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Honda Accord Audio Questions

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  • I just bought a 2009 EX-L and the radio quality is terrible. I replaced all four speakers, added a new subwoofer and amp, and the sound is still terrible. All I did was magnify a very poor quality radio. And it is very difficult to add an after market radio, from what I'm told.

    Radios are important to me. This alone will cause me not to buy another Honda.
  • I replaced the four speakers on the 07 Accord coupe I bought new. Very happy with the results. The analog fm radio reception is still awful, but when its right, I'm smiling. I will upgrade the stock 6CD /changer/ receiver to an Alpine 9887 in a couple of months. For me its worth the $$$ and the wait.
  • gpb59gpb59 Posts: 69
    Is this offered as an option on any 2009 or 2010 models (interface with USB port)
  • If I remember correctly, the high end 08 V6 Accords with leather seats and stuff like that offer the OE dash deck with Ipod connection. Dunno about '10.
  • mariodmariod Posts: 28
    I have a 2009 Accord EX and yes the radio SUCKS!!! The Ipod and CD sound ok.
    I think when you turn the volume up the sound on the radio begins to go flat... But it's not as bad with the CD or Ipod in...

    Any way to override this?

    I had an old bose system in my home that did that too.
  • I have a 2004 EX-L Navi and have been thinking about upgrading the front door and read deck speakers. The OE radio isn't the best and can't be replaced, and I don't want to add an amplifier. Would upgrading the speakers be a waste of money?
  • Yes, you can improve the sound quality by upgrading your speakers.
    No, it won't sound like a Bose surround sound system, but, to achieve an improvement over the stock system is possible.
    I have done it with other cars, and am now thinking about doing the door speakers on my 08 Accord Coupe.
    Go to: www.crutchfield.com
    This is a privately owned company that has been in the audio and TV business for over 40 years. They have outstanding customer service and a great knowledge base for car audio, as well as other products.
    Calling them will and asking for help for your particular car will get you the assistance you need. They will be able to recommend a simple speaker upgrade without having to change anything else.
    Again, you're not going to get a Bose system quality when you are done. Just a better sounding system than what you had.
    So, for you pundits out there who may be looking at this negatively because we are not putting 1000 watt amps and huge sub woofers in the car so we can do mind blowing and glass breaking music listening experiences.......that is NOT the intended purpose here.
    Only to just get a somewhat better sound quality than the factory basic systems provide.
    Take care and you will appreciate the Crutchfield experience. NO, I don't work for them. I have just used them many times over the years.
  • I also have an 2004 EX-L Navi and I tried a rear speaker only upgrade. I was very disappointed with the results. I purchased a "better" grade of Alpine speakers, not sure what the model number was, but if I recall, it was 2nd from the top of the Alpine lineup. What I ended up with was a very tinny sound with very little base. I only used them for a day before I removed them and re installed the OEMs. I did not try any other brands, or did I try a front and rear upgrade. I also didn't try any other upgrades to the OEM sound system.

    I've been tempted on going to a sound shop to see what they have been doing to Accords, maybe I just tried the wrong speaker.

    If you do try an upgrade, please post your results.

    Mrbill
  • There seems to be a number of ways and/or places to get or find the code. A lot of people find the five digit code (all numbers 1-6 so you can input them with your preset buttons) on a sticker in the glove box, usually on the left side. If you have the owners manual, you might get lucky and find it written somewhere within that. I recently changed the battery in my 2000 Accord and needed a code. There was a sticker in the glove box, but the five digit code contained numbers higher than 6. Long story short, I ended up finding my code sticker in the trunk, on the strut that holds the trunk lid. There are other postings that speak about holding the one and six buttons at the same time to release an 8 digit code (ignore the letters) which any Honda dealer is supposed to be able to translate into your code. With older models, you may need the serial numbers off of the top or back of the radio itself for the dealer to be able to translate for you. Hope this is helpful to someone! Music is good! :)
  • tallman1tallman1 Posts: 1,874
    Heh-heh... three years is a long time to go without a code. Hopefully, he's found it by now.

    Welcome to the forums! ;)
  • Just bought an 09 EX-L Accord. Love the car except for the AM radio is horrible.
    I listen to alot of sports talk radio and even a 50k watt local station has a lot of
    static. My dealer says there's nothing he can do about it, but has heard of the
    problem. Anybody else have the problem. My 07 Accord is fine.
  • bvdj84bvdj84 Posts: 1,704
    When I had my 06 Accord, I was disappointed in the quality of the sound and speakers. I did upgrade the speakers to Memphis Audio. Did sound better!!
    Something to keep in mind when getting new speakers, like at its sensitivity level. The better the sensitivity, the less power it will need to run on, louder and cleaner results.
    The Accord struggles to put in a decent system. It really isn't hard for a company to produce a decent system. Choose the right parts, pairing it up with decent amp then it'll work.
  • I have the same problem with my speakers. Its so annoying. Also if I turn the bass up it will get worse.

    I went to the dealer and they told me that they need to replace speakers. And they said that my extended platinum warranty with Fidelity Warranty Services will work.
  • I have a Honda Accord SE 1997 and i dont have the codes for the radio at all. Can anyone tell me how to get them please?? like who to call or where to go?
  • The only place you can get the codes is at a Honda dealership. There is no online lookup. Bringing it to them is just a way to insure someone doesn't activate a stolen radio.

    Mrbill
  • tallman1tallman1 Posts: 1,874
    I'm going to post this link because this question gets asked quite a bit.
    What to do when your Honda radio asks for a CODE

    Good luck. Easy problem to solve. It's just too bad that people don't pass those cards along when they sell a vehicle.

    And you can get the code online but you have to jump through some hoops and have your phone and zip matched to your VIN. There is a link on the page I posted above or you can click here.
  • I have 1995 honda accrd sedan and i replaced battery. after replacing battery, car stereo does not turn on. i checked fuse and fuse is fine.
    any ideas what can be wrong ?
  • tallman1tallman1 Posts: 1,874
    You need to enter the radio code. It came on a credit card sized card when the car was purchased. If you bought used, someone might have written it down in the manual or elsewhere.

    You can check with a Honda dealer on how to get it and I believe Honda's website has a link as well.
  • Ok I got a 2010 honda accord coupe and when I use the sound system on 40 (MAX) for few minutes the sound goes to the rear only the rear speakers play and front speakers don't. Its really annoying and I don't know how to fix it I was going to go to my dealer but I thought I should check the forums if anyone is experiencing the same problem.
    Thanks in advance
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