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usa-spec PA15-HON2 Owner`s manual
Your iPod through ACURA / HONDA Car Stereo System!
KEY FEATURES
This adaptor connects an iPod, iPhone, or iTouch to your ACURA / HONDA
audio system with the following benefits:
• Connects iPod s audio output directly to ACURA/HONDA Audio system for optimal
sound quality playback.
• Displays text information on XM ready radios.
• Retains Satellite radio receivers, CD Changers, and DVD systems.
• Offers three ways to access the music on iPod, namely, DIRECT MODE, FOLDER
MODE, and PLAYLIST MODE
• Charges iPod, iPhone, and iTouch while playing. Charging stops at 30 minutes after car
key is turned off to prevent car bettery drain.
• Connects Satellite radio, DVD player, or other audio source to the car audio system
through the AUX Audio Input jack.
APPLICATION
** The chart below is for general reference only. For detailed application and
compatibility please consult www.usaspec.com or call 626-336-3836.
ACURA
MDX (Nav)
RL (Non-Nav)
TSX (Nav)
YEAR
05 - 06
05 - 09
04 - 08
HONDA
ACCORD
CIVIC
CRV
ELEMENT *
FIT
YEAR
03 - 11
06 - 11
05 - 11
03 - 11
07 - 11
HONDA
ODYSSEY
PILOT
RIDGELINE
S2000
YEAR
05 - 11
06 - 11
06 - 11
04 - 07
* ELEMENT LX (03 - 09) should use the PA11-HON model
* PA15-HON2 is NOT compatible with 2010-11 models with USB connector.
Email: techsupport@usaspec.com
Quick Guide

If your radio has a XM button, read section 3-1 and section 3-2 first.

If your radio does not have a XM button, read section 3-3 first.

If text display feature is preferred on an ACURA radio, a
PA15-HON3 or a P15-ACUxl model should be used.
Please check with the APPLICATION guide in Section 1-5.
For warranty service and technical support, please e-mail to
techsupport@usaspec.com or warranty@usaspec.com.
info@usaspec.com does not respond to technical support or
warranty service requests.
Print date: 1.20.2010
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Thank you for purchasing USA_SPEC product. This manual describes the
function and operation of PA15-HON2 iPod interface for Honda and ACURA
car radios. Please read this manual before installing the interface adaptor in
your vehicle.

It is strongly recommended that the adaptor is installed in an easily accessible
location, so that it can later be easily reset or upgraded.
 Eject ALL CDs from the built-in CD player or CD changer before removing the
radio from dash board.
 USA SPEC distributes products through authorized dealers so customers will
receive proper services and advice from the dealers. USA SPEC reserves the
right to offer technical or warranty services only on products purchased through
authorized USA SPEC dealers.
 SAFETY NOTE: You should always give full attention to driving. DO NOT operate
the feature or function of PA15-HON2 in such a way that might distract you while
you are driving.
Section 1. ABOUT PA15-HON2 INTERFACE
1-1 Introduction
a) This interface connects an iPod, iTouch, or iPhone directly to your Acura or
HONDA audio system for optimal playback sound quality.
b) This interface enables iPod to coexist with ACURA/HONDA navigation system,
CD changer, and Satellite radio.
c) PA15-HON2’s on board software translates commands from your
CD changer control or XM Band control into commands that the
iPod understands.
i You can use either the XM control or the CD changer control of the radio to
work with iPod or iPhone. Use XM control on XM ready radios if text display
is desired.
ii When useing XM control, XM1 is for iPod and XM2 is retained for
XM broadcast reception.
d) This interface charges iPod, iTouch, or iPhone while it is playing and charging
stops automatically half an hour after iPod is paused.
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1-2 Text Display of Song Information
a) Artist name and song title can be displayed on radio by configuring
PA15-HON2 to work with the XM buttons on the radio.
b) Only DISC number and track number are displayed on the radio (Disc number
=Playlist number) when using PA15-HON2 with radio’s CD or AUX button.
