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I just purchased a 2011 EX-L w/ NAVI. Looking at the options my did not come with vs. the Touring Elite and I see some I would like to add. Has anyone tried to add any of the outlets like HDMI, RCA and the 115V? I see there is a place for them just wondering if it is way over priced to have the dealer install them or do I trust a car audio installer to do it?
 

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BIG902, welcome to Odyclub. You posted your question in the wrong thread, so don't be surprised if the moderator moves it to the Audio Video forum:

Audio, Video, Security & Navigation - Honda Odyssey Forum : Odyssey Minivan Forums

To answer your question, the HDMI and RCA ports (along with 115V outlet) are for people to use an external source (i.e. media player, laptop, iPad, gaming system etc.) with their Rear Entertainment System (RES). Since you opted for the Navigation System instead of the RES, you have absolutely no need for those ports.

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I only decided not to go with the honda RES. I ordered an Alpine RES that will be installed next week. So yes I am still interested in adding these options. I just spoke with the dealer and they said it is not possible for them to do it that I would have to have some car audio company do it. They can not even sell just the inputs which doesn't sound quite right. It did sound like I was talking to a younger guy that didn't really care.
 

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Are you getting something like this?

Alpine Electronics of America, Inc.

Then most likely it wouldn't be compatible with Honda's RCA and HDMI inputs. Plus this Alpine RES already comes with its own auxiliary video input, so why bother trying to install one in the back of the van? The only thing you might need is the 115V outlet to keep you external source powered, but I'm sure you can find an adapter for the 12 V DC outlet.

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That is the one I am getting. The main one I was looking for was the 115V, but from pics it looked like it was a part of the same jack as the RCA and just figured why not go a head and see about the HDMI. I am very familar with the converters and have been using them for some time to get the 115V plug in. They just tend to be kind of loud and it is just one more thing to make sure you have on a trip. Just thought it would be nice to have the plug as a part of the vehicle.
 

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BIG, I am interested in the same model as you ordered. How much is the shop charging you for this install? I was quoted $800 here in NY with the unit. Would you mind posting a review and few pix after its done? Thanks in advance!
 

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Hey Nrupalp,

The best I could find the Alpine unit online was for $520 new in the box on Ebay. A local car audio shop quoted me $499 for the unit and $200 for the install. They said the unit should be in anytime so I am hoping it could possibly be done on Saturday. I did ask him if there were any other systems he would suggest and he said if I went with anything else I would be giving up some quality. I will post some pics & feedback for you once I have it done.
 

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I know you are interested in putting inputs to hook up additional source to RES. I would suggest you have the shop run RCA cables from the unit to somewhere up front where it'd be easy for you to hook up any other source. You may also want them to run AUX out audio cable up front so that you can plug it into AUX in on the van to get more clear sound instead of using FM modulator. Hope this helps.
 

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Hey Nrupalp

You are 100% correct. For the most part the FM modulator sucks!!!! They did the install Saturday and it looks fantastic. (will post pics soon) For some reason when the guy ordered the RES for me he did not think to order the cable he needed to plug it directly into the radio so I have to wait until some time this week to have it put in. With the FM modulator you hear all types of static and it is not even worth listening to. Enough with the negitives. The screen itself looks great and is plenty big enough to watch from the 3rd row. It is also nice that it has it's own dome light. I am getting my weathertech floor mats tomorrow. I will take some pictures and post them for you to see how everything looks. Side note the Alpine headset works great!
 

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Hey Nrupalp

You are 100% correct. For the most part the FM modulator sucks!!!! They did the install Saturday and it looks fantastic. (will post pics soon) For some reason when the guy ordered the RES for me he did not think to order the cable he needed to plug it directly into the radio so I have to wait until some time this week to have it put in. With the FM modulator you hear all types of static and it is not even worth listening to. Enough with the negitives. The screen itself looks great and is plenty big enough to watch from the 3rd row. It is also nice that it has it's own dome light. I am getting my weathertech floor mats tomorrow. I will take some pictures and post them for you to see how everything looks. Side note the Alpine headset works great!
Thanks for the update. Does it block the rear view mirror at all when the screen is down? I wonder what part the installer is going to get to integrate the sound directly into factory HU.
 

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Hey Nrupalp,

I have tried serveral times to post the pictures I took of the Alpine system, but all I get is a file load error? I did make sure to make them under the 100kb that is says is the max size. Any ideas on why they will not load?

As far as the cable I believe it is a Honda cable. The guy said he would have installed it, but the Honda cables he had were for the 2010 and older that they changed it in 2011. I can ask him to be more specific when I have it done. For the rear view mirror it does block some of your view. You can still see on each side of it and under it so it is not totally blocked. I took a picture of it also so you could get an idea, but once again can't get it to upload?
 

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Just spoke to the guy. He said it is a reverse atenna adaptor. He also mentioned you need the standard and reverse adaptor. I asked him what it was exactly and he said it allows your fm/am atenna to shut down while you play a movie and have it on the propper FM station then shuts off and allows your FM/AM to play again once you turn the movie off.
 
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