USA Spec iPod® Interface for Honda
Connects your iPod to select Honda/Acura factory radios
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Item #: 581PA15HON
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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: If you have a newer iPod/iPhone device with a Lightning connector, then you will also need Apple's Lightning to 30-pin adapter. Be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this iPod adapter.
A little buggy. It's locked up on several occasions with my iPhone 6. Turning the ignition off and back on resets it. I also have one in my 2005 Odyssey and it works great in that vehicle. Also should come with a lightening connector.
Pros: Works great when it works
Cons: No lightening connector. Intermittent lock ups.
We added this adaptor to our 2005 Honda Odyssey to have the ability to plug in an iPod for long road trips. My wife has an iPhone 4s and I have an iPhone 6. The 4s works amazing with the plug provided. You can control the playlists and songs from the steering wheel controls. With the 6 I bought a 3.5mm to audio cord and plug it in. While it's not able to be controlled from the steering wheel, it still plays over the sound system.
Pros: Very easy to install. Small and compact unit will fit inside dash to hide. Controlling from steering wheel is awesome. Customer service was very helpful.
I like this product, well put together for the most part. Fits well in my 2006 Accord. I've been using it for about a month and it hasn't quit on me yet. Don't be a ding-a-ling, disconnect your battery prior to installation, follow the easy directions and you should be all set. I would have your radio code handy if you like listening to music.
Pros: Good materials, not cheaply thrown together. I see it lasting quite a few years.
Cons: The wires could be slightly better organized. Good overall.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Works great. Installation was easy and straightforward.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
Easy to install and works as advertised.
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).
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
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.
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.
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?)
Just let it says and easy to hookup. Could not be happier.
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.
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
Easy to install and use.
Pros: Easy to install, good price, supports latest Apple products.
Cons: Can't really think of any.
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
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.
Easy to install and works great!
Pros: Easy install and great sound.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
I would recommend this company and this this product!
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.
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)
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
The sound and the usability of the product are good. This is a great product
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.
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.
I hadn't done a car audio install in nearly 15 years, so was a little nervous about doing this
one myself. Today's radios are not what they used to be! I ordered the device from
Crutchfield at a great price, with free shipping. I did the install (completely hidden wires) in
under 2 1/2 hours on my wife's 2006 MDX with Nav and Satellite There are some very good
tips on doing this if you search google. The quality of the sound was AMAZING, the
integration slick, and the email to customer support on one open item was answered --
WITH A CALL BACK the next business day. Can't wait to do the install on my M35x this
This product was simple to install. I used a small mirror and flashlight like
others have described in older reviews to connect the Y-cable to the satellite
radio connection under the radio's head unit. I've maintained the satellite
radio connection by using this Y-cable. A stealth installation was simple by
placing the interface module behind the CD storage bin under the radio and
routing the long iPod cable under the center console and through a small slot I
drilled through the power port housing inside the center armrest box.
Everything is out of sight, no interference/noise is experienced from the
vehicle's electrical system and the iPod cable attaches to my iPod easily and I
can easily navigate my music directly using the iPod's screen with the cable
routed out the opening under the front of the arm rest. Usually I choose to use
the USA Spec interface's Direct mode to navigate my music instead of using the
car's radio controls out of personal preference. But it is nice to see artist
names, song titles, play lists, etc. appear on the radio display when using the
other modes. I've definitely enjoyed using this product during long road trips
because it's easy to use, it allows my car system to play music from my iPod
with great sound and keeps the iPod charged without additional cables.
Ordered for use in a 2007 Honda Odyssey van. Worked exactly as advertized.
Installation with Crutchfield's directions and the recommended tools to dis-assemble
the dash was clean and easy. Caution, don't forget to locate the 5-digit PIN number for
your OEM radio before you disconnect the battery...I almost got burned. Very happy with
the end result
Must say that after purchasing a used 2005 Acura TSX W/ Nav, I was a little
disappointed that no AUX jack was found in the car. Did some research, and turns
out this product was much cheaper and much more efficient than going to the
dealer and having them install a MP3/Aux piece into the compartment under the
head unit. I've had some experience dealing with car radios (replaced numerous
head units in different vehicles) but none of which I wanted to keep the
existing head unit, so I was a little hesitant. Purchased the product anyway and
decided if I didn't like it, Crutchfield is a good company and would help. I
installed it behind the cubby under the radio and drilled a hole through that
cubby so that the cord was the only thing sticking out. Hardest part of the
entire procedure was getting the compartment to fit back in place, but after
messing around with it, everything fit perfectly. Would definitely recommend
this product to anyone else with an Acura TSX--installation was so simple and
works much better than the equivalent product from the dealer!
I normally don't write reviews but had to push the information on this one.
This product was installed in a Honda Accord EX 06 with in dash GPS (Factory).
This product is great! I also don't normally install things for fear of messing up the product or
car. After looking at the instructions I decided to proceed slowly and see how it went. Had it
in and playing my IPHONE in about a hour. The product works as says and the install thanks
to Crutchfield's included instructions was easy. Already looking for a in dash GPS for the
wife's car from Crutchfield.
Works exactly as expected. Install was straight forward as well.
This lasted for approximately 2 mos beyond the 12 month warranty period with light use. I would warn any potential buyers to look at other options (and manufacturers) before spending the money for this thing.
So first off, I was a little down that there was no way to plug my iPod into my Accord when
it rolled off the lot - and I wasn't looking forward to tearing my new car apart... Having said
that - WHY DIDN'T I DO THIS SOONER?!?
This thing is incredibly easy to install. My installation took a little more time than others
that have reviewed this product - about an hour. But that's not due to the product, I wanted
to have my iPod stored in my center arm console rather than the storage compartment
under the radio or in the glovebox. But even at that, all I had to do was run the single iPod
cable to another location - that simple!
Also, the sound is VASTLY superior than the FM modulators that I've purchased and
subsequently thrown away due to poor sound. The sound is everything I was used to
when listening through headphones or connected to my home audio system.
Also, Also - the integration with the factory system is seamless. I still have full
functionality with the steering wheel controls, FM/AM stations, CD changer AS WELL as
several options on how I want to choose what I want to hear (playlists, artist, album) all
while displaying the Artist/Song information on my factory radio display (XM stereo is
required to do that though - which I have :))
I couldn't be happier with the product - and must say that the master sheets supplied by
Crutchfield took all questions away and made the installation as easy as changing a
door handle (if you can do that, you can do this!)
Worked exactly as advertised. I'm really picky about audio, but this unit sounds great. Easy
to install myself using a help video from youtube.
2006 Honda Accord SE, (no nav, no xm button)
The product itself works and sounds great. The negatives are the lack of adequate
instructions for removing the radio and the instructions for connecting the product. The
instructions for removing the radio in my 2007 honda accord were not good at all. The
instructions for connecting the product are geared toward a factory radio that has a
factory installed xm and says very little about what to do if you don't have factory xm. As
it turns out, the radio doesn't even have to be removed if it only has a cd changer. You
just remove the storage compartment and plug the product into the receptacle on the
bottom of the radio.
Excellent sound with rich deep bass compared with my old iPod FM modulator. The
improvement is dramatic! I had to choose from 3 or 4 similar products; Paul,
the Crutchfield representative, was a great help in this regard.
I had never attempted to remove dash trim before, the Crutchfield instructions
were accurate and easy to follow. Getting to the radio is easy. The tricky
(and creative) part is routing the cables and deciding where to put, and how to
secure, the converter box. I ended up putting the converter in the glove box,
secured with two machine screws, lock washers and nuts. Some drilling required.
This equipment works as described. I had an FM transmitter, but the sound quality wasn't what I wanted, so I purchased this Ipod Interface. My Iphone 3gs can now hook-up directly to my stereo, and I can listen to my itunes music, iheartradio, and xm radio(through my iphone) with perfect stereo sound. It also charges my iphone while it is plugged it. Additionally, I can control my iphone through the controls on the steering wheel and the controls on stereo itself. I got it installed for $80, and they did a great job.
The only thing I don't like is when you plug the iphone in, it automatically starts playing itunes music. Sometimes, I don't like that because I am trying to play the radio through the internet or xm radio instead.
This is a great product. Had it installed locally for $50 and it was done in a hour. It took some tinkering to figure out all the options but its been a great purchase. I have a 2006 Honda Accord EX with XM but no NAVI. I had bought an adapter that didnt work and they rec'd I use Crutchfield to find this adapter. I had it set up to have the 6 playlists option. I downloaded the manuel from this site before I had it installed so I knew the options I wanted beforehand. I had the cable installed through the cubby hole under the radio so that I could hide it and have a place to put the ipod and its working out great except the one time the cable got stuck in the door and I had to retrieve it. I now make sure the cable is pushed back from the door before I close it. I highly recommend this adapter.
Great product and an easy install. Crutchfield includes all the information you need to remove the dash, pull the head unit, and hook up the USA Spec (plus extra info on accessing and removing the speakers/sub). It took about an hour to complete but that included a quick trip to the store for an aux cable so I can use my android as well.
Steering wheel controls work great with no delay and title, artist, or album will display on the head unit when not in ipod direct mode. You can scroll through playlists and ipod direct is listed so you can use the ipod to search for the song you want.
I had it installed professionally and it performs as specified by Crutchfield's technician. Good sound quality, ability to control via existing radio (as AUX component) and the whole unit is out of sight -- care free.
This is a great product from Crutchfield!
The customer rep was very knowledgeable and the product install sheets were very
If you can change your own oil, this install is well within your skillset. It took me about a
hour to install this, I was taking my time.
After I got it installed I was very please with the way it interfaced with the IPOD. I know it
does not make sense, but its almost like my Radio sounds better when playing from the
Only thing I need now is one of the little clips that holds the dash panel. It slipped off
when I was removing the dash panel and went down in the dash, and I could not find it,
but that is a honda problem, not a product problem.
Product does exactly what it claims to do. I needed this item because I had installed a
Sirius Satellite radio in my Honda Accord and was using the FM transmitter of the Satellite
radio to send a signal to the cars installed FM Radio. It was virtually impossible to find an
open frequency in LA and even when I could get it to work sounded terrible. After
installing the USA Spec iPod® Interface the sound 100% better than using the Sirius FM
transmitter. Additionally I can now connect my iPod. I am so grateful that there is a product
that allow me to connect thru the pre-installed Accord's radio via the CD changer dongle.
The instructions were good and there are videos on youtube that explained how to do it in
detail as well. I am not too good at installing these things but it turned out to be easier
than I thought! Just make sure you have a drill with a large bit to send the audio cable thru
the bottom of your flip up seat divider under the radio.
THE BEST! IT CONNECTED TO THE XM BOX IN THE TRUNK OF MY 2005 ACURA RL
WITH NAVI/XM. I RAN THE CABLE THRU THE TRUNK AND UNDER CARPETING AND OUT
UNDERNEATH THE PASSENGER SEAT. IT HOOKS UP TO MY IPHONE 4 PERFECTLY,
CHARGES MY PHONE AND I CAN CHOOSE BETWEEN DIRECT IPOD CONTROL OR
CONTROL IT THRU MY NAVI/AUDIO BUTTONS.
I have a 2003 Accord with CD changer and no XM button, just CD/Aux. Excellent
product. Excellent directions. Had it in and working in 30 minutes.
Directions were very clear. Sound is outstanding!!! Works exactly as advertised.
I bought this adapter for my wife's 2007 Honda Odyssey. The installation was really
easy. The only thing that delayed the process was the fact that once you disconnect
the factory stereo, and in order to re-connect, you will be asked for the code, since it
has an anti-theft protection. I found the code in a sticker on the side of the glove box.
There was no need to pay any websites for the information, or to contact the
dealership. The adapter works just perfect. It is the best one you can find, and way
cheaper than the ones the dealership offers. I like it because it offers many options to
operate, and the quality sound is outstanding. So far, I have only positive comments
for USA-SPEC and Crutchfield, since the manuals included are very helpful. If you
are looking for an iPod adapter, buy this one at Crutchfield!
The USA Spec ipod interface is a good buy. Installation is truly plug and play. Well
worth the money, especially if you don't want to alter the stock appearance of your dash.
IPod interface not that great. Works occasionally after long delays. But I bought it mostly
to allow me to plug in a DVD player. That part works well, and I should be able to plug
the IPod in to the RCA plugs with an adapter, bypassing the not so great IPod interface.
Great solution to connect my iPod to the factory audio system. The programing instructions
for setting the dip switches were a little confusing, until I got it installed and tried it out. Then
it made more sense.
What an amazing product!! I put this item in my wife's 2007 Acura MDX for her birthday. I
had the radio out and item installed in less that 30 minutes. I did make a mistake of
unplugging every connector. Adapter did not work at first so I had to call tech support.
within 5 minutes they told me how to reset the product and it immediatly began to work. I
would recommend this product to anyone.
