Scosche SLC4 Line Output Converter
Convert speaker connections to line-level preamp connections in mobile audio applications
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So you're trying to connect an amplifier without speaker-level inputs to a car stereo that doesn't have preamp outputs? It can be done, but you'll need a line output converter to make it happen. The SLC4 from Scosche can handle up to four speaker-level inputs and four RCA outputs — enough for a 4-channel amp or a multi-amp setup.
Connect the speaker leads from your car stereo to the SLC4. It reduces the incoming speaker-level signals so that outgoing signals are compatible with the preamp inputs on your amplifier. You will then need to use two RCA patch cords (not included) to make the connections to your amp.
The SLC4 features adjustable gain settings on each channel, and it's compatible with any car stereo. Warranty: 90 days.
Note: Most vehicles will require additional installation parts please identify your vehicle if you haven’t done so. You can also call an Advisor for more information.
Great product. I neglected to check out the dimensions until the converter arrived, it is big. When installation is in a larger car its no big deal but this was going into a Miata. With a little wire added to the wiring harness adaptors the unit can be slid off to the side after the level adjustments have been made.
Pros: easily adjusted and works as advertised
Cons: its big
Good converter for the price. I have used this on a few systems with no problems.
This product works as advertised. Crutchfield rep helped me understand which configuration to use from the extensive instructions.
Worked fine on my 1995 BMW 540i to drop the levels for the factory amp. The unit is bigger than it seems in the pictures and I had a hard time fitting it into the dash.I had to extend the wires off of my harness so I could fit it behind the radio.
Pros: Works as advertised, many different configurations
Cons: bigger than expected
E30 w/o external amp has no use. Shipped as recommended part
Cons:Crutchfield response on October 19, 2015 Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our Customer Support team. Purchases from Crutchfield can be returned or exchanged within 60 days of the purchase.
Difficult to connect / adjust. adjustment screws broke right away - couldn't adjust - wound up not using altogether
Cons: very poorly made
The box is easy to use but is a little bit big for tight spaces
Pros: Easy to use
Its overall good product.
Pros: Good product, amplification level is good.
Cons: Screws are very light, a bit more press can break the tuning gain screws.
The product works as describe but the terminals where the wires are connected would be better served as a vampire style terminal that would bit into the wire. When the wire is stripped it is hard to get the terminal screw tightened down enough to secure the wire into the terminal. If it was a vampire style, you could leave the jacket on the wire for a tighter fit and still make contact with the actual wire. The terminal screws are tiny and fall out when loosened enough to feed the wire in and sometimes will get lodged inside the plastic case. I had to open my case to get the terminal screw out again. This thing is huge and it is very difficult to find room for it in an already crowded console opening.
Pros: Works well when connected.
Cons: Wire terminals could be better to secure the wiring and the case is way too big.
Does the job, but be very gentle when adjusting the gain
Pros: makes interface possible
Cons: super fragile
Great product. installed it my self with ease.
Works perfectly. Had a few issues as I felt that the manual was not detailed enough. The team at Crutchfield was more than helpful in clarifying what needed to be set and outlining the wiring for an R129.
Pros: Works brilliantly. Once you figure it out, is simple to set up.
Cons: Manual could explain a little more. A little bit big (packaging wise), had to extend input speaker wires.
Nice product can do the job it require to. I tried this with my car. Sound was really low on driver/passenger speakers. On checking with customer service this is not required since i don't have subwoofer in the trunk. Tip - Use little stick on the side that is provided with scoche to adjust the gains. I realized it after i messed around some screws in adjustments.
Pros: Easy to wire and hook-up.
Cons: Hard to adjust gains. One needs to take the Radio out if there is any adjustment required. It would have been good if there was an adjustment provided via remote. small dash cars will have problem placing this unit.
The unit was easy to install and getting excellent results. Pay attention to gain adjustment to keep hum to a minimum. I highly recommend this product.
Pros: Easy directions and small.
Crutchfield included this in my installation kit to interface between my JVC KD-R660 and my 07 Pontiac Vibe with the factory Monsoon audio system. The Scosche SLC4 was necessary to adjust the line output from the receiver going into the factory amp.
Pros: Crutchfield support talked me through why I needed this unit and how to install it - they're the best.
Cons: No specific installation instructions were included, but as stated above, Crutchfield tech support provided what I needed.
Works as advertised. Paired this with a alpine frv300 amp for mids and highs and made a huge difference over Stock head unit.
Cons: wish it had somewhere to attach a remote wire for the amp.
Researching the stereo for a non-specified vehicle, I saw the install kit. When I specified the vehicle, the kit price jumped to twice as much and this device was included. I didn't think I needed it, but Crutchfield knew better. Glad I trusted them, because if I had just bought the stereo, I'd be pulling my hair out, scrambling to find a way to properly run the stereo to the factory amp.
Pros: Sound is clean and wire mapping was simple.
Cons: You need extra space behind the dash to house this device.
You will need this to wire a stock radio to a RCA amp.
Pros: Works Great
I needed this unit to wire my alpine head unit to a 5 channel amplifier. The head unit only had RCA outputs for the subwoofer, and just the wire harness for the rest of true channels, and they were amplified by the internal amplifier, so this unit was the converter I needed.
The instructions were very straight forward and easy to understand, and taking my time I had zero issues with the connections required.
