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USA Spec iPod® Interface for Honda

Connects your iPod to select Honda/Acura factory radios

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by Zak Billmeier
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You can take it with you. Just because you've got a factory radio in your Honda or Acura, doesn't mean you have to leave your iPod at home, along with the hours and hours of music it contains. 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. And with your iPhone® connected, you can even stream music from popular Internet services like PANDORA®, Livio Radio, iHeartRadio, and more.

Just mount the compact interface box in a hidden location in your vehicle, and connect the adapter cable to your compatible Honda or Acura 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. It'll even display song info when used with newer vehicles equipped with a satellite-ready factory stereo. And the interface charges most iPods while connected.

You'll get a handy auxiliary input for connecting other sources, such as a satellite radio or another type of MP3 player.

Please enter your vehicle information and check Installation Details to find out if this adapter is compatible with your vehicle. You can also call an Advisor at 1-888-955-6000 for help.

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 Honda factory stereos
  • manage the iPod via your radio's XM satellite radio or 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)
  • when iPhone is connected, you can stream tunes from popular Internet services like PANDORA®, Livo Radio, and iHeartRadio
  • Dual Mode allows you to control everything via the iPod itself, giving you access to all playlists
  • compatible with all iPod and iPod mini models equipped with a dock connector and iPod software update 2004-04-28, or higher
  • auxiliary input (RCA) for connecting additional music sources
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • PA15-HON2 iPod to Honda/Acura interface
  • 6' iPod to interface cable (CB-PA105)
  • 14-Pin to 14-pin connector harness (CAS-HXM)
  • 14-Pin to 8-Pin connector cable (CAS-H2Y)
  • Owner's Manual

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Features

Overview: The USA SPEC PA15-HON2 interface connects a compatible iPod to select Honda and Acura audio systems. Its on-board software translates commands from your Honda/Acura radio's in-dash CD-changer or XM controls into commands the iPod understands. This interface enables the iPod to coexist with your Honda/Acura in-dash CD-changer or XM tuner, and provides the following benefits:

  • iPod Direct Connect: Directs the iPod's audio output to your Honda/Acura's vehicle audio system for optimal sound quality playback
  • iPod Control: Controls the iPod via vehicle's radio and steering wheel controls (when applicable)
    • Song up/down Playlist/disc select, shuffle and random play features all control iPod
    • Auto Skip 10+ songs in each play list with factory in-dash CD Changer FF button
    • Auto skip to end of play list with factory in-dash CD Changer FF button
    • Auto memory feature - Auto locates last song listened to on each play list
    • Auto Maintain current play list when migrating from portable to in car use
  • iPhone App Streaming: Supports your iPhone's audio streaming apps, such as Pandora, Livio, iHeart Radio, SiriusXM & more (in Direct mode only).
  • iPod Charging: Charges the iPod's internal battery, and charging stops automatically at one hour after the iPod is paused; the iPod goes into sleep mode when charging stops

Vehicle Compatibility: Please consult the Crutchfield Vehicle Selector to see if your vehicle is compatible.

iPod Compatibility: The PA15-HON2 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features when connected to a compatible Honda or Acura factory radio (as of 10/3/2013):

iPod/iPhone Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
video 5th 1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y Y Y Y
7th* 1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
4th 6.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
5th* 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
4 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
4S 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
5* 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
5C* 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
5S* 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
iPad 1 5.0.1 N N N N N N N
2 7.0 N N N N N N N
3 7.0 N N N N N N N
4 7.0 N N N N N N N
mini 7.0 N N N N N N N

Notes:

  • *Requires Apple Lightning to 30-pin Adapter cable (472LTN230P, sold separately).
  • Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

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

  • Playlist Mode: You can create up to 6 favorite mobile playlist then use your radio's in-dash CD changer or XM radio controls to access and control your playlists.
  • 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.
  • Folder Mode: You can access three folders (Playlist, Artist, and Album) on your iPod from your Honda/Acura radio to search for your music.

Note: When using the factory radio's XM controls, the iPod will be controlled through XM preset 1, while your factory XM radio will be controlled through XM preset 2.

App Streaming (in Direct Mode): Direct mode also lets you listen to the sound from your iPhone's downloaded music apps (such as Pandora, iHeart Radio, SiriusXM, etc.) through your factory head unit & speakers. You will continue to control your iPhone's apps & view song/artist information from its touchscreen.

Note: Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. You will also need applicable music service accounts.

iPod Text: The USA SPEC PA15-HON2 allows iPod text on all compatible Honda/Acura factory radios that have a satellite button but do not have navigation (factory navigation systems do not support iPod text display using this adapter). Artist name and song title will be displayed on the factory radio.

Auxiliary Input: In addition to the iPod input on the PA15-HON2 there is an auxiliary input (RCA) for use with another source, such as a DVD system, satellite radio, etc. This aux input can be used with or without the iPod connected. To use the auxiliary input on the interface, dip switch #1 is set to the "On" position.

 
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5 out of 5

Good product, but some functions of 7thGen Nano is lost

Written By KevinW, San Francisco, CA on Thursday, July 03, 2014
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I have had this for a number of years in my 2005 Accord EXL (dual climate control but no in-dash nav package). I have it wired to my factory radio and it takes over one of the XM bands just fine and the display does correctly show song info. The steering wheel controls work perfectly to control the iPod. During installation I did have problems with the XM radio sound coming in on top of the iPod music. I don't have the XM subscription so just unplugged the XM wiring harness from the back of the radio altogether and that took care of it and works great. Not sure what my work around would have been though if I were also using XM on the 2nd band of XM.

