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  1. #471
    Saab Fan
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    14 Jun 2020
    2005 9-5 Aero 2.3 AS3 (9 speaker Harmon setup)
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    Thanks Wulf, i figured it out and got it to turn on. Im having problems with programming the pac-swc-rc. It gets power and i hold the button before turning the key on. It stays ony and then goes off. I press the button to set it but the light doesnt flash after i click it

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  2. #472
    Michael Monscheuer
    Saab Fan
    Join Date
    23 Nov 2018
    Germany, Neumuenster
    9-5 sedan 2001, 9-5 station 2001
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    Supplement to posting #443 in this thread

    #443 can be found at http://saabworld.net/showthread.php?...ll=1#post76875

    DAB radio basically worked OK with the antenna glued to the 9-5's front window
    reception failed in particular locations with low signal strength.

    Since I had a problem with receiving DAB radio inside the house as well I
    suspected bad coverage and had the Federal Network Agency come in to check the
    They appeared with a vehicle full of measuring devices and revealed that at my
    place the signal strength of the DAB stations criticized indeed did reach only
    90% of the strength defined to be the minimum. But the agency's engineers said
    this wouldn't explain the interferences my receivers were suffering from.

    Next they checked the Saab 9-5 and the culprit was found in less than five minutes.
    The harness below the right front door was emitting quite a bunch of radiation
    as soon as the ignition was turned on - towards the window antenna's direction
    interfering with low signal strength DAB stations.

    The engineers said I could forget about trying to shield the harness and the
    only solution would be to decouple the source of interference and the antenna,
    say I was advised to mount a suitable antenna at the car roof's rear end for
    problem-free DAB reception.

    They were right. After mounting this antenna
    all DAB problems (on the car) were gone !
    An equivalent one of a different brand will do the trick as well.

    And to solve the puzzle with DAB reception problems inside the house...
    A cheap LED spot sent out interfering radiation. Replaced it with a quality
    LED spot and... no more DAB problems.

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  3. #473
    Saab Enthusiast
    Join Date
    06 Nov 2011
    Smyrna TN
    2007 9-5 Aero Sport Combi
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    I just (almost) finished installing an Android head unit. I still need to install some GLIs to eliminate the pop noise most other people have had, but otherwise it works good and I'm happy with it.

    I also painted the dash black since the silver was gone in several areas from wear or chemical contact and ive never been a fan of the silver anyway.

    I also turned the useless Onstar button into a dual USB connection for the head unit.
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  4. #474

    Join Date
    26 Mar 2021
    Calgary, Alberta
    2002 Saab 95 Linear, 2003 Saab 95 Linear
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    This thread has so much info in it! Thanks to all who have posted here. I came up with a little mod for the Steering Wheel Controls so that you can use them for a new in dash deck that requires passive SWC controls without using a PAC SWRI-RC.

    The SID places 5 volts on pin 22 and a ground on pin 9 which are then connected to the SWC to sense the different states of the SWC switches. If you leave these lines connected to the SID and connect them to the deck lines too this can mess up an aftermarket deck's SWC sensing and the SID's sensing of the SWC as well. If you disconnect the SWC lines going to the SID and connect them to the deck only you lose your paddle shifters for manual mode transmission shifting with the automatic and you lose your horn on the steering wheel.

    I recently installed a Eonon GA2180A Android deck in my MY03 95.


    I drew up this little mod so when I want to I can switch the SWC between the deck and the SID and still have a horn when the SWC is connected to the deck and paddle shifters and normal horn action on the steering wheel when the SWC is connected to the SID.

    I know about using an adapter like a PAC SWRI-RC for this connection to the SWC. I have one installed with a JVC Navi deck in my MY02 95. I wanted to see if it is possible to connect the new Eonon deck SWC wires Key1 and Key2 straight to the SWC wires coming from the steering wheel and not need a PAC SWRI-RC at all. This is one reason I went this route rather than using a PAC SWRI-RC. The other reason is I'm cheap and don't like to spend more than I have to. To achieve a desired result.

    I also tried using the line outputs from the Eonon deck to drive the inputs on the stock Harmon Kardon amp but no matter what I tried ie balanced transformers (GLI) or single ended connection. It sounded like crap because of an impedance mismatch between the deck and the amp. This is why I decided to use the speaker outs on the deck to drive the Harmon Kardon amp. I have been a Pro Audio Engineer for many years so I can be a little picky on what my gear sounds like.

    I came up with a way to make this connection between the deck speaker outs and the Harmon Kardon amp line ins with a simple H Pad circuit. This allows me to be able to connect the speaker outputs on the deck to the line level inputs on the Harmon Kardon amp in my car. This circuit does a good job of impedance matching and provides enough attenuation to the speaker level output on the deck so that the Harmon Kardon amp can accept these inputs with no problems and the volume level is normal at mid volume on the deck. Again, I know there are speaker out to line in converters available for sale but..... I'm cheap.

    It's good for up to 50 Watts RMS with 1/2 watt resistors and doesn't get warm even at high volumes. You will need 4 of these little circuits, one each for the FL, FR, RL, RR speaker outputs from the deck.

    The best part of connecting the deck to the amp this way is any deck with speaker outs only can be installed with no need to buy speaker out to line in converters at all and much cheaper to boot.

    The last picture shows the switch I installed for the horn when the SWC is connected to the deck and the mode switch for the SWC to switch between the deck and the SID

    I have included the schematics for my mods and pictures of my finished install. I hope this info is helpful.

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