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Qube's Audio Control for the Honda S2000

Directional controls for your Honda S2000's aftermarket head unit.

 

Qube's Audio Control looks the same as stock
The infrared eye is not visible from a normal viewing angle

When the factory head unit of the Honda S2000 is replaced with an aftermarket head unit, the functionality of the dashboard audio control is lost. Qube’s Audio Control not only recovers the functionality of the stock audio control, it ADDS navigational functionality by replacing the large “Audio Mode” button with a 4-way directional switch, all while looking COMPLETELY STOCK.

What are the benefits?
What are the drawbacks?
How does it work?
How do I get one?
What is the cost?
How do I install it?
I’m a klutz. Can I do the install myself?
Is there a waiting list?
What about Right Hand Drive cars?
What if something goes wrong?
I would like to place an order!

What are the benefits?

1) EXTENDED CONTROLS – Qube’s Audio Control is the most user-friendly solution available that integrates extended functionality into the stock audio controls. The 4-way directional switch now gives you the ability to navigate iPod playlists, switch CDs in a CD changer, Fast Forward and Rewind tracks on a Mini Disc, or simply play a previous track or skip to the next track on a standard audio CD. You will be able to do exactly what the directional buttons of your aftermarket remote control will do. Even “button hold” functionalities remains intact. For example, if a quick tap on your remote’s “right arrow” button makes your head unit advance to the next track, while holding down the same button fast forwards through the current track, the direction control will behave exactly the same way. The Volume and Mute buttons recover their intended functionality, while the CH button switches modes (CD to Radio, etc.)

2) NO DELAY – Some other solutions introduce a delay into the system because of the need to convert an electrical signal from the stock audio controls into something your head unit understands. Because of the way Qube’s Audio Control works, the original electrical signal is not even used. This solution is simply “moving” the physical location of the button from your aftermarket remote control to the button of the Audio Control module. When you press the Volume Up button on your dashboard, it is EXACTLY as if you are pressing the Volume Up button on your remote control. The signal is never converted. Each button press comes across clearly and distinctly, no matter how fast or how many times you press the button.

3) NO PROGRAMMING – Because the system works off of your hardcoded aftermarket remote control, there will never be a need to program or reprogram the device. Unlike programmable systems that must use softcoded information used for signal conversion, this hardcoded solution will never lose its memory. The only way to hardcode a solution is to personalized each controller for each remote type, which is what you get with Qube’s Audio Control.

4) WORKS WITH NON-STANDARD REMOTES – Some aftermarket head units work on non-standard frequencies which cannot be used for other systems. Newer Sony Head units, for example, use a frequency that is out of range for other systems to understand. Because there is no need to read and convert any signals with Qube’s Audio Control, any type of signal will work, including non-standard IR as well as RF.

5) THE CONTROLS “FEEL” RIGHT – Many months and dollars were investing to come up with a device that gives the same tactile feedback as the stock buttons. What this means is that the directional controls feel the same when you push them as the stock volume, mute, and channel controls.

What are the drawbacks?

1) Qube’s Audio Control requires modifications to both the stock audio control module as well as your aftermarket remote control, neither of which are fully reversible. The stock audio control retails for $200, and the cost of your aftermarket remote is typically between $15 and $40, depending on the retailer. Of course, you will only incur these costs if you plan to return your car to stock specifications.

2) Qube’s Audio Control is not “hard wired” to your head unit. Only very specific head units offer any sort of hard wiring option, all of which require additional parts in addition to the head unit itself. Although Qube’s Audio Control does the next best thing by being hard wired to your aftermarket remote, it is still not truly hard-wired.

3) Qube’s audio control is not transferrable between head unit brands. If you decide to change to a head unit that uses a different remote control, the device and new remote must be rebuilt (for a $100 fee).

4) Because the original S2000 audio control electronics are being bypassed, the functionality of the LED behind the MUTE button is lost.

How does it work?

The stock audio control is modified so that the large "Audio Mode" button acts as a 4-way direction switch instead of a single purpose push button switch. The stock audio control is then hardwired directly to the aftermarket remote control, so pressing a button on the audio control is effectively pressing a button on the aftermarket remote. Finally, the signal emitter from the remote control is rerouted to an inconspicuous location near your head unit so that your head unit can easily receive the signal.

How do I get one?

Qube's Audio Control is now offered exclusively through the core exchange program. Availability is limited. Please check the Purchase page for current quantities in stock.

What is the cost?

Qube's Audio Control is available for $249. Additional shipping charges and California Sales Tax may apply. Please check our Purchase page for additional pricing information.

How do I install it?

The installation instructions are available at our Documentation page.
You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to read them, downloadable from Adobe.com.
The total installation process should take between 30 minutes to an hour.

I’m a klutz. Can I do the install myself?

The instructions are very detailed and written very clearly, and the procedure does not require any out of the ordinary tools or skills. If, after reading the instructions, you still feel that you are unable to install the device yourself, your local stereo shop should be glad to do it for you. Just provide them a printout of the instructions.

Is there a waiting list?

Yes. There are 5 cores in circulation at any given time. Once a core comes back for modification, the next person on the wait list will be notified. Typical wait time is 1-2 weeks. Please check the Purchase page for up to date availability information.

What about Right Hand Drive cars?

Qube's Audio Control will be available for Right Hand Drive cars, and orders will be processed in the same manner. Just use some common sense when using the installation instructions, as they are scripted for Left Hand Drive S2000s.   Additional shipping charges will apply to international orders.

What if something goes wrong?

Although Qube’s Audio Control has been in a very successful production phase for several years, things are bound to happen.  If your control malfunctions for any reason, aside from physical damage, within 6 months of purchase, it will be immediately taken care of at no cost to you. Simply send it back and it will be either fixed or replaced and returned to you as soon as humanly possible along with a full reimbursement for your shipping costs.

If you have questions about the product, please check our FAQ page or feel free to Contact Us.

If you would like to place an order, please visit our Purchase page. We will contact you with core exchange availability and estimated turnaround time if applicable.

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