I originally had a 3rd Gen iPod Nano that worked with it seamlessly, with all radio controls running the iPod as advertised. I recently upgraded to the 7th Gen Nano and use a Lightning adapter plug and lost some control. Playlists are all recognized and work fine, but if you choose to play music either by artist or by album, then the tracks will only play in alphabetical order by song name, irrespective of what order they are in the iPod. Weird quirk. Kind of annoying but not a big deal.
Pros:
Easy add-on to factory radio and allows steering wheel controls for iPod music.
Cons:
7th Gen Nano used with a lightning adapter has some compatibility issues
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5 out of 5

It works well with my 2007 Pilot

Written By DaveC, Cypress, TX on Friday, March 07, 2014
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Connecting the unit was easy once I got access to the back of the stock radio. I watched a video on the installation of a similar device which helped a lot. I used self-adhesive velcro (one can use strong two-way tape as well) to fasten the interface box to the heater/AC fan housing behind the glove compartment and ran the wire from under the glove compartment to the center console. It works flawlessly with my ipod. I should have done it sooner.
Pros:
Easy connection to the factory radio. I use the ipod to control the playlist as one would while using headphones or bluetooth.
Cons:
The price can be more competitive.
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2 out of 5

Not for my '07 Ridgeline

Written By JLM, Mandan, ND on Tuesday, October 15, 2013
 
Hook was easy with the provided instructions, but it did not work with my 2007 Honda Ridgeline RTS. The radio display did not correctly show the ipod music info and the volume of the ipod and radio had to be maxed out to even get a faint sound. Returned the USA Spec Interface and purchased a new radio with a built-in ipod jack. The price of a new radio was roughly the same cost as the interface, just made more sense to upgrade the radio/CD receiver.
Pros:
Ease of installation.
Cons:
Didn't work no way no how!
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great Product

Written By Brian, Ypsi Mi on Sunday, August 18, 2013
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Contrary to the info on the website, this works fine with my 2010 Odyssey with Navi and rear seat entertainment. Integrates seamlessly through the XM interface. Works exactly as described and I'm very happy with this purchase. Even allows charging for 30 min following turning the car off.
Pros:
Integration with stock Honda components.
Cons:
Some creativity required for where to run the iPod cable.
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3 out of 5

USA Spec iPod® Interface for Honda

Written By Jim P, Essexville, MI on Saturday, July 20, 2013
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Like the fact that Ipod is wired thru the aux jack outlet but can not operate the Ipod to manually select songs; if left in random search mode, it will only play songs based on alphabetical order of title. Do not have the song "face" showing on Ipod anymore, it only shows "device connected". I have to disconnect the Ipod, shut it down and then restart the Ipod to see my song library. And it is only available until the first song finishes. Overall, I like the interface but it is a real pain not to be able to select specific songs without the shut down process as described.
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3 out of 5

USA Spec iPod Interface

Written By PCW, Rahway, NJ on Monday, July 08, 2013
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I installed this in a 2008 Honda Ridgeline RTS with 6 CD changer, XM ready, and no nav unit. I used it with an iPhone 4S. Removal of the trim and the radio was simple. I plugged into the empty jack on the back of the radio, reinstalled the radio and trim, and was all set to go...until I realized my radio code was in a folder at home. Once the code was entered I was up and running. I used the PlayList + Direct mode and my radio and steering controls all work as the manual suggested they would. As this is my first day using the unit I can't judge its longevity. Therefore I have only given it three stars. I'll try to remember to do a follow-up a year from now.
Pros:
Hardwired iPod interface without replacing the factory radio (which would cause me to lose back speakers and subwoofer).
Cons:
Manual is not very user-friendly but then again, neither is itunes 11!
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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2 out of 5

Nice while it worked

Written By Jim from Texas, Houston on Sunday, May 12, 2013
 
I'll give it a 2 but that's generous. Installed in my Honda S2000, it was a tight fit. Worked well while it did. After about 6 months the left channel started getting fuzzy. After about 9 months it was difficult to get started, but worked once it finally connected. After about a year it destroyed my iPod Classic and quit working. That was about a year and a half ago. Too expensive to even bother to fix and USA Spec isn't really interested in product support.
Pros:
Works great for 6 months. Relatively easy to set up.
Cons:
Quits working after 6-12 months and destroys your iPod when it does.
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5 out of 5

USA Spec iPod® Interface for Honda

Written By Anonymous, Roanoke va on Monday, April 08, 2013
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Great product. Easy to install. No cutting wires,just plugs right in.
Pros:
Allows you to use your factory stereo.
Cons:
You have a few screws that are hard to reach.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Fails after 1 year

Written By Greg, Colorado Springs on Monday, April 01, 2013
 
This product failed after one year. USA SPEC says too bad, I can RMA it and for $75.00 they will fix and send back. already spent too much on it. Try a different company, maybe have better luck.
Pros:
Fine while it worked.
Cons:
Fails after one year.
2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

beats replacing the Head unit

Written By Zaeemrk46, Yonkers NY on Tuesday, February 26, 2013
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Installation was easy except for a dumb mistake I did. I connected the cable to the radio and then tried snaking it. Well, the wire when connected to the car is energized and when I snaked it to the glove box I hit a piece of metal which caused the cable to start melting (yes smoke and couple of the wires melted). I ended up calling USA SPEC and they sold me a replacement cable (CAS-H2y). Once I got it, I redid the installation but this time I snaked the cable before connecting it to the radio. Worked like a charm. Text display worked but whenever I listen to Arabic songs the display shows "????????? ?????????" this is not a complain the display is a simple LED display, I'm just giving my experience.
Pros:
Works great and now the XM/AUX button on the radio has a purpose.
Cons:
The Crutchfield instructions did say to disconnect the negative line from the battery to avoid what I did, my fault. But, usually when you design any plug and socket you make it that the socket is what has the power to avoid any kid of shorting out. So the cable coming from the radio should be the socket and the unit should have the plug. Especially that this unit installs in a car which has lots of vibrations and even after installation the wire can come out and energized pins can touch ground.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Easy Installation

Written By Blake, Austin, TX on Sunday, January 20, 2013
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Very easy installation, and great sound. The basic Honda Accord radio is a simple one plug in from the adapter.
Pros:
easy install & great sound. No need to remove the radio as the plug was easily accessible under the radio. Check out install video's on YouTube for more information.
Cons:
None
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3 out of 5

