Scosche LOC80

2-channel line output converter

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Scosche's LOC80 line output converter allows you to connect a receiver with no preamp outputs to an amplifier without speaker-level inputs. The LOC80 handles a speaker-level signal up to 80 watts RMS per channel, and converts it to a line-level signal you can plug into your amp's input.

The LOC80 reduces the incoming speaker-level signals so you can use a stereo RCA patch cable (not included) to make the connection to your amp. The converter features adjustable gain settings on each channel, and it's compatible with almost any car stereo. Warranty: 90 days.

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Features

Overview: The Scosche Car Stereo Speaker Level Converter (LOC-80) is a non-active, "passive" device that allows any car stereo to be connected to an amplifier or EQ booster. This is accomplished by converting the speaker high-level outputs an the car stereo into low-level RCA jacks by electronically converting the signal as it is passed through the Scosche LOC-80.

Installation: You can use the Scosche LOC-80 whenever you wish to add an amplifier or EQ booster to a car stereo that is not equipped with RCA (low-level) outputs. By simply connecting the speaker inputs of the LOC-80 to the speaker outputs of the car stereo, you can now add an amplifier or EQ booster to your vehicle's audio system.

  • Speaker Inputs: Connect the left (+) speaker wire of your car stereo to the white wire of the LOC-80 and connect the left (-) speaker wire to the white/black wire of the LOC-80. Then connect the right (+) speaker wire to the gray wire of the LOC-80 and connect the right (-) speaker wire to the gray/black wire of the LOC-80.
  • RCA Outputs: Connect the RCA output jacks of the LOC-80 to the RCA inputs of your amplifier or EQ booster (Red = Right, White = Left).

Note: Double check all connections and test the sound system. The wiring colors of the LOC-80 may be different from the wiring colors found on  your car stereo.

Output Level Adjustment: The Scosche Car Stereo Speaker Level Converter is equipped with output level controls that can be adjusted for proper sound level matching. This done by inserting a small flat-blade or phillips-head screwdriver into the gain adjustment holes, located on top of the LOC-80. by turning clockwise, the gain for that individual channel, or the amount of sound allowed to pass through the LOC-80 is increased. By turning counterclockwise, the gain for that individual channels is decreased. If you feel that after increasing the volume of your stereo, the sound is too quiet, then equally increase both the left and right gains of the LOC-80until the sound level is adequate. If the sound level is too loud with only a slight increase in stereo volume, or distortion (poor sound quality) is noticeable, then equally decrease the gains of the LOC-80.

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Works Great

Written By Andy B, Norfolk NE on Wednesday, October 15, 2014

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Works Great, Just wire up to your rear speakers and your ready for a Sub on your stock radio

Pros: Works Perfect. Sounds Great

Cons: None

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Written By JB, Houston, TX on Tuesday, October 14, 2014

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This thing is awesome.

Pros: It's awesome.

Cons: Almost too awesome.

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Written By Anonymous, Cville on Saturday, October 04, 2014

Easy

Pros: Easy to hook up

Cons: None

Works great

Written By Anonymous, Oklahoma on Friday, October 03, 2014

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No static or noise

Pros: Small and easy to hide

Cons: None

Easy to install.

Written By Omar M, San Antonio Texas on Saturday, September 06, 2014

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The instructions that come with this item are written perfectly. Easy to understand.

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Written By C. Tillage, Gloucester, VA on Wednesday, September 03, 2014

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Very ease to use and install. Added sub to factory system and sounds great!

Pros: Easy to install and adjust

Cons: None so far

Great product to upgrade a factory system

Written By Jeff, Nashville, TN on Thursday, August 28, 2014

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Easy install for speaker level inputs

Pros: Easy hookup

Cons: No issues

Scosche and customer service

Written By Chris L., Cambridge, Vermont on Friday, August 15, 2014

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The product itself works perfectly as designed to and the customer service that went along with the product is unbeatable. I had questions on wiring for the car I had and got into a chat session with one the associates and he got me what I needed and was there if I needed any other help.

Pros: See above

Cons: None

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Written By Andy, Hardy iowa on Sunday, July 20, 2014

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Easiest way to add subs to a factory stereo.

Pros: Super easy to adjust to set the way you want

Cons: None

Works Nicely

Written By DT, Lafayette, LA on Saturday, July 19, 2014

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Easy install. Works nicely. No issues.

