Goldwing radio


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Gunnar Már
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Goldwing radio

Postby Gunnar Már » Mon Nov 12, 2012 2:58 pm



Hi all out there.
I´m wondering about one little thing.
In my 82 Interstate I have a regular automobile radio and I´ve got two speakers in the dash.
Is there any way to make a connection so I can plug my headphones in and listen to the radio or cd.
I think the speaker output puts a lot more power out than the headphones can stand.
I also have an RCA output but that one i belive doesn´t have enough power to power the headphones.
Do you guys out there have any idea for me?



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Re: Goldwing radio

Postby virgilmobile » Mon Nov 12, 2012 4:32 pm

Your right..the speaker output would damage a set of headphones or earbuds,which by the way may be illegal to have on while driving.Check your state law about that.
Helmet speakers are usually OK
A 3.5mm jack could be wired into it but you would have to add 2 dropping resistors to reduce the volume level.
Somewhere about 8-900 ohms per channel for earbuds and 100 ohm for full headsets.
Also the RCA jacks do not have enough to drive the headphones either.
You could look for a new radio that has the features you want and replace it.

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Re: Goldwing radio

Postby Gunnar Már » Tue Nov 13, 2012 11:42 am

I´ve got a set of t of cheap helmet speakers I bought of ebay, but they work pretty good and I would like to be able to use those.
Maybe I´ll try to get two 100 ohms resistors and wire those into the line out and put a plug either 3,5mm or maybe a 4 or 5 pin plug.
It looks like it should be better getting 4 or 5 pin plug to use.

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Re: Goldwing radio

Postby virgilmobile » Tue Nov 13, 2012 12:57 pm

The "line out" plugs don't have enough to operate a speaker.Or even a earbud.
You would have to tap to the speaker leads.
The 100 ohm resistor in series is a best guess.The audio level you hear will largely depend on the little speakers and what you drive them with.Some trial and error method is needed.

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Re: Goldwing radio

Postby Gunnar Már » Tue Nov 13, 2012 4:06 pm

Thanks for this advise.
When I wrote line out I was thinking of the speaker output, and putting the resistor in that line. :D




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