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Clarion Xmd3 I have had no problems owning the clarion Xmd3 for 4 years. When I was testing all my boat electronics I noticed my stereo was dead. Just by chance I blew the horn and the stereo came on? Bad connection was my first guess. I have check all connection points hot & ground and they are all solid. All wiring harnesses are tight and leave little room for bouncing around when the boat is moving. I have also tested all my fuses and they are in working order. After working and tracing the wiring to all connection points the stereo turned back on but for only a few seconds before turning off again. My gut tells me my problem is in the wiring but I'm at a loss. Any help would be great!

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  • michael_1616 May 14, 2009

    I already have an I pod hooked up to the aux and it works great! Now I would like to run my tv on the boat through the stereo as well. Can I do this and how. The tv has a coax audio arrangement. What's up with the cnet mentioned in the xmd3 manual? Does that carry audio?



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Bottom line is that boats are a hrsh environment for electronics. Moisture, salt, and vibration all conspire to undo solder joints and electrical connections. 4 years is a pretty good life span on a boat. A solder connection within the unit could have let go. A good repair shop could probably fis the bad connection but you can probably replace the unit for less.

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