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Audio menu227

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Audio functions

Audio system controls

1. VOLUME dial

2. AM/FM - select a radio band

3. MODE - select a sound source

4. TUNING dial

5. SOUND button

Selecting a sound source

  • Press AM/FM (2) repeatedly to toggle between FM1, FM2, and AM.
  • Press MODE (3) repeatedly to toggle between the CD player and the optional external sound source AUX or the optional Sirius satellite radio.

    The currently selected sound source will be shown in the display.

    AUX (option)
    The AUX (auxiliary) port can be used to connect for example, an mp3 player. If the player is being charged through a 12-volt socket while it is connect to the AUX port, sound quality may be impaired.

    The volume of the external sound source AUX may be different from the volume of the internal sound sources such as the CD player or the radio. If the external sound source's volume is too high, the quality of the sound may be impaired.

    This can be prevented by adjusting the external sound source's input volume.

    1. Select AUX by pressing MODE.

    2. Press MENU followed by ENTER.

    3. Select AUX INPUT VOLUME in the menu and press ENTER.

    4. Turn the TUNING dial or press the left or right arrows keys to adjust the volume.

    Volume
    Use the volume dial (1) or the buttons in the optional steering wheel keypad to adjust the volume level. The volume level is also adjusted automatically according to the vehicle's speed, see page 216 for more information on this function.

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    Steering wheel keypad (option )

    The four buttons on the steering wheel keypad can be used to control the audio system. The steering wheel keypad can be used to adjust volume, shift between preset stations and change CD tracks. Press one of the two left-hand buttons briefly to change to the next/previous preset radio station, or to go to the next/previous track on a CD. Press and hold down these buttons to search within a track on a CD.

    Daytime/twilight display
    In daylight the information is displayed against a light background. In darkness it is displayed against a dark background.

    Sound settings
    1. Press SOUND (5). Press this button repeatedly until you come to the setting that you wish to change.

    2. Turn the TUNING dial (4) to make the desired setting.

    The following settings can be made:

    BASS-set the bass level

    TREBLE-set the treble level

    BALANCE-set the left/right sound balance

    FADER-set the front/rear sound balance

    SUBWOOFER (accessory)-set the level for the subwoofer (bass speaker)

    CENTER-make settings for the center speaker

    SURROUND1-make settings for surround sound

    Subwoofer (accessory)
    To switch the subwoofer on or off:

    1. Press MENU followed by ENTER.

    2. Select AUDIO SETTINGS and press ENTER.

    3. Select SUBWOOFER and press ENTER.

    Surround sound

    Surround sound settings are used to balance sound levels throughout the vehicle. Surround settings for the various sound sources are made separately.

    note NOTE
  • Dolby Surround Pro Logic II is only available on the Premium Sound system.
  • When listening to FM radio stations, Dolby Surround Pro Logic II functions best in areas with strong reception. If reception is weak, selecting 2 or 3-channel stereo may provide better sound quality.
  • The Dolby symbol will be appear in the display when Dolby Pro Logic II is activated.

    There are three alternative settings:

  • Pro Logic II
  • 3-channel
  • Off (normal 2-channel stereo)

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    Activating/deactivating Surround sound
    1. Press MENU followed by ENTER.

    2. Select AUDIO SETTINGS in the menu and press ENTER.

    3. Select Surround FM/AM/CD/AUX and press ENTER.

    4. Select PRO LOGIC II, 3-channel stereo or OFF and press ENTER.

    Equalizer Front/Rear
    This function is used to fine-tune the sound level for different frequencies separately.

    note NOTE
    This function is only available on certain sound systems.

    To adjust the equalizer settings:

    1. Press MENU followed by ENTER.

    2. Select AUDIO SETTINGS in the menu and press ENTER.

    3. Select EQUALIZER FRONT/REAR and press ENTER.

    The column in the display indicates the sound level for the current frequency.

  • Adjust the level with the TUNING dial (4), or use the Up/Down arrows. Additional frequencies can be selected with the Right/Left arrows.
  • Save the settings by pressing ENTER or exit without saving by pressing EXIT.

    Automatic sound control
    The audio system's volume is adjusted automatically according to the speed of the vehicle. There are three settings available, which determine the level of volume compensation:

  • LOW
  • MEDIUM*
  • HIGH

    * Default setting.

