at half volume, Don't askme what kind of speakers or ampflier they used I don't really care!!!! the sound is so clear and if you could turn it to volume which I did only once it is cyrstal clear all the way up to the top. All I can tell you is the cost was $700. and I have never been happier. I trusted these guys to do what I asked and that is what I got.
  • eric39eric39 Posts: 15
    I bought an FM modulator and man it was horrible sounding so I returned it. I have about 17,000 songs on my iPod which I like to play shuffled so I'm going to replace the stereo with a new one that can handle an iPod. I'm thinking about the Alpine CDA 9884. Any thoughts?

  • themergthemerg Posts: 139
    I posted this in the 2009 Hyundai Sonata thread before I saw this one, so I figured I'd post here as it is more on topic...

    I was wondering if anyone can tell me how the iPod works when connected via USB to a Sonata with the DVD Navigation system. What appears on the video screen? Do you get full song/artist/album info? Can you select your different playlists? What functionality over the iPod do you have? I have a 30GB iPod Video.

    I was not impressed with the Jetta hookup. You can only see the first 5 playlists and it does not display any song information on the radio display. I'm hoping the Sonata does a better job.

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