My new reciever (a Kenwood Multimedia unit) is being installed today and I have been doing all the reading that I can when it comes to set up for the best sound.
You can set all the stuff yourself and I received a lot of good advice from talking to an expert here but I forgot to ask about this Q-Factor thing.
It is located in the section of the manual and tells HOW to set it (easy) but says nothing about what it does and WHERE to set it.
I Goggled it and got a bunch of physics stuff dealing with tone/pitch but it really never came down to any settings. It also has something to do with cycling just for your information (unrelated to sound).
If anyone is an engineer or present or former car audio installer, could you please try to explain this to me in laymen's terms.
I thank you in advance and hope to get a response or two.
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Re: What is the Q-Factor and where should it be set??
The Q factor does have to do with tones and pitches of your music. This determines a Quality factor of how pitches are placed (high tones, low tones, and mid tones) and using the Q factor will use a preset setting to put the tones at a high proformance audio.
Simple test and trick for you.
Put in your favorite cd.
Turn on the Q factor
Play a song and listen to it for atleast 45 seconds
turn off the Q factot
Play that same song for atleast 45 seconds
Now you determine if the quality used by the Q factor is better or worse
For some songs that have close pitch audio, it may not be as noticeable, so you can repeat and test. Give it a try, because then you can understand it more by hearing then reading. Its all about how you want it to sound. Good luck
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The red wire is always constant power, the yellow wire should be labeled as switched power, and the black should be ground. I hope you are using a wiring harness. This will make the install much easier.
To install your kenwood, you will need to first remove your stock radio. To do this, I believe there is a screw you can get at from the glove box. As well, there should be trim around the radio itself. Pry into that, and pull as hard as you can. It should pull off the trim-- from there, you should be able to remove the original radio.
While putting in your new head unit, make sure you have the right wiring harness. With this, you can plug existing wires into the new receiver. From there, all you need to do is make sure all of the previously installed wires are installed in the new unit correctly, then secure the unit and replace the trim.
Voila, you're done!
KENWOOD red=switched power(ignition) yellow=constant power(memory) white=front left + white/black=front left- gry=fr + gry/blk=fr- green=rearright+ green/blck=rr- purple=rl+ purple/blck=rl- blue=power ant blue whit =amp turn on lead
Hope that helps you
This could be caused by one of your speaher wires being shorted out to ground, OR one of the speaker terminals in the doors or rear coming into contact with metal. If you remove the unit and test it with the speakers hooked directly to the back of the unit and they do not crackle, then the unit is fine. If they still crackle - then you either have two diferent sets of bad speakers, Or more than likely the outputs of the kenwood have been damaged by an improper installation in the past.
You can use the head unit with no remote - that's just an accessory. As for the wires, the red is switched power (this gets wired in so that it only has power when the key is on - when the key is off, it turns off the radio). The yellow is constant 12v power (to maintain power to the head unit so that memory settings, treble/bass settings, and the clock are maintained when the vehicle is shut off).
The Kenwood 512 works with the Kenwood KCE-BT200 module. You need to have this box plugged into the main unit to work. If not, then Bluetooth will not be available. When you do have it connected, use your cellular phone to initiate the connection. when prompted on your phone for a passcode, it will be 0000. After successfully pairing your phone to the unit, you can access the telephone menu by holding the "FNC" key on the front of the Kenwood or pressing "TEL" from the source screen.
The E-99 code refers to a "Disc Mechanism Error" for all Kenwood systems. This essentially means that either the magazine is messed up (if you're using a multi-disk system) or the CD loader on a head unit is malfunctioning.
Per Kenwood's factor manual:
Something is wrong with the disc magazine. Or the
unit is malfunctioning for some reason.E99
➪ Check the disc magazine. And then press the reset
button on the unit. If the "E-99" code does not
disappear, consult your nearest service center.