    To set the automatic sound level:

    1. Press MENU followed by ENTER.

    2. Select AUDIO SETTINGS in the menu and press ENTER.

    3. Select AUTO. VOLUME CONTROL in the menu and press ENTER.

    4. Select LOW, MEDIUM, or HIGH and press ENTER.

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    Radio function controls

    1. AM/FM1/FM2 selection

    2. Station preset buttons

    3. TUNING dial for selecting radio stations

    4. SCAN

    5. MENU NAVIGATION CONTROL-press the up or down arrow keys to scroll in a menu, or the keys on the left/right sides of the control to search for or change radio stations/CD tracks

    6. EXIT-press to cancel a menu selection or a selected function

    7. AUTO-search for and store the strongest radio stations in the area in which you are driving

    Searching for stations
    There are two ways to manually tune a radio station:

    1. Turn the TUNING dial (3) to the desired frequency.

    2. Press the left or right arrow key on the MENU NAVIGATION CONTROL and hold it down. The radio scans slowly in the selected direction and will increase the scanning speed after a few seconds. Release the button when the desired frequency appears in the display.

    The frequency can be fine-tuned by short presses on the left/right arrow keys.

    Storing preset stations

    Manually storing a station
    1. Tune to the desired station.

    2. Press and hold the preset button under which the station is to be stored. The audio system sound will be interrupted for a few seconds and STATION STORED will appear in the display.

    note NOTE
    A total of 30 stations can be stored; 10 stations each in AM, FM1 and FM2.

    Automatically storing a station
    Pressing AUTO (7) automatically searches for and stores up to ten strong AM or FM stations in a separate memory. If more than ten stations are found, the ten strongest ones are stored. This function is especially useful in areas in which you are not familiar with radio stations or their frequencies.

    To use the AUTO function:

    1. Select a waveband using the AM/FM button (1).

    2. Start the search by pressing AUTO until AUTO STORING appears in the display.

    When the search is completed, AUTO STORING will no longer be displayed. If there are no stations with sufficient signal strength, NO AST FOUND is displayed.

    The auto-stored stations can be selected using the preset buttons (2).

    Press EXIT (6) to terminate the automatic storing function.

    When the radio is in auto-store mode, AUTO is shown in the display. AUTO disappears when you return to normal radio mode, which can be done by briefly pressing AM/FM (1), EXIT (6), or AUTO (7).

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    To return to the Auto-store mode, press the AUTO button briefly and select a stored station by pressing one of the preset buttons (2).

    Saving auto-stored stations in the preset memory
    An auto-stored station can be saved in the memory for manually preset stations.

    1. Press AUTO (7) briefly.

    2. Auto is displayed.

    3. Press one of the preset buttons (2) under which the station is to be stored. Hold down the button until STATION STORED is displayed.

    The radio will then exit auto-store mode and the stored station can be selected by pressing the preset button.

    Scanning

    SCAN (4) automatically searches through the selected waveband for strong AM or FM stations. When the radio finds a station, that station will be played for approximately 8 seconds, after which scanning resumes.

    Activating/deactivating SCAN

    1. Select radio mode using the AM/FM button (2).

    2. Press SCAN to activate the function. SCAN is shown in the display.

    3. Press the SCAN or EXIT button to deactivate the scan function and listen to the selected station.

    Storing a station found with SCAN
    A station can be stored as a preset while the SCAN function is activated.

  • Press one of the preset buttons (2) under which the station is to be stored. Hold down the button until STATION STORED is displayed.

    The SCAN function will be deactivated and the station can be selected by pressing the preset button.

    Radio text

    Certain stations broadcast program information, which can be shown in the display.

    To start this function:

    1. Select FM1 or FM2 and press the MENU button.

    2. Press ENTER.

    3. Select RADIOTEXT in the menu and press ENTER.

    To deactivate this function, select RADIOTEXT again and press ENTER.

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    Listening to satellite radio

    The Sirius satellite system consists of a number of high elevation satellites in geosynchronous orbit.

    note NOTE
    The digital signals from the Sirius satellites are line-of-sight, which means that physical obstructions such as bridges, tunnels, etc, may temporarily interfere with signal reception.

    Selecting Sirius radio mode
    1. Press Power to switch on the audio system (see page 217 for information on the standard radio functions).

    2. Press the MODE button repeatedly until Sirius 1 or 2 is displayed.

    Activating Sirius radio
    1. Tune to a satellite channel that has no audio, which means that the channel is unsubscribed and the text "CALL 888-539-SIRIUS TO SUBSCRIBE" is displayed (see also "Selecting a channel" below).

