2016 Forester w/ 7" + HK Aftermarket HU - Speaker issues

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2016 Forester w/ 7" + HK Aftermarket HU - Speaker issues

Post by findinforester » Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:03 pm

Hi - I installed a Pioneer 4400-NEX in my '16 Forester with 7" and HK audio and everything seems to work except the front speakers. Using the EQ on the Pioneer moving to the rear it sounds normal, moving to the front its muffled. There was an extra OEM harness that & some extra wires on the pioneer harness but nothing listed in the instructions about them. Everything else is wired per the diagram for a 7" + Nav/Amp


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iDatalink HRN-RR-SU2
Maestro ADS-MRR

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Re: 2016 Forester w/ 7" + HK Aftermarket HU - Speaker issues

Post by Dara DeGrand » Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:23 pm

Is your vehicle equipped with StarLink? If so, the front speakers run through the starlink module, which is attached to the same bracket as the factory radio. If you remove it, you will lose your front speakers (I drive an 18 FXT so I know it all too well. :lol: ) All you need to do is re-install that module and it should restore the audio in your front channels.
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Re: 2016 Forester w/ 7" + HK Aftermarket HU - Speaker issues

Post by findinforester » Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:27 pm

Yep I stumbled on another thread stating the same thing so looks like that is the issue and I'll have to figure out how to cram that back in. I'd suggest adding a note to the guide about that as I had no idea what that part even was :)

Another question - if that is the Starlink module, what is the brown 'Starlink' wire on the SU2 to OEM pink cable for?

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Re: 2016 Forester w/ 7" + HK Aftermarket HU - Speaker issues

Post by Dara DeGrand » Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:31 pm

The brown wire labeled 'Starlink' is a mute wire. When starlink is activated, it mutes the radio's output so you can hear audio from the starlink system.
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