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kenwood xdc x895 dimmer problem

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by padykman, May 7, 2011.

  1. May 7, 2011 at 8:32 PM
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    padykman

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    Hi all.
    I just installed a kenwood xdc x895. I am very happy with everything except that the HU will not dim with the roller for the dash dimmer. I connected orange/white to orange on the harness. This is on std 2 plug toy harness as I do not have the jbl system. Does anyone know how I could test that the output to the dimmer switch and then I could determine where the disconnect is.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. May 7, 2011 at 9:00 PM
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    I'm not sure there is a dimmer wire in the factory stereo connector.
     
  3. May 9, 2011 at 7:06 AM
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    Asking if anyone has the dimmer working with this HU.
     
  4. May 9, 2011 at 8:13 AM
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    Im with dolby, I believe the dimmer doesn't affect the stereo. The only time my pioneer dims is when I turn on the headlights.
     
  5. May 9, 2011 at 11:12 AM
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    I have never seen a Hu Dimmer work the way your dash lights do. The HU's normally have two brightness settings 1 low 1 high that work with your headlights. You don't get that analog control i think your looking for. There is a dimmer wire that you can use I believe its orange.
     
  6. Sep 4, 2011 at 5:47 PM
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    Hey padykman,

    I'm having the same problem, did you ever resolve this? I'm also not able to get the dimmer control to work on my KDC-895. Have the orange-white connected as instructed to the harness, but there is no dimmer control :(

    --Pete
     
  7. Sep 4, 2011 at 11:21 PM
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    never did fix the issue. now i just hit the display off at night when i don't want the light.
     
  8. Sep 5, 2011 at 12:38 PM
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    OK, thanks.

    I was playing around with it more yesterday. I think the "dimmer" on the stereo works only in connection with the headlight switch. If I look closely at the display, I can actually see it dim when I turn the headlights on, and return to brightness with them off.

    I've given up playing with this too. Just for kicks, I hooked up my OEM Toyota stereo, and yes in fact the original stereo lights dim correctly when using the cabin gauge dimmer control, so I know I'm not crazy thinking that's how a stereo's dimmer should work :mad::confused::mad::confused:
     
  9. Jan 3, 2012 at 9:13 PM
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    I know it's a recently old thread. But how bright is this at night? Is it just annoyning or is it blinding?
     
  10. Jan 3, 2012 at 9:23 PM
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    I have no problem with mine at night. The HU has two brightness settings: The first (brighter) one is when the stereo is on, but your lights are not. The second (slightly dimmer) one is when the stereo AND your light are on.
     
  11. Jan 3, 2012 at 10:04 PM
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    Got it. Are the LCD colors pretty close to factory tacoma orange?
     
  12. Jan 3, 2012 at 10:18 PM
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    YES! The variable color display lets you match almost any color. :D
     
  13. Jan 6, 2012 at 12:28 PM
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    +1 on this. You can dial it in to a virtually perfect match.
     
  14. Jan 7, 2012 at 5:28 AM
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    Not to highjack the thread but I have the same Kenwood HU with the Metra install kit from Crutchfield. Is your HU mounted far back in the Metra kit? It is difficult sometimes to get the faceplate off because it is recessed more than I would have thought.
     
  15. Jan 7, 2012 at 7:52 AM
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    I just orders that yesterday. Is yours set far back? Is there any way to have the chubby on the top instead of under the radio?
     
  16. Jan 7, 2012 at 5:52 PM
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    Identical components here, but I don't have the problem you describe. :confused:
     
  17. Jan 8, 2012 at 6:41 PM
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    Do you have a 2004? It would probably be different in yours compared to a 2010?
     
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