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Acura MDX Audio and Entertainment Systems



  • dst3dst3 Posts: 1
    I'm considering buying a 2008 MDX basic but I am wondering how much better the Tech Package stereo is. I've read that the better stereo has two more speakers and twice the power but it is the quality of the sound much better? I don't need loud but I do appreciate quality. The dealer said the stereo's are the same but I don't trust car salesmen.

  • you have to purchase a cable from the Apple store that goes from a RCA connector to an Ipod head phone connector. Belkin also makes one.
  • the RCA jacks in the back is it
  • I just bought an '04 MDX Touring with Nav. Fantastic ride!! stereo sounds ok with cd. haven't tried cassette. The 2 biggest things I almost held out for a 2005 was the satellite radio and bluetooth. I can get one of those bluetooth speakerphone units to put on the sunvisor, but I'm struggling with Sirus. There is no "AUX" input that i can see. The buttons say am/fm/cd/cassette, so I don't think there's an option to hook up something directly. I really don't want to hook something up through the fm modulator, as I've heard the sounds quality is pretty lousy, and a direct connection is better.

    Could I somehow use the cassette input to route to a sirius unit? If not, if I used an aftermarket headunit, would it be able to take advantage of all the speakers in the car, or just 4 like most units?

    Not sure how to proceed to get Sirius. We've had it in our cars for years, and we definitely want it in the mdx, and preferably some kind of direct connection. I currently have a kenwood head unit in our (soon to be sold) minivan, so I can use that, but I would like to keep the clean look of the factory 6-cd player.

    I'm so confused.... help!!!
  • Have an '04 as well nav-less though. Bought a Garmin Nuvi 660 and suction cupped it to the trip computer screen. :P Can't help you with the sirius predicament. You know, rv65 seems to know a lot about these things. He posts on the TL and VW threads a lot.
  • Hi, Im looking for an aftermarket navi system for my 05 mdx. Would anyone please tel me what out there or any option i have... any help appreciated.
  • x5killerx5killer Posts: 368
    this thread seems for Acuras from all diff years. I'm looking for just one good thread for 09 MDX (though I guess 08 is the same and mayb even 07?) like I had for the Subaru B9 Tribeca.

    ppl shared tips and tricks like how to disable the seatbelt chime (which I want to do in the MDX but every thread you see about it on other forums, is always ppl yelling and arguing about how you should wear your seatbelt even though that isn't the question or the issue and ppl just want to know how to disable the chime and doesnt' meant they aren't going to wear it)

    also in the Tribeca I was able to click the parking brake one click without engaging it so that you could view the dvd playing on the rse on the front nav screen when you hit nav. or you could disable that wire for the parking brake so you wouldn't have to click it.

    couldn't figure out any way to get the dvd playing on rear screen on the front screen and manual doesn't mention anything so it may not be possible without aftermarket wiring.

    i know you can have a diff sound source on the front then the back and i htink we did it on the way up on a recent trip but the way back, couldn't figure out how to do that and our 1 1/2 yr old can't use headphones so we had to listen to a dvd we couldn't see. in my 2006 Subaru B9 Tribeca i'd click the parking brake one click which wouldnt engage it and then at least we could glance at and see what she was watching instead of just listening to it.

    even if we did figure out how to have music up front and her have the dvd audio in the back, that is kind of distracting to have 2 diff audios playing.

    I may want to get an additional aftermarket screen for up front too if that would be easier to tie in to the rear entertainment system plus that would leave the center nav screen for other stuff but the fact that on a less expensive car i didn't have to do that and it worked on the center nav screen was a plus.

    not even sure where i can put a screen up front besides maybe the passenger visor. i know the acura dealerships do the screens in headrest and may do one in front of the car seat so she doenst have to look up at the center drop down screen but more importantly we need a screen up front for us.

    i mean i didn't even need to get an ent. package then if i'm just going to get the screens in headrest but i figured having the factory dvd entertainment unit and screen helps and that way the wiring is in place and would make it easier to add screens. plus i did like the plug in the center console figuring it would come in handy so for devices that need a normal power source and whihle I did use a device that needed that power source to play video files froma hard drive which i figured would be more convenient thatn fumbling with dvds but i dont know that i'll always use that and ipod/mp3 player connection is more of an every day thing so its kind of annoying that the Ent. of all packages doesn't ahve the ipod connection in the center console.

    instead you have to use a red and white rca audio cable to single 3.5mm male on the other end of the cable into iphone/ipod/mp3 player and then hit aux up front. works well enough but i wasn't able to have the aux video device with rca jacks plugged in and ipod at same time. also its a little less neat to have the plug in behind the center console with a 2 to 1 cable rather then being able to use a normal ipod 1 to 1 cable from the more ideal center console. youd think the Ent. would have better ipod connectivity not less convenient.

    so yeah where can I find an 09 Acura MDx tips and tricks thread starting with disabling the seat belt chime and mainly nav and rse tips and tricks and aftermarket ideas.

    The Subaru B9x Tribeca thread was full of great tips and tricks and aftermarket ideas as well.

