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I was looking on ebay for Honda CD Changers, but there are a lot of different ones. How can you tell which ones will plug into the stock Insight (2000) radio?? Any recommendations to an affordable CD Changer that is known to work with the stock system? Thanks
 

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I believe the Honda CD changer in the Insight is the same as the S2000, they just have different mounting kits. There are also aftermarket CD changers that are made to interface with the factory units that would work as well.
 

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Thanks for the fast replies. I know I've come across those pages before, and I guess I just need the part numbers. Thanks again...
 

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It's a shame Honda chose a rear CD Changer unit instead of an indash unit. It's such a pain to have to get out, open the rear hatch and flip up carpet, to get the this unit. Honda.....are you listening?
 

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2004s are in dash.
 

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Well all things considered the Insight is not exactly known to have even decent quality audio in the first place period. I do commend them on the ease of upgrading though to aftermarket units.
 

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Rick said:
Well all things considered the Insight is not exactly known to have even decent quality audio in the first place period.
Absolutely !!!!
I've builded in a 300W amplifier and bass-pipe and 4 X 200W speakers,
what a relief.....
 

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I hate adding aftermarket stereo's. Sure they sound better but none ever look like they belong there. I prefer the OEM look.


b1shmu63 - I just looked at Honda's site and yes the CD players are in-dash but they are single disc players. Honda still sells the CD rear changer unit. I was talking about an in-dash CD CHANGER unit, not single player unit.

In-dash CD Changers have been around for a long time now, even before that Insight first came out. I don't understand why certain cars keep hanging on to rear mounted CD Changer decks.
 

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I hate adding aftermarket stereo's. Sure they sound better but none ever look like they belong there. I prefer the OEM look.
Yes, you're right, but my radio died just after a weak I purchased the car. Buying a new one is verry difficult cause all the radios look like "mini Las Vegasses". I bought a Sony with the same color/alluminum as the dash, and it took me hours to find one wich looks like my dash. And do Honda OEM radios have aux ports for ampl. ? I haven't checked it actually.
 

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Granted, the look won't be quite as smooth as factory. I have a new Kenwood Excelon deck in mine. It's surround is black like the piece around it so it blends pretty well. You have a few options for the color displayed on the LCD. The closest match I could find was blue and orange so it's half way there. One item of particular interest are the new Alpine decks that are comming. You will be able to rotate the knob through some hundred thousand different colors so you could match it perfectly to the color of the dash.

Still, the quality of sound the stock system puts out is very very bad. Even just in comparison to other vehicles stock systems. It's probably the worst I've heard less say some vintage car's we've had that were that way for originality. I would like to have a stock looking deck if it were possible for it to have some advanced functionality and circuitry inside.

As far as stock decks with outputs, no. You could use an amplifier that accepts "line level inputs" where you'd hook the speaker output from the deck to the amp, but the problem with that is junk in from the stock deck means junk out.
 

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Does a cars audio really need to be perfect? Come on, how long must a person spend in their car to need perfect sounding stereo systems? I prefer to spend the money on my home stereo rather than my cars.
 

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Does a cars audio really need to be perfect? Come on, how long must a person spend in their car to need perfect sounding stereo systems? I prefer to spend the money on my home stereo rather than my cars.
I spend 2 1/2 hours a day in my car, never listening at home to the stereo :wink:
 
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Hi All:

___Their is a problem with comparing someone’s home audio to something that can be placed in an Insight … Your living room doesn’t tool down the road at 55 mph and have a background of 65 - 75 dB(A). If it did, your home audio system might sound like garbage too ;)

___Good Luck

___Wayne R. Gerdes
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And because road noise, why waste money on an upgraded car sound system you will never be able to hear the benifits of, unless you are stopped and shut down?
 

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Actually, car audio systems often sound better than home systems, in my opinion.

But anyway, I don't think road or other noise ever prevents you from hearing your car audio system. Even muscle cars stereo systems are easily audible.
 

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Noise will certainly interfere with your listening experience. Improving your sound system will certainly improve your listening experience. Whether it is worth it or not is up to the individual Insight owner / listener. I am very pleased with what I have accomplished so far with a new head unit (JVC KD-AR800), shoebox subwoofer + amp + plate, new door speakers (had Eclipse 8263's and just moved to Kenwood KFC-XR601's), wider&quieter tires, and added sound insulation (foam rubber) to the rear of the car.
 
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