WARNING: Make sure you adjust the levels on this unit BEFORE you stuff it in the dash and install your cosmetic trim, or you'll get zero sound from your new amplifier, causing at least 3 minutes of confusion and head scratching. Derp.
Overall, an excellent product that performs well. Crutchfield's tech support and customer service are, as always, TOP NOTCH! 5 stars all around.
Pros: See above
Cons: be careful not to tighten the sets crews too tightly. Take it slow and easy, and you'll have no problems.
I originally didn't think that I needed this part for my 04 Hyundai Santa Fe but after putting wiring the stereo harness to the car I didn't get any sound so I called the help line. The tech understood my problem and echoed that he also didn't realize that his vehicle had an external amplifier under the passenger side seat. Once I located it I knew that this part was in fact necessary in order to utilize the Monsoon sound system installed in the vehicle. I wired the harness to the converter, leveled the sound dials, and slid it into the cavity behind the stereo. It was that easy and the sound is incredible!
Pros: does what it is supposed to do, instruction manual details the diagram for the order of wires to be sequenced with the converter.
Cons: the dials should have a number sequence so that you can set each dial equally with the others which would make the leveling of your sound a not so tedious task.
Great product for needed installation. Staff was very helpful during the whole process.
Great price and worked great.
I had read several reviews and had some concern about this product. I found that by following the instruction it did exactly what it was made for and the sound control was amazing. Just need to add enough wire to the harness to be able to tuck it in the dash.
Used this to adapt an aftermarket head unit to the Monsoon amp in my 2005 Santa Fe, works well. To make sure I had a snug connection for the thin wires in the 2 harnesses (probably 22 ga) I stripped them to about 3/8" then folded them back double and tinned, gave a very secure hold by the screws. Adjusting the levels to the same for all channels is a little tricky because of the way the pots are recessed in the case. I set one channel in the car and then took the harness assembly in the house and set the other 3 using a flashlight and magnifying visor to see the position of the markings. Would have been much easier if the pots were at the surface and/or had detents. I used the recommended process for setting the levels so it starts to distort at 3/4 volume but found with some sources I didn't get enough - went back and set it so that I started to hear sound at about 3 out of 35, much better. Unit is pretty large because it can be used in 4 different ways, I have lots of room in my dash so no issue but I can see how some might have a problem fitting it in. I would have preferred to be able to get a harness with RCA's that would go direct like they had for my Avalon with factory amp but it wasn't available. At least it was half price with my order.
Pros: Works well to match levels using factory amp, versatile for other applications
Cons: Tricky to see pot settings, large case due to multiple functions, not free with order
Needed this for my sons Bose system. Had a question and tech help was there. Awesome. Love Crutchfield
It's not bad, I just think adjusting the settings to maximize the clarity at top volume left some to be desired.
Let me start by saying that I'm a tinkerer (I'm an IT tech) - I repair electronics that are not meant to be repaired and I'm not afraid to experiment; I'm a perfectionist - perhaps a little OCD. This LOC (line output converter) does what it is supposed to do - supports a variety of installation challenges; but audio dynamic range suffered in my situation. I used it to connect a Nakamichi NA250BTR to my 1996 Saab 9000 Nokia amp (has a good reputation). It killed ground loop noise, but bass and treble were flattened - the music lost its audio soul (all that survived was mostly midrange). I tested this by switching from line-level connections without the LOC to line-level connections with the LOC and I noticed a big loss in audio quality. If I tried grounding this unit with its built-in ground, the ground-loop noise returned with a vengeance. The included instructions are somewhat unclear. Connecting and adjusting this unit is a delicate operation, as the tiny pots (volume controls) are delicate, as are the wire clamps, and the included tool is pretty wimpy. Take extra care to make the adjustments uniform, as there is no indexing or other means to assure uniform adjustments from one channel to the next. Having said all this, if you have a complicated installation and are willing to sacrifice some audio quality, this unit will get you going. But if you are willing to put in more money, time and effort, you might be able to do without - and get better results in the bargain.
Pros: Flexible Filters out unwanted noise Appropriate for the beginner
Cons: Unclear instructions (lack detail), tech support is basic Audio quality suffers
I guess it works because there is no popping noise and the stereo sounds great. I went by Crutchfield's recommendations to install this and everything works fine. As a newbie, I did not know how or where to install the device--I thought it went through the RCA jacks into the car's amp. After removing removing the rear seats and interior trim I discovered the amp had no where to attach the converter. I called Crutchfield support and they told me to install it between the car's wiring and the new receiver's wiring. The converter takes the place of the wiring connectors. You unscrew tiny screws in the converter, slip in the correct color-coded wire from the car's wiring and tighten the screw. Then you do the same on the new stereo. I wish the instructions on the converter were a little more simplified for novices like myself who have no clue as to what the device is doing. A picture of the new stereo wiring---> converter---> car's wiring would make things simpler. Make sure all the wires are tight and not touching each other ( or else the speakers won't work).
Pros: Works well.
Cons: Difficult to follow instructions for a novice.
Speaker wires kept coming out. Screws are so small I had to use eyeglass screwdriver. Cheaply made junk.
Pros: Only good thing about it- it did the job, barely.
Cons: Absolute junk, poorly made, screws way too small, wires kept coming out even when tightened.
