Originally Posted by BCDon
Looking at getting an Autocom unit for a K1200GT (NG). Went to their site and I see 3 different models, the Easi-PUS, the Active-PLUS and the Super Pro AVi. I want to hook up a Valentine and a Zumo (maybe an iPod in the future). I generally ride by myself.
The Zumo/Autocom still has issues among those in the Zumo forums who also use the Bluetooth side of it. Some say the 1299 Zumo cable from Autocom doesn't work well volume wise. Others say it works better to keep the mono cell phone traffic off the stereo channels. If so, that'll take two inputs. Garmin released version 3.3 update yesterday for the Zumo and Autocom says it helps, but not enough. So maybe two inputs are still needed? The red sheet with their #1299 cable says you may need to send it to them for some internal mods if you intend to use the Bluetooth function and want better cell phone volume.
Stereo works very well and I prefer using in-ear monitors than their speakers which sound pretty lousy in the wind. They have a stereo-min jack lead to address that. Your call on that.
If you want separate volume adjustments (i.e. rider/passenger) the Pro Avi is the answer along with less amplifier noise and the ability to adjust the volume based on the wind noise in your helmet (it has another mike specially for that purpose that you bury into the back of the helmet's foam).
You still are wise to get an Autocom isolation cable for each audio device that you power off the bike if you also run the Autocom off the bike's power as well. Audio gets static-sounding and low volume if ground loops occur. Autocom should have had isolated inputs by now but still haven't so you need a $50 cable for each device (they have some dual ones now which are cheaper than two singles).
You may also need that special "audio box" for the V1 to get a feed to the Autocom. It may not need an isolation cable, but you'll know if it does when you plug the cable into the Autocom while you have music playing.
Another issue is the bike's Can-Bus power. The installation dealer installed some Autocom Can-Bus Power Relay (part #1598 I think) so the unit and accessories wired into it will shut off with the ignition switch much like a car, otherwise it may stay on for a while after you turn the key off - or maybe just stay on period. I believe it was fused to run 1-2 amps of accessories and supposedly, according to the data sheet with it, also filters out some ignition noise.. The Autocom doesn't take much power to run.
I don't know but the Pro Avi kit isn't that much more than the others. It's just all their cables that will run up a larger, maybe even larger, bill.
Also, don't be surprised if your dealer has some problems trying to figure out how many and what cables you'll need. Some get sort of flustered and end up calling Autocom which is probably the better route. You may want to speak to Autocom and tell them what you are planning to run and then have the dealer check his catalog to see if it matches up. Some dealers are pretty knowledgeable about them if they also use them, but that person is sometimes the owner.
When it all comes together, it really is a great addition and will probably last as long as your bike. Mine do.