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USA Spec iPod® Interface

Connects your iPod to select Nissan/Infiniti factory radios

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by Tim Sprinkle
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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've got a factory radio in your Nissan or Infiniti, doesn't mean you have to leave your iPod (and the hours and hours of music it contains) at home. Just install USA SPEC's iPod interface — it not only allows you to listen to all your favorite tunes through your car's speakers, it even lets you 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 adapter cable to the CD changer input on your compatible Nissan or Infiniti factory radio. Plug your iPod into the interface — you can control volume, source, song selection, and up to five different play lists right from the radio. And the interface charges your iPod while it's connected. You even get an auxiliary input for connecting an add-on satellite radio, DVD player, or other external source.

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. As the iPod interface uses the CD changer port, 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 Nissan factory stereos
  • manage the iPod via your radio's CD changer controls
  • adjust volume, track up/down, fast forward/rewind
  • use up to five playlists (select five favorites, or Auto Playlist will let you choose from the first five on your iPod)
  • Direct Mode allows you to control everything via the iPod itself, giving you access to all playlists (requires a DIP switch change on the USA SPEC adapter)
  • 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

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Features and Specs
General
Adapter Type
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iPod audio in w/ iPod control
Vehicle Specific
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Nissan
Brand Specific
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No
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
iPod Compatibility
Full-Size
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Classic/5Gen/4Gen
Nano
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Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/Nano1
Touch
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Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
Mini
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Mini2/Mini1
iPhone
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Phone/Phone3G/Phone3GS
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What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • iPod-to-Nissan interface
  • 72" iPod interface cable (CB-PA85)
  • 4' Adapter to Nissan radio interface (CAS-NIS)
  • Owner's manual
  • Design Change Notice sheet

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Features

Overview: This adapter allows an iPod with a dock connector to be connected to and controlled by the factory radio in select Nissan and Infinity vehicles. It is generally compatible with factory navigation systems but not factory satellite radio. Please check the Crutchfield Vehicle Selector to confirm compatibility with your vehicle.

Cables:

  • CB-PA85: iPod dock connector on one end and round 13-pin plug on the other end (plugs into the adapter)
  • CAS-NIS: Round 13-pin plug on one end (plugs into the adapter); two 10-pin and one 12-pin Molex plugs on the other (connects in between the factory radio and factory wiring)

iPod Compatibility: The PA11-NIS now includes the CB-PA85 cable allowing charging of the 4th generation nano, 2nd generation touch, and the iPhone 3G. The interface is compatible with the following Generation 3 and later iPod models:

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

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.
  • Dual 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. (May be referred to as the Hybrid Mode in some manuals)

Playlist Names: In order for the adapter/factory radio to recognize a playlist, it must be named NISSAN1... through NISSAN5... Text can follow the NISSAN name and number, such as NISSAN3_artistname or NISSAN2-jazz. For a given disc slot (1-5), if there is no playlist named NISSAN followed by that number, that disc slot is filled by the next available playlist on the iPod.

Auxiliary Input: In addition to the iPod input on the PA11-NIS 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 in the Playlist mode, Play All access is moved to the Disc 5 slot and the NISSAN5 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), repeat play, 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-NIS 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.

Pause: When a non-iPod source is selected on the radio (AM/FM/Cass/CD) the iPod pauses.

Resume: If the iPod is not disconnected after use, it will resume playing where it left off when you restart the vehicle. If you're listening to a playlist portably and you plug the iPod into the adapter, playback continues from that point.

 
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4 out of 5

:) Good but not 5 stars

Written By ErikS-NY, NY-NY on Thursday, August 19, 2010
 
05 Nissan- Pathfinder: Fac Bose, non nav

Pros: Signal & Quality sound, easy install, Manufacture help desk, Crutchfield easy exhange process

Cons: Cannot control from steering wheel controls, and does not charge 8gb IPhone, Crutchfield help desk, High Price

When first received the device was deffective and after several calls/aspirins to CF they easily exchanged it, no hassle. Now once I overcame the dim switch issues and "radio" button it worked fine. Although I hate that i have to use the right knob to switch tracks, cant use steering wheel controls (so I use direct mode). Anyways I'm more than content with the sound quality and zero static (hate static even more).

I was also dissappointed that my 8 gb iphone gives a prompt " accessory not optimized for this Iphone" and then does not charge the iphone (again false advertising), but I was impressed that when i used a GPS app I had my own "Tom-Tom." (a COOL anti-nagging feature...lol.) awesome on road trips.