1-3 Package Content
PA15-HON2 contains one PA15-HON2 interface adaptor and one each of the following
cables: CAS-H2y, CAS-HXM and CB-PA105 .
1-4 Compatibility
Future iPod and iTune software updates may affect the features and functions
described in this owner’s manual and on the website www.usaspec.com.
1-5 Application
Make
Model
Year
Type of
Radio
Control iPod
with…
Text
Display
Note
ACURA
MDX
RL
TSX
05 - 06
05 - 09
04 - 08
Nav
Non-Nav
Nav
CDC or XM
CDC or XM
CDC or XM
YES
YES
YES
(1)
(1)
(1)
Make
H
O
N
D
A
Year
Accord
Civic
CRV
Element
Fit
Odyssey
Pilot
Ridgeline
S2000
Model
03 - 11
06 - 11
05 - 11
03 - 11
07 - 11
05 - 11
06 - 11
06 - 11
04 - 07
Control iPod
with…
Type of Radio
All radios
CDC or XM
All radios
CDC or XM
All radios
CDC or XM
All radios
CDC or XM
All radios
CDC
All radios
CDC or XM
All radios
CDC or XM
All radios
CDC or XM
All radios
CDC
Text
Display
Note
yes
yes
yes
yes
no
yes
yes
yes
no
(1)(3)
(1)(3)
(1)(3)
(1) (2)
(1)(3)
(1)(3)
(1)(3)
(1)(3)
(1)(3)
Note(1) : XM control and text display is for radios that have a XM button.
Note(2) : Element LX (03-09) should use model PA11-HON adaptor.
Note(3) : PA15-HON2 is not compatible with 2010-11 models with USB.
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USA_SPEC verifies the published radio and vehicle application to the best of our
ability. Due to uncontrollable factors, USA_SPEC can not 100% guarantee every
published application. These factors include variables such as, anomalies within a
factory radio, factory radio heretofore unknown to USA_SPEC and partial model
year changes.
Section 2. Playlist Mode, Direct Mode,
Folder Mode, and AUX Option.
PA15-HON2 provides two ways to control your iPod through car radio, namely
(Playlist Mode + Direct Mode ) and ( Folder Mode + Direct Mode ).
2-1 Direct Mode
Search and select music on iPod just as you would in portable use. Use the track
up/down, fast forward/reverse on the radio or the steering wheel to control.
Direct Mode is supported in both XM control and CD changer control configuration.
When PA15-HON2 is configured to XM control, XM 1-CH8 is dedicated to
Direct Mode.
When PA15-HON2 is configured to CD changer control, DISC# 8 is dedicated to
Direct Mode.
In Direct Mode, screen and click wheel keypad on iPod are unlocked and fully
functional. When in Direct Mode, radio does not display music’s text information.
Application Tip
Direct Mode allows for the playing of free wi-fi music stream such as Pandora.com
and SIRIUS XM Online from your iPhone or iTouch through the car stereo
2-2 Folder Mode
Access 3 Folder, namely Playlist, Artist, and Album on iPod from the radio and
allows text based song search by the Artist, Album ,and Playlist names.
See section 3-1 for more information.
Folder Mode is applicable only when PA15-HON2 is configured to use XM control
and the radio must be XM ready or has a XM button.
XM 1-1 accesses Playlist Folder. Display on radio is : PL-Playlist name.
XM 1-2 accesses Artist Folder. Display on radio is : AR-Artist name.
XM 1-3 accesses Album Folder. Display on radio is : AL-Album name.
CAUTION: Do NOT operate the text based song search feature if it will
distract or prevent you from giving your full attention to driving
or to the road. Safe driving is your responsibility.
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2-3 Playlist Mode
Operate and control the iPod like it is a CD changer. This mode allows you to
access six Playlists on iPod from the radio. iPod screen will display “OK to
disconnect” or “Attached to accessory” and iPod’s keypad will be locked and not
functional.
