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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Sep 16th, 2018, 02:40 PM Thread Starter
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R53 JCW with HK - no radio

Hi. Just recently got my hands on a R53 JCW which I love. What I dont like is that there is no radio at all.

It has a HK system from factory, plays the most amazing sound via bluetooth or usb but there is no radio via the a Sony headunit.

Selecting the preset stations - nothing. Try searching and it just goes round in circles.

There is no noise, no interference noise etc.

Ive checked the rear of the unit and the Ariel is plugged in. Had a look at the ariel via the headlining cover and all appears present and attached.

Any ideas?

Been searching the net for weeks without an answer

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Sounds like the radio is at fault, though a Sony stereo with the HK system is unusual.

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Agree with k3fus.
I've no idea why the radio isn't working.
But they have a 'Diversity Unit' in the hatch/tailgate, behind the trim, which can fail. From Pelican Parts - "The antenna amplifier/diversity module is located on the rear hatch beneath the rear window."

The standard Boost head unit is designed to work with/be integrated with the amp and the very low impedance HK speakers and specific wiring arrangements.

With the Sony head unit are you able to access and set the variuos 'modes' the HK offers? Which to a large extent is what the HK is all about.
See this detailed explanation of what I'm talking about.
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Agree with k3fus.
I've no idea why the radio isn't working.
But they have a 'Diversity Unit' in the hatch/tailgate, behind the trim, which can fail. From Pelican Parts - "The antenna amplifier/diversity module is located on the rear hatch beneath the rear window."

The standard Boost head unit is designed to work with/be integrated with the amp and the very low impedance HK speakers and specific wiring arrangements.

With the Sony head unit are you able to access and set the variuos 'modes' the HK offers? Which to a large extent is what the HK is all about.
See this detailed explanation of what I'm talking about.
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It is also fairly common that adaptors sold to wire in other head units leave out the power feed to the antenna amplifier.

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Sorry folks, didn't realise I had replies.

The problem is solved and you'll love the fix. Prepare to laugh

Took it to Halfords the other day, and it turns out that the Sony automatically set itself to DAB, even though there is no DAB antenna, and furthermore it didnt even say it was trying to find DAB.

A press of a button had it on the right track searching for FM

How stupid I feel haha
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Sorry folks, didn't realise I had replies.

The problem is solved and you'll love the fix. Prepare to laugh

Took it to Halfords the other day, and it turns out that the Sony automatically set itself to DAB, even though there is no DAB antenna, and furthermore it didnt even say it was trying to find DAB.

A press of a button had it on the right track searching for FM

How stupid I feel haha
You aren't stupid, you had the sense to let us know what the solution is.

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