2015 Pioneer AVIC-8100NEX With Android Auto Overview and Review

Check out the Pioneer AVIC-8100NEX Double DIN Navigation system with Android auto and Apple CarPlay

Today we are featuring Pioneer’s Flagship model, the AVIC-8100NEX.

With top of the line bluetooth, intuitive built in navigation and seamless smart-phone 2 way connectivity this years crown jewel definitely lives up to the the pioneer legacy. Last year they were one of the first manufacturers to introduce Apple carplay. This year they continue to focus on a driver friendly interface with Google’s answer to carplay, in Android Auto.

Android Auto is an interface designed specifically with driving in mind to make it as convenient as possible to access your smartphone and minimize distractions. You will have a Google maps tab with turn by turn navigation, a music tab, to access to all of your music including streaming apps like spotify as well as a phone tab to make calls and see your call history.

Most importantly it has an overview screen that will organize all the most important information in one screen including the weather, anything scheduled on your calendar, and missed phone calls and text messages.

The AVIC-8100NEX features and extremely responsive touch screen identical to your smartphone. Its premium voice command to make everything even easier to access and less distracting while driving. It is satellite radio and steering wheel control ready so if you already have those features in your car it can retain them with the accompanying harnesses. It has incredible sound quality and can even play flac files.

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How to install an Amplifier and Subwoofer in a car

If you’re installing a subwoofer and amplifier in a factory-amplified audio system, you may have some questions. This is a common modification for vehicles, but before you begin switching wires around and dismantling the existing parts of your automobile, take a look at our how-to guide.

1. Identify Equipment & Wire Placement. You need to run the positive lead to the positive terminal of the battery. Only the driver’s and passenger sides of the footwell have access to the firewall. The driver’s side is optimal, as it generally allows to an empty grommet or the ability to piggyback from an existing cable bundle. If this side’s space is, you’ll have difficulty feeding the power wire to the battery. Use the passenger side footwell to gain access in these cases.

2. Locate a large grommet with ample space.

3. Locate a cargo bin with plenty of room for your device, which will give you easy access during installation, as well as for any future needs.

4. Disconnect the negative lead of the battery, and remove all of the paneling on the side of the vehicle that will house your device.

5. Organize all parts by location, and use bags to store the hardware so you can easily reassemble your vehicle when you’re finished.

6. Disable the subwoofer. Disconnect all factory wiring behind the car’s paneling.

7. Test for factory subwoofer speaker leads. Use the subwoofer speaker outputs from the factory amplifier. Determine which wire to use by visually confirming the wire color at the factory subwoofer and amplifier.

8. Verify wire colors using volt meter and cheater lead. Check out our video Testing for Continuity for further assistance.

9. Test for Phase prior to disconnecting the battery or use a phase detector after removing the battery.

10. Test Speaker Level Inputs.

  • Connect your leads to the signal wires you tested earlier.
  • Pull the speaker leads and remote turn-on through the factory hole in the carpeting to the factory amplifier.
  • Run the power lead through the hole drilled in the grommet under the dash.

***Tip*** Undersize the hole you drill in the grommet to ensure a tight seal between the wires and rubber grommet to prevent water from coming in.

11. Shield the power lead and ensure an original look:

  • Use split loom tubing.
  • Tie off all wiring to the factory wiring underneath the lip of the firewall to the battery.
  • The power lead must be fused in a proper location, which is ideally within six inches of the battery.

12. Mount your fuse to the factory battery mount. See our video How to Wire a Fuse.

13. Ground your connections. The ground lead is connected to the factory ground point near amplifier. To provide an ideal ground, remove paint with sandpaper.

14. Prep the storage compartment:

  • Determine the mounting location.
  • Drill holes proper holes for the cabling.
  • Install plastic bushings to clean hole and protect wiring.
  • With all cables run, reassemble the vehicle, and prepare final connections.

15. Prevent sparking:

  • Use a test light connected to positive side of battery and slowly charge amplifier’s power supply.
  • Before connecting battery, make the final subwoofer connections.
  • Prepare the subwoofer speaker wires from the amp to the subwoofer, now connecting negative lead from the battery and testing remote turn-on.

