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ameridan’s   RADIO  SILENCER

For FIAT® 124 SPIDERS  with FIAT CONNECT 7.0 Infotainment Systems
and ALL
Mazda® vehicles with 
MAZDA CONNECT 7.0 Infotainment Systems

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The main purpose of the CMU (Connectivity Master Unit) is apparently to serve as the go-between device linking HS-CAN and other protocols within the vehicle, which is why there is no power switch.  To the typical driver looking at the display of their “tablet” radio, that purpose and function is probably unknown, and begs the question ⇒ “Where’s the switch to turn the radio off?”

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Since no option currently exists to turn the “radio” off other than muting the audio system, I’ve come up with an inexpensive hardware alternative (that isn’t available in any retail stores that I’m aware of),  Ameridan’s Radio Silencer, which results in…

  • no surprise FM music when your Bluetooth device is powered down / out of range or when you restart your vehicle
  • experiencing normal audio behavior of all other  audio phone calls, messages and navigation guidance announcements
  • no huge “Mute” icon obliterating your screen, resulting in the entertainment menus being inaccessible until canceled
  • nice empty AUX screen (displaying your background image) when in music mode, rather than a radio station’s ID with advertisements and song titles flashing by, even if you simply turn the volume down as your substitute for turning the radio off

Seems to me that Visteon® could have eliminated this inconvenience by making AUX an available audio source regardless of whether anything was plugged in to the jack or not.  They could have even labeled it “AUX / Radio off” 😉

Instructions:

  1. Unless you wish to use the AUX input as an actual audio source, simply plug Ameridan’s Radio Silencer into your AUX jack and leave it there (it is minimal in size and there are no wires attached to clutter up your cockpit and get tangled with your USB cable(s), and the black color blends in well with your USB / AUX ports panel).
  2. Whenever you want your radio off, simply select AUX as your audio source. Besides using either the Commander knob or the touch screen, you can invoke the selection using voice command by saying “Play Ox” (interpreted as Aux) or “Play Auxiliary” or “Go to Aux”.  The AUX setting will remain, even after shutting down your vehicle and restarting, until you select another audio source, as long as you leave Ameridan’s Radio Silencer plugged in.

NOTE: If you have your phone paired via Bluetooth for listening to music, it will override your selected audio source if within range and powered on – until it becomes un-paired, when your system will return to your previously selected audio source.  If you have selected AUX in conjunction with Ameridan’s Radio Silencer,  the only audio you will hear are your navigation guidance announcements (if you have selected a destination).

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Donate Button$5.00 at least $3.00 (PayPal) to my Coffee Fund,
and I’ll be happy to mail you one, NEW,
packaged in a padded mailer with instructions & shipping included,

anywhere within the continental US (if you provide an address),
along with an emailed link to All-In-One Tweaks exclusively for 124 Spider.

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Also, be sure to check out my tweaks page for other ways to improve your experience with your Infotainment Center, my control buttons blog page for more on the Commander interface panel, and my navigation blog page for more on adding that option to your Infotainment Center.

11 thoughts on “Welcome!

  1. I am grateful that someone is trying to help us “navigate” these issues–I love the car, but certainly finding some design flaws –I can’t get my dealer to furnish an XM fin satellite –they say that they aren’t available for the 124 spider.

    I have the LUSSO . I have made my $5 donation and look forward to receiving your Radio Silencer 🙂 I am a little nervous about the tweaks, but am annoyed enough that i might give them a whirl.

    thanks
    sue cook

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    • Thanks Sue. It sounds like you have a Lusso without the “Premium Collection with Sirius” package (which saved you $3800), and the dealer is right – you can’t just add a shark-fin antenna to get XM as the entire package of Bose add-ons like the extra amplifier, speakers and associated wiring harnesses are also required. You have the same system as I do, and I personally think that the non-Bose system sounds better anyways. You have plenty of other options to supplement your fun driving with music.

      Just do one simple tweak to start and get comfortable with the process 😉

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  2. A potential work-around that provides you with your Sirius/XM access… If you have XM set up on your smartphone (iOS or Android), you should be able to BT sync your device to the vehicle’s infotainment system and have your XM broadcast via your car’s existing sound system. Alternately, you could also patch it in using a DIN cable in the audio in jack for the system. The downside is that managing the XM system itself while driving might be difficult to accomplish in a safe and prudent manner (kind of like texting, but worse). As your system is the same as Dan’s, he’ll correct me if I’m out to lunch on what I’ve described.

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    • Thanks, yes I’ve done the BT and that was why i was looking for wired in — especially where i live and the trips I take the satellite is pretty handy. I appreciated the info about the bose and harness prerequisite –that at least makes it easier to understand.

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  3. Sue, according to radio-locator.com,

    There are 55 radio stations that may be within distant listening range of
    Boise, Idaho

    so there must be something you like 😉 (only one classic rock?)

    Also, just throwing out an “old school” idea – record 2 or 3 hours of a XM session onto a thumbdrive and when it gets “stale”, rerecord 😉
    or are your trips daily?

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    • old school works –good idea, but my music taste is pretty eclectic and i don’t listen to the same genre continuously ; i have tons of thumb drive music –it’s the randomness and choice that xm brings – i have Pandora, but it’s thru my phone, so if i go out of cell range i’m out of luck- it’s the principal of the thing is all, just seems silly that i can’t add that without all this rigamarole 🙂 –i live in Idaho and our cell reception out of town is spotty. and it’s a long drive to any destination—i do appreciate your comments and love the blog!

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    • Hi Betty,

      I got a PM from Terry in the UK as well today also asking for a radio silencer. Unfortunately, it seems a rather difficult chore to send items from the US. The U.S. customs forms (4 pages) are 6″ x 8″, which are larger than the envelopes I bought to ship the silencer plug, so I would have to buy another batch of larger padded envelopes…

      However, I did find a merchant on ebay.co.uk selling what appears to be the same item (3.5 mm audio plug) for £0.99 here (there may be others as well), and suggest that as a cost-effective alternative.

      I find it amazing as to how inexpensively (almost free) and hassle-free China & Hong Kong merchants can ship items around the world. The policies that the Universal Postal Union have kept in place is precisely the reason that Radio Shack and so many other ‘brick + mortar’ electronics and hobby stores have gone out of business. Also, their customs form is a simple little 2″ x 3″ sticker that can be printed and attached as easily as the postage.

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  4. Hi
    I am from Turkey but i can not donate because Paypal stop operations in Turkey because of tax issues.
    Can you let me know how can i donate? Credit card or other?
    Regards

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