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Honda Accord Audio Questions

patpat Posts: 10,421
Let's talk about your iPod, MP3 and other audio questions here.


  • kcrossleykcrossley Posts: 181
    I'm looking for an iPod adapter that will work with my 2006 Honda Accord EX w/Navigation. Ideally, I'd like to be able to control the iPod through the navigation system's touch screen. I was going to purchase Honda's Music Link, but all of the reviews I've read gave it a poor rating.

    I also searched the web and found these adapters:
    neo iOnAux
    Dice Electronics
    USA Spec

    Review of iPod Adapters
    Review of Neo iOn

    Does anyone have experience with any of these?

  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    I think this is the correct iCarKits link you were posting: The iPod Adapter(s) that work with your 2006 Honda Accord. It seems the posting software wrecked yours.

    (P.S. - using the URL tag under the post box will prevent that problem with longer links.)
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 30,354
    I have the ipod adapter from them in my 2005 Odyssey, and I think it is the same unit for the Accord. In any case, it works great, and lets you control the song from the stereo controls (including on the wheel). It also has a set of RCA jacks so you can also plug in another unit (XM, other MP-3 player). It charges too, and uses the docking port instead of running out of the earphone jack.

    2018 Hyundai Elantra Sport (mine), and 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's)

  • kcrossleykcrossley Posts: 181
    Does your Odyssey have a built-in navigation system and are you using that as your interface?
  • kcrossleykcrossley Posts: 181
    I've decided to go with this iPod adapter.

    USA Spec iPod Adapter

    Does anyone have any experience with this? Do you have installation tips that may help me avoid damaging my new Accord?

  • blaneblane Posts: 2,017
    Try this auxilliary input connector for non-Navigation 2003-2006 Accords:

    Try this navigation pass-through "Y" harness for Accords with factory Navigation systems:
  • kcrossleykcrossley Posts: 181
    Has anyone checked this out? It's a little pricey but I'm told it allows you to control your iPod through Honda's built-in navigation system:

    Alpine VehicleHub Pro

  • kcrossleykcrossley Posts: 181
    Is it me or does the FM reception in the 2006 Accords with navigation suck? I'm told the antenna is built into the rear window, but my experience has been that the reception is just awful. Perhaps that's why they give you 3-months of XM for free. Is there anyway to fix this problem?

  • blaneblane Posts: 2,017
    I have excellent FM reception in my 2004 Accord with Navigation. I wouldn't presume that what you perceive as a problem is endemic to all (2006) Accords.

    If you think that you have a problem, you should visit your dealer's service department under warranty. You'll probably get better service there if you don't use the word "suck" when speaking with the service advisor.
  • kcrossleykcrossley Posts: 181
    Perhaps what you perceive as excellent is not that good. And I'm sorry but based on the reception I'm getting the word suck is in fact appropriate.

    The reason I generalized my question is because I've read in other Honda forums that the window embedded antenna doesn't work that well. I know the Accord hybrids come with a traditional antenna, so I don't understand why Honda would use a less-than-effective solution in other Accords.
  • exshomanexshoman Posts: 109
    It's not you. I don't have Nav, but the radio reception does suck most of the time. I do live in a rural area that is tough on reception, but every other radio I've had has better reception than this one. My other car has the antenna in the windshield (a 300M), and it gets much better reception.

    I suspect that if you live in an urban area with stronger signals, it is fine. It's on the weaker signals that it doesn't seem as good as other radios I've had.
  • kcrossleykcrossley Posts: 181
    That's what I find interesting. I live about 25 minutes from Washington DC, which is home to some of the most powerful transmitters in the country. Plus, I'm close enough that I shouldn't have these issues. At first I did think it might be a defect, but after spending some time searching the Internet I find that this issue comes up quite a bit. Quite frankly, I have no desire to pay $9.95/mo. for XM, but I may have to.
  • akamicakamic Posts: 8
    I found this website a while back... it has step by step installation instructions, with pictures. I miss my Ipod, but am not yet willing to disassemble my new Accord!
  • kcrossleykcrossley Posts: 181
    If you're careful, you shouldn't have a problem. BTW, I miss my iPod enough to attempt to disassemble my accord. :-)
  • homerkhomerk Posts: 2
    Does anyone out there know if improving the lousy 120-watt stock stereo system on this model is do-able? I mean, the stereo dash AND the factory-installed 6-CD changer are one, and they're both connected to other controls for the car so that if you need to remove it to connect the wires for an amp, for example, it's just not possible (looks like the whole stereo display area is "glued" to the whole front dash, and looks unremovable). Is this true?
  • kcrossleykcrossley Posts: 181
    In addition to trying to find an iPod adapter that will interface with my navigation screen, I'm also looking for a way to add an amplifier to my stock stereo. I read that this device will do all of this.

