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Upgrade The Audio In Your 2006-2011 Honda Civic

Honda Civic

The Honda Civic is the fourth most popular car on the market today. This widely popular compact car has a wide variety of powertrains, features a comfortable and composed ride, has great fuel economy, along with a spacious interior. In this blog, we will discuss some of the popular audio upgrades that can be installed in a 2006-2011 Honda Civic.

1UPGRADE THE STEREO

The 2006-2010 Honda Civic vehicles come standard with a factory single-DIN or double DIN Radio integrated into the dashboard. To replace your factory stereo with an aftermarket one, use one of the following dash kits and wiring harnesses. We do offer free installation accessories with the purchase of a new car stereo.

Brand: Single DIN Kit Double DIN Kit Wiring Harness
Metra Metra 99-7871T Metra 99-7871T Metra 70-1722
Scosche Scosche HA1561DGB Scosche HA1561DGB Scosche HA10B

As you can see above, the same dash kits work with a single or double DIN stereo. With freedom to choose a single or double DIN, Honda Civic car owners are free to choose just about any Car Stereo they would like.

stopDon’t forget to grab an Antenna Adapter! Use the Metra 40-30 antenna adapter kit to connect your new car stereo to your factory radio antenna.

2RETAIN YOUR STEERING WHEEL CONTROLS

Upgrading the audio system does not mean losing any features. That means that the steering wheel controls will need to be retained and connected to the new stereo. Axxess has made it easy with an automatically programming interface. Use the Axxess ASWC to keep the convenience of these steering wheel controls and enable them to work with your new stereo.

3UPGRADE YOUR SPEAKERS

While there may be nothing wrong with your stock Honda speakers, installing some aftermarket car speakers will make your Honda Civic sound amazing! The following speaker information from the Metra Online Vehicle Fitement Guide can be used to find the right pair of speakers for your Civic.

Location Size Depth
Front Speakers 6-1/2″ 4″
Front Tweeters 1-1/4″ 2″
Rear Speakers 6-1/2″ 3″

Speakers that Fit the 2006-2011 Honda Civic

Note: The Metra VFG was used to determine the vehicle speaker sizes in this blog. Due to different trims on cars, I highly recommend calling a Sonic Electronix representative at 1-877-289-7664 to confirm that the speaker sizes and DIN sizes are compatible with your trim.

4ADD SOME BASS

After upgrading your stereo and car speakers, your Honda Civic is going to sound incredible. However, in order to really get the most out of your vehicle’s sound system, you can add a subwoofer with an enclosure! A subwoofer will allow you to really hear your music’s low frequencies. Here is a list of what you will need to add some killer bass to your Honda Civic.

  • Subwoofer
  • Subwoofer Enclosure
  • Amplifier
  • Amp Wiring Kit
  • Speaker Wire

We suggest this Complete Bass Package for your Honda Civic:

Belva BPKG110
Belva BPKG110

500W Complete Bass Package with 10

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Add More Functions to Your ASWC-1!

Keep Your Steering Wheel Controls with the ASWC-1 Adapter!

It’s becoming more and more common these days for cars to come with factory steering wheel controls. The problem is, if you want to upgrade your headunit, chances are you’ll lose those controls unless you purchase an additional adapter because aftermarket headunits are so rarely compatible with steering wheel controls. Luckily, there are steering wheel control adapters available like the Axxess ASWC-1 that allow you to retain your controls.

The Axxess ASWC-1, the best steering wheel control adapter on the market, just got even better. With the latest update to the ASWC-1, you will be able to program your steering wheel controls with dual functions. Currently, each button on your steering wheel with the ASWC-1 will only perform a single action when clicked. This additional feature lets you program the buttons on your steering wheel for a secondary function when you hold the button down for an extended period of time.

Before setting any ‘long press’ action for your steering wheel controls, your ASWC-1 will need to have been successfully detected by and functional with your stereo. You will also need to update your ASWC-1 to its most recent software revision. When a button has been successfully programmed with a long-press action, a quick tap of the button will work as it always has while a longer press (at least a quarter of a second), the new button action will be sent to your stereo. You can program every button on your steering wheel to work with the long-press function except for your volume up and down controls.

