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Honda Accord Audio Questions

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  • Hi guys, I have been having this problem that has been driving me crazy & I'm hoping somebody can help me out or has any experience with the same problem.

    I just got an '08 Accord EX and had the amp & subwoofer from my old car to this one. I kept the stock dash and had my installer said they needed to use a hi to low adapter to connect my amp to the stock unit. I get this ridiculously loud & annoying feedback through my sub, which seems to happen but is not limited to when my engine is at 1700rpm and 3000 rpm. This happens regardless if my audio unit is on or not, and only at certain rpm ranges. I have been back & forth to the audio place and they insist its not a grounding issue but its feedback coming from my stock unit. Has anyone heard of or experienced this happening and know what I can do?
  • i thougth the 6x9's would not fit in the back. looking to upgrade these weak rear speakers, and was going to put in component speakers thru crutchfield.
  • bvdj84bvdj84 Posts: 1,704
    Yes, the 6x9's should fit. Honda really put some weak speakers in the car. When I had my 06 Accord. I installed Memphis Audio Speakers, and they were beautiful, and work on minimal power, they have a high efficiency rating. But, if you do it right, I would get an amp for a true line of power. If you look at the factory rear speakers in the trunk, you will see how small the magnets are. When I took the factorys out, they were blue plastic cones with weak surrounds. I think the 08 systems do sound better than the previous models, but amped with a bit more power. Upgrading to better efficient speakers will make a big difference.

    I have an 08 GM car, the system in the car is quite impressive for a factory system, I have not even thought of upgrading, though, I do not plan to keep the car for much longer, so why bother. I also lease an 08 Jetta SE, and it sounds great too! I think if Honda could look at getting better speakers, than it would sound much better. I wonder if they use better speakers in their Acura line up, or is the amount of speakers in the Acura that out weigh the lower quality, with the surround systems.

    A word of advice, if you use higher quality speakers in the rear, you should upgrade the front, as you are going to notice more from the rear, rather than the front, where the front is more important, you want the front imaging. You should almost upgrade the front and just leave the rear alone, as the rear are just fillers. Or upgrade the rear and fade the sound more to the fronts. I would just upgrade all of them to do it right. Lol a few options.

    I wish they put speakers in the rear door panels.
  • I bought a new '07 EX Coupe I4, 5AT a year ago, with the in-dash factory radio and 6 cd changer. Had the windows tinted (especially the large rear window) and my fm radio reception went to pot. Yup, I know the antenna is in the window; has this happened to anyone else? Any suggestions for improving the situation?

    No, I don't want to give up on listening to terrestrial radio.
  • It could be the noise cancellation system, which is why it happens at certain rpm's. There's two microphones (one in front and one in back I think) in the headliner. Try disconnecting the one in the back and see if the feedback goes away.
  • Do they have noise cancellation for 08 manuals? I saw alot of posts for hybrids and V6 models that have the VCM feature but mine doesn't have that. Another thing I thought I'd point out that I noticed is that when the feedback starts to go off, if i open any of the car doors it stops. Does this still seem like something related to noise cancellation system?
  • No, what I'm hearing isn't feedback. It's simply poor signal reception. No such problems are evident when playing a cd. I had the car about a month before I tinted the windows, and my preferred stations came in much clearer. I'm looking for an antenna fix, I believe.
    They're not gonna put in noise cancellation in an I4 coupe, are they?
  • srizvi1srizvi1 Posts: 232
    I finally got around to looking into a solution for this. My wife was gone for the
    weekend so I thought it would be a good time to get this installed for her. But ultimately I had more questions so I didn't do it yet. I did a search off of USA Tech's website (http://www.usaspec.com/buy.html) for the two closest places and got the contact info for

    DSI Mobile Electronics Inc.
    9855 East Washington Blvd. 20723
    301-490-4197

    and

    Stereotronics
    13819 Wagion Way 20906
    301-460-7150

    DSI had said it would be 325-350 parts and labor. they didn't have any in stock and would order it. I assume they would order the USA Spec PA11 Hon2y iPod Interface. I saw the USA SPEC PA11-HON2y - iPod to 2003-2006 Honda Factory Radio Interface w/ Auxiliary Audio input on Amazon but it's not sold by them, but other sellers through them. prices start at $117. I wonder if I could order the part on my own and pay just labor - which may be less?

