Question about iLO XM-MP3-CD Car Stereo

2 Answers

Is this considered clipping in marine boat stereo help!!!!

Yes I just recently bought a new clarion marine head unit to replace my existing stock stereo in my boat. I replaced all 4 existing stock speakers with new Polk audio speakers. After wiring the head unit, everything is fine and operational except when I turn the stereo up it does not distort as normally would if the speakers were not getting enuff power from the stereo. Well I turn it up and it makes this noise like it's clipping or as if a cd was skipping here and there but it's not the cd tried a couple as well as the fm radio does the same thing but only when the stereo is turned up. I got ahold of the people I purchased the unit from by email and he said to try and ground it differently. Now i'm not sure why this would cause it to clip cuz I just used the same stock ground wire that was going to my old stereo...please help Thank You,

Posted by on

2 Answers

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer
Re: Is this considered clipping in marine boat stereo...

I just installed a clarion M275 in my boat and had the same problem. I ran a heavier gauge power wire to the battery and the problem is solved. Try doing the same and it should be the remedy.

Posted on Sep 13, 2009

  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points


    An expert that gotĀ 5 achievements.

    Vice President:

    An expert whose answer gotĀ voted for 100 times.


    An expert who has posted more than 50 answers, of which 90% or more were rated as helpful.

  • Expert
  • 133 Answers
Re: Is this considered clipping in marine boat stereo...

If your radio is puiing more power your ground might not be good enough, use the same spot but remove the ground and rough it up a little on the base with some sand paper or add a metal o ring to get a better ground.

Posted on Jul 30, 2007

Add Your Answer

0 characters

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add


3 Points

Related Questions:

1 Answer


Disconnect all the speaker leads and then hook one speaker (a new, known to work speaker) up directly to the radio using a short (6"-12") piece of speaker wire. Does that speaker work then?

Jan 03, 2011 | Clarion M255 AM/FM Marine CD Player

1 Answer

I have taken the head unit out of my old boat, would like a wiring daiagram, to installin my new boat!

Red = switched power
black = ground (earth)
yellow = bat power (on)

blue white striped antenna turn on

solid blue remote turn on for amp

(all will have one with black/white stripe if all sets have black = ground if all sets white = hot/+

green = rear
( cant remember left/right)
purple = rear

white = left front

Red = Right front

all of this should be on the bottom of the stereo

Dec 14, 2010 | Clarion M255 AM/FM Marine CD Player

1 Answer

Clarion XMD3 No Sound

instead of trying to put a new head unit on it i would get a new wiring harness might have some bad connections in that if that doesnt work a new cd player would be the way to go can get a brand new one at abc warehouse for about 75 bucks

Jun 10, 2010 | Clarion XMD3

1 Answer

I bought a boat with a clarion cd/stereo head unit. I noticed a problem while trying to play the radio that the speakers continually cut out. I get music for 2-3 seconds, then a popping sound, followed by...

try taking antenna lead out of set and put a length of wire into the center hole were the antenna fits then scan,you should pick up at least one station,if you do fit a new antenna,if not try switching off any traffic anouncement services on the set ie press and hold button marked either ta/rds/tta/ast

Aug 21, 2009 | iLO XM-MP3-CD Car Stereo

1 Answer

Volume issues with clarion M309 installed on a boat

Hello jcox7704,

Your head unit is 50 watts X 4 channel maximum power and 21 watts RMS so it's possible that all you need is more power to the speakers. But even 21 watts RMS should be enough for normal speakers. Before investing in an amp, I'd check the speakers and their wiring. Measure the impedance (resistance) at the head unit side to see if they match up.

Hope this helps.

Jul 02, 2009 | Clarion M475 CD Player

1 Answer

Clarion boat stereo- Error 6

well over time the cd reader in side the unit goes and that what is happen to your unit best solution replace the init

Jul 01, 2009 | Clarion DXZ545MP CD Player

1 Answer

Can i connect ipod adaptor to rca output jacks?

With out an input jack you cannot connect straight to your head unit. The RCA out puts only send a signal out. Your best bet is use an FM transmitter for your Ipod. The sound wont be as good but I can't think of another way with buying a new head unit.

Jun 05, 2009 | Clarion M255 AM/FM Marine CD Player

1 Answer

No power

Do you have the manual. I have the same model installed on my BMW 1100RT motorcycle and it requires two power hookups. One senses the ignition is turned on and the other is the power up from power source. If the ignition power wire isn't connected, the unit will not powerup. You can however, connect both of these power wires to bypass the ignition switch. This ignition switch is used so you don't kill your batter by accident. I'm sure that wouldn't be good on a boat. Good luck!

Mar 03, 2009 | Car Audio Receivers

1 Answer

Clarion Xmd3

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.

Jun 26, 2007 | Clarion XMD3

Not finding what you are looking for?
iLO XM-MP3-CD Car Stereo Logo

777 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top iLO Car Audio Receivers Experts

xxxxxx xxx

Level 3 Expert

4681 Answers

Steve Sweetleaf
Steve Sweetleaf

Level 3 Expert

1128 Answers

Tygh Duval
Tygh Duval

Level 2 Expert

290 Answers

Are you an iLO Car Audio Receiver Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides