Connecting an MP3 player
Incredibly, Honda omitted a way to connect a portable music player to the radio in the Civic (despite including it in the older and cheaper Jazz) when it was launched in 2006, however it was added in the 2009 facelift.
In order to connect your player on a pre-facelift car, you have to consider what you need:
FM or aux-in? FM uses the radio to receive the sound from a little transmitter, and is very poor quality but easy to install. Aux-in sends the sound down a wire to the radio and is very good quality, but requires wiring up.
iPod control? For those of you have chosen an Apple iPod, then you may want to be able to control your player using the steering wheel and satnav screen, or maybe a separate control unit like the H-K.
There are now several options:
- Universal aux in using connects2 Provides an aux-in connection for any player. Cheap to fit, great quality, no remote control.
- Universal aux in using connects2 (Ipod Model) Provides an aux-in for iPods only. Cheap to fit, great quality, with iPod control.
- Xcarlink aux in An aux-in with an optional cable for sat nav cars, that can also play from SD cards and USB memory.
- Dension ice link Inexpensive aux-in for iPods only. Works well.
- Honda supplied iPod link Very restrictive iPod control, seriously expensive.
- Harman Kardon control FM only, uses a separate controller and screen.
- mp3 connection diagrams will show how the Connects2 and DICE devices can be connected.
Note - if you have a car with the Honda satnav installed (EX spec or similar) then you need an extra bit of loom: