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Old 10-20-2013, 08:05 PM   #1
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Default Did you retain access to your factory USB/Aux?

I was just wondering what the community thoughts/experiences were.

I've been contemplating whether to retain access to my USB/Aux ports or just render them disabled.

If I kept then live, that means spending about $200 more for a H/U (which has two usb ports) and cable to hook up my iPhone.

Right now I'm on the fence between Pioneer's AVH-5500 or the AVH-8500. The latter would provide two USB connections, one for the oem port in the console, the other for a cable to connect my iPhone into. (I'd rather have access to my iPhone under the dash, instead of keeping it in the center console.)

Thanks for any insight.
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Old 10-21-2013, 02:00 AM   #2
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My Kenwood DNX890HD has two outs. I ran one using an adapter (from Metra I think) that interfaced to the OEM USB port and one runs down through a hole in the cubby under the HVAC controls for my phone. Only downside is if I'm using the Pandora app with my iPhone I have to disconnect my iPod that is hooked up to the OEM USB port, or else it doesn't work.
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Old 10-21-2013, 09:09 AM   #3
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Thanks Teedub21. My last setup I just left the Aux disabled and my OBS didn't have a USB port. (AFAIR)

I "dont think" I'd use the USB, but I will probably retain the Aux to run an auto eq mic. Then in the future, I can always add that cable to allow functionality to the stock USB location.

Of course I'd still run Pioneer's iPhone cable through underneath the air flow vents.

I guess I can't justify spending extra money for something to work, that I wouldn't use.

Im curious what others have done, or if someone has an ingenious setup.
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Old 10-21-2013, 09:53 AM   #4
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For me its easiest to plug the phone in and not have to put it in the glove box or the center console where the factory UBS is. If it wasn't for the Pandora app I would just stream blue tooth with the phone, but on the Kenwood deck and an iPhone it has to be hooked up via USB for the Pandora app to work. Basically this gives you control over Pandora, artwork and access to thumbs up and down via the deck. If you use an Android you can do all this via bluetooth, not sure why. Not sure on the Pioneer but with Kenwood I can use the apple cable plugged into the Kenwood port, don't need the special Kenwood iPod cable, unless you want video, and the iPhone 5/5s isn't compatible with video on the deck anyway.
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