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Hyundai Santa Fe Audio Satellite MP3 Bluetooth

devgdevg Posts: 1
edited July 2014 in Hyundai

I bought a music system which plays mp3 cds and has audio in for ipods etc. I am able to take out the old music system and put the new one in and ablet ocnnect the cable and I can play the music. however the new bracket won't go in the existing space. Hence the new music system does not fit in nicely and remains loose. can I remove the front dash board to remove the existing bracket to put the new bracket in. Can I do this on my own or do I need to take the car to a garage ? Any help is greatly appreciated

Thanks in advance,



  • I am replacing the factory stereo with a Panasonic mp3 stereo. Besides having the wiring harness, do I need any antenna adapter or mounting kit? Or can I just take the factory model out and replace it with the new one.
  • Hey everyone,
    I have seen that Hyundai will be adding Bluetooth and Ipod connectivity as available options (and from what I have seen, already do in Korea), I contacted the retail sales manager at a local dealership and was told that these features won't reach the US until the 2008 Santa Fe is released.. Does anyone have any other information regarding the truth to this? Also, if that is the case, does anyone know of a good aftermarket bluetooth solution for hte 07 Santa Fe? Or an Ipod connection kit that will plug into the factory stereo (other than your standard FM solutions).



  • steverstever Posts: 52,462
    Welcome - all caps are hard to read so please switch your caps lock key off. Otherwise most people are just going to skip over your posts.
  • joe97joe97 Posts: 2,248
    Really quick, XM will be available on the 2007 Santa Fe (as well as other Hyundai models) very very soon :) I believe it will be a standard feature on the Santa Fe but not certain.

    Oh, btw, this is for the US model.
  • ... Do you know if they are also planning on releasing the bluetooth connection package as an option? It's already available in the Korean market, but I haven't been able to find any release info for us folks here in the US of A...
  • joe97joe97 Posts: 2,248
    Haven't heard anything yet but as soon as I hear something I will post here :)
  • joe97joe97 Posts: 2,248
    Hot off the press:

    Hyundai Rolls Out First Models with Standard XM Satellite Radio
  • Right on! Kudos Hyundai.

    So, how long do we suppose it'll take for these to start turning up in the lots? Haven't yet got my SF, but will maybe by next month and would be an extra bonus if these were an option.

    Not an XM radio veteran. Is it correct that you have to buy a subscription to the service?
  • jpbranjpbran Posts: 36
    First three months are free, but after that it's about $12 a month. I like Sirius, but XM is cool too and I'll NEVER to go back to regular radio...
  • joe97joe97 Posts: 2,248
    All current Santa Fes coming off the floor should be equipped with XM. XM is standard on all trims of the Santa Fe, to my knowledge. Other Hyundai vehicles to follow soon.

    And, both XM & Sirius are paid subscription service.
  • Thanks for the info on the XM.
    Does anyone know when Bluetooth will be available in the Santa Fe's. I spend a ton of time driving for my job and that feature would be fantastic.
  • jntjnt Posts: 316
    I do not think the Bluetooth option is available yet on the Santa Fe. but knowing Huyndai, if they decide to do it, the most you have to wait is less than 1 year. It was like what they did to XM radio

  • I'm planning on getting a Santa Fe but was wondering if anyone had come up with a way of connecting an iPod to the factory installed stereo? FM modulation is a last resort, it doesn't work well where I live. I'd prefer a hard wire or some aftermarket solution. Anyone have any suggestions?
  • ricknjricknj Posts: 5
    in my 05 Honda Accord i took out the connection on the xm feature and had an adapter to connect directly to my ipod like an auxilliary in connection type and that was great far better than an FM transmitter and used belkin connection to charge and amplify the sound for the ipod. so my XM was gone which i didnt need (would be nice if it was free though hehe) but i opted for my own generation my own tunes. So when i press XM viola !!! 30 gigs of music. any suggestions on the XM if it can be modified as well for my SF Limited AWD 07 ? i will do my own research and post a reply if i find one. thanks for reading this.
  • sirmoxiesirmoxie Posts: 4
    I would love to know about this too.

