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Honda Accord Audio Questions



  • Well, actually that question was directed to exshoman and anyone else who is having reception issues. I know that you're not.
  • Before you spend for the labor, call another dealer!! I had the gas filler cable break AND the radio go blank. Dealer #1 wanted $90 for the radio repair and $130 for the cable repair. Dealer #2 did both FOR FREE!!
  • I havnt tried it but does anyone know off the bat if the Honda Accord 2007 SE, stock indash cd changer plays cdrw?

    i'd try it out but have no cdrw on hand.
  • ray_h1ray_h1 Posts: 1,134
    Very doubtful - I'm unaware of any factory head unit that plays homebrew rewritable discs. (When I've tried what you're inquiring about in my Sonata, the player just spits the disc back out with a "DISC ERROR" message. I'm not entirely certain, but I believe the problem has something to do with a different format lead-in info band that most [all?] automtove head units are incapable of reading properly.) Homebrew single-write discs are another matter if they're bit-for-bit duplicates of the commercial disc they're copied from, though. I've never had problems playing those homebrew discs in any head unit I've tried them in. If you or anyone else finds out/knows otherwise, please post back. I'm considering a new Accord to replace my nearly 4-yr old Sonata.
  • tasaytasay Posts: 36
    well copy cd are playable..I have 2006 SE and I play copy cd in it. Don't know about rewriteable cd. Why don't U get a ipod adapter and get an ipod...I am thinking about getting ipod adapter...put tons of songs in there n let it plays....not to bother with cd anymore.
  • louisnlouisn Posts: 110
    When I switch from FM to XM w/o changing the volume the volume is much lower on XM and I have to adjust it to much higher volume setting to get the same sound. Is that a problem or the way they all work?
  • tallman1tallman1 Posts: 1,874
    Sounds like a problem. I don't notice that on mine.
  • blaneblane Posts: 2,017
    Is that true with all FM stations and XM channels? Or just specific ones that you frequent?

    I've never had that occur.
  • louisnlouisn Posts: 110
    It's on all the stations!
    The FM is obviously not as clear but it is much louder.
  • blaneblane Posts: 2,017
    Sounds like a warranty repair is due.
  • I was playing with my radio today, and I noticed the same thing as you did. I have to change the volume 2-3 numbers to get the same volume level between XM to FM

  • Does anyone know how to add an mp3 input to the standard CD player? If this is doable, it's definitely easier and cheaper than to replace the whole unit for an mp3 capable CD player. Thanks.
  • I forgot to mention I have an 06 Accord VP.
  • I have been looking at ways to connect my iPod to my car stereo. It seems to me that the best way overall may be to simply upgrade the head unit to one that is iPod-ready. One poster on the accessories board mentioned the Alpine 9856. However, the Best Buy website says that it won't fit the Accord. Has anyone else gone this route, and what have you found that fits? Thanks for your help!
  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    Why don't you just get an aftermarket iPod adapter that plugs into the back of the factory stereo?
    An aftermarket stereo is likely to get stolen eventually and doesn't fit the looks of the car anyway.
    Set up some playlists on the iPod so you don't need to keep messing with it and searching for songs while driving.
  • roxonroxon Posts: 16
    I researched this for a while and went the route of the USA SPEC Ipod adapter to the factory radio. There are not any good aftermarket factory face plates for the 06 accord yet. the install was done by my local car stereo shop for $60, after i bought the adapter online for $130. I like it better cause i can still use the ipod to control my music.
  • dwinkdwink Posts: 14
    I was looking at the spec sheet last night on Honda's website and am a bit confused on the radio for the ex-v6. Does it come with the "premium" radio with 180 watt or the standard 120 watt. The site says 6mt only for premium. Does that mean just the manual transmission accord. I'm a bit confused. I'm coming from an older Maxima with a Bose stereo system, I know it wont be as good, but I dont want it to be too bad either.
  • I decided to start by trying an easier alternative and see how I like it. I bought Monster's iCarPlay, which is an FM transmitter. The sound quality, though not as good as a CD in my deck, is decent. Occasional flurries of static do seep in to the transmisison from time to time. I'm not sure that the sound quality will be good enough to satisfy me, though. Perhaps there are better FM transmitters out there, or maybe this is just a limitation of all FM transmitters.