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Written By Good, Brooklyn NY on Saturday, July 05, 2014

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Good

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Written By pj, texas on Monday, June 23, 2014

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Easy hook up to factory radio

Pros: Everything

Cons: Nothing

Worked great

Written By Mike, Manchester, TN on Wednesday, June 18, 2014

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I used this for my home receiver. I needed an output for the sub and did not have one. I hooked this up to my speaker output along with my speakers and it worked great. Very nice procuct

Pros: Easy hookup

Cons: None

...just like it should

Written By j, Honolulu, HI on Saturday, June 14, 2014

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This LOC works exactly the way that it should! The factory head unit in the '12 Civic doesn't have RCA pre-outs, so this was my best option for now. As you could guess, it's incredibly easy to install. Once installed, and if done right, you'll never have to worry about it, in any fashion, ever again.

Pros: Simple install, ease of use, cheap

Cheap solution!

Written By Jfink, Lincoln Ne on Monday, June 09, 2014

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Great item, lets you have subs while using the factory deck.

Pros: Easy to hook up

Cons: None

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Written By armando, Balmorhea, TX on Thursday, May 01, 2014

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Good stuff

Worked as advertised

Written By Nick, Holland, MI on Saturday, April 05, 2014

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Worked great! Easy to install and adjust levels on both outputs.

Works Great

Written By BillyH, Charleston Wv on Monday, March 31, 2014

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Bought this to replace a different model I had in my car, Installed in just a few minutes and it works great. I've used it for a month or so now.

Pros: Easy install, Works like its suppose to

Cons: None yet

Works good!

Written By Jarred grY, Pinehurst, TX on Thursday, March 27, 2014

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Does what it's suppose to

Pros: Allows you to tie in to the speaker wire and get RCA out for amps.

Cons: None

Makes a difference!

Written By Caleb J., Louisiana on Tuesday, January 28, 2014

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Spoke with a Crutchfield advisor and he recommended this to tap into my factor radio, the directions were very clear and it did exactly what he said and made the sound clearer instead of tapping straight into the speaker wires.

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Written By Anonymous, Loganville, GA on Sunday, January 26, 2014

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Worked as advertised.

Great Product

Written By JC1989, Pennsylvania on Saturday, January 25, 2014

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East install and works great. Does the job at a great price.

Pros: Easy Install, Works Great

Perfect Product

Written By Caleb, Shoreview, MN on Monday, January 06, 2014

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I'm so glad I got this. Allowed me to hook up my subs to my standard factory BOSE system. Would buy again.

Pros: -Cheap -Straightforward and easy to install

Cons: -Instructions could be a little more detailed.

Works flawlessly!

Written By Devon L, Biloxi Mississippi on Sunday, November 17, 2013

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It works absolutely amazing! This little thing saved me a whole lot of trouble

Pros: Easy wiring, kept me from having to buy an aftermarket head unit when I didn't have the money

Cons: None

Worked flawlessly

Written By Anonymous, Cocoa , Florida on Friday, November 15, 2013

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Called Crutchfield for advice, recommended product. Worked flawlessly

Pros: Will continue to buy from Crutchfield

Cons: None

Works as expected

Written By Kevin, Greensboro, NC on Monday, October 21, 2013

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Does exactly what I wanted it to do, and was cheap and delivered fast.

Pros: Does what i expect

Cons: none

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Written By Anonymous, Harrisonburg, VA on Thursday, October 17, 2013

Easy to use, very user friendly and for the price I am very happy with the quality.

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Written By Dustin, Heber Springs on Thursday, September 26, 2013

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Worked great!!

Pros: Does exactly what it supposed to!!

Cons: Nothing bad to say

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Written By Eliezer L, Tinley Park Illinois on Saturday, September 21, 2013

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didn't work for my car.

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Written By Anonymous, East hampton ny on Sunday, July 28, 2013

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Works as described, installation was easy

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Written By Anonymous, north port fl on Wednesday, July 17, 2013

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great piece, does exactly what it's intended to do

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Written By Anonymous, Green Bay, WI on Sunday, May 05, 2013

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I got this unit to connect my OEM rear channels so I could utilize the front and sub outputs on the head unit I purchased. The gains had to be trimmed way down but the output quality is great.

Does a good job.

Written By Mega, Harrisonburg, Va. on Saturday, April 20, 2013

Does what it's supposed to do so far.

Pros: Good price

Cons: none

Life Saver

Written By Stazz, North Port Florida on Friday, April 19, 2013

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I love this little thing, it's so simple and easy to understand and it's a perfect must-have for people who need to hook up their subwoofer to a stock radio, along with many other uses! Hooked it up to my '12 Civic stock premium radio, worked out great.

Pros: Simple and has strong wires, cheap

Cons: A little heavy and big, not enough to bother me though.