16. Use crimp connectors to make connections. Once connected, turn on the system and adjust gain and crossover settings. Use factory audio settings to fine-tune your new audio system.

To see this information put into action, check out our YouTube video How to Install an Amplifier and a Subwoofer in Your Car – Rockford Fosgate and Kicker.

How To Correctly Install a Car Stereo, Wiring Harness & Dash Kit

Can I do this?

Let’s face it, installing an aftermarket car stereo can appear to be a daunting task. With some basic skills nearly anyone can successfully install and aftermarket radio in their vehicle. Learning these basics of car stereo installation without a teacher can take years. We show you the tips of the trade and the basics of an aftermarket car stereo installation.

Step #1 Car Stereo Wiring

metra wiring harness installation
Here her prepare the Metra wiring harness and steering wheel remote

We take you through the steps of wiring a Clarion NX404 Double DIN navigation system. First we walk you through the steps of preparing the Metra wire harness and the connections to the Clarion Double DIN radio. Preparing the wire harness by stripping the appropriate wires and using crimp connectors to make those connections to the aftermarket radio’s harness.

The Metra wiring harness is specifically designed to plug in to your vehicle’s factory wire harness without having to cut the factory wiring. These harnesses have color coded wires to make connection much easier for the novice. All aftermarket radios have a standard wiring color that matches up with the Metra Wire harness. Be sure to check out our video on the difference in wiring harnesses here.

Step #2 Car Stereo Dash Kit

In the second step, we take you through the process of mounting the aftermarket radio to the Metra Dash kit and preparing to install the radio in the vehicle. This part of the stereo installation is often the easiest part as it is aa matter of mounting.

metra dash kit installation
Here we are installing the Metra Dash Kit

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OEM factory radio…. How boring!
car stereo installation parts
Here we have all the items we need for the installation of our new car stereo. We have a Pioneer AVH-X3500BHS, ASWC Steering wheel remote, Metra dash kit, and Metra wiring interface
metra dash kit installation
Here we are installing the Metra Dash Kit
metra wiring harness installation
Here her prepare the Metra wiring harness and steering wheel remote
car stereo installation
About to install the Aftermarket Pioneer Double DIN Car stereo
Pioneer double din installation
We install a Pioneer double din car stereo

Complete in dash radio installation

Maybe its the Navigation, maybe its the ability to play DVD’s in your vehicle while on the road or it might just be the ability to play songs directly from your smartphone wirelessly, whatever the reason might be for you to want to upgrade your stock radio, there are only a few steps that you’ll need to take to make sure your installation goes as smoothly as possible.

Step-by-Step installation instructions

Old factory radio

We installed a feature-packed Pioneer AVH-X3500BHS (Now Replaced With the AVH-X3600BHS) on a 09 Tundra. Like most aftermarket radios the X3500 is compatible with the stock steering wheel controls but we had to add an interface to make it happen. For the most part this was a fairly standard head unit installation but we also needed to add a special harness to bypass the JBL components on some Toyota vehicles.

We chose the X3500 (starting at $349.99) for Pioneers reputation for quality and reliability as well as what seems like its endless entertainment options. The X3500 has the ability to play Sirius XM satellite radio, HD radio, play DVD’s/MP3’s and has industry leading Parrot Bluetooth technology to stream music from your phone wirelessly including Pandora playlists and answer phone calls on the go.

Apart from having to add a couple of adapters, it did not take much to transform this technology outdated stock radio, which even has a cassette player(not that there is anything wrong with that) with top of the line technology.

We walk you through the process below to help you get a better feel on how easy it can be to upgrade.

Old radio completely removed

Old radio

Step 1: Removing the factory head unit can sometimes be a bit of a pain but the first step is to remove the plastic housing surrounding the unit. In this 09 Tundra the plastic housing includes pretty much the entire dash in a circular form.

