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Crux BTS-HN2 Bluetooth® Interface

Stream music through the factory radio in select 2003-14 Acura and Honda vehicles

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About the Crux BTS-HN2 Bluetooth® Interface

Crux BTS-HN2

Crux's BTS-HN2 adapter allows you to add Bluetooth streaming to the factory radio of your Honda. Now you can stream audio without having to replace the car radio, and even hear navigation app voice prompts over your car system when in Bluetooth mode. The BTS-HN2 also features a USB port for music playback which you can control via the radio panel or your steering wheel controls. You can charge your phone from the USB port, and the module also includes a 3.5mm auxiliary input jack for other audio sources. The package also includes a magnetic phone mount.

Product highlights:

  • stream audio through your Honda's factory radio
  • USB music playback with controls via radio panel or steering wheel controls
  • audio streaming only (does not stream phone calls)
  • USB charging from module USB port
  • 3.5mm AUX input jack
  • magnetic phone holder included
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # BTS-HN2
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What's in the box:

  • Bluetooth/USB/Aux interface adapter (attached 30" harness)
  • Vent mount
  • Magnetic base
  • Magnetic plate
  • Self-adhesive magnetic plate
  • Installation & Operation Instructions

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Features

Add-On Bluetooth/USB/Aux Interface Adapter: The Crux BeeLine series BTS-HN2 allows you to add Bluetooth music streaming, USB music playback & charging, as well as a 3.5mm Aux input to the factory radio of select Honda & Acura vehicles.

Vehicle Compatibility: The Crux BeeLine series BTS-HN2 is compatible with select 2003 to 2012 Honda & Acura vehicles that feature a factory radio with a 14-pin CD changer port.

Make Model Year
Acura MDX 2005-2006
RSX 2004-2006
TL 2004-2009
TSX 2004-2009
Honda Accord 2003-2012
Civic 2006-2012
CR-V 2005-2012
Crosstour 2010-2012
Element 2003-2011
Fit 2007-2012
Insight 2010-2012
Odyssey 2005-2010
Pilot 2004-2011
Ridgeline 2006-2012
S2000 2004-2009

Notes:

  • Factory radio must have a 14-pin CD changer port.
  • If your vehicle is equipped with an external factory CD-changer, it must be disconnected.
  • Not compatible in vehicles with factory DVD Navigation or factory rearview camera.
  • Not compatible on Acura vehicles equipped with AcuraLink.

Bluetooth Music Streaming: Thanks to built-in Bluetooth 2.0 with support for A2DP, you are able to wirelessly stream stored music and music apps (using SBC codec only) from your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or portable audio player to the Crux BTS-HN2 and your vehicle's factory radio. There is no music control or song/artist information on the factory radio; this will still need to be done from your Bluetooth source device. You can also use Bluetooth to hear navigation voice prompts (factory radio and adapter must be in Bluetooth mode). The adapter will only pair to one device at a time.

Notes: The Crux BeeLine series adapter does not support Bluetooth hands-free phone communication.

USB Port: The adapter's USB-A 2.0 port supports playback of MP3 music files stored on a USB mass storage class (MSC) device, like a USB thumbdrive (you may want to purchase a USB extension cable). You can control Track Up & Down from the factory radio or steering wheel controls (if equipped). The factory radio will not display song/artist information. The USB port can also be used to charge (5V/0.5A) your smartphone.

Aux Input: There is a 3.5mm auxiliary input for connecting almost any external portable audio source with a headphone jack or analog audio output. Music from your connected portable audio source will be heard through the factory radio and speakers. There are no playback controls or song/artist information on the factory radio.

Magnetic Vent Mount: The Crux BTS-HN2 comes with a magnetic vent mount for your smartphone. The mount works with most air vent configurations found in today's vehicle's - including horizontal, vertical, and round air vents. The vent mount includes a magnetic device cradles and comes with a self-adhesive magnetic plate which attaches to the outside of your smartphone or inside of your smarpthone case. Once the magnetic plate is installed, simply hover your mobile device over the cradle and it will quickly snap into place and remain there. You can quickly remove it too. The mount's ball-and-socket mechanism allows you tilt your smartphone up or down, turn it left or right, and rotate it 360-degrees. You'll be able to mount your device in a vertical (portrait) or horizontal (landscape) orientation.

Plug-&-Play Harness: The Crux BeeLine series BTS-HN2 features an attached 30" harness which plugs into the 14-pin CD changer port on the back of the factory radio. The factory radio will need to be removed from the dash in order to gain access to the 14-pin CD changer port. If there is a factory external CD changer already plugged into this port, you will need to unplug it and leave the CD changer disconnected.

Operation: The Crux BTS-HN2 is accessed through the "CD" button on your vehicle's factory radio. In this mode the factory radio will display "CD1 01". You cannot manually switch between the inputs of the BTS-HN2. Instead, the BTS-HN2 automatically switches for you based on what device you have connected - Bluetooth, USB, or Aux (only connect one device at a time).  

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Customer Q&A

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Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
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I was really hoping for a device that would adapt to my OEM stereo so I could listen to streamed music right away instead of having to wait a few months until I could afford a decent replacement deck that would cost a pretty penny. I found this only after reading a Crutchfield blog about what connection provides best sound. I am excited to install this little puppy! [ Heidi  Mar 22, 2019 ]
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Product need and product reviews. [ WILLIAM  Feb 05, 2019 ]
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My teenage daughter, like many of her generation, uses her cellphone for everything, including music. As the 2003 Honda Accord requires a $300 fascia install kit to put in an aftermarket radio, this was a much better option ... especially just after Christmas. I'm sure I will spring for a new radio & $300 install kit at some point, just not right now. ;) [ Marc  Jan 03, 2019 ]
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wanted to stream my apple music to factory sterep [ Bob  Nov 21, 2018 ]
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I picked this up because it's a sub $100 way to get aux and bluetooth functionality, while retaining the use of my factory subwoofers and other sound equipment that would be lost if I used an aftermarket radio of the same price. [ Brendon  Nov 04, 2018 ]
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inexpensive, easy to install, and fit my needs. [ M  Oct 30, 2018 ]
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have a 2007 accord need BT [ Ryan  Aug 21, 2018 ]
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I called in and Bryce suggested this item. [ jon  Jul 19, 2018 ]
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I needed a Bluetooth adapter for my daughters car. Her iPhone does not have a headphone jack (smh) so she can not play her music and keep her phone charging at the same time. This will solve that problem. Installation seems like it will be a piece of cake - Thanks youtube and Crutchfield [ CHRIS  Jul 18, 2018 ]
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Bought one for my 2005 Honda CR-V and audio is fantastic. Frustrated using the aux line in on the stock radio of my Insight. [ Matthew  May 30, 2018 ]
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I need a bluetooth interface for my '07 Accord, which has a "styled" factory radio that would be a pain to replace. [ Andrew  May 11, 2018 ]
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Reviews. Google [ Matthew  Apr 23, 2018 ]
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I wanted to connect other sources to play music and navigation through the factory stereo system and this seems like the most efficient method for my needs. [ B  Apr 16, 2018 ]
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To have Bluetooth access with my factory radio [ Joseph  Apr 12, 2018 ]
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From information obtained from others, the features of this product allows me to enjoy my iPhone 7 Plus even further. The Crux BTS-HN2 saved me from buying a Kenwood after market radio that would have cost over $600. with installation. Thanks Crutchfield. You folks are the best and your customer service is outstanding! Sincerely, Rich Garrison [ Richard  Apr 11, 2018 ]
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wanted to keep factory radio [ Michael  Apr 04, 2018 ]
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Needed an easy solution to add Bluetooth to my 2006 Ridgeline while keeping the factory stereo intact. [ Christopher  Mar 20, 2018 ]
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Cheaper then replacing the stereo [ JOE  Feb 10, 2018 ]
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Wanted to add bluetooth capability to my 2010 Odyessey without a complicated installation. I did not need phone capability. [ Ronald  Dec 12, 2017 ]
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After searching around the internet for a while, it seemed like the best value for adding a quality auxiliary input to my stock Accord radio. [ Douglas  Dec 03, 2017 ]
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The easiest way to get bluetooth into my Honda Accord [ chris  Dec 01, 2017 ]
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I chose this because Wade recommended it to me. He helped me through the process. [ Robert  Nov 10, 2017 ]
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I wanted a simple bluetooth adapter to stream music to my factory Honda stereo. This seems to fit the bill perfectly. [ Jason  Sep 22, 2017 ]
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Good reviews, allowed me to add BT to my car without changing the head unit, and I didn't use the XM anyways. I picked this over the more expensive unit as I'm not interested in the handsfree calling feature. [ John  Jul 23, 2017 ]
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Bree suggested it after hearing what I wanted to do. [ John  Jun 27, 2017 ]
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I needed 3.5mm line input (since my model year is too old to have one)... and I will use Bluetooth a little bit. This works in my car and is a reasonable price. Already installed one in 2007 Accord V6. Now ordering a second one to go in a 2004 EXL. In both cars this is replacing SiriusXM radio which I don't use. [ Michael  Apr 16, 2017 ]
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Good reviews and provides the functionality that I am looking for. [ Matthew  Feb 10, 2017 ]
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Good price, looks simple enough to install. [ Jeff Corbin  Jan 21, 2017 ]
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Factory Radio doesn't have Bluetooth capability I'm used to from my past car, looked for a cost effective option. [ James  Dec 30, 2016 ]
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Son was going to tear 2005 TSX to pieces looking for the nonexistent aux outlet! [ William G.  Dec 20, 2016 ]
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To keep the factory stereo and add the auxiliary jack and USB and Bluetooth options [ Ralph  Nov 29, 2016 ]
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other people comments [ Robert  Nov 26, 2016 ]
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looked at the rating and the reviews and wanted to keep it a try [ wilson  Nov 23, 2016 ]
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2005 Honda Pilot doesn't have an aux input. This item should give me that, but also Bluetooth connectivity. [ Greg  Nov 21, 2016 ]
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Car doesn't have Bluetooth and the cd doesn't work or the tape player and since I can't install aftermarket stereo into it it's a 2004 Acura TL without navigation [ Kevin  Nov 07, 2016 ]
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old vehicle, young teen, factory stereo sounds great. Just wanted to listen to his music through Bluetooth. [ DAVID  Nov 05, 2016 ]
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I chose this due to the limited options I have available for my '07 Accord. I don't like the aftermarket stereo taking over the storage bin below the HVAC and I have not had very good luck with FM transmitters. This direct connect option seemed like the best option. Once I receive the interface and install it I will review. [ William  Oct 31, 2016 ]
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15 questions already asked