Updating Your ASWC-1

Adding the long-press functionality to your steering wheel controls is no more difficult than installing it was.

1Your first step in adding secondary button press functions to your steering wheel controls is to update your ASWC1 to the latest software revision.  To do this you will need to download the WbXXpress Updater program and connect your Axxess interface box to your computer via the Micro-USB connection (the 4-pin serial port is located directly on the circuit board). Your computer will recognize the interface box and prompt you to begin the update.

2Once you’ve updated the software on your ASWC-1 and have the interface wired back up in your system, press and hold down the button you want to add a long-press action to for roughly 10 seconds. The green LED will blink quickly to acknowledge the action while you have the button pressed down. Release the button and the blinking LED light will turn solid.

3Determine the new steering wheel button number in the chart below. Press and release the volume up button the number of time corresponding to the new button. The green LED will blink rapidly when you have the volume up button engaged and then return to solid when the volume up button is released. If you take more than 10 seconds between a volume up button press, the procedure will self abort and you will have to start over.

4To store the long-press button in memory, press the same steering wheel button you held down in step 2. The LED will turn off, indicating completion.

To clear/reset a button to its original use (remove the long-press action), repeat step 2 while pressing the volume down button in place of the volume up button. The LED will go off and the long press mapping will be removed.


Mapping Your New Controls
Button Number
New Button Action
1
Not Allowed
2
Not Allowed
3
Seek Up/Next
4
Seek Down/Previous
5
Mode/Source
6
Mute
7
Preset Up
8
Preset Down
9
Power
10
Band
11
Play/Enter
12
PTT
13
On Hook
14
Off Hook

Axxess ASWC-1

Universal Steering Wheel Control Interface

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JVC KDR Series In-Dash Car Stereos

Today we’re going to look at the all new KD-R Series single-din car stereos by JVC. There are 6 models in the series and with every model up you get a few more options than the last. We’ll start from the bottom up!

The KD-R330 is your basic car stereo that plays CD’s and accepts a 3.5mm auxiliary input for connecting an iPod or another MP3 player. It has 1 set of 2.5V RCA outputs that can be used to connect an amplifier for car speakers or a subwoofer. This deck is 50 watts Peak and 20 watts rms and is CEA compliant.

The KD-R540 has all of these features but also includes a front USB port that can be connected to an iPod or iPhone for controlling music directly from the stereo’s controls. Pandora Internet Radio is also supported with Apple iPhone so you can thumb up and thumb down songs from the receiver.

Step up to the KD-R640 and you’ll receive an additional pair of pre-amp outputs so you can connect more than one amplifier easily. Variable color illumination will let you match the colors of your stereo to the colors of your vehicle’s interior. Also, if you’ve got steering wheel controls, the 640 is steering wheel control compatible, you’ll just need to purchase an additional module.

Next up, the KD-R740BT features built-in Bluetooth, which is great for hands-free phone calls and streaming your music from a Bluetooth enabled device such as an iPhone or Android. This receiver still has all of the features previously mentioned, but has a solid blue button illumination color.

Step it up to the KD-R80BT and you’ll get a few new features. 5-zone variable color illumination and brightness control let you select your favorite colors to be displayed. A 4-line text display will show you much more information at a glance than other typical single DIN receivers. Not only that, the three sets of 4.8 volts pre-amp outputs that are built in will make a huge difference in quality and control when installing aftermarket amplifiers.

Last in the series is the KD-R840BT. It’s designed with an easy to read single-line display that’s visible day or night. Like the 80BT, it has 5-zone variable color illumination as well Bluetooth technology. This deck is equipped with three sets of 2V pre-amp outputs, and offers front and rear USB inputs to connect your favorite devices.

So, if you’re looking for a solid receiver that offers a ton of features, the KD-R series car stereos by JVC may be right for you. Check out all of these products and more at the one and only SonicElectronix.com.

