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USA SPEC Honda iPod® Interface

Connects your iPod to select 2003-up Honda/Acura factory radios

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by Ken Nail
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Why would I need an iPod® adapter?

An iPod adapter allows you to connect your iPod to your car stereo, then access your playlists with your stereo's controls - a great idea for several reasons. One, you can scroll through your song titles on your stereo's larger display, instead of squinting down at your iPod. Two, you can route the adapter cable to your glove compartment or center console, so your iPod stays safely out of sight. Three, the iPod adapter keeps your iPod fully charged, so it's ready to rock when you leave your car. And last of all, some adapters bypass your iPod's internal digital-to-analog converter, using your stereo's superior DAC to turn your files back into music.

You can take it with you. Just because you have a factory radio in your Honda, doesn't mean you have to leave your iPod at home. Just install USA SPEC's Honda PA11 iPod interface — it lets you listen to your iPod tunes through your car's speakers, and to control song and playlist selections right from your radio.

Just mount the compact interface box in a hidden location in your vehicle, and connect the included adapter cable to the CD changer input on your compatible 2003-up Honda/Acura factory radio. Plug your iPod into the interface and you can control and charge your iPod while you drive.

The PA11 adapter features two different playlist options: create up to five mobile playlists and use the vehicle's CD changer controls to access them, or use the "Direct" mode to select your playlist with the iPod's controls. Either way, you'll always have full control of all iPod functions, including random or shuffle play. The interface also provides an additional auxiliary input so you can connect other devices as well.

Please enter your vehicle information or call an Advisor at 1-888-955-6000 to find out if this adapter is compatible with your vehicle. The iPod interface uses the CD changer port, so any existing changer that you have must be disconnected.

Compatibility Note: Be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this iPod adapter.

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Highlights:

  • iPod connection adapter for select 2003-up Honda factory stereos
  • manage the iPod via your radio's CD changer controls
  • adjust volume, track up/down, fast-forward/reverse
  • use up to five playlists (select five favorites, or Auto Playlist will let you choose from the first five on your iPod)
  • Direct Mode lets you control everything via the iPod itself, giving you access to all playlists (requires a DIP switch change on the USA SPEC adapter)
  • additional auxiliary input
  • auto memory locates last song accessed on each playlist
  • compatible with all iPod and iPod mini models equipped with a dock connector and iPod software update 2004-04-28, or higher
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Hands-on research from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

Features and Specs
General
Adapter Type iPod audio in w/ iPod control
Vehicle Specific Honda
Brand Specific No
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
iPod Compatibility
Full-Size Classic/5Gen/4Gen
Nano Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/Nano1
Touch Touch2/Touch1
Mini Mini2/Mini1
iPhone Phone/Phone3G
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What's in the box?

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  • iPod to Honda interface
  • 47" CB-PA14 iPod to interface cable
  • 45" CAS-H2Y Radio-interface cable
  • 4 Self-tapping screws
  • Owner's manual
  • Warranty registration card
  • Note about ordering an iPod extension cable

Our Product Research Team

At Crutchfield, you'll get detailed, accurate information that's hard to find elsewhere. That's because we have our own in-house Product Research team — they open the box, verify contents, check the owner's manual, and record dimensions, features and specs. We stay on top of new products and technologies to help people make informed choices.

Features

Overview: This adapter allows an iPod with a dock connector to be connected to and controlled by the factory radio in select Honda and Acura vehicles. You can also add an additional auxiliary source to the RCA line input. Please check the Crutchfield Vehicle Selector to confirm compatibility with your vehicle.

iPod Compatibility: The interface is compatible with the following generation 3 and later iPod models.

  • iPod Photo (4th generation)
  • iPod Video (5th generation)
  • iPod U2
  • iPod mini
  • iPod nano (1st/2nd/3rd/4th generation)
  • iPod classic (80/120/160GB)
  • iPod touch (1st/2nd generation)
  • iPhone and iPhone 3G

Note: The iPod classic, touch, nano 3rd generation and iPhone will not function when the interface is in Hybrid mode due to software changes in the newer iPods. In addition, this interface requires an optional cable (item # 581CBP85) to charge the iPod nano 4th generation, iPod touch 2nd generation, or the iPhone 3G.

Control Modes: The iPod interface adapter features the following control modes.

  • Playlist Mode: You can create up to 5 favorite mobile playlist then use your radio's CD changer controls to access and control your playlist.
  • Direct Mode: Gives you complete control of your iPod while it is connected to the factory radio. Your iPod is not locked out while connected to the radio and you are able to manually access your complete iPod content. The Radio still can adjust song up/down random or shuffle play but you can manually control your iPod and select any playlist, genre or Artist of your choice.
  • Hybrid Mode: Combines features of Direct Mode and Playlist Mode. You can create and access your favorite mobile playlist or directly access all your iPod content manually on your iPod. Your iPod displays song title information and iPod is not locked, so the iPod can be operated manually at all times.

Playlist Names: In order for the adapter/factory radio to recognize a playlist, it must be named HONDA1... through HONDA5... Text can follow the Honda name and number, such as HONDA3_artistname or HONDA2-jazz. For a given disc slot (1-5), if there is no playlist named HONDA followed by that number, that disc slot will play the first available playlist on the iPod (the second blank slot will play the second available playlist, etc).

Auxiliary Input: In addition to the iPod input on the PA11-HON2 there is an auxiliary input (RCA) for use with another source, such as a DVD system, satellite radio, etc. The aux input is accessed at disc 6 track 1 using the factory radio controls. This aux input can be used with or without the iPod connected. When using the aux input the in the Playlist mode, the Play All command is moved to the Disc 5 slot and the HONDA5 custom playlist is lost.

Controls: Use the Radio's Disc Select controls to access the 5 custom mobile playlists, the Play All mode, and the auxiliary input. Track select, forward and backward, works just like on a CD. Other commands include shuffle play, scan (plays first 10 seconds of each track), Fast Track Search (skips forward or backward 10 tracks), and Fast Forward/Fast Reverse within a song (available in shuffle mode only).

Battery Charge: The PA11-HON2 charges the iPod battery when connected. Charging stops after 1 hour of non use to prevent draining the vehicle's battery.

CD Changer Port: The adapter uses the factory radio's CD Changer port so if the vehicle has an existing outboard CD Changer it must be disconnected.

Display: The Honda/Acura radio will not display text from the iPod; artist, song title, album, etc. Only the disc and track numbers are displayed.

 
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4 out of 5

nice for 2006 Accord EX without nav

Written By Andrew, Santa Cruz, CA on Monday, December 29, 2008
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Nice unit, lots of good advice online for installation, sounds good, does what it should. Note: you do not have to remove stereo to install - just go as far as removing the CD storage compartment, then look up. If you have skinny fingers (or a friend who does) you can swap the plugs as needed. I ran the cable down under the shifter and cups, drilled a hole into the armrest storage compartment to store the SPEC unit, which is good in case I want to change the settings later. Another note: for the iPhone 3G, you need to get a different cable. On balance, another excellent Crutchfield purchase, good advice, good instructions.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

2007 Honda Odyssey EX-L with factory RES/NAV/XM/in-dash 6 CD

Written By shiuco, Southwestern area of New Jersey on Saturday, December 06, 2008
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I wanted to figure it out first before call to Tech Support. With Crutchfield Mastersheet and other online radio removal sheets, I took my time for the install in about 1 hour. I was aware of the fact that the charge cable won't charge my iPhone3G (back-ordered with Crutchfield). For my car equipped's radio, the plug you want to remove is the only white one (middle bottom) for NAV/XM and plug it to the 14-pin female connector on 45" CAS-H2Y cable. Plug the 14-pin male connector on 45" CAS-H2Y cable to the receptor at the back of radio (hence the "2y" in model PA11-HON2y).

Design Change Notice (insert as of 10-15-08): in order to improve the handling of Audiobook and to support streaming music downloads on iPhone or iTouch, the Hybrid Mode is deleted and design changes are also implemented to Playlist Mode. I went with config. A setup.

Config. A (summary of Playlist Mode operation):
DIP switch #1, #2=ON (factory default)
Disc 1 - Playlist #1 (HONDA1-my stuff)
Disc 2 - Playlist #2 (HONDA2-your stuff)
Disc 3 - Playlist #3 (HONDA3-this iPod interface rocks)
Disc 4 - Playlist #4 (HONDA4-good stuff)
Disc 5 - All songs from iPod (iPod locked; car cd buttons+steering wheel controls)
Disc 6 - iPod Direct (iPod unlocked; iPod controls+car cd buttons+steering wheel controls)

You must named it HONDA followed by number without spaces in iTunes; any verbiage after that is freeform text.