Once the housing is out, the head unit itself should be held in place by a couple of screws, simply remove those screws and un-clip the wiring harness as seen in white (above) and you have the blank canvas for your new navigation.

Our wire harnesses

Completed wire harnesses

Step 2: While upgrading to a new navigation receiver our customer wanted to make sure he did not lose his ability to use the factory steering wheel navigation controls. We were able to keep the controls by using the Metra ASWC-1, a steering wheel control interface for select aftermarket radios that can be bought for around $50.00.

This 09 Tundra also needed an adapter that would make it compatible the stock JBL equipment already in the vehicle. With Metra TYT001 we are able to use the stock amplifier and stock speakers with the aftermarket navigation receiver for about $75.00. This double-din unit did not need a dash kit as it fits practically snug without additional housing.

New radio ready to push into the dash

New radio installed in the dash

Step 3: Once all of the wiring interfaces and adapters are in place, installing the new navigation receiver is about the same process as removing the stock radio to begin with. In this case, we attached the JBL adapter to the vehicles stock harness and connected the steering wheel adapter.

Once those two connections have been made, we hold the unit in place using the same screw holes we used to remove the stock unit. The picture on the left should show exactly how it should look once mounted. Once that is mounted all that is left is to place back the plastic housing that hides all of the electrical connections of the dash and the installation is complete.

Radio installation complete

Metra Wiring Harnesses Explained – 70- vs. 71- Video

Why are there two Metra wiring harnesses?

Metra provides two types of harnesses for different installations. Occasionally you may need to replace the factory harness and in other situations you want to replace the factory radio, we show you the differences between Metra wiring harnesses.

Replacement vehicle Harness – 71-

Metra produces two types of wiring harnesses, one is designed to replace the factory wire harness in the vehicle if it becomes damaged. These wiring harnesses have a part prefix of 71-****.

Metra wiring harness
We show you the differences in wiring harnesses that Metra produces

Aftermarket Radio Installation harness – 70-

The more commonly used Metra wiring harness are those that are designed so that you can connect an aftermarket car stereo to the factory wiring without cutting. These harnesses have a part prefix of 70-****.

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Rosen AV7900 DVD Headrest – Installation Video

Updated:09/24/2015

Find DVD Headrests for your vehicle: Rosen DVD Headrests

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Rosen AV7950 DVD Headrests – Installation

We walk you through the entire installation process of adding Vehicle Specific Rosen DVD headrests to a 2010 Acura MDX SUV. The installation is a relatively easy thing to do but does require some disassembly of the vehicle and some automotive wiring know how.

Rosen AV7900 Installed
Rosen AV7900 Installed

Step 1 – Equipment Placement
You will need to find a location to mount the control bow and route the wires. The location that we determined would be the best is under the seat.

Step 2 – Remove the seat back for running wires
The plastic seatback is removed to make way for running the wires in the seat for connection to the control box. Simply pop the pops and slide the seat back down for removal.

Step 3 – Remove the original headrests and insert the AV7950
The removal of the factory headrests is simply a matter of pulling them out through the top. When inserting the replacement headrests you will need to route the wiring.

Step 4 – Routing the wire through to the seat bottom
The wiring is run on the left and right side of the seat back to seat bottom connector bracket. The are factory cables that are run and we run ours the same way.

Step 5 – Tie off cabling
The cabling must be secured to prevent cable damage when the seat is moved. All of our cables are tied to the existing factory cables.

AV7900 Installed in a Land Rover Evoque
AV7900 DVD Headrests installed in a Land Rover Evoque

Step 6 – Prepare seat back for re-installation
Make sure to have the plastic tabs in place so that they are aligned for the re-installation of the seat back.

Step 7 – Route drivers side wiring to control box
To run the drivers side cabling we attach all of the cables underneath the seat to the factory cables. Once completed we make the connection to the control box.

Step 8 – Power connection
To provide power to the system we connected our power lead to the Bluetooth module behind the rear cigarette lighter plug.

Step 9 – Passenger side cabling
To run the passenger side cabling we opted to remove the center console and route the wiring through the console. Once completed we make the connection to the control box.