Playlist Mode is supported in both XM control configuration and CD
changer control configuration.
Radio displays artist name and song title only when adaptor is configured to
control iPod with XM button on the radio.
When PA15-HON2 is configured to use XM control, CH01 to CH06 are
Playlists and CH-07 is All Songs on iPod.
When PA15-HON2 is configured to use CD changer control. DISC #1 to
DISC #6 are Playlists and DISC #7 is All Song on iPod.
2-4 AUX Input Option
In addition to iPod, PA15-hon2 also can connect a second audio source to
car radio. Connect the second audio source to the RCA jack labeled AUX
AUX input is enabled by setting the DIP switch #1 to ON position at the side
of the interface adaptor to ON position.
Section 3. Mode Setting and Function Control
Before starting the installation, please carefully read the three different configuration of
PA15-HON2 and decided which one to use then set the Dip switches accordingly.
Note: Radios that do not have a XM button can only be configured to CD changer
control. See Section 3-3 for details.
3-1 Folder Mode + Direct Mode Configuration
(Note: this configuration supports text display but is applicable only to
radios that have a XM button.)
3-1-1 Set DIP switches as follow:
DIP #2
DIP #3
DIP #4
OFF
ON
OFF
Note: DIP switch #1 is only related to RCA AUX option setting and it is
independent from these DIP switch setting.
3-1-2 Functions and Radio Buttons
Press XM button on radio to access iPod at XM1.
Press XM button on radio to access XM stations at XM2. There will
be a time delay when switching from XM1 to XM2. The length of delay
varies by radio models.
Use radio Preset buttons to access iPod Folders, Direct Mode, and
RCA AUX as follow:
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Radio Plays
Remark
Push...... Radio Displays
Preset #1
XM 1-1
Playlist Folders
Preset #2
XM 1-2
Artist Folders
Preset #3
XM 1-3
Album Folders
Preset #4
XM 1-4
All Songs Folder
Preset #5
XM 1-5
iPod Direct
Preset #6
XM 1-6
RCA AUX
IF DIP #1=ON
Push DISP button on radio to view text information of music. Text display
on radio is as follow: ( Note: available on XM ready radios only.)
DISP Button Prefix Text from Radio
Text from iPod
1st Push
XM CHannel NUMBER
track number
2nd Push
XM CATEGORY
NAME
folder type & name
artist name
album name
3rd Push
4th Push
4th Push
TITLE
XM CHannel NAME
Note
song title
● Press SEEK (- / + ) or SKIP (◄◄, ►►) button to select sub-folder (example:
change to next or previous Playlist while in the Playlist folder; change to next or
previous Artist while in the Artist folder).
● Press-and-hold (about 5 seconds) the preset #2 button to begin the RANDOM
track play function. Press-and-hold the preset #2 button for the 2nd time (about 5
seconds) to terminate the RANDOM play.
● Press-and-hold (about 4 seconds) the preset #3 or the preset #4 button to fast
rewind or fast forward the playing track for approximately 40 seconds respectively.
● Press the SCAN button to advance 10 tracks.
Steering wheel control:
Several different steering wheel XM control designs are available from Honda
and Acura. Some of the designs allow PA15-HON2 to do track up/down
while others only allow Playlist or Folder change from the steering wheel
control. In general, it is able to do track up/down if the CH+ / CHkeys on the steering wheel are the double-functioned type. Double-function
means that the CH+ and CH- buttons can perform two different tasks depending
on the length of time it is being pressed.
3-1-3 Connecting and Playing iPod
When iPod is connected to the interface adaptor and XM1 on radio is pushed,
iPod will begin to play at XM1-CH4.
XM1-CH4 will continue to play the track in the Folder which was played prior
to iPod is connected to PA15-HON2. When the last track of the Folder is
completed, iPod will go to the first track of All Songs folder.
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When returning to XM1-CH4 from Direct Mode, XM1-CH4 will continue the
track and the folder being played at XM1-CH5 (Direct Mode). When the last
track of the folder is completed, iPod will go to the first track of All Songs
folder.