First off, let me say that this product works in my 2007 Scion tC with a stock head unit. With that being said, the product is very average.Would i recommend this to you? If you have after market subs, then yes, however, if you do not, I would pass because this LOC has little to no bass. I don't know if they just made it that way or what, but it just doesn't push any bass through, and i actually about the bass problem after buying it, and can confirm it. It does do its job though, and I am happy with my purchase. Lastly and please read this! You must use 16 gauge speaker wire! You might be able to get 14 gauge to work but it will be a pain in the butt. The screws that hold the wiring are too small for 14 gauge. Please, lol, use 16, it will save a lot of frustration. It holds 16 tightly.
Pros: Works fine Pushes great highs
Cons: Absolutely no bass Frustrating Install
Didn't work. Even after talking to Tech support.
Cons: no worky
Product works, but wire connections are not strong enough to hold when some stress is applied.
Pros: Works as described
Cons: Wires kept pulling out of slots no matter how much tightened down
works great did exactly what crutch field said it would.
Cons: Have to shove behind head unit.
The Scosche SLC4 was required with the factory sound system in my car. The instructions are just a little vague but the tech support team at Crutchfield made it really easy.
Pros: works great
Easy to use with Crutchfield's help, but has multiple set-up options that I could not figure out independently.
Pros: Easy to use with help
Cons: Manual is confusing
I purchased a S/O amp without speaker level inputs due to a great price. Used this product to wire it up. It took some additional time to install but was worth the trouble as the sub sounds great
Pros: Installs easily
Cons: Takes up additional space
This part was not needed shouldn't have been offered or suggested i needed it since i was receiving the installation kit
Pros: It wasn't too expensive
Cons: Didn't need itCrutchfield response on October 13, 2014 The SLC4 was added to your order because, while the stereo does have 4-channel preamp outputs, those outputs only pass a 2-volt signal. The vehicle's sound system needs a higher voltage in order to sound its best. You are welcome to return the SLC4 if you aren't using it, but our professional recommendation is that your audio system will perform better and sound better with this adapter in place to step up the voltage to your factory amp.
Works as it is suppose to and easy to install.
Pros: No modification
Works as intended. Kind of big to fit under the dash. Make sure you tin your speaker wires or the clamps wont hold. Installed in GMC Jimmy with Bose system.
Pros: Good instructions.Good price.
Cons: Kind of big to fit under the dash. If I made this i would put a harness with a plug on each end of the box and provide 2 plugs. One to terminate the source wires and one to terminate the wires out to the amp. Also the ground wire is fairly short.
the product works fine, this is the first time that I have issues installing a stereo on a car, there is no room in the car to install this without modification and the instructions were not accurate at all,
Pros: sounds good
Cons: not for just anybody to install you have to have some experience you need to take lots of parts out to get to it.
So, Crutchfield indicated that this was mandatory for the pairing of my new JVC KWHDR81BT CD Receiver with my 2008 Kia Sorento. No. Not accurate at all. Here's the trick; if you tune the SLC-4 using Bluetooth as the source, the output is louder and you'll leave the output pots cranked down a bit from max. Then, after wrestling the SLC-4 into position, mounting my head unit, and buttoning up all the trim, I was *underwhelmed* when I heard an FM source. I could max out the head unit without distorting the sound!
It infuriated me that I was "leaving something on the table," so off cam the trim, out came the unit, and out cam the SLC-4 for more tuning. I ended up maxing out the SLC-4, which is the same as not even having it in line at all!
So, now I have an extra piece of gear in my audio system waiting to fail, while also creating higher-resistance connections, because I would have connected directly and used solder instead. I just *love* knowing that there are 16 screws holding in the wiring in the SLC-4, any of which could work its way loose at any time. So, I've got *that* going for me!
Pros: - flexible support modes
Cons: - pots are recessed and require a screwdriver (forget that plastic simulation of a screwdriver that they attach to the unit for your convenience. Worthless. Use your own.). - pots should have long plastic caps that can be twisted with your fingers. Geesh! - too big!Crutchfield response on July 8, 2014 Our Tech Support team reached out to the customer to troubleshoot the situation. If it turns out that the SLC4 is not needed, the customer can return it for a full refund.
Excellent I was not sure why this was needed but wired per instructions. Set up in car bf closing to make adjustments all of the sudden I hear back speakers which I could not hear or adj in original Boss stereo!!! Balance all with pot adj and works great
Pros: Speakers sound great
Cons: A challenge to fit in tight area for stereo notch room plenty of wire so set off to side w double stick tape and fine
My 2003 Miata has a Bose Amp and speakers installed at the factory however the inputs to that amp are wired through a wiring plug rather than using RCA inputs.This device allows your aftermarket stereo to use factory amplifier systems without being overdriven. Without this device I would have had to run all new speaker line to bypass the amp. The factory Bose amp puts out more power than the aftermarket head unit by itself, so it would have been ludicrous not to use it.
Pros: Easy connection screw terminals, and simple to set up.
Cons: Just one more thing to tuck into cramped dash space
This thing worked as promised, but not without some hassle. Splicing it in between the new stereo and the wiring harness was a bit of a pain, and then it was really challenging to get it into the dash behind the stereo. Seems like for what it is it could be more compact. Instructions on setting the gain levels were pretty cryptic. Seems to be adjusted OK but perhaps it could be better? Will never know.
Cons: Bulky; instructions very cryptic
It's simple enough. attach wires, make adjustments. done. You will need a small screw driver and patience.
