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Old 10-16-2014, 08:01 PM   #1
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Making the TV play through the radio speakers

We recently became first time RV owners with our 2013 Interstate. The first night we hooked up the computer to the front TV to watch a movie on Netflix. I was disappointed to see that I could not play the TV through the radio speakers.

To fix that issue, I looked at the Kenwood radio installation manual to find that there were audio-in leads. I removed the trim panel around the radio and then removed the four torx screws that mount the radio.





Once the screws were removed, I pulled out the radio and then found the leads. There were two sets of RCA plugs, one for audio-in and one for audio-out.



I pulled down my box of audio cables and found one that had an earphone jack on one end with two RCA outlets on the other end. To see if this would work, I plugged the cable into the headphone jack on the TV and then hooked it up to the audio-in cables on the radio. On the radio, the name applied to the audio-in on the main menu was for "Game". Popped a DVD into the TV, selected "Game" and I was rewarded with sound on all of the speakers.









Having installed many car stereos during my life, I now looked for the best way to run the cables. I pulled the windshield pillar trim loose only to find that part of the air bag was behind it. Not wanting to do anything in this area, I looked for another way to route the wires but could not come up with a workable solution that did not involve partially disassembling the motorhome. So I routed the cables from the back of the radio to the glove box, re-installed the radio and called it good for the day. While it was not the most elegant solution, I could simply pull the cables out of the glove box and hook it up to the TV.





That evening it came to me that since I had a Bluetooth radio, I needed a Bluetooth transmitter that I could plug into the headphone jack on the TV to send the signal to the radio. After doing some research, I settled on a device made by Clear Sounds. It has a rechargeable battery and a charger I plugged into the 110 outlet in the front storage compartment.





I followed the instructions that came with the unit to pair it with the radio by going to the phone pairing screen on the radio. Once the unit was paired, I selected "Audio A2AP" on the menu, turned it on and plugged it into the TV, chose "Bluetooth" on the radio menu and, voila, I had sound to the front speakers of the radio. Once you select "Bluetooth", "Clear TV" appears at the top of the screen. It took me a bit to figure out why I only had front speaker sound. On the same phone page where I paired the radio, at the bottom there you could choose "front" or "all" speakers. Once I chose "all" I now had sound on all of the radio speakers. And I did not have to run a single wire! If I had only thought of this before I pulled the radio out, I would have saved a bunch of time.











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Old 10-16-2014, 10:03 PM   #2
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Nice work, thanks for sharing. I just may have to do this myself.


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Old 10-17-2014, 02:32 AM   #3
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Yes, a very "¢ool" modification.
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Old 10-17-2014, 07:15 AM   #4
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Old 10-17-2014, 07:40 AM   #5
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Thanks for sharing this information!

I did not realize that a Bluetooth transmitter was available. I've been searching for a way to get output from my Sirius satellite radio into my AS' Bluetooth enabled Sony radio (I have a AS TT.) Just placed my order with Amazon for everything I will need to complete the job!

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Old 10-17-2014, 09:08 AM   #6
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Jerhofer - thanks for sharing this great solution. I struggled to use the cables provided to listen to books or music from my iPad or iPhone and then realized how easy it was to do it via Bluetooth.

I recently read an SAE article that says the auto industry is going to start using a super Bluetooth system to make most functions in the vehicle wireless and eliminate the wires to save weight.


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Old 10-17-2014, 12:07 PM   #7
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No bluetooth?
If you do not have Bluetooth and your radio has audio inputs, your would need to run the cables to the back of the radio as I originally did. Considering that you are not likely to be using the TV while you are driving, hooking up the cables that I stored in the glove box would work. No one would probably be sitting in the passenger seat so the cables would not be in the way. If I was going to use the cables I have in the glove box, I would probably run them up and behind the sun visors and then back to the TV. That would pretty much keep them out of the way.
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Old 10-19-2014, 10:03 PM   #8
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Wow!

Thank you so much for sharing your experience and for posting all the photos.

You've saved us a lot of time and frustration!!

When you're around Jackson Hole, WY / Yellowstone pls allow me to buy you a case of something local.

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Thanks, this is a great tip. Especially well documented with the photos. Two questions:

A. Which model of Clearsounds are you using?
Amazon lists a CLS-CS-QLINK that seems to be especially designed for their headset, and doesn't look quite like the one in your photo. It's about $40.

Then there's another, which looks more like the one you purchased, the CSQLINK, for about $20 more.

Will both models work for this purpose?

B. Which audio outlet did you plug this into?
TV or Computer? Did it make a difference (delay)

Thanks again!

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Thanks, this is a great tip. Especially well documented with the photos. Two questions:

A. Which model of Clearsounds are you using?
Amazon lists a CLS-CS-QLINK that seems to be especially designed for their headset, and doesn't look quite like the one in your photo. It's about $40.

Then there's another, which looks more like the one you purchased, the CSQLINK, for about $20 more.

Will both models work for this purpose?

B. Which audio outlet did you plug this into?
TV or Computer? Did it make a difference (delay)

Thanks again!

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The model is CLS-CS-QLINK. We are traveling in the AI and I used it the past two nights and plugged it into the TV both times. The first night we watched a DVD and I did not notice any lag. Last night we used my Ipad to access Amazon Prime and I did notice a small amount of lag. I like your idea of plugging it directly into the computer and will try that the next time we use it.
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I have a 2014.5 Interstate with Blu-Ray and the Kenwood DNN990HD.

It's annoying that Airstream didn't run wires from the Kenwood unit in the dashboard back to the video system in the cabin. There are two different, unconnected audio-video systems in the Interstate: You can play a DVD in the Kenwood, display it on the Little screen up in front, and listen to it through the Kenwood roof speakers. -OR- You can play a DVD in the Blu-Ray, watch it on the TVs and listen to it on the TV's weak little speakers.

But you cannot play a Blu-Ray, watch it on the TVs, and listen to it on the fancy Kenwood sound system.

It's infuriating that Airstream couldn't manage to run a $5 cable from the dashboard back to the Blu-Ray in the cabin. Just really disappointing.

Yes, I've purchased the tiny Bluetooth transmitter. I'd still rather have cables running up through the side pillars or under the floor and back up. It would have been cheap and easy to do during the Airstream build, practically free, and such a hassle to add now.

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BTW, the Bluetooth transmitter will work with the rear TV as well. It is within range.
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The audio video input in the over head compartment

Attachment 230638Thank you all for great posts. I am a new owner of a 2014.5 interstate ext and love it. However, my wife is not too happy with me spending countless hours in there trying to figure it all out
This forum has already saved me a few trips to the dealer.
Does anyone know what the audio video input jacks are in the overhead compartment above the driver side? I guess I was hoping that it would be wired to the back of the DNN990HD...
Many thanks,
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They might be inputs to the front TV but that's just a guess.
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