    When I called Stereotronics though, they said they use DICE not USA SPEC. the guy had said he knew that the DICE would integrate to the navigation and I could could use satellite also still (although my wife isn't using her XM - for now at least).

    if you dont use satellite, it will be $325 installed, if you do want to use satellite, it's $350 installed. (there's a jumper cable involved 9-4 or 5 (??).

    He said he preferrred the DICE because the USA SPEC did not do text. Is that still the case? the guy's name was Sam and he gave me his e-mail.

    Does anyone have any thoughts on the two options I've listed so far? c

    I had asked before about getting iPod functionality in my 2004 Honda Accord too. I have a cassette adapter in there. But now I've handed that car off to my family and don't really care anymore for figuring that anymore.

    Sort of off topic - I got a 2008 IS 350 now w/ Navi and I'm about to install a SoundLinQ2 (SL2Vi) - iPod Video Interface Adapter which will let me not only control an iPod for music but also let me watch videos on the Nav screen off the iPod.

    Nothing like that for an Accord right?
  • tallman1tallman1 Posts: 1,874
    According to the DICE website, text only works if you disconnect XM. You can have both XM and use DICE but if you do, you won't get text with the DICE unit.

    DICE Electronics Click on the "Support" tab for more info.
  • srizvi1srizvi1 Posts: 232
    Thanks for the feedback tallman1. I was interested in maybe getting this done soon. Any thoughts on what's better? The Dice route or the USA Spec route?
  • tallman1tallman1 Posts: 1,874
    I don't have a clue. Most things I've heard around here are positive with the USA Spec. I don't think anyone has posted about Dice until you brought it up. I guess it depends on what features you need or don't mind losing. Good luck!
  • glubashglubash Posts: 19
    Hello all! I just purchased my first Honda, a 2009 Accord. It came with a 6-disc changer that plays mp3's and WMA files from a CD. I tired this feature out last night sitting in my garage and found that some of the songs skipped quite a bit during playback. I thought that it might be the CD burner so I did another disc this morning (same mp3's) with a different CD burner. What I found was that the songs that were skipping from disc1 played fine from disc2 but others that played properly from disc1 were skipping on disc2.

    The media that I'm using is Memorex brand 52x speed 700MB CD's. The discs are a few years old but clean with no scratches. I burned both CD's at 24x speed.

    Has anyone else run into this problem? I think that my next step is to try some different media and see if that helps.

    Thanks,
    Glubash
  • dudleyrdudleyr Posts: 3,407
    Lucky - my 2007 Accord won't play them at all, unlike the $10 portable cd player I bought at about the same time. Kinda silly how backwards car audio can be sometimes.

    Might try the same disc in a different player as well.
  • julsommjulsomm Posts: 1
    I recently tried to get an IPod adapter installed in my 2007 Honda Accord LX and was informed that the factory radio is such a low-quality that there is no adapter for it. I was further informed that my only alternative would be to have a second stereo installed since replacing my factory installed radio cannot be removed as it is interconnected with my AC system. Can this be true?
  • osikaosika Posts: 5
    No, it's not true. You can have a box installed behind the dash that connects to your stereo. It will then connect to your ipod via the ipod port and can even be controlled by the steering wheel controls. This may not be the right one, but it's through this company. Amazon
  • rsandovalrsandoval Posts: 8
    I recently replaced the factory door and rear deck speakers on my '07 Accord EX coupe at a local stereo shop that I trust because of past experience. When I remarked to the installer how cheaply made the factory speakers were, he replied that the in-dash 6 disk changer-receiver was even worse. I haven't had any problems with the changer and it sounds much better now through the JL Audio's. The fm radio, as I reported here before, can't hold onto a signal to save its life. I was shown an IPod adapter for $200; its looks remarkably similar to the one on Amazon.