USA Spec iPod® Interface for Honda

Written By Mike L, Rochester, NY on Sunday, January 13, 2013
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It's a decent solution, though it took a lot longer to install and configure than was suggested by the Crutchfield rep. The instructions included with the device are written with the assumption that you have Nav or a CD changer - not until you get to the very end does it indicate what the configuration for a single-CD radio is. And even then, it is only parenthetically mentioned. In the end though, it worked out and it does what I want it to.
Pros:
Integrates with the factory radio; charges the iPhone; allows playing of music and podcasts
Cons:
Doesn't integrate with speakerphone (when you use speakerphone, sound comes out of the iPhone); doesn't allow use of both an iPhone and a different source without reconfiguring the DIP switches.
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3 out of 5

Caution With iPhone 5

Written By Fred W., Canton, GA on Friday, January 11, 2013
 
This is a follow up review. Upon installing the USA Spec ipod interface, my son's iPhone 5 only played through it for a day, then it stopped working. Upon further research, we have learned that this phone is not compatible with the ipod adapter. Not sure why it worked, even for a day. We believe the issue is with the phone and not the interface. It appears that in order to make the unit work, a "Lightning to 30 pin" adapter (fits between the phone and supplied ipad cable) is required. This item costs approximately $30.00. We plan to pick one up this weekend and give it a try. Will post again with results. We called Crutchfield initially thinking the interface we received was defective. They promptly sent out a replacement ...great Crutchfield service. Unfortunately, we had the same results with the new unit. The 3 star ranking is because I feel that we should have been notified up front of the potential incompatibility issue. Stay tuned for a future update.
Pros:
Appears to be a well built item. Fantastic Crutchfield customer service!!
Cons:
Apparent incompatibility issue with iPhone 5 w/o modification.
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1 out of 5

Bad Experience

Written By Rob C, Hartford, CT on Sunday, January 06, 2013
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Unfortunately, I was unable to use this product. I had a rather difficult time removing the trim ring around the stereo and when removing it, the clips ended up falling into the dashboard, which resulted in a painfull search. Anyway, once I removed the stereo, I followed the schematics provided, only to find that the factory plug would not mate up with the one on the I-Pod adapter. Needless to say, I had to button things up without installing the unit. I don't understand, after specifying my vehicle when ordering, they send me the wrong unit. I plan on returning it for a full refund...Wouldn't have guessed this would happen with such a reputable company like Crutchfield!
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5 out of 5

Great iPod interface

Written By DavidA, Athens, AL on Saturday, January 05, 2013
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I bought the Honda iPod interface for my daughter. I had looked at a few other options, but liked that USA Spec iPod® Interface for Honda maintained control through the existing Honda System. She just left on a trip and had really made good use of it. She mainly uses the interface for her iPhone. Works great! This was a great Crutchfield experience as expected. Technical Support was of great help prior to making my purchase.
Pros:
Great interface product.
Cons:
Can not display song titles on existing Honda system - Not XM or Nav.
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5 out of 5

Wow....Great Item

Written By Fred W., Canton, GA on Thursday, December 27, 2012
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I've purchased several items from Crutchfield and again they recommended an excellent item. We were looking for a way to allow my son to use his ipod in his 2004 Honda Accord with the factory radio without going to the trouble and expense of putting in a new head unit with associated hardware. The USA Spec interface was just the ticket. I ordered the product about two weeks before Christmas and we received it in two days. Christmas day we had the family over and with the help of my brother in law, who is a Honda technician, we had the adapter installed inside of 30 minutes. My son's car does not have the XM option so the included adapter for cars with XM wasn't needed. We simply plugged the adapter into the factory connection located on the bottom of the radio, drilled a small hole in the back of the storage compartment to allow the ipod cable to pass through and that was it! The grin on my son's face when he turn on his first song of head banging crap was definitely worth the little cost and time of adding the ipod interface. Well done Crutchfield. I'll be in touch when we are ready for our next upgrade.
Pros:
Simple plug & play installation. Works exactly as described.
Cons:
I'm regret waiting so long to order.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

USA Spec iPod® Interface for Honda

Written By Anonymous, Champaign, IL on Wednesday, December 26, 2012
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Works great. Installation was easy and straightforward.
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5 out of 5

Great Product. Works perfectly.

Written By Mike@PMD, New Orleans, La on Friday, December 07, 2012
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I ordered this because we were sick of paying for XM and getting the same songs over and over. After placing the order, I check out a couple of youtube videos to get some tips on installing the device. Once it arrived, it took thirty minutes out of my morning to perform the entire operation of removing the car panels, taking out the radio, installing the wiring and re-installing the radio plus paneling. Now we are XM free and the device works as advertised.
Pros:
Really Easy to Install Artist/Album/Songs are easily to control with XM display Great Price
Cons:
Could use a youtube video for installing the device. i found one but the guy was using a competing product.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Very happy

Written By Anonymous, Clarksville, TN on Friday, November 16, 2012
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The unit works as promised. It saved me the hassle of replacing my factory stereo and the small fortune it would have cost. It was really easy to install, my only complaint would be that the instructions provided with this tell you that you need to plug the wire harness into the back of the factory stereo which was not the case. It had to be plugged into the bottom and didn't find that out until after the pain of unplugging it.
Pros:
Charges the Ipod, you can still use the stereo controls on the steering wheel and able to control the ipod with its touch screen
Cons:
None that I can think of.
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5 out of 5

USA Spec

Written By Scott S, Louisiana on Monday, November 05, 2012
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Very good product for streaming Pandora from an Android phone to my factory Honda Accord stereo. I-Pod connectivity works well too. Search You Tube videos for a little more installation help if you need it. I was getting static but I turned off all bass boost and range compression on my phone and now it works great.
Pros:
Small size, quality, instructions
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5 out of 5