Overall i am happy with the product

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4 out of 5

Great sound quality

Written By Mercedes, Chicago, IL on Wednesday, September 16, 2009
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I wanted my ipod to play in the car through the stereo and without the hassles of trying to find an FM station, and it does that. The limitations as I see them are that it seems to only play from a designated Playlist. That is ok, but it would be nice to just select a song from an album, which I don't seem to be able to do. I guess I'll have to build playlists for it to work. The upside is that the sound quality is outstanding and it only took the installer 1 hour to put it in--even after he complained that taking the dash out of the G35 is a nightmare. He was pleasantly suprised and the product is good and for a good price.
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4 out of 5

Works fine on Bose in dash 6 CD changer - 06 G35 6MT

Written By ToddMT6, Atlanta on Sunday, July 05, 2009
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Car is a 2006 G35 6MT Sedan sport premium (Bose 6 in dash, Navi, Sat, Bluetooth)

I just wanted to clarify that the thing seems to work, even though i don't have a "CD/CD CHG" button on my stereo. Once installed, hitting the CD button switches between CD and the iPod.

The instructions are pretty lame. Basically no diagram as to what plugs in where, but if you go by the "the plug only fits one place" rule, it'll all work out.

I believe I lost Sat radio connectivity, but don't really care. The CD player works, the FM/AM works, and the iPod works. I can flip through tracks with the steering wheel controls. Turning off the stereo (or the car) stops playback on the iPod, which is nice.

The sound quality is really pretty stunning. Good work there.

I would give it 5 stars, but the instruction weakness knocks it down.

Overall, very happy that it works in my car, and sounds great.

Thanks, and good luck!
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5 out of 5

Made for 2003 Infiniti G35 (non-Bose)

Written By prolific_one, Santa Monica, CA on Friday, February 06, 2009
 
After having my CD changer break on my 2003 Infiniti G35 (non-Bose) and being faced with a $1,500 dealer replacement, I figured I should just jump into the 21st century and get my groove on with MP3s.

Crutchfield has always been the preeminent dealer of stereos and stereo-related products, so I searched around its site and it brought me to this product.

This iPod adapter is easy to install. The only hard part is getting behind the stereo since tearing apart the G35's dashboard is hard.

After finally figuring out which cable goes into which hole, the product worked perfectly, bypassing the broken CD changer. Note: You need to press the "DISC" button twice to get to the iPod adapter.

I've used this product for the past 3 weeks, as of this writing, and it hasn't messed with me yet. I finally get to listen to music again.

Five stars for the adapter; One star for Infinti/Nissan's inferior stereo products.
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5 out of 5

Works like a charm

Written By Matthew, Philadelphia, PA on Friday, January 16, 2009
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What can I say about this item other than it works as advertised in my '01 Maxima with Bose system. Took under an hour to install. I am now enjoying crystal clear sound from my Satellite radio via the aux input, and direct play from my iPhone. Steering wheel controls work for next/previous track. After ordering the updated cable ($15), the unit now charges my iPhone 3g as well.

The unit automatically switches to the iPod input when it detects that one is hooked up, and then back to the aux input when the iPod is unplugged. This is a nice touch.

Only gripe (which isn't USA Spec's fault), the clearance under the passenger seat of my Maxima is too small to fit this adapter underneath of, so I have to get a little more creative with where to mount it.

So overall, I am very satisfied with this unit, and would recommend it to anyone wants direct iPod capability while maintaining their factory stereo.
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5 out of 5

YouTube is your friend when it comes to installation!

Written By Jerry, Columbus, MS on Thursday, November 13, 2008
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I heartily agree with all of the positive reviews, but the installation could be a bit daunting for a novice installer like myslef. A quick search of YouTube produced a step-by-step installation video. I highly recommend using that resource. The installation was actually fairly straightforward, but the video will ease your mind before you start disassembling the dash on your $30K car!
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

ipod adapter

Written By Dwight, La Grange, NC on Thursday, November 06, 2008
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Works great and the installation was super easy! My only faults is that it is a little pricey for what you get. It doesn't display your playlists, artists, or songs on the factory display. I could have bought an aftermarket head unit for just a little more money that would display everything, but I guess that's the trade off of wanting to keep the factory head unit. Overall not a bad product.
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5 out of 5

Works perfectly

Written By mpc340, Florida on Tuesday, October 07, 2008
 
Works great in a 2004 infinity g35 coupe, bose, sat ready. Install was easy and it plays in direct mode with my iphone 3g even though it doesnt charge it (USA Spec says there comming out with a new cable that will allow the iphone 3g to charge). I even can use the steering wheel controles which is a huge plus.
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5 out of 5

Works great!

