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Old 06-12-2016, 03:12 PM
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Default Does anyone make a full sized stereo that doesn't require a memory wire?

I have my stereo wired to a circuit wired directly to the battery. It's the circuit that powers my FF. I don't want to lose my presets so I have the memory wire powered all the time but I'm not fond of this. I don't like having a load on the batteries even if it's minute. I've heard there are some marine units that don't require a memory wire to be supplied with constant voltage. Anyone?
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Great question. I have mine setup without the memory wire to the battery because I don't want the load on it either. However it suck programming the station every morning on the way out.
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Disconnect the memory wire and see if there is 12v on it when the radio is powered by the boat battery. If not, try putting a 9v transistor battery on the memory wire...
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Originally Posted by lakemonster1 View Post
I have my stereo wired to a circuit wired directly to the battery. It's the circuit that powers my FF. I don't want to lose my presets so I have the memory wire powered all the time but I'm not fond of this. I don't like having a load on the batteries even if it's minute. I've heard there are some marine units that don't require a memory wire to be supplied with constant voltage. Anyone?
I just went through this myself. The Jensen model MS2ARTL has non-volatile memory and doesn't require a constant hot wire. So when you turn you batts off you don't lose your presets.

And according to the rep at Fusion I spoke with this week their radios don't either. But they cost a little more than the Jensen ..
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Thanks. I guess I have the proper verbiage to use in my quest for a new stereo. I'll just search "non volitile memory." Lots of stuff pops up.
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Fusion also makes radios that don't require a constant power to hold channels and settings. I just installed a Fusion RA70 in my boat this past week.
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Does your stereo have a removable face? If so pull it. Most of the draw comes from the lcd screen.
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Originally Posted by lakemonster1 View Post
Thanks. I guess I have the proper verbiage to use in my quest for a new stereo. I'll just search "non volitile memory." Lots of stuff pops up.
Straight from Techopedia:

Definition - What does Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) mean?

Non-volatile memory (NVM) is a type of computer memory that has the capability to hold saved data even if the power is turned off. Unlike volatile memory, NVM does not require its memory data to be periodically refreshed. It is commonly used for secondary storage or long-term consistent storage.

Non-volatile memory is highly popular among digital media; it is widely used in memory chips for USB memory sticks and digital cameras. Non-volatile memory eradicates the need for relatively slow types of secondary storage systems, including hard disks.

Non-volatile memory is also known as non-volatile storage.

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