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Old 04-16-2016, 09:06 PM   #1
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Surround Sound problem

Good evening everyone,
Brand new interstate owner here (downsized from a 37ft class A) and loving it. One problem however and sorry if it's a stupid question:
While driving, how do I get the DVD sound to come out of the back speakers (kenwood ones) rather than just the TV speakers? We are planning a trip to Disney and in the last trip the kids could hardly hear the movie when the AC kicked in.
Much thanks!
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Old 04-16-2016, 09:11 PM   #2
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Welcome to the Airstream world and to the forum. I'm not sure it can be done, but if it can I would like to know how as well..
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Old 04-16-2016, 09:52 PM   #3
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I have to adjust the sound balance front to back depending if I'm driving the coach or parked and hanging in the living area.
On my alpine stereo the main volume knob once pushd in a few times will come to a fade adjustment which let's the fore aft balance to be changed.

My coach is a 345, with an Alpine stereo in the dash.

The adjustments you are looking for is often grouped with adjustments for treble, bass, L/ R balance, and fade front to back, etc.

Good luck with it.

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You cannot get the TV to play through the Kenwood sound system unless you do what I did in the thread below. There are two solutions but you will have to read the entire thread to see both of them.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f240...rs-126668.html
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You rock. Thanks for the info.
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Old 04-17-2016, 07:21 AM   #6
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You're welcome. I don't understand why the factory doesn't do this. I met an Airstream rep at a local RV show and mentioned this issue to him but it obviously went nowhere.


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Old 04-17-2016, 03:14 PM   #7
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I purchased a Bluetooth 4.0 Transmitter, TaoTronics Wireless Transmitter for TV with 3.5mm Adapter& USB Dongle (High-Fidelity Stereo, Plug and Play via USB or AUX Input, Charging while Playing for TV & iPod) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GKEAQ2M..._x2-exbDGGXWGP

Connect it to the TV and then pair it to the Kenwood. The Kenwood can only be paired to one Audio device so be sure to disconnect others before you try to pair. I used double back tape to secure the transmitter to the back of the TV. Works great.
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Thanks for the link. After reading everything, I'm going to go with this option. Did you change any settings on the Kenwood's audio set up (ie dual zone vs single zone sound).

Thanks again!
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I used jerhofer's method but didn't run that wires for a permanent installation. I just brought the audio input cable from Kenwood to the glove box. Then when I want to use the Kenwood for better sound I add a second cable from the TV and connect to cable in glove box. This only works well if you are parked. Normally I only use this setup for watching movies by DVD or BlueRay.


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I used jerhofer's method but didn't run that wires for a permanent installation. I just brought the audio input cable from Kenwood to the glove box. Then when I want to use the Kenwood for better sound I add a second cable from the TV and connect to cable in glove box. This only works well if you are parked. Normally I only use this setup for watching movies by DVD or BlueRay.


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That's what I did initially but I didn't like the wires dangling everywhere. Besides, I am retired, have the time and I enjoy doing projects like this. I like trying to figure out how to make something work and it keeps me busy. I have made so many modifications to our AI that I would be hard pressed to upgrade to a newer one as I would have to start over.
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I did not make any audio changes. We use the setup to when we watch movies
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Sorry for being an idiot, but I can't get the Bluetooth thing to work. I bought the Taotronics transmitter, paired it with the Kenwood DNN992 by holding down the back button for a second, but can't find where the heck you select audio source to stream it in.

I swear if I could I would burn the damn Kenwood... I've never hated an interface and owner's manual more!

Any advice is greatly appreciated!
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Yea, the Kenwood is definitely not friendly in this manner. I labored before I figured out you need to make sure your other bluetooth devices are not connected and remove them as teh active audio source from the selection menu. Look at Page 116 in the Kenwood Manual. I abbreviate
1) Press and hold the return button until the Hands Free Screen appears
2) Here is where you need to Turn Off any other AUDIO devices - It took me a long time to figure that out.
3) Make sure your BT Transmitter is in pairing mode.
4) Select Search
4) It may take a little while, but it should show up.
5) Select it to pair
6) Enter the default PIN if required.
7) Under the BT Connections Settinggs Page, select ON for Audio for the Transmitter

Good Luck. It does work, but I just about pulled my hair out dealing with the Kenwood.
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You rock. That did the trick for starting the transmission.

I did a test run plugging the transmitter into my iPhone and it worked like a charm. As for the Samsung TV's, they only gave RCA (red/white) inputs (no single audio jacks), and the transmitter didn't work with it, so I'm going to buy another set of RCA adapters to make sure they're not faulty and otherwise call Taotronics for any other tips.

At any rate, thanks a million for the advice! And yes, the Kenwood and its interactions with me have become a source of comic relief for my wife!
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