Written By Mark, Lincoln, NE on Monday, October 06, 2008
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Easy to install and easy to use- wish I would have done this a long time ago!! Best option for keeping the factory stereo in and getting an iPod/iPhone player and charger.
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5 out of 5

Works Great!!

Written By Dustin, Las Cruces, NM on Monday, August 25, 2008
 
This product works great! Now connecting my IPhone to my '03 Infiniti G35.

No more FM transmitter static YAY!! The only difficulty encountered was actually getting to the back of the factory stereo to connect the product.

The adapter works with the steering wheel controls and also offers auxillary RCA inputs to which I connected my Sirius radio. I would highly
recommend this product!

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4 out of 5

2003 G35

Written By Richard, Lakewood,CA on Saturday, July 19, 2008
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installed in a 03 G35 w/bose system w/in dash 6 disc cd changer. had to take a few things apart just to get to the back of the radio but once there it was a piece of cake to plug in. No cutting wires or splicing just plug n play.

I gave it a 4 star cause even though it was easy to install, I can't see track title on screen just track # and it doesn't allow you to scroll by Album, Title, Artist, or Genre like the one I bought for my 2000 Astro w/ an aftermarkedt Pioneer radio. but thats what happens when you want to use the stock radio.

Oh Well, it works
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4 out of 5

Works in 2000 Maxima

Written By maximadriver, Orlando, FL on Friday, July 11, 2008
 
This product works fine in my 2000 Nissan Maxima Bose system with iPod Video.
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2 out of 5

Not what I expected

Written By King, Baton Rouge, LA on Monday, June 23, 2008
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I am a pretty good amateur machanic and I found the installation to be a little difficult. You have to carefully remove trim pieces without scratching them. Removal of the radio itself also calls for careful maneuvering.

I was not aware that I would loose the use of my CD changer. In addition, I have fewer controls of my iPod since it is a later version and the adapter has to be in DIRECT MODE and not the more versatile HYBRID MODE.

Not Happy . . . . may look for another way.
2 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Works in non-bose 2008 350z

Written By charney, Nashville, TN on Wednesday, June 11, 2008
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This product works very well. I installed it in a non-bose 2008 Nissan 350z Nismo. No problems other than tripping my SES light, but I think it was because I tested it before I put the dash back together to make sure it worked. I ended up resetting my SES light, and everything is good.
6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Awesome and Flawless for 04' G35 Sedan

Written By Keith, NC on Tuesday, June 10, 2008
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This product works perfectly for the G35 Sedan.
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3 out of 5

Infiniti Owners Beware...

Written By Brad, Pittsburgh, PA on Saturday, May 03, 2008
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I bought this for my 2004 Infiniti G35 because the tech told me that it
would work in my car.

All Infinitis built 2004 and after are prewired for satellite radio and have an
in dash 6 disc changer. Therefore, there is no "CD/CHG" button the deck,
rather there is a "SAT" button. This adapter will not work with vehicles with
a "SAT" button. The "SAT" button is present on every Infiniti prewired for
satellite radio, which as mentioned above, is every Infiniti built after 2004.

That said, I learned this after tearing the dash apart (no small feat)
through Crutchfield's perfect directions. I appreciate the time from the
techs who spent the time troubleshooting this with me. The iPod
recognized the adapter, the stereo didn't.

I am sure this is a decent product, I just don't think it will actually work with
Infinitis. There are other methods out there, so I am going to explore
those.

Through everything Crutchfield demonstrated why I continue to shop here:
customer service better than anyone else.
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5 out of 5

I'd buy it again!

Written By Will, Fenton, MO on Wednesday, March 19, 2008
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Installation in my I30 was simple thanks to guide Crutchfield provided. Set
the dip switch for control option you want and it works wonderfully. I opted
to use the iPod to select music but I can still use the steering wheel control
to skip forward/back within whichever playlist/category I selected via the
iPod. When my cell phone rings and I turn off the stereo the iPod turns off
too...turning the stereo on again restarts the iPod where I left off.

This was my first purchase from Crutchfield and their advice has me
hooked; I'm buying an adapter for another car from them.
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5 out of 5

Works perfect in my Non-Bose 350z

Written By Ram, Raleigh, NC on Thursday, February 14, 2008
 
Works perfect!