The unit works as expected flawlessly! No interruptions of NAV/RES/XM/CD!
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5 out of 5

2005 Honda Accord LX

Written By Scott, Twin Cities, MN on Sunday, November 09, 2008
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Installation was fairly easy. Like other folks, I struggled figuring out where to place the unit. It ended up in the center console under the armrest. I ran the cable from the bottom of the radio down and alongside the shifter and under the cup holders. I drilled a 3/4" hole in the front of the console compartment next to the 12VDC power outlet. I cut a slit in a grommet, put it around the cable, and fit the grommet in the hole. I used Velcro to fasten the unit on the inside of the compartment. The iPod cable runs out of the front of the console.

Sound is outstanding. CD quality - assuming files in iPod are of same.

USA SPEC inserted a design change notice dated 10/15/08 that deletes the Hybrid Mode. There is a config A and config B in the change. Basically, you figure out if you want the RCA aux inputs off (config A) or on (config B). Config B uses disc #6 for RCA inputs. Otherwise, both configs allow for Playlist and Direct Mode.

I have no problems changing songs within the same folder in the iPod (i.e. playlist, artist, or album) using the SEEK/SKIP button on the radio in Direct Mode. Haven't tried naming playlists yet for Playlist Mode (HONDA1, HONDA2, etc.)

USA SPEC also inserted a notice pertaining to ordering a new iPod cable that will charge the Classic 120GB, 2nd gen Touch, 4th gen Nano-chromatic, and iPhone 3G. I have a Classic 80GB and it charges fine. I will likely order the new cable for my son's 2nd gen iPod Touch.
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4 out of 5

Wife Loves It

Written By Dave, Sacramento, CA on Monday, October 27, 2008
 
My wife absolutely loves her new iPOD adapter. She owns an IPOD Video and the adapter does not display the song title or artist on the factory radio display. Just for information sake I set the adapter on Hybrid Mode and just to be fair I have yet to try direct mode. I'm not sure if this has anything to do with it but the steering wheel controls do in fact work as advertised. The installation was fast and easy. I think I spent about an hour and I was taking my time.
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4 out of 5

A good product

Written By Patrick, St. Louis, MO on Wednesday, October 15, 2008
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This product is a good one for those who want to control their iPods through their factory stereo and charge the unit at the same time. There are a few caveats:

1. There are delays when switching between songs
2. If you want a song to be played using this system, it must be on one of six playlists that begin with HONDA and a number (1-6)
3. NO DISPLAY OF ANY SONG INFORMATION OF ANY KIND ON THE FACTORY RADIO (no titles, albums, artists, etc)

There are also installation issues with my particular vehicle, a 2003 Honda Accord EX with Navigation. It is necessary to remove the below parts in addition to the trim panel surrounding the shifter, storage box ahead of the shifter, and small storage/power port ahead of the shifter:

1. Long gray trim panel that houses the display for audio info and climate control temperature as well as the center vents
2. The entire stereo/navigation unit from the dash

It is necessary to perform these steps beyond what is shown in the installation instructions because the connectors to the nav/radio/climate unit are on top of the unit NOT on the bottom as is indicated in the instructions. I assume the instructions show the smaller number of steps because the instructions are for a non-navigation car while these instructions should be specific for the type of stereo.

All of this being said, this beats using an FM modulator, cassette adapter, etc and gives you access to your iPod through your radio controls and steering wheel controls.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

2004 Honda Accord EX

Written By Mark, Lexington, KY on Thursday, September 18, 2008
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All I have to say is that this adaptor is great. Honestly the reason I bought it was from reading all the reviews on this website about how easy it was to put in and how great it sounds. It is all completely true and even though I just put it in a few days ago I am loving it already.

The directions provide you with a good start as well as the customer service dept, but I got online and found some additional directions from some guy that took pictures every step of the way. I ran my wires through the gear shift and parking break and up the center console so that it can be hidden away and is right within hands reach when I am driving.

The install was pretty easy. All you need is a flat and a phillipshead screw driver. Just be careful and take your time. Also you DO NOT need to take out your radio as suggested. Once you get the storage compartment out you can look up and under the radio and see the connection plain as day. Then it is up to you where to put everything. Would recommend this product to anyone! Ships very fast as well!
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Does not display text on radio!

Written By Rich, Baltimore MD on Wednesday, September 17, 2008
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This unit works and sounds okay, but does not display text on my 2008
Accord with Navigation. I will be exchanging it for the Peripheral adapter
that supports text display.
4 out of 7 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

The BEST Thing Since Sliced Bread

Written By Pamela, West Haven, CT on Tuesday, September 09, 2008
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This product is great. I don't have to fool with stupid cds anymore. I can
listen to all 700 songs....my ipod holds up 20,000 songs. Now that is some
real jammin'

In addition, I did it myself. I am so proud... But you do not have to take the
radio out...once you get the storage compartment out you can use a
flashlight and mirror to insert the interface plug into the auxilary
plug....since the auxilary plug is facing down....

I am so excited about it.....I will be JAMMING on!!!
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great Product - Easy Install

Written By Ryan, Detroit, MI on Monday, September 08, 2008
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I am using an iPod Touch with my factory Honda stereo and this product works fantastic. I set to playlist mode and even though I did not create a playlist in my iPod I can control the music from the iPod or the stereo, the iPod shows as CD #6.

The install was a total cake walk.. could not have been any more straight forward. Had I not needed to hunt for tools I could have been in/out and cruising with sweet tunes in 30 mins.

As always great support documents from Crutchfield.

Worthwhile buy, no complaints at all!!
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4 out of 5

Performs as advertised

Written By Stewart, Deansboro, NY on Sunday, September 07, 2008
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I installed a PA11 HON2Y IPOD adapter on a 2006 Honda Odyssey with a 6 speaker factory installed stereo radio with a 6 CD changer. Installation took about 2 hours, but should have took half of that time. CAUTION!! The center screw is located under and about 8 inches back from the faceplate. I dropped the screw and it fell into the slide mechanism of the pull-out beverage tray, preventing closure. Solution!! Stuff folded-up newspaper into the opening under the center screw tray before removal.
I am currently using a Creative Zen MP3 player connected via the RCA plugs. The CD changer works as usual. A problem I encountered is the excessive volume when switching from the MP3 player to the radio. Will blow your eardrums. Turn the volume down before switching. I rated the adapter 4 Star only due to the volume problem.
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3 out of 5

Be sure that your iPod is fully compatible

Written By GriffithLea, Houston, TX on Thursday, August 21, 2008
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Installation was fairly straightforward in my 2007 Odyssey EX-L without NAV. I spent a lot of time trying to decide where to mount the USA SPEC box, and I finally settled on mounting it to the side of the factory receiver.

One thing that made this a little difficult - indeed it would have made any location a little difficult - is that the screws that hold the USA SPEC box together have exceptionally thick heads, and they protrude over the holes in the mounting flange of the box. USA SPEC should have used countersunk screws.

After installation, I was able to control my iPod (6G Classic 80GB) via the receiver controls and steering wheel controls.

However, I was NOT able to control the iPod via its own controls as I'd expected. It turns out that the adapter is not fully compatible with later iPods, a fact that I subsequently found out is stated in the "Hands-on Research" section of this site. It would have been nice if this caveat was more prominently featured instead in the "Overview" section, where it looks like the USA SPEC unit is compatible with my 6G Classic and my daughter's 3G Nano:

"compatible with all iPod and iPod mini models equipped with a dock connector and iPod software update 2004-04-28, or higher"

Perhaps the competing PIE unit would have fit my needs more closely. I nearly bought that instead, but went with this unit because it looked more mature. Oh, well.
2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

USAspec for Honda

Written By JohnG, Columbus Ohio on Tuesday, August 12, 2008
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I have a 2008 honda accord EX with a seven speaker 270watt six disc CD player and radio. The instructions for the USASpec adapter didn't give a clear diagram of the back of the honda's radio as to where it needs to be plugged in? Crutchfield tech's were able to supply this information by phone.

One disappointment is you can track forward and backwards on the car radio controls as to individual songs which is good, but to get to individual albums you need to go back to your Ipod. I normally use the ramdom list of songs on the Ipod which list all 1500 songs that I now have on the Ipod and I track up and down on this list, but to get to an individual album, like I said above, you need to go to the Ipod. Also the radio screen on the honda does not show the title of the song or album nor does it show the album cover.

The music does sound better in a digital format as compared to the aniti-log hook up that comes with the honda accord EX. Overall I would recommend the unit because you can at least hear better sound and track up and down to individual songs using the radio controls on the steering wheel. With the anti-log hook up that comes with the car you must go to the ipod to advance or go back to individual songs.
2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Excellent product. 05 Accord EX Sedan Non-XM Non-Nav

Written By Aaron, San Jose, CA on Wednesday, August 06, 2008
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This product does exactly what it says.