    Anyone have any luck with a direct connection to the 07 SF with an iPod or some other external device?
  • ricknjricknj Posts: 5
    u shouldve waited for the xm option plug in to replace xm with ipod connector which i did back then with my accord 05, check out, i plugged in belkin power and audio with volume acts as preamp at the same time powers the ipod it was awesome because it preamps the sound stronger bass and treble not like a plain connect where in you rely on you stock stereo/amp built in you have to really turn it up but does not kick as much.
  • chpchp Posts: 3
    a standard double din or single din aftermarket stereo units will fit in the dash of the
    07 santa fe with no modifactions to the vehicle. go to and your will
    see a mounting kit and wiring harness made for this vehicle. just had a pioneer avic-d3
    navigation deck installed and it took only an hour and looks like a factory unit with this kit.
    you can even get the steering wheel controls to work with an adaptor from
  • pongspongs Posts: 14
    Hi, I'm new here. I've checked the RAV4, test drove CR-V and Outlander and decided on the Outlander as it's better than the CR-V and RAV4. Seen a Santa Fe and decided to test drive it before getting any SUV so I won't have buyers remorse. I was amazed with the interior quality and looks of the Santa Fe Limited as well as its comfortable ride.

    I have some questions with the Santa Fe Limited's audio before deciding to get it. I know that it doesn't have a connection for Ipod and CD changer, but does it have a speed sensing volume control? Is the quality really good even on higher volume on the standard Limited audio? Is the optional 6 disc 605 watts Infinity audio worth the extra $3,500 with the power seats, sunroof and rear DVD?
  • jimirljimirl Posts: 31
    I have an SE and not the Limited so my radio is a little different. One great thing I did get on mine was the XM feature. I was set against paying for radio for a long time. But since the Santa Fe came with XM free for 3 months I decided to try it. I do love it now and will be continuing the service.

    It is considered the lowest radio in the series. It does have a single disk cd/mp3 player. I have a load of music in my Ipod ( 5500 songs ) and was disappointed I could not use them through the Ipod directly, without using an aftermarket fm transmitter thingie. But a huge plus is the ability to put 100+ mp3 songs on a cd and play them in the radio. Of course Itunes rips songs into mp4 format by default, but there is an easy fix for that and could be discussed in another thread.

    Anyway, I got my Santa Fe recently after selling my Toyota 4Runner. I had a nice aftermarket radio in my other vehicle and was worried about the quality on the new one. To be honest, the interior of the Santa Fe is very quiet on the road. I know people complain a little about road noise due to the lower profile tires, but compared to my 4Runner, it is very very quiet. So the radio sounds nice with no noise to interfere.

    The Limiteds come with higher radio options and the Infinity system seems to be a very nice setup. I have not heard it myself, but did notice the extra speakers ( including one in the middle of the top dash ). I guess the only way to see is bring your favorite cd and listen while on a test drive.

    One note about the Infinity radio, I have read a few people complaining about a buzz on radio. It is possibly due to the external amp of the radio. Supposedly Hyundai has aknowladged this and is fixing it. Don't let that news though turn you against the Hyundais though. I am finding my new Santa Fe to be excellent in quality, as so many people here say the same. Trading into one from my Toyota ( I swore I would only buy reliable Toyotas ) I am very happy.
  • pongspongs Posts: 14
    Thank you jimirl for taking some time to reply on my questions. I'm really looking forward to getting the Santa Fe Limited. Hopefully, they will offer better deals next month since their current deal will end on Monday. As long as I can play MP3, I think the 6 disc changer won't be so much of a problem.
  • davesuvdavesuv Posts: 149
    Hi Pongs,

    I have the Santa Fe Limited with the standard radio and am favorably impressed with this radio. It's sound quality is better than most standard radios I've had in the past and it does a great job with mp3 CDs. I really like the feature where you can turn the "tuning" knob while you are listening to a tract and the display will rapidly cycle through the other tracts on the CD. Find the song you want then press in and it will play that song. Very convenient and intuitive. The display is also large and easy to read.