    I see nothing like that for the MDX. its almost like because there are more owners of this vehicle there is less info or filled with ppl asking basic stuff that its in the manual but nothing useful being shared on any mdx thread.
  • austinsfsaustinsfs Posts: 9
    I recently started my search for a pre-owned 2007 MDX, and one of the cars I looked at (at Carmax) had everything imaginable on it -- entertainment, tow package, running boards, full roof rack, etc. Except for the mileage (60K) and convincing my husband, I would have snapped it up. Kind of wish I had, actually -- though hubby wants us to find one with lower miles (which would be nice provide has all aforementioned bells and whistles).

    When I asked the dealer about an iPod jack (which seems to me to be an obvious thing to include in any car at this level), he showed me a jack/charger in the glove box. He indicated that it was "integrated with the navigation system" so that the nav knob would become the iPod switch, and that I could simply leave my iPod charging in the glove box, and manage my music using the nav knob.

    As I only had my (non-compatible) iPhone with me, I wasn't able to test this myself.

    Does anyone know if this might have been true? The very idea of an integrated iPhone screen via nav, and a jack that also charges the iPod while it plays....for amazing sound quality from my iPod...well, it nearly sounds too good to be true. If this a MFG product/upgrade, an after-market upgrade, or something that doesn't exist?

    Please advise. Looks like leased Acura MDXs from 2007 should be hitting the market in October (when the first ones were leased)...I, for one, can't wait.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    ppl shared tips and tricks like how to disable the seatbelt chime

    I think the problem is that the seatbelt chime has an interlock meaning that if you disable it you're losing something else - like lights or various electronics or whatever.

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  • suspendmixsuspendmix Posts: 42
    Nope, there isn't an integrated IPOD connection, just an auxiliary connection that will play a signal from your headphone jack of your IPOD (or any MP3 player for that matter). It will not show music, title, track, etc. information. That might be coming up for the 2010 MDX.
  • Considering to get a 2009 MDX Tech package. How does one connect an ipod? Is it only through a aux in or is there an integrated connection that will show track names etc.

    Is there an accessory that the dealer can install?

    Appreciate any information on the best way to connect an ipod. Thanks.
  • x5killerx5killer Posts: 368
    im pretty sure the tech has a single mp3/ipod jack in the center console.

    annoyingly the Ent. package (i've got tech/ent) doesn't have that but has an audio (red and white rca) and video jack behind the center console. this is in some ways better and to have that extra connectivity. but then you are losing the mp3/ipod jack inside the center console.

    I use a red and white to single jack y cable which works great for my iphone (can use it for ipod or anymp3 player) but its a little bit suck that its behind the center console and exposed/visible and not hidden in the center console.

    and no on screen display to show track name or anything which is kind of a disappointment when Acura is supposed to have the best tech and you have the tech and ent. package but still no integrated ipod connectivity display.
  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,074
    If you can wait for the 2010 then go for it. The 2010 has a USB port which will give you fully integrated iPod support. However you can only use 5th generation and up iPods.
  • hodog16hodog16 Posts: 53
    That dealer is full of imagination.

    The non-ent models have an Aux port in the arm rests (using a headphone jack) while the ent models have RCA ports at the back of the arm rest like x5killer described.

    Amazon sells an aux-to-ipod dock wire that has better fidelity then just a typical aux to headphone jack wire. My ipod sounds great through the stereo, just have to leave it out and control things manually though.
  • frankf2frankf2 Posts: 17
    Hi Guys,

    Anyone has known or has some kind experience to turn MDX rear DVD player to be a TV, so it can receive major TV channel signals through the air. I search it on web and Audiovox has a model can add a tuner to receive TV signal. How about MDX overhead DVD? Any infor will be very appreciated.
  • I just remember what the salesman told me when he sold us our MDX and we were asking about the iPod hook-up. I think all of them have the jack/charger in the glovebox, however, he told us that the disadvantage is that you can't really decided what you want to play on your iPod. Basically it is in the glovebox and you can only turn your volume up/down. If you hook it up with the audio/video cables in the back seat atleast you will have access to the iPod to change songs. Hope this helps.
  • I recently bought a 2009 MDX with technology. Want to get the after market DVD entertainment system put in. Which system do you recommend? How much is usual installation? Do dealers install (if you buy the system)? I am in Atlanta area.
  • I had to respond when I read your line about "Acura is supposed to have the best tech....."! We are Lexus transplants and have been sorely disappointed with our 2005 MDX experience specially when it comes to Entertainment and Audio System that it comes with it! AM/FM receptions are so poor we can't use them!

    And as if that was not reminder enough, then one dealer during routine service, told us that we needed to replace the transmission!! But the problem was not duplicated or confirmed by another dealer!

    The say, 1st impressions are important and this was our 1st Acura and I doubt we will even buy an Acura!
  • there is currently no sound from our 05 MDX stereo. Ocassionly it will work, or we'll get something from the subwoofer, but for the most part nothing. controls seem to work, can change radio stations and play cds...just no sound!! Checked all the fuses and everthing seems fine!!

    Before heading to the delaership any suggestions?
  • fl2009fl2009 Posts: 4
    I'm considering buying a 2010 mdx.
    Is it true the iphone connectivity only truly works with the nav package?
    That is, the std/base model has the plug but the iphone/ipod needs to be controlled by the iphone itself--not the controls on the car.
    thats what the dealer said; does it sound right?
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