I was able to hook up my iPod Classic 3rd generation in hybrid mode very easily. When in hybrid mode it takes the iPod about 20 seconds to search for HONDA play lists before it is ready for use, as opposed to direct mode it starts instantaneously.

I am able to use my steering wheel controls to advance tracks in both modes. In hybrid mode I can use my CD controls to access play lists (HONDA1-HONDA5). My built in CD changer is still fully functional as well.

The sound quality from this unit is excellent, it sounds as good if not better than CDs in the CD changer.

Overall, this product is very good and I definitely recommend it. Installation was very easy (I have never done any car installations before but am fairly
competent when it come to electronics and following directions). The iPod is connected through the arm rest console as I did not want to drill a hole in the center console.

Thank you Crutchfield.
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5 out of 5

Excellent - well worth the money! '04 Accord

Written By Brit, Collinsville, VA on Thursday, July 31, 2008
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I am so glad that I found this product! I struggled with FM transmitters, that just turned out to be a waste of my money! This product, on the other hand, is money well spent!
~Installation: it was a BREEZE! Honestly, we had it installed (and everything put back together) in 30 minutes - no lie! I was very surprised! The manual that was sent along with the kit helped tremendously! The radio didn't even need to come out, just the storage compartment underneath. We ran the cables under the cup holders and into the center console, which holds the box. I think this is the best way to do it for this car. This way, the box is accessible if you wish to hook up anything else to it during trips. Plus, the ipod is easily stored away in the upper compartment so it's not even visible.
~Use/Sound: I can work the ipod by the radio or by the ipod itself - no complaints there! The sound is amazing! It's definitely CD quality sound (depending on the quality of the song you downloaded, of course). I am so pleased with this product! I don't think I'll ever burn/buy another CD... just add the album to my playlists. Love it! Thank you so much Crutchfield, for this product.

If you are thinking about buying this - don't think twice! Trust me, you will not be disappointed!
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Not fully compatible with iPhone 3G

Written By cclauset, Winston-Salem, NC on Monday, July 28, 2008
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Installed in a 2007 Honda Odyssey EX-L. Went in fine. Only complaint is that
our iPod 3G will occasionally get out of sync with the radio controls where it
plays when the source is set to Radio and pauses when the source is switched
to Aux. No apparent pattern to this behavior, but it's only mildly annoying.

A larger issue is that it is NOT fully compatible with the new iPhone 3G. While
audio works fine in Direct mode, it is unable to charge the iPhone 3G because it
was designed to supply +12VDC power via the Firewire pins (19-20) rather
than +5VDC via the USB pins (16). Older iPods and the original iPhone were
able to charge via FireWire (even though Apple stopped shipping Firewire cables
with iPods in October 2005), but the iPhone 3G lacks the necessary circuitry.

USA SPEC is apparently working on a new iPod connector cable that will be
compatible with the iPhone 3G.
6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Installed in '05 Accord EX-L w/ Navi

Written By Ryan, Sun Prairie, WI on Monday, July 28, 2008
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PLEASE NOTE: You will need the 4 digit radio code and the 5-digit navigation code BEFORE you attempt this install.

Without them you will have no navigation and no sound once you re-connect the battery. You should be able to find these codes in your glove box, with your owner's manual, or other original Honda documentation. You should also be able to acquire these codes from your Honda dealer IF you have the serial number off the back/bottom of your radio's head unit and can prove ownership of the vehicle.
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4 out of 5

USA SPEC Honda iPod® Interface

Written By drtom, NY/NJ on Monday, July 28, 2008
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I think this is a very good product. I would have said great except for a couple of things. The installation of the product into the radio is very easy (just a couple of plugs to deal with). However, the removal of the radio was very difficult. The instruction manual did not really explain how to do it very well. I researched it online and was able to figure it out. The other complaint is that the device only works in Direct Mode for most modern iPods. It will only work in Hybrid mode if you use old firmware. It will not work with iPhones, or my 3rd generation iPod (which is pretty old). That said, the direct mode will still work, and it is very convenient and sounds great.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

High quality iPod connection for factory radio

Written By Tony, Middleton, WI on Saturday, July 19, 2008
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I just put the USA Spec PA11H2Y in our new (used) 2005 Odyssey Touring (7-speaker "premium" stereo without Navi/DVD). The whole process took 90 minutes. I previously put a USA Spec in a Ford Escape and in comparison this installation was more difficult.

Standard shipping from Crutchfield was super-fast (2 days). The Mastersheet instructions were not very helpful. More detailed instructions are on the OdyClub Forums (titled "PIE AUX Adapter Install...") I used a socket wrench with extension to get the recessed center screw out of the head unit. Putting the shifter in Neutral makes it easier to remove.

I put the iPod connection in the center pocket. I drilled a hole in the back of the pocket and put in a rubber grommet to protect the cable. I thought about putting the USA Spec box behind the dash, but given the time required so far, I chickened out and put it in the upper glove compartment for easier access. I was able to do the cable routing without removing the lower glove compartment (I have medium-sized hands - larger hands may not have as much luck).

My iPod Nano (1st gen) was recognized immediately after connection. Hybrid mode works. Steering wheel controls work to skip ahead and back. The manual notes that Hybrid mode does not work with a 5G iPod with Video with firmware greater than 1.2.3 (I have one with firmware 1.3), which is why I wanted access to the DIP switches.

Bottom line: Amazing sound quality from the factory radio. An elegant iPod solution.
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5 out of 5

Great Buy!

Written By Philip, Wylie, TX on Thursday, July 17, 2008
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Great product if you are looking for an inexpensive alternative to wireless transmitters. Still not as efficient as an ipod equipped stereo due to the inability to see the song title, playlist name, etc. on the stereo, but the sound quality is excellent.
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4 out of 5

NICE !!! I LOVE IT

Written By Mr VicZ, ARCADIA, CA on Wednesday, July 16, 2008
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there is reason why it's not 5 star yet. At first i thought that this will be
very difficult. BUt the Guide from crutchfield help me a lot in detaching all
the Compartment etc. It took me about 1 hour to install it. i wasted lots of
time not installing the adapter, but to decide where to put my adapter (the
white box is a little bit big). this is why i dont give full 5 star. but overall it's
really good, all the sound etc. compare to my sister's 2007 HONDA FIT Plug
for IPOD. and the sound on my adapter is very stable not up and downs
like my sister's. BUT OVERALL IM VERY SATISFIED !!!
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4 out of 5

easy to install and works great

Written By intake66, Santa Rosa, CA on Tuesday, July 15, 2008
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This little gizmo is all you need. The install was a piece of cake. I had no major issues. I only dropped it one star because the actual diagrams for the hook up for the wiring was not as complete as I would have liked. The only thing I thought it was missing was a diagram of the back of a 03 Honda Accord LX
stock radio. I probably wouldn't have expected it but the rest of the directions that crutchfield provided were specific for my car. It would have saved me the time of taking the entire radio out before realizing that you just need to remove
the compartment reach up and plug it in. A more experienced person would have probably caught that right away but I am writing this from the standpoint of someone who has never done anything like this before.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

USA SPEC Honda iPod® Interface

Written By Tyrone, Bowie, MD on Monday, July 14, 2008
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Excellent product. Installation was easy and the sound is awesome. The
hybrid mode is top-notch!
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5 out of 5

Works like a charm

Written By Dean, Lancaster, PA on Monday, July 14, 2008
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This was easy to install in my 2005 Acura MDX. Works well with the factory controls.
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5 out of 5

Great Kit, install was easy as pie

Written By Wyndell, St. Louis, MO on Tuesday, July 08, 2008
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I installed this kit
on my 2004 Accord
Sedan EX w/
navigation and 6
disc in dash.
Install took a
little under an
hour, but with the
instructions
provided it went
smooth. I don't
know why you would
buy from anywhere
else when
Crutchfield throws
all the install
stuff in for free.
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5 out of 5

Straight-forward Installation

Written By Lynn, Chicago, IL on Sunday, June 22, 2008
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I am a minivan-driving mom whose knowledge of cars begins and ends with pumping her own gas. I called customer support once before buying this product, and was assured that I could install the piece myself. When the instructions started with "remove radio" and the instruction for THAT started with "remove dashboard", I panicked a little. However, I just followed the very straight-forward instructions that came from Crutchfield and, with only one call to customer support regarding which end of the plug to put into the back of the radio, was able to install this product myself. Honestly, it took me almost three hours...BUT, if I were to do it again, I think I could do it in 30 minutes. I spent a lot of time hesitating. One thing I'd mention: you can't get the radio out with the car in "Park". You need to turn on the car, put it in N, remove the radio, and then put it back into P. Struggling with those little hiccups is what took me so much time.
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5 out of 5

Great Sound and Performance!