I have my ipod sitting in the small cubby on top of the radio. I can also control it with the controls on my steering wheel. No distortion, popping or anything.
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5 out of 5

2003 350z

Written By sean, azusa, ca on Sunday, January 13, 2008
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This interface works perfectly with the 2003 non-bose 350z regardless of the model years listed only being for '04-current. Install took only about 1 hour complete and the unit (and long cable!) sits under the stereo behind the a/c control panel. I drilled a 1/2 inch hole at the bottom corner of the pocket where the nav. would have been and routed the ipod cable behind the stereo and into that pocket with a rubber washer to clean up the hole and the ipod sits behind the little door. In hybrid mode (dip switch selection) we can control the ipod normally or scroll tracks and fast forward/rewind with the stereo controls. Great alternative to replacing the head unit and the hardwired sound of the ipod is so much better than the worthless fm transmitters.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Works but needs better instructions

Written By FF750, Yuma, AZ on Saturday, December 29, 2007
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I bought this for my 2005 Infiniti G35 coupe and while it works okay it doesn't quite work as the very skimpy instructions say it should and those same instructions were an additional headache.
Even though it says that when properly done it should read five playlists numbered Nissan1, Nissan2, etc and assign them to the 1-5 slots of the changer it doesn't assign them properly. I followed those instructions and Nissan1 goes to 1 but Nissan2 goes to 3 and Nissan3 to 5 despite following the instructions that say I should have 5 properly named playlists with songs in them. Weird. Maybe some more fiddling will resolve the problem.
The biggest headache was the install itself since the instructions are as vague as heck. It omits telling you that there are three plugs on the harness in order for one to go into the sat port while the other two act as a splice to plug the harness in line with the power cable on the factory harness. All in all it shouldn't have been a big deal but unfortunately the installer that put mine in couldn't figure it out based on the included manual and so I had to go online and figure it out myself. It made what should have been a simple install become needlessly prolonged.
It does do the job of letting me use my Ipod though while keeping my coupe's interior looking stock so I don't feel it was a waste of money.
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5 out of 5

Installed on 2001 Nissan Pathfinder. Works great

Written By Richard, Amherst, NY on Thursday, December 13, 2007
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This unit is a great fix for a 2001 Pathfinder broken 6 Bose disk changer and
converting the port to be an iPod input. You will keep full use of
steering controls, keep sound quality, and keep cost to under $165 to
fix. After a lot of research I have accomplished my goal of getting my
broken Bose 6 disk changer out of my 2001 Nissan Pathfinder. Please
note I had the 2" radio/tape head unit and 2" separate 6 disk
changer right below it (not the 4in all in one unit). Contrary
to reviews, and what some Crutchfield reps told me this Item
#581PA11NIS does work with this Bose system. I verified this with USA
Spec and after install it works in my Pathy. Be sure to order the Dash
Pocket Item #120889000 to fill in the slot nicely left when you remove
the old CD changer. The only thing I did not like about that pocket was the premade cd holder brackets inside it. But this item fits perfectly and works with the very
sturdy original brackets that hold the stereo and old changer in
place. I kept the Bose head unit in for ease of keeping the steering
wheel controls (since they will work with this Ipod adapter) and cost
efficiency. Plus it sounds good for a stock stereo.


So the USA Spec ipod adapter sounds good and works well with the factory
system. The install instructions included with the unit are a bit confusing. That is why I wanted to give this a 4 out of 5 stars because it really did set me back awhile. But once it was in it met all my needs quite well. Do a google search for instructions on install in 2001 pathfinder.
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5 out of 5

Installed on a 2004 Nissan 350z roadster

Written By cjaz, Lexington, KY on Monday, October 08, 2007
 
This is a very good product. Great digital sound. Primarily, I purchased this unit in order to listen to my music via my ipod without fm modulation - due to poor sound quality.



My BOSE NISSAN system was experiencing apparently a common issue where one channel was cutting out when I played the CD in the 6 disc CD changer, causing my left side speakers to cut out intermittently. I was going to send the radio in for repair of this CD channel output issue which was a $295 fix. But i thought i would try this ipod integration kit first - because if the ipod works why would i care about the broken CD player. Well here's the good news: with the ipod playing through this PA11 NIS unit (using the CD controls) the iPod music plays perfectly!!! No need to fix the CD player issue now - Yeah!



Anyway, this unit installs very easily, once you get the center console that holds the radio removed. Once you get access to the back of the radio, the wire harnesses (plugs) are very difficult to remove. Their is a retaining clip on each of the upper two plugs, but in my case the retaining clips were on the bottom at the center of the plug. you have to get a screwdriver on the clip and then push up while pulling the plug out at the same time.



So to hook up the PA11-NIS just unplug the left top large plug and the smaller plug on the bottom right. Push the Male side of plug #1 that was removed from the radio into the female on the PA11-NIS, then plug the large plug of the adaptor into the radio top left slot (#1). Take the other plug that comes with the adaptor and plug it into the #3 slot - leaving the original #3 plug from the existing radio wiring unplugged..
Put the dash back together and voila! IPOD Digital Sound.
The Ipod plays through Channel 6 Track 1 on your CD player, playlists can be accessed on Disc1 thru Disc5. All CD controls work to advance tracks etc and your CD player works too. Ipod title and artist info does not show upon your radio display.


