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P.I.E. Honda CD Changer Adapter

Model HON03/PC-SON
Connect a Sony CD changer to select 2003-up Acura and Honda vehicles

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You bought a 2003-up Acura or Honda vehicle, and now the dealer is telling you that adding a CD changer will cost you a bundle. Here's a way to add CD changer entertainment to your vehicle, and save some cash.

You bought a 2003-up Acura or Honda vehicle, and now the dealer is telling you that adding a CD changer will cost you a bundle. Here's a way to add CD changer entertainment to your vehicle, and save some cash.

The Precision Interface Electronics HON03/PC-SON adapter allows you to connect a Sony CD changer to select Honda and Acura model radios with CD controls. The adapter also sports a pair of RCA inputs, so you can use it as an auxiliary input instead of connecting a CD changer — perfect for connecting a portable player. The adapter plugs into the factory radio's CD changer data port and connects to the Sony CD changer cable's plug — the Sony's cable must be routed to the changer location. Warranty: 90 days.

Note: If your vehicle has a factory-installed navigation system, you'll also need the P.I.E.Y-adapter cable to retain that function. Please enter your vehicle information or call a Sales Advisor at 1-888-955-6000 to find out if this model is compatible with your vehicle.

Love this product. Can't believe how easy it was to install, just plug and play. Thank you.

Jose, San Pablo, Ca

What's in the Box:

  • CD Changer/Auxiliary Audio add-on interface
  • 12" Cable with a male molex plug on one end and a female molex plug on the other end
  • Instructions
Reviews

P.I.E. Honda CD Changer Adapter Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(17 Reviews)

Loving It

Jose from San Pablo, Ca on 3/21/2011

2007 Honda Accord SE
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Love this product. Can't believe how easy it was to install, just plug and play. Thank you.

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Simple, effective, but volume and interference issues

James from Arlington, VA on 2/22/2011

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This part is simple and effective. I loved the Crutchfield guide that helped with the install- -having step by step photos is a real benefit. The part itself couldn't be simpler--it worked exactly as advertised in our 2005 Accord, allowing for an auxiliary input. I love that. However, I do have two complaints: 1. The audio seems quiet. It almost seems like the radio head unit is expecting an amplified signal. I have to literlaly double the volume to play the aux jack versus the setting of similar loudness for radio or CD inputs. That seems weird. 2. There is some interference (maybe a ground issue?) when I play from a device that is also plugged into the car's electrical. So, for example, I get interference if I try to plug my cell phone into the charger and also play audio through it.

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Ed from Virginia Beach on 2/22/2011

The CD changer adapter works great. The technical department was extremely helpful in providing guidance for installation.

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Excellent product

jeremy26m from Spring, TX on 12/5/2010

2005 Honda Accord LX
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Installed in 2005 Honda accord LX. Could not be happier. Installation took less than an hour and all i needed was a phillip screwdriver and maybe something to pry with. Ran a monster cable rca to 3.5mm cable through the rectangular hole in back of the cubby and thats it. Radio DOES NOT need to be removed. Only complant but still 100% satisfied is when i plug in my charger to my Zune i can hear a little interference and static.This is the way to go if you dont want to go through the hassle of installing an aftermarket H.U. and want to play your MP3's

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Nguyen from Tampa Bay, Fl on 11/28/2010

2004 Honda Accord EX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

My CD player on a 2004 Honda Accord stuck with a CD and the cost of repairing is $400, which I didn't do it. Instead, I did a little research on Google and bought this adapter which help to connect all kinds of current MP3 player. It took me less than one hour to finish installation without any problem, thank to Crutchfield's free instruction included. The volume is a little bit less than the original CD player because i have to turn it up a little higher, about 10% higher. The quality of the sound is good, thank to my mp3 player.

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BobS from San Antonio, TX on 11/17/2010

2003 Honda Accord LX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Using the enclosed instructions and some research on the internet this was very easy to install. Plugged right into the factory radio on our 03 Honda Accord. I connected a 1/8" to RCA cable for use with a GPS unit. I pulled the cable into the cubby hole below the radio. I also installed a power outlet at the same time. The GPS has an MP3 player and is Bluetooth. The MP3 plays great but the phone has to be turned up all the way. That is probably a function of the GPS unit. If your looking to hook your MP3 player to your factory radio, this is the way go.

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Cheapest way to play your Ipod/Iphone in your Honda

yancy from Spring, Tx. on 7/6/2010

2004 Honda Accord LX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I read through the reviews on this before buying, so I already had an idea of what I was getting. This was very easy to install compared to changing out the factory car stereo. It took me 20 minutes. The instructions are not all that helpfull though, one picture just show's a hand. Make sure you disconnect the battery, and don't take out your factory unit, you can just plug this in the bottom of the the factory unit once you have taken out the bottom storage shelf. The instructions don't mention you have to put you car into the lowest gear( shifter all the way back, with you parking brake engaged) to take out your storage shelf. Other than those few caveats, it works great. I have some engine noise in mine, but I just need to move the rca lines around, no problem. Very easy to install, and absolutely the cheapest way to play your Ipod/ Iphone in your Honda Accord. I have a 2004, and to change out the radio would have been around $200 after the parts needed to change out and buy a cheap radio.