Written By Mr. Phill, Stamford, CT on Sunday, June 22, 2008
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The system is working exactly as advertised. I had no real problems installing it except for one stubborn radio bolt and trying to figure out where to locate it. It is in a 2007 Accord with a manual 5 speed. I located it next to the shifter so that if I need to access it later (for the RCA jacks) all I have to do is pop off the shifter.

As for the other reviews that say it doesn't perform correctly, the documentation clearly states that some functions won't work depending on your iPod type.
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5 out of 5

USA SPEC Honda iPod® Interface

Written By Robin, Owings Mills, MD on Sunday, June 01, 2008
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The product works great - exactly as advertised in my 2004 Acura TSX. I used the installer card as I am not handy enough to install myself. That also worked fine although it took the installer a bit longer (2 hours) than I thought it would.

Its great to have my whole ipod library available in my car and to have full access to all of the ipod controls. Customer service at Crutchfield was great too as I called and asked a lot of questions.
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4 out of 5

Great product

Written By Michael, Redmond, WA on Thursday, May 29, 2008
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Works great, nice to have 100's of songs and no more CDs flying about in the car. Installed on a 2008 Honda CRV. Only wish steering wheel controls would switch playlists.
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5 out of 5

2003 Honda Accord Install

Written By Derek, Wilmington, NC on Thursday, May 22, 2008
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Great product! Gives me CD quality sound using my ipod (as long as my mp3 files are high quality). I retained use of my 6-disc in dash player and I can use the steering wheel controls to change the song. Best part is that I will no longer have to burn CD's, I can just take my ipod. This is a great product for $150. It is definitely worth buying through Crutchfield as well, they are great with fast shipping and the best service around. Ordering other places online is always hit or miss, I have learned my lesson and just go to crutchfield now. It is completely worth an extra couple of bucks.

Install was relatively easy. Took a little over an hour, but it could have gone faster if I really knew what I was doing. Instuctions are clear but I also found some other pictures online that helped. The hardest part was putting all the peices back in, they come out alot easier than they go back in. The adapter stored easily behind the center cubby in my car, there is plenty of space down there. One note on the install is that when you plug it in to the back of the radio you have to be pretty agressive with your pushing for it to clip all the way in, I had a loose connection for a while until I noticed that I had to push pretty hard to get the adapter to properly clip in. Anyone with a couple screwdrivers can install this, you dont really need anything else.
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5 out of 5

Easy Integration, Easy Installation

Written By Aaron, Tampa, FL on Wednesday, May 14, 2008
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If you want to
listen to your mp3
player (any kind) in
your TSX, this is
the way to go. Not
only do you get a
real wired
connection into the
factory headunit (so
no static and
lackluster sound
quality), but you
get connections for
both an iPod (for
use with steering
wheel and headunit
controls), as well
as a basic AUX input
(which is great for
those of us that
don't currently own
iPods...). Total
flexibility,
seamless
integration, all
factory sound system
features still work
(yes, you still keep
your IN-DASH CD
changer; this unit
uses the input for
the TRUNK CD
changer), and the
best part:
installation is a
breeze, even for
someone without car
audio installation
experience. I
pulled out the top
cubby below the
climate controls,
used a mirror,
plugged the adapter
in, shoved the USA
Spec unit back as
far as I could, and
slid the cubby back
into place. I ran
the iPod and AUX
wires out of the
side of the center
console and tucked
them up under the
trim that goes back
until the seat
covers where the
wires come out.
I'll do a better
install when I have
some more time, but
the bottom line is
that you'll have
FULL iPod
integration in under
an hour. The price
might seem a bit
high, but it's worth
every penny.
Definitely a top
notch product, but
then again, what
else would you
expect from
Crutchfield?
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5 out of 5

Works perfectly, easy installation

Written By Christopher, Gilroy, CA on Thursday, May 08, 2008
 
This unit exceeded my expectations. With the crutchfield manual, it was easy to pull out the stereo in my 2007 Accord. The unit plugged in easily, and the nice surprise is that I still have use of my in-dash CD changer. Everything works the way you'd want it to: the iPod is automatically paused when you turn off the stereo or shut down the engine, the steering wheel controls operate the volume and track up/down, and even the "Random" button on the stereo works to put track playback in random mode. A cool feature is that you can create custom playlists by giving them special names, and these can be selected as discs using the disc up/down button on the stereo.

I was able to completely hide the adapter and the iPod in my Accord: the adapter tucked inside the console under the shift lever area, and the iPod lives in the forward storage compartment. I did not have to drill, cut, or screw in a single thing. This was important since my car is leased and I want to be able to leave it completely unmolested from stock.

The only thing I would wish for is for the track names to be displayed on the console instead of just track number. But other than that, this is absolutely perfect and was well worth the money. Highly recommended!
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5 out of 5

Straightforward installation, works like a charm

Written By Robert, Austin, TX on Sunday, May 04, 2008
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I installed this in a 2007 Honda Odyssey. The instructions Crutchfield included allowed me to very quickly remove my factory radio and install the USA Spec iPod interface. I hooked up my iPod and performed a quick check before I closed everything back up, and it worked flawlessly (fifth generation iPod video 30GB with latest firmware). Once I snapped my dash back into place, you would never have known it had ever been opened unless you looked in the top glove compartment and saw the adapter cable. If only all upgrades were this easy!
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5 out of 5

Finally no FM transmitter to mess with!!

Written By kelly, Phoenix, AZ on Tuesday, April 29, 2008
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I bought this after reading all of the reviews, and I'm sorry I waited so long
to get one for my '06 Honda Pilot. I didn't trust myself to install it, so I had it installed locally. Installation didn't even take
15 - 20 minutes.

As another review said, the satellite can bleed through, but here's how you
fix that without getting a new factory radio installed like the other reviewer
did: before you press "Aux" to listen to IPOD, first go to CD mode or radio
mode. I only had bleed through when I went directly from XM radio to the
IPOD. Simple, no-cost solution. And not a big deal.

Overall, excellent product with excellent service!!!
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5 out of 5

USA SPEC Honda iPod® Interface

Written By Teddy, Los Angeles, CA on Monday, April 28, 2008
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This product is great, only take me about 20 min to install the adapter. Did it without taking the stock radio out. But the only problem is that the door for the compartment under the radio cannot open completely because of the harness to the radio. That is a small price for the convince of operate ipod from steering wheel. Plus it is 50% cheaper than factory adapter.
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5 out of 5

works great

Written By Kyle, dayton OH on Monday, April 21, 2008
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does not say that it will work in a 2008 Honda Pilot but it does. works
great with a Nano. crutchfield was great as usual. thanks
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5 out of 5

Great Product

Written By Rusty, Cary, IL on Thursday, April 10, 2008
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I installed this in a 05 Honda Accord with factory radio (no nav or sat radio). The interface works great with the CDC and has good sound. I also installed this over a year ago in my Acura TSX (with nav) and it works great also. I would definitely recommend the product.
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5 out of 5

Forget Honda's iPod MusicLink

Written By overWired, Marysville, Ohio on Monday, April 07, 2008
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I had a factory-installed Honda Music Link in my '06 Ridgeline, and I truely hated it. I listen to lots of podcasts (long talk-radio like programs from the 'Net), and it would randomly lose it's mind when I'd go to skip a track. Due to the crummy navigation, I'd never be able to get back to my playlist. The USASPec product has changed all that. It works exactly as desribed in the manual (with one exception: some things that aren't supposed to work with my old 3G iPod do work :-). The aux input functions, the playlist selection functions, and I have yet to see it lose it's mind when navigating tracks, although I've not had it quite a month yet, but I use it every day. The sound quality is great (same as the Honda).

I can confirm that my in-dash (in-head-unit, actually) 6-disc changer still works. Did not try the XM, as I don't subscribe, but it I think it should, as the USA-Spec wires in basically the same as the Honda unit, and it worked with the XM.

