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Old 01-02-2007, 10:08 PM
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Stereo dies

I have a new Alpine CDE 9852 head unit in my boat. Had it professionally installed with my new amp (which is wired to my 4 speakers). When it plays for a while it just dies on me, cycles back on, dies again, cycles back on, dies, etc...
It only really seems to happen at the higher volumes so I'm thinking there is some power overload going on.

So what do you think? Defective head unit?
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Old 01-02-2007, 10:12 PM
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I have a new Alpine CDE 9852 head unit in my boat. Had it professionally installed with my new amp (which is wired to my 4 speakers). When it plays for a while it just dies on me, cycles back on, dies again, cycles back on, dies, etc...
It only really seems to happen at the higher volumes so I'm thinking there is some power overload going on.

So what do you think? Defective head unit?
Same thing happens in our center console when the batteries get low... sounds like it is not getting enough power.
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Old 01-02-2007, 10:16 PM
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Same thing happens in our center console when the batteries get low... sounds like it is not getting enough power.
my thoughts exactly
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Old 01-02-2007, 10:21 PM
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Well I was hoping that was it, but the battery is showing a little over 12 volts on the multimeter (engine not running).
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Old 01-02-2007, 10:25 PM
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Does it work with the boat off?? if so.. it could be that your alternator is not pushing enough juice..
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Old 01-02-2007, 10:26 PM
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Does it have a removable faceplate? If so, check that the connections between the faceplate and hu are clean. You can use a pencil eraser to remove any dirt or corrosion. I had a similar problem that was fixed in this way.
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Old 01-02-2007, 10:56 PM
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Actually, the stereo is so new it's only been used with the boat off, while I've been working on it in the garage. That's why I first suspected low power, but the battery is still strong - I charged it up about a month ago.

There is a removable face plate, but it's a brand new stereo so there shouldn't be any corrosion. Also, I've never removed the face plate except to flip it down to insert a CD. But I'll check it anyway. Thanks for the suggestion beef.
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Old 01-02-2007, 11:06 PM
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I'm with Sodar now, I think the battery is low. It's funny because they can trick you into thinking they are ok with no load. Sounds like a low bat condition. Charge up the bat again.

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Actually, the stereo is so new it's only been used with the boat off, while I've been working on it in the garage. That's why I first suspected low power, but the battery is still strong - I charged it up about a month ago.

There is a removable face plate, but it's a brand new stereo so there shouldn't be any corrosion. Also, I've never removed the face plate except to flip it down to insert a CD. But I'll check it anyway. Thanks for the suggestion beef.
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Old 01-02-2007, 11:11 PM
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Were you having this problem before the amp was wired in?
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Old 01-03-2007, 08:47 AM
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Were you having this problem before the amp was wired in?
Yes I was. I hoped that the amp would fix the problem, and it seemed like it did for a while. But now it's doing it again. I have the battery on a slow charge now after seeing Leroy's and Sodar's posts. I always assumed the battery was strong if it showed 12+ volts on the multimeter without a load on it - didn't know that's not necessarily true. We'll see tonight when I try it again. Thanks again for the suggestions guys.
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