Tag: sound systems

20 Posts

Jan 07, 2016

At CES, Fast Cars with Monster Stereos

Jim Motavalli

The Consumer Electronics Show is a feast for the eyes and ears, featuring cutting-edge gadgets, some of which you actually need.

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Feb 25, 2014

5 Annoying Things About Today's Car Stereos

Jim Motavalli

Modern infotainment has some peculiar quirks and exasperations, which I've gathered together here from recent test-drive experiences.

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does listening to the radio when the car is off drain the battery
Nov 23, 2012

Who's to Blame When the Battery Dies?

Dear Car Talk

Sarah's son listens to the radio in the car while the engine is off, but Sarah worries this will drain the battery. Her son says that his friends do this all the time and haven't killed a battery yet. Will Tom and Ray back Sarah up? Or will they endorse the collective wisdom of a group of teenage boys?

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Car radio quality and battery drain
Dec 01, 2010

Will Linda's dad drain the car battery, listening to Car Talk?

Dear Car Talk

My father is a HUUUGE fan of your NPR radio show. Every Saturday, he is a devoted listener. At their weekend cottage up north, the reception is sketchy at best. When your show is scheduled to come on, my father...

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why does my car radio periodically forget all my presets
Dec 01, 2006

This week--a radio that loses its memory more than my brother!

Dear Car Talk

I have a 1987 Acura Legend that I enjoy tremendously. But I have a strange problem that has recurred four times. The original-equipment radio periodically loses its memory of the 12 stations and three equalizer settings that I program into it. The...

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how does my car radio consume gas if it uses electricity
Jul 01, 2006

In today's letter: Does using your car's radio burn extra gas?

Dear Car Talk

My husband says using the radio in the car uses gas. Is this true, and could you explain how? -- Robyn RAY: Technically, your husband is right, Robyn. But the amount of gas is so miniscule that it would be...

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will two hours of listening to music on the car stereo drain the battery
Dec 01, 2003

Could listening to the radio for hours on end drain my car's battery?

Dear Car Talk

My son and his friends sometimes sit for an hour or two in my Mercury Grand Marquis They sit with the motor off listening to the radio with the key in the accessory position They usually do this on Friday...

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Mar 01, 2001

What might cause excessive static on my AM radio?

Dear Car Talk

What would be the most likely cause of excessive static on the AM radio band in my truck I can hear static popping at the same frequency as the engine rpm The static speeds up or slows down along with...

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Dec 01, 1999

Where can I safely run a cable through my car's firewall?

Dear Car Talk

I need to run a two-wire -volt cable from my battery to the driver's compartment where my amateur radio transceiver is located The local Ford dealer could not recommend a location to put the cable through the fire wall But...

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Jul 01, 1997

Help us fix our radio antennae so we can listen to your Lousy Show.

Dear Car Talk

I'm sure you guys will come up with something funny to say about this but my wife and I are pretty mad about it Our Toyota Camry has a temperamental power antenna that does not like to come up after...

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