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Hi there,

I've installed the 1st gen Harmon Kardon Drive and play to my Dooper R56. It's connect to the aux jack and it all plays fine except the sound sounds kind of dead!

If i play something (anything even if it's low quality mp3s burned onto CD), it sounds very very good as it's going through the factory fitted sub woofer.

My issue is, when channeling music through the auxillary does it use the sub woofer at all? (it doesn't sound like it is!).

Because i haven't got an ipod to aux jack lead I can't do a comparison (currently it goes through lead attached to bottom of ipod into the HK hub/brain and then a lead coming out into the aux jack)... does it sound good to you guys?

I know that i get significantly better sound if i rip mp3s at minimum 256kbs... but it's still no where near the 'loudness' and 'bassyness' of playing a CD (i'm not expecting exacting standards but at least something close??).

Someone tell me i'm expecting too much?! But any insight, top tips or handy hints are most welcome :smile:
 

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Really? Gotta say, it was an assumption of mine! thought the hi-fi upgrade came with one :tongue:

So what's that shiny silver thing in the back of my boot then? (it looks like a sub).
 

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Hi,

I have a H & K drive & play in my Cooper. I found that the sound from the box was missing a fair bit of bass. To resolve this, I unplugged the 3.5mm jack from the box and plugged the jack lead straight into the ipod. The sound is loads better! The unit still functions with ipod fine.

give it a go. :)
 

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Hi,

I have a H & K drive & play in my Cooper. I found that the sound from the box was missing a fair bit of bass. To resolve this, I unplugged the 3.5mm jack from the box and plugged the jack lead straight into the ipod. The sound is loads better! The unit still functions with ipod fine.

give it a go. :)
Going to give it a try now!! thanks! *be back in 15 mins* :)
 

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Unless i'm doing something wrong, i found it to be worse :puzzled:

Following your advice, i unplugged the jack from the HK hub directly into my ipod... the volume of the sound is a lot lower and subsequently the bass as well..

...am i doing something wrong?? pretty straightforward stuff right or am i being a muppet? :hmph:
 

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By the way, anyone know what that silver shiny box in the back of my boot is?

If not, then i shall have to take a pic of it tomorrow! (not going back outside... it's too wet :p)
 

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Unless i'm doing something wrong, i found it to be worse :puzzled:

Following your advice, i unplugged the jack from the HK hub directly into my ipod... the volume of the sound is a lot lower and subsequently the bass as well..

...am i doing something wrong?? pretty straightforward stuff right or am i being a muppet? :hmph:
Really??? hmm... Im using a 5th gen ipod. I found when I removed the cable from the H&K and went directly out from the ipod, the sound - well it sounded how it should of.

Whats the cable like you are using, do you have another to try?
 

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Really??? hmm... Im using a 5th gen ipod. I found when I removed the cable from the H&K and went directly out from the ipod, the sound - well it sounded how it should of.

Whats the cable like you are using, do you have another to try?
don't have another to try i'm afraid. i'm using 5th gen 80gb ipod.

can't remember off the top of my head about the aux volume control... i'll fiddle about with it on the way to work tomorrow :)

many thanks for your help and comments!!
 

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don't have another to try i'm afraid. i'm using 5th gen 80gb ipod.

can't remember off the top of my head about the aux volume control... i'll fiddle about with it on the way to work tomorrow :)

many thanks for your help and comments!!
Mine is a 5th gen 80gb also... although I dont have HiFi, I have the standard CD Boost.
 

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Mine is a 5th gen 80gb also... although I dont have HiFi, I have the standard CD Boost.
Played around with the volume settings for the aux audio and double checking any settings on the HK unit... no joy.

I'm beginning to think that the aux input isn't connect/channelled through my car's amplifier (it certainly sounds like it).

Bit of a shame if this is the case as the HK thing is very good!

What do you reckon?
 

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Played around with the volume settings for the aux audio and double checking any settings on the HK unit... no joy.

I'm beginning to think that the aux input isn't connect/channelled through my car's amplifier (it certainly sounds like it).

Bit of a shame if this is the case as the HK thing is very good!

What do you reckon?
Thats most odd, you would think that the aux would be boosted by the HiFi amp...I was going to spec this on my next mini...not sure I will bother now.


Does anyone have the HiFi option and uses a ipod connected to it?
 

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The aux in is just another source for the head unit. The head unit is then connected to the amp to provide a source signal that is amplified and sent to the speakers.

The aux in works fine with the Hifi package. Only thing to check is the aux input volume really. Connect the ipod to the aux in directly via the headphone and see what its like. You can get better sound using the dock connector but it should be acceptable and shouldn't that far off what you get from an MP3 CD etc.
 

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The aux in is just another source for the head unit. The head unit is then connected to the amp to provide a source signal that is amplified and sent to the speakers.

The aux in works fine with the Hifi package. Only thing to check is the aux input volume really. Connect the ipod to the aux in directly via the headphone and see what its like. You can get better sound using the dock connector but it should be acceptable and shouldn't that far off what you get from an MP3 CD etc.

Thats what I thought. The next thing I would try is a better cable.
 

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Thats what I thought. The next thing I would try is a better cable.
I shall do some more serious fiddling tomorrow when i have a bit of time and report back!! :smile:

I hope i get it sorted as i'm quite frustrated with the sound quality... playing a CD (even when burned using low quality mp3s ) is just fantastic and you can tell the amp is doing a good job!!

thanks again for your input guys... update tomorrow :)
 

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Did a fairly thorough test today... you're absolutely right, plugging the jack into the ipod significantly improves the bass!! :aargh:

It''s a lot better and thanks for the tip Jordan! Though I must admit i was a bit hasty with my earlier attempt :redface: ...so i didn't really hear the difference!

However, I find that whenever i'm switching between sources (ie. between CD and AUX), the volume is significantly lower on the AUX. Is this the same for you guys? Also, comparing the music quality from my IPOD via AUX to CD... CD is seriously a lot better (I know i'm stating the 'obvious' but i hope you know what i mean!).

I'm not much of an audiphile which explains why i lover the HI-FI upgrade so much on my MINI (first time i've ever owned a system with an amplifier!! :))

Anyway, for what the HK is, it's pretty good (esp when i only bought it for £18 :biggrin:

Still, let me know your thoughts!


One more thing, if i'm allowed to digress; how do you know if you have heated side mirrors? Is this something that only comes with the power folding side mirrors? (bought my car second hand you see so i'm not too sure of what my car has).

many thanks! :smile:
 
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