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Auxilary RCA inputs have no volume control

I just connected a cable to the RCA input jacks on my alpine so I can direct connect my iPod. Once I remembered how to turn the auxilary inputs on, I found that it produced a steady volume output that I cannot change using the alpine volume control, nor the iPod volume control. the connection cable for the iPod has the left and right RCA jack's on the end for connection to the stereo and the iPod dock connector on the iPod end, so I am NOT plugged into the iPod via the headphone jack. Is there a way to change the output volume level when your input is received via the aux input jacks? Also, if I leave the iPod playing and change source back to the radio, I can still hear my iPod playing in the background. Is this normal? I would assume that I would only hear the aux item when I have the source switched to AUX.

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  • Scott Drolshagen Apr 13, 2007

    DOH! No wonder it didn't work!! Lol! Thanks a bunch. Now, to find the KCA-121B (I don't think the KCA-420i will work with my unit, plus I can't find it anywhere.)

    Thanks again!!

  • Anonymous Dec 14, 2008

    how do i swich to aux

  • Rishardo17 Apr 12, 2009

    Same exact problem

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Your problem stems from the fact that the CDA-7892 is not equipped with an RCA aux-input jack. If you're plugged into RCA connectors at the back of the head unit, they're outputs, not inputs. The sound you hear is just feeding back through the outputs and into the head unit's amplifier. If you want to play your iPod through this head unit, you need to purchase either the auxiliary input adapter (KCA-121B) or iPod adapter (KCA-420i).

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This is a easy one. You're not tapped into input jacks, those are output jacks for a external amp. If you're adept at soldering its possible to interrupt the stereo L&R that is fed to the volume control on the head unit (with a double throw switch for example, or the interrupt contacts on a female mini stereo plug) and let the iPod feed into that point.. The head unit tone and volume controls should work just as though the audio was coming from the head unit tuner. Sometimes tone controls are wired ahead of the volume control so the proper place to interrupt and inject audio would then be into the input of the tone controls rather than into the volume control wired downstream.

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Yeah, I did that too, thinking the rca jacks in the back of the deck would work. However, I did purchase the "aio-net" adapter from best buy (not alpine, but an aftermarket) and connected my dvd player to the rca jacks. I am having the same problem as I did before--no volume control at the deck. any ideas? I tried to change all the settings on the deck. The deck recognizes the "aux" device and the sound comes through the deck, but at a much too low volume. anyone?? anyone at all?

Posted on Sep 27, 2007

  • gman33 Sep 27, 2007

    i got it!! it appears that the manual for this unit instructs the user to move the switch to "EQ/DIV" when connecting anything to the "Ai-Net" connection. However!! This only applies to products that require an output, such as an equalizer, etc... Of course, my application (the dvd player) requires an input jack, so the Ai-Net switch should be left on "normal."

    Thank you, Alpine technical assistance!!

    By the way, if any of you have a dvd player installed in your car, you NEED to hook it to this deck to get so much more sound quality than from those ir headphones that most companies are going with. Of course, if the kiddos are in the back seat watching Finding Nemo for the 100th time, you may want them to keep the headphones on!!

    Later, dudes. Thanks for giving me an outlet to vent and to ask questions.

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