I decided to do this FAQ to explain all the auxiliary audio options for the 7th Generation Accord. It seems quite often that DA.net gets questions from members that may be unfamiliar with the search option. This topic remains popular, and has been discussed many times. So this post can explain all the options available, including installation instructions.
Does the Accord have an Auxiliary Audio Input?
Yes. The 2003 and later models have a 14-pin connector for a variety of audio accessories. Honda offers 4 audio accessories: Cassette Deck, 6-Disc In-Dash CD Changer, WMA/MP3 CD Player, and an 8-CD External Changer. These are offered as “Dealer-Installed” Accessories. These accessories are installed as a replacement for the lower pocket, using the Honda Audio Attachment Kit, Part 08B06-SDA-100. XM-Ready Stereos also require the 2-port Bus Cable, Part 08A31-0F1-000.
6-Disc In-Dash CD Changer
WMA/MP3 CD Player
Installation Guide for the Honda Cassette/6-CD/MP3 Player Accessories
Coupe and Sedan
8-CD External Changer
Installation Guide for the Honda 8-CD External Changer
Coupe (Trunk Installation)
Sedan (Trunk Installation)
Coupe and Sedan (Center Console Installation)
External 8-CD Changer Installed w/Pics
Can the Auxiliary Audio Input be used for other Audio devices, such as an MP3 Player, Apple iPod/iPhone or Microsoft Zune?
Yes. Third-party companies offer Auxiliary Input Converters, iPod/iPhone Connection Kits, or Zune Connection Kits
What is an Auxiliary Input Converter?
This is the most cost effective method for adding your own audio device. They range in price from $49 to $89, and they convert the 14-pin connector to a stereo RCA input for any audio device. An RCA to Mini-plug patch cable is needed for connecting your portable music device. These devices were originally designed for adding an aftermarket CD changer (typically a Sony model), and some still offer that option. These devices will appear as an external CD changer on the Accord stereo. These devices are an audio-only connection (unless used for controlling a CD changer). They will not allow you to control your portable audio device from the factory stereo, or provide power. Read the product descriptions carefully as some may require the XM tuner (if equipped) to be disconnected. If you have Navigation, make sure you find one that is compatible with Navigation/XM. The example below is Navigation/XM compatible since it includes the additional pass-through 14-pin connector.
Auxiliary Input Converter
What is the difference between an Aux Input Converter and an iPod Connection Kit?
An iPod Connection Kit provides power to the iPod and allows you to control the iPod from the stereo and steering wheel controls (if equipped). Depending on the model chosen, you can skip tracks, choose playlists, artists, albums, or turn shuffle on or off. If your Accord is equipped with XM, you can also display text from the iPod on the stereo or Navigation LCD/Upper Display. Most iPod Connection Kits also include an additional Aux Input for connecting an additional audio source. Read product descriptions carefully. Make sure they are Navigation/XM compatible if your Accord is equipped with Navigation/XM. If your Accord is not equipped with XM, you cannot display text from the iPod.
Typical iPod Connection Kit
How can I tell if my Accord has XM?
2003 Accords do not have XM Radio. XM was added in 2004. Look at the CD button on your stereo. If it does not have XM, it will say CD/AUX. Non-Navigation stereos will have a button labeled CD/AUX/Sat Radio or CD/AUX/XM. Navigation stereos will have a button labeled CD/Sat Radio or CD/AUX/XM. If your stereo is not XM-Ready, the iPod Connection Kit will emulate an external CD Changer, without text display.
Non-Navigation Stereos with
Navigation Stereos with
Non-Navigation and Navigation Stereos without
Where can I buy an Aux Input Converter, and who makes them?
The best selection is at Log Jam Electronics. Vendors include Soundgate, Blitzsafe, and PIE
Where can I buy an iPod Connection Kit, and who makes them?
There are many different vendors to choose from. Each site provides information for purchase:
Soundgate, Blitzsafe, and PIE
iSimple Media Gateway (formerly known as the Peripheral PXAMG). iSimple requires an XM stereo.
Why are the Blitzsafe iPod Connection Kits cheaper?
The Blitzsafe iPod kits will only charge the iPod and provide a direct line-input connection. They do not offer any stereo control of the iPod, or text display. You can only control the iPod from the iPod itself.
Do any of the iPod Connection Kits offer HD Radio?
Yes, the PXAMG Media Gateway offers an optional HD Radio kit. Dice Electronics also offered an HD kit, but it is no longer displayed with the iPod kits (their website recently changed). Not sure if Dice still has that option.
Is there a connection kit available for the Microsoft Zune?
Yes. The Soundgate kit will provide power to the Zune and allow you to control the Zune from the stereo and/or steering wheel controls. However, the Zune was not designed to send text information through its dock connector, so it cannot display text on your stereo.
Are these kits easy to install?
Yes they are. Without Navigation, you only have to remove the lower pocket to access the 14-pin connector. With Navigation, you must remove the stereo to access the 14-pin connector. Some early non-Navigation stereos had the 14-pin connector on the bottom, making them very easy to access. Later models moved the connector to the back, as shown in the photo.
Are there directions for installing the kits?
Yes. The Honda MusicLink Installation Guide offers the best step-by-step guide for removing the lower pocket and the stereo. Just follow steps 1-30 in the guide to remove the lower pocket and stereo, and ignore the other steps. I used a wire coat hanger to make my own “hook” tool for pulling the lower pocket and removing the upper dash panel (Navigation only) as described in the guide.
How about a visual guide?
Yes. DA.net’s very own BeaufordBuddy provides a visual guide for installing a kit in his non-navigation Accord.
Where should I install the Aux Input Converter or iPod Module unit?
There is plenty of space behind the lower pocket for the module. The right side inside panel is an excellent location. Using double-sided tape, you can stick the module to the side panel and it won’t interfere with the lower pocket.
Dice Electronics iPod module installed on the inside panel