what is svc audio

This article will discuss what we mean by SVC audio. In short, we will discuss what SVC audio is, how it works, and how it can benefit you.

This article will discuss what we mean by SVC audio. In short, we will discuss what SVC audio is, how it works, and how it can benefit you.

It will also discuss other SVC-related issues such as an SVC optimized app and how to access and control the SVC audio setting on a few different makes of cars.

You may have noticed that as and when you drive the volume sometimes changes as your speed changes. Depending on who you are this may be an awesome add-on, or a party pooper.

If you want to know more about SVC audio, and how you can activate it or switch it off, then keep reading.

So what is SVC audio

In so far as the actual volume of the sound in your car, SVC audio stands for Speed-sensitive Volume Compensation. This is a common function in modern vehicles and is a function that adjusts the volume of your radio/sound system, depending on the speed at which you are traveling.

Below I will cover the following topics in relation to what SVC audio is

  1. So How does SVC Audio Work?
  2. Is speed-sensitive volume good?
  3. How do I turn off speed-sensitive volume?
  4. Speed Sensitive Volume Control App
  5. Does Tesla have SVC
  6. Is speed-compensated volume and automatic sound leveling different?
  7. What does SVC on speakers mean?
  8. What’s better SVC or DVC?
  9. How do I know if my subwoofer is a dual or single voice coil?

So How does SVC Audio Work?

As the speed of your vehicle increases, so will the volume to compensate for louder ambient engine noise, as well as other outside noises.

Inversely as the speed of your vehicles decreases, so will the volume in order to compensate for lower ambient engine noise, and other outside noises.

When you are slowing down or are at lower speeds, you probably need to be more alert and pay more attention to your environment.

This would probably be in suburbian areas such as malls and neighborhoods and therefore your music should be lower so you can pay attention to pedestrians and traffic signs.

At higher speeds, you may likely be on the highway and need not be as alert to pedestrians and traffic signs, so louder music may not impair concentration.

Fortunately, most vehicles do allow you to control the SVC function and you can switch it off if you want a stable, level of volume.

My name is Paul Smith, I am an audio and film enthusiast with over 10 years of experience in reviewing and writing about audio-related products and content.

If you want to know more about Speed sensitive volume control, then keep reading.

Is Speed-Sensitive Volume Good?

Yes, speed-sensitive volume is good.

Speed-sensitive volume prevents your car volume from being excessively loud.

This is good for you as you do not risk having music so loud it damages your ears.

Secondly, when you are in a busy environment, it is good to have a lower volume so you can be aware of pedestrians, traffic signs, and your environment.

Imagine slowing down during a foggy day, it is best that your music is at a lower volume so you can concentrate better on the road.

That said some people do find it annoying as they prefer a standard volume level. Fortunately, you can set this on your radio and switch it on and off at will.

Mini swears by it as necessary for a quality driver experience.

Check out their view here

How do I turn off speed-sensitive – volume?

This depends on the car that you are driving in and whether your car has a volume knob or is more electronic.

Fortunately for most cars, it is possible to turn off speed-sensitive volume control.

I will provide a few examples of each.

How do I turn off speed-sensitive volume – Chevy?

Firstly within the home section, you will see 3 tabs at the top

  1. Click on the Apps tile in the middle
  2. You will need to scroll down and click on the audio
  3. You will then be taken to the auto volume screen where you can choose the extent of the speed-sensitive volume control

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How do I turn off speed-sensitive volume – Mini

  1. Turn on the ignition.
  2. On the MINI Connected screen, navigate to Settings > Tone > Volume Settings.
  3. Adjust the Speed Volume setting to your desired level.
  4. Higher values increase volume more when at higher speeds.
  5. lower values will make little to no change in sound levels.
  6. You can also choose to switch off the speed volume setting or just set the speed volume setting to zero

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How do I turn off the speed-sensitive volume – Subaru Crosstrek?

  1. Press the volume knob to switch on the volume
  2. Click Home
  3. Click settings
  4. Click on Sound Icon
  5. Click on Speed Volume Control
  6. By default, the car comes with the setting on high
  7. Click on the high to adjust it
  8. And you can then click off

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How do I turn off speed-sensitive volume – BMW

  1. Open your iDrive menu.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Select Tone.
  4. Set the speed-sensitive volume control to OFF

How do I turn off speed-sensitive volume – Hyundai Elite I 20

  1. click setup
  2. Use the tuning knob or numbers on the radio to select sound
  3. Use the tuning knob to select speed-dependent volume
  4. Press the knob to turn off the SCV

Speed Sensitive Volume Control App

If you are looking for an application that can help boost your volume as you accelerate and decrease the volume as you slow down then it may be best to look for a Speed Sensitive Volume Control App

There are a few options available, however, my favorite one is the Volumatic™. This app is compatible with Apple, so you can find it on the apple app store.

Check out the Playstore to get similar apps compatible with Andriod.

It is, in my opinion, the best way to listen to podcasts and audiobooks in the car.

As you accelerate, an algorithm increases your volume to counteract your car’s road noise.

The simple Automatic mode uses special settings designed to optimally block road noise as well as keep you from disturbing others at lights.

Manual mode is for those who want full control. It allows you to set the speed and volume range to best fit your taste.

When Volumatic changes your device volume, iOS presents a volume-changing indicator (the same one that appears when using, the side buttons).

Volumatic uses your GPS to determine your current speed.

Does Tesla have SVC

Yes, Tesla does have SVC. As far as I understand it the SVC has been automatically included in the software of the latest Tesla models.

The unfortunate thing is that there does not seem to be a way to turn off the SVC and it is, therefore, something that you have to live with if you are a Tesla owner.

Some people have gone so far as to say that this is annoying, but you can look at Telsa forums and threads to see what people have to say themselves.

Is speed-compensated volume and automatic sound leveling different?

Both of them are similar.

A speed-compensated volume mode is an option that helps your vehicle control its sound depending on its speed.

On the other hand, ASL mode lets you hear loud noises once the speed is speeding up to 20 MPH.

What does SVC on speakers mean?

SVC on speakers stands for single voice coil

A voice coil is a set of wires that provide your speakers with their thump (sound)

Voice coils provide extreme accuracy and have a high movement speed

In very simple terms the way coils work in speakers is as follows

In a speaker, an electrical signal goes into the coil which moves the speaker and subsequently creates beats

The incredible accuracy and high speed of the coil is what gives a speaker the ability to produce a wide variety of sounds

A sub with a single voice coil has one pair of connections

What’s better SVC or DVC?

A DVC (Dual voice coil) is better than a single voice coil

Dual voice coils provide wiring flexibility so that if we have several subwoofers we can wire them in different ways in order to match the amplifier.

For example, if we have an amplifier stable down to 2 ohms, therefore we need to wire a dual 4-ohm subwoofer parallel in order to create the 2-ohm load.

How do I know if my subwoofer is a dual or single voice coil?

A sub with a single voice coil has one pair of connections

A dual voice coil subwoofer will have 2 sets of connections

The Bottom Line

Speed sensitive volume control (SVC)is a sensitive issue. Some people like the fact that it controls volume especially when you slow down in busy streets.

For some, it definitely can be a party pooper. The only advice I would give you is that you should get a vehicle that allows you to turn the function on and off at will.

Check this video out to see Speed sensitive volume control (SVC) in action.

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