    2. Call Sirius at 1-888-539-SIRIUS (7474).

    3. When asked for the Sirius ID number press AUTO to display this number. It is also possible to retrieve the Sirius ID from the MENU.

    4. "UPDATING SUBSCRIPTION" will be displayed while the subscription is being updated, after which the display will return to the normal view.

    SIRIUS ID
    The SIRIUS ID is required when contacting the Sirius Call Center. It is used to activate your account and when making any account transactions. The SIRIUS ID is sometimes referred to as the Electronic Serial Number (ESN).

    Selecting a channel category
    1. Select Sirius radio mode as described above.

    2. Press ENTER.

    3. Use the up/down arrow keys to scroll through the list of categories.

    4. Press ENTER or the right arrow key to select a category.

    5. Use the left or right arrow keys to select a channel in the currently chosen category.

    6. Press ENTER to listen to a channel.

    note NOTE
  • The category "All" is default, which enables you to scroll through the entire list of available satellite channels.
  • The channel categories are automatically updated several times a year. This takes approximately two minutes and will interrupt normal broadcasting. A message will be displayed while updating is in progress. Information on channel or feature updates is available at www.sirius.com.
  • Selecting a channel
    There are three ways of tuning in a channel:

  • Using the left and right arrow keys
  • By turning the tuning control
  • Through direct channel entry

    Direct channel entry
    The Sirius satellite channels are numbered consecutively throughout all of the categories. To access a channel directly:

    1. Press MENU and scroll to "Direct channel entry."

    2. Use the numerical keypad to enter the channel's number.

    3. Press ENTER. The radio will tune to this channel, even if it belongs to a category other than the currently selected one.

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    note NOTE
  • The numbers of skipped or locked channels will not be displayed.
  • If a channel is locked, the access code must be entered before the channel can be selected. See "Unlocking a channel" on page 221.
  • Scanning

    note NOTE
    SCAN automatically searches through the list of satellite channels. See page 218 for more detailed information.

    Storing a channel

  • A long press on one of the number keys stores the currently tuned channel on that key.
  • A short press on a number key while the radio is in Sirius 1or 2 mode will tune to the preset satellite channel stored on that button, regardless of the currently selected channel category.

    Song Seek and Song Memory

    The Song Seek and Song Memory functions provide both audio and visual notification when Sirius is broadcasting your favorite songs. Song Seek enables you to store the name of the song for future advance notification when that song is being played. The Song Memory feature makes it possible to view all of the current songs that are stored in memory.

    Song memory
    Up to ten songs can be saved in the system's memory.

    1. Press MENU.

    2. Scroll to "Add song to song mem." and follow the instructions shown in the display.

    If a new song is selected when the memory is full, you will be prompted to press ENTER to delete the last song on the list.

    note NOTE
    The remaining songs in the list will move down one position, and the newly added song will be placed at the top of the list.

    Song seek
    When a satellite radio channel plays one of the songs stored in the song memory, the listener will be alerted by a text message and an audible signal.

  • Press ENTER to listen to the song or EXIT to cancel.

    To activate/deactivate the song seek function:

    1. Press MENU

    2. Scroll to "Song seek"

    3. Press ENTER to activate or deactivate the function.

    note NOTE
    When the song has ended, the radio will remain tuned to the channel on which the song was played.

    Radio text
    The text that is displayed about the song that is currently playing can be changed. Use the AUTO button or the menu to display the Artist, Title, Composer, or switch radio text off.

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    Advanced settings

    This menu function enables you to make settings on certain Sirius satellite radio functions. To access this menu:

    1. Press MENU.

    2. Scroll to Sirius menu.

    3. Select Advanced Sirius settings.

    warning WARNING
    Settings should be made when the vehicle is at a standstill.

    The following settings can be made in the Sirius menu.

  • Songs can be added to the song list
  • Channel skip settings can be made
  • Channel lock settings can be made
  • The channel access code can be displayed or changed
  • Your Sirius ID can be displayed

    Skip options
    This function is used to remove a channel from the list of available channels.

    Skip current
    1. Select CHANNEL SKIP LIST and press ENTER.

    2. Select a category in the list and press ENTER.

    3. Skip channels in the list presented by pressing ENTER or right arrow key.

    Unskip all channels
    This permanently removes all channels from the skip list and makes them available for selection.

    Temp. unskip all ch.
    This function will temporarily unskip all channels and make them available for selection. The channels remain on the skip list and will again be skipped the next time the ignition is switched on.