Works Great

Written By Matt, Chantilly, VA on Thursday, August 30, 2012
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Works as advertised. Incredible sound in my 2005 Accord. An added bonus- it works with Pandora for my iphone 4s. I can change songs through my steering wheel controls and see song information on my head unit. No more XM!
Pros:
Great Sound. Pandora Compatible with iphone
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5 out of 5

Works with 2006 Honda Pilot and BT35-HON

Written By Pilot06-Accord01, Antioch, CA on Friday, August 03, 2012
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Added USA-Spec BT35-HON and PA15-HON2 to XM ready factory radio on 2006 Honda Pilot w/o nav. Radio trim panel removal was straightforward, but to install BT35-HON mic over the rear-view mirror, I had to remove the A-pillar panel, which was challenging. To remove A-pillar panel, first remove door weather stripping, then pull hard to remove A-pillar panel. There are 2 clips in the A-pillar panel, expect to break the the top clip of the A-pillar panel, so buy one beforehand (although, once you push back the weather stripping, the A-pillar stays in place without the top clip).

Connect the BT35-HON first. Connect CAS-H35 cable to the XM slot on factory radio and BT35-HON. Then connect CAS-H2Y cable to CAS-H35 cable and PA15-HON2. BT35-HON dip switches should all be set to off. PA15-HON2 dip switches should be 1 & 3 on and 2 & 4 off. Connect mic to BT35-HON. Connect iPOD cable to PA15-HON2 (purchase 3.5mm to 2 RCA cable separately if you want to use the aux connection).

PA15-HON2 has excellent sound quality. PA15-HON2 supports iPOD text and can be controlled with either radio or iPOD directly.

Initial pairing with Motorola Droid 2 Global phone with BT35-HON took a few tries, then it was smooth. BT35-HON does NOT support text, there is NO caller ID. The BT35-HON rings over the factory radio and announces the phone number. Calls can be answered with the radio or phone. Outgoing calls must be made with phone. Excellent call and bluetooth audio streaming quality.
Pros:
Decent price. Good sound quality. Works with BT35-HON. Allows you to keep factory radio (you lose sub-woofer and steering wheel controls if you replace factory radio).
Cons:
iPOD radio control is not intuitive, better to control iPOD directly than with radio.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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2 out of 5

Works Sometimes

Written By Anonymous, Glendora, CA on Friday, July 13, 2012
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The installation looked tricky to me so I had it professionally installed at Best Buy. The product worked very well for the first 3-4 months. Now I have had the product for about 5 months and it does not work well at all. When I plug in my device (iPhone) it often does not detect or start playing music. Sometimes the music will start playing on my phone but only come out of the speaker on my phone. I can usually get it to play music after 2-3 tries of plugging it in over and over. Also, sometimes the music stops playing if I pick up or move my phone. I wish it still worked as well as it did at first!
Pros:
Worked well at first and sound quality was good!
Cons:
Is very finicky within 6 months of use.
2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great Unit Easy install

Written By GaryP, Cleveland, Ohio on Thursday, June 21, 2012
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Easy to install and perfect match for my car. Crutchfield sales rep was great on helping me piclk the correct one out. Works like a charm and would highly recommend! Thank you for your help and great product.
Pros:
Easy install, easily expandable overall excellent.
Cons:
none
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1 out of 5

USA Spec iPod® Interface for Honda - 2007 Honda Pilot w/XM

Written By Rob, Minneapolis, MN on Sunday, June 10, 2012
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So far, I've two of these from two different retailers, to no avail. I brought both to two different install centers and neither have had any luck getting it to work. I even called USA Spec directly last week after the first debacle, just to get an understanding of whether they knew of variability in the factory stereos for my make/model/trim that has caused installation issues in the past. Of course I can't rate this thing more than 1 star given my experience. A let down; we are headed to Michigan on Thursday (700 miles, one way). I guess I'll be stuck with CDs (what are those?)
Pros:
None that I can list
Cons:
Simply doesn't work
1 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Excelent product

Written By Ken, Trussville, AL on Saturday, May 12, 2012
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This is an excellent product and very easy to install. Thanks to Crutchfield's detailed instructions for removing the radio the installation was easy.
Pros:
Easy to install.
Cons:
Had some trouble with cables coming loose from control box. I used some zip ties to hold the cables in place. No problems form that point.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

USA Spec iPod® Interface for Honda

Written By SweetRidgeline, Colorado on Thursday, May 10, 2012
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So far so good and very easy to install. Controls my ipod from my stock stereo and now I got music to listen to on my long fishing trips!
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4 out of 5

USA Spec iPod® Interface for Honda

Written By Anonymous, Orland Park, IL on Monday, April 30, 2012
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Easy to install and works as advertised.
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5 out of 5

Worked Great!

Written By Anonymous, Indiana on Friday, April 27, 2012
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Easy to install (1hr including CK3100) and works great!
Pros:
Quick install No static Multiple inputs for different devices
Cons:
Direct (charged) connection to the radio requires predesignated playlists as you have no control over the music on your phone other than the stereo. Not a huge issue as you are able to browse music on your phone when using the headphone jack (Secondary RCA Aux Input) and charge from an alternative power source. (04' Honda Accord, CD/AUX, Single Climate Control).
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5 out of 5

2008 Honda Accord EX

Written By Texas Hunter, Dallas, TX on Tuesday, April 17, 2012
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Excellent device. It performs exactly as advertised. It was simple to install. A couple of items when installing in a Honda Accord without navigation or XM. The book that comes with the USA Spec device tells you how to set the dip switches and it wants you to use the disk changer mode. This works fine except it does not allow you to see album info. I chose to set it up as XM mode. This works great the only issue is if you switch from the Ipod to another device you have to unplug and replug the ipod back in to get it to recognize. Bonus Pandora works great and it displays album, song and artist info.
Pros:
Solid device, Crutchfield's Spec sheets are very helpful, small size makes it easy to mount anywhere under the dash (i mounted mine by the E-Brake and ran the cable through the cup holder.
Cons:
If using disk mode when setting up you do not get album information
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5 out of 5

Couldn't be happier!

