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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old Oct 1st, 09, 05:03 PM Thread Starter
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Basic new radio set up

Anyone have a good recommendation for radios that fit? I do not want $ retro radio but would rather have a new Kenwood.

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post #2 of 37 (permalink) Old Oct 1st, 09, 07:29 PM
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Re: Basic new radio set up

The only radio that fits in the stock location is a shaft style, the retro radios you talk about are the only guys out there making new ones right now.

So, unless you find a used shaft style kenwood on ebay, you are stuck with a retro radio.
Or mounting a modern radio in the glovebox.

Just don't cut up the dash to fit a modern radio!!
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I've been looking at these guys...old look/fit but modern features...
http://www.retrosoundusa.com/

I haven't made up my mind on it but let me know if you decide to buy, maybe we'll go in together and get a discount.

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post #4 of 37 (permalink) Old Oct 1st, 09, 08:19 PM
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Man, I want to just go with a newer din radio also, and have a little clearance issue with the new ac, so I think it is time to try to get a manufacturer to start making a din mounting kit, with say a 1 inch extension or relatively flush or w/e. All it would have to be is a wedge base to flatten out/level off the radio. I might just have to make one for now.
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Re: Basic new radio set up

I bought the retrosound and have not put the speakers in yet but it is a small unit that has modern features and fits great with my vintage air ducts. No cutting is required. I have heard they are at least as good as Kenwood, Pioneer, etc. but we will see. I will be running an amp (or 2) and already have the rca jacks under the carpet to the back.

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I have run Kenwood eXcelon units in my truck for the past several years and like them. Whatever you decide on just buy it off ebay, get the Square Trade warranty, and save hundreds of dollars.

In the Camaro, someone had already hacked out the radio plate for a DIN mount. I put in an extremely cheap unit that has a USB port for a flash drive on the front and no CD player so it is not very deep....it's actually wider than it is deep. The mounting sleeve (most all units come with one) at least fit very nicely and using the bend-up tabs I was able to get it to mount very securely and did not have to use a strap on the back of the unit. However, I would not recommend the one I have but am willing to bet that there are better units that are similar in design out there.

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post #7 of 37 (permalink) Old Oct 3rd, 09, 06:59 AM Thread Starter
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Found this. Accepts USB, 240 watts, nice price, made for Camaros

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1967-...Q5fAccessories

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I like that Wattage...

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has anybody installed one?
a lot of posts have shed doubt on the quality of custom autosound products. would be interesting to hear some real life comments of this radio.
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has anybody installed one?
a lot of posts have shed doubt on the quality of custom autosound products. would be interesting to hear some real life comments of this radio.

If someone hadn't already hacked my dash, I'd have gotten one and at least there would be one review. Too expensive at this point to get another bezel/cluster and it won't make the car go any faster...

I've got their dual voice coil dash speaker. It needed spacers to install correctly and sounds OK for what it is....a $50 dual voice coil speaker with a bracket screwed to the back. My radio just sucks (china special) so it's hard to evaluate any speakers with it.

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post #11 of 37 (permalink) Old Oct 3rd, 09, 09:59 AM
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Take a look at these.

http://www.radiosforoldcars.com/newradio0F.htm

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post #12 of 37 (permalink) Old Oct 3rd, 09, 01:39 PM Thread Starter
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Nice but $600 and no usb input?

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I've been looking at these guys...old look/fit but modern features...
http://www.retrosoundusa.com/

I haven't made up my mind on it but let me know if you decide to buy, maybe we'll go in together and get a discount.
Looks like Rick's has these retrosound radios $20 cheaper than buying directly from retrosound. I also got a promo email from them today and they are having a 15% sale on orders over $175. Last, there is special on these retrosound radios where you get a free t-shirt. So...instead of paying $299 from retrosound, you can get it for $279 from Ricks with 15% off that makes it $237.99 and a free T-shirt. Sounds like a decent deal to me. Rick's discount code is "AFG".

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post #14 of 37 (permalink) Old Oct 30th, 09, 01:16 PM
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I purchased and installed the RetroSound in my 69. It has nice sound and features. It took me awhile to get the shaft adjustments just right but it looks good. I bought mine from Crutchfield....they were the cheapest and had free shipping. That was this past spring.
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To me it's all about the look. Radios For Old Cars is almost an exact replica looks wise and does play Ipod, MP3, aux cd. And it sounds perty good.

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