Also, this was my first order from Crutchfield, and it was fantastic! I ordered the product late one afternoon, and it was at my house two days later! There was a plethora of installation guides with pictures, and although I did not need them, as I had the dash off previously, they were spot-on, and a very nice touch.
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5 out of 5

Ipod Interface

Written By Michelle, Richmond VA on Monday, April 07, 2008
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My husband purchased this product for me after doing hours of research. The interface works as advertised and the sound is really good. I use it in direct mode, but some of my controls through my radio work to change songs.
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5 out of 5

Great Product

Written By dinkits, Mobile, AL on Wednesday, March 19, 2008
 
I recently purchased this product after some careful research. I was a little hesistant to purchase the product because I had been using the battery operated wireless adapters for about 6 months without any major problems, but I was tired of buying batteries. After reading the reviews and getting my questions answered (I didn't know if it would work in my car, 2007 Honda Accord, since I didn't have a 6 disc CD-changer-It did). I ordered it and I have loved it ever since. I installed the device in about 20 minutes with a flat head and phillip head screw driver. Like many other people I didn't have to take out most of the radio, just the cubby hole under the stereo. Installation was simple just involved plugging in one cord. The only problem I ran into was the cord that connects the adapter is so thick that when I tried to store the adapter in my glove compartment and run the cord from the back of the cubby hole thru the back of the glove compartment it cause my cubby hole door not to open up all the way(opens about 50%) since I usually keep my cubby hole close it wasn't a major problem and I kept the adapter and all of the cords hidden. I love the dual mode feature that allows me to just pick any playlist and then control it from the stereo. The sound quality is superb, far better than any other adapter that I have used. I love the fact that it charges the ipod too. For a person that spends hours on the road its a major bonus. Overall, it was money well spent and I continue to love the device.
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5 out of 5

Awesome

Written By JR, Milwaukee, WI on Thursday, March 13, 2008
 
I have an '03 Accord LX with the factory radio (no XM or navigation) and this unit is incredible. My brother and I took our time with the install (3-4 hours) to make sure everything fit right, but it is definitely something that one can do on their own. I mounted the module under the center pocket that is under the radio and ran the iPod connector wire through the gearshift/parking brake console into the center armrest. I notched out part of the plastic on the power connector that is in the bottom of the console and ran the iPod wire to the top of the center console, where the iPod sits (looks standard and does not attract would-be thieves). I chose to operate the unit on the "Direct" mode by flipping the DIP switch, since I wanted to utilize the manual control and not have to create additional playlists.

This works exactly as advertised. It keeps my iPod charged and the sound quality is optimum. I highly recommend this product for anyone with an iPod. I never listen to the radio anymore -- just plug, play, and go!
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5 out of 5

Great product, Easy installation

Written By Boyd, Tucson, AZ on Wednesday, March 05, 2008
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I have a 2008 Honda Ridgeline with a stock in-dash 6-CD changer. The pass-
through connector on the USA-SPEC iPod interface made installation VERY simple,
with sufficient cable length for a convenient mounting spot hidden in the center
console. Sound quality has been great with my iPhone and, while the unit states
that it only works in "Direct" mode with the iPhone and newer iPods I have found
that not to be a drawback for me. The steering wheel controls still work well and I
haven't had any problems at all yet. You can't go wrong with this one!
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5 out of 5

USA SPEC Honda iPod® Interface

Written By Steven, Tampa on Monday, March 03, 2008
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Works great in my Acura RL 05. Excellent sound, easy to use, no on-screen display but knew this prior to install.
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4 out of 5

Great way to enjoy iPOD without losing quality

Written By David, Amherst, NY on Sunday, March 02, 2008
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The installation was a breeze with the included installation sheets. I mounted the unit to the right of the glove box, and fed the wire through the back of the cubby under the radio.

You can control the iPOD through the stock steering wheel controls, but only to advance through the same play list. To switch between play lists you have to use the controls on the radio itself.

The biggest drawback is that the radio does not display the song names, but that seems to be the limitation of the stock Honda radio, as the Honda integration solution does not display song names either.

The sound quality is AWESOME, and you can use the equalizer in the iPOD to alter the sound to suit your particular taste.
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4 out of 5

Installs in minutes / You'll wonder how you lived without it

Written By Vik, Suwanee, GA on Monday, February 25, 2008
 
I have a 2004 TSX (without Nav) and if you have the same vehicle, or an Accord installation is pretty quick (it took me about 8 minutes). No need to take apart alot of dash or side panels as shown in the instructions. With the ignition off, put the gear selector to rear most position. Simply pull out the center dash cubby (storage void thats below the A/C controls) instructions on this are provided as well as fellow reviewers on here will dictate. Secondly, grab a small mirror and flashlight. Position the mirror into the opening well into the cavity, point it at about a 45 degree angle and point the flashlight to the mirror, look for the white interface input, which sits on the bottom of the factory head unit. Honda/Acura makes it pretty easy to access. Plug the provided cable harness adapter into this receptacle and you are almost done. You can also snake the ipod cable (the black cable that connects directly to the iPod along the passenger side and pull it out below the glove compartment. This way, everything looks pretty neat.

The product works fine. However, it works best in shuffle mode (and on disc 6), ive noticed that if i use the playlists 1-5 (or equiv. CD-Changer Discs 1-5) it tends to get confused occassionally. To avoid this I always leave it on CD6, and choose the playlist manually from the iPod. This issue probably will get corrected, eventually. Additionally, sometimes it will play certain tracks over, inspite of advancing the selection. Just turn off the CD-changer, unplug the device, and reconnect it, it will then resync itself. Again, something that should be corrected, but sound quality is excellent, so these small details I have no qualms dealing with when they arise (and rarely at that).
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5 out of 5

USA SPEC Honda iPod® Interface

Written By John, Springfield, VA on Friday, February 22, 2008
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Works great. Using the FM modulator with my IPOD Nano in the D.C. area was a pain. Great to control the IPOD with the steering wheel controls. Installation was pretty easy, though I had to find supplemental instructions (to the Crutchfield instructions) for removing the first trim piece on my manual transmission 2007 Accord. Thanks to other reviewers, I figured out I did not have to remove the factory-installed radio to install the interface, though it did require some dexterity. I mounted the interface box in the pocket/storage compartment.
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5 out of 5

USA SPEC Honda iPod® Interface

Written By steve, Boston , MA on Wednesday, February 13, 2008
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This direct connect ipod adapter is the best sounding adapter I've owned. Would recommend to anyone......basically it souds just like a cd. Easy install as well.
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5 out of 5

2007 Accord

Written By Jason, Rosamond, Ca on Wednesday, February 13, 2008
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This adapter works great! Installing was easy! I previously had an FM adapter for my iPod, the difference is amazing. With the USA spec adapter, I now have better than CD quality and volume!!!
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4 out of 5

2006 Honda Ridgeline

Written By Charles, New York, NY on Thursday, February 07, 2008
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Great product and easy to install. Just make sure you have the factory security code (5 digits) for your stereo as it will ask to punch in the code when you reconnect the battery back on.
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4 out of 5

Pain to install, worth the pain ...

Written By saaketham, Stillwater, OK on Thursday, February 07, 2008
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My friend and I installed it on my 2007 Honda Accord EX-L V6 with XM, without Nav. The instructions that came from Crutchfield were not that great - better than if I'd bought from another website, so that's good, but nowhere near complete, for a beginner. However, we found a lot of photos of a similar car where a guy had installed a different adapter, but the steps to take out the parts were the same since he had a 2004 or so Accord.



Installation is a breeze if you know how to take apart the stupid storage cubby below the radio, in the Honda Accord - that's the part that gave us the moooost trouble. After that came out, installation was easy. Unplug the XM, plug in the adapter, plug the XM into the adapter's extra harness. Finding a spot to put the adapter box is a challenge - there is no perfect spot. We drilled a hole on the back of the storage cubby and put the adapter there, out of sight. Later, we took it out of there and put the adapter into the glove-box.



Sound quality is as good as the bitrate of your iPod songs. I also connected a PSP using the RCA connector and it was also really good. So, the adapter itself is quite good, but installing and finding a place to put the thing out-of-sight, yet within-reach is a challenge. I would definitely recommend this product.
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5 out of 5

USA SPEC Honda iPod® Interface

Written By Jim, Columbia, MD on Monday, February 04, 2008
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We are very happy with this adapter. The installation instructions were step-by-step and very easy to follow. I did call tech support one time ane they were very helpful. I definately recommend this. The fact that you control the iPod through the factory radio control is great.
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4 out of 5

Works great! 06 Acura TL with Nav & XM

Written By Tony, Sunny Arizona on Friday, February 01, 2008
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Sound quality is great. At least CD quality or better. I have never taken apart the car interior before. Took me a total of 2.5 hours. Like some of the other reviewers, I did not have to unplug the nav/strereo unit, so didn't have to worry about entering in security codes etc.

I was going to put the unit in my glovebox and my 5G Video Ipod in the my center console but the ipod wire wasn't long enough to reach. I ended up putting the unit on the side of my center stack, next to the 2 mini-compartments below the stereo. There's enough space there for the unit. Only downside is that I won't be able to easily access the unit if needed in the future.

I have the unit in Hybrid mode, which allows you to access the ipod directly or use the buttons on the dash using playlists. I use both and it works great.