    The radio reception is also best I have experienced in any car. The antennas they use must be efficient because I can clearly receive stations on this radio that I cannot on my other automotive radios. I don't have the XM radio on mine, but I'm not sure I'd use it anyway.

    All the vehicles you're looking at are great vehicles. I find the Santa Fe was one of the best purchase decisions I've made. My wife is getting tired of my always saying how much I love it :shades:

    2007 Santa Fe AWD Limited with Premium and Touring packages
    Dark Cherry Red with beige leather interior
  • I too have the standard single disk MP3/CD player in my 07 Santa Fe Limited. Unlike you, however, I've had a ton of problems with the MP3 playback on the radio. So much so that they replaced it... still the same problems; random distortion that never repeats itself exactly on repeated playbacks and playback through only one side of the car (left speakers).

    Until reading your posts, I was convinced that it was a problem with all of the radios of this sort (since I've had the same problems on two now). I was lead to this belief since these discs played fine in my computer, in my Ford F-150, in the Eclipse that I traded in for the Santa Fe, and in the 07 Sonata that was given to me as a loaner when they were replacing the radio in my Santa Fe.

    So now, its one of two things, two bad radios - or - something I'm doing when I record my MP3's to disc that the Santa Fe radio just doesn't like. Can you fill me in on what programs, processes, discs, etc. you are using to record your MP3's?
  • drwoodrdrwoodr Posts: 88
    When searching for a new car last month, I too was hoping to have a connection for my mp3 player. The Santa Fe just won me over, and the standard radio sounds really good to me (the CRV's radio sounded like a tin can). I don't miss not having the mp3 connection at all. I spent one night copying files to a couple cds, and I set them up with directories for each artist. What is nice about the radio in the Santa Fe is you can scroll the directories using the toggle to the right of the display, and the songs within the directory using the toggle on the left (or on the steering wheel). The artist and song title are displayed on the screen. Much nicer than trying to fiddle with an mp3 player or Ipod. I am also hooked on the XM radio.
  • drwoodrdrwoodr Posts: 88
    I just copy the files as a data cd using Roxio Media Creator 9. If you use the mp3 Jukebox option in Roxio, it adds a playlist file to the cd, but that doesn't do anything on the radio except show "playlist" on the display when you put the cd in. The playlist is just for computer use. What bitrate are your mp3 files? I try to use 192 Kbps, or 128 Kbps at a minimum.
  • I'm burning them at 128Kbps using either Windows Media Player 11 or Dell MusicMatch (I honestly don't remember which).
  • davesuvdavesuv Posts: 149
    Hi Grandillusion (great name :) ),

    I have used Windows Media Player with success, however, it does a poor job with MP3's, so I stick with WMA format files with that program (the Santa Fe plays WMA files for me without problems).

    For even better results, I use a freeware program called Exact Audio Copy together with the LAME MP3 encoder to encode my MP3 files. This does an excellent job. For a technical guide see here . I then use Nero Express 7 to burn these files to CD, using separate folders for each album.

    Since your files play fine in your computer, then the problem may lie with either your CD's or with your Santa Fe CD reader. Have you tried using a cleaning CD to clean the laser reading head on the CD unit in the Santa Fe?

    Some readers have problems with variable bit rate encoded files. You can try encoding with a constant bit rate and see if that helps. Have you tried playing the problem CD in a different Santa Fe at the dealers? Sorry I can't be of more help.
  • rick2456rick2456 Posts: 320
    I use Roxio Easy CD creator to burn my MP3 CDs. Very user friendly and have never had a problem playing them. Good luck.
  • pelican19pelican19 Posts: 323
    Had the same issue. My problem was with the media I was using. Its seems the Santa fe MP3 player doesnt like CD-rw disks. Issues resolved when I went to using CD-r. Are you using CD-r media?
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