Step 10 – Verify our connections with a voltmeter
Before turning on the power we verify our connections with a volt meter

Hopefully this video gives you a better idea as to how we install a set of replacement headrests in your vehicle.

AV7950 DVD Headrest installation
We walk you through the entire installation process of adding DVD headrests to your vehicle

Rosen CS-ALTI13-US Navigation for Nissan Altima – Installed

Easy Step-by-Step Installation

We recently did an installation of the new Rosen Factory navigation system in a 2012 Nissan Altima with back up camera. The installation was rather straightforward and relatively simple when following the Rosen instruction manual. The manual that was provided was excellent and the unit can be installed by any end consumer. The unit even included a factory connector to disable the Nissan Bluetooth module, the Rosen has built in Bluetooth.

Rosen Nissan Altima Navigation system
We installed a Rosen Nissan Altima Navigation system in a 2012 Alitma

OEM look just like the factory

What makes the Rosen navigation’s so great is that they look like the original Navigation system that came with the vehicle. The advantage to this is that all of the integration with Factory components is plug and play. The unit plugs directly into the factory Radio harness, and gives you steering wheel controls without programming! If you are installing a back up camera to a vehicle that does not have a factory back up camera, you will need to run all of the cabling. This maybe out of the scope of what an end consumer can do without some professional installation help. The best part about Rosen is that they match the new vehicle warranty of the vehicle; in this case a 3 year – 36,000 mile warranty.

Rosen Nissan Altima Navigation system
The entire dashboard of the Nissan Altima

Bose or No Bose : No problem!

This system is designed for vehicles with and without Bose stereo systems. We found that the audio quality from the speakers was improved slightly, but can be tailored to you years with the built in equalizer. Satellite radio can be added with an additional module for additional entertainment on long drives. The unit has the ability to control an iPod but a cable is required that is not included, this customer opted not to purchase the cable so we can’t review the functionality. If the iPod control is similar to other Rosen GPS navigation I’m sure it easy to use.

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Kenwood DDX272 vs. DDX372BT vs. DDX672BH :: Double DIN line up battle

In today’s line up battle we will be going over three kick ass Kenwood touchscreen radios. The DDX272, the DDX372BT and the DDX672BH.

The three feature built in DVD/CD players, responsive touchscreens, RDS AM/FM Radio tuners, and are Sirius XM ready. All three provide rear USB connections, and have a backup camera input. These multimedia car radio’s play everything from DVDs, CDs, JPEGs, MP3s to MOV files from both USB and DVD.

Contender #1 :: DDX272

To start the battle our first contender is the DDX272. It brings a 6.2 inch touchscreen with an integrated DVD slot. The RDS AM/FM tuner has 24 preset memory. The DVD player will prevent watching as you are driving unless you opt to disable this feature.

The built equalizer allows you to adjust the sound to suit your music and listening taste. To match your factory dash the illumination color can be matched with near infinite possibilities. The rotary volume control makes adjusting volume easy and quick. The AV-RCam button gives you direct access to your back up camera or phone apps.

The back reveals all the connections. Starting with the wiring harness which powers the radio and provides speaker level outputs, a USB cable to connect an iPod or thumb drive, The DDX272 has a single 3.5mm audio video input. The 6 channel pre-amp outs provide 4 volts for lower noise and easier integration. The Sirius satellite radio input provides a connection to a Sirius connect SXV300 satellite radio tuner.

Contender #2 :: DDX372

To take our battle to the next level, we have the DDX372BT. The 372 adds Bluetooth for both streaming and phone calls. Like the DDX272 the 372 has a 6.2 inch LCD touchscreen with integrated DVD slot. With the direct touchscreen controls you can access any audio video input immediately. The DDX372BT adds the direct Bluetooth button for hands-free phone calls or to quickly pair your phone. The 372BT has access to you phonebook and you can also manually dial any number you need. The external microphone ensures excellent audio quality for your callers.

Bluetooth supports audio streaming from your music library or your favorite music app. Direct connecting your phone through USB provides greater sound quality and charges your phone while its being used.