(Note: this configuration supports text display but it is applicable only to radios that
have a XM button.)
3-2-1 Set DIP switches as follow:
Note: DIP switch #1 is only related to RCA AUX option setting and it is
independent from these DIP switch settings.
Press XM button on radio to access XM station at XM2. There will be a time delay
when switching from XM1 to XM2. The length of delay varies by radio models
Push DISP button on the radio to view music’s text information. Text display on
radio is as follow: (Note: available on XM ready radios only.)
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DISP Button Prefix Text from Radio
1st Push
XM CHannel NUMBER
2nd Push
XM CATEGORY
NAME
TITLE
XM CHannel NAME
3rd Push
4th Push
4th Push
Text from iPod
Note
track number
folder type & name
artist name
album name
song title
Press the preset #3 or the preset #4 button to retreat or advance 10 tracks respectively.
Press-and-hold the preset #3 or the preset #4 button to fast rewind or fast forward the
playing track for approximately 40 seconds respectively.
Steering wheel control:
Several different steering wheel XM control designs are available from Honda
and Acura. Some of the designs allow PA15-HON2 to do track up/down
while others only allow Playlist or Folder change from the steering wheel
control. In general, it is able to do track up/down if the CH+ / CHkeys on the steering wheel are the double-functioned type. Double-function means
CH+ and CH- buttons can perform two different tasks depending on the length
of time it is being pressed.
When iPod is connected to the interface adaptor and XM on radio is pushed,
iPod will begin to play at XM1-7 (some radio models will display XM1-CH7).
XM1-CH7 will continue to play the track in the Folder which was played prior
to iPod is connected to PA15-HON2. When the last track of the Folder is
completed, iPod will go to the first track of All Songs folder.
When returning to XM1-CH7 from Direct Mode, XM1-CH7 will continue the
track and the folder being played at XM1-CH8 (Direct Mode). When the last
track of the folder is completed, iPod will go to All Songs folder.
If iPod has more than 6 Playlists then see Section 5: Playlist Naming.
3-3 Playlist Mode (without Text Display) + Direct Mode Configuration
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3-3-1 Set DIP switches as follow:
DIP #2
DIP #3
DIP #4
ON
ON
ON
Note: DIP switch #1 is only related to RCA AUX option setting and it is
independent from these DIP switch settings.
3-3-2 Functions and Radio Buttons
Press CD or AUX button on the radio to access iPod.
Use DISC+ or DISC- button on the radio to access Playlist, Direct Mode,
and RCA AUX as follow:
At......
Disc 1
Disc 2
Disc 3
Disc 4
Disc 5
Disc 6
Disc 7
Disc 8
Disc 9
Radio Plays
Playlist #1
Playlist #2
Playlist #3
Playlist #4
Playlist #5
Playlist #6
All Songs
Direct Mode
RCA AUX
Remark
IF DIP #1=ON
Track up and down from steering wheel remote control is supported.
3-3-3 Connecting and Playing iPod
When iPod is connected to the interface adaptor and CD button is pressed,
iPod will play at DISC #7.
DISC #7 will continue to play the track in the Folder which was played prior
to iPod is connected to PA15-HON2. When the last track of the Folder is
completed, iPod will go to the first track of All Songs folder.
When returning to DISC #7 from Direct Mode, DISC #7 will continue the
track and the folder being played at DISC #8 (Direct Mode ). when the last
track of the folder is completed, iPod will go to All Songs folder.
If iPod has more than 6 Playlists, see Section 5: Playlist Naming.
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Section 4.
CABLE CONNECTION
Step 1-Decide which MODE to use and set DIP switches according to information
in Section 3.
Step 2-Must remove or eject all CDs from the radio.
Step 3-Remove the radio from dash.
Step 4-Plug the 14-pin male connector on the USA_SPEC CAS-H2y cable to the radio.
If a factory cable with the same identical 14-pin male connector is already
connected to the radio then unplug the factory cable from the radio first.
