Overview: This adapter allows an iPod with a dock connector
to be connected to and controlled by the factory radio in select Honda, Acura,
Volvo, and Mercedes vehicles. Please consult the
Crutchfield Car Selector to see if your vehicle is compatible.
iPod Compatibility: The PA-11HON is "Made for iPod/iPhone"
compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features when connected
to a compatible Honda, Acura, Volvo, or Mercedes factory radio (as of 3/4/2015):
|iPod/iPhone Model||Generation||Tested Version||Media Type||Control Type||Display Type||Charge|
|Audio||Video||Head Unit||iPod/iPhone||Song/Artist Text||Track Info |
- *Requires Apple Lightning to 30-pin Adapter (sold separately).
- Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality
results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to
reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If
this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software
update is available.
Control Modes: The iPod interface adapter features the
following control modes.
- Playlist Mode: You can create up to 5 favorite mobile
playlist then use your radio's CD changer controls to access and control
- Direct Mode: Gives you complete control of your iPod
while it is connected to the factory radio. Your iPod is not locked out
while connected to the radio and you are able to manually access your
complete iPod content. The Radio still can adjust song up/down random or
shuffle play but you can manually control your iPod and select any playlist,
genre or Artist of your choice.
- Dual Mode: Combines features of Direct Mode and
Playlist Mode. You can create and access your favorite mobile playlist or
directly access all your iPod content manually on your iPod. Your iPod
displays song title information and iPod is not locked, so the iPod can be
operated manually at all times. (May be referred to as "Hybrid Mode" in some manuals.)
App Streaming (in Direct Mode): Direct mode also lets you
listen to the sound from your iPhone's downloaded music apps (such as Pandora,
iHeart Radio, SiriusXM, etc.) through your factory head unit & speakers. You
will continue to control your iPhone's apps & view song/artist information from its touchscreen.
Note: Your iPhone will need an active Data Plan account
with connection to the Internet via 3G, EDGE, or WiFi. You will also need
applicable music service accounts.
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. If no designated
"HONDA" playlists are created, the interface automatically relates to the first
five available playlists on the iPod to DISC number 1 to 5 regardless of
Auxiliary Input: In addition to the iPod input on the PA11-HON 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 Play All mode is moved to the Disc 5
slot and the HONDA5 custom playlist is lost. To use the auxiliary input on the
interface, dip switch #1 is set to the "Off" position.
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), repeat play, 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-HON charges the iPod battery when connected.
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 Honda playlist portably and you
plug the iPod into the adapter, playback continues from the previous spot.