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Are the Honda upgrades like Bassworks any good?

Most people feel that they are not value for money.
http://www.civinfo.com/forum/ipods-mp3-players-ice/4336-speaker-upgrade-kit-sound-quality.html
http://www.civinfo.com/forum/ipods-mp3-players-ice/188-bassworks-kit.html


Does the head unit play MP3 CDs?


Yes.

It also displays some id3 tag data.
On satnav cars this is displayed on the main satnav screen: Satnav demo - Civinfo Wiki
On other cars it is displayed on the aircon / radio display.

It also plays WMA files, but no other formats.

To make an MP3 or WMA disc, look here:
How to make an MP3 CD - Civinfo Wiki

The 6 disc changer only plays audio CDs, not mp3s.


Does the Civic has an AUX in, for connecting an mp3 player or similar?

No.

There is a Honda ipod adapter, which most people feel is expensive and limited in it´s functionality.
There are several aftermarket solutions:
Connecting an MP3 player - Civinfo Wiki

See also:
http://www.civinfo.com/forum/ipods-mp3-players-ice/9830-various-mp3-ipod-ipod-touch-input-solution-diagrams.html

They do not however show and id3 data on the in car screen.

You can of course also use an FM transmitter, although this does have limitations with regard to sound quality.
http://www.civinfo.com/forum/how/1516-how-install-radio-transmitter-mp3-players.html


Can I upgrade the speakers?


Yes.

There are aftermarket products that most people feel are better and better value for money than the Honda upgrades.

Front doors: Mod - install Infinity front speakers - Civinfo Wiki

Rear of a 3 door: http://www.civinfo.com/forum/how/9294-rear-speakers-replacement-coaxials-3-door.html

You can also add some sound damping material:
http://www.civinfo.com/forum/how/8809-how-dramatically-improve-speaker-sound-quality-40-dynamat.html


Does the original head unit have line out connectors for connecting an amplifier?

No.

But, you can use a Line Out Converter (LOC) to convert speaker level signals to line level signals.

Or, use an amplifier that can directly take speaker level signals.


Can I add a subwoofer?

Related to the question of the amplifier above.
Yes you can, have a look here:
Subwoofers - Civinfo Wiki

There are several other examples of ICE installs in both Ipods, MP3 Players and ICE - Civinfo and How To - Civinfo.

For example:

How to install an entire ICE system

My sub/speaker install

My ICE (lot's of pics)

Fitting an Amplifier and speakers

[HOW TO] Install a subwoofer and amp



Can I change the head unit?

The original head unit is a central part of the car and needs to be retained. It is not a very easy job, but it has been done.

Changing the head unit - Civinfo Wiki



What type of head unit is in the Civic?


It is a Panasonic CQ-MH5571LC
http://www.civinfo.com/forum/ipods-mp3-players-ice/6717-what-make-model-ex-hu.html

It has approx 12W RMS of power.
http://www.civinfo.com/forum/ipods-mp3-players-ice/7032-power-rating-head-unit-satnav-model.html


On the satnav model, can I use the satnav and CD player at the same time?


Yes.

The satnav uses a seperate DVD player in the glovebox.


On the satnav model, can I use the DVD to play films on the screen?

No.

But, with some fairly extensive modifications, you can play films on the screen.
http://www.civinfo.com/forum/how/7772-how-connect-video-source-navigation-system.html


Further questions?


Before posting a new question, also have a look at http://www.civinfo.com/forum/ipods-mp3-players-ice/5180-links-some-guides.html

You can always check for the latest information in the Wiki: Main Page - Civinfo Wiki
or try a search: Civinfo - Search Forums
 

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Great post , & i didny no somebody had changed the rears.
 

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Good post FWH!

This should be a 'Sticky'
I agree, a great summary for those thinking about ICE upgrades.

One new diamond for me was finding a good / easy route for a power cable for a sub "i ran the power cable from the battery, there is a plate behind the glove box which is where the wirring loom would be if the car was left hand drive."
 

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The built in stereo is definatly a downside to the new civic. Converting the dash definatly looks like way more hassel than it is really worth.... Unless you enjoy playing with fibreglass.
 

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I have a I pod connector kit for sale will fit civic 2006 to 2010. But this is not compatible with a factory fitted sat Nav. Please see my e bay page aquatimer-iwc.
Only 50.00 buy it now.
 

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ive got the connects 2 kit but have a question. whats the blue wire for on the aerial adapater? where does it go? and the blue and pink wires on the swc lead coz the instructions just have them going off. does the blue wire from the aerial go into the blue wire from the swc connector (labelled as amp remote)
 
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