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Can I play music off of a USB flash drive loaded with music? Will the steering wheel controls still work? How is folder selection done?
[ Ryan  Mar 17, 2019 ]
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The ability to retain steering wheel controls with aftermarket receivers will be determined by the receiver you are using and the vehicle you have. For full information on this type of integration (including the parts you will need) please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat.
[ Krissy  Mar 22, 2019 ]  Staff
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No you can't do any of that. I bought this for my Accord and the only thing that worked as far as steering wheel controls were the volume controls. You cant switch songs from radio, or steering wheel, it has to be all from the phone or device you're connected from. It's the worst Bluetooth device you can buy. It disconnects every 5 minutes and reconnects and doesn't want to work half the time. Stay far away from this. It was a waste of money.
[ Micah  Mar 17, 2019 ]
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Does this product works with my 2007 Acura TL S type with navigation system?
[ Ramon  Oct 24, 2018 ]
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I used it on my 11 honda pilot with navigation, I connected on the xmas output, works pretty good
[ Jorge  Oct 24, 2018 ]
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I have a XM portable radio i plug in to Aux now. If i use bluetooth(phone) and aux(xm radio) will one override the other? turn off the radio while phone is connected and vice versa?
[ David  Oct 21, 2018 ]
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If radio is on and you plug in aux it overrides the Bluetooth. Note if you leave aux plugged in and turn off radio the next time you turn on radio you will need to unplug aux cord and plug back in for it to work.
[ Jared  Oct 25, 2018 ]
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Do steering wheel controls for music playback (skip/repeat/previous track) work in Bluetooth mode?
[ Saami  May 13, 2018 ]
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The display on the radio changes, but does not control tracks.
[ Alan  May 14, 2018 ]
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Yes. They aren't perfect but good enough.
[ Jeff Corbin  May 14, 2018 ]
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I use a Pixel2 phone, and play downloaded music with the Amazon Music App through the Crux Bluetooth device installed in a 2004 Honda Accord. I do have steering wheel audio controls, but they do not work if the phone is sending music either via Bluetooth or via 3.5 mm jack. Therefore I have to select albums and tracks at the phone rather than from the steering wheel. The Crutchfield description says that you can control tracks, etc. only if the audio source is connected to the Crux device using the USB connection. However, I have not been able to get my Pixel2 phone to work at all with the USB connection to the Crux device. I don't know if the problem is my phone, or the Amazon Music App, or something wrong with the Crux device. I do have a 2018 Honda CRV which has USB input to the car's sound system. My Pixel2 and Amazon Music work perfectly in that car... I can control the who phone from the car's screen and/or steering wheel controls. So my phone definitely works with Android Auto App and a USB connection to a 2018 Honda car system. So something is not right about the USB connection between my phone and my Crux device.
[ Michael  May 13, 2018 ]
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Do steering wheel controls for music playback (skip/repeat/previous track) work in Bluetooth mode?
[ Saami  May 13, 2018 ]
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No the steering wheel controls do not work with this adapter.
[ DANIEL  May 14, 2018 ]
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Does this work if I don't have the steering wheel radio controls or the in dash 6 disc changer? Do those have anything to do with the 14-pin CD changer port? I have a 2007 Honda Accord - 4 cylinder if that helps. Is there any way to find out if I have a 14-pin CD changer without pulling the factory stereo out? Thanks!
[ Steph  Apr 25, 2018 ]
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If your factory stereo has CD changer controls, it would have buttons labeled "Disc +" & "Disc -". They would commonly be radio preset buttons 5 & 6. You do not have to have factory steering wheel radio controls to use the adapter. For additional assistance and personalized recommendations, feel free to contact us directly by phone or through our online chat service: https://www.crutchfield.com/support/ContactUs.aspx
[ Ryan  May 04, 2018 ]  Staff
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Will this work if my car does not have a CD-changer?
[ B  Nov 11, 2017 ]
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Yes it plugs in the same spot as the Optional CD Changer would
[ Gordon  Nov 11, 2017 ]
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The 2004 Accord that I installed it in does not have a CD changer and this device works perfectly fine.