The biggest reason to get this unit is the INCREDIBLY improved sound quality over FM transmitters. It truly is a night & day difference. I also really like the fact that the ipod automatically pauses when I turn off the car and starts off where it left off when I get back. Also can cue tracks, go to the next/previous tracks and control volume from the steering wheel and from the deck itself.

Only issues I have had so far after having the unit for a week is that on a few occasions, during playback, the sound will stop, the display on the stereo will change to "CD-C 0" instead of "CD-C 6", there will be some crackling noises and then the music will resume after 2-3 seconds. It has happened 4 times so far, so not sure the reason. I'll be keeping a tab on this and see if maybe the unit needs to be replaced.

Overall, an excellent product. Am very happy with the results & would definately recommend the product and Crutchfield. The instructions Crutchfield included were extremely helpful. The company that makes this unit sells longer Ipod cables to go with the unit. I would definatley order one and have it on hand if you feel you are going to need it. I wish I had done so.
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5 out of 5

Honda 2006 RTL Ridgeline

Written By Stephen, Boston, MA on Friday, February 01, 2008
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This installed in a snap, and I was able to reach around and not even take out the stereo all the way. The XM and CD still work and I'm able to control my IPOD Nano 3G from the steering wheel controls. This is really great and I only wish I hadn't waited so long to get one. Directions on install/dash removal were perfect.
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5 out of 5

Excellent Product! 2007 Accord w/Navi

Written By Dave, Monroe Township, NJ on Monday, January 28, 2008
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I had heard how bad FM transmitters were, and I was very skeptical about hooking something up hardwired since I have navigation system and xm radio. When I called my honda dealer (parts department) about them installing one, they wanted to charge me $360 for their honda ipod link which I've heard horror stories about. I read the reviews here on Crutchfield and felt I finally found an ipod solution for my 2007 Accord EX with Navi. Although I'm handy around the house with many repairs, I shy away from doing something in the car, especially since it involved getting behind that navigation system. I had it hooked up in direct mode and it works exactly as advertised. I can control everything from the ipod, and I still can fast forward and do volume from my steering wheel controls or the dashboard controls. I had it installed where the cord comes from behind the nav/radio into the storage compartment in front of the shifter knob. Its great, since its easily concealed. The ipod charges when plugged in and even shuts off when you turn the car off, and automatically powers back up when you start up the car!! When you first plug it in, you just need to click the xm/cd/aux button next to your nav screen and it pulls up a separate CD-c tab and a screen showing disc 6 and track number/time.. To change to xm/radio/cd i just would do as normal and click the respective button on my nav screen. Incredibly simple and well worth the money!! The guy did not even have to unplug my nav or radio so he did not even need my radio code or nav code to hook up...
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4 out of 5

USA SPEC Honda iPod® Interface

Written By Andre, Ft. Lauderdale, FL on Friday, January 25, 2008
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Worked perfectly in my '07 Honda Element, I love using the bottom connection on the Ipod for sound quality and keeping it charged. The only feature I would want is to display song title info. in a capable head unit like the one I have. XM radio does this. Still the very best solution for me!
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3 out of 5

Problems with 4th Gen iPod

Written By Stephen, Orlando, FL on Wednesday, January 23, 2008
 
Granted, the install was very easy. I had it up and running in under an hour and it sounds great!

I was dissapointed that I could not really run the iPod with my Accord steering wheel. You have to create playlists and you can only create up to five. The sixth one is just generic access to your iPod and you have to use the click wheel to navigate. While I can live with the limitations, I have had a continuous problem with my click wheel. When I plug it in, the unit can recall the last song and it starts playing, but it locks up my iPod and I am unable to navigate. I have to reset the iPod while it is plugged in to be able to navigate with the click wheel. It is possible that this only happens with the older generation iPods, but I am just speculating.

I am not sure, knowing what I know now, that I would have shelled out the extra money for this unit. I think just the cable to connect the iPod to the stereo and then navigating with the click wheel would have worked just fine for me.
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5 out of 5

Now I want one in my other cars

Written By etipton, Pacific NW on Tuesday, January 22, 2008
 
This was easy to install. The instructions from Cruchfield were good. It took about 45 minutes with the longest time deciding where to run the iPod cable. I used strong double stick mounting pads to secure the main adapter box.

The sound quality is excellent. I setup some long playlists but we also listen to audio books from Audible. Controlling the iPod through the radio is convenient. The sound quality is excellent. Everything works like it should.
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4 out of 5

good

Written By Peter, NJ on Thursday, January 17, 2008
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Works well with the ipod. Wish the songs would display on the radio.
One point of confusion, when there are no CDs in the player it shows CD4. I thought is was not working , but when pressed the load button I could load CDs just fine.
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5 out of 5

Bye bye FM transmitters

Written By German, Los Angeles, CA on Monday, January 14, 2008
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For a while I had a FM transmitters that worked great with the car but lacked good sound quality, I would have to crank up the volume in order to hear the music. After a year or so the transmitter stopped working and I couldnt find one that worked. So then I kept switching back and forth about buying an aftermarket stereo or buying the unit crutchfield offered. I decided to go for an aftermarket stereo and put it underneath the stereo in the empty pocket that I use for storage: but the part was really expensive. So then after researching for the IPOD cable unit I decided to go with the crutchfield unit and I havent looked back. I installed the unit today and all I have to say is WOW. The sound quality is great, and the installation process is a piece of cake. You dont have to take out the factory head unit because once you remove the pocket underneath the stereo you can plug in the Y-cable that comes with the spec unit into the plug right under the stereo. The hardest part was deciding were to put the spec unit but then I found a nice empty snug spot under the passenger seat. Although, I have the spec unit under direct mode Im still able to switch songs through the stereo which awesome. Great buy! Getting another one for my gf's honda civic.
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5 out of 5

Works great in a 2007 Accord!

Written By Josh, Scranton PA on Saturday, January 12, 2008
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Great product!! I installed this iPod adapter in about an hour. Installation was simple, although all of the clipped in panels take some effort, so be careful! Crutchfield's instructions for stereo removal were perfect- I don't think I would have been able to do it without them.

The adapter works excellent with the factory stereo. My only complaint (VERY minor) is that when you turn the car off, it goes back to track 1, which is the aux input on the USA SPEC unit, so you have to turn to track 2 every time you use it. Like I said, it's EXTREMELY minor. There may actually be a way to change, but I'm not sure.

I installed this to use with an iPhone, and there are no problems at all, except for not being able to use hybrid mode, which it says on the packaging. However, if you set up playlists and select them on your iPhone, you can still change tracks within the playlist from the steering wheel controls.

This is a great product, and after reading some reviews, I highly recommend it over the Honda unit, plus it's much much cheaper.

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5 out of 5

Easy Installation into '07 Odyssey

Written By tamon77, Seattle, WA on Monday, December 31, 2007
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I was going to have a professional install this but I decided to give it a shot myself ... I am SO glad that I did. I am not a handyman but the directions from Crutchfield and part manufacturer were pretty easy to follow. I would recommend taking some to read everything first before installation ... it saved me a lot of time when I actually started working :). My wife and I can now use both of our iPods in the car and the sound is great!!!
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5 out of 5

Made me want to keep my Pilot longer

Written By Tim, Eugene, Or. on Thursday, December 20, 2007
 
I was looking for a new car to buy because I had the need to listen to my Ipod in my car thru something other than an FM converter. I took the chance on this product and have stop my new car search. This thing is amazing, and simple to install. This product is actually better than having an aux jack to plug into. This product let's you advance song thru your steering wheel controls, pauses the Ipod when you shut the car off, and continuously charges your Ipod. I look on some Pilot forums and found a guy that had step by step directions, with pictures, and I installed it in 30 minutes. I am not one to take a dashboard apart, but it was so easy I had to try. I am glad I did. I highly recommend this product.
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5 out of 5

This works great...

Written By Sanjeev, Mineapolis, MN on Monday, November 12, 2007
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After using the FM transmitters (I have changed 3 so far), I finally ordered this keeping my fingers crossed. Turns out I have been wasting money on the FM transmitters and not getting the quality I was looking for.

The accompanying instructions were clear enough for me to open the dash of My Honda Accord 2007. I did not, however, take out the radio as suggested in the manual/instruction sheet. I was able to plug in the cables by peering into the cavity using a hand-held vanity mirror.

The ipod always remains fully charged, it pauses when I turn off the engine or switch to something else. All the steering wheel controls work. The XM, FM and CD remain unaffected, and work as before. This product delivered more than I expected.