Step 5-If DIP switch #2 is set to OFF position and the vehicle has a factory XM
receiver, skip to step 12.
Step 6-Plug the factory 14-pin male connector to USA_SPEC 14-pin female connector
on CAS-H2Y cable. Reference Fig. (1).
Step 7-Plug the round 8-pin DIN connector on the USA_SPEC CAS-H2y cable to the
adaptor where it is labeled RADIO.
Step 8-If the vehicle has Rear-Seat-Entertainment system, wire ACCessory power
with a relay. Reference Fig. (3).
Step 9- Connect your audio source to the RCA jacks on the adaptor if AUX option
is selected by DIP switch #1=ON.
Step 10- Plug the CB-PA105 cable to the adaptor where it is labeled iPod.
Step 11- Reinstall radio back to the dash only after a successful test is done.
Step 12- Plug the factory 14-pin cable to the 14-pin female connector on the USA_SPEC
CAS-HXM cable. Reference Fig. (2) .
Step 13- Plug the 14-pin male connector on the USA_SPEC CAS-HXM cable to the
14-pin female connector on the USA_SPEC CAS-H2y cable.
Step 14- Plug the orange color wire on CAS-HXM to PA15-HON2 adaptor where
it is labeled XM.
Step 15- Go to Step 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11.
Note: On some of HONDA radios, the 14-pin connector is located
on the bottom side of the radio chassis.
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WARNING!!
Use only the iPod connection cable which comes with PA15-HON2 interface
adaptor. iPod connection cables from other sources may look similar, but they
may damage your iPod.
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Fig ( 2 )
Fig ( 3 )
NOTE: THE OTHER WIRES ON USA_SPEC CAS-H2y CABLE ARE NOT SHOWN
ON THE DIAGRAM.
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Section 5. Playlist Naming
5-1
When iPod is connected to your radio via PA15-HON2, the adaptor scans
all available Playlists and Folders on iPod and looks for designated
HONDA Playlists which are created with iTune for direct access
from HONDA / ACURA radio. The designated HONDA Playlists should
be named as follow if your iPod has more than 6 Playlists.
Playlist #1: HONDA1...
Playlist #2: HONDA2...
Playlist #3: HONDA3...
Playlist #4: HONDA4...
Playlist #5: HONDA5...
Playlist #6: HONDA6...
The word HONDA must be in capital letters and there can not be any spaces
between the word HONDA and the numbers.
You may append text to the designated HONDA Playlist names. Example:
HONDA1-jazz, HONDA3_Favorite3, HONDA5podcast, and etc.
5-2
If less than 6 designated HONDA Playlist are created with iTune, PA15HON2 adaptor will automatically fill the rest of the Playlist numbers
beginning with the first available playlist on iPod. Example: if only 3
designated HONDA1, HONDA3 and HONDA5 Playlist are created, the
Playlist number no radio will be:
Playlist #1: HONDA1...
Playlist #2: (the 1st available Playlist on iPod)
Playlist #3: HONDA3...
Playlist #4: (the 2nd available Playlist on iPod)
Playlist #5: HONDA5...
Playlist #6: (the 3rd available Playlist on iPod)
XM is a registered trademark of SIRIUS XM RADIO Inc.
iPod, iTouch and iPhone are registered trademarks of Apple Inc.
ACURA and HONDA are registered trademarks of Honda Co., Ltd.
Design of this product is subject to change without notice.
CAUTION
In general, iPods have not been designed to withstand temperature extremes
in automobiles. Please consult your iPod owner’s manual regarding
acceptable operation and storage temperatures.
Do not disassemble or alter the cables and interface box.
Make the connections correctly.
Do not cut away the wire sheath or use the power for other equipment.
Do not install in locations which might hinder vehicle operation or create
hazards for vehicle occupants.
Have the wiring and installation done by professionals.
Arrange wiring so it is not crimped or pinched.
Do not use this product for purposes other than stated for the vehicle.
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