Custom Autosound review
Hey guys -
I did a bunch of searching before I bought a new radio and despite some of the suggestions you guys made, I went against them and bought a USA-630 for my 66. Anyway, I wanted to give you guys who are thinking about this a quick review.
First, the install is relatively easy and the look of it is nice. These are two huge benefits for me as I wanted to keep up the stock appearance as much as I could and I didn't want much fab work.
Second, the sound itself isn't bad. I can certainly hear the music with the windows down on the highway. It's not exactly loud, but I can hear it and sing along.
Now for the bad.
If you want decent quality sound, you'll need to use the pre-amp outs (there are two so if you want seperate subs, you need to be creative).
If you plan on going with an Ipod, this is the major problem for me. I'm hoping there is a way to fix it but so far I can't figure it out. Here's the deal. The radio doesn't have the ability to display the song name. Not a big deal but a negative. Second, if you have an Ipod with hundreds or even thousands of songs that you like to mix into playlists, think again. The radio will only recognize the first 10 playlists on your Ipod and it does so alphabetically. Third, it will only recognize the first 99 songs of the playlist and it will play them in whatever order you put them in using your Itunes. Fourth, there is no shuffle feature. Very annoying. There is also no ability to search for different artists/songs so if I want to hear something that isn't on one of those first 10 playlist, I'm S.O.L.
I did not purchase the CD changer option so I can't comment on that. The radio works fine. There are 12 FM presets and 4 AM which is plenty for me.
I have also had some weird issues where I'll be driving, hit a bump and the radio turns off. If I immediately hit the BAND button, it turns back on which leads me to believe it's not due to my wiring (I have checked it twice but it still could be that). It also does weird things when using the playlists where it sort of does it own random mix for a couple songs and then resets itself. Normally, this would be annoying but since it doesn't have a random anyway, I kind of enjoy it.
I've only had the unit for about 9 months and the car has been on a hoist for five of those months while I did other projects and I am strongly considering other options. If you are contemplating this purchase, please feel free to PM or ask questions below and I will try to help. If anybody else has these same issues and has found a remedy, please let me know. Thanks guys
66 SS Convert, 4-speed