systems are a compromise designed to give you some of
the features and
convenience of modern car audio, without altering your
There are no major audio
companies currently producing "2 shaft"
radios. Most modern car audio is a
"din" or "double din" mount. In
order to fit these to your classic car,
you'll have to cut a gaping hole in it.
No one wants to do that to a classic
car. Modern speaker systems are designed
to acoustically complement the
particular characteristics of the car
for which it is designed.
Amplifiers are used to augment the sound
so that the speakers are driven at their
peak efficiency. It is simply
impossible to accomplish an "audiophile" level of
sound quality without major
modifications to your valuable
The radios shown here are made in a
basic chassis that is altered to fit
your car. No modifications are
needed to your classic vehicle.
Speaker systems are designed to fit many
different locations and situations,
again without altering your car.
These are a nice compromise, but are by
no means "audiophile" quality systems.
They will not sound as clear as the
stereo in your new car, or shake the car
on either side of you at the next
stoplight. An in dash radio and a
small dash speaker cannot produce this
kind of sound. They do provide a
reasonable level of sound quality that
is acceptable to most classic car
Additional amplification and better
quality speakers, as well as an iPod or a MP3 source will
greatly improve the sound quality of
these systems. The better the
source of your music, the better it will
sound. If your car has provisions
for a standard size speaker (for
example a 6x9 in the rear deck),
your sound quality will be much improved
by purchasing brand name speakers and an
amplifier that suits your particular
listening requirements, while still
maintaining the integrity of your
vehicle. These speakers and amplifiers
should be purchased from your local car audio
dealer, where they can be auditioned prior to
system I am currently running in my 1965 Mustang, is
centered around a RetroSound
Model One head unit.
I have a 4x10 Dual Voice Coil
Speaker in the dash, and a pair of
the rear deck hidden by a pair of
Autosound's plain flat speaker grills.
The front speaker is powered off the radio, and the rear
speaker are powered by a
Fosgate Punch P500-2 Amplifier.
I play MP3s from a USB Flash Drive, and listen to mostly
Classic Rock & Smooth Jazz. I have been in the
Home & Car Audio business since 1977, and I am very
satisfied with the sound quality, the looks, and the fit
of this system in my classic car! This is just an
example of what you can do at a reasonable cost, and
without altering your car!
Wolff - Grand Rapids, Michigan Owner, Great
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