Great product! Good Luck and enjoy!
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5 out of 5

USA Spec iPod® Interface

Written By james, lexington park,md on Thursday, August 02, 2007
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this is the greatest thing to happen to car stereos. I have a 2001 infiniti I30 and the stock bose system sounds great. the cd player in my car is burning out and gets picky about working. to get it repaired or replaced was to much money. this allowed me to still keep the great sound and not have to pay to get my cd player fixed. plus I have 4,300 songs at my finger tips. the best part is that I can still change songs and volume with my steering wheel. You want to keep it on the option that allows you to use your ipod for direct control. this way changing playlist is like switching a cd and you use your wheel controls to change songs. my advice is if you got a ipod and you want to use it for your car this is the way to go. it is easy to put in and easy to use.
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4 out of 5

Great Product

Written By Bzzone, Riverside County California on Friday, May 04, 2007
 
This is a great add on product for the factory stereo. The hardest part of the insatllation was removing the factory stereo. Not that big of a deal though. It only took me 20 minutes for the entire evolution with one exception....mounting the module. I'm able to utilize the steering wheel controls for volume and track change. I'm so happy that the unit charges the IPod too!!! Good Times!!
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5 out of 5

Perfect Accessory

Written By LUCIO, Atlanta, GA on Thursday, April 26, 2007
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This product works great. I got it installed in my Infinity G35 Coupe with Bose Sound system and its perfect. No FM transmitter can compare!!!!
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Successfully installed in 2006 Nissan 350Z (with Factory Bose HU)

Written By Justin, FL on Saturday, April 21, 2007
 
It worked like a charm right out of the box; no need for any extra harnesses, amps, etc. Now I'm able to control my IPOD from my steeing-wheel and head unit as intended.

It's one of the best purchases I've made in the last few years... well other than my car.
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4 out of 5

Works well with 06 g35 sedan with satellite reciever

Written By Baki, New City,NY on Thursday, April 12, 2007
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My 06 g35 sedan came with a non-activated satellite reciever with the 6 disc in-dash changer. All i needed to do was unplug one of the two bottom connectors of the factory Bose radio, and replace it with one of the 3 connectors on the adapter harness. You will loose your satellite radio function. The CD button on the radio will tuggle the "CD" and "CD CHG" function which the ipod wil be associated with.
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5 out of 5

Great. Definitely worth every penny!!!!!

Written By David, Brooklyn, NY on Thursday, April 12, 2007
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I bought this item as the FM transmitter devices really don't work in NYC (there's a station on almost every channel). I have a 2001 Nissan with Factory Bose Stereo and wasn't gettign the sound quality (and was on my 2nd transmitter). First, it arrived in two business days, which is phenomenal, since I asked for regular shipping.

It took some time to figure out how to get the stereo out, but that was mostly my insecurity as I had never done this before. Once it was out, it only takes a few seconds to get the interface plugged in. The other reviews are correct and a big help. There are 3 USA Spec plugs. First, remove the big plug from the radio and plug it into the USA Spec wire (mother/father). For the plug that was in the radio, attach the second USA Spec plug, that will be evident. Then attach the last USA spec wire to the changer. I don't know anything about this stuff, and I figured it out in five minutes.

It worked like a charm. Perfect. You can control the songs with the steering wheel controls which is an added plus to me. I've been debating the purchase for a while. So glad I did it.
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5 out of 5

Works well, but after trial and error install attempts

Written By Vlad, Phoenix, AZ on Sunday, April 01, 2007
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Installed this unit in 02 Maxima SE with the base stereo. USA Spec instructions don't tell you, but the cable has 3 connectors. You must disconnect the largest connector that is plugged into the stereo and plug it into the female plug on the cable. The matching male connector (from adaptor's cable) plugs into the stereo instead of the one that was disconnected. This essentially connected the adapter in-line with the wires (probably just few of them) that used to go directly from the car to the stereo.

The 3rd and last plug from the cable is plugged into the empty (CD Changer) slot in the stereo. This completes the electrical part of the installation. Unfortunately the manufacturer didn't bother to elaborate beyond "connect the adapted to the stereo".

Once all connected, it works like a charm. We've been using similar adapted in our other vehicle (04 Acura MDX) for a year now, very happy with it.

Hope this saves aggravation for some.

