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Date: Tue, 11 May 1999 12:22:29 -0600
From: Tom Phillips <>
Subject: Re: 9-3SE auto volume control

It makes such an insignificant change, you will not even notice it. That is probably why you are wondering if it works. It is designed to compensate for wind noise at a certain speed. So if the volume is 10 at stop (whatever 10 is) and you go to 80mph it increases the volume to 14 (or something). It is one or two clicks. So you don't have to do it while merging onto the highway. The ambient noise monitoring does not do anything instantly, so a truck passing you is not going to change the volume. But drive next to the truck for 2 mins and it might. I also think it resets every time you manually adjust the volume, so it doesn't blow you out after you just adjusted it. I personally like it. Because I drive on the freeway every day to and from work. So I go every speed from 0 to 85mph in 15 miles and I don't have to fool with the radio. Set it and forget it. "C. Grabow" wrote: > > In article <gzFZ2.88$> , "Manic" > <> wrote: > > manic: thanks. on the 99 9-3's and 9-5's, the auto vol control is based on > ambient noise picked up by a mic in the headliner, and not controlled simply > by the car's speed. > > what i wanna know is: how perceivable is the stereo volume change as one > merges onto highways or gets passed by a truck? > > kal: i don't think the feature is a useless gadget..its description may make > it sound annoying but i think what saab wants it to do is simply maintain a > constant level relative to the ambient noise experienced by the driver. > > but i can't even tell if the damn feature's doin its job or not! > > > On the 98 900SE, the speed sensing volume seems to work properly. At > > increments of 40mph, 60mph and maybe 80mph, the volume is increased > > automatically. > > > > Ultimately, increases in volume are based on speed only. It is not like the > > Alpine unit that "listens" for ambient noise and compensates. > > > > I know the 9-3 and 900 have different radios. On the 900, you need the > > loudness to be "on" and set to "SPEED"?

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