Written By Paul, Washington dc on Tuesday, April 10, 2012
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I am so happy I bought this product and went ahead with installing it. I now have iPod input to control through the radio. I have the direct mode option to control on my iPhone. AND an aux plug for a friend who has a droid (who knows). There are no limits anymore.
Pros:
Nothing.
Cons:
Does not come with the aux plug. I recommend going to radio shack and getting their 6 food right angle plug. Hint: it fits perfectly in an iPhone spec case.
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5 out of 5

Works Great on '06 Accord with Navi

Written By MikeD, Boston, MA on Monday, April 02, 2012
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Just installed this last night, and it works well with my iPhone 4. I haven't tried it yet with my kids' iPods. Steering wheel controls even work to skip to next/previous song. Album, artist and song title are displayed on the Accord's radio in all modes except "Direct Mode" (which seems strange). It wasn't clear whether or not I needed to use the small orange XM wire. I couldn't get it to work initially until I connected it. (Careful with the small connector on the wire. Once you plug it in, you have to disassemble the end plate to get it out again.)
Pros:
Displays iPod text on car radio! Has modes to let you control your iPHone/iPod from the radio or from the iPod itself. Small size lets you stash it away under the dash easy.
Cons:
Pretty laggy. It takes several seconds for the radio display to respond when the buttons are presses. (This may be a Honda issue.) The extra wire harness & connectors needed for XM equipped radios were difficult to fit. I almost gave up! There is a strange incompatibility with the Accord's radio that crashes the radio when you go from XM1 to XM2 when the iPod is plugged in. You have to press "Audio" again bring the radio display back, then it seems to work okay. (Again, maybe a Honda issue?)
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5 out of 5

Perfect

Written By Bigguy, Montgomery PA on Wednesday, March 28, 2012
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Just let it says and easy to hookup. Could not be happier.
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4 out of 5

USA Spec iPod® Interface for Honda

Written By DN, Worcester, MA on Thursday, February 23, 2012
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The adapter works as advertised, although there's some flickering and delay in the display when using my Honda radio controls. Crutchfield's installation instructions were fantastic. The USA-Spec instructions (on wiring, configuring, and using the unit) are terrible; Crutchfield should lean on them to provide clearer and better-written manuals. Advising, ordering, and shipping processes from Crutchfield were top-notch, as usual.
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5 out of 5

Excellent Ipod Adapter

Written By bydenman, Asheville, NC on Friday, February 17, 2012
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Anything USA Spec works Great, as a proffesional installer i have used many different brands of factory Ipod Integration adapters and USA Sped is by far the best ive used
Pros:
It allows ipod to be controlled from the Ipod and allows apps like pandora to be accessed on Ipones, keeps apple devices charged, also had RCA input for any other device.
Cons:
cant think of any
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5 out of 5

Great Product

Written By G.F., Maui, HI on Saturday, February 11, 2012
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Easy to install and use.
Pros:
Easy to install, good price, supports latest Apple products.
Cons:
Can't really think of any.
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4 out of 5

Works nicely

Written By Jon, Maryland on Sunday, February 05, 2012
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Previously tried iPod/iPhone connection with vehicles using FM transmitter but that had such poor quality. Bought USA Spec kit which arrived quickly. Installed in Honda Odyssey in less than an hour with only minor challenges mostly related to deciding how to bring wire out of dashboard (selected under console at carpet rather than drilling hole below radio). Quality of sound output is great and like the ability to choose among playlists/artists/albums or all songs. Only real improvements could be nice to provide something like a velcro patch to stick the module inside the dashboard as it does rattle sometimes on rougher roads and iPod/iPhone connector cable could be about 18 inches longer. Overall performs as expected and pleased to recommend to others.
Pros:
Sound quality, control features
Cons:
Could have clearer instructions (install & operation), longer device cable
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5 out of 5

2007 Honda Odyssey EX-L w/NAV, RES, & XM

Written By David, Auburndale, FL on Saturday, February 04, 2012
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The USA Spec PA15-HON2 is a superior addon for radios that do not have USB/AUX connections. I installed it in my 2007 Honda Odyssey EX-L that has XM, RES, 6 CD Changer, and NAV. The only thing missing was the iPod connector. The instruction manual is descent enough to get you installed and operating everything correctly, but don't count on using it for detailed instructions on your specific vehicle. I found the GTA kit online that offers an installation video on my exact vehicle. Funny thing is that the USA Spec kit states GTA Car Kit when I first turned on the car to check operation. This kit can be used as either XM1 or an additional CD player. I installed it as XM1 for the text display function, which is near perfect. If you do the CD function, it will only display track numbers and not any information on the songs playing. The total installation was about 2 hours, but I took my time to figure out where to install the box and iPod cable. In the end, I stowed the interface box behind the passanger center kick panel for easy access to it if I need it later. The cable comes out over the panel and lays in the center out of the way. Not very clean, but I did not like the idea of drilling holes or having the glove box open (especially if someone is sitting there). The controlls are fairly easy to navigate once you figure them out on your specific vehicle. Overall, a great addition to any factory radio. Charges and plays your music with excellence!
Pros:
Easy to install, works flawlessly with factory radio, makes your sound system actually sound "better" with iPod, long cables, AUX connection available, quality "feel" of hardware, no need for extra parts, integrates with XM text settings on NAV, and works/charges with my iPod Touch 4th Gen/iPhone 4S.
Cons:
Controlling iPod/iPhone by radio & steering wheel is not very straight foward, instructions are acceptable but not clear and concise, no AUX cable included, and costs the same or more than a new radio.
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5 out of 5

Great Product

Written By tlk, Chanhassen, MN on Friday, February 03, 2012
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Easy to install and works great!
Pros:
Easy install and great sound.
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5 out of 5

Great Product!