Pros: Cheap, multiple setting and outputs
Cons: Instructions not clear. Need small screw driver.
It does what it's supposed to.
Pros: great price.
Cons: Did not understand the instructions well, Difficult to adjust
Used it to connect to my factory Bose amp and seems to work fine. I had a little bit of distortion at first but then turned down the adjustment screws and disconnected the ground wire it comes with and much improved sound. Like most reviewers have stated it does appear a little cheap and I just hope it keeps working. Very hard to see adjustment screws and I was constantly worried about getting enough grip on the speaker wires w/out stripping out the tiny screws. Just have patience and it should work fine. I will keep my fingers crossed as to longevity. Overall, Crutchfield Tech Support was awesome quickly helped me find what I needed to do from the confusing manual.
Cons: Seems kind of cheap (longevity?)
We ended up having to buy a converter for this to be compatible with our car, which was pretty obnoxious, but other than that it works fine.
Didn't end up needing it
We were having major issues getting a Kenwood Head Unit to work in an 06 Acura RSX that at one point had a Bose system in it, still had the factory Bose amp and Sub. Then the head was replaced with an older Alpine head unit, which work great with the factory Bose Amp and Factor speakers and sub, but the head unit was out dated. I did direct swap out but it did not work, we had power, no sound. We called and Crutchfield recommended this unit. It worked great for about 15 minutes. Then all we had was bass. Then it died. Ended up pulling all our own wires and bypassing the factory amp and installing a Kenwood amp for both front and rear speakers and replacing the sub with a Infinity 12".
Pros: Easy instructions
Cons: The screws are very cheap and super small heads. It only worked for a little while and then died. Bulky, hard to mount behind head unit.
I had a new amp from a long time ago and never used it and decided lets put a bit of a kick in my 93 saturn but i had no rca jacks . Now i do lol this thing was perfect and hooked up easy.
Pros: Easy hookup.
Doesn't feel well made. I was really afraid I was going to break it during install.
Pros: Allows use of stock harness
Cons: Frail connectors and view of adjustments
The fixtures works very good.
Pros: I love the fact that the outputs can be adjusted.
Cons: The size is too big and makes it hard for the installer the radio installation on the limited space inside the car dash.
Does what it needs to do
I was not ready to replace the head unit in my 1998 F-150 but the speakers had to go. Used this to install an aftermarket amplifier to my stock head unit.
Pros: Easy to install and conceal, and worked flawlessly. Perfect low-cost solution.
Cons: can't find any
Did what it was intended to do
Pros: liked the screws to tighten down the wires
Works well - works as advertised and instructed.
Pros: Easy to install
This device made my system nice and clean. I put this device right by my head unit and then ran the wiring back to my 4 channel amp. It made the signal strength great for my system. My amp does not have to work as hard because it is pushing the signal to my amp.
Pros: Compact and clean
Cons: only 80 amps per channel.
Simple to use and works great- only problem I had was that I accidentally hit the button on the side when I was putting everything back together and it didn't work at first.
I'm new to car audio, and when I realized I'd need a Scosche adapter I was worried that I was in over my head. After opening the box my fears evaporated because it could not have been simpler. In fact, since all that was required was color-matching I let my 6 year-old daughter try her hand at some "Daddy work" and she loved it. I stripped the wires going in and she handled the rest. Sound quality was fine and everything worked great.
Pros: Easy to use and handle
Cons: It was bulky getting everything back into the console but if you want an easy fit you should make a system that doesn't require an adapter.
works just fine
Pros: This is great for hooking up an amp to a stock system! Very easy to install with great sound quality... No hissing
Cons: Can't really think of any
Was told at checkout that I needed this, but didn't. Crutchfield refunded the price.
Pros: don't know - didn't use
Cons: didn't need. seems complicated to install.
This was the perfect solution. I had added a Sound Ordinance under seat subwoofer to my Subaru & was having issues getting it balanced to my factory stereo. Due to the low voltage output from the factory head I was forced to connect the speaker outputs to the line-in on the subwoofer. This caused the subwoofer's remote level control not to work correctly - too little bass or way too much, no happy medium. I suspected I needed to attenuate the factory head's output. So a call to Crutchfield's tech help & the tech recommended the Scosche SLC4. This unit would enable me adjust the heads output level so the subwoofer's remote level control would allow a full range of adjustment to get the bass level just right. Installation was easy; I used Velcro to fasten it under the seat on the carpet adjacent to the subwoofer. I did have to tweak the controls on the SLC4 & subwoofer to achieve the perfect balance to enable the subwoofer's remote level control to have a full range of usable adjustment. So everything is now perfect & I can even add or subtract bass on individual songs to my taste. Just one word of advice don't mount the SLC4 to the subwoofer enclosure as its internal circuit board is a bit loose & will rattle noisily with the music. Other than that it is a great solution & product for a reasonable price.
Pros: easy to install, works great, & price is reasonable
Overall the installation was easy and technical support was fantastic. The screws to secure the wires are small and I read the prior reviews prior to installing the unit. Be careful and don't overtighten the screws and everything goes great.
Pros: easy to install excellent tech support
Cons: small fragile screws
worked fine for what i needed.
