Originally Posted by cyaford
"RES" = Rear Entertainment System. I was trying to be specific about the model of the Odyssey.
This is all may be a mute point for me. I ordered a Sansa e280 for my wife and wanted to make it easy for her to play while driving the van around. I may end up doing the crappy FM transmitter option, since it seems what I'm looking for is only for the Ipod. I found the Honda Music Link just a while ago, and it is also Ipod only. I've read a little about bluetooth transmitters, where it will be a 100% digital to digital connection. The problem is that by the time a company comes out with an adaptor for the Odyssey, we'll likely be in another vehicle. Then again, the new vehicle will probably be able to do what I want with what we have right now, so it may work out well...... in the next 5 years or so.
If a rear entertainment system is the Honda OEM DVD player ... I think you have an audio input in the rear of the car. Why, I don't know ... but that's what the dealer told me ... note, I never verified this. This fell way short of what I wanted as I was used to an iPod w/a Harmon-Kardon Drive&Play (1 generation) adapter. However, I didn't feel like hacking up the dashboard of my new car.
I believe the SanDisk player has many features similar to the iPod. However, you would have to sell a lot of anything before there is a market for adapters.
The Honda music link, from what I understand, was recalled. It was a small adapter hidden away in the dash board where the iPod cable would drop through a hole in the glove compartment. I think it also came with software which would run with your iTunes software. I haven't seen it and last I checked it was still not available.
There are many adapters out there that will give you auxiliary inputs. I don't know if there are many that are specifically designed for the SanDisk. Still fewer that speak to your radio (recall I believe Honda uses something called IEbus by NEC ... however the protocol is probably proprietary).
I would check to see if there is already an auxiliary input in the rear of the Honda. If so, run a long shielded stereo cable to one of the up-teen-million cup holders near the driver and plug in your SanDisk.
It's an inexpensive solution.
It's a direct connection (I can not even drive to the grocery store w/o re-tuning one of those FM transmitters).
The SanDisk doesn't get recharged.
You have to use the small SanDisk controls.