    My other vehilce is a 99 Tacoma Prerunner; about a year ago the same shop installed an Alpine 9884 CD receiver that's Ipod ready (on sale for $160): IPod sound great as does the fm radio.

    This Honda factory stereo convices me everyday that it wants to be replaced. So be it.
  • davrosdavros Posts: 2
    Has anyone noticed the poor AM/FM/XM sound quality in their '08 Accord? If so, have you complained and had the radio replaced?

    The CD player in the radio has very good sound, but the radio quality is very poor and sounds tinny ( lacking depth or substance, thin in tone ).
  • bvdj84bvdj84 Posts: 1,704
    I will say that when I replaced the speakers in my 06 Accord, they were this blue plastic coned speakers. If they are still making the systems this way, you will know why they are not the best. The CD's will sound good, but that is the one thing Honda has struggled with is their sound systems. Atleast put decent factory speakers in with their new head units. As far as the quality of the FM/AM/XM, I am not sure, perhaps the head unit is cheap?

    You'll know the speakers are cheap when you look in the trunk and see the speakers magnets, they are very small!

    By the way, if you upgrade speakers, it would be highly advised to use a high quality amp!
  • srizvi1srizvi1 Posts: 232
    Thanks for the link to the product on Amazon. Seems this is what I need to get my for installing in my wife's 2007 Accord w/ navigation. My sister's the main driver of the 2004 Accord w/ Navigation, but that has a tape player installed in it so I think she can make due w/ the tape adapter.

    I really liked the review by TechGuyBill on this item:

    "I ordered a USA Spec PA15HON2Y to use my iPhone 3G in my 2005 Accord. I looked at multiple products including a parrot MKi9100 and DICE. Ended up choosing going with a USA Spec and a separate Parrot bluetooth unit (MK3000) since it 1) was price right and 2) offered integration with the factory radio.

    My Accord has built in Navigation so I wanted something that would play nice. The USA Spec unit does integrate with my nav and radio. You can set up the USA Spec to display using text of what is playing (Artist, name, category). This will scroll through the upper radio display on the Accord as well as on the Audio menu on the navigation screen. If you want text, it will put the iPod menu on the iPhone into accessory mode and will not allow you to select specific songs directly from the iPhone. You will need to use the stereo controls or the steering wheel controls to scroll. There is the option to give you direct access to the iPod screen (you adjust modes by the pre programmed XM stations ie XM station 1 would be Artist, 2 would be by Category, 3, all songs, 6 is direct ipod). If you do choose to toggle to the direct iPod control, you lose the text - it'll just show as iPod.

    The USA Spec unit will also allow you to keep XM functionality in the Accord. The XM stations show up on XM2 mode.... I don't subscribe to XM but can still hear their barker/preview stations.

    One concern I had was that I definitely did not want to lose my navigation controls... safe to say it all still works... the Nav still shows maps, etc as well as provides voice directions. It will continue to mute (like it normally does) XM, FM, and iPod music when it gives you directions.

    Installation wasn't too bad - took awhile to get everything out (and yes you have to take out the factory navigation to get to the right plug). After you pull out the nav unit, it's plug and play (unplug the blue plug from the back of the Honda Nav, plug in the male end of the cable that attaches to the USA Spec unit, plug in the additional adapter, then plug in the original Honda Nav plug right into the additional adapter (the adapter allows you to keep your XM).

    I used some heavy duty auto tape to secure the litte USA spec box on top of the nav DVD drive and ran the ipod cable through the empty slot below (had to cut a small opening). I put everything back together and everything is hidden and seamless (except the adapter cord that plugs right into the iPhone). It does charge the iPhone too!