-Placed unit in lower right center console behind the plastic cover, secured with a zip-tie
-Placed iPod in lower glovebox. Upper box can be too hot for iPod
-Ran iPod wire by looping around the big metal pipe. Zip-tied the cable to a tab on metal pipe right above the glove box
-Did not use the relay shown in manual Fig 3
-Did use CAS-HXM cable as shown in manual Fig 2. Plug in the orange wire to retain XM2
-Chose Folder+Direct Mode by setting DIP 2, 3 and 4 as OFF, ON, OFF respectively
.When front=CD, rear can be anything but XM1 or 2
.When front=XM1 or 2, rear can be anything but CD. If rear is toggled between XM1 & 2, front follows
.Order of selected source by MODE button on wheel changes from FM1-FM2-AM-XM1-XM2-CD-DVD-AUX to FM1-FM2-AM-CD-DVD-AUX-XM1-XM2
.When going from XM1 to XM2, there's a 6 sec delay and AUDIO screen closes and NAVI map appears with no obvious reason
.CH+/- on wheel toggles between modes PLYLST, ALLSONGS, . Doesn't do track +/-
.SEEK+/- above TUNE knob does track+/- but sometimes don't work
.TUNE knob does track+/-. Turning just one click can be difficult while driving
.SCAN above VOL knob skips 10 tracks, which can be an alternative to track+, my wife prefers this since the SEEK+ is beyond her normal reach
.iPod text shows on radio and AUDIO screen. Text mapping is tricky, Channel Name is the song title, Title is the album and Name is the artist
Overall, this unit performs well and does a satisfactory job. Hope this helps.
I just purchased a 2003 Honda Accord EX that had everything but an aux audio input. After much internet searching, I found Crutchfield and this product. It not only had the aux I wanted but full iPod connectivity. I can even use the steering wheel controls. Perfect!
And I got it installed for only $40.
Ordered this on Wednesday, received on Friday!!!! Installed on Sunday and have
been smiling ever since. The installation was fairly easy, the instructions
provided by Crutchfield were right on and made the whole process much smoother.
Just had to wrestle with getting all the connections made in a very tight space
with not so slender fingers :), but in the end every worked as advertised.
Sound is amazing and the convenience is wonderful. I tried many FM transmitters
and everyone of them had one issue or another, this solved all those issues.
My only minor complaint is that if you are working from the Artist folder, it
doesn't appear that you can then move from one Album to another for that
specific artist using the radio or steering wheel controls. What I have found
works best for me is to first set it to iPod Direct, use the iPod to select what
I want to listen to, then change to Preset 4 (All Songs) so that I can see the
Artist and Song Information on the XM display.
Just as billed. Sounds very good. No problem to install. Unit navigation is a little tough to
figure out, plus it does not alway work consistently. Over all very happy....
Just a note for anyone installing in a 2011 Honda Pilot. I have the 7 speaker stock radio and this unit will work with XM however you lose some functions. I had to keep my xm unplugged to keep the text on the display 100% of the time.
Having the XM plugged in, the text would appear on the display for about 3 seconds and then go off. It does this each time you skip from track to track.
So if your planning on using xm, this may be an issue for you. If your not the unit works well.
Works exactly as advertised! Couldn't be happier. No problems.
Although this is an expensive unit for what you get, it works great and Crutchfield's installation instructions were good. I was able to remove the dash in 5 minutes. Connection with the back of the Honda unit was easy, there's only one connector the USASpec interface can fit on the back of the radio. I disconnected the Honda connector, put the USASpec connector in and then reattached the Honda connector to the USASpec connector I just installed. I did not need the optional harness included in the wiring set so this was pretty easy. I had a little problem with the iPod cable connector (multi pronged pin) to the USASpec white box but after removing and reconnecting to the box all worked well. I tested this with an iPod and my Sirius radio through the RCA jacks. I then disconnected from the box and, in the trickiest part of the install, drilled two holes in two different places of the dash console to run the USASpec cable to the USASpec box in the "flip open" compartment just above the big bin. The small compartment can hold the USASpec Box and the supplied iPod cable. And to think Honda was going to charge me $300 for this. I wish I'd done this years ago, it was that easy. The iPod sound is incredible, plus it recharges while you play. This is much better than an Aux jack. And to be able to control the iPod from the Honda factory radio is great. Thanks Crutchfield!
Great product. Took 25 min to install and works great. Watched the video on
you tube of installing adapter to the Honda Accord.
All in all, great product. Works like a charm.
So far, i've encountered only 2 problems. During installation, the 14-pin connection
between the XM receiver and the radio is very hard to get out, especially if you lack the
upper body strength. Plugging in the new 14-pin interface is even harder. Other than that,
installation went very smooth.
The other qualm I have with this product is its lack of respect for shuffle. I am a shuffle
person, and any form of use will turn off shuffle. Bit of an annoyance, but manageable.
Other than that, this products works great.
Word to the wise: when installing the box, test the connection before you put the trim back.
It'll save you a bit of time if you need to switch the pin settings.
easy to install, does not work well with deck controls, works great when set up "direct" to
use with iphone control.
It's a sweet product that produces a nice, clean sound from my itouch. I don't think I can
say enough about the sound. It truely sounds as clear as if it were the radio, if not
better. The installation was fairly easy. No hiccups. **read directions before
installation** There are different ways to set the adjustments on the box for what you
want it to do. You can set it to give you text over your display, to be able to control it
through the actual itouch/iphone and through the steering wheel. So make sure you
have everything set like you want it before locking everything in. I drilled a hole through
my middle console and put a grommet in and fed the wire through so I can store it
there. Love this product. I would highly recommend this product for anyone that wants
to play their music through their itouch/iphone.
Crutchfield was easy to order from and carried the only device made that fit my particular need. Billing and shipping war easy and quick. The adapter has not been installed yet. I will be passing my 2003 Accord down to my 19 year old daughter. She is an iPOD enthusiast and insists on being able to play it in whatever car she drives. She would keep her 1996 Chevy Corsica if she couldn't play her iPOD in the 2003 Accord. Honda didn't start putting Audio Aux inputs into their cars until later. Now they even have USB ports! Gone are the days of eight track tape players. Tape, what's that?? Will update review when it is installed.
Do not buy this product if you own an iPod Video, and intend to use it to view movies. Once you plug in the video cable, the USASpec module's internal fuse will blow. It is not a user serviceable fuse either, it is inline inside the cable.
04 TSX- Wow i loveeeeee this product. Im not sure why people are complaining of the
difficultiy i found it soo easy to install and im a female and have never done any work on
a car before. with the help of google and reading around the internet i simply removed
the bin under the radio. i used a mirror to see where to plug the adaptor in under the
radio and woo lahhh connected my itouch and was on my way. The Sound quality is
great it took me a while to switch between playlist but i love it money well spent i now
enjoy riding in my car with music i actually want to listen to
I bought this product for my 04 Acura TSX. The install didn't look that hard given the relatively simple nature of the device. However, once I started taking my car apart I remembered why I stopped doing this kind of work myself. Delicate, nuisance, some special tools.