    Alpine VehicleHub Pro

    Unfortunately, it's very expensive, requires a lot of add on interfaces, and probably should be professionally $$$$ installed.

  • exshomanexshoman Posts: 109
    Guess we've got the same issue. I live near Frederick, MD - about 30 miles from DC.
  • dudleyrdudleyr Posts: 3,469
    Does anybody know if the sound system in the LX-SE will play mp3's that have been burned to a CD?

  • roxonroxon Posts: 16
    Wondering if any one has installed the Honda Music Link? Handa dealerships seem to want $400+ to purchase and install this...that is quite a bit for a $160 piece of equipment! Wondering how difficult it is to get to the radio my self...Anyone with some feedback?
  • kcrossleykcrossley Posts: 181
    I almost bought The Honda Music Link. I'm glad I didn't. Apparently, all of the reviews say it's awful.

    Steve Vigneau Review

    Gizmodo Review

    Here's what I'm considering instead: USA Spec
  • cliff8cliff8 Posts: 1
    the back lighting has gone blank on the radio which is also the heating display and cd display. i have been told that the whole radio needs to be replace. isn't there a light bulb that can be replaced?
  • djm2djm2 Posts: 712
    NO, and I hope that you have a Honda Care Extended Warranty. This is a VERY expensive repair!!!!!!!!!!!! :sick: I had the same problem, but I had the extended warranty. Best regards. ---- Dwayne ;)
  • blaneblane Posts: 2,017

    You've not indicated what your model year or mileage are. Is your vehicle still under warranty?
  • dan71dan71 Posts: 2
    I have a 2003 EX-V6 with 80,000 miles and my radio lighting went out last week too. My Honda dealer told me the entire unit needs to be replaced at a cost of $780.00 plus tax. I was told there were no remanufactured units available. I would also like to know whether this can be fixed rather than replaced and save a little money. Just another frustration with this car which began when the entire transmission was replaced a month after buying the car new in 12-02.
  • blaneblane Posts: 2,017
    You may want to check the following at your dealer's service department:

    Make : HONDA Model : ACCORD Year : 2003
    Service Bulletin Num : 204 Date of Bulletin: FEB 16, 2004
    NHTSA Item Number: 10014250
    Component: EQUIPMENT
    Check to Request Research. Submit below.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 30,354
    not sure if the root cause is the same, but I had a similar problem with the radio in my '99 Quest. I think it might have been a different kind of light (LED vs. LCD?) but not sure.

    Anyway, same deal with $800 from the dealer (+/-). Instead, I took it to a local audio shop that did repair work. For IIRC $100 they fixed it. Turns out that there were some broken connections (welds I gues) on the circuit board. They soldered them up, and it worked fine for the next year+ that I owned it.

    Not sure what the problem with the Accord is, but you might be able to go this route. I don't recall hearing of anyone doing it though (on the other Honda dedicated boards) but I haven't checked lately.

    2018 Hyundai Elantra Sport (mine), and 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's)

  • Does anyone know if Honda is working on an updated Honda Music Link to replace the crap they introduced last year?
  • Is there anyway to improve the Accord with navigation system's radio reception?
  • Thanks for the great tip. I called American Honda and they had me bring the car in to my dealer to confirm the radio's backlight had indeed gone dim. Honda offered to provide me a replacement unit and I pay the labor and sales tax. Compared to the $780.00 plus tax I was looking at last week, I am now smiling. Thank you again.
  • blaneblane Posts: 2,017
    Why would I want to improve the fine radio reception in my 2004 Accord with Navigation System? Whoever rides in my car remarks about the great audio.
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