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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old Mar 11th, 19, 3:01 AM Thread Starter
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Classic Car Stereos?

Does anyone have any experience with Classic Car Stereo radios they’ve installed in their cars or have seen up close in a buddy’s vehicle? I have had awful experiences with Custom Auto Sound; Retro; and some crap unit I bought from OPG in 2011. In addition, my brother had his 1967 Vette orig radio restored and upgraded last year for $600 and it just stopped working, so I don’t trust that route either. I’m just looking to put some simple tunes in my 1966 Elky in the stock location.I’ve got decent speakers in the stock dash location and 50W housed speakers behind seat. Stock working antenna. Car is mostly original. Thanks!

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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old Mar 11th, 19, 7:29 AM
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I love my custom auto sound in my Camaro. The customer service was great too. I didn't like the looks of the knobs. I called them and told them. I then picked out the knobs that I wanted, and they sent them right out for free. Sorry you had a bad experience.
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Re: Classic Car Stereos?

I have a Retrosound Long Beach in my Chevelle. Looks and sounds great, they can have a problem with RFI with HEI distributors.


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Re: Classic Car Stereos?

Just buy any good brand name bluetooth deck & Put it in the glove box or trunk. Control it with your cell phone. There are even blue tooth enabled amplifiers now (marine amps) that don't even need a headunit, do it all with your phone & the amp does the rest.

Get a dead original radio and keep it in the dash for looks.

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Just buy any good brand name bluetooth deck & Put it in the glove box or trunk. Control it with your cell phone. There are even blue tooth enabled amplifiers now (marine amps) that don't even need a headunit, do it all with your phone & the amp does the rest.

Get a dead original radio and keep it in the dash for looks.
I second that. I would've done that except the air conditioned '69's with the glove box attached to the door don't lend themselves to that very well. Maybe placing the unit under the seat would work though. I have a Retrosound Hermosa in the dash with the Retrosound Quad 4 amplifier and they don't put out much bass at all. I'm not impressed by them.
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post #6 of 21 (permalink) Old Mar 12th, 19, 10:24 AM
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Re: Classic Car Stereos?

I have a Retrosound unit sitting on the shelf. It worked fine for about 2 weeks than it started having issues, their tech support is clueless when it comes to their own product. Now I have a JVC Media player in the glove compartment.
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After hearing Custom Autosound radios were junk I bought a Retrosound Model One radio which lasted for about the first 250 miles I put on the car. I bought a radio from these guys which are a little pricey but do have bluetooth now which mine didn't when I bought it. So far so good it has good Sound Quality compared to the Retrosound unit.
Antique Automobile Radio, modern stereo for vintage cars
This looks like the one that would be for your El camino 512201BT.
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Just buy any good brand name bluetooth deck & Put it in the glove box or trunk. Control it with your cell phone. There are even blue tooth enabled amplifiers now (marine amps) that don't even need a headunit, do it all with your phone & the amp does the rest.

Get a dead original radio and keep it in the dash for looks.
Perhaps I’m not understanding this correctly, but if I am, this is an awesome solution. You’re saying that one can mount a “Bluetooth amp” and speakers with nothing else and feed it with an iPhone? Seems too good to be true.
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Perhaps I’m not understanding this correctly, but if I am, this is an awesome solution. You’re saying that one can mount a “Bluetooth amp” and speakers with nothing else and feed it with an iPhone? Seems too good to be true.
Yup- thats what I am saying.

I actually prefer the idea of the hidden modern radio, as it offers more options than just an amp, but I have given serious consideration to going the amp only route:
Google "Bluetooth car amplifier"

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Kenwood-K...kaAq0-EALw_wcB

(this was just the first hit, I have not used this one or any direct experience with it)
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Little pricey is an understatement. Did I read the price correctly? $687 plus shipping, good Lord that's a lot of money. For less than that I put my whole system together with JVC Bluetooth media player (compact design, no cd's, have the remote or control it through the phone app) 4 Kenwood speakers, amp and 2 10" subs. It sounds like a concert hall.
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Re: Classic Car Stereos?

There are companies that retrofit vintage radios to solid state with bluetooth, USB, Aux input etc. They all seem to use the Aurora branded tuner, amp module interface whatchimacallit gizmos.

My brother is a PHD Electronic Engineer. He contacted Aurora to obtain one of their gizmos to retrofit one of my vintage radios. They would not sell him one, nor would they disclose their proprietary info.
So, Im stuck with spending $600 or so to have one of the retrofit companies do it for me.


p.s. I don't do smart phones so that approach to the problem wont work for me.
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I have the retrosound Long Beach in my 66 c10 truck, love it!!!
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I have a Retrosound Long Beach in my Chevelle. Looks and sounds great, they can have a problem with RFI with HEI distributors.


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Crutchfield, stellar customer support. I have a retrosound in my 67 and a 4 channel amp from Crutchfield, it ROCKS!
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Re: Classic Car Stereos?

I have a RetroSound model II and when I was hooking it up it was laying on the trans hump I felt the radio getting pretty warm so that could be why they don't last long? I think with an amp hooked to it would maybe make them last longer but for $300+ you wouldn't think you would need to do anything extra so I agree with putting a less expensive radio where ever you can hide it and most come with remotes or use your phone, I use Pandora it's free...so far
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I've got a RetroSound Model 2 deal-e-o running through an Alpine KTP-445U amp that works good. But, I'll just leave this here anyway Electro-Tech Service 1
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