Like the DDX272 the DDX372BT has the rotary volume control and immediate access to your back up camera. The 372 adds immdiate access to your phone and apps.

Moving to the back. The wiring harness which powers the radio and provides speaker level outputs, a USB cable to connect an iPod or thumb drive, The DDX372BT has a single 3.5mm audio video input. It too has 6 channel pre-amp outs providing 4 volts for excellent noise rejection. The external microphone input is added to the 372BT in addition to the standard Sirius satellite radio input.

Contender #3 :: DDX672BH

Next up the big dog! The Kenwood DDX672BH! The 672 steps up the screen size to 6.95 inches and has a motorized face plate with bottom mounted controls. The DVD/CD player slot is located behind the motorized display and supports most digital formats with the exception of MP4. The 672 introduces us to HD radio and for cd sound quality from your favorite radio stations.

The 672 has integrated Bluetooth for hands free calling and streaming audio. The simple one touch pairing is quick and supports Pandora wirelessly. The external microphone ensure excellent call quality and makes for optimal placement.

The rear layout is virtually identical to the DDX372BT. It features a single 3.5mm audio video input. Microphone input for the included external microphone. Like the 272 and 372 it has 6 channel outputs at 4 volts for excellent sound quality and minimal noise. The USB supports direct iPhone connection and USB thumb drives. The USB supports most digital media types with the exception of MP4 but does play DivX.

All three radios include a double DIN trim plate, radio cage, pull keys, and mounting hardware.

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DreamWave Harmony vs. Bose SoundLink Mini 2

DreamWave Harmony


New Name in Bluetooth Audio

DreamWave is a new brand that is making a name for themselves with high quality bluetooth speakers to rival competitors like Bose, Sony and Apple. They are a company that is dedicated to providing premium products at competitive prices.

Their speakers are perfect for any environment, whether it be indoors at a professional office and the comfort of a home, or outdoors at a evening cookout and the sunny beach.

Harmony

The Harmony is a compact and portable speaker with a strong build and great sound quality. It rivals its competition in performance for a cheaper price at only $149.99.
The housing is elegantly brushed aluminum. The front and back are covered with solid grills and the top and bottom are covered with a grip texture. Inside are dual 1-3/4 inch speakers with dual passive radiators that produce great bass and treble.

In our video we compare the performance of the Harmony against the Bose Soundlink Mini. It holds its own against the more expensive competitor with loud and crisp audio aided by its Anti-
Distortion Circuitry.

Anyone can feel the quality of its design in the palm of their hand as it weighs in at a sturdy 3.8lbs. It has a width of 9.1″, a height of 2.4″ and a depth of 2.5″. The top panel of the Harmony features the traditional commands: LED power, Bluetooth connect, and volume. Its battery life is exceptional. It runs 18 hours at 2/3 volume and 10 hours at MAX.The back features to inputs, one for a 3.5mm AUX cable and the other for the AC Adapter Charger.

Bluetooth

Easily connect your mobile device to play music and apps or to use Hands Free Calling.

Bluetooth Modes:

  • CSR4.0+ EDR: Full 2-Way Bluetooth control between speaker and phone
  • A2DP: Advanced Audio Distribution Profile allows high quality audio to be streamed from an phone to speaker
  • AVRCP: Audio Video Remote Control Profile allows you to play, pause, fast-forward, and rewind of your music

Pros

  • Compact and Strong Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Long Battery Life
  • Competitively Priced
  • Bluetooth Hands Free Calling

Cons

  • Only one color option
  • Lower Bass Performance than main Competition
Dreamwave Harmony versus the Bose Sound Link Mini
Dreamwave Harmony versus the Bose Sound Link Mini

How to wire 2 dual 2 ohm voice coil subwoofers

Checkout our previous post on subwoofer wiring

In response to our blog post Subwoofer Impedance and amplifier output we filmed a video on some of the concepts contained in that post. As we showed in our subwoofer wiring diagrams you can present the amplifier with many different loads depending on how many voice coils and the impedance of those voice coils.