    Channel lock
    Access to specific channels can be restricted (locked). A locked channel will not provide audio, song titles, or artist information.

    note NOTE
    All channels are initially unlocked.

    Locking a channel:
    1. Select "Sirius ID" in the menu and select LOCK OPTIONS and press ENTER.

    2. Select CHANNEL LOCK LIST and press ENTER

    3. Enter the channel access code and press ENTER.

    4. Select a category in the list and press ENTER.

    5. Lock channels in the list presented by pressing ENTER or right arrow.

    The channel is now locked and a checked box will be displayed to indicate this. It will be necessary to enter the channel access code1 in order to listen to a locked channel.

    Unlocking a channel:
    A channel's access code1 is required to unlock a channel.

    Unlock all channels
    This permanently removes all channels from the locked list and makes them available for selection.

    Temp. unlock all ch.
    This function will temporarily unlock all channels and make them available for selection. The channels remain on the locked list and will again be locked the next time the ignition is switched on.

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    CHANGE CODE
    This function makes it possible to change the channel access code. The default code is 0000.

    To change the code:

    1. Select CHANGE CODE and press ENTER.

    2. Enter the current code and press ENTER.

    3. Enter the code and press ENTER.

    4. Confirm the new code and press ENTER.

    If an incorrect code is entered, the text WRONG CODE! is displayed.

    If you have forgotten the access code:

    1. Select "SIRIUS ID" in the Sirius settings menu and press ENTER.

    2. Press and hold the ENTER button for 2 seconds.

    3. The current code will be displayed.

    Your Volvo retailer can also provide you with assistance.

    SIRIUS ID
    This function displays the 12-digit Sirius activation ID.

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    CD player/CD changer (option)

    CD function controls

    1. MENU NAVIGATION CONTROL-press the up or down arrow keys to scroll in a menu, or the keys on the left/right sides of the control to change CD tracks/fast forward/back

    2. Buttons for selecting a disc in the optional CD changer

    3. CD eject button

    4. CD slot

    5. MODE button

    6. TUNING dial for selecting tracks

    Playing a CD

    Single CD player
    Start the CD player by pressing the MODE button (5) and inserting a disc in the slot (4). If there is already a disc inserted, it will begin to play.

    note NOTE
    If a CD is in the slot when the audio system is in CD mode, the CD will be played automatically.

    CD changer
    The CD changer can hold up to six discs.

    1. Start the CD changer by pressing the MODE button (5).

    2. Select an empty position using the 1-6 buttons or the up/down keys on the MENU NAVIGATION CONTROL. The display shows which positions are empty.

    3. Insert a disc into the slot (4).

    note NOTE
    Ensure that INSERT DISC is displayed before inserting a disc.
  • If a CD position in the changer containing a disc is selected, and the audio system is in CD mode when it is switched on, the CD will play automatically.
  • CD eject
    Eject from Single CD player
    Press the eject button (3) to eject the disc.

    Eject from CD changer
    This function makes it possible to eject a single disc, or to eject all of the discs in the changer.

  • Press the eject button (3) briefly to eject the disc that is currently playing.

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    CD player/CD changer (option)

  • A longer press (more than two seconds) starts the process of ejecting all of the discs in the changer.

    note NOTE
  • The EJECT ALL function can only be used while the vehicle is at a standstill and will be cancelled if the vehicle begins to move.
  • For reasons of traffic safety, the ejected CD must be removed within 12 seconds or it will be automatically drawn back into the slot and the CD player will enter pause mode. Press the CD button to restart the disc.
  • CD Pause
    When the audio system volume is turned off completely, the CD player will pause and will resume playing when the volume is turned up again.

    Audio files
    In addition to playing normal music CDs, the CD player/changer can also play discs containing files in mp3 or wma format.

    note NOTE
    Certain discs that are copy protected cannot be read by the player.

    When a disc with audio files is inserted in the player, the player scans the disc's folders before it begins playing the files. The length of time that this takes depends on the quality of the disc.

    Navigating the disc and playing tracks
    If a disc with audio files is in the CD player, press ENTER to display a list of folders on the disc.

    Use the up and down arrows in the navigation control (see the illustration on page 223) to move among the folders on the disc. Audio files have the symbol and folders containing these files have the symbol. Press ENTER to play a selected folder or a file.

    When the music file has been played, the player will continue to play the rest of the files in the current folder. When all of the files in the folder have been played, the player will automatically go to the next folder and play the files in it.

    Press the left or right arrow key on the navigation control if the entire name of the current track does not fit in the display.

