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USA SPEC Honda iPod® Interface

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

Item # 581PA11HN2

You can take it with you.

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You can take it with you.

Discontinued item

Item # 581PA11HN2

About the USA SPEC Honda iPod® Interface

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

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

Just mount the compact interface box in a hidden location in your vehicle, and connect the adapter cable to the CD changer input on your compatible 2003-up Honda/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. And the interface charges your iPod while it's connected.

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


Product highlights:

  • iPod connection adapter for select 03-up Honda factory stereos
  • manage the iPod via your radio's CD changer controls
  • adjust volume, track up/down, fast forward/rewind
  • use up to five playlists (select five favorites, or Auto Playlist will let you choose from the first five on your iPod)
  • Direct Mode allows you to control everything via the iPod itself, giving you access to all playlists (requires a DIP switch change on the USA SPEC adapter)
  • compatible with all iPod and iPod mini models equipped with a dock connector and iPod software update 2004-04-28, or higher
  • warranty: 3 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # PA11-HON2

What's in the box:

  • iPod to Honda interface
  • 47" CB-PA14 iPod to interface cable
  • 45" CAS-H2 Radio-interface cable
  • 4 Self-tapping screws
  • Owner's manual
  • Warranty registration card

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More details on the USA SPEC Honda iPod® Interface

Stacey B.

Product Research


Overview: This adapter allows an iPod with a dock connector to be connected to and controlled by the factory radio in select Honda vehicles. Please check the Crutchfield Vehicle Selector to confirm compatibility with your vehicle.

iPod Compatibility: This adapter is compatible with virtually any iPod with the Dock Connector. This includes (but is not limited to) iPod G3, iPod G4, iPod mini, iPod photo, iPod video, and the iPod Nano.

Playback Modes: The iPod adapter has two playback modes; Direct and Playlist.

Direct Mode: In Direct Mode the track up/down and fast forward and reverse buttons on the factory radio control the iPod. All the controls on the iPod also work so selection of playlist, and any other playback functions can be controlled there. In this mode the iPod is accessed at disc 5, track 1 using the CD changer source on the factory radio.

Playlist Mode: The factory radio can access six discs when a CD changer is connected, this is synonymous with six playlists on the iPod. In Playlist Mode the first five CD slots access custom playlists arranged using iTunes software. The sixth playlist is a Play All command which plays all the songs on the iPod. In Playlist Mode the iPod enters an External Control mode and neither the controls on the iPod nor the display is active. There is no limit to the number of songs on a playlist, but the song number display on most factory radios is only two digits so after 99 the display restarts at 01.

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

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

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

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

Note: The PA11-HON2 requires an optional cable (item # 581CBP85) to charge the iPod nano 4th generation, iPod touch 2nd generation, or the iPhone 3G.

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

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

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

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