After market audio

John Lagnese jlagnese at
Sat Feb 16 04:03:11 PST 2008

I have, in the past, in VW/Audi products used a relay with the trigger being
the key in ignition wire. When the key comes out the stereo goes off.

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[mailto:200q20v-bounces at]On Behalf Of Nathan Winters
Sent: Friday, February 15, 2008 2:13 PM
To: 200q
Subject: After market audio

I've been playing around with different after-market radios I have and
wanted to see if anyone has some input that can help me out.

Antenna:  The 200 Avant antenna is different than the dual diversity of the
sedan models.  Does anyone know the run of the antenna wire?  I assume it
goes to the stubby antenna on the roof and I'd like to make sure the wire is
in good shape, as my reception seems really poor.  There is no antenna in
the rear window, there is one in the windshield but it is not connected to
anything like in the saloon models.

Switched Power:  Does the factory radio switch on/off with ignition or can
you turn it on/off when the key is out?  There is no switched ignition power
going to (or near) the radio.

Speakers:  I'm running a separate amp so I have that all figured out.  There
is a harness that runs the front speakers directly and I could go right into
that harness to drive the in-dash stuff.  The rears were driven by a small
factory amp under the rear seat and I took that out entirely.  Since the
amplifier I installed was already in the back I just ran wires from the amp
> under the seat > spliced into the wires going to the rear-door speakers.

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