Cheers.
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4 out of 5

Works in 2001 QX4

Written By Mark, Campbell, CA on Saturday, March 24, 2007
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I have a 2001 QX4 with the Bose/Clarion in-dash CD changer (not the dual din unit). Although Crutchfield says the PA11 is not recommended for this car, it does work and is a good replacement for the flaky in-dash cd changer. Note that you cannot use the AUX input on the PA11 because that requires cd changer controls (which the Bose head unit doesn't have). FF/Rew on the Bose unit control the iPod, and the steering wheel controls work, too. You can fit an iPod into the cup holder space in the center console for a nicely integrated system with no visible cables.
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5 out of 5

Great hardware! Works great in '06 G35!

Written By morg, Northern Virginia on Tuesday, March 20, 2007
 
At first, this didn't work at all. But that was because I didn't connect all of the cables. Duh. I have the G35 coupe with the Bose system. I don't use Sirius, so I disconnected it and plugged this unit in its place. No problem.

Check Google for a few sites that show you how to take the trim off of the dash. That was the hardest part by far. This unit fits easily underneath the radio behind the trim and installed in minutes (once I removed the trim!)

The steering wheel "seek" controls only go to the start of the current song or to the next song. But the dash seek button, when held, will seek through the song until you release the button. It charges while plugged in. Also, I use the direct mode, not playlist mode. With direct mode, I can still use the ipod controls.

The sound is perfect. Loud, full of base, and it sounds like the iPod is supposed to.
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5 out of 5

95 Infiniti J30

Written By James, Chicago, Il on Sunday, March 11, 2007
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This product works very well in my vehicle even though it is reported to 'possibly' fit. The instructions are a little vague, but hooking it up was not too difficult. The sound quality is excellent and the radio controls can be used to control song selection. I have dedicated a spare 20g Ipod to remain in the car and act as its jukebox and it performs that role very well. It turns off when the ignition is turned off and back on when you start the car again, playing right where it left off.
I'm very happy with this product.
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5 out of 5

2001 G20t

Written By Felipe, Houston, TX on Thursday, March 08, 2007
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Was a little cautious since my car wasnt 'officially' supported, but i installed this in my factory Bose head unit in 5 minutes. Pulling out the head unit was super easy, all i needed was a torque wrench (for the screws, they are in TIGHT) and thats it! It's better to run it with the second switch to off, that way you use your ipod to pick the playlist, and use your factory stereo to navigate through the playlist. (go to next song, fast forward, etc.) sound is GREAT, although there is a slight hissing sound, but i never hear it because my stereo is always loud.
You can tuck the wires in the console or wherever you want. 100% satisfied.
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5 out of 5

1999 Infiniti I30

Written By Frank, Boston, Massachusetts on Thursday, February 15, 2007
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Very impressed! This #581PA11NIS device was quickly installed and works on my 1999 Infiniti I30 Bose stereo that came standard with the car. I was nervous at first, because the website only declares compatibility with "factory" Nissan stereos, and I wasn't sure if a Bose stereo is considered "factory" even though it was standard equipment that year.

CD quality sound. Period. At very low volumes you sometimes hear a faint flange-effect-like noise, but it's not noticeable at normal or louder listening volumes. (This noise does not get louder as you increase the volume)

The installation trick is that you use all 3 white plastic harnesses (not 1 like the general Crutchfield diagram shows). The Crutchfield device comes with 2 male and 1 female harnesses. The small male goes directly into the stereo. This delivers your iPod's music to the stereo. You then unplug an existing Bose harness connection and insert that into your Crutchfield female. The remaining Crutchfield male is the same shape as the Bose male you just removed from the stereo, and you insert it into where the Bose male previously was. This move allows the iPod to draw power from the stereo. Piece of cake.
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5 out of 5

2000 Maxima Install

Written By John, Lexington, KY on Tuesday, January 30, 2007
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This iPod interface works great on my Maxima with factory Boise system. I needed to add a noise filter, which USA Spec sent me free of charge with instructions. I connected the filter in series with the orange wire (constant voltage). Because I have a standard transmission (stick shift), I rev the engine when driving. The high revs produced a whistle noise in the speakers. The noise filter elimined this problem and the iPod system sounds great !! Much better than my kids FM transmitters.
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5 out of 5