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easy install

joe from Spring, TX on 2/20/2010

2004 Honda Accord EX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I wanted to play my Ipod in my car, I tried the FM transmitter but it never seemed to work as good as i wanted. I wanted to keep the radio factory too, so I ordered this item... works great, about 1 hour - easy install. good sound quality. -the instructions could be clearer about prying out the pocket, not the whole piece with the cig lighter. -if you have the trans in park you'll never get the storage box out.. -I wasn't sure what to expect from the back of the radio, how many plugs, where does mine go? there were only two the main one and the aux... and after taking out the radio I realized I could have plugged in the cable without taking the radio out... the plug was on the bottom of the radio easily acessable with the storage box removed.. no need to go any further.

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Install guide from Crutchfield was great.

Tim from Chicago on 11/9/2009

Purchased the adapter (for a 2006 Odyssey minivan), and received it a couple of days later from Crutchfield. The quicksheet for installation that Crutchfield includes with the adapter was EXCELLENT! The instructions detailed exactly the steps that I needed to get to the back of the factory radio and plug in the adapter. In all I think it took me less than 20-30 minutes to install it and put the dash back together. A bit of advice to the next person: use double-sided foam tape or velcro to attach the converter to the back of the radio or inside of the dash to keep it from rattling around. (I just pushed it back into the dash hole and haven't heard it rattling, but wish that I had used something to secure it.) The adapter itself seems to work very well. Like others have commented the audio level is a little low (watch out when you switch back to radio or CD because it will be loud) but other than that it works as advertised.

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Works great

Anonymous from Seattle, WA on 8/26/2009

2007 Honda Pilot
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Installation was easy on my 2007 Honda Pilot (no Nav or RES) and works great. Just remember to either disconnect the battery all the way (as mentioned in the instructions) or if you don't disconnect the battery, be sure to pull the power from the radio head when you pull it from the dash as the radio won't recognize this device unless it has done a full power cycle (not just turning it off/on).

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Works Great As I-pod Adapter

Godfather from Cleveland, OH. on 8/4/2009

2004 Honda Accord EX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I bought this product for my 2004 Honda Accord (no sat or nav) to use as an I-pod adapter. It works fantastically! And the install was easy thanks to the plug and play wiring harness that Crutchfield supplies with it. After seeing the instructions with my order online, I decided I was going to save myself $120 (dealer charge) and install it myself. Only thing the instructions weren't very clear on was that you have to pry the pocket itself (not including the cigarette plug) out. When you do this, you will scuff the plastic but that's okay because the rubber piece that covers the pocket will cover them back up once you reinstall the pocket assembly. After that, just remove a couple of screws, pull out the storage bin and connect the plug and play wiring harness and reassemble the console. That's it! No wiring to do thanks to the Crutchfield plug and play harness! It operates by pressing your CD/AUX button. Sound is perfect! No hissing or whining. You'll also need to buy the Monster Cable RCA to Mini plug cord with this adapter so you can plug your I-pod directly into it. I drilled a small hole in the back of the storage bin and ran the mini plug thru it to give it a factory look. Now, I can plug my I-pod in and keep it in the storage bin and still use the bin for actual storage. No hanging or exposed wires. Clean look and great sound and easy self install. Thanks Crutchfield!

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Product works well and is easy to install

matt from Memphis, TN on 7/13/2009

2006 Honda Pilot
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Installed this product on my 2006 Honda Pilot EX so I could play ipod or laptop or other source through the factory radio. Product install instructions were perfect and I had it working in under 20 minutes. My only very minor complaint is that the output volume from any device run through this is about 15% quieter. Other than that, it works perfectly.

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P.I.E. Honda CD Changer Adapter

Jeffrey from Bluefield,VA on 7/4/2009

2009 Honda Ridgeline
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Installed in 2009 Honda Ridgeline RT no XM. Works great. Using as AUX adapter.

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Perfect sound from DVD using AUX.

Victor from Redmond, WA on 11/13/2008

2005 Honda Odyssey
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I bought used Honda Odyssey 2005 with the custom DVD system about a months ago. The DVD system has a brilliant Clarion LCD screen but the audio was "connected" using the FM transmitter. The sound was so horrible that we didn't turn on the DVD even during long trips with two very active kids at the back. Got the HON03/PC-SON device today. The printout included in the box has detailed instructions with photos explaining how to take off the front panel in my car. Installation was pretty simple. I connected the DVD to device using the RCA cable. Then I plugged the device into the Honda's radio. Now the standard Honda's CD changer is still working when I press the CD on the console. The AUX/XM button turns on the DVD sound. The DVD sound is amplified by the radio, so the Volume works perfectly fine. And the DVD sound is totally fantastic.

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Finally, something for iphone to 6-disc cd changer w/out satellite

jnosacka from Baton Rouge, LA on 9/24/2008

2006 Honda Accord LX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

First off, I did not buy this for the cd changer port, but for the rca jacks that would allow me to plug an rca to mini-jack cable into it for my iphone. I have a 2006 Honda Accord with the Honda Music Link. It has that aggravating Text To Speech control and the ipod/iphone controls lock up when they're attached. The final straw when I got my iphone was when the iphone would play with the same limitations but would not charge. This device was the first one I've found that said it would work with any honda factory radio with cd. My button says cd/aux, not cd/aux/sat like many other 2003-2006 Accords. The device plugs right into where my Honda Music Link was plugged. I didn't disconnect the battery. I retain the use of the iphone's controls. And let's face it, that's the best part of having an iphone/ipod. If I ever have a reason to, I can still plug this device into my ipod or any other mp3 player through the mini jack. I'm still going to need a car charger, but that will only come out of the glove box on the rare occassions when the battery is low. I've had my Accord since 2006 and the Honda Music Link has been a constant irritation. I finally feel like I can enjoy having my iphone integrated into my car stereo.

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2004 Acura TSX Install

Guy from Arlington, Va on 5/12/2008

2004 Acura TSX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Installation was super easy. The instructions that came from Crutchfield actually were far too involved, no need to remove any of the dash components. Just pull out the storage cubbie(open door and firmly but gently pull straight out, no tools needed) below the A/C controls and find the plug in location with your fingers. Plug in and string the RCA cable out the back right opening in the trim panels, tuck the cable under the panels running to the center consol and you are done. Sound is very good but there is a lack of volume. I can't tell is this is a function of the adapter or the amplifier in the head unit.

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Must have! No more FM channels!

Bob from New Durham, NH on 7/15/2007

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This unit absolutely fixed my problem. My new Sirius radio was significantly under powered compared to my old unit. I had to change FM frequencies twice on my way to work. My 2006 Accord works great with this unit and Crutchfield's instructions were almost perfect. I also hard wired a power adapter to avoid using the 12v outlet. I could not be happier with my current setup.

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Features

Applications: The HON03/PC-SON interface is for use with Honda and Acura vehicles when equipped with a factory CD-changer controller head-unit to add a Sony CD changer or an auxiliary audio device.

Vehicle Compatibility: The HON03/PC-SON interface is compatible with the following Honda and Acura vehicles with factory CD-changer controller head-units.

  • Acura:
    • 2005-2006 MDX
    • 2004-2005 TL
    • 2004-2005 TSX
  • Honda:
    • 2003-2006 Accord
    • 2005 CRV
    • 2003-2005 Element
    • 2005-2006 Odyssey
    • 2006 Pilot
    • 2006 Ridgeline (AUX Only)
    • 2004-2006 S2000

Note: This interface is not compatible with Navigation radios.

CD-Changer Compatibility: The interface is currently compatible with the following Sony Uni-Link CD-changers. Your compatible factory Honda radio will be able to control the Sony multi-CD-changer.

  • CDX-T68
  • CDX-T69
  • CDX-T70MX
  • CDX-757MX

Connections: On one side of the interface there is a male 10-pin molex plug used to plug in the supplied cable. On the other side of the interface there is a set of RCA terminals and a Sony proprietary Uni-Link CD-changer port for connecting a Sony Uni-Link changer or an external portable audio device.

Installation: The HON03/PC-SON interface can be installed to add a Sony CD-changer or an auxiliary input audio device to your compatible factory Honda/Acura radio.

  • CD-Changer Add-On: The male molex plug of the supplied cable plugs into the HON03/PC-SON interface while the female molex plug of that same cable plugs into the CD-changer port of your factory Honda/Acura radio. The supplied cable is only 12" long so the interface is designed to mount behind the dash near the factory radio. Once your CD-changer is mounted, the CD-changer's Uni-Link cable and RCA cables (supplied with Sony CD-changer) are run to the front of the vehicle and plugged into the HON03/PC-SON interface. Then press the "CD" button on your radio to gain access to the CD-changer input.
  • AUX Add-On: The male molex plug of the supplied cable plugs into the HON03/PC-SON interface while the female molex plug of that same cable plugs into the CD-changer port of your factory Honda/Acura radio. The supplied cable is only 12" long so the interface is designed to mount behind the dash near the factory radio. Then plug a set of RCA cables (not supplied) into the HON03/PC-SON interface and run the cables to your portable MP3 or other audio player and plug the cable into the audio device (you may need an optional RCA to mini Y-connector for connection). Then press the "CD" button on your radio to gain access to the Auxiliary audio input.

XM Compatibility: The HON03/PC-SON is compatible with the following XM Satellite Tuner systems when used with optional adapters (not supplied).

  • Sony Universal XM Satellite Tuner System: The interface is compatible with the Sony DNR-XM01R and DRN-XM01C using an optional adapter (PIE part # 3.5-RCA6MM, sold separately).
  • Pioneer Universal XM Satellite Tuner System: The interface is compatible with the Pioneer GEX-FM903XM using an optional adapter (PIE part # PIO/P-RCA, sold separately).

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