I bought an InstallerNet card and moved on. Or if you've got an install guy you're comfortable with just skip the middleman all together.
On to the product itself. Works well. I do not have NAV or XM (it's an 04!) so I need to use the CD controls to manage the device. The playlist arrangement is clunky. Look, it works, but it's not going to win any awards for usability. The audio quality is good. I'm not noticing any loss on it.
I'm running iOS 4.0.1 on a 3GS. It throws a few warnings about cell quality when I plug it in, but it works. I also plugged in a classic iPod and that worked well. The clip to the iPhone may give you some trouble if you have a case on the phone. It wasn't staying in consistently for me. On my classic iPod it was no issue. It's worth noting that if you're just planning to leave an iPod in the car that the device will continue to pull juice from your battery and charge even when your vehicle is off. Just make sure to unplug it and you're good.
Definitely recommend for older Hondas/Acuras.
Why did I wait so long? My old lousy FM transmitter for my I was using to hear my iPod frustrated me every day. This USA-SPEC is amazing. If you own a 2007 Honda, you must get it. Just get it. end of story. I paid to have it professionally installed through Crutchfield's program. The process was incredibly painless. I pressed "buy" late on a Monday night, it arrived on Thursday morning and it was installed and working by Friday 10am. Why did I wait so long?
My Honda does not have XM radio button. The USA-SPEC pretends to be a multi disc CD to the radio. I control playlists, switch podcasts, rewind, pause all through radio controls. no more fumbling. Why did I wait so long? Get it!
it worked well until the phone was updated to 4.0, and now I can't get the stereo to stay on the phone. It randomly changes between CD, radio, and phone.
Twenty minutes from opening the box to having this baby installed and working in my 2006 Honda Pilot. This unit works great with Ipod and Iphone (3G, streaming Pandora). The mixed mode (steering will controls and Ipod direct controls) works really well with streaming audio. I believe this is the only adapter that allows you to continue using the factory XM radio along with the Ipod adapter. This is a big feature! I appreciate the fact that I can also select AUX input and use my Android phone to stream Pandora. I did not even have to drill any holes to route the cables as the Pilot has a nice little slot beneath the "not an ashtray" that accomodates the cables. One caution is to look up the official honda panel removal instructions before starting. The Honda instructions describe the removal of one extra sub panel that makes it possible to remove the bezel with your bare hands. Great product! Just wish they made one for my Dodge Truck.
This thing works like a charm and installation was a breeze. I have a 2003 Honda Accord
LX with CD/AUX button (not XM). Took me about 40 minutes to install - just wanted to
make sure I did not break off any tabs removing the panels. Removed the screws -
plugged the cable into the bottom of the radio (did not have to remove the radio for this
installation - again - no XM with this radio). Put everything back and started up without
any problems. Unlike the others I left the 'control box' free floating - I did not velcro it or
attach it to anything and I left it to the right of the CD Box (under the radio). Like others I
drilled a hole into the back of the CD Box, put a grommet on it and fed the wire that
connects to the iPod through the hole. Now my iPod and all the wires are hidden from
view when the CD Box cover is closed. Things to watch for: 1. The dip switches just
follow the installation guide and the indicators on the control box to determine which way
to set the dip switches.2. Remember to create new playlists that start with HONDA1
through HONDA6 - you can add any other names or characters after the HONDA3 - they
get automatically assigned to the 'disc' buttons on the radio. Disc 7 is all music and Disc
8 is direct control via the iPod 3. My iPod locked up once when I was on direct control
(Disc 8) and tried to control the iPod through the radio - just had to reset the iPod and I
was on my way again - not an issue - just be aware.
I have a 2003 Accord EX with dual zone A/C, but no navi or XM. The install is all of 4 screws and about 30 minutes, pull out the ashtray and the storage compartment under the radio, plug in the USA adapter to the plug on the bottom of the radio and put it all back together. I went a step further by routing the cable to my ipod thru the center console into the compartment under the center armrest, i drilled a 1/2" hole in the aux power and ran the cable thru it. With this install the USA controll box is zip tied under the radio behind the storage compartment and the ipod itself is in the storage in the center armrest. No wires exposed, no ipod exposed and the steering wheel radio controls work the ipod so I have not even had to touch my ipod unless I wanted to play a specific song. For a month I have had the ipod on shuffle and use the steering wheel controls to skip a song if I don't want to hear it. The sound is great, I tried a couple of FM transmitters and the sound was bad! With this the sound is just as good as a CD! If I had to pick one complaint and it is very minor the fast forward and reverse really doesn't do much on the radio controls, but you still have those features on the ipod. If you have an ipod and want to hear it in your car this is THE way to go, I would do it again! I just wish I would have done it a long time ago!
I don't have NAVI, XM or dual climate on my car. I bought the 160GB iPod Classic a few months ago. I wanted an EASY "stealth" install for my iPod and this interface. After surveying the car's interior for a while and watching several videos on the net, I wanted to pass along my experience.
For the iPod, I surveyed 3 spots: glovebox, cd storage compartment under the radio and the center console storage compartment. I chose the cd storage compartment.
The USA Spec interface fits perfectly in a completely unused space (in my car) above the middle air vents in the dash. Follow CF's excellent pic instructions and remove the cd compartment and vent cover. Don't remove radio, no need. Also, unhinge the glove box but don't remove. Drill a 1/2" hole near the back bottom side of the cd compartment. Pass the USA Spec connector for the iPod through this hole. Above the vents you'll find a nice open area with a plastic support "T" brace. Velco and zip tie the interface in the brace's middle. With glovebox unhinged, route both interface cables up beside the passenger side of the radio and vent to the top. It appears the USA Spec instructions have been improved compared to original posters experiences. All instructions were spot on. I've been smiling ever since the install. There is a slight volume difference between iPod and regular cds in the dash changer. CDs are just a bit louder per volume level. But the iPod's audio processor produces better quality sound.
Installed into 2007 Honda Accord EX w/XM option, no nav, using iPod Touch 3G. I advise that you completely read and understand manual (which has grammar & typos) before installing. Sound is excellent. I like the text display on the console of what is playing, although I had to opt for the CD-changer option (no text display) because that is the only way where the fast-forward / rewind within song would work, and only in Direct Mode, and only from the Seek button on the console, the steering wheel +/- hold down does NOT work for this in any mode, it just switches tracks. The manual implies fast-forward / rewind works in Direct Mode in the XM setups, but it doesn't. Am still getting used to the unit's rules about what it plays and when. Cust support was helpful. Unit seems solidly built, good connectors.