USA SPEC IPOD INTERFACE

Written By Bill, Stamford ,CT on Sunday, January 21, 2007
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I just purchased the USA SPEC IPOD KIT for my 2001 Nissan Maxima.It was easy to install and sound quality is great. I would recomend this kit to anyone who has an IPOD that want's to listen to it in there car and charge it at the same time.Thank you Crutchfield.
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5 out of 5

works with 2k2 maxima with bose system and navigation unit

Written By maj02, new jersey on Monday, November 20, 2006
 
i have a 2k2 with navigation unit. my only choice was the fm transmitter but i heard horrible things about that gadget. anyway bought this product and dissconnected my cd changer and kabbom mu ipod was working great and i can use my steering wheel controls to change ipod songs and volume control
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4 out of 5

USA Spec iPod® Interface

Written By 3AKOH, Gaithersburg, MD on Tuesday, October 10, 2006
 
Hi all I'm a proud owner of Infiniti I30. :) Since I was tired of burning audio CD's I decided to buy an iPod but for a long time couldn't find interface to work with stock Bose. Accidently I've found one on this web-site. Although it's 139.99 this interface worth every penny spent. Installation was easy, but making everything to look stock was time consuming. The only reason I gave this product 4 stars, is that when volume is low I can hear hissling noise. Though it happense rarely cause system pumps always loudly.
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4 out of 5

If you have the factory CD changer, this is the best solution...

Written By Eric, Portland, OR on Tuesday, September 05, 2006
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Most Nissan Pathfinder owners know that at around 40k miles or so, the factory CD changer will break. It's like the sun coming up. You can pay to fix it, or you can add this to the system. Contrary to the product notes (which is why I'm giving it a 4 vs. a 5), this does not just work on the 4" double-din factory deck. This will work on the AM/FM Cassette factory deck that has the Cass/CD button (my Clarion CD changer is in-dash and sits below the AM/FM/Cassette player). It took me all of 15 minutes to install, and from the front, it looks like there is just the factory deck with the CD changer (completely disconnect the changer).

Surfing is slow, but that is to be expected. I have the steering column controlls and they work great with the iPod. I could go direct into manual mode, but I'm fine with the way I set it up.
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4 out of 5

A Great Addon

Written By Ario, California on Monday, August 28, 2006
 
I bought this for my 2001 Infiniti I30t with the Bose system. It doesn't have the navigator. I added the adaptor to my car and it works beautifully. You will appreciate the room and quality you get for not using the casset and a seperate charger. The installation took a couple of hours. I control my 3rd generation iPod using my steering wheel. I skip songs and turn up the volume. I set the adaptor on the setting that allows me to use my iPod to select playlists. There is another option that allows your stereo to control 6 different playlists. (you are told about this in the manual). The reason I gave this 4 stars is because my iPod freezes at some points. I have to disconnect and reconnect the iPod. It's basically slow. HOWEVER, I talked a tech and he told me it's because I have the older iPod he said the newer generation might work perfectly. I'm gonna try it with my sister's Nano to figure this out. But over all it's a great product and you will love your stereo even more. ;)
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5 out of 5

Installed in a 2006 350z

Written By jblack, Dallas, TX on Wednesday, August 02, 2006
 
If you have a 2006 350z with the stock (non Bose) radio this unit will work in your car because it works in mine. It's an easy install too. I have my unit switched to the aux mode, so that I can use the iPod's scroll wheel to find songs faster than blindly skipping through tracks or playlists with no interface to tell me where I am, or what I'm listening to. But, I can still use my steering wheel/radio controls to skip and seek tracks in this mode, so it's the best of both worlds.
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4 out of 5

Best thingh I ever purchased !!!

Written By PJ, San Juan, Puerto Rico on Thursday, July 13, 2006
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At first I was a little frustrated since the delivery took 12 days (I blame the USPS), but it arrived today and in less than an hour it was installed. I need to mention that the instructions lack an important detail. This is the instruction to connect the female conector coming from the car to the male conector in the adapter cable and then connect the female conector from the cable to the radio. At first without the proper connection it didn't do nothing, but after searching the web I got this hint from a message board. Once connected..Voila! worked like a charm.
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5 out of 5

I should have bought this first!

Written By Ro, Flushing, NY on Monday, June 19, 2006
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I have an Ipod nano and was looking for a way to listen to my music in my car. I bought several FM transmitter and ended up returning every single one of them. At times they sound like you are listening to a cheap battery powered FM radio. I went to the local electronic shop and found out about this item but they have nothing for a 2002 nissan pathfinder. Did a search online and found the only place that has it, Crutchfield. Read the reviews, saw their policies regarding returns and support, so I ordered it. It came with all, and I mean ALL the items and diagrams to install it yourself. I highly recomend this item!
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5 out of 5

Best option in the market

Written By Rene, Elkin, NC on Tuesday, May 30, 2006
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Like many others I was looking for the best sound posible, and I was very surprised by the quality of sound coming from this interface and my Ipod nano, I almost sold my Ipod on ebay because the sound with a FM modulator was terrible.
This interface is easy to install (15 minutes if you know what you doing!) and it worked flawlessly in my Maxima 01 with Bose system, the only Bose component remaining in my car is the small amplifier that I'm using to power the front speakers, front speakers and rear speakers where replaced with alpine's speakers, the sub was disconnected to let the Infinity 1050W 10" do the needed work.
I'm very please with the sound I get now from my little nano, the only thing left is to pack it all up with songs!
Excellent product!
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4 out of 5

Works great in 2000 Maxima w/ Bose but...

