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Can I keep my steering wheel controls with an aftermarket stereo?
This subject is a little complicated, but the basic answer is that, no, you can’t connect steering wheel audio controls to an aftermarket radio without an adapter. In most cases, though, an adapter is required.
Can you add factory steering wheel controls?
If you’re considering upgrading your factory radio to an aftermarket receiver, adding a steering wheel audio control adapter lets you keep the full functionality and convenience of your steering wheel controls.
Is an aftermarket head unit worth it?
Aftermarket car audio systems can provide better sound quality. Even if the sound quality doesn’t seem weak, it doesn’t mean you can’t get a better system. Your factory car stereo probably isn’t as good as you think it is. Even high-grade factory audio systems usually aren’t up to par.
What is key1 and key2 wires for?
The Key 1, Key 2, and Key GND wires will be used to interface steering wheel controls if your vehicle came equipped. Most newer vehicles will also need the Axxess ASWC-1 to translate the steering wheel controls to this stereo.
What is the SWC output wire?
SWC is an acronym standing for Steering Wheel Control. An SWC interface is a module that connects a vehicle’s OEM steering wheel controls with an aftermarket headunit or radio replacement unit.
How do steering wheel audio controls work?
This computer has inputs dedicated to each switch and its function. When you press a switch on the steering wheel, the computer sends a digital communication to the computer in the radio. Often, this communication takes place on the vehicle’s CAN data network.
What is key1?
Hello. The Key 1, Key 2, and Key GND wires will be used to interface steering wheel controls if your vehicle came equipped. Most newer vehicles will also need the Axxess ASWC-1 to translate the steering wheel controls to this stereo.
Does a head unit affect sound quality?
Head units have virtually no impact on your sound quality—unless you’re utilizing physical medium such as cassettes. In fact, read the descriptions for most head units and you quickly realize it’s not about sound.
Are all head units compatible with any car?
Universal car stereos will fit any car, provided you’ve understood the difference between single DIN and double DIN car stereos and have the correct fascia panel. Ensuring that you’ve equipped the right fascia panel should allow you to seamlessly install your universal car stereo into almost any vehicle’s interior.