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USA Spec PA11 Hon2y iPod Interface

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Old 03-08-2008, 11:57 PM
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I recently installed this in my 2007 Accord EX-L V6 with 6-disc changer & XM, but no Nav. It took my friend and I several hours to install this, ONLY because we tried to pull out the storage compartment wrong. We had to do it again once more a few days later, because I hadn't pushed the thing into the radio properly. That time, it took us all of 20 minutes starting with the first screw. The sound quality is excellent, and of course, depends on the bitrate of your iPod songs. There is no static, and as a bonus, one of the cables will also charge your iPod. I don't like using playlist mode, which lets you change songs from the steering wheel radio control. So, I only use the RCA-mini-jack cable and it works absolutely fine. I'm happy I went with this option, and not change my headunit or get a second headunit to fit under the dash, and disable the factory stereo. Now, I have full use of the 6-disc changer, AM/FM & XM, along with whatever device I plug the RCA-to-minijack cable into - including my PSP and my iPod. The only problem with the installation is deciding where to hide the box. I ended up putting it in the glovebox and when I use an iPod/PSP, the RCA-to-minijack cable will be visible, unless you leave the iPod in the glovebox.

Its a device that seems expensive for the purpose, but consider the alternatives and you'll see it's worth it.
 
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Old 03-11-2008, 08:53 PM
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In my case, the XM connection was plugged into the back of the factory radio. I pulled that out, plugged the USA Spec in, and then plugged the XM into the extra harness provided with the Spec adapter. So XM now goes to the radio through the adapter itself. If you don't have XM, then chances are that you have a free port there that you can plug the adapter into. It doesn't require any electrical connection. It draws power from the radio itself, I guess.
 
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Old 03-12-2008, 04:57 PM
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ORIGINAL: saaketham

In my case, the XM connection was plugged into the back of the factory radio. I pulled that out, plugged the USA Spec in, and then plugged the XM into the extra harness provided with the Spec adapter. So XM now goes to the radio through the adapter itself. If you don't have XM, then chances are that you have a free port there that you can plug the adapter into. It doesn't require any electrical connection. It draws power from the radio itself, I guess.
Thats what I did as well. All you have to do is remove that storage bin in the bottom of the console. I used a mirror to find the plug. Wasnt too tough.
 
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Old 03-15-2008, 08:10 PM
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The adapter has 2 input connection options - RCA or the iPod-specific one. It comes with the iPod connection cable.

You don't have to pull the radio out. After removing some of the dash panels, screws, etc, you'll be able to pull out the storage cubby under the factory radio. After this is out, you can bend way down and peer into the cavity, at the top of which the back of the radio is visible from below. Or you can get a small handheld mirror and save your joints some trouble. You'll see a white rectangular thingy hooked into the radio - in my case, that was the XM. I pulled that out, plugged the adapter's cable into the radio, plugged the XM into the other harness at the end of the adapter cable, and that was it for that end. After putting the adapter box in the glovebox, I can now use either the iPod-specific cable, which also charges the iPod, or use a RCA-to-mini jack cable and use the RCA ports. I use the RCA option for my iPod Video, since I leave my iPod in the cup-holder, and the mini jack port is on the top of the iPod, and not at the bottom like the dock connector, which is where the iPod-specific cable hooks into.

Yes, you will need the radio code. One step involves disconnecting the power outlet near the dash, in front of the gear lever. Battery has to be disconnected for this, and generally for your safety. And so, the radio code will need to be entered. If you do not have the code, you should be able to get it at the nearest Honda dealer.
 
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Old 03-17-2008, 12:05 PM
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Just to be safe ... I guess. The instructions that came with it strongly advise this, and I have my radio code, so ...

But, if the above member successfully installed it without disconnecting the battery, then I guess its not required. I'd disconnect the battery though, if I were you, and if I had the radio code. Its easy to enter the code in.
 
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