This thing works great. The sound quality is the best I have ever heard on my car stereo. I would recommend this to anyone looking for quality sound.
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4 out of 5

A product that delivers

Written By doctoreye, Somerset, NJ on Saturday, November 03, 2007
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Finally ordered this unit from Crutchfield after returning two other brands to different vendors because they did not work as promised. This one does exactly what it promises. I have a 2005 Honda Accord with Navigation. The supplied cables are longer and heavier duty than the competition. I installed the unit in the center console whereas the others had to go under the front dash pocket, where they got in the way. The only quirk this unit has is that when I disconnect my ipod, it is set to repeat all songs. That is easily taken care of, but a bit of an annoyance.
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1 out of 5

Song skipping problem on Acrua 07 TL

Written By Daniel, Bellevue, Wa on Monday, October 29, 2007
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Although I love this adapter, I had a compatibility problem with my car. (Acura TL 07 w/out navi) It is great how you can control the music from the ipod and the radio / steering wheel, but I did have one major problem. When listening to music the song would pause or hesitate for a few seconds about every 2 minutes. I tried all the available configuration options for the adapter, but nothing fixed it. Unfortunately, I had to return this device but I would gladly buy the device again if they fix this problem in the future. For now, it is annoying enough to avoid the adapter altogether.
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2 out of 5

High Pitched background noise on my acura RL 2006

Written By abeishter, New Jersey on Sunday, September 23, 2007
 
I had the USA SPEC pa11h2y professionally installed on my 2006 Acura RL. When I play the ipod there is a high pitched background noise. I spoke with USA SPEC and they told me that from my description of the problem it appears that I am getting this noise as a result of the charging of my ipod. The noise is only present when I play the ipod on the radio but not from the XM, CD, Radio. And the noise goes away for a few moments after I press the next track from the steering wheel button and then returns. Crutchfield had me do a couple of attempts at a fix but to no avail. USA SPEC will be sending me a unit that they will disable the ipod charging and they believe that this will fix my problem. I will post a follow up when I get the new unit in the car and see if it fixes it. The sound quality is very diminished with this feedback noise so if this does not fix the problem I will not be able to use this unit. I saw a few posts elsewhere with this same problem so I figured I'd post it right here.
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5 out of 5

2004 Acura TSX w/out Navi

Written By Monkminder, Los Angeles on Tuesday, September 11, 2007
 
Great product. FYI you don't need to dismantle the entire dash per the directions from Crutchfield (great directions though.) Simply remove the upper storage tray by pressing out with you hands while gripping the lower lip with your thumb and index finger. Once this tray is out use a mirror to plug in the US Spec unit. Drill a hole in the back of the storage tray and feed the iPod cable through. Thirty minutes tops.
Control is nice and sound good too.
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5 out of 5

2003 Honda Accord w/ Navigation

Written By Bryan, Washington, DC on Sunday, September 02, 2007
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I installed this iPod interface into our Honda Accord with only a little difficulty. Once you got the hang of popping out the panels in the car, everything else falls into place. The installation is not difficult, but requires 2-3 hours and some patience. I ran the wires back under the center console and drilled a hole in the bottom of the armrest box alongside the power outlet. The cable lies inside and the iPod can be concealed in the console box out of the way. The unit works great and works with the steering wheel controls, which is the best feature.
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5 out of 5

USA SPEC Honda iPod® Interface

Written By Lloyd, Walnut, CA on Thursday, August 30, 2007
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I installed this add-on for my 2005 Honda Accord Hybrid, without any problems. The Crutchfield installation guide that was included was accurate and specific. I did not even have to completely remove the factory radio, just the parts leading up to the central storage compartment. With a little finesse I was able to remove the connector of the XM tuner at the bottom left of the factory radio and plug that into the supplied Y-cable of the USA SPEC Honda iPod Interface. I was able to thread the cable of the USA SPEC Honda iPod Interface through a hole in the inside of the dashboard into the glove compartment where I plugged in the Interface, no drilling or screws used. The USA SPEC Honda iPod Interface works as advertised and now comes with a "hybrid" mode to allow you to directly control your iPod and to assign playlists as CDs for the virtual CD changer. After all is said and done, even the XM Radio still works. Great product for any 2003 and up Honda without an iPod interface.
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5 out of 5

USA SPEC Honda iPod® Interface

Written By Kevin, Denver, CO on Wednesday, August 01, 2007
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I owned one of these boxes for my '98 Trans Am in which it worked flawlessly with the factory radio, so I thought I'd get one for my girlfriend's '03 Accord (factory radio w/o navigation and satellite radio) for her birthday. Same easy installation right into the CD port, no removal of radio necessary (just the storage compartment below it). The cord going to the iPod is plenty long enough to keep it stowed away in the center console (which has a handy built-in hole where cords can be put through, as if for a cell phone charger); iPod remains out of view from passers-by. My favorite feature is being able to use both the steering wheel and radio controls to change songs, as well as the iPod itself if I choose.

Great product!
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5 out of 5

2007 Accord EXL V6 Navi

Written By Chuck, Chicago, IL on Monday, July 16, 2007
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It took about 2 hours (and some blood, sweat, and tears)to install. The supplied directions for removing the factory radio were flawless. Careful where you run the wires and put the box so it doesn't interfere with flip-up console door. I drilled a hole in the back of that covered space and ran the cord through it. My iPod now rests in this covered space and has enough cord to select different playlists(I use direct mode).
The sound is great; the steering wheel controls allow me to skip to the next song in the playlist and control volume. The iPod even shows up as an additional source on the Navi screen. This is truly the best way to integrate your iPod for high quality sound and control in this generation Accord.
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5 out of 5

USA SPEC Honda iPod® Interface

Written By Wilbur, Tomball, Tx on Monday, July 16, 2007
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Outstanding sound from this USA SPEC Honda iPod Interface, in my 2006 Acura TL, with Nav.,XM,Cass. and CD. Everything works just as the Crutchfield sales rep. stated it would. If you iPod it's well worth the price you to get the music quality of a CD from your iPod. Originally, I went to Acura only to find that they are having problems with their iPod interface and will longer sell them until further notice. My interface came with a new Hybrid mode to replace the playlist mode, but the direct mode still works for me. Wish I had called you guys before I spent $45 locally for an fm transmitter that had terrible sound and plenty of static. Also thank you Crutchfield for your easy to follow step by step installation instructions.
Happy Motoring.
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5 out of 5

Does the job, great tech support

Written By Andy, Cupertino, CA on Saturday, June 30, 2007
 
I installed the ipod adapter in a 2003 accord w/ NAV.
I was hoping to avoid completely removing the radio. No such luck. The obvious connector at the BOTTOM of the radio (with NAV) is not compatible with the ipod adapter. But Crutchfield support directed me to USA Spec tech support. USA SPEC talked to me on the weekend, and gave me a clear explanation--after completely removing the radio, you will find a compatible connector in the top-back. Additionally, Crutchfield provides a fantastic guide for removing the radio. Without this support, I wouldn't have gotten it installed.

With the cable stretching so far behind the radio, it is barely long enough to reach the center console. The ipod works well there and sounds pretty good to me.

Random mode within one of the 5 playlists works well for me. For those who want more control, you can use the ipod directly. But flipping the dip switch to change modes is a pain, given the adapters location.

Some room for minor improvements with this product, but the amazing tech support earns 5 stars.
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4 out of 5

USA SPEC Honda iPod® Interface

Written By Bryan, Chesterfield, VA on Friday, June 29, 2007
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Wow! Can I get one of these for my Alpine radio in my other car? I give it 4 stars because it definitely has room for improvement. It would be nice to see the track name on the display as well as the correct track time (maybe it does that in direct mode, but I find it useless with only recognizing 5 playlists). I will just setup my ipod to play and pause and resume until my next play list. I also love plugging in my ipod and forgetting about having to charge it.

The aux input is great too since my wife has an el-cheapo mp3 player with only an audio out.

I did have to return my first unit because it did not work. Crutchfield was awesome at helping me with it, and even called USA Spec who later called me back and tried to troubleshoot the problem with me. So if you have any problems, you won't be left out in the cold here.

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5 out of 5

Nano factory radio adapter

Written By David, Milpitas, CA on Saturday, June 02, 2007
 
Easy & Quick to install, Accord EX V6 coupe w/o Nav. Plays my Nano 2nd gen. perfectly through the factory radio with Crutchfield bought Polk speakers. Highly recommended.
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5 out of 5

Beats Any Other Product By Far

Written By Stone, Chicago IL on Saturday, June 02, 2007
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I just received the unit tonight. Planned to install in under an hour although it took a bit longer than I had expected, about 2+ hours total.

Overall, this is the best product you could have if you're looking to use your iPod in the car. I had a Monster FM Transmitter prior to buying this interface, it was okay at best. Could barely use it if I was cruising around the city.

Anyway, I just got back from a test drive and man is it GOOD! Close to, but not CD quality. It all depends on what music your listening to. I tuned into a song by Wilco and heard some hissing (could be the way the album was recorded) but other songs sounded like I was listening to a CD.

