Thanks for the advice, I finally found some info on removing the door panel thanks to another post I found on this site. Since I bought the car used, I had to make do with how it was equipped, I'll probably add a CD player eventually. At this point, I'm more concerned with performance vs "creature comforts", but this $*&**^% "error 1" message that nobody seems to know the answer to is about to drive me crazy. I even spoke with the shop that the local dealer uses for stereo repair and they didn't know what the "error 1" meant either, of course they would be more than happy to sell me a refurbished head unit for $110.
ps: Remember, friends don't let friends drive Hondas! After all, they haven't been making Accords for 40 years. DETROIT IRON RULES!