I was getting sick of FM transmitter cutting in and out, choosing the right channel while driving which is very dangerous. So I decided to go with an integrated approach and glad I did. Although it is little bit more expensive here, the service and instructions you get from Crutchfield is worth it. You will get detailed instructions of how to open open your stereo to install this device and you're done! The installation was so easy that it only took me 30 minutes, even though I have never opened up my car stereo before. Navigation can getting used to, but once you learn what the preset folders are for, it is so intuitive. The only problem I have is that when you plug in your iPod/iPhone, it automatically sets the playlist to playing all songs. But you can easily switch to the playlist you want. The option to take direct control of your iPod/iPhone is also very helpful. The Aux inputs will come in handy in the future for other devices. I can now concentrate while driving instead of messing around with the FM transmitter. I highly recommend this and it is worth every single penny.
Installed in a 2007 Honda Accord. Worked so far as promised. Had noise from the MP3 aux jack but was able to correct by adding a matching transformer.
This product is a live saver. I thought i was stuck with either replacing the climate control section with a product that had mixed reviews or install an aftermarket head unit in the pocket underneath the factory stereo( which my wife did not want) I actually found it in the crutchfield catalog by accident and saw that the reviews were good. I bought it and could not be happier. The sound quality is awesome and it saved me from buying another stereo for my honda accord. Plus the wife is happy. The installation was easy. If I had to complain about anything, it would be the 6 foot ipod cord that I have to stuff in the pocket next to the interface.
I put this in a Honda Ridgeline. The stereo sounds pretty good with the IPod plugged into the Aux port. But when I plugged the IPod into the USAspec controller, it sounded horrible. It was like the midrange was completely eliminated, but the highs were left alone, so what was left was very shrill. In addition, if you adjust the bass where you like it at one volume, it doesn't maintain this balance as the volume is raised... if you start with the bass where you want it at 1/3 volume, then turn it up to 2/3, it's like someone turned the bass all the way off as the volume goes up. Again, this is ONLY when using the USASpec controller...all other sources work fine and sound great.
The other thing I don't like about it is that you are limited in your options as to how you browse your Ipod. You can set it to browse by artist, album, or playlist. But, you have to browse them alphabetically, either one at a time or 10 at a time. I've got 6000+ songs on my Ipod. It takes a long time to get to Van Halen when you can only jump ahead 10 artists at a time.
Unless you have no other way of connecting your Ipod to your stereo, I'd avoid this product.
I purchased this adapter for the better sound quality of a direct connect and the ability to control the iPod through the factory radio / steering wheel.
While sound quality is excellent, the factory radio isn't XM/Sirius compatible, and therefore text display isn't available. Most likely we'll be still be using the iPod to navigate to the general neighborhood of the directory that contains the music we're in the mood for. My wife is big on audiobooks for her commute, so the limited radio control probably won't be a big drawback.
Install was easy in the '06 Accord LX automatic sedan. The factory radio has a conveniently located connector, and there is ample room under and around the storage compartment for the box / cords. The only hiccup encountered involved pulling out the storage box: I had to start the car and put it in N in order to create enough space to pull it out. I popped the iPod cord out of the console in the foot-well and then tucked it under the console back to the armrest / storage compartment on the passenger side. A more elegant solution would have been to conceal the cord entirely in the console and pop it through the center storage compartment with the power outlet. But, I didn't want to cut anything, and I had to get everything put back together in less than an hour.
The USA-Spec manual is poorly organized and full of typos, but it's not unintelligible. Read it before you get started (or purchase) and things should go smoothly.
I have a 2007 Honda Accord LX and was tired of using an FM modulator to play
music to the radio with my Ipod. After installing this it sounds awesome!
Installation for my car was easy, only have to pry off a few little things (they
all have retainer clips, so as long as u dont rip it off they should be ok) and
using a phillips screwdriver only needed to remove 4 screws.
It was a little weird operating the ipod from the actual radio (My radio doesnt
have XM so tracks dont display on the console) but got used to it quick, and as
others have said selecting a certain option will let u choose music right from
the ipod instead of from the radio. I think $100 would have been a little
better price but I'm happy I don't need to use my old CD's to hear good music
I just istalled this ipod adapter on my 2007 accord se w/o xm or navy. The adapter
functiosn beautifully, the sound quality is excellent. Some of the reviews on here
describe features pretty accurately so I won't go into too much detail but my main
reservation before buying this adapter was that some people experience engine noice
or alternator "whine". I was very concerned but I am really happy to say there is
absolutely no engine noise whatsoever. I really tested it out and listened for the noise
but there was none! The sound is near cd quality, I am sure you will be pleased. On the
installation front...I have zero experience so it took me a combined 5 hours (in 2 days).
Installation is not difficult, you will know what to do. However it is easier in theory than in
practice. Try not to damage your dash when prying open the top piece with the vents (it's
clipped on). Also, be careful with the two bottom screws of the radio (silver screws)
they're really cheap quality and my power drill/screw driver completely destroyed the +
which made removing the screw a 20 minute sweating plier ordeal. One final note -
when you turn the car off the cable continues to charge the ipod. I am not sure if this will
drain teh battery, so on the safe side i unplugged it when leaving the car. I am very
pleased with this purchase overall and feel like I made the right decision to go with the
usa spec. Good luck!!
I installed this USA SPEC iPod/iPhone kit in my '05 Accord w/XM last night and
spent several hours on the road with it today connected to an iPhone 3GS. My
first impressions of the system are excellent! The sound quality is crystal
clear, and should be since the feed through the dock connector is digital not
analog (like the mini-plug headphone jack). Voice Commands on the iPhone 3GS are
fully functional, so you can call up tunes by saying, "Play songs by Foo
Fighters" or "Play playlist Billboard Top 100" without taking your eyes off the
During installation I noticed that the components are well built and feel like
they will provide years of service. Space under the radio in the '05 Accord is
sparse, but I did find a small void on the driver's side where zip ties are
enough to hold the "brain" of the system in place. The under-radio storage bin
just cleared the "brain" upon re-installation and all of the cables are neatly
zip tied and tucked either behind or beside the bin. I've read some folks
complain about interference with this system and I suspect that they installed
some of the kit's cables along side power leads. Audio cables should be tucked
away on their own and NOT run along side power wires. If you have to cross over
a wire supplying power, do so at a 90° angle. Interference is likely to occur if
audio feeds aren't isolated from power leads.
Installation is DIY simple in about an hour, especially with the excellent
instructions provided by Crutchfield.