Don't be fooled by the cheaper prices of the FM Transmittors, not worth it. Fork over that extra $100 and listen to music the way it was meant to be heard.

Also, a big THANKS to Crutchfield for helping me find this unit. I was a few clicks away from buying a new car stereo until I spoke with a sales rep...I had no idea it ever existed.
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5 out of 5

USA SPEC Honda iPod® Interface

Written By Eric, Syosset,NY on Monday, April 30, 2007
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I first learned about this product and after some studies ,I ordered it from Crutchfield due to the good experience with this company before. Boy ,the interface only took me 15 mins to install and the actual wire hookup only took 2 mins with the supplied Y cable. The sound is so nice even to a picky person like me. The interface even have auto ipod charge shut off function after the ignition turned off 1 hour to reserve the car's battery. Also does auto resume to the last point of played when restart the car. If you thinking about to get this interface, go for it. I wish I knew about this product earlier before I changed the whole new radio set to my other car for my ipod.
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5 out of 5

Great piece of equipment.

Written By jackal, Old Orchard Beach, ME on Sunday, April 29, 2007
 
Well worth the price. Relativly simple install if you are handy. I mounted it below the shifter in my 06 accord with nav. I really like the option for aux jack to be added. Nice not to have to charge the ipod everytime you use it. Also like to have the option of modes to choose from. I like to control it from the ipod itself because it is what I am used to and have a ton of music on it.
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5 out of 5

Sounds great, though had to change out XM tuner on my 2006 Pilot

Written By holmesness, DFW, TX on Monday, April 09, 2007
 
Read the poor reviews of the Honda Ipod Music link and looked around for alternatives. Decided to give this one a try. Glad I did! After installation I did have XM bleed (could hear the XM tuner and Ipod at the same time) that would happen sometimes (about 2/3) at start-up. It was correctable by turning changing the input to XM and then back to AUX. Because this was annoying I called the USA Spec who immediately informed me of 2006 Honda Pilot Service Bulletin 06061 (defective XM tuner). I got the run around from Honda on this one; the first dealer I called claimed they couldn't find any information, the second claimed that bulletin didn't apply to my VIN number. Finally a third one acknowledged it though refused to just order a new XM tuner until I brought it in and let them test it. So of course they played with it while I wait for a couple hours and guess what? Sure enough they had to order a new XM tuner. So a return visit and 2 more hours of waiting and now it works flawlessly!

One minor complaint to Crutchfield: my initial call to them was to see about hooking up a non-Ipod mp3 player. I was told I had no options (the website reflects this too). It turns out this thing not only works for an Ipod but also has an AUX which works fine for my other MP3 player (It also works well for the kids portable DVD player. I might use it to add an HD radio later on). But I went ahead and bought an Ipod because it is more functional since it charges the Ipod and allows you to seek tracks with the head unit/steering wheel controls. I have it set not to lock the Ipod since like other reviewers I found being limited to 5 play lists useless.
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5 out of 5

USA SPEC Honda iPod® Interface

Written By LM, NJ on Sunday, April 08, 2007
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This product worked as described in the manual. I have an Accord '04 with XM/internal CD changer radio. All worked as expected the XM, the internal CD changer and the IPOD, the IPOD sound was amazing. No issues during the installation, the only tricky part is picking a good location for the USASPEC adapter box. I found a good location for this box in the bottom left corner next to some distribution unit.
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5 out of 5

FANTASTIC

Written By R.J., San Diego, CA on Wednesday, March 28, 2007
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#1: The product works exactly as it is described. You can have it in either mode. It's drawback of course is no "IPOD" information is sent to the head unit...so all you see is a meaningless track number and track time...but the QUALITY IS SUPERB!! I have had NO problems with XM or other functionalities of the system!! I have had other similar products in other vehicles...and this is by far the best yet!!
#2: The installation is moderately easy if you have the experience...long story short, you have remove some interior facia that can be difficult and breakable, but I am no proffesional installer and I had no problem.
#3: I was EXTREMELY impressed by Crutchfield's diagrams and "MasterGuide". I have not found a more detailed set of instructions for ANYTHING aftermarket...it is worth money!! But you get it free when you buy the product!

Simply put, one of the best $150 I have ever spent.
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5 out of 5

My Honda 2006 Pilot Now Rocks!

Written By Jack, Indianapolis, Indiana on Monday, March 26, 2007
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Get out the charge card! If you have a "Lame" Honda Pilot that came without an ipod input, this is the answer! Twenty minutes and I was totally rocking! Switch to the manual mode and control by the ipod. Life is now good! Wish that they had this before I waisted $85.00 bucks on the FM wired plug in. I can now keep my in factory dash unit after replacing the speakers! Honda should learn from these comments!
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5 out of 5

Works as advertised

Written By Dan, Little Rock, AR on Monday, February 19, 2007
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This great little device works exactly as advertised. Unlike another reviewer stated, you can control the iPod from its controls by setting the dip switches on the USA box for direct control. I have it installed on my 2006 Ridgeline. My box looks just like the picture with a substantial cable and metal tabs.
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5 out of 5

Far superior to similar product

Written By James, Blue Springs, MO on Saturday, February 17, 2007
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Before I bought this unit, I bought a similar product.

The other unit never worked right. Often when I would start the car, the iPod would not come on, and I'd have to turn the ignition switch off, then on, and wait a few seconds for the iPod to come on before I could engage the starter. It was a real pain. They told me to just wait those few seconds every time I started my car. Get real!

After a few weeks of that nonsense, I had a replacement unit sent out. It worked even worse than the first, so I returned it for a refund.

Oh, and the Random and Scan functions on the other unit did not work.

I was hesitant to even buy another iPod interface after that experience. But after doing without one for several months, I finally took a chance with this USA SPEC from Crutchfield.

I've had the USA SPEC unit installed for a couple of weeks now, and it hasn't so much as hiccupped.

To mount my iPod, I got black automotive (dashboard) velcro, and applied a 1/2 inch wide by 2 inch long strip (the hooks) just to the left of the factory radio in my '05 Accord, and a strip of the loops on the back of my Nano. That puts the iPod where it's easily readable, and easily accessible.

I highly recommend this product.

One more thing: I tried one of the FM transmitter models. A cheap option, for sure, but not even worth considering.
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1 out of 5

Good Sound-- Bad connector cord

Written By shieber, NJ on Sunday, January 28, 2007
 
This unit is relatively easy to install if you know how to take off the dash covers and remove the stops from the glove box.

It works as advertized and the sound is good, using the line-out connections from the iPod's dock socket.

However, the newer models of USAspec units have thinner and flimsier dock connection cord than older models and the newer cord has a snap-on cover over the dock connection. Very small plastic tabs hold the dock connection cover together and will break easily. Ours broke after three week! USAspec will send a new cord but it's just like the old cord. Until they start using a better cord, I would recommend against purchasing this unit.

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3 out of 5

USA SPEC Honda iPod® Interface

Written By Nathan, Chicago, IL on Friday, January 05, 2007
 
Got it for my 06 Civic, its gonna be a pain if you want to install it since you have to take out most of the dash to get at the back of the radio. Sound quality is great and its convienent and doesnt take up any space up front, just a wire through the dash to hook the ipod up to. My only complaint is that since it works through the factory cd player, and its only setup for a 6 disc changer, I have to put everything on 6 playlists. Not real convienent if you have more then a few hundred songs. Clicking skip track 85 times gets real dumb real quick. Also if there are more then 100 songs in the playlist once you get past 99 I dont know what the heck it does, it rolls over to 01 and plays a different song almost every time. I had mp3 cds in there before with over 100 tracks on them and it never had a problem going over track 99 with those.
It would be absolutely perfect if it just worked off the ipod controls instead of the factory radio ones, or if you have a much smaller collection of music then me, because they just arent made to handle 1000 song librarys.
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5 out of 5

USA SPEC Honda iPod® Interface

Written By Adrian, Fort Worth, TX on Friday, November 10, 2006
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I have a 2006 Acura TL with Navigation. I bought this unit for two purposes: 1) to connect my iPod in the best way possible (no fm transmitter stuff), and 2) to connect the audio from my PS2 video source. This unit is great. There is no bleeding from XM, it charges the iPod whenever it is connected, and I can control the iPod with my steering wheel controls. The audio screen shows up as a CD-C source, and the iPod is CD5 and the aux is CD6. THESE ARE THE CD NUMBERS FOR THE HYPOTHETICAL TRUNK CD-CHANGER THOUGH, NOT THE IN-DASH CD-CHANGER! YOU STILL HAVE ALL 6 AVAILABLE IN THE DASH! Great product!
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