Great product if your wanting to keep your factory stereo
Pros: Easy to install. I gave it. 5 stars because I don't have to pay a lot of $$$$ for aftermarket stereo so I can add an amp
Cons: No cons
I bought this because I wanted to add a amp to my truck without removing the factory radio since it has sync. It installed in about 10 minutes. Works great!
Pros: Cheap, small does what it is intended to do without any issues.
Cons: hard to mount. I installed it in my glovebox so i could still adjust the settings and it worked out fine.
this was perfect for getting rid of the popping noises in my S-class after i installed my new headunit, i took the advise of somone on a forum and connected the 5V line out directly to the factory Bose amp, it worked, and it sounded great but every time i changed the radio station or changed tracks on a cd it would make a loud pop, it got to the point where i never used the radio or cd only my Zune, this cleared up my issues, and i installed one my friends Mercedes now hes a happy camper too.
Pros: does what it needs to, and adds 4 more rca outputs.
Cons: kinda big and hard to fit inside the dash along with the adapter harness.
Being a vintage/classic car collector I ran into a bad problem in attempting to install a modern radio in a 1978 Lincoln Continental Town Car and this little guy solved the problem. For anyone having a Ford product of the 1970's era, Ford chose to use a common ground connection at the factory radio for all speakers. New radios cannot be installed with such a grounding scheme which will very quickly cause the amplifier section to overheat and fry. It gets hot enough before failure to be a fire hazard at worst or would melt a CD at best. Instructions that come with the device are pretty simple and straight forward. Finding a place for it in the dash may be a bit of a challenge but not impossible. Basically if you are needing to do an installation as the one I did this is the only game in town. Just make sure you have any modern radio grounded per that radio's installation instructions. No exceptions or reach arounds.
Pros: Get's the job done!
Cons: Size can make it difficult to find a good place to secure it.
You need this if you intend on using your factory amp...fairly simple to set up and install...just follow the directions - I needed one call to support and they took great care of me...in and out in 5 minutes on the phone and it worked perfectly...
Pros: Simple to set up
Cons: Feels a little cheap..."plastic-ish"...but it works
Works fine, did exactly what I needed.
Pros: Works great and priced right!
Cons: None that I've experienced thus far.
Great overall product, definately recommend to anyone installing to a factory head unit.
Pros: Did just what I needed. Multi-use. Really can be the "brain" of your systems setup
Cons: Speaker inputs are a bit tiny.
This was just what the doctor ordered. We wanted to retain the factory amp but still use the aftermarket head unit we had. This made it possible to do both without cutting up the factory harness or trying to track down wires. A++
Very hard to hide and fit in dash behind factory or aftermarket stereo.
The SCOSHE Line convertor Works as stated. Hookup was easy and the staff at Cructhfield, Helpful as always. The biggest negative with this box is the plastic case it is housed in and really has no way to mount it. You basically have to Zip tie it where you want it.But It works great. If you have a stereo with speaker wire outputs and want to run them in an Amp via RCA jacks, this box is a must and reasonably priced. Thanks Crutchfield.
This adaptable unit plugged right into my aftermarket harness, and after one
adjustment solved my volume problem
This thing works, quite well too. The enclosure is however a bit on the flimsy
side and taking care to read other users' comments on the frail components, I
took care not too over torque anything. Use discretion, its a tiny screw not an
engine shaft nut. Does the job as a LoC.
Tryed it in a 2000 celica and a 1997 Accord. Couldn't get my sub to do anything more
than move slightly.
Hooked the sub to a head unit in my 78 camaro that has rca jacks and it worked fine.
Judging by the reviews, your rolling the dice with this thing. I gave it 2
stars because hook up was easy.
Just installed this blue beauty, its true what some reviewers said About the feel of it being kinda cheap, but i hooked it up to my wifes 2000 civic and the sub kicks with ease. It didnt take long to figure how To connect it, just read the instructions and it should be easy, i had No problems connecting it, its true it doesnt have usable mounting Holes but with a little ingeniuty and zip ties it looks professional. Once again i repeat, read the instructions and it should be super Easy. I had a harder time routing cable than connecting this superb Gadget!
This product is just what my review states... a waste of money. First of all it didn't work; or I guess I should say it functioned, barely. I tried to use it to tap into my rear factory speakers in my 2008 Legacy. It sent a signal to my amp but it was very weak even with the gain all the way up, there was very little volume and what volume it did have, sounded terribly muddled. A direct connection from my MP3 player to my amp proved my amp and sub to be operating just fine but this little piece of junk just didn't work, despite my troubleshooting it Even a call to Cruthfield tech support yielded no results. I gave up and just ordered an amp with speaker-level inputs and voila! it worked like a champ.
Not to mention it's not working properly or weak gain, (maybe I got a defective one but it's too late to return it now) but this item feel incredibly cheap. The plastic is very fragile. It's not durable. It fell off my speaker box (about 14 inches tall) on to our pergo floor and it busted in two! What kind of cheap nonsense is that? There are no mounting options for this either, leaving someone who wants a clean install to make it jimmy'd with zip ties or something else.
I should have listened to the negative reviews of this product, instead of believing the ones that said it worked.
Didn't get it to work in my 2008.5 VW GTI. So I gave up and gave in and just bought a
new headunit anyways with the outputs I need. Could have been easily been user
error... buuuut I wouldn't bet on it.
It feels ok enough, I didn't expect much.