Written By Anonymous, Prosser, Wa on Tuesday, January 24, 2012
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Product was easy to install, especially with the information sheet sent by the crutchfield team. Installed in Honda Accord flawlessly and works great - easy to use, also has a great quality of sound.
Pros:
Easy to install. Great sound. Charges while connected.
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5 out of 5

Works Out Of The Box in 2006 Odyssey

Written By kjrailfan, Texas on Wednesday, November 30, 2011
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I purchased this product for my wife's birthday for her 2006 Honda Odyssey EX-L RES without nav. I watched a video on YouTube of an install of a similar product, and I knew it would not be hard. I did purchase a panel tool separately so I could easily open the dash. It installs as the instructions say, and I did NOT install the relay in the instructions.

The factory DVD RES still works as it did before as do all the other functions. I really like that when you plug in the IPhone, the interface starts playing the last song immediately.

It works with Pandora and TuneIn radio. With TuneIn radio, it even displays full information on the display about the station (just like an XM station).
Pros:
Installation Ease; Works with iPhone 4/4S; Long cable; Control via radio's XM1
Cons:
Installation manual "simplifies" look of radio: there were more connectors than labeled
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5 out of 5

Great addition

Written By MattyB, Danville, VA on Monday, November 21, 2011
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My fiancee and myself both love the product. I installed this into her Honda Accord 2005 with very little effort. It gives us the ability to hook up our iPods and use our android phones through the aux port. She has wanted an aux port for some time and with all the local installer saying they didn't have anything that could do this. Found this product and would suggest to anyone. Nice that it allows you to keep using the XM (one set of presets) and navigation as well.
Pros:
The ease of installation, the ability to use both ipod and auxiliary.
Cons:
Nothing that I can think of.
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5 out of 5

2007 Accord w/ navigation

Written By Danny, Nampa, ID on Sunday, November 20, 2011
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The included crutchfield instructions were excellent as always. The manufacturers instructions for settings were a bit confusing, but i figured it out. I would say install can be done in about 40 minutes. I put my control box behind a panel next to the gas pedal. (so its easy to get to if needed) Just had to remove a piece of styrofoam to get a good fit.
Pros:
-Easy install -Pandora works with it -You can listen to youtube content
Cons:
-Price -Confusing dip switch settings
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5 out of 5

2011 Honda Ridgeline

Written By Danny, San Antonio, TX on Thursday, November 10, 2011
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The device works great and as advertised. The installation was fairly easy and would have not taken near as long if I hadn't dropped a radio mounting screw down in the dash (my fault). The DIP switch settings in the manual did not work for me as stated, but was fairly easy to figure out (1-2 on and 3-4 off worked for me).
Pros:
Works great and keeps my iPhone and iPod charged. Music sounds great!
Cons:
Dealing with the DIP switches. But with that said, I would still buy this product again.
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5 out of 5

Saved $$$ over new radio!

Written By Karen, DE on Wednesday, October 19, 2011
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I was looking at replacing my stock radio on my '06 Honda CR-V. I couldn't find one model that had all of what I wanted, and to get the things important to me would have cost at least $800. All I really wanted to do was to dump the headphones I was using with my iPod/iPhone. While a whole new radio would have been nice, this cable works great and fit the bill.

Installation was a breeze - the hardest part was routing the iPod cable from the radio to a spot where it could be hooked up. Even made a call to tech support mid-install to make sure we had the DIP Switches set correctly.

I wouldn't have wanted to do this without the Crutchfield team. They rock. It came with a very detailed instruction sheet on taking my specific dash apart. Plus some other instructions I wouldn't need for this install, but to file away for another time should I decide to replace speakers.

Control of your iPod is easy via the CD changer buttons and the seek button. One controls your playlist, artist, album and song categories. Another allows direct control of your iPod.

And the charger charges when the car is off, but will power down after 30 minutes of inactivity. No worries about it draining your battery.

Sound is great, tho you will have to turn up the volume a bit more than when listening to the radio directly. I've found no problems with response time in changing playlists or skipping songs.

Over all, for now, I am very happy with the unit.
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3 out of 5

Good for iPod BUT not for connections through A/V

Written By ZN, Atlanta, GA on Saturday, September 24, 2011
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I bought this adapter so I could use my ipod and android cellphone. iPod connection worked perfectly (still need to figure out how to best use the controls of my radio to control the ipod). However, the A/V optional connection reduces the volume levels. I've tried it with different devices and different cables, they all produce same reduced volume levels. So... since I can't split the rating to 2.5, I have to "raise" it to 3 stars for being a good ipod connector.
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5 out of 5

Works great

Written By Andy, Indianapolis, IN on Monday, September 12, 2011
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I have a 2005 Accord EX-L without NAV and with XM and had been considering putting in an aftermarket system until I found this.

I admit I was nervous about disassembling chunks of the dashboard, but the spec sheet made it very easy. I know that some folks said they didn't have to remove the radio, and while that is true for the most part for me as well, I did have to slide the radio/climate control system somewhat out of the dash so I could unplug the wire in the back (there just wasn't enough wiggle room to loosen the cable when it was fully installed).

The entire process took under an hour, and it works as advertised and sounds great. I highly recommend this as an alternative to a new system if you're just looking to integrate an ipod.
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5 out of 5

Works Like a Champ

Written By Jonathan, Cincinnati, OH on Tuesday, August 09, 2011
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This thing works exactly as I would expect. Installation is fairly easy...hardest part is trying to figure out where to place all the extra wires. Changing a song with the steering wheel or radio controls is fast, I did not notice a delay like some people complained of. I think the product is overpriced for what it is, but they provided a product that I wanted and it works great. I would recommend this product to others and would buy it again if I had to.
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3 out of 5

Works great, could use improvement...

Written By Daniel J, Houston, TX on Sunday, July 10, 2011
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The USA Spec iPod/iPhone/iPad interface sounds great with all three types of devices. It was very easy to install in my 2007 Honda Accord EX (standard transmission). I actually found a youtube video for my exact model car. My only suggestion is to make sure you get a good quality prying tool, as most of the work involves carefully prying off plastic panels rather than using any tools.