    Changing tracks
    Briefly press the left or right arrow keys on the MENU NAVIGATION CONTROL to skip to the previous or next track/file.

    note NOTE
    The TUNING dial (6) (turn clockwise to go to the next track/file, or counterclockwise to go to the previous track/file) or the optional steering wheel keypad can also be used for this purpose.

    Fast forward/back
    Press and hold down the left or right arrows keys in the MENU NAVIGATION CONTROL (or the corresponding keys on the optional steering wheel keypad) to search within a track/file or the whole disc. The search continues for as long as the buttons are held down.

    Random play
    This function plays the tracks/files on a CD (or on all of the CDs if the vehicle is equipped with the optional CD changer) in random order (shuffle).

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    Activating/deactivating the random function-CD player

    If a normal CD is being played:

    1. Press MENU followed by ENTER.

    2. Select Random and press ENTER.

    If a CD with audio files is being played:

    1. Press MENU followed by ENTER.

    2. Select Random and press ENTER.

    3. Select Disc or Folder and press ENTER.

    Activating/deactivating the random function-CD changer

    If a normal CD is being played:

    1. Press MENU followed by ENTER.

    2. Select Random and press ENTER.

    3. Select Single disc or All discs and press ENTER.

    If a CD with audio files is being played:

    1. Press MENU followed by ENTER.

    2. Select Random and press ENTER.

    3. Select Single disc or Folder and press ENTER.

    note NOTE
    CD changer only-you can only select the next random track/file on the current disc.

    Press the EXIT button to stop random play. The random function is automatically deactivated when another disc is selected.

    Disc text (CD changer only)
    Certain CDs contain information about the disc, such as the titles of the tracks, etc. This information can be shown in the display by activating the DISC TEXT function.

    1. Press MENU. Select the menu for relevant sound source and press ENTER.

    2. Select Disc text in the menu and press ENTER.

    3. If information is stored on the disc, it will now appear in the display.

    To deactivate this function, select Disc text in the menu and press ENTER.

    Scan
    This function plays the first 10 seconds of each track/file on the CD.

    1. Press SCAN.

    2. Press EXIT or SCAN to stop the scan function and listen to an entire track/file.

    CD eject
    Single CD player
    Press the eject button (3) to eject the disc.

    CD changer
    This function makes it possible to eject a single disc, or to eject all of the discs in the changer.

  • Press the eject button (3) briefly to eject the disc that is currently playing.
  • A longer press (more than two seconds) starts the process of ejecting all of the discs in the changer.

    note NOTE
  • The Eject all function can only be used while the vehicle is at a standstill and will be cancelled if the vehicle begins to move.
  • For reasons of traffic safety, the ejected CD must be removed within 12 seconds or it will be automatically drawn back into the slot and the CD player will enter pause mode. Press the CD button to restart the disc.
  • Compact disc care

    Keep the following in mind when playing/handling compact discs

  • Do not put tape or labels on the disc itself. They could become stuck in the player.
  • CDR discs can cause listening problems due to the quality of the disc or recording equipment used.

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  • DualDisc: The audio side of a DualDisc (combined CD/DVD) does not meet CD specifications and may not play in your audio system.
  • Keep the discs clean. Wipe them with a soft, clean, lint-free cloth, working from the center outward. If necessary, dampen the cloth with a neutral soap solution. Dry thoroughly before using.
  • Never use cleaning spray or antistatic liquid. Use only cleaners specifically made for CDs.
  • Use discs of the correct size only (3.5" discs should never be used).
  • Volvo does not recommend the use of plastic outer rings on the disc.
  • Condensation may occur on discs/optical components of the changer in cold winter weather. The disc can be dried with a clean, lint-free cloth. Optical components in the CD changer may, however, take up to one hour to dry off.
  • Never attempt to play a damaged CD.
  • When not in use, the discs should be stored in their covers. Avoid storing discs in excessive heat, direct sunlight or in dusty locations.

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    Audio menu

    FM1/FM2 menu

    1. RADIOTEXT ON/OFF

    2. ADVANCED RADIO SETTINGS

    3. AUDIO SETTINGS

    AM menu

    1. 1. AUDIO SETTINGS

    CD menu

    1. RANDOM

    2. AUDIO SETTINGS

    CD changer menu

    1. RANDOM

    2. DISC TEXT ON/OFF

    3. AUDIO SETTINGS

    AUX menu

    1. AUX VOLUME

    2. SOUND SETTINGS



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