USA Spec PA11-HON2y vs. Honda Music Link for iPhone and iPod Touch


Every so often, I get a bug in my system where I just have to tweak or modify something in my car. Now, out of nowhere, I have suddenly got the urge to integrate my iPhone with Honda Pilot. The trouble that I’m having right now, is trying to decide which adapter will work best (if at all) with my iPhone. After a bit of research, my two possible options are:

  • USA Spec PA11-HON2y
  • Honda Music Link

After some research, it seems that the Honda Music Link doesn’t currently support the iPhone or iPod Touch, though I’m still a little bit more inclined to purchase this version. But on the other hand, it seems like the USA Spec PA11-HON2y product natively supports both the iPhone and the iPod Touch. So that’s my dilemma. Do any of you have either the Honda Music Link or the USA Spec PA11-HON2y installed in your Honda?

Both of these products are said to work with all new model Honda vehicles:

  • Honda Accord
  • Honda Civic
  • Honda CR-V
  • Honda Element
  • Honda Fit
  • Honda Odyssey
  • Honda Pilot
  • Honda Ridgeline
  • Honda S2000

6 thoughts on “USA Spec PA11-HON2y vs. Honda Music Link for iPhone and iPod Touch”

  1. I have a PA11 in my Civic and it works great for my iPod. On my iPhone, however, it can only play music, but you can’t change and browse the music directly from the iPhone, so you have to disconnect each time to change the song. That is, of course, unless you change it from the buttons on the car forward and back a track, or from playlist to playlist.

  2. Really? I ended hooking mine up in “Hybrid” mode (I think that’s what it was called) and I can control my iPhone via the stereo controls, or directly on the iPhone screen. Now I’m just looking for a nice mount that I can put it on so that I can swivel the iPhone for Normal View and Cover Flow View.

    Any suggestions on mounts?

  3. I have the PA11-HON2y and the iPhone 3g doesn’t charge. I can change tracks from the steering wheel and still use my XM radio though.

  4. Oh, yeah, that’s true that hybrid mode works well for the iPhone. And I prefer it for the iPod as well. I’ve been using it on Hybrid ever since May 10th-ish. Thanks.

    Sucks to hear it doesn’t work for the iPhone 3G, though. I’m sticking with my original iPhone anyway.

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