As far as the device itself, it works pretty well. As another reviewer mentioned, the device, very annoyingly I might add, can not start off in direct mode. This means almost every time you plug it in the device begins playing the "All Music" playlist, resulting in playing the exact same song every time. This means having to press CD -/+ to change to disc 8, which is direct mode... and THEN selecting the song on your device. I've been tempted to make a silent MP3 title "AAAAAAAA" as I'm sick of hearing the same ten seconds of one song. In my opinion, a little QA on USA Specs part could have gone a long way here, if they allowed one of the DIP switch settings to default to direct mode the problem would be solved.

Direct mode is pretty much the only useful mode on an iPhone, as iPod, iPod voice control, Pandora, MLB.tv and other apps will do nothing otherwise. Also while in direct mode, sometimes I have to press the next track button a couple of times for the iPhone to pick it up.
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5 out of 5

Works as described

Written By 2004 Honda Accord EX Owner, Corpus Christi, Texas on Thursday, July 07, 2011
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It works well, just as described. Installation was pretty straight forward. I found a YouTube video on the subject to be very useful, especially about where the various clips were that needed to be pryed. Installation took me about 30 minutes.
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4 out of 5

USA Spec iPod® Interface for Honda

Written By m-tix, Durham, NC on Monday, June 20, 2011
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Great product. Install was relatively smooth [although took a little while] despite never doing anything like this before. Once everything was hooked up, the interface worked perfectly. It's great to be able to control the iPod from the dash and have the option of using the device directly. I also utilized the RCA inputs and attached a standard headphone jack [for other devices] as the AUX port. Everything works well as far as the product goes. I think the interface in the car itself is probably maximized as best as possible since the car wasn't designed to control an iPod, but it would certainly be nice to be able to scroll through Artists/Albums a little quicker/easier. Overall, very pleased.
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5 out of 5

Works with iPad too!

Written By Jonathan, lovettsville, VA on Monday, June 20, 2011
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I installed this alone with the instructions that came with the device. It worked as advertised. Installation took less than 10 minutes with help from the pry tools. I couldn't be happier to have the song titles display, and have all the controls on the steering wheel work perfectly. I wired it thru the xm radio and now xm1 is the iPad, and xm2 is the xm radio. Fantastic.
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4 out of 5

USA Spec iPod® Interface for Honda

Written By Bob, Lake worth, FL on Friday, May 20, 2011
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I have a 2006 Honda Ridgeline. After following the instructions to install it was a pleasure to hook my ipod up and GO! That was it, everything worked according to the setting I followed. I am now able to listen to my music and control the ipod from the controls on the steering wheel. Everything is hidden from view in the glove box, I am now enjoying my music more than ever.
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5 out of 5

GREAT PRODUCT! FAST INSTALL!

Written By James W, Newburgh, NY on Thursday, May 19, 2011
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After dealing with a much inferior product (one where you not only had the unit but also had to get separate power to it) including the fact that it wouldn't connect 3/4 of the time, I decided to take my chance and plop down the $150 for this. Boy, was I relieved. It not only works immediately but it is powered internally (meaning not having to plug into a power adapter or wire). The install took all about 20min. You do not need to take out the entire stereo system (2003 Honda Accord EX Coupe). The only thing you need to do is to take out the cd pocket (you know, that cubby hole below the stereo system), plug in the box to the stereo system (the aux port is below and to the right) tuck in the wires, run the iPod/iPhone cable out (for me I ran it under my steering console) and done.
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4 out of 5

Get it

Written By ScottyM, Raleigh, NC on Thursday, May 12, 2011
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I'd give it a five if it integrated perfectly with my 2003 Accord EX stereo and
displayed the song name. That SHOULD NOT dissuade you from purchasing and
installing this device. It is so much more superior than the iPod / radio
frequency adapter.

Remember playing your portable CD player thru the cassette deck, using an
adapter that integrated with the tape heads? Compared to just having a CD
player in your car? It's THAT KIND of revolutionary.

Get it. You won't be sorry. And it won't be that much trouble to install.
Took about 2.5 hours total, and that includes intelligently tucking
away/securing the device out of sight. The installation itself is rather simple.

The half star off is only because it doesn't perfectly integrate with the
display. Setting up the extra "Honda Playlists" isn't as daunting as it sounds.
The mere fact that this works with the steering wheel controls means it's an
awesome purchase. And not overly costly, either. The support team at
Crutchfield is to-notch. Get it now.
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5 out of 5

Love it!

Written By Lonnie, San Diego, CA on Thursday, May 05, 2011
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After finding a "how to" video on YouTube it was a piece of cake to install. The
master sheet that Crutchfield sent was okay, but finding the step by step
instructions on YouTube made it much easier!
The only negative thing I have to say is my head unit doesn't show the playlist
names or track titles, but that's not the fault of this device. If I had the XM button
on my head unit it would've given me more details about what's playing.

All in all, I really like the sound quality and saved a lot of money by doing it
myself.

Lonnie
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4 out of 5

USA Spec

Written By Dan, Montana on Monday, April 25, 2011
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This unit was fairly easy to install. The instructions for access from Crutchfield were
great but the instructions for the device from USASpec were not very informative. I
had to guess on a few things but it all worked out. The sound quality is top rate and
yet the control is a bit hard to understand due to iffy instructions from Spec again
and the speed between songs and playlists has quite a bit of a wait that is a bit
annoying. All in all I would get it again and it was a great purchase.
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5 out of 5

Great product, great company

Written By Jeff, Chapin SC on Sunday, April 17, 2011
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Easy installation. Fast shipping. Good instructions and follow-up from Crutchfield
I'm a Honda Master Tech so, quality of sound, hidden installation, and ease use
were vitally important to me as well as to not disturb the factory wires and
audio unit.
I would recommend this company and this this product!
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4 out of 5

Installed on 2011 Honda Pilot EX

Written By Vic, San Mateo, CA on Tuesday, April 12, 2011
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After reading some of the reviews here, I finally bought this iPod adapter kit for my new SUV because it didn't have a USB port only a 3.5mm AUX input. The purchasing and shipping was excellent as usually and as expected by Crutchfield. Only thing was that this didn't come with installation instructions for my new Honda Pilot so I had to look els where for it. The installation instructions included are generic enough to figure out how to wire the adapter. One thing that is not mentioned anywhere is where to mount the white box in your car.