Since the 2005 vibe w/ moon and tunes package has an OEM amplifier, this product was suggested on another forum to decrease background noise. Seems to be working great so far. I wish there was more guidance as far as what to do with the black ground wire though. I've heard on other forums you can just tape it off, or ground it. I splice it into the HU ground/wire harness ground and that seemed to work ok. My complaint with this device is that the included screwdriver is terrible. Use your own screwdriver if you have one. Also, they say to be very careful not to overtighten. Well after the wires falling out about 300 times, i said "screw it" and tightened them down pretty good. They seem to be staying put now. Just takes a few times to get the feel of how hard you need to tighten. Give the wires a little tug, if they fall out, tighten harder.
I grabbed one of these in a pinch. It does the job and is inexpensive, but it's also cheap. Cheaply made, cheap feel, not very confidence inspiring. When connecting wires to the inputs the tiny screws don't give enough bite and you feel like you're going to break them before you get a solid connection. Gain control dials are also fragile feeling and others have commented on how easy they are to break.
There are other, better options on the market that Cruchfield should consider.
I put this in my 2005 Ford Taurus because getting a head unit and a Dash Kit is very pricey for my model. I worked with a professional mechanic installing it. What we did was tap into the rear speakers so I could run a subwoofer amp. It works great but the only thing is you miss out on having more control over your amp than you would have if you got a new head unit. But if your looking for something that gets the job done right, get this LOC. After having this for a long time, I finally decided to just get money and get a new head unit and dash kit. Great sound quality. Good Price. Easy to install. Get this product.
I bought this unit to put in my 08 cobalt sedan. It was an easy install and it works fine. The only problem I have is that the speaker I tapped into lost alot of power and sounds pretty bad. In using it to power a 600 watt rms amp. The main problem I have is that my sub stops playing when I turnmy headunit up past 3/4 volume. But overall good unit.
bought this for my honda accord. does exactly what it is suppose to. be sure to wire everything correctly, i accidentally switched the + and - speakers leads when wiring it and it killed the sound quality. only problem i had with it was getting the wires to stay in the connector pins. it was a real pain but i managed to get it work. keep up the good work crutchfield!
Good converter, works for the application I needed. Simple to install no problems.
Great service from Crutchfield.
I bought a slightly more expensive converter and it stunk. After much toiling with a Rockford Converter I said "forget it" and picked this up. I only have one set of speaker wires soooo I spliced them by adding 2 wires to 1 and made 2 positives and 2 negatives plugged the positives into A5 + A7 and the 2 negatives into A6 + A8 works like a charm. Now I have fully controllable left and right outputs and no feedback. SCOSCHE makes great wiring kits as well SUPERIOR QUALITY! GREAT PRICE!
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This piece comes in handy.i didnt want to remove my factory receiver because it had cd/cassette,plus steering wheel controls.Installation of this is simple as long as you keep track of your wires. i just used some easy connects and tied into the factory wires.The only problem i had was the input wires didnt want to stay in.I had it mounted and hid away but had to take it back out and remount 3 or 4 times because a wire kept coming loose.its worth the price.
Bought this unit to add a subwoofer to my wife's 07 WRX wagon. Wanted to retain the factory head unit to keep cost down (and retain SIRIUS tuner). Installation wasn't too tough. First time using insulation displacement connectors...since the wagon doesn't have rear dash speakers that would have made for an easy location to tap in to. Instead I found the speaker wiring legend on a Subaru forum and tapped into the speaker wires that connect to the head unit. Mounted this unit in the glove box with double stick tape - eliminated the no mounting hole problem. Overall, good product.
Purchased this unit to install an amp and sub in my Mazda 6 w/ Bose system. Worked great, I simply removed the factory amp from the factory sub and cut the terminals that connect directly to the speaker then installed a couple of piggy back terminals, effectivly tapping into the stock sub signal after the stock amp. I ran leads over to the LOC, since its a mono signal you also need to jumper the + and - together. Worked no problem
I purchased this a while back to hook up a sub-woofer to my existing system. I wanted to hook an amp and sub-woofer to my factory head unit in the trunk (to the speaker level outputs from the Bose system amp that is in the trunk.) This unit didn't work for me even though I verified it was hooked up properly to the wires going to the speakers. I verified all was well but, in the end, it took buying a different company's speaker to line level box and it worked great. It's too late to return this to Crutchfield but wanted all to know of my experience. The other issue is be VERY careful with the adjustment screws. I used a very small screwdriver and was very careful but after turning the screws back and forth a few times, the screw stopped stopping at the "full on" stop but instead would turn round and round. Ugh...
Not what I intended to recieve when I ordered. When hooking up to a factory deck you need to know and be able to identify all factory wiring for the speakers, and you will have to rewire all factory speakers unless you tap into the wires and run this as an auxillary. I may be way off of mark here but it seemed a little more complicated to me than the average installer would want to tackle. I run a install shop for electronics and do not intend on using this product in the future. I purchased this to enable me to install a amp and subs to a factory stereo so the owner could retain his factory 6 disc shuttle. I would recommend for the novice installer to locate the four wire converter. All you have to do to install these is locate your rear speaker wires and tap into them and you end up with 2 rca outputs for your bass amp. Product does work as described with no problems. Just more complicated than needed for my application.
Reviews are the only way for consumers to really understand how something is going to work for them. Most of what is written by the vendor has to be taken with a grain of salt. I've got to comment on this because, it did exactly what I needed and I was almost ready to spend hundreds on an aftermarket amp.
