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USA Spec. PA15-NIS iPod Adapter Review

Postby Ilya » Fri Feb 18, 2011 8:31 pm

***** Updated info at the bottom ******


Hey folks. A couple people were interested in the other version of the USA Spec iPod Adapter so I made a review video of it.

This is the adapter for vehicles that are SAT radio capable but aren't wired for SAT. The PA15-INFI is for those that are wired for SAT.

My original iPod adapter was the Grom Audio USB/AUX/iPod Adapter which is around the same price but 100x less the quality. I can't believe the difference between the PA15 and the Grom. The only benefit of the Grom was the USB connection, but with an iPod, that is easily forgettable.

The song in the video (if anyone is wondering) is: Tinie Tempah - Written In The Stars / http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgFyi74DVjc

Here is the review:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6t2ewgGl9c[/youtube]
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Re: USA Spec. PA15-NIS iPod Adapter Review

Postby FNAWSM » Fri Feb 18, 2011 9:38 pm

nice work, thanks for taking the time to do this video, it will be helpful to many around the forum for sure. How much did that cable run again? and where from? i have sat. radio that works (no current subscription though) so i would need the other cable correct?

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Re: USA Spec. PA15-NIS iPod Adapter Review

Postby Ilya » Fri Feb 18, 2011 9:45 pm

You would need the PA15-INFI entirely which installs in the trunk (see the thread in the FAQ under electric). There is a write up for that exact model.

http://usaspec.com/product.php?ProductI ... wProduct=1

And no problem, glad I can be of assistance.

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Postby a.blanco0905 » Sat Feb 19, 2011 9:55 am

Dang, the volume output is enough to make me want to get this thing... but that would be $$$ down the toilet on the Isimple. I wish there would've been reviews about the Isimple and the USA Spec sooner, that's what sucks about being the guinea pig, Oh well. At least if any new members ask what's the best Ipod device NOW we know for sure. Lol.

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Re: USA Spec. PA15-NIS iPod Adapter Review

Postby jayfox911 » Sat Feb 19, 2011 9:06 pm

I love it so far also. Charges the phone and sounds great. Plus an easy install

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Re: USA Spec. PA15-NIS iPod Adapter Review

Postby infinitedrift » Sat Feb 19, 2011 10:06 pm

so this will work for 03-04 right? please say yes. I have the sat button, but no sat. I went on the website and the earliest they made applications for is 05.

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Re: USA Spec. PA15-NIS iPod Adapter Review

Postby Ilya » Sat Feb 19, 2011 10:16 pm

http://usaspec.com/product.php?ProductI ... wProduct=1

Should work for your car.

The note at the bottom says:

For all the above listed vehicle models/years, use the PA15-NIS model if the vehicle does not have SAT receiver or if it's not pre-wired for SAT. PA15-NIS's functionality is 100% equivalent to the PA15-INFI. PA15-NIS coonects to the radio while the PA15-INFI connects to the SAT receiver.
Currently USA SPEC does not have any application solution for the following model years:
G35/G37 Sedan: 07-09 Nav radio
G37 Couple: 08-09 Nav radio
EX35: 08-09 Nav radio
FX35/FX50: 09 Nav radio
M35/ M45: 08-09 Nav radio
QX56: 08-09 Nav raadio


Since you are on 03 (which is listed for the PA15-INFI), the PA15-NIS should work for you.

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Postby DoN_BLaZe34 » Sat Feb 19, 2011 10:28 pm

a.blanco0905 wrote:Dang, the volume output is enough to make me want to get this thing... but that would be $$$ down the toilet on the Isimple. I wish there would've been reviews about the Isimple and the USA Spec sooner, that's what sucks about being the guinea pig, Oh well. At least if any new members ask what's the best Ipod device NOW we know for sure. Lol.
AGREED! :tisk: only thing that I'm not too fond of is the fact that the steering wheel controls don't really work well

Ilya, how hard (or easy) was the install? Did it require any splicing of wires like the GROM? Looks like it's plug and play..Does it fast forward, rewind, etc?

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Re: USA Spec. PA15-NIS iPod Adapter Review

Postby Ilya » Sat Feb 19, 2011 10:53 pm

DoN_BLaZe34 wrote:
a.blanco0905 wrote:Dang, the volume output is enough to make me want to get this thing... but that would be $$$ down the toilet on the Isimple. I wish there would've been reviews about the Isimple and the USA Spec sooner, that's what sucks about being the guinea pig, Oh well. At least if any new members ask what's the best Ipod device NOW we know for sure. Lol.
AGREED! :tisk: only thing that I'm not too fond of is the fact that the steering wheel controls don't really work well

Ilya, how hard (or easy) was the install? Did it require any splicing of wires like the GROM? Looks like it's plug and play..Does it fast forward, rewind, etc?
As far as steering wheel controls, I'll have to research it. Maybe I just don't know how they are supposed to work.

