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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-27-2013, 09:27 AM Thread Starter
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Default AVC - Do you use it or not?

Just curious...owned my bike for almost 2 years now and I have used the Auto Volume Control (AVC) on the highest setting for almost the entire 2 years. However, last week I did a Route 66 ride through Missouri and Illinois and used the less aggressive setting (medium)...I thought the stereo actually sounded better, although I did have to adjust the bike volume up accordingly.

Today, while riding I turned it off completely and I think it actually sounds even better. I'm just wondering if anyone else has observed this with their stereo.

FWIW, I only listen to XM radio (through Garmin zumo 665), I have the Biketronics Amp and the Biketronics 6.5" speakers.

In case some are not familiar with the AVC...here is the explanation right out of the book:

Audio System Operation
Audio Mode Menus
To change mode settings, enter the mode menu. Press
TUNE (+) or TUNE (-) to change settings. Wait 5 seconds
or push VOL (+) or VOL (-) to exit.
Automatic Volume Control (AVC)

When set, this feature will lower or raise the speaker/headset volume automatically, based on vehicle speed.

Press TUNE (+) or TUNE (-) to change settings.
Off: Volume will not adjust
Low: Least aggressive setting
Medium: Moderate setting
High: Most aggressive setting


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When using an aftermarket amp, it's advised to turn off the auto volume, too much feed = fried speakers/equipment

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When using an aftermarket amp, it's advised to turn off the auto volume, too much feed = fried speakers/equipment
This is what Biketronics told me when I fried both speakers. It's only an issue when going from radio to iTouch. Then it really blares for a second or two until it auto-adjusts.

I put it on the medium setting and try to remember to lower the volume before switching over to the pre-recorded music on the iTouch so I don't blow out the speakers again. I also make sure to not turn it up so loud anymore. I used to over compensate when I wore ear plugs but avoid doing that now. Live and learn, eh.
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I've done a lot of messing around with the auto volume in order to do some research for my aftermarket sound system. So far as I can tell, the auto volume has no effect on the sound quality. It simply turns up the volume for you when at speed.

If you had your gain set so that your amp started clipping at a volume setting of 25 with the auto volume off, you don't want to turn your volume up past about 15 or so at a standstill (with auto volume on low) as it will get turned up to around 25 at cruising speed.

I think the amp manufacturers recommend against using auto volume because it's too difficult to gauge just how much it turns your volume up. Without knowing the auto volume's upper limit, it is difficult to dial in the gain correctly. If you mistakenly set it too high, you run the risk of damaging your amp or speakers and I think they just want to avoid the warranty issues.

All that being said, I ride with my auto volume set to low. I like that it takes the edge off when stopped at a traffic light or cruising slowly through a neighborhood. I don't feel the need to make those around me listen to my music.

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