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Old 18 Mar 2006, 01:44 pm
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Default Hard Wiring an MP3 or Satellite to Factory Radio Accord 2004

I was told by Best Buy that to hardwire a jack from the back of my 2004
Accord radio would cost over $200.00 . Has anyone in this group found
a cheaper solution? Best buy also told me that they couldn't even
replace the radio in my car if I wanted to because the adaptor kits
aren't out so I'd have to pay top dollar at a dealer. Does that sound
right? I either want a jack hardwired to the factory radio so I can
plug my MP3 into it or get a new radio with a jack on its face.

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Old 18 Mar 2006, 06:23 pm
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Default Re: Hard Wiring an MP3 or Satellite to Factory Radio Accord 2004

In article <1142711050.949589.61790@i40g2000cwc.googlegroups. com>,
jeffy3@hotmail.com wrote:

> I was told by Best Buy that to hardwire a jack from the back of my 2004
> Accord radio would cost over $200.00 . Has anyone in this group found
> a cheaper solution? Best buy also told me that they couldn't even
> replace the radio in my car if I wanted to because the adaptor kits
> aren't out so I'd have to pay top dollar at a dealer. Does that sound
> right? I either want a jack hardwired to the factory radio so I can
> plug my MP3 into it or get a new radio with a jack on its face.


Check out Blitzsafe.com and see if they have anything.
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Old 20 Mar 2006, 07:58 am
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Default Re: Hard Wiring an MP3 or Satellite to Factory Radio Accord 2004

This hasn't gotten any easier with the 2006 model, either. I can't believe
Honda's best answer for playing MP3's is a second CD deck that costs over
$500 installed.

Jon


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> I was told by Best Buy that to hardwire a jack from the back of my 2004
> Accord radio would cost over $200.00 . Has anyone in this group found
> a cheaper solution? Best buy also told me that they couldn't even
> replace the radio in my car if I wanted to because the adaptor kits
> aren't out so I'd have to pay top dollar at a dealer. Does that sound
> right? I either want a jack hardwired to the factory radio so I can
> plug my MP3 into it or get a new radio with a jack on its face.
>



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Old 20 Mar 2006, 08:07 am
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Default Re: Hard Wiring an MP3 or Satellite to Factory Radio Accord 2004

What do you mean? Could you elaborate? I don't mean to play MP3 on a
cd, I mean to connect my MP3 player to the radio. One option I came up
with is to get a cassette deck installed and connect through that.

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Old 23 Mar 2006, 11:04 am
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Default Re: Hard Wiring an MP3 or Satellite to Factory Radio Accord 2004

Does anyone have a good link for instructions on removing and
installing a radio in a 2004 Accord? Thanks!

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Old 23 Mar 2006, 09:51 pm
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Default Re: Hard Wiring an MP3 or Satellite to Factory Radio Accord 2004

On 18 Mar 2006 11:44:11 -0800, jeffy3@hotmail.com wrote:

>I was told by Best Buy that to hardwire a jack from the back of my 2004
>Accord radio would cost over $200.00 . Has anyone in this group found
>a cheaper solution? Best buy also told me that they couldn't even
>replace the radio in my car if I wanted to because the adaptor kits
>aren't out so I'd have to pay top dollar at a dealer. Does that sound
>right? I either want a jack hardwired to the factory radio so I can
>plug my MP3 into it or get a new radio with a jack on its face.

I never really tried using it but you have "line in" on the DIN plug
in the back, where the CD changer plugs in.
The line ins are at the 3 o'clock and 9 o'clock position with the
common connected to ground at 2 o'clock.
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Old 24 Mar 2006, 12:36 am
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Default Re: Hard Wiring an MP3 or Satellite to Factory Radio Accord 2004

<jeffy3@hotmail.com> wrote...
>I was told by Best Buy that to hardwire a jack from the back of my 2004
> Accord radio would cost over $200.00 . Has anyone in this group found
> a cheaper solution? Best buy also told me that they couldn't even
> replace the radio in my car if I wanted to because the adaptor kits
> aren't out so I'd have to pay top dollar at a dealer. Does that sound
> right? I either want a jack hardwired to the factory radio so I can
> plug my MP3 into it or get a new radio with a jack on its face.
>


how about an fm transmitter?

http://www.thesourcecc.com/estore/ca...genum=1&sort=1

i haven't tried any of them yet... but what else would you use the fm radio
for these days?

probably good to get one that can run off batteries and a dc adapter

anyone here try these yet? i see there's one there for $30 (cdn)



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Old 24 Mar 2006, 10:09 am
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I have one and it works okay but it's a pain for several reasons.
You have to find an empty channel on the band which isn't too
difficult, but if you are traveling any distance you eventually get
interference and then have to find another empty channel. then you
have to change the channel on the fm transmitter, which is a pain while
you're driving (and dangerous)...then if you turn off the car to run
into a store or something, when you turn it back on the transmitter is
back on the default channel and you have to turn it back to the desired
channel again..

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Old 26 Mar 2006, 11:22 pm
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On Fri, 24 Mar 2006 06:36:51 GMT, "shady" <sh@dy.com> wrote:

>how about an fm transmitter?


I have an XM that can go to the FM radio. The deficiencies of FM even
show up on that meager signal. Any MP3 greater than 128kbs would
suffer from this link. A cassette adapter is better than FM, nociably
better than the FM on XM radio
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