I just finishing installing the iPod adaptor and folks let me tell you, it does exactly what I expected and more. I even caught it on sale which made it a even better bargain. It took me about 20 mins to get everything setup and working in my 99 Honda Civic. Buy it folks if you're not looking to change any factory equipment.
This system is exactly what an iPOD adapter should do when it integrates with your car, unlike the HondaLink system, this one fully integrates into a 2007 Odyssey with XM, Navi, and Rear Entertainment without losing any functionality. When the IPod is connected it takes over XM1, when it's disconnected XM1 works as it always does. With the ability to see track information right on the radio screen and the ability to access the iPOD in 4 different modes it's a perfect addition to our car entertainment system. For added bonus it can even be wired into the small drawer under the DVD making it a hidden clean install.Great Product and Great Buy!
I do a lot of mid-distance driving (3-5 hrs), so I want more variety than 6 CDs provides. I love with the enormous amount of music available anytime/anywhere from an IPod
I ordered this from Crutchfield and it was here in a couple of days. My mechanic installed it for me for $60. It comes with a long cable that pugs into your IPOD connector. The Vol +/- and Next/last track control on the steering column work with this. It also charges your IPod while you listen.
Sound quality is excellent-far better than the FM radio adaptor solution- but only slightly better than the cassette adaptor solution: if you have a tape player in your car, that's probably your best option.
Operation takes a little while to figure out. Default when you plug it in is that it shows up as CD-7 (my car has the factory 6 CD-X) and it plays is some variation of the playlist you last listened too, but you cant control the music from the IPod. However, when it is plugged in, if you hit the 6 (+) button on the dashboard CD selector, it shows up as CD-8 and then you pick your songs/playlists as normal on the IPod.
This was definitely worth the price(installed) I spent on this. If you can afford it, this is a much better solution than the FM radio adaptor. If this had a quick dock that you could just slide the iPod into, this would be perfect. In the interests of safety, please plug in your IPod and select your play list before you start driving!
My 2007 Accord SE has limited options for hooking an iPod into the factory stereo--no XM or NAV, just a "CD/AUX" button. My local big box store told me they couldn't do it. Yeah, right. Went to another place, who quoted me $250+ for a similar install with a different product. I found this product, read the reviews here, and decided I could try to do it myself.
And I did! I was a little scared about prying all of these pieces off of my car and disabling the battery, but it was fine. It took a few tries to get the wiring correct, but I got it to work. FYI, I did not need the set of wires pictured in the lower right of the photo above.
Sound is pretty awesome. I've previously been using an FM transmitter, and I'm admittedly not a car audio snob, so take that proclamation with a grain of salt.
I love that I can control the iPod from the steering wheel, the stereo itself, OR from the iPod itself. I love that the iPod charges while I'm driving, and that it turns itself off and on when my car turns off and on. It's like it's a part of the car now!
I agree with some of the other reviews, about too much cable being provided and having to deal with tucking it away somewhere. But I'd rather have that problem than not having enough cable. Also agree that it wasn't necessary to yank out the entire stereo-just plugged right into the bottom once the storage compartment came out. (Be careful putting that thing back in-I knocked loose the iPod plug the first time I put it back!)
All around Excellent experience with both the quality of product and with Clutchfield. The
iPod adapter was shipped the same day and made it to me in 3 days. It included very
detailed instructions on how to remove the dash trim from my 2007 Honda Ridgeline.
I've never done anything like this before and I completed it in less than 20 minutes. The
sound quality is AWESOME! I love being able to still listen to XM radio and, when the
need presents itself, Pandora on my Blackberry. Couldn't be happier!
Now that I understand how the unit works..... I LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE IT.
At first, I did not understand the instructions on how to get to the DIRECT Mode. But now that I can control my iPod on the iPod display, it sounds great. I wish I would have bought sooner.
Previous reviewers have said it all. Honda and other local Car Audio places charge about $300 for similar product. If you have a Honda Pilot with Nav, and you get installation pics for w/o Nav, call Crutchfield and they will email you the right pictures.
Works great! Much better sound quality than the radio station cable. I have an Ipod Touch, which i can only use pandora through WiFi, but I do have pandora on my Black Berry. This equipment has an auxiliary input as well so I use my BB for Pandora music in my car. So that is a big plus!
I can control the Ipod through the radio controls and still see whats playing in the Ipod, images and everything, unlike other equipments on the market.
Overall I would recomend this to my friends and family, it's worth every penny!
It is great to have a product that lets me: play my ipod without radio interference, see what is playing , and control which track is playing all from my car stereo. I searched extensively and USA Spec seems to be the best choice - at least for my 06 Odyssey. But it is not perfect. My CD changer stopped working (I think it will work fine again if I take the Ipod interface back out). I can only play a limited number of playlists (without using "direct mode" where display and control are only from the ipod). Behavior is unpredictable and poorly documented in the manual. Similarly, Crutchfield is probably the best place to get this item, but their tecnical support could be a little better: they would not answer questions sent by email, the instructions they gave me were for a slightly different Honda setup, and the technician was a little short (he did however assure me that I could call back until everything was resolved).
I installed this unit on a 2006 Honda Accord VP model. When purchasing the USA Spec product, I was led to believe that it would display the song titles on the radio display. That is not true for the OEM radio installed in the VP model. Furthermore, once the IPod is connected to the USA Spec unit, all the controls are disabled on the IPod. So while the USA Spec unit allows one to switch between a set of predefined Playlist, you have no idea which will play next until you hear it :-(.
I have also seen another problem. When the IPod is disconnected from the USA Spec unit (e.g. when I shut off the car) the IPod controls remain disabled. The only way out of this is to reset the IPod. Hopefully there's another way around this (that I haven't found yet) else it's going to be qute annoying.
I'm had this USA SPEC interface connected to my 2006 Civic hybrid with Navigation for a week, and it has provided limited functionality at best. With the Honda nav system, I can only switch between different modes (i.e. folder, direct, etc) from the steering wheel controls, and when I attempt to advance more than 2 or 3 songs into a playlist, it freezes and remains stuck on whatever song is playing. The sound quality is excellent, and it charges my iPhone 3GS (albeit with the "nag" screen), but I can't get to 99% of the music on the device!
Install was relatively easy which is a good thing since I'll most likely be uninstalling and returning to Crutchfield for an adapter that works better with the navi head units.
