Couple months ago I purchased a new car radio, a BOSS BV3950T, and in hindsight it turned out to be a really big mistake. I didn’t realize that it didn’t even have a built in amplifier. So I had to go out and buy one. I happened to buy a BOSS GT880 amp aswell from newegg. I have to say, that the amp is really top notch. It gives really nice sound, has a lot of nice filtering features (hi/lo/band pass), also can give 15dB of gain to the lower frequencies. All in all, I’m really happy with the amp, even though it turned out to be a lot larger than I expected it to be (little less than 2 feet long, 8″ wide). I don’t know if my head unit was defective or not (the manufacturer wasn’t very friendly with RMAs), but it was a piece of junk. Audio CDs worked, somewhat, mp3 CDs worked after spinning the CD around for a good 5 minutes, and mp3 DVDs never worked. I got so fed up with it that I just threw it out.
I eventually ended up getting a Power Acoustik PTID-4007. Really nice RAZR-like control keys, good LCD display. Once I hooked it up with the amp, everything seemed fine, however sometimes the amp wouldn’t turn on. I called up tech support, which was really friendly and within 5 minutes, I had my answer, which was I needed to hook up a relay on the Remote line for the amp because the head unit wasn’t feeding it enough current. Another issue I recently figured out was that whenever I accelerated, if the volume was turned down, there’d be a faint high pitch alternator whine. It turned out to be that there was a ground loop between the ground of the amp and the head unit. Lesson learned: Don’t use Honda’s ground wire for the car radio, bolt the ground lead to the frame. Besides that, the system works like a champ. Can blast SOAD like nobody’s business, but also hear all the melodies in any techno you play.
So now to explain how to install a car audio in your Honda without having to go at it with a saw. I had previously owned a ’95 Civic, and replacing the radio in that was much simpler. But Honda has made it impossibly hard for a DIY-er to do it in a short amount of time. I will try to explain that it’s not terribly difficult, and you can have a radio replaced in under 1 hour. So here it goes:
First remove the shift knob by unscrewing it counter-clockwise.
Then you can pop off the surrounding plastic by pushing up with a flathead screwdriver in the places shown by red circles.
Next take out the two screws shown in the green circles. Then push down and out in the places with the red circles.
Then you just take those two sides that have been freed, and pull on them. The cigarette plug and everything should come out rather easily.
If you look at the top of that picture, you will see two screws holding the radio assembly in place. You will need to remove them. You can use a phillips screwdriver or a socket wrench. Mine were pretty tight, so I used a socket wrench.
To remove the radio, start from the top right, and with a flathead push out the plastic towards you. Be gentle though, because the plastic bends easily.
Then here’s a shot of the back of the radio and other connectors.
Hope this ends up helping someone.