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mustangboy
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posted 08-17-2002 12:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangboy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm looking at the USA06 radio with built in cd controller and 6 pack cd unit.Cheapest I've seen it is $449.50 at Mustang Jacks.I was also thinking about the kick panel speakers with the 120 watt pioneer speakers built in.I would also probably put a set of 6x9s in the parcel shelf in the back window.Anybody have any experience with these radio's.I particularly like the looks of this one (looks like original AM) but this is fairly expensive and I know I can probably get as good or better quality with just regular non-mustang radios and cd players that I could hide and just leave the original Am in place.Opinions, suggestions,horror stories,I'd like to hear em all.I'm not looking to blow out the windows but would like something much better than the original equipment.This is going in a 66 mustang coupe.

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mellowyellow
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posted 08-17-2002 02:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have an el cheapo Jensen low line in my 65 and it is LOW in performance. 449 seems a bit high but a good price range for a decent one is about 250/275 US. If you're not looking for a radio w/cassette, your original can be updated to stereo with good sound and quality. A couple of them advertise 88 watts. www.american-classic.com
Norman's Classic radios in Fl. 727-546-1788

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Fastback68
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posted 08-17-2002 02:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastback68   Click Here to Email Fastback68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Unless you're 18 years old (which you might be!), aren't 120 W speakers serious overkill for a car?

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mustangboy
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posted 08-17-2002 05:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangboy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was looking for the cd feature as well as the am/fm.Does the $250-275 range include a six pack type changer?Thanks for the link for the original radio restorations very interesting!No I'm not 18 this is going in my sister's car who is 40 but still likes loud music The thing I've found with speakers over the years (and a lot of other things) is get more than you need and get good quality,which I don't really know if this stuff is thats why I'm asking

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SuperDave
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posted 08-17-2002 06:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SuperDave   Click Here to Email SuperDave     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a USA3 ($150) by Custom Autosound and it is TERRIBLE! I bought it as a replacement for an old Pioneer whose tape deck failed. I wish I'd have had the good judgement to spend a little more to get better quality.

"Good ain't cheap and cheap ain't good!"

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mustangboy
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posted 08-17-2002 09:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangboy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What kind of problems did you have SuperDave?Poor quality sound or just poor operation in general.

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thedave66
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posted 08-18-2002 01:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for thedave66   Click Here to Email thedave66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've got something of a modified setup in my car, I had a jvc in the car and the tape deck went out so I picked up a sony regular sized stereo and mounted it under the dash. The remote is awesome, it makes better sound, and I didn't cut the dash either. It does leave a hole where the stereo was but im going to mount up a plate there for a gauge and a couple switches so it should look all right. I hate to say but you get better deals on the regular stereos than the custom dash ones.

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T5owner
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posted 08-18-2002 01:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for T5owner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have the USA02, but I regret having bougth it. The band width is too wide for getting radio stations very clearly (especially in Europe). With the stereo-in-dash-speaker (my old mono was eaten up) it still sounds like in the 60ies, which is good for Lalo Schiffrin and the Beach Boys sound, but I usually turn it off after 10 minutes and tune in the sound of the glasspacks by just opening the window. Cheap trick.

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Fastymz
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posted 08-18-2002 01:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by 66MustangGTCoupe289:
responding to Fastback68, IF YOURE 18 120 WATTS IS NOTHONG IN A CAR! lol


I remember when a 120 WATT system was real good.I just have a 25 watt $70 jensen tape deck that on the freeway you cant even here.I dont use the radio alot just when my kids are the car they like to listen to it.
These new 400++watts system I just done get into.

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fastcomet289
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posted 08-18-2002 01:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for fastcomet289   Click Here to Email fastcomet289     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
in the comet i will be purchasing a radio/ cassette deck from circuit city (poineer/ jensen or some other name brand). i also have a sony 10 disk cd player. Im going to mount both of these in the trunk and leave the original radio in the dash. im going to get a radio with a remote control and get a screen that will mount in the center console with velcro to display the radio station/ cd info. this way when i turn the lights on at night the stock radio will still light up and look original, but with the new dual cone speaker in the dash and stereo system i will be able to look stock and sound good.

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mellowyellow
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posted 08-18-2002 06:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Am now doing a 68 cv. Am going to sacrifice originality and open up the radio panel for an updated radio. I have an extra panel so the next owner can have that along with an original core radio. Just like to have an enough sound in reserve so that the a**hole next to me with his windows down, rapping away!, gets drowned out!

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65coupei6
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posted 08-18-2002 06:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 65coupei6   Click Here to Email 65coupei6     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The only real bad thing about the CA decks are the reception. Other than that the radio does not do much. It all depends on your amps and speakers.

Also watts do not mean anything. I have a total of 300 watts in my Mustang but I bet it can blow many of the 1,000 watt systems away in a SPL contest. It depends how you match everything and build it.

You can click on my website link below to see what I have. But you can get an inexpensive radio and add a FM modulated CD changer. That will come in way below $499.

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Ken
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posted 08-18-2002 07:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken   Click Here to Email Ken     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, Autosound USA1....and hating every minute of it !!! The control buttons (ie, AM to FM, etc not the pre-sets) are soooooooo tiny you can't see to do anything with them !!!

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mustangboy
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posted 08-18-2002 09:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangboy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
65coupei6 what do you think of the dual speakers in the stock dash location vs the set in the kick panels.I checked out your page,very nice work but I won't be going to that extreme.

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mellowyellow
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posted 08-19-2002 06:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
With the Jensen Model # XCC 7100, which is bottom rung and sounds like dung, have an upgraded dual speaker setup in dash and speakers in kickpanels that I mentioned above. If top is up and windows closed, almost never, it is passable but with windows down and top down, lacks power to hear it well.

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indyphil
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posted 08-19-2002 08:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for indyphil   Click Here to Email indyphil     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am also considering Radio stereo upgrade for my 68. I am also trying to restore my console. I noticed at a car show this summer that someone had put an ordinary head unit in the glove box. Perhaps they had a remote control for it, but if you want to hide the thing, but dont want to use up more trunk space the glove box is a worthwhile suggestion. (I prefer to have the glove box space and use up some of the trunk, but its all personal preference)

It does seem like you get a better deal with the stuff you find in the big stores Vs the "mustang fit" stereos.

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