Wrong amplifier and subwoofers

In the example outlined in the video, we show you a hypothetical situation where we cannot connect the two subwoofers we have to the Rockford Fosgate PBR300X2 amplifier. This amplifier requires a two ohm load when bridged and there is no way we can create that load with our Pioneer TS-SW2002D2 8 inch low profile subwoofers. These Pioneer subwoofers are better suited for the Rockford Fosgate R500X1D amplifier as it can handle loads as low as 1 ohm.

8 ohm or 1 ohm subwoofer wiring

In the next segment we show you how to wire the Pioneer TS-SW2002D2 subwoofers as either an 8 ohm or 1 ohm load. By creating a 1 ohm load this makes them optimized from most class D mono subwoofer amplifiers.

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Rockford Fosgate R500X1D 500 Watt Car amplifier
Rockford Fosgate PBR300X2 300 Watt Car amplifier
Pioneer TS-SW2002D2 8″ low-profile subwoofer

We show you how to wire two 8 inch subwoofers with dual 2 ohm voice coils to create an 8 ohm and 2 ohm load. We also show you how to check your subwoofer impedance. Please leave your comments and questions below.

Backup Camera System Installation Guide

Trigger wire based systems

The easiest way to understand how a standard backup camera system is installed is by understanding the components. Most back up cameras and systems have similar components. This particular guide is designated for backup camera systems with trigger wires. A backup camera system can be broken down into five basic components (See picture above).

The Monitor, (A1): Some monitors like the one shown above will only have a single cable coming out of the monitor but don’t be alarmed as this single lead cable usually connects to a power harness that possesses all of the video inputs and power connections

The Power Harness, (A2): The monitor will come with a power harness that will attach to the single cable coming out of the monitor. This particular monitor has several connections:

  • 2 – Yellow RCA video inputs
  • 1 – Left and right audio input (white and red RCA)
  • 1 – Red bare wire or positive power lead will which connects to 12 volts power
  • 1 – Black bare wire that is the ground connection
  • 1 – Trigger wire (usually green or blue)

When 12 volts is applied to this wire the monitor automatically turns on and selects the back up camera input. This connection is made to the positive side of the reverse light.

The Camera, (A3): The camera is very similar to the monitor in that it will have a yellow RCA video plug and a single cable with a DC power plug input for power.

The Power Harness, (A4): The camera should include a male DC power connector to bare power leads. This DC power connector will have a Red 12 volt power lead and black ground lead. In most cases the center inner female pin is 12 volts power and the outer shield is ground.

The RCA Cable, (A5): Last but not least is the single yellow RCA video cable that is included with camera. Its sole purpose is to take the video feed from the camera and display it in the monitor.

Note 1: This cable is usually 18-25 ft long and in some cases has bare red lead as part of the cable. This lead is a raw lead that can be used for a couple of purposes. Imagine this red wire is a single wire tapped the entire length of the RCA cable and can be used to send the reverse trigger signal to the front of the vehicle. The red lead can also be used in some installations to continuously power the camera if you want your system always on with the vehicle.

Note 2: It is important to remember during the installation process that yellow inputs are used exclusively for the video signal, whereas black and red inputs are used exclusively for power.

Note 3: Just because a monitor does not have a trigger wire does not mean it can only be turned on manually. Most monitors do not have a trigger wire because they posses what is known as a video sense feature and will turn on automatically as soon as they sense a video feed. We demonstrate that installation process in a separate section below

5 – Step Installation Process (Trigger wire based)

Step 1: Connect the power harness (A2) into the monitor’s designated power input.

Back up monitor cable connections
Monitor power cable connections

Step 2: Draw power to the monitor by connecting the red wire to 12 volt power and the black to ground. Power to the monitor is usually drawn at the fuse box. The trigger wire determines the operation of the monitor. The default installation is to connect this to the positive side of the reverse light. By doing so, the monitor will automatically turn on with the vehicle is placed in reverse. For manual operation you will leave this disconnected. This can also be connected to a source that turns on with the key and the monitor will remain on until the vehicle is shut down, perfect for commercial vehicles.

