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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Jan 14th, 2013, 03:39 PM Thread Starter
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R56 Amp remote signal location

Hi all,

Long term reader, finally registered. Need some help.

Ive just replaced all the speakers on my Mini's boost radio and fitted a 4 channel amp to power them. Now for the life of me I could not find a 12v feed that would switch on with the ignition. Spend hours looking, nothing.

I had to go with taking a feed from the cig lighter which only switches on with the engine running, not ideal but will do for now.

Has anyone else had this same issue?

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My car is an auto but for a 2007 manual you can press the stop/start button twice making sure you don't depress the brake or clutch pedals and the ignition is switched on. You can then listen without the engine running
There are devices you can buy that sense a signal on the speaker cable and that puts feed through a wire that can be used as a remote turn on. If you have RCA cables from the back of the head unit to the amp this won't work. I tried such a device and found it switched the amp on and off when doors where opened or closed and that make a loud bang on the speakers so I disconnected it, probably my fault for buying the cheapest .

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Thanks for the reply Steve. Im not using RCA inputs, but the speaker outputs instead. I know some newer amps can sense a signal and switch on automatically, but my amp is a few years old and will not do that.

Ill have a look at an extra device that will provide a 12v from the speaker outputs.

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