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kz
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7th Feb 17 at 09:21   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Hi thought I sorted my interference problem today, but alas it was not to be.

So far have tried...

Two different headunits
Two different sets of RCA leads
Two different remote leads
Two different remote locations
Two different earth leads
Two different earth locations

What I get is whirring and squeaking through the speakers when the headunit is turned on. It's worse when stationary and at low speeds. I've had the same setup throughout five different cars and never had this problem before! Wondering what else I could try...

Could it be something to do with the amp being so close to the battery? This is the first car I've had with the battery in the boot.

Could it be a knackered amplifier? It is very old (15 years)

I've searched around online and most advice seems to point to earthing... but as you can see I've tried various different things there. Worth pointing out without the amplifier powered up (i.e. taking the fuse out) the sound system is perfect.
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Group loop isolater?
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https://www.amazon.co.uk/AV-Link-Ground-Loop-Isolator/dp/B000NVWB9O
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what car is it in?
cable routing could cause the fault if rca's run to close to a power lead.
even if the trigger for amp runs with rca it can cause noise.
you could also try a noise suppressor capacitor on the alternator.
could also be dust inside the amp is shorting out and causing noise.
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DaveyLC
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quote:
Originally posted by davegreen
what car is it in?

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Mini Cooper S guessing by his profile
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probs just hearing the supercharger lolz
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Is it still apparent with the amp on and the RCAs unplugged?


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could be a mini cooper s not a bmw thing?
kz
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quote:
Originally posted by pow
https://www.amazon.co.uk/AV-Link-Ground-Loop-Isolator/dp/B000NVWB9O


I bought one of these, and yes it does work, to a point. It badly suppresses the subwoofer, rending it almost useless.

quote:
Originally posted by davegreen
what car is it in?
cable routing could cause the fault if rca's run to close to a power lead.
even if the trigger for amp runs with rca it can cause noise.
you could also try a noise suppressor capacitor on the alternator.
could also be dust inside the amp is shorting out and causing noise.


It's a MINI. Everything is completely separate. The RCAs run down the left side of the car. The remote runs from the top of the amp to the cigarette lighter in the left of the boot. The power runs down the amp to the battery underneath.

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Originally posted by Ian
Is it still apparent with the amp on and the RCAs unplugged?


Not sure actually, but I found this I'm going to run through at the weekend...

https://images.crutchfieldonline.com/ImageBank/v20150824112100/learningcenter/articles/417/NoiseSuppress.pdf
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8th Feb 17 at 06:57   View Garage View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

have you tried switch the amp on with the head unit? there should be a remote trigger (usually a blue wire) on the head unit.
could be picking up noise from the cigarette lighter.
so its a BMW mini? not an Austin Mini which did need noise suppression on coil pack, distributor and alternator/dynamo's.

 
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