The amount of traffic and comments I’ve gotten on my article on installing an iPod in my 2001 Honda Civic has been really good, so I figured I’d recap some of the good ideas and comments for everyone’s benefit.
1) Since I wrote that article, SIK has come out with a product called the IMP, which, like the Belkin charger provides a line-out and a port for charging through the cigarette lighter. (click here for manufacturer’s site) I like the idea of this as it means you’re going through one less amplifier (the Belkin has an amp in it). I haven’t cracked one open to see what type of amplifier chip they’re using, but I imagine a $40 unit isn’t going to have a high-end one. This device would also be handy for iPod users who want to run through a headphone amplifier to drive audiophile-type headphones (ie, Sennheiser HD-600, etc.). I’ll probably be buying one for that purpose…
2) A few people have written in to indicate that they can reach up and make the connection into the back of their head unit without removing the stereo from the dashboard. I guess I have big hands or something, but if you can do it this way, more power to you.
3) Ground loops – a few weeks after I wrote the original article, Logjam indicated that for some applications, one of the wires on their adaptor needed to be grounded. If you’re running from battery power, you should do this. If you’re running from the SiK or the Belkin, you shouldn’t need to. Some folks reported that they could hear some buzzing noises with the stereo turned up real high. If I go to 8 dots on the volume, sure, I’ll have it…but normal listening volume for me is around 3….maybe 4.
4) Newer model Civics have a different lower center console, which I’m not sure how to go about removing. The best advice I can give is to tug at various parts a little to see if they’re held with friction clips, or look for screwhole covers. Also, Google is your friend. The radio/climate control panel is the same, so presumably the mounting bolts are in the same location below, if you’re looking to pop that part out like I did.
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