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IPOD volume problems

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by tacomania, Jan 19, 2010.

  1. Jan 19, 2010 at 4:37 PM
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    tacomania

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    Hey all,

    I have just purchased a 2010 V6 4X4 auto access cab and I am having a problem using the IPOD using the built in Aux input. While the volume is fine for the regular radio & CD , when I plug in my IPOD the volume is substantially lower, I am talking I need to put it up to 50+ to be the same volume as ~30 on a CD. I tried multiple wires and several different IPODs to try to isolate the problem and unfortunately given the results of these tests it appears it has to be something with the truck's audio system.

    Anyone else have this problem or heard of it?? Any idea what could be wrong or how to fix it?? As this truck is brand new should I contact the dealer??
     
  2. Jan 19, 2010 at 4:41 PM
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    MyToyTaco

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    I don't have a solid solution for you, but if it were me, I woukld go to the taco lot and try it with a couple of others see if they produce the same effect. If they sound fine, tell your service dept to fix it
     
  3. Jan 19, 2010 at 4:42 PM
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    No issues with mine. I don't use an IPOD, but I use a Zune. Same concept. I do have to turn the volume all the way up on my Zune, but the sound is fine, even when listening to podcasts, which generally have weaker sound qualities.
     
  4. Jan 19, 2010 at 7:02 PM
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    Ya tried all the easy solutions (i.e. Volume on IPOD, cord issues, etc).

    heading to the lot sounds look a good try but def a pain as the dealership is really far from my house and I work in the opposite direction so I am never near there.

    Maybe I should just give the service department a call

    :(
     
  5. Jan 19, 2010 at 7:07 PM
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    jamesglynn

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    I've got a couple of cd's that react the same way, especially cd's i burn myself. it has to do with the type of file that the music is. on your ipod try a different genre, list, albums, etc... to see if you get the same on all. if it reacts the same way on all, the ipod is turn up, cord is plugged in all the way at both ends, make a call to the service department.
     
  6. Jan 19, 2010 at 7:18 PM
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    Thanks Jamesglynn,

    Probably should have mentioned that too, I tried my IPOD and my roommates, with both songs I bought directly from Itunes, ones from cds, etc.

    I guess it may be time to call the service department:confused:
     
  7. Jan 19, 2010 at 7:30 PM
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    Thats how mine is, i heard thats just how they are
     
  8. Jan 19, 2010 at 7:34 PM
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    I have a 2010 Tacoma and I am experiencing the same problem with the AUX input. The sound level is severely reduced. Its really frustrating.
     
  9. Jan 19, 2010 at 7:34 PM
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    My '09 is the same way. I used a program called AACGain (ReplayGain) to adjust the volume on each track. Really helps with old versus new CDs. Newer CDs are mastered with the volume levels real high, whereas older CDs were not. My goal in using AACGain initially was just to fix the sound levels between tracks, but I found a side benefit of not needing to adjust the volume coming from a radio station anymore.
     
  10. Jan 19, 2010 at 7:42 PM
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    ya super frustrating indeed :(

    Got an IPOD last year and was super excited to finally get to start using it, but it is so low that it is almost not worth it. Wish there was something to do. If I hear anything I will def update all of you that are having the same problem
     
  11. Jan 19, 2010 at 8:18 PM
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    X1, crank up the volume on the iPod.
     
  12. Jan 19, 2010 at 8:23 PM
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    some songs generally have a lower volume setting imbedded into the song, which has a direct correlation with the bitrate of the song, so, go into itunes, click edit at the top, go to preferences, then under the playback tab, make sure the "Sound Check" box has a check in it, this option will have itunes check all your songs and make sure they are at a suitable volume, once the whole process is done, plug in your ipod and let itunes update the ipod..

    hope this helps/works, let me know :)
     
  13. Jan 19, 2010 at 10:40 PM
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    There was this link from another, previous post.
    Does it work for an ipod?
    I have no idea, but here it is anyway in case you want to try.

    TOYSC1-HONSC1 Audio level.pdf
     
  14. Jan 20, 2010 at 9:53 PM
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    I've got the same thing with my aux input. Gotta turn my player all the way up and often run the HU vol near max depending on what I'm listening to.

    Just figured that's how it is, one of these days I'm planning on making a little box with a 1/8" line amp and a USB power output that'll run off the lighter socket. Small circuit board is all it'll take (amp gain/power will be low since it's just a line level booster, not a power amp) and it should all fit in an altiods box with all the plugs. Just gotta dig up my old EE books and refresh on how to wire up an op-amp, also gotta find out the output volts of my mp3 player and what sort of range the HU is looking for to size the range for the amp gain.

    That is, unless I replace the HU first....
     
  15. Jan 31, 2010 at 5:41 PM
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    it's the Toyota aux port that is the problem. I have my Sirius plugged in there and you lose half the volume. I'm just going to upgrade the HU in the spring and the problem will be solved. It is NOT your Ipod.
     
  16. Jan 31, 2010 at 6:05 PM
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    i had this problem but solved it by going to itunes and cranking up the volume on the songs that are really quiet
     
  17. Apr 30, 2010 at 1:41 AM
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    Just got a 2010 double cab and had the same problem with the aux input volume/quality. I checked the " Sound Check" box in Itunes as recommended and was pleasantly surprised with the outcome. The volume and sound quality are a lot better. The music now sounds like CD quality.
     
  18. Apr 30, 2010 at 5:55 AM
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    If you don't mind a small accessory, get a Boostaroo. It's a small battery powered amp. It more than doubles the output(went from max volume to ~35 highway), been using it for almost a year with pleasant results. Got my cousin one to run in her Honda Civic as well. Great product.

    http://www.boostaroo.com/store_detail.php4?id=14
     
  19. Apr 30, 2010 at 5:59 AM
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    same issue with mine, i work out of my truck all day and generally am playing Pandora on my iphone, but its so damn quiet I can't even hear it if im on the highway... my only real solution is aftermarket head unit
     
  20. May 4, 2010 at 7:12 AM
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    The Aux port is weak and so is output/song volumes vary. I listen to ipod on 40-50 and radio or CDs 25-35 range. It helps to remove the volume limiter on the ipod if enabled under general > playback

    Interesting, I will also try the sound check thing in itunes and see how that goes.
     
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