Scosche LOC80

Written By David F, Show Low az on Thursday, March 07, 2013

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This product is VEREY GOOD,WORKS GRATE.. I'm verey HAPPY with this product

Pros: I was abel to put my amp in with out changing any of the wire clips

Cons: there was no cons for this porduct at all

Not bad

Written By Rick, Rosamond, CA on Wednesday, January 09, 2013

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Does what it's advertised to do. Could use longer and a thicker gauge wire though. I installed it in the truck of the car instead of behind the head unit so that left mounting options limited because of the lack of wire length. While I did order extra speaker wire, I ordered 14 gauge wire and this has 16 or 18 gauge wire. Also, the instructions state to turn the gain settings down and adjust up as needed. With the gain all the way down, the sub was barely noticeable. I ended up turning the gains all the way up just to get descent sound out of the amp (M-1500) and sub (B-17) combo.

Pros: Good adapter, does what it's advertised to do.

Cons: Wire length could be longer, wire gauge could be bigger

It works

Written By Phil, Fresno ca on Wednesday, October 24, 2012

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It works

Pros: It works

Cons: Doesn't not work.

A decent alternative for stock radio users.

Written By Floyd, NY on Tuesday, May 08, 2012

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I used this so that I could run my subwoofer without having to upgrade my head unit in the car. (No RCA outs on factory radio). Overall the unit is solid and performs as described. Thi stook me about an hour to setup and install. Unit came with easy to read instructions for wiring it. Aalso it has adjustable level control for left and right outputs to amp.

Pros: Easy to install, does an ok job of converting your rear speaker wire signal to an RCA for hooking up to an amp.

Cons: The adjustment pots on the converter do not have a wide clear range. Meaning the low to high transition is either high or low.. No nice midway setting. Also the signal for the unit gets distorted rather esily at high output levels. So you're kinda forced to keep them at mid way for a clean signal. But if you do not want to repalce a factory head unit, and still want to use your amp/sub combo this will work....

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Written By Casey, HI on Thursday, September 22, 2011

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Good unit; but wires were too short for soldering. Heat melted inside board solder and made wire loose. Recommend crimping when connecting the speaker wires.

Works great

Written By Matt B, Alexandria, VA on Tuesday, August 16, 2011

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Works as advertised. I hooked this LOC behind the factory head unit, tapping off of the front speakers' output. Works great.

There are better options

Written By PeterLemonjello, Orlando on Sunday, July 17, 2011

I bought this to go with my factory system. I was adding in a JL audio 10" sub and amp and this product performed as advertised, but the sound quality was terrible. I ended up replacing this with the Audio Control LC2i and now my system sounds amazing. The bass response from this product is muddled and flat and sound enthusists should look elsewhere. This price may sound enticing, but you're getting what you pay for. Don't let this limit your system.

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Written By JohnM, Delaware on Monday, May 23, 2011

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This LOC works as described, however, after only one week, one of the wires came out of the converter. Had to solder it back in.

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Written By Tony, Piney Flats, TN on Wednesday, April 13, 2011

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Works Great

Hooked amp to stock stereo

Written By Jason, Wichita, Ks. on Monday, March 21, 2011

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some other place was trying to sell me something for about 3 times the price,
glad I called crutchfield , they said I didnt need that and to try this first.
It hooks up very easy and works great.

Scoche converter

Written By Jay, SF Bay Area on Tuesday, December 07, 2010

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This product worked very well to tap into my stock Ram system. By using the
speakers with the most bass (front for me) I have excellent bass from low to
high volume with no loss of bass. The box was small enough to tuck under my
front sill/trim panel, and is easy to adjust output level with a tiny
screwdriver. Highly recommended if you want to create a sleeper system that
looks stock.

Scosche LOC80

Written By BC, Jax, FL on Saturday, October 09, 2010

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I used one of these to add a subwoofer to my new Ford Shaker 500 factory system. I tapped into the rear speakers, and it did work. I used an amp/sub that I had in another car, and they hit much harder in my old car (same car, only older). I learned that the Shaker system attenuates the bass as you turn up the volume to protect the cheap factory speakers (which I had already replaced with Polks). The bottom line is that the Scosche LOC works, but it comes down to garbage in=garbage out. I returned the Scosche and installed the MTX reQ. What a difference. My sub now hits like it used to when hooked up to a high end deck with dedicated preamp outputs. For all the time and money you spend adding to your system, this is not the place to try to save a few bucks. Get the reQ.

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For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and should be able to give you the details. [ Jeff  Jan 12, 2014 ]  Staff

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