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How To Install A Car Stereo In 5 Easy Steps

Putting an aftermarket car stereo into your vehicle is a simple upgrade that not only enhances the sound quality of your music, but also adds many new features. For most vehicles, it’s not difficult to install a car stereo yourself, and it takes only a couple of hours if you do everything correctly. To start this installation you will need the following tools:

  • Flat Head Screwdriver
  • Phillips Screwdriver
  • Panel Pry Tools
  • Wire Strippers
  • Crimping Tool
  • Butt Connectors (or crimp caps)

In addition to this list, you will need any additional tools that your vehicle may require. First and foremost, you need to disconnect the negative battery terminal to prevent damage to the vehicles electrical system during the installation. Second, remove the factory car receiver by following the instructions that are included with the installation accessories that we provide with your stereo purchase. Third, prepare the aftermarket stereo by properly mounting the unit in the dash-kit by following the instructions that are included. Next, use butt connectors to connect the stereo’s wiring harness to the vehicle wiring harness adapter. Fourth, install any additional accessories the aftermarket stereo came with such as a wired microphone, GPS antenna or a rear USB cable extension. The fifth step is to connect the aftermarket stereo assembly and wiring harness to the vehicle, securing the dash and replacing all panels that were removed during the process. Don’t forget to reconnect anything else that was disconnected such as air bags, 12V cigarette lighter sockets, and of course the negative battery terminal.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery terminal
  2. Remove the factory receiver
  3. Mount stereo in dash-kit and connect wiring harnesses
  4. Install additional stereo accessories
  5. Connect the new stereo assembly and wiring harness to vehicle

That’s all there is to it, 5 fairly easy steps and you’ll be enjoy all of the features of your new car stereo. Replacing your factory receiver is a great way to add quality and functionality to your vehicle’s sound system. There are many brands, styles, and features available, so be sure to shop around to find a stereo that best suits your needs. Our online vehicle fitment guide will let you know what accessories you need for your specific vehicle and these accessories will be included free with your car stereo purchase. If you have any questions or need help picking the right stereo, give us a call at 1-877-289-7664 and one of our knowledgeable sales representatives will help guide you and answer any questions you may have. Treat yourself to a new car stereo this season and we’ll gladly help you find the right one for you. Check us out at SonicElectronix.com.

 

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Hands-Free Bluetooth Installation Made Easy with Axxeses Plug-and-play Harnesses

“Hello!? Where are you? You sound like you’re in a wind tunnel (note sarcasm)…” Have you ever heard this from a friend, customer or colleague while using your standalone Bluetooth device in your car? Yes? Thought so…

Most universal standalone hands-free Bluetooth devices for your car can be cumbersome and do not sound very good to the user, or to the person on the other end of the phone. Of course there are exceptions to this, but integrated add-on Bluetooth car kits for your factory stereo are definitely the way to go. They usually include independent microphones and displays. Both of which are very beneficial. But, a down side could be the need of professional installation. This can be a little intimidating for the average weekend warrior/installer. Now, there are plug-and-play harnesses to make their installation simpler.

Specifically Axxesses new line of vehicle specific harnesses.

Vehicle Specific Harnesses for Bluetooth Devices:

Axxess Vehicle specific harness for select Parrot, Novero and Motorola Bluetooth car kits

Axxess engineered this line of T-harnesses for most vehicles. They provide a direct plug-and-play between your vehicles stereo harness, and select Parrot, Novero and Motorola Bluetooth interfaces.

They are literally that simple. They take the guessing game out of which wire goes where for you or your installer.

 

 

Bluetooth Car Kits:

Motorola TK30

Parrot, Motorola, and Novero make a full range of compatible kits to suit everyone’s needs. From the budget conscience Motorola TK30, with an LCD screen and voice recognition, to the great Novero TrulyOne.

 

The Novero TrulyOne features a convenient display that allows users to visually track options, take full advantage of all of your phone’s features, including voice options and phone book sync. It also providesr multipoint connectivity allowing for connection for up to two Bluetooth compatible devices. The TrulyOne is a stylish and modern application. By the way, both of these kits stream music wirelessly, as do most of them.

 

So, if you are looking for a Bluetooth device for your vehicle, but are worried that there will be too much involved in having it installed, it can be easy as just plugging it in. Well, maybe a little more but you get the idea. Here at Sonic Electronix we have bundled these two items together at a discount to make your lives easier, and to save you some money! So check them out! If you need assistance selecting the correct harness for your application you can give our knowledgeable Customer Commitment team a call or buy them directly at sonicelectronix.com.

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