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Cadillac Escalade, EXT and ESV Forum - 1999 - 2006 Discussion, Backseat Radio in Cadillac Escalade Forums; The rear overhead monitor is aftermarket too. I used the rear controls to cycle through Sirus, HD and regular radio. ...
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    Re: Backseat Radio

    The rear overhead monitor is aftermarket too. I used the rear controls to cycle through Sirus, HD and regular radio. No sound but it scans channels and functions properly with the HVAC controls. I'm sure it has something to do with the aftermarket headunit installed up front. There's probably another adapter I can have installed, or have something reconnect that was looked over by the installers.

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    Re: Backseat Radio

    if you used the stock wiring with the aftermarket radio you lose the rear seat audio controls completely even though some places say they will still work
    btw how did you hook up the second radio???

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    Re: Backseat Radio

    i don't think that there is a way to integrate a aftermarket dvd player to the factory controls the stock rear seat dvd system works in with the rear seat audio controls on the rear of the center console that is how it is on mine

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    Re: Backseat Radio

    My aftermarket Head unit runs through my Factory nav... I still use the volume controls from my factory NAV to control the aftermarket unit. I can unplug the harness and everything is back to normal, but my aftermarket unit won't have sound. The door panels are large enough to put four more speakers in them. (I have four speakers in the front, thought I could install an extra set of speakers to the factory nav, so it would have it's own set of speakers and the aftermarket could use the existing bose speakers but the bose system complicated that idea. not possible). One day I just might, maybe reconnect the factory nav to the door speakers (remove harness) and have a completely new set of speakers installed for the aftermarket headunit (have them run from an amp to components). I have more ideas than ways to finance them at the moment lol. I'll go outside and take a picture of the front panel and my hidden switches in a sec, might help to understand all my gibberish.

    Did some editing cause I didn't even make sense to myself after reading it.

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    The second set of speakers where going to be installed for the Factory Nav, so I could still use the voice nav playback. (They tried,didn't work)

    Nav stays up the entire trip at all times.. And the passenger just watch a movie (and let you just listen to the engine) lol

    One in the rear playing for the kids (So, they don't have to watch what is playing in front)

    Left switch (toggle the ground, Play in motion or not) Right switch (toggle sound for factory nav on/off) didn't work

    headsets incase.. incase I say so!

    front and back play different movies. aftermarket unit has zones, front and rear can play different inputs at same time (speaker sounds too).

    Everything is functional but the sound doesn't come through the headset jacks. (big deal)

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    Re: Backseat Radio

    i would leave the stock setup alone and use the aftermarket speakers with the kenwood unit so you can have everything working in harmony one big reason for this is the stock head unit is not like the kenwood unit and is only two channels and a fixed volume and Bose amp does the volume control cause it having the lux amp i am really sure on this that is why you can use the aftermarket radio plus it will interfere with the amp in the kenwood and over time it might mess both radios up big time and i know it is not fun having to run speaker wire but if you mess the stock radio up you won't be able to use the nav don't ask how the bose amp works like that it just does it takes two channels of audio and turns them into four btw the setup looks great how you have it love the big alpine dvd screen i just hope the info helps

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    If I had the time and means, I would definitely keep the factory nav. connected to the stock speakers and just buy a new set of component speakers and an amp, then connect them to the kenwood. I've had it this way for the last two years and it works for now. I would prefer to have the kenwood on it's own set of speakers and the factory nav on the bose, if it were only a matter of preference lol

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    Re: Backseat Radio

    but that is the best way so it won't mess up anything cause you may mess up the amps in the kenwood doing it like this i know i wired my home theater system and home audio system to the same speakers but i can't use both or it will mess them up and make them both unusable it will be the same way with your radios in you truck and i know you have a lot of money already tied into the system take my word you don't want to mess up both radios that is one reason that it making your rear seat audio controls not put out sound when you have both radios on.
    good luck on finishing the setup this the first time i ever seen two radios in one truck cool

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    Re: Backseat Radio

    btw how did you get power to the kenwood??? i need to know in case my stock cd changer decides to crap out on me it is making odd noises which is not common with a cd changer and there is now i am putting 400 dollars or more into a new cd changer i will do like you and put in a second radio for my music and leave the stock for the onstar

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    Re: Backseat Radio

    I had the car stereo specialists working on it.. I was there for most of the install, and man it looked like miles and miles of wiring to me. I really don't know how they did it

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    Re: Backseat Radio

    dang i was hoping you would know i'd say they used the stock power wires for the aftermaket radio
    um is that a set of Bose headphones i see in that one pic???
    but is not fully the work of bose part of the reason is gm which is why i hope my bose speakers last a while but if they don't i might run aftermarket speaker using a amp after the bose amp for the aftermarket and let the bose amp be the crossover the speakers

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    Re: Backseat Radio

    Our truck didn't come with a rear entertainment system, all the headphones are aftermarket. Everything functions on the accessory switch like the stock Headunit, so I'd assume they used common wiring. I'm not really sure what you mean, but I heard many times that the bose amps will only power bose speakers (something to that effect).

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    Re: Backseat Radio

    that is true but it depends on the style of speaker hookup most don't use a speaker line input on the amp that they install most car amps have inputs for speaker and line level input on them if i use the speaker line inputs on a amp i can add aftermarket speakers and it still look stock only difference will be in the sound i have a set of infinity rs5 three way's for my home audio system and the bose speakers in the truck sound close except in the high end due to different tweeters bose is a dome like style but my infinity speakers have the famous emit tweeters really big difference in the high end but very close every else in the audio spectrum

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    Re: Backseat Radio

    but hiding the amp for the aftermarket speakers will be hard due the having captain's chair in the second row

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    Re: Backseat Radio

    Hiding the amps should be easy if you use long enough wiring.. You can hide them behind the plastic panels in the rear or do some custom plastic trimming.. It could be done though.

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