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Pic Request (pretty please): Retrosound stereo in-dash!
#1
runninpony 
Hi all,

Really likin' the Retrosound stereos I'm seeing. From everything I've seen, here and VMF, Retrosound>Custom Autosound. Will it support an amp and pooossible 5-6 channel system? They don't advertise rca outputs as I've heard you need for an amp. I'm thinking about the black face with 'chrome' bezel. As for knobs? Too many choices...

http://www.retrosoundusa.com/products/details/id/15

1971 Convertible, Metallic Blue, White Mach I Trim [351C-4V]

Edelbrock 1406 Carb, 600 cfm, 'lectric choke
BFG Radials on Torq Thrust-D's
--Front [15X7 - 215/65R15]
--Rear [15X8 - 235/60R15]
1-1/8 inch front sway bar
Bilstein front shocks [street valved]
Retrosound Stereo+Alpine SPR-60 6.5" Speakers [quarter panels]
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#2
Here's a pic of mine, black face and chrome bezel just like you want. I also went for the plain chrome knobs for lack of a more authentic choice, and was pleasantly surprised by how nice they look when installed.

Installation issues were minor - I had bought a brand new heater/stereo dash bezel and found the plastic adapter bezel was about 1mm (0.040") taller than the dash bezel opening, so I carefully filed the opening in the dash bezel until the plastic bezel fit. As can be seen in the pic the adapter bezel is just a smidgeon too narrow and I did a pretty poor job of centering it (I'll have another go at that another day). Also, the supplied plastic adapter bezel has a chrome plating that is very thin and fragile, and care needs to be taken not to scratch it when installing. I scratched mine in a couple of places and in hindsight would have put a layer of tape over the chrome to protect it until the installation was complete.

I don't have an amp, the unit is plugged into a pair of rear deck 9 inch speakers which gives me ample volume even at highway speeds with the windows down. So it's my opinion that an amp is not needed unless headbanger volume is wanted.

The unit does have two RCA outputs.

I installed the USB cable under the dash on the right and you can just see the tip of the USB stick just to the left of the right hand vent knob.

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Brett
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#3
Nice!

I too have seen/heard that Retrosound is a better unit than the Custom Autosound system - which is too bad, because I really prefer the CAS unit's appearance (it looks more like a stock unit and even has the cool AM radio slide tuner-looking numbers on the LCD panel making it look even more stock when the unit's off). I've read/heard (mostly at VMF) that the CAS unit has performance issues and that the Retrosound unit has superior sound and volume, but that's mostly from folks that do not use amps for driving the speakers. The one guy I found that runs amps seems happy with CAS unit feeding the amps. I believe the CAS unit has 2 more RCA outputs as well, which should support a 5-6 channel set-up. If not, you can always run a splitter off the rear channel into a crossover 4-channel or separate crossover/amp for the subs (like I did in my Jeep).

Since I'm a 'headbanger-level' kinda guy, I'll probably be running multiple amps with a couple of subs in a box under the package tray. Whichever unit best supports that configuration will be what I go with. Which means I need to do a lot more research to make that determination.

But - that Retrosound unit looks awesome in your dashboard, Brett. Glad to hear it's serving you well!

Eric

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#4
AWESOME flatback. Just what I needed-thank you tons. I'm glad you're happy with your setup. It looks like my uncle Vic did a little customization back in the day-I think I've found two speakers in each door and someone put one in each quarter panel Undecided Anyway looks like I've got options.

Thanks for the input mister! I'll definitely be referencing this when I decide what to do.

This is what I'm working with, by the way. Someone already hacked the bezel. I'll be getting a new one as well.    

1971 Convertible, Metallic Blue, White Mach I Trim [351C-4V]

Edelbrock 1406 Carb, 600 cfm, 'lectric choke
BFG Radials on Torq Thrust-D's
--Front [15X7 - 215/65R15]
--Rear [15X8 - 235/60R15]
1-1/8 inch front sway bar
Bilstein front shocks [street valved]
Retrosound Stereo+Alpine SPR-60 6.5" Speakers [quarter panels]
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#5
in the link above, they do offer stock looking knobs.
I would go with them if you looking for the stock look.


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Iyman
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#6
my experience with custom autosound is not very good. I bought a $300 unit for my 65 coupe and it lasted all of about 8 months. It looked great and worked great and then it died. talked to customer service and they would not honor a warranty because my car was not garaged or covered when not in use and that possible water damage occurred?!?. Really? I asked if i could send them the unit and see if it could be repaired, they agreed but if there was any cost involved i would have to pay in order to get the unit back to me. I never sent it and the unit was still in the car as a placeholder when i sold it. The back light would come on but no digital numbers or sound at all would come through. Any-who my dash has been cut or trimmed to fit a single din CD deck so i'm not worried about it now. let us know how the retrosound works out if you go that route.
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#7
50x4 watts? that pretty freakin awesome straight out of a deck!!! you can run decent speakers with that.

what i would do is run 3.5 speakers in the dash hole and 6.5 circle speakers in the doors.

i have a 65% drag 35% street car, and i still want a radio. it'll be nice not to have to have a external amplifier!!!!

ALSO, STILL NEED TO LISTEN TO MUSIC WHILE I'M IN THE PITS WAITING FOR MY PASS TO COME UP!! Big GrinSmileTongue
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(12-03-2012, 07:20 PM)xoliex Wrote: 50x4 watts? that pretty freakin awesome straight out of a deck!!! you can run decent speakers with that.

what i would do is run 3.5 speakers in the dash hole and 6.5 circle speakers in the doors.

i have a 65% drag 35% street car, and i still want a radio. it'll be nice not to have to have a external amplifier!!!!

ALSO, STILL NEED TO LISTEN TO MUSIC WHILE I'M IN THE PITS WAITING FOR MY PASS TO COME UP!! Big GrinSmileTongue

My understanding is 50x4 is that its 50w spread equally among 4 channels. Hence there would be 12.5w per speaker. Not much to be excited about as that's usually the norm. I doubt they would have a 200w built in.
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#9
Years ago, I remember looking for "head banging" amps and when I came across a 100W amp (this is many years ago) I would be jacked until I saw it was 100W (25W x 4), with only 25 watts coming from each of the 4 channels. Which was for 8 ohm speakers, so if you were running 4 ohm speakers you could double that (50 watts) per channel.

Doc

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Completed: All new suspension, rebuilt 351C H Code bored .030 over with mild cam and intake, new 3.50 TracLok, custom exhaust system
Current "mini-project": interior upgrade Undecided
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73vertproject;100605 Wrote:Years ago, I remember looking for "head banging" amps and when I came across a 100W amp (this is many years ago) I would be jacked until I saw it was 100W (25W x 4), with only 25 watts coming from each of the 4 channels. Which was for 8 ohm speakers, so if you were running 4 ohm speakers you could double that (50 watts) per channel.

is that 25w with RMS or Peak?
I used to to Stereo installed in the 90's while in High school, I was the guy to see before buying anything, I always used to look for the most RMS watts @ 4 ohms, and a very low THD (Total Harmonic Distortion), my car used to putout 132 DB @ the sound offs, that explans the hearing issues!!

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