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Hi,

Im looking at adding some kind of Aux input into my civic.

I like the idea of having the flexibility of the Connets2 Bluetooth input, for connecting my phone, or iPod, but I haven't been able to find any feedback on this particular bit of kit.

Connects 2 Car Audio Systems, Car Stereo, Car Radio DAB Stereos, Car interface adapters and accessories > ProductInformation

Anyone got this and can comment on what its like to use on a daily basis? I'm interested to know how much of a faff it is to connected to it every day and how good control is by the steering wheel, sound quality etc etc...
 

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Connects2 CTAHOBT001

Not sure which one you were linking to (link doesn't work) but I've recently fitted this one in my 2007 i-CDTi ES: Connects2 Ltd

I bought it from Car Audio Centre for £79.99: https://www.caraudiocentre.co.uk/product_m-connects2-ctahobt001_p-35592.htm

Works perfectly - now have decent hands-free telephone usage, plus streaming Bluetooth audio, plus a 3.5mm aux in jack, plus USB charging port (NOTE This does not provide iPod USB input - it's for charging only).

Installation is reasonably straight forward, if a bit time consuming, due to the need to remove the dash under the steering wheel, and the entire centre console. Don't panic though - I'm not a car audio specialist or anything, and I just followed instructions on YouTube for removing the head unit:


I did actually go one step further, and routed a USB cable up to the top of the dash for charging, so it wasn't trailing down the front of the head unit:

https://goo.gl/photos/4NLfBrXAk8jueTEn8

WARNING This was a bit of a bitch to fit but I finally managed to find a path underneath the back right hand corner of the trim panel on top of the dash, down the right side of the centre console, then across and through a hole I drilled in the back of the little cubby above the gearstick.

This is where I also fitted the Bluetooth adapter itself:

https://goo.gl/photos/GHMvNgBhJwpGFUp88

I used quite a long cable, so that I could also plug it into a cigarette lighter USB charger, as I have a Galaxy S7 that supports QuickCharge, and the the USB charge port on the Bluetooth adapter is just a standard 5V.

As for locating the microphone, I didn't want to dismantle any more of the dash, and I didn't want to disturb the curtain airbags on the A-pillars, so I've simply 'trapped' it in place beside the head unit:

https://goo.gl/photos/ujmze4CuYieCkFU89

It seems to work fine there, but I might try to fix it more securely, or move it somewhere else.

Hope that helps :)
 

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I can't believe how easy the civic is to take apart! Trying to get the radio out of my Audi took flipping ages!! Must get some decent trim removal tools.
 

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Does anyone know if it's possible to connect to this system to stream music, ie Spotify, but simultaneously connect to Honda's HFT for calls? Phone in question would be an Iphone as opposed to an Android.
 

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Not to take anything away from that brilliant video, but for the faint of heart near Manchester who aren't confident to do the job, I've just had a Connects2 Aux cable fitted for £102 including labour and all cables. I am really pleased with the result and sound quality. I don't know the guy personally but he did exactly what I wanted and even had the cable in stock. He actually used the Connects2-CTVHOX002 and just didn't use the Sat Nav loom as my car isn't EX. I assume I have the Panasonic head unit, but it still works a charm. Here is a link to where I had it done. I left the car with him for 2 hrs and he let me test it before paying.

https://en-gb.facebook.com/Car-Audio-Security-Tinting-1417949505126279/

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Just to be clear, the aux only (not Bluetooth version) is significantly cheaper - Amazon have it for £29.42, rather than the £79.99 I paid for the Bluetooth version.
 

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What I won't be able to do, of course, is change tracks from the steering wheel, but I don't really need that feature as will use my phone to do that... or the Bluetooth receiver itself if I place that somewhere conveniently.

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Just tested it and wow, I am very pleased. The direct Aux in from my headphone socket on my phone was a very strong signal but quite harsh. Treble sounded electronic and spikey whilst bass was massive. The Bluetooth packet from the phone by contrast is warm and balanced and very clear. Ground loop interference (where you can hear an echo of the engine revs and crackle) which was there from the signal via the headphone jack when charging the phone from the Cig Plug at the same time is now also eliminated. So all good, really enjoying playing my Spotify playlists and burning Data CDs is definitely a thing of the past as the phone sounds better than the CDs did too.

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What I won't be able to do, of course, is change tracks from the steering wheel..
You can - the track up/down moves to previous/next track via Bluetooth. It also acts as answer/hang up for handsfree calls.

...will use my phone to do that...
Don't. With the recent increase in penalties for using your phone on the move, you're liable to get nicked.

If you're using an Android phone, try running the Android Auto app, and set it to auto-launch when it connects to the in-car Bluetooth. I'm finding that it works well for voice commands - I can play specific albums or tracks on Spotify by saying things like "OK Google.....play Divide by Ed Sheeran on Spotify". I can also send texts and WhatsApp messages by voice, request it to navigate me to a specific address, etc.

It's not perfect but it's pretty damn good.

...the Bluetooth receiver itself if I place that somewhere conveniently.
There are no controls on the Bluetooth receiver.
 

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Thanks for all that info @gmullan
What I meant was I won't be able to control tracks from steering wheel because, unlike you, I don't have a steering wheel controls interface fitted. I have an audio cable plugged into a 3rd party Bluetooth receiver. This means I have all functionality from my phone to the receiver, but not from the steering wheel.
Likewise, although your receiver doesn't have change track buttons (it doesn't need to as you have steering wheel controls), mine does and they do change tracks.
Appreciate your point about hands free laws. I actually have a similar app called Drivemode which I've found is the best so far for driving safely and having loads of functionality and quite highly configurable. Worth a look but if you are happy with Android Auto then no need to swap I suppose.
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Can any of you who are using Connects2 CTAHOBT001 tell me if it switches automatically from radio to phone when you get a call? Like if you hear the phone ringing through the car’s stereo?
 

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I have the Xcarlink which looks to be the same as Connects2 with a different label. Mine doesn't switch so you need to press the aux button on the stereo to hear the call.
 
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