    It sounds great.... (at least the same quality of the CD player). A couple of other great things about the USA Spec - it has another set of audio inputs. I plan on using these eventually when I add video through my navigation to get sound in since all of the video adapters still require another sound adapter. Also, it works great with Pandora or streaming podcasts through itunes (if you're in an area that has good AT&T coverage).

    I added the Parrot CK3000 bluetooth since I didn't want to have to unplug the iphone to answer it... the iPhone plays nice with both at the same time... if I'm listening to my podcasts and get a phone call, the music gradually softens and the phone rings.

    The new DICE silverline units looks like it performs the same way but it was $40 more than the cheapest price I could find with the USA Spec.

    Overall, I give this 4 stars and would recommend it.... only thing I wish it would do is also show song text even if it was in direct mode.... maybe this is a limitation on apple's part where it doesn't send text data if your using it as an accessory. Also, each time you plug your iPhone in, you get a nag screen about it isn't made for the iPhone and if you want to turn on Airplane mode to minimize interference... I hit no and it works fine."


    I asked some follow up questions here.Here's a copy and paste from there:

    Excellent review TechGuyBill. Your post made me want to ask some follow up questions because I'd like to put an iPod adapter in my wife's 2007 Accord Coupe w/ Navigation.
    "...There is the option to give you direct access to the iPod screen (you adjust modes by the pre programmed XM stations ie XM station 1 would be Artist, 2 would be by Category, 3, all songs, 6 is direct ipod). If you do choose to toggle to the direct iPod control, you lose the text - it'll just show as iPod."
    so once I hit 6, I can control iPod from the iPod itself?

    "Installation wasn't too bad - took awhile to get everything out (and yes you have to take out the factory navigation to get to the right plug). After you pull out the nav unit, it's plug and play (unplug the blue plug from the back of the Honda Nav, plug in the male end of the cable that attaches to the USA Spec unit, plug in the additional adapter, then plug in the original Honda Nav plug right into the additional adapter (the adapter allows you to keep your XM)."
    can you give instructions on how you took everything apart? Anything to watch out for?

    "..I used some heavy duty auto tape to secure the litte USA spec box on top of the nav DVD drive and ran the ipod cable through the empty slot below (had to cut a small opening). I put everything back together and everything is hidden and seamless (except the adapter cord that plugs right into the iPhone)..."
    This part confused me because my Nav DVD drive is in the trunk hanging from the top. Is your Nav DVD drive in a diff location? I was thinking I would be leaving the unit behind the Nav unit.

    "...it has another set of audio inputs. I plan on using these eventually when I add video through my navigation to get sound in since all of the video adapters still require another sound adapter. Also, it works great with Pandora or streaming podcasts through itunes..."
    can you elaborate on this? In my 2008 Lexus IS 350, I installed a SoundLinQ2 (SL2Vi) - iPod Video Interface Adapter which I got from vaistech.com (http://www.vaistech.com/products/sl2vi.php) and I can not only listen to music but also watch videos of my 2g iPod Touch 32gb. What could I do with my Honda Accord's navigation unit and this extra set of audio inputs?"

    "The new DICE silverline units looks like it performs the same way but it was $40 more than the cheapest price I could find with the USA Spec."
    Right now
  • Hi,

    From past few weeks audio system on my honda accord 2003 (6 CD changer) has started giving me problems. It is working intermittently. When it works all the speakers sound perfect and all the functions behaves properly.

    Sometime I noticed a spark like sound near the left hand side front corner of the car (just below the AC vent on the left side of the steering wheel) when I used to start the car. However it was only sometimes and it apparently had no correlation with sound coming from speakers or not.

    One more thing. When the system is not working (i.e. there's no sound) the rest of the functions of the music system work. I can change CDs, the track also keep on changing but with no sound from speakers.

    At first I thought that it might be due to some lose connection. However few times I have seen that the system is working while the car is on and parked. I switch off the ignition (for fuelling etc.) and then when I again start the car there's no sound.

    Can someone point me what the problem might be and what the anticipated cost of repair can be?

    Thanks for your help
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