Problem: Getting aftermarket head units to play nicely with 98' E320 stock Bose amplifier. Line out from aftermarket HU to Bose amp and you get a nasty thump when source is changed or volume turned to zero. I thought it was a flaw in the Alpine receiver. On to a new Pioneer DEH-P5000UB for bluetooth purposes (awesome!). I found the same problems. Also tried speaker out to factory amp but that option came with other issues like 'one click, too loud' and hissing on soft tracks. The Scosche SLC4 knocked these problems square out. Easy to connect. Adjustments were puzzeling. I just set all channels equal at half mark and set the mode switch to what sounded best. It delivered what Bose was looking for. 5 clicks into the volume and the sound increases nicely and has a solid full range as I continue to increase the knob. No clicks, pops or hissing! Only negative things to report are the cheap screw I/O connections and the mode switch needs to be wiggled for all channels to connect. BTW If anyone from Alpine product is reading, after 3 Alpine head units over the years, I'm back in the Pioneer fan club. Their head units for the money have won me over!
This product is too complicated to install for its quality and is somewhat tedious. The plastic is flimsy but, unfortunately its all I could find at the time of my last install. I am looking to install an MTX Thunder series amp to a factory head unit and then add the Polk EX series sub I just cant part with. (Polk got that series woofer Spot On) I was hoping to find something better but, so far no luck. I suppose if I cannot find something better I will need to return to this. Or perhaps go without..................the gain adjustment is far to sensitive. I would not call this item user friendly in any sense though it does work. If I cannot find something better I will keep looking for the high level input harness for the amp that I no longer have. To those considering purchasing this I recommend to keep looking or find an alternative.
I Just installed this in my 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 QC and it was very simple and easy. One of the reasons i bought this is because i got Sirius Satellite radio free for a year and didnt want to lose that with another aftermarket radio. but ill probably exchange this out with my old pioneer for the high and low pass filters for better sound quality.
have this installed in my 04 accord coupe. This converter does its job exactly as it should. Running infinity 692.7i's in the rear and kappas in the front with phenomenol sound quality and clarity. Pretty easy install as well only took a few minutes. Thanks Crutchfield!
Definitely does the job however, the input pins (where the high level ins go) has a flimsy connector. The set screws do not hold the wires in well. If you have a lot of space (not behind the deck etc.) this may not be an issue but in tight spaces where wires may experience tension, the connector will likely lose a wire or two.
This is a great product! Wired it up to my factory 1996 GM Monsoon CD Player & it sounds great! No noise, no problems. It Even comes with a manual to show you how to wire it up to any system that you have. I used it to put in a single subwoofer setup (1000 watt amp & Sony 12"), so I'am only using the rear 2 channel setup. Great product, highly recommended. VERY, VERY easy to install. Only downside is there is no screw holes for you to bolt it down to something. But, it's ok doesn't take away from a great product!
Had to take it out of the plastic case because there isn't any way to mount it, no holes to bolt it down. Doesn't even have holes to use plastic ties unless you count those little flimsy chicklets on the side, but they seem much better for snapping off and tossing at your girlfriend to irritate her than for securing the device to a mounting surface. Once out of the case it's actually nice, good thick double sided board, mostly good quality components (hate the plastic pots, flimsy), almost looks hand soldered. Maybe it is ??? haha. There are only three convenient ground pads on it that are worth trying to drill through to add standoffs so you can mount the board to something, but those three are in a nice wide triangle pattern that only leaves one corner kind of hanging out there on it's own unsupported. I don't find this a problem because I just put a forth standoff under the fourth corner and put aquarium sealant on top to cushion it and it supports the board just fine using the other three screws to actually hold it down. Performance is good. So well built it's certainly bigger than it needs to be, but not much you can do with those four big transformers in it. Like the connectors on it, and has good quality caps. Worth the money, and that's high praise in this day and age!
Easy install. Good price. Does exactly what it says.
This converter was very easy to install and to tune. The only things i didnt like about it is that i had to tape it to a panel and that the tuning screws are plastic(probably to keep ppl from twisting too hard)
I didnt have any excess noise either.
Well worth $20
It does its job as it is intended to do but it is so poorly made that mine actually broke in half (plastic split), so i had to tape it back togther.
Like i said it will do its job but trust me, the saying is true you get what you pay for and if it were me i would pass this by and spend a little more on a nice piece of equipment.
Also there is no way to mount it so you have to get creative.
The Scosche SLC4 line level converter was exactly what I needed to connect my stock '06 Ram HU to my new Profile AP1040 amp. The adjustable gain controls allow for full control of the output signal. If you have trouble with distortion between your stock HU and your after-market amp, regardless of year/make/model, GET THIS!
I bought this to hook up stock radio to my phoenix gold 400.1 mono amp and my 12" Kicker CVR..I called crutchfield and told them what I was trying to do, and they suggested this product...I had it in 3 days...Once I received this. I called crutchfield and they even told me what color wires to tap in to on my make and model of car..Which I thought was highly helpfull...After I got this installed it didn't work..So I called crutchfield again..They walked me through some trouble shooting, the unit was just bad..So the tech said he would send me one out the next business day..I had that item in 3 business days..It took me this time less than 2 minutes in install it..Worked perfect...Thanks a lot crutchfield..Great customer service...