    Other people have said good things about USA SPEC; some recommend Harman Kardon's Drive & Play. I understand that Honda offers a "Honda Music Link", but reviews on that have been mixed. There is an advantage, however, in having something that Honda would install and guarantee. What I'm looking to do is simply to be able to select playlists from my iPod and play them over the car stereo, either as is or in shuffle mode. What would be the best way for me to go if this is all I need? Thanks for your help!
  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    Many people are not satisfied with all the static and interference with the FM transmitters. If it works well enough for you where you live, then go ahead and use it.
    The Music Link isn't worth the money because the functionality is so poor, so Honda guaranteeing it is no great benefit.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 26,317
    get the USA Spec unit. I have it in our Odyssey, and it works great. You still control the music through the ipod, but yo ucan also skip songs using the radio buttons (even on the steering wheel).

    I usually have it on shuffle mode, so if a song comes on that I don't want to listen, I just flick the chan button and move on to the next one!

    It also has extra aux inputs so you can plug another music source (like a protable sat radio unit) into the box and run it through the aux port.

    With the ipod, it also connects into the dock port, so it charges as you go, and will automatically stop charging 30 minutes after you shut off the car.

    ANd best of all, no more static, and looking for an FM clear signal (not many of those around NYC!)

    2018 Hyundai Elantra Sport (mine), 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's) and 2015 Jetta Sport (daughter's)

  • I'm glad I saw your post. I have a non-ipod Mp3 player. This is definitely the cheapest way to go, especially that I don't care about the quality of sound that much. Will try and see how well it works.
  • Thanks for your suggestion. I'm a little hesitant to let someone mess with the stereo in the car. Plus it's a little more money than I'm willing to spend. I'll give the FM transmitter a try first. But thanks.
  • tallman1tallman1 Posts: 1,874
    The 120 watt system is in the EX-L V6 and the 180 version is just in the 6 speed. Go to the section where you build one and you'll see the specs for that trim line.
  • Well, I went out and got a cheap Dynex FM transmitter for $40. It works adequately, although not great. Don't know if the more expensive Monster Cable brand would work any better, but for now I'm reasonably happy. Took some searching to find a frequency that worked.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 26,317
    they do the job, but a plug-in solution gives much better sound quality.

    It is less of an issue if you live in the boonies. Where I am (NE corridor, so close to Philadelphia, and often near NYC and central Jersey) it is almost impossible to find a clear FM station to use (at least from the 10 choices my modulator gave me). I think there are more expensive ones that let you pick any station, but if you are spending that much, might as well go the aux input route.

    ALso, some people report interferance from the power cord if you get a charger that plugs into the power outlet.

    2018 Hyundai Elantra Sport (mine), 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's) and 2015 Jetta Sport (daughter's)

  • I have an 06 with no navi and my radio reception sucks as well. Honda screwed something up.
  • From the sounds of it, the Musiclink is junk, so what are the best options for integrating the iPod to an Accord w/navi system?
    The USA spec product sounds good, but to what extent do you control the iPod functions? does the navi screen display functions or is it just a few of the buttons that control the iPod?
    Are there any other products out there?...All I want is a direct connection to the pre-existing Aux input on the back of the factory radio with some stereo control functionality.
  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    I believe you can skip tracks forward and back using the steering wheel controls and the head unit with the USA Spec product.
    I don't think it displays song titles on the nav screen.
    You shouldn't be looking at the screen reading song titles while driving anyway. It's your music, you should know what it is and you can look at it later. Set up playlists before you start driving or at home from the computer and then just skip tracks and playlists when driving. You or the passenger can also just control the iPod directly.
    More info is at their website.
  • tamu2002tamu2002 Posts: 758
    Hmm, I do get a little bit static noise, maybe it's from the power cord. I live in a big metro area in the northwest. For the most part the reception is ok, definitely usable. For the money I spent on it ($40) I'm satisfied. One advantege of the FW receivor is that it's mobile and can be taken to our other car.
  • I bought the 2006 accord coupe lx...... I want to add an Aux input... how do I do this? Where can I get it done? I don't want to buy an FM transmit. but want an Aux input for my Ipod, Any suggestions?
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