Back up monitor wire colors and meanings
Bare lead monitor power connections

Step 3: Connect the male power harness (A4) into the camera’s female power input.

Back up camera DC power connector
Back up camera DC power connector with bare wire leads

Step 4: Draw power to the camera by connecting the red wire to 12 volt power or the positive side of the reverse lights and the black to ground.

Back up camera bare power leads
Back up camera bare power leads

Step 5: Now that the monitor is drawing power at the fuse box and the camera is drawing power directly at the reverse tail light, all you need to do is connect the camera to the monitor using the standard yellow RCA cable (A5) ***If the yellow RCA cable has two red power wires on each end, please read Note 1 above.

Back up camera RCA connections
Back up camera and LCD monitor RCA connections

At this point you should have all the connections made and a working system is a key turn away. Makes sure to button up and tape all connections and you should be all set.

Video sense based systems

Back up monitor cable connections
Monitor power cable connections

Again the easiest way to understand how to install a video sense backup camera system is by understanding the components. A backup camera system can be broken down into five basic components (See picture above).

The Monitor (A1): The monitor will come with a pigtail that will have video inputs, these are RCA cables with yellow, white and red (sometimes two yellow) jackets. In this case the yellow and white are video inputs just like what you would find in a home television, and the red is the power input connector.

Monitor Power Harness (A2): The monitor will come with a power harness that will attach to the red (sometimes black) DC power connector input on the monitor. On the opposite end of the power harness will be two wires; the red wire will always be used for positive power and the black wire will go to ground.

The Camera, (A3): The camera usually is a little different from the monitor in that it includes a two part harness (A4). This is so that you can mount the camera in a weather proof fashion and do so without drilling an excessively large hole. A two part harness is comprised of the pigtail and the camera cable. The pigtail will have a yellow video output plug and a red (sometimes black) dc power connector for power.

Camera Power Harness (A4): The camera should include a male DC power connector to bare power leads. This DC power connector will have a Red 12 volt power lead and black ground lead. In most cases the center inner female pin is 12 volts power and the outer shield is ground.

The RCA Cable (A5): Last but not least is the single yellow RCA video cable that is included with camera. Its sole purpose is to take the video feed from the camera and display it in the monitor.

**It is important to remember during the installation process that yellow and white inputs are used exclusively for the video signal, whereas black and red inputs are used exclusively for power.

Note 1: This cable is usually 18-25 ft long and in some cases has bare red lead as part of the cable. This lead is a raw lead that can be used for a couple of purposes. Imagine this red wire is a single wire tapped the entire length of the RCA cable and can be used to send the reverse trigger signal to the front of the vehicle. The red lead can also be used in some installations to continuously power the camera if you want your system always on with the vehicle.

Note 2: It is important to remember during the installation process that yellow inputs are used exclusively for the video signal, whereas black and red inputs are used exclusively for power.

5 – Step Installation Process (Video signal sense based)

Step 1: Connect the DC power harness (A2) into the monitors designated power input.

Back up monitor video input and power connectors

Step 2: Connect power to the monitor by attaching the red wire to 12 volt power and the black to ground. Power to the monitor is usually drawn at the fuse box

Monitor DC power connector

Step 3: Connect the camera power and video pigtail (A4) into the cameras connector. The pigtail provides power to the camera and the video output to the monitor.

Back up camera power leads

Step 4: Connect power to the camera by attaching the red wire to 12 volt power and the black to ground. Power to the camera is usually drawn directly at the reverse tail light. With video sense systems, anytime there is power to the camera the montitor will be turn on automatically.

Back up camera dc power connector leads

Step 5: Now that the monitor is drawing power at the fuse box and the camera is drawing power directly at the reverse tail light all you need to do is connect both systems using the standard yellow RCA cable (A5).
***If the yellow RCA cable has two red power wires on each end, we advise that you disregard their use as they are not needed for this type of installation.

backup camera system installation

Now you should have a working unit that should turn on as soon as the vehicle is in reverse.

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