I purchased this as a Christmas gift to be installed in my daughter's 2004 Accord LX (standard radio/CD player, no Nav or CD changer). (I also purchased a different model for my other daughter's 2002 Accord SE). At the peak of the Christmas rush, it was in FedEx hands the same day I placed my order--with standard shipping. The Crutchfield detail sheets for removing panels to access the radio were thorough and invaluable...certainly helped me avoid some expensive damage to the plastic pieces. The entire process took about an hour and a half. It would have been much quicker but I was taking my time, and I mentally walked through each step two or three times before actually executing it.
The product itself is excellent and my daughter is extremely happy with it. Our only gripe is that the vendor's "Owners Manual" is VERY poorly written. It appears to have been translated by someone with a very limited knowledge of English grammar and spelling. As a result, it is difficult to read, understand, and follow.
Bottom line, I would purchase again, and I would recommend this product (and Crutchfield as a source) to friends & family!
I decided to go with this ipod adapter for my 2007 Honda Accord VP (no XM or nav) instead of an aftermarket HU because the reviews on the Honda Accord factory integration adapter were pretty horrible, and I didn't want to deal with the potential hassle, or lose the option to control my heat and a/c (ridiculous!).
I've had it installed for 2 days now, and I'm very pleased overall. This provides excellent sound quality (plugs in the bottom of the ipod rather than the headphone jack) and also charges the ipod.
A few observations:
1) I have the Jacket for my 160gb ipod and the connector for this unit is a little too fat to fit perfectly in the bottom of my jacket, so it's a bit of a struggle to plug it in my ipod. If you don't have a case for your ipod, you shouldn't have a problem.
2) Plugging this in my ipod toggles the "Repeat All" option. It doesn't affect anything. It just strikes me as a little strange.
3) I have no idea what to do with the excess cable. The cable that goes from the radio to the box is long, then the cable from box to ipod is long. You'll have to figure out how to hide it if it bothers you.
Aside from those 3 quirky little things, this is perfect if you aren't going to replace your factory HU.
We are definitely glad we bought this since we have not been able to play our iPod in our Honda Accord due to the fact there is no antenna (Monster and other FM transmitters have nto worked with the back window antenna). Installation was easy and like other reviewers, we did not pull out the stereo since the connector was on the bottom of it. When researching this product we could not find a definitive answer to whether the CD changer would still hold multiple CD's and the answer is yes! The sound quality is great and the instructions from Crutchfield were worth the extra money over buying one from other sites. This was spot on!
I would definitely recommend this product!
Great product! Installed the adapter to my 07 Honda Accord EX sedan (no nav) in
about an hour. The Crutchfield MS was exact with very easy step by step
instructions on how to remove the panels to access the port. The best wiring
solution for my vehicle was through the storage bin underneath the dash (so that
I could hid the cables when not in use), but unfortunately the holes provided
were not large enough for the cable, so slight modifications to the storage bin
were needed. Other than that, the adapter functioned exactly as advertised.
The instructions from Crutchfield on how to dismantle my dash were spot on.
The instructions for wiring up the USA spec interface could have been better, it
was confusing, but some trial and error and 30 minutes total time and i had it
back together and fully functional. Sounds great, much better than the FM
modulator that was in there.
This is the second US Spec adapter I've installed and the third iPod adapter. I made the mistake of trying a competitors adapter on my Prius. US Specs are by far the least expensive and easiest to install and use. This one went into an MDX with factory navigation (with XM buttons). Since I have XM with XM buttons on the factory radio, I get text feedback on the navigation screen from my iPhone. I recommend this product.
I bought this interface for my wife's 2006 Honda Accord EXL. She loves it. The system sounds great. I put the interface within the armrest console so the IPOD is out of sight. We tried those FM transmitter devices so don't waste your time because the sound quality is really terrible. After reading the manual a few times, we found out that the interface is easy to use. I'm saving my money to buy one for my 2003 Dodge Dakota. Paul at crutchfield and the in box instructions were a great help. Thanks for the great service. Alan
This adapter delivers as promised. The master sheet made the installation very easy. Simply remove a panel, unscrew the radio, and snap the harness into the existing radio and you are good to go. The install time was about 1hr, including running the wires to the box and selecting the spot to mount the box. If you can, get a plastic tool for removing the panel to avoid scratching your dash. I mounted the small box right behind the passenger kick panel on the center console using zip ties. Then I ran the ipod cable to one of the many "glove" boxes in my Odyssey which was easily accessible during the removal of the radio. Once installed, all other systems function normally (rear DVD, etc.), which was a concern of mine.
As far as operation, the sound is very clean. What really blew me away was the functionality of the unit. Being able to browse by Playlist, Artist, Album, or simply controlling it via the ipod (allows you to hear Pandora/internet radio from your iphone/itouch) is way beyond what I expected the adapter to do. The ability to shuffle using the stereo controls was also impressive. The manufacturer made great use of all of the existing radio functions to allow great versatility in managing your music. The text display is the icing on the cake when it comes to ease of use (XM ready radio).
It won't make your minivan "cool", but it sure will improve the time spent inside it.
This product was easy to install (directions somewhat helpful, but you have to use your brain, too) and sounds great using my car's factory sound system. The bummer is that you can't control your playlists easily. Every playlist has to be renamed in iTunes, then instead of pressing your "CD1" button to play the first playlist, you have to scroll through each playlist with the "+" and "-" arrows of the cd player. I'm sure I'll get used to it, but it could be better!
Installed this PA15-HON2 in my 2006 Honda Accord EX V6 MT with stock 6-
disc changer, no Navi, dual zone climate, connected to an iPhone 3GS.
Instructions were very accurate, and I also found some on the web with
pictures which were helpful. This is a fantastic unit- gives pretty much the
best possible funcitonality from the CD changer interface, can control the
ipod from the steering wheel, the stereo, or the iPod itself (I also added a
pro-fit dash mount cradle). Sound is great, very clear with no interference.
The inclusion of an AUX input is a nice feature, I haven't needed it yet but it
is nice to know that I can add a different player or navigation system
quickly and easily (I put the control box in the glove box).
I initially had the "high pitched whine" problem mentioned by the other
user, as well as repeated "This device is not compatible" messages from
the iPhone 3GS. Crutchfield sent a replacement out straight away and I
replaced the main box and iPhone cable- the new one one worked perfectly-
thanks for the great service.
I recently installed two different manufacturers' units in my two cars. The USASpec PA15-HON2 in my 2004 Acura TSX (and also a Soundgate TOYPD2 in my 2007 Toyota Highlander).
The PA15-HON2 was easy to install. Contrary to what Crutchfield's Master Sheets seem to suggest, no need to remove the factory radio. All needed access for connecting the PA15-HON2 can be had by just removing the binnacle below the radio (though you will have to take out the trim around the shift console, etc. depending upon how you want to connect the PA15-HON2 to your iPod).