I was able to switch to the XM1 mode on my stereo and listen to my iPod right away. It took me a little bit to figure out which controls do what for the iPod because the instructions are generic. One thing I would like to mention is that when you first start your car or switch to the XM1 station, the audio will be a little suppressed and after 3-5 seconds it will be normal again. A bug I noticed is that on the very first song you play when you first start the car or switch to the XM1 mode, the song name and other info is not displayed.

Overall, I am satisfied with my purchase because I sure didn't like how my iPod sounded when plugged in to the AUX input jack. This adapter also charges the iPod so I no longer need an additional charger. Also, you can control the iPod using your stereo/steering wheel controls or on the iPod directly. It's better to buy this than to pay the dealer $500 or more to get the same or slightly better quality.
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5 out of 5

Install in 2006 Accord

Written By Richard B, IRON STATION on Thursday, April 07, 2011
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product as described = 100%
Quality = 100%
Satisfied = 100%

Advice, I originally installed the i-pod connector in the main console in the dash.
Well to have enough cable to pull the I-Pod close enough to you for operation
left the console full of wires that would spring out when you open the console
door. It basically rendered the console useless because the dang thing was full
of cable that sprung out at you like the "spring loaded snake in a can".

Solution = I ran the cable through the floor console, past the shifter and drilled a
small hole in the front bottom portion of the arm rest console and it is a much
cleaner install than using the glove box or front dash console.

Bottom Line the sound quality and ease of use operating the i-Pod is
awesome, my wife loves it (I installed it in her car)
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5 out of 5

Great Product

Written By KYJim, Lexington, KY on Saturday, March 26, 2011
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I'm very happy with this product. I put it in my 2006 Accord (6 CD changer, no
XM, no sat, with CD/Aux button). 15 minutes after I started the installation,
music was playing. The Crutchfield instructions did not mention how to remove
the knob on the stick shift of my 5 speed. But it was simple enough to unscrew
it counterclockwise. I was glad I read the reviews of the product here because I
may have started to remove the head unit as the instructions indicated.
However, all that needs to be done is to plug the 14 pin connector into the
bottom of the unit. After putting the storage compartment back in place there
was an interference between the compartment door and the wiring that runs
between the head unit and the interface adaptor. I had to remove the storage
unit and re-route the wiring to solve that problem. I left the adaptor inside the
shift console and routed the iPod cable into the storage compartment under
the center armrest. It's a pretty clean installation and I didn't have to drill any
holes.

The sound and the usability of the product are good. This is a great product
.
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3 out of 5

USA-Spec for a 2007 Honda Accord with Navi

Written By MrBert, Sacramento, CA on Saturday, March 19, 2011
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Overall, I am satisfied with the product. The install was much more involved than what I was hoping for. I had to remove the head unit completely out in order to get to the 14 pin connector. This means, I had to remove the standard ashtray, storage container, shifter bezel, air conditioning vent hood, and finally the radio.

I had to do some searching to find where the clips for the air conditioning unit were. The other components were documented and easily youtube'd.

Once, I had the radio out, the install was easy from there. I drilled a hole in my storage compartment for the iPod cable and the iPod adapter sits next to the storage compartment. There seemed like a lot of extra room underneath or to the side of the storage compartment receptacle for the iPod adapter.

Sound quality is good. However, there are a few cons:

1) I get an accessory prompt on my iPhone 4 every time it's connected. "This accessory is not optimized for this iPhone. You may experience noise caused by cellular interference..." I haven't noticed any functional anomalies associated with this prompt, yet.

2) As soon as my phone is connected, it's starts playing "All Songs" playlist automatically. I wish there was a way to change this default behavior, like start in "Direct iPod" mode or at least not play music automatically. It gets annoying hearing the same 10 secs of a track over and over.

3) The controls to move between Playlists and the different modes are kind of clunky.
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4 out of 5

Wish I would have bought this sooner!

Written By TedA, Cabot, AR on Thursday, March 10, 2011
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Bought for my 2003 Accord EX and iPhone 3GS. The instructions were the great
step-by-step you'd expect. Instructions stated the radio didn't need to be
removed to plug in an external device, and the USA Spec instructions told me to
look on the bottom of the radio for the plugin. Besides including pages of
unneeded speaker installation, I found two minor flaws: 1) they don't
show/mention seat heater controls in the 1st step, but it is simple to unplug
them after freeing the trim piece. 2) they don't mention the shift lever, but in
step 1 it's shown in P and then a later step it's not in the picture. I had to
re-connect the battery, start the car, move the lever to D3, then disconnect the
battery to continue. Otherwise the storage compartment would be nearly
impossible to remove.
It may seem sloppy, but I didn't secure the device at all since there seems to
be plenty of room for it to sit below the storage compartment. I removed the
rubber "not an ashtray" pocket and routed the cable through that pocket. So far
I haven't noticed the product moving around below the storage compartment.
Sound quality is ok, but I need to use a much higher volume than FM radio to
hear the songs. Sound seems tinny compared to FM, but that might be my source
MP3. I plan to compare it to an identical MP3 burned to CD and report back.
Also, defaults to playlist 1, song 1, even if the phone is playing something
like Pandora before you plug in. Plan to setup your music before you start driving.
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5 out of 5

One of the best product experiences I've ever had ...

Written By Waterlou, Boston, MA on Monday, March 07, 2011
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