[ DAVID  Nov 11, 2017 ]
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yes it could work, if it is a honda factory radio
[ Jorge  Nov 11, 2017 ]
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I can't get the Bluetooth to work. I keep hitting cd button but it doesn't do anything. How do I fix this?
[ Jennifer  Aug 15, 2017 ]
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Tech Support is included with your purchase from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website.
[ Kenny  Aug 15, 2017 ]  Staff
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will this device impact use of the current/stock Honda 3.5mm input port when installed?
[ Jon  Aug 04, 2017 ]
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You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you.
[ Kenny  Aug 04, 2017 ]  Staff
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I see some comments from customers that they have lost Sirius/XM capability after installing this device. Is that to be expected or is there a way to maintain Satellite radio with installation of this device? 2005 Honda Accord LX Coupe
[ Arlen  Jan 11, 2017 ]
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You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you.
[ Kenny  Jan 11, 2017 ]  Staff
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What microphone is this using to support the calls? Are you still reliant on the phone mic? I don't see anything about that.
[ Jacqueline  Dec 30, 2016 ]
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There is not a separate mic that comes with this Crux Bluetooth adapter. It does rely on the mic in the phone being connected. The BTS-HN2 does include a nice, magnetic phone holder that allows for hands free phone use without requiring any permanent installation.
[ William G.  Jan 01, 2017 ]
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Will this system work if the CD player is not functioning on my accord 07? Part of the reason Im looking for this BT addition is because my CD player will no longer turns on and all Im left with is FM radio. However, watching youtube installation videos, it sounds like I may need the CD player function/buttons to turn on or use this BT set?
[ lauren  Dec 21, 2016 ]
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If the CD/AUX button does not work then this unit may not work, however if the malfunction is not the button itself the unit will work. Also be sure your car has the 14 pin connector on the back or bottom of the stereo. If you suspect it is the button you can always get an fm transmitter Bluetooth receiver that will broadcast to your fm stereo,you will suffer a little sound quality but it's very simple to use and does not require disassembly of your dash. I hope this helps, good luck Lauren!
[ DANIEL  Dec 21, 2016 ]
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Does this allow you to keep using you stock CD changer or does it replace that option?
[ bobbyj  Dec 14, 2016 ]
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After you install this, you can no longer use the factory CD changer.
[ Subramanian  Jan 01, 2017 ]
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No my cds are not working now
[ Dipesh  Dec 17, 2016 ]
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The in-dash CD changer is still able to be used. Apparently there was an optional CD changer that just plugged into the bottom of the factory stereo (why anyone would need that many discs is beyond me). To switch between the Bluetooth and in-dash CD changer just hit the CD/Aux button, just like switching from AM/FM bands.
[ William  Dec 14, 2016 ]
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Yes, The stock CD changer is not affected and works perfectly with the Bluetooth interface
[ Jeffrey  Dec 14, 2016 ]
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If You Have The CD Changer it would have to be Disconnected,The In Dash CD will still work
[ Gordon  Dec 14, 2016 ]
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I installed it on my stock radio in my Honda Accord '07. It's a great choice for adding Bluetooth, USB, and AUX capabilities to your stock radio if it doesn't have them already. It integrates seamlessly.
[ Patrick  Dec 14, 2016 ]
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For our 2008 Honda Fit it uses the only port available for the CD changer, so you can't use botg. But it may be possible depending on your make and midel. Recommend calling Crutchfield and inquire. They're great folks to deal with.
[ John  Dec 14, 2016 ]
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I dont use cds anymore but i dont see why it would interfere with it. The port that this goes into was being used by sirius xm radio so I did lose that but installing this bluetooth device is much more useful to me anyhow.
[ ajmal  Dec 14, 2016 ]
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Will this work with a 2007 Accord EX with a 6-CD in-dash player/changer?
[ Bhavesh  Oct 08, 2016 ]
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You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you.
[ Kenny  Oct 08, 2016 ]  Staff
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