After installing, I hooked up my iPhone/3G. Immediately I heard an annoying high pitch whine along with my music. The whine is contemperanous with PA15-HON2 charging the iPhone. If it's fully charged, then the whine stops, but the PA15-HON2 is always topping the iPhone's battery off, so the whine cuts in and out a lot. Crutchfield support was fantastic... they sent me a new unit quickly... unfortunately it did not cure the problem. Must be a design flaw.
In the couple days that I was waiting for the replacement unit, I also tried my old iPod Mini. No whine. So I'm happy just using my old iPod Mini for my tunes (saves me the trouble of connecting my iPhone3G).
In comparison, the Soundgate TOYPD2 that I also just put into my Toyota does not have a high pitch whine when using my iPhone/3G. But the TOYPD2 doesn't have the PA15-HON2's "Direct Mode" (where you can still use the iPod's controls).
Great product. Sound is terrific and works with my steering wheel controls. I prefer the IPod's interface for song selection and the direct mode works well for that.
Installation was snap. I have a 2003 Honda Accord with a six disc changer and there is a port right on the underside of the unit the the connector plugs into. I did not have to remove the radio which was my big concern.
I installed the USA Spec IPOD adapter a couple of weeks ago. It was not extraordinarily difficult to install. This device works well. Setting up the Playlists was a bit challenging because the instructions from USA Spec were confusing. But once set up it works beautifully. I am very happy with it.
Installation went ok until I hooked the battery terminal back up to check it before
I put the dash back together. The radio asked for an Access Code to turn the radio
back on. Apparently Honda makes you put a five digit code in if the battery is
disconnected or has to be replaced even. I could not find it anywhere in the car
and it was quite an ordeal to get it from the dealership. If I had to do it again I
would not disconnect the battery. But other than that the install was very easy
and the unit operates as advertised.
USA Spec iPod® Interface is working great for my Honda PIlot 2006. The Manual for the USA Spec is detailed on what settings you can use. You can even connect other devices to it using the AUX settings. For the USASpec, this product is defintiely a great buy.
Only thing that was a little off (which is not really USASpec ) was the manual from Crutchfield for removing the dashboard face for my pilot. I just had to look for other sites that has better screenshots and more accurate as to what you need to do to take off the dashboard face without damaging anything.
This is the third USA Spec iPod adaptor I have purchased and it works well with my '05 Honda Accord. Installation was easy and my iPhone syncs up with the stereo with no problems. I have previously bought these adaptors for other vehicles and have had no problems with these units. I highly recommend them for anyone looking to add iPod connectivity to their factory stereos.
Installation of this adapter went smoothly, although the removal of the radio in the 2005 Acura TL was the most involved/complicated I have ever undertaken and I have done several. Crutchfield's instructions were spot on but you have to disassemble a significant portion of your dash/console to get to the back of the radio. All went well though with no issues. I installed the unit in the console box so that I can get to it to change setting if needed. I don't want to take that dash apart again!
The interface works perfectly with my 2nd gen touch and with my wife's iPhone. The ONLY issue I have is that you can hear a little alternator whine when listening to audiobooks which are just a speaking voice. You can't hear it with music. I hope to address this issue with the tech staff today. Also you have to get used to the delay when switching between XM and the iPod. It takes a few seconds to change modes and you start to think something is wrong. The manual said this is normal however.
I agree with the last reviewer, the manual language leaves a little bit to be desired but if you are a gadget person you should be able to decipher it.
Overall I am very pleased.
very easy install in 2007 Ridgeline -- placed the module and iPod plug in the glove box, easy dip switch settings;
easy music navigation by playlist;
nice to see track info -- artist, album title.
In all, worked flawlessly, when it worked.
fails to talk to iPod (2nd gen touch) when first connecting each day. Workaround by pre-selecting music on the iPod;
sometimes need to disconnect and reconnect. Takes fiddling.
Note: not a known issue at USA-SPEC (good tech support) or a local installer. You may not encounter this.
Definitely worth a try.
I know nothing about cars other than how to drive them and check the oil. I can put fluid in the reservoir for the windshield washer. I can put air in the tires. I can change a tire. That's IT. I have never even disconnected the battery. Well, nowI have. I just installed this doodad into my wife's Honda van. I didn't break anything. The sound is great. She will be happy. DO IT YOURSELF. You can do it. Really. It's easy.
One tip: empty out all the CDs before you disconnect the battery. I don't know why the tell you to empty out the CDs, but I did as they asked). Also, after you put the parking brake on (in the odyssey) make sure you put the shifter lever in FIRST GEAR before you disconnect the battery -- makes it easier to slip the dash cover off. You have to have the power connected for the brake pedal sensor to let the shifter move, or else you have to do the little manual bypass with the slot on the dash right next to the lever. Finally, make sure you have the security code on hand so you can make the stereo work after you hook up the power again. Only tips I have. Otherwise, it's plug and play. You don't even need wire crimpers, which the instructions tell you to have. I guess the instructions are for any job, such as putting in new speakers. You only need a flat head screw driver for prying off the HVAC cover, and a phillips screwdriver for removing the stereo's three main screws that hold it into the dashboard.
This product is excellent. The only thing I have anything bad to say about is the instructions. If you own an Acura TSX you DO NOT have to take the radio out to install this! Me and my brother removed the whole radio at first (which was a process in itself) only to find that there was no where on the back of the radio to plug in the adapter. All you have to do is take out the storage compartment under the climate controls and if you stick a mirror in there, you will be able to see an unused white plug underneath the radio (which is where the adapter plugs in). Other than that, great product that gives cd quality music from your ipod directly to your stereo.
Just received my adapter this morning and thanks to Crutchfield's great information and a little u tube video I was able to pull the trim and remove the stereo with no sweat. Installing was easy and the results are good. I say good because I will have to try a few other locations to see if the alternator whine goes away. I have the RTL model stereo with the sub and XM and the XM controls work fine. The sound is good but from volume level 30 to 40 you hear the alternator whine during quieter passages. Not a deal breaker but I put the unit right under the radio and I'll move it around to see if that changes the noise that comes through the system. I'll also hook up an RCA input so that I can use the headphone out on my IPOD and see if that works better. I don't really need to see the tracks and all on my radio, if the noise won't go away via relocation away from the radio then I'll try the RCA inputs to see if they are quieter. I don't think the whine will be noticeable with passengers in the car as I don't listen to volume levels past 15 with my wife. (she isn't a rocker much) All in all a product that works as advertised and Crutchfield's extra info actually covers removing dash and door speakers and the subwoofer at no charge! So I might be upgrading those items in the future! Way to go guys!