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Is there a drop in amplifier adapter for the cheap radio in the S trim? I just want to divert high level rear speaker output or low level to an amp and sub.

I don't mind running wires but I would rather not hack into my 5 day old car harness. I intend to put a little 10" sub in the back with a little amp, just for low fill. Usually I just splice into the rear speakers but they are in the doors so a radio harness is the best way but there do t seem to be any.

ECS has a spare tire sub kit with a harness but I don't know if that is for this car or not. There is not much information on this car that has been out for a year which is odd.
 

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The weird thing is that this radio looks like it's the same from 2019 and I can't believe that nobody in 3 years has made a speaker adapter.
That’s interesting indeed. There’s gotta be more to it then. Maybe one of those crazy closed ground type systems that I’ve read about in other vehicles and nobody wants to touch it. But I am far from a professional when it comes to modern vehicle electrical so I could be out to lunch on all of this lol.
 

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That’s interesting indeed. There’s gotta be more to it then. Maybe one of those crazy closed ground type systems that I’ve read about in other vehicles and nobody wants to touch it. But I am far from a professional when it comes to modern vehicle electrical so I could be out to lunch on all of this lol.
It seems to be a regular old audio system but if I can pay a few bucks and buy one of those adapters that go inbetween the radio and harness and have a low level converter and an aux power wire already there and going, I'd rather go that way. Millions of these cars and radios since 2019 and nobody has made an adapter and people have to cut into their systems? That is ridiculous, there has to be a market.
 

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It seems to be a regular old audio system but if I can pay a few bucks and buy one of those adapters that go inbetween the radio and harness and have a low level converter and an aux power wire already there and going, I'd rather go that way. Millions of these cars and radios since 2019 and nobody has made an adapter and people have to cut into their systems? That is ridiculous, there has to be a market.
Maybe your answer lies in a more dedicated VW forum that has been around for quite some time like vwvortex or something. I’m pretty new to the VW ownership experience other than an 85 golf diesel that I had 20+ years ago.
 

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Maybe your answer lies in a more dedicated VW forum that has been around for quite some time like vwvortex or something. I’m pretty new to the VW ownership experience other than an 85 golf diesel that I had 20+ years ago.
Vortex is great if you are interested in putting Vette rims on a MKIV gti. I don't even know if they have a Taos forum but it's probably not as active as this.
 

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Vortex is great if you are interested in putting Vette rims on a MKIV gti. I don't even know if they have a Taos forum but it's probably not as active as this.
I meant more along the lines of a connector that they were possibly using in a different model. But for the record I’ve considered doing Porsche lobster claws with some adapters 😉
 

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The problem these days is the radio/infotainment system is becoming more integrated with the car. Think of all the things you can do from the infotainment system - reset tire pressure sensors, check service intervals, etc. Rather than a simple radio, it's probably got more like a network connection to the rest of the car.
Somewhere, yes, there must be audio signals, but good luck finding them...
 

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At least in the case of the basic radio it has a built in amp and speaker outputs are easy enough to tap into. I was hoping for an online adapter.

The more expensive radios with premium sound offload the amp to a module somewhere else (under the seat I think) and then you could cut in there.


It is pretty amazing how the radio has sort of become a portal into the car. In our 2020 Nissan you can change the radio and just need to worry about the backup camera and steering wheel controls, both of which have adapters available. But the radio is just the radio. This car has pretty much all of the settings done in the radio.
 
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