Does anyone else have a problem hearing the voice prompts on a Nuvi 360? I can bearly hear anything. I have it hooked upto my Ipod connector on my stereo system so that it comes through my car speakers, but I have to use the radio in aux mode and can't listen to music when it is that mode... Any solutions?
Does anyone else have a problem hearing the voice prompts on a Nuvi 360?
Yes, you're not alone. I have a Nüvi 310 (virtually the same as your 360) - and its audio o/p was a big disappointment (especially in comparison with my StreetPilot C510).
I used a very cheap and nasty set of powered speakers, jammed in behind the dashboard - with a fly lead that appears out of the back of the dash next to the Nüvi cradle.
I did some tests (using the Sound Level Meter I bought for setting up my Home Cinema). The StreetPilot managed 94dBspl, compared with a rather dismal 80dBspl for the Nüvi).
What was very interesting, was when I went back and measured the volume of my powered speakers. They weren't actually achieving a lot more volume than the Nüvi by itself. The quality, however, is vastly superior ... and that seems to make a huge difference.
Prior to this, one thing I did that helped, was increasing the volume of the standard voice file - while accepting a certain amount of distortion. This involves dismantling the non-TTS .vpm files into their constituent .wav files and then increasing the volume of each part, before re-assembling them.
It's somewhat easier to increase the volume of the TTS voice files.
X2!!! The C530 was much better in sound then the Nuvi 350, but I still love my nuvi. I bought 3 sets of speakers last night and returned them all.
Solution: use the MP3 player on the Nuvi instead of the radio and hook it up to the aux jack...lol
Yes I hooked it up to my Ipod input on my radio and got an external mike for my Bluetooth and now my phone calls through the bluetooth sound MUCH beter and I can hear better.. Only drawback as I said was can't listen to music while I get directions. My Garmin 330 had MUCH better sound quality. I think I am going to sell my 360 which I got NEW on Sept 7th with the 2008 upgrade CD and get a C550 which has the BT and the traffic with beter sound...
For me, it was the size that sold me on the nuvi, but I agree, if you don't care about the size or coordinates, then the 550 is a better choice.
I think it might have something to do with the placement of the speaker on the Nuvi.
The speaker faces towards the back of the unit, hence faces the windshield away from the driver.
On the C330, the speaker is on the side of the unit, not facing directly into the front windshield. Maybe this has something to do with the distortion and the relatively lower perceived sound volume.
However, I still prefer the Nuvi to the Streetpilot mainly as a result of the size/weight and the Nuvi doesn't fall off the windshield which my Streetpilot would do once in a while.
...relatively lower perceived sound volume.
I got a bit carried away with my measurements....the Nüvi 310's 80dBspl is produced by (about) 225mW driving its one speaker. The StreetPilot C510's 94dBspl is produced from 1.2W driving the dual speakers.
you can do a search here on the site for "volume soft" or "mp3 volume" and find several threads that will explain how to increase the volume.
I made the changes and I use the cassette adapter. I could not be happier with the results. I even have the mic for my phone.
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