As for the install, it was easy. The harness is plug and play.

OEM Harness connects to the USA Harness which connects to the radio. No cutting, splicing, taping, etc.

The manual does mention FF, REW, but I haven't tried that yet.

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Re: USA Spec. PA15-NIS iPod Adapter Review

Postby DoN_BLaZe34 » Sat Feb 19, 2011 11:15 pm

Oh ok. Can you post up if/when you get time to play around with it? If you can get those two things figured out, I just may pull the trigger on this thing

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Re: USA Spec. PA15-NIS iPod Adapter Review

Postby riggz » Sat Feb 19, 2011 11:28 pm

What if you are wired for sat but don't use it? Could I just get the PA15-NIS and not plug in the sat cable?

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Postby tonyynguyen » Sat Feb 19, 2011 11:56 pm

riggz wrote:What if you are wired for sat but don't use it? Could I just get the PA15-NIS and not plug in the sat cable?
+1, i would also like to know. I don't use sat either nor do I want to take apart my back seat.

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Re: USA Spec. PA15-NIS iPod Adapter Review

Postby Ilya » Sun Feb 20, 2011 12:25 am

Don't know about that guys.

You'll have to ask in the PA15-INFI thread (see FAQ) or call USA Spec.

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Postby a.blanco0905 » Sun Feb 20, 2011 4:16 pm

DoN_BLaZe34 wrote:Oh ok. Can you post up if/when you get time to play around with it? If you can get those two things figured out, I just may pull the trigger on this thing
If you do, give me your Isimple. I'll sell yours and mine and I that way can come up with the money to buy the USAspec!!! :biggrin:

Wait, no? :frown:

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Re: USA Spec. PA15-NIS iPod Adapter Review

Postby Ilya » Mon Feb 21, 2011 8:29 am

So, I played around with the steering wheel controls a little more.

If you long press and hold for a second or two up - it changes to the next track within that category that you are in. Works while in random mode too in case you skip a song you like.

If you long press and hold for a second or two down - it changes to the previous track within that category that you are in. Works while in random mode too in case you skip a song you like.

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Re: USA Spec. PA15-NIS iPod Adapter Review

Postby riggz » Mon Feb 21, 2011 3:10 pm

IlyaKol wrote:Don't know about that guys.

You'll have to ask in the PA15-INFI thread (see FAQ) or call USA Spec.
Well, how does the PA15-NIS connect? Does it just connect to the port on the back of the radio where the SAT would go? (I assume if you don't have a SAT module, then you would have an empty spot where it would plug in.)

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Re: USA Spec. PA15-NIS iPod Adapter Review

Postby Ilya » Mon Feb 21, 2011 5:13 pm

The OEM harness plugs into the NIS and the NIS plugs into where the OEM harness would normally go.

I think the radio harness in general is different for a satelite equipped car, thus I can't answer your question. As far as I know, I do not have a free 'port' on my radio.

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Re: USA Spec. PA15-NIS iPod Adapter Review

Postby riggz » Mon Feb 21, 2011 10:22 pm

Interesting. The instructions say there really isn't any difference... I sent an email to USA Spec. I really don't want to have to run a wire from the trunk to the center console. Much easier to take the dash apart despite what USA Spec says....

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Re: USA Spec. PA15-NIS iPod Adapter Review

Postby infinitedrift » Thu Feb 24, 2011 1:27 pm

i just emailed them because they have the PA15-INFI compatiable with a the 03-04 M35 on the list, I think is a typo so I emailed them to make sure.

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Re: USA Spec. PA15-NIS iPod Adapter Review

Postby Ilya » Thu Feb 24, 2011 2:13 pm

Why would it be a typo?

Nissan reuses a LOT of parts from previous years when designing new cars, so I'd be shocked if it WASN'T compatible.

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Postby a.blanco0905 » Thu Feb 24, 2011 7:14 pm

infinitedrift wrote:i just emailed them because they have the PA15-INFI compatiable with a the 03-04 M35 on the list, I think is a typo so I emailed them to make sure.
I'm hoping it is man, I know u been wanting to do this for a min...

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Re: USA Spec. PA15-NIS iPod Adapter Review

Postby Boston Beast » Fri Feb 25, 2011 10:11 pm

I hope it works as well - I was dreading to have to buy a tape hook up for my ipod.