This line-out converter works fairly well. It has three different settings, depending on how you need to use it. I installed it as a way to get a signal from my factory cd-player to my aftermarker amplifier. The signal quality was great, I noticed no noise. The instruction manual is the same size as the unit, so it can be kept in your glove box, or under the unit itself.
Pros: Three settings, Adjustable levels, good instruction manual, groundable, looks decent.
Cons: A bit flimsy, not high quality material.
It's a great module, but what the heck is that little black wire that hangs off of it? Please let me know!
[Editor's Note: According to Crutchfield's Product Research team, the black ground wire is to be used if there is noise in the system. If you have no noise, it can be taped off and left unused.]
Overview: This is a versatile adapter that allows for multiple applications. If your receiver doesn't have preamp outputs and you want to connect it to an amp that doesn't have speaker level inputs, this adapter can be used to convert you receiver's speaker level outputs into preamp outputs. With this adapter, you can hook either a 2-channel or 4-channel amplifier to this adapter, and not lose fader control. This adapter also allows you to add an aftermarket receiver to either a common ground audio system in your vehicle, or an audio system that has factory amplifiers (like many of the Premium, JBL, and Bose audio systems). There are gain controls for both the line outputs and the factory amp inputs. Which gain controls you use depends on your application. Note: There is a plastic screwdriver that is physically attached to the adapter, and must be broken off to use. It is used to adjust gain controls and screw down the speaker terminals.
Speaker-Level-to-Line Level Conversion: The adapter can convert car stereo speaker outputs to RCA outputs so an external 2 or 4 channel amplifier can be added to a car audio system. There are line output controls that allow you to adjust the output level going into your amplifier(s). The adapter can handle up to 80 watts of speaker level input.
Interface with Factory Amplified Systems: This adapter allows the matching and installation of an aftermarket receiver with most factory amplified systems like the Premium/JBL/Bose systems.
Subwoofer Application: The adapter will allow for the integration of a subwoofer or subwoofers to nearly any audio system. There are line output controls that you can use to adjust the output level going into your amplifier(s).
Common Ground Audio Systems: With this adapter, you can add an aftermarket receiver to a common ground system in your vehicle without having to run new speaker wires. There are factory amp gain controls that you can use to adjust the input levels.
Common Ground/Factory Amp/Line Out Switch: Depending on how you are using the adapter will depend on what position the switch will be in. If you are adding a new receiver to a common ground system, then the switch is put into the "Common Ground" position. If you are adding the receiver to a factory system that uses Premium, JBL, and or Bose, then the switch is put into the Factory Amp position. You can also add an external amp to a receiver that does not have line outputs; in this case the switch will be in the "Line Out" position. There are factory amp gain controls that you can use to adjust the input levels.
it fit my car [ Ethan Feb 01, 2016 ]
Because the advisor said it would be compatible with my car :) I knew it would work:) [ Isaac Jan 28, 2016 ]
To connect aftermarket radio with only two outputs to a 2008 Nissan Rogue with a Bose factory amplifier system. [ John Jan 23, 2016 ]
This worked great for tapping into the speaker lines before the factory amp and feeding my Alpine amps for my JL Audio 10" Subs. [ titanium man Jan 18, 2016 ]
this reduces the incoming speaker level [ MICHELLE Jan 01, 2016 ]
This output converter is part of the Crutchfield kit for installing my car sound system. I bought my first Crutchfield car stereo (also a Pioneer) in the late 1970's. It was all done on the phone. Even back then Crutchfield knew what was needed for your car. I figure they still do, so whatever is in the recommended install kit I get it. [ Gary Dec 16, 2015 ]
Necessary to ensure compatibility between new radio and factory wiring harness and equipment [ Andrew Dec 05, 2015 ]
You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Jeff Dec 01, 2015 ] Staff
The Scosche SLC4 is a versatile adapter that allows for multiple applications. If your receiver doesn't have preamp outputs and you want to connect it to an amp that doesn't have speaker level inputs, this adapter can be used to convert you receiver's speaker level outputs into preamp outputs. With this adapter, you can hook either a 2-channel or 4-channel amplifier to your factory radio and not lose fader control. This adapter also allows you to add an aftermarket receiver to either a common ground audio system in your vehicle, or an audio system that has factory amplifiers (like many of the Premium, JBL, and Bose audio systems). There are gain controls for both the line outputs and the factory amp inputs. Which gain controls you use depends on your application. [ Larry Oct 30, 2015 ] Staff
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: Please give an advisor a call at 888.955.6000 so we can identify your vehicle and the best way to integrate your amplifier into your vehicle. [ Krissy Sep 16, 2015 ] Staff
Yes [ GABRIEL P Jul 06, 2015 ]
Each channel on this converter has an adjustment down inside. Use an eyeglass screwdriver flat head to adjust the level to an acceptable volume. I suggest turning all the levels all the way back then turning the volume up to the loudest you would ever use. At this point you can adjust the level to the loudest your speakers handle cleanly. [ CHAD E Jul 05, 2015 ]
I didn't use this adaptor bc I removed the entire Bose system out of my Z. I recommend you do the same bc the Bose system is junk! You will be happy you did! [ JEREMY May 31, 2014 ]
Where would I be able to online chat with them? [ Justin Mar 05, 2014 ]
You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Krissy Mar 02, 2014 ] Staff