Written By Alex, Alameda, CA on Monday, May 29, 2006
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I installed this unit in my 2000 Maxima. I ran the cables through the center console and they pop out near the cup holders where the heated seat buttons are supposed to be. The unit works exactly as advertised...on other people's iPods. The unit DOES NOT SUPPORT Firmware 1.1.1 which came pre-installed on my 30GB Video iPod. I don't blame USA-Spec for this issue as many people have complained about the firmware upgrade from Apple for a number of other issues. I'm using the AUX input for now, but am waiting for another firmware upgrade.

Check your firmware version on iPod before ordering.
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5 out of 5

say hello to my (*new*) little friend. I LOVE THIS PIECE

Written By PooPs, Brooklyn NY on Tuesday, May 09, 2006
 
If you are like me and tried everything on the market for your Nissan Maxima than look no more.
This item is by far the best 120 bucks I spent for my Tunes. If you are like me and obsessed with great sound and good music than this item is defiantly a necessity for your car. Especially the Nissan maxima which doesn't work right with any fm modulator. So take it or leave it. It's either a bunch of wires with old school cassettes hanging at the end of them, and the ipod falling in between the seats and the console or this. Hmmm I think ill take it.

And that exactly what I did. No but seriously I highly recommend this as you can see and would also like to correct something that I was told by a crutchfield rep that was actually not very accurate. Well this actually benefits the customer. This is that when you do put the ipod interface in Direct Mode I was told that the controls on the factory stereo would be lost. (Not true) you can still skip tracks on the stereo as well as fast fwd. However you will be setting up your playlist for the other mode what happens then is your ipod goes blank and now your radio is ion control of everything. I am not really crazy about this mode because you are not seeing what songs are playing, what's next etc. Direct mode is the way to go. Installation was a breeze it took me about twenty minutes with everything. And another twenty to figure out where I will put the mount that I purchased separately. Overall I am very happy with the item.

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5 out of 5

Installed in a 2001 Pathfinder LE w/ Factory Rear Video System

Written By Ty, TX on Saturday, March 11, 2006
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I can't believe this actually worked so well! Nowhere on the packaging or USA Spec's website did it say it would work on a Pathfinder so I took a chance anyway. I'm glad I did. The Pathfinder has the notoriously horrible Clarion 6 disc changer that always breaks. I was happy to permanently disconnect it. The IPOD interface works great and works seamlessly with the steering wheel controls. The sound quality is great! I was also concerned it might mess up the rear video system, but it still works fine as well.
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5 out of 5

USA Spec iPod Interface for 99 Nissan Maxima w/ Bose

Written By Brian, Wayland, MA on Monday, March 06, 2006
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I highly recommend this product for anyone looking to integrate their iPod with a factory CD changer, especially if you will put the aux inputs to use for a Satelite radio or Portable DVD player. The sound quality is great and installation is easy, even if you don't know what you are doing, like myself. Get rid of your fm transmitters and you will be enjoying quality music in no time. I wouldn't purchase anywhere else because of Crutchfield's excellent customer service and technical support.
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5 out of 5

USA Spec iPod Interface in 2000 Maxima w/ Bose factory system

Written By Cal, Charlotte, NC on Saturday, February 18, 2006
 
This is an awesome product! I was using a cassette adaptor & seperate charging cable with a bad alternator whine omnipresent before getting A Monster iCruze system. I did not like the Monster system as it only allowed limited control of iPod via selected playlists. I returned system after installation to Crutchfield for 100% refund!
I ordered the USA Spec product next and it installed easily although it had a low volume level issue. I called USA Spec and they advised me to return unit for a factory modification to aleviate low volume problem. I mentioned to them that I was still getting a bit of alternator whine when using product. USA Spec was kind enough to send a whine filter and insatallation directions free of charge!
The factory mod worked perfectly and alternator whine is gone after filter was installed. I can use the standard direct iPod controls and charge the unit via dock connector link up.
I highly recommend this product to anyone considering it and hopefully the mod my unit required will be standard before shipping new product to consumers!
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