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Re: USA Spec. PA15-NIS iPod Adapter Review

Postby Boston Beast » Fri Feb 25, 2011 10:24 pm

IlyaKol wrote:Hey folks. A couple people were interested in the other version of the USA Spec iPod Adapter so I made a review video of it.

This is the adapter for vehicles that are SAT radio capable but aren't wired for SAT. The PA15-INFI is for those that are wired for SAT.

My original iPod adapter was the Grom Audio USB/AUX/iPod Adapter which is around the same price but 100x less the quality. I can't believe the difference between the PA15 and the Grom. The only benefit of the Grom was the USB connection, but with an iPod, that is easily forgettable.

The song in the video (if anyone is wondering) is: Tinie Tempah - Written In The Stars / http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgFyi74DVjc

Here is the review:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6t2ewgGl9c[/youtube]
Awesome post - I hope it works for 03 M45's - I went on the USA Spec website and couldn't find a price for it. Can you say how much it costs?
Seems like if I want to buy one - I have to go to a 3rd party - or can I buy direct from USA Spec???

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Re: USA Spec. PA15-NIS iPod Adapter Review

Postby Ilya » Sat Feb 26, 2011 9:37 am

I paid $160 for it.

I got mine from Audio Obsessions in Albany, NY. Great buncha guys.

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Re: USA Spec. PA15-NIS iPod Adapter Review

Postby DoN_BLaZe34 » Sat Feb 26, 2011 5:16 pm

a.blanco0905 wrote:
DoN_BLaZe34 wrote:Oh ok. Can you post up if/when you get time to play around with it? If you can get those two things figured out, I just may pull the trigger on this thing
If you do, give me your Isimple. I'll sell yours and mine and I that way can come up with the money to buy the USAspec!!! :biggrin:

Wait, no? :frown:
hahaha umm...no :bowrofl:
IlyaKol wrote:So, I played around with the steering wheel controls a little more.

If you long press and hold for a second or two up - it changes to the next track within that category that you are in. Works while in random mode too in case you skip a song you like.

If you long press and hold for a second or two down - it changes to the previous track within that category that you are in. Works while in random mode too in case you skip a song you like.
if you're in the middle of a song and want to rewind back to the beginning, are you able to do that? That's one of my biggest pet peeves with the iSimple...you can't fast forward and/or rewind tracks...turning automatically takes you to the next song

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Re: USA Spec. PA15-NIS iPod Adapter Review

Postby Ilya » Sat Feb 26, 2011 7:01 pm

One flick of the tune/folder knob (right knob on the 06+ stereo) brings you back to the beginning of the song (left). If you do it to the right, it goes to the next track. Do you mean ff/rewind a couple of seconds? The manual says it's a 90* turn of the knob to do that, but I haven't been able to do it yet.

Functionality is there, I just haven't done it.

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Re: USA Spec. PA15-NIS iPod Adapter Review

Postby riggz » Sat Feb 26, 2011 8:18 pm

Still no reply from USA Spec......

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Re: USA Spec. PA15-NIS iPod Adapter Review

Postby Ilya » Sat Feb 26, 2011 8:32 pm

What did you guys ask them?

I thought what I copied and pasted answered the question.

IlyaKol wrote:http://usaspec.com/product.php?ProductI ... wProduct=1

Should work for your car.

The note at the bottom says:

For all the above listed vehicle models/years, use the PA15-NIS model if the vehicle does not have SAT receiver or if it's not pre-wired for SAT. PA15-NIS's functionality is 100% equivalent to the PA15-INFI. PA15-NIS coonects to the radio while the PA15-INFI connects to the SAT receiver.
Currently USA SPEC does not have any application solution for the following model years:
G35/G37 Sedan: 07-09 Nav radio
G37 Couple: 08-09 Nav radio
EX35: 08-09 Nav radio
FX35/FX50: 09 Nav radio
M35/ M45: 08-09 Nav radio
QX56: 08-09 Nav raadio


Since you are on 03 (which is listed for the PA15-INFI), the PA15-NIS should work for you.

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Re: USA Spec. PA15-NIS iPod Adapter Review

Postby riggz » Sat Feb 26, 2011 8:47 pm

I asked if the PA15-NIS will work for me if I don't want to use my factory SAT.

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Re: USA Spec. PA15-NIS iPod Adapter Review

Postby infinitedrift » Sat Feb 26, 2011 9:06 pm

IlyaKol wrote:Why would it be a typo?
Beacuse infiniti never made a 03-04 M35 at least in the states.. and thats what they have listed as a compatiable vehicle. Im was hoping they meant M45
I havent heard anything back from USA spec either..im pretty sure it will work though...come on tax return hurry up and get in my account. :ohno:


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