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I see that a lot of you are changing out the stock HK radio. Is it such a bad radio? I just want to be able to control my ipod and not spend a lot. But if the HK one doesn't sound as good as an after market one while keeping the stock speakers I would consider changing it out. Also the HK is linked to the ECM isn't it? Just trying to decide which way to go.:confused:
 

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It seems that the stock unit is junk heard of several being covered under warrenty.and to replace it out of pocket :eek: its best to go with a aftermarket system head unit amp and speakers for the same $$$ or less then just the stock head unit.I just figured its not if it was when so replaced it,didnt want to be with out my tunes.just my .02$
 

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For me, I mostly wanted the ability to control the ipod / usb device.

I didnt dislike the HK, but figured if I was going to spend the extra coin on the ipod controls I might as well sell the stocker and buy the sony with the device storage built in. Other feathers like XM & BT will be in my next one.
 

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Mine reasoning is a little different. If it still works keep it . When it does finaly go, sure i will replace it with probaly Sony . But till then and my system sounds pretty good , guess it will better when i stick a new head unit in
 

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I wanted more versatility and better sound quality, the only thing I sometimes miss about the HK is the WB, and I have an app that takes care of that.

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For me, I mostly wanted the ability to control the ipod / usb device.

I didnt dislike the HK, but figured if I was going to spend the extra coin on the ipod controls I might as well sell the stocker and buy the sony with the device storage built in. Other feathers like XM & BT will be in my next one.
This is the exact reason I switched. I also went with the Sony with storage tray.
 

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This is what I have been told and I think is true upon my own experience. The HK unit is a descent enough unit, but it is set for highs only. You will never get good mids out of it, let alone any bass. Hence the distortion at higher volume with speakers that are trying to produce the mids and highs. It was one of the best mods I have done to my bike, and I have done alot to my bike.
For what you can sell the stock HK unit for on ebay you can buy your new head unit and the biketronics retro fit set-up to still be able to use your handcontrols.
 

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Thanks guys. Still don't know what direction I'm going in. Talked to Biketronics and for around 400 I can change head units and for 600 I can change H/U and upgrade to the titan II's.
 

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I would probably get aftermarket if mine ever crapped out, but i really dont want to lose the auto volume control. I replaced the head unit on 1 of my cars that originally had the AVC and i really do miss it.
 

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I would probably get aftermarket if mine ever crapped out, but i really dont want to lose the auto volume control. I replaced the head unit on 1 of my cars that originally had the AVC and i really do miss it.
The biketronics unit has AVC built into it, so you don't lose anything

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For me it was looks & the cool factor....lol. FrankieB has the HD iPod interface and he likes it along with the stock radio. Never any issues on them.
 

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I don't recall the auto tune working on either of the glides, is this a setting? Or am I just not listening, and turning it down before it engages!


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You will find the setting for AVC by pressing AUDIO switch. It has 4 bars and you make your choice by pushing up or + and down or -. The more bars displayed the higher the volume will increase when your speed increases.
 

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You will find the setting for AVC by pressing AUDIO switch. It has 4 bars and you make your choice by pushing up or + and down or -. The more bars displayed the higher the volume will increase when your speed increases.
<fork, sorry>

I didnt know it was adjustable, I wondered why the range of up/down was so narrow.

Which AUDIO switch, specifically?

So the way it works is you set the normal audio level for what you want stopped at a light, and if you want it to go up alot as you accelerate you set the AVC to a high (4 bar) setting?
 

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If you look at the number of Harley motorcycles sold with Factory radios, the number of those changed is really small.
You will see a lot of posts about how riders changed out their radios. But not from those that kept stock.
And if you look at the percent of those that changed and had problems compared with stock, Factory appears more reliable.
The Stock Harley radio was made to be used while exposed to the weather and vibration on a motorcycle.
Most other radios are not and suffer accordingly.

The Stock Harley radio was manufactured by Harman/Kardon to specifications set by Harley and for a set price.
There are some things that are good. And some compromises were made to meet the cost limits.

I prefer my stock radio because I can use the accessories Harley has for use with the Stock radio, now and in the future.
If you just want a different look, there are many ways to do this. I believe the easiest way is to send the stock radio off and have the color changed.

But if the stock radio does not meet your needs, you can change the complete radio. So it is up to you if you want to change the radio, not anyone else.
 

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<fork, sorry>

Which AUDIO switch, specifically?


Press the volume switch first thing that pops up will be bass press until you get to avc then adjust!
 
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