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Just wondering if there is a setting in the mds/radio unit for speed sensitive volume? My unit is a xt non navi with harman kardon pkg..

Also has anyone noticed the volume difference in various modes? I.e. sat radio you have to crank it quite a bit to get decent volume vs fm/iPod/am
 

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If you have the same "type-E" radio as me, there is no speed sensitive volume or EQ settings besides bass, midrange and treble. The audio section of the users manual has a grid of capabilities for different models of head unit.

There are also the hidden EQ setting for this unit, but I checked mine, and it's factory set to "through", which is what is generally considered to be the best sounding mode for this setup.

I hear the same volume differences between the different modes.
 

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I was looking for the speed volume control on my 2017 Touring with the HK system with NAV and couldn't find it. This appears to confirm that, at least for the HK/NAV unit, there is no user adjustable setting to adjust the volume based on speed.

I also found this thread on an Outback forum that seems to confirm the same thing:

Speed Control Volume - Subaru Outback - Subaru Outback Forums
 

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Speed sensitive volume can be set in the Settings menu under "Sound Settings" in the HK HU. See page 5-19 of the user manual.
 

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Jazzman,

Thanks - I saw those instructions on pages 5-19 to 5-21 in the general manual, but they don't apply to the head unit in my car ('17 Touring HK with NAV). The actual display menus in my car are different than what appears on those pages.

The HK/NAV unit for 2017 (and possibly 2016) has its own manual that is separate from the general manual. Pages 99-101 of that manual refers to an "Automatic Sound Levelizer" that appears to function as a speed sensitive sound adjustment, but those functions don't appear in my unit (they are grayed out).

The Outback thread that I included in my earlier post discusses this anomaly. Apparently, there are multiple audio unit variations, and not all functions listed in the manual may apply to a given head unit. According to the Outback thread, the HK unit may have a "built in" speed volume control that is not adjustable.

Of course, someone else may have more information on this.

JFM
 

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You are right, of course--sorry for the bad info. I have no excuse since I have the same model and remember being disappointed to find it didn't have either that or the multiband equalizer shown in the manual.
 

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The HK/NAV unit for 2017 (and possibly 2016) has its own manual that is separate from the general manual. Pages 99-101 of that manual refers to an "Automatic Sound Levelizer" that appears to function as a speed sensitive sound adjustment, but those functions don't appear in my unit (they are grayed out).
The ASL or Auto Sound Leveler is to adjust volume from other sources of input to match the tuner(Am/FM). It's greyed out when using the tuner to listen to AM/FM. If you switch to another source like USB or BT it will be available. If you find your BT input for music too quiet or too loud you can adjust it with the ASL to be at a similar volume level as the tuner.
I'm disappointed too that it have a speed dependent volume option. Sometime called SDV or SDVC or SDVL found in other cars.
 

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jnmarshall,

Thanks for the tip. I looked at the menu with an iPod hooked up to USB and the sound adjustments did come up. The ASL was not available, only adjustments for Hi, Mid, and Low frequencies, and balance/fader. Maybe ASL is just not an option for the 2017 HK head unit. Further to JazzmanL's comment, I read somewhere else that in the last year or so, the equalizer function was reduced to just three frequencies (Hi/Mid/Low).

JFM
 
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