RetroSound Newport

Direct-fit receiver for GM, Chrysler, Ford, and Jeep vehicles with 1.5-DIN dash openings

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This digital media receiver will not play CDs. If you want to play CDs in your vehicle, we offer a wide selection of CD receivers.

One and a half won't do?  

In some vehicles, especially older ones, your aftermarket radio choices are limited to single-DIN (2" tall) models. And that's fine. In newer cars and trucks, you can choose between a single-DIN or a big, 4" tall double-DIN radio, depending on your needs. And that's fine, too.

Then there's the "1.5-DIN" radio size, which can be found in a remarkably long list of "vehicles of a certain age." A double-DIN won't fit, and a single-DIN, even with today's high-quality mounting kits, just doesn't look quite right to a lot of owners. It's frustrating, but unless you want to make major modifications to your car, your options are limited. As a result, many people just leave the factory gear, cassette deck and all, in place and plug a portable device into a 12-volt adapter. The sound is terrible, but it's better than nothing.

Finally, something that fits

Leave it to RetroSound to come up with a solution. The Newport digital media receiver is a perfect fit for a wide variety of GM, Chrysler, Ford, and Jeep vehicles equipped with those factory 1.5-DIN radios. This RetroSound radio offers all the high-tech features you need to bring your car's audio system into the 21st century, including a dedicated iPod® interface, built-in Bluetooth® connectivity, dual USB ports, and two auxiliary inputs for your portable devices.  The Newport also includes a 25 watt x 4 channel (RMS) power amplifier, plus 6-channel preamp outputs with stereo sub outputs that will come in handy when you decide to expand your system.

The subtle styling is remarkably era-appropriate, with a black plastic face and actual control knobs, so the Newport blends right into any dash.The adjustable dual-color (amber or green) illumination and backlighting enhances the look, too.

More power to you

Don't have room in your classic car for an outboard amplifier? You can still add some serious power to your RetroSound receiver by adding their Quad4 amplifier, which delivers 45 watts RMS by four channels to your speakers. The super-compact amp plugs into your radio's harness and, in most cases, can be powered from your fusebox, so you'll save a lot of time and effort on the installation.

iPod/smartphone note: If you're going to use your iPod or smartphone with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for compatibility information.

Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our article explaining Bluetooth profiles.

Product Highlights:

    General features
    • 1.5-DIN digital media receiver (does not play CDs)
    • built-in amplifier (25 watts RMS/45 peak x 4 channels)
    • fits a wide variety of older GM, Chrysler, Ford, and Jeep vehicles
    • selectable green or amber illumination
    Audio features
    • AM/FM tuner with 18 FM/12 AM presets
    • plays MP3 and WMA music files from external sources
    • dedicated iPod and iPhone interface
    • built-in Bluetooth® connectivity (mic included)
    Expandability
    • inputs: front and rear USB ports; front and rear aux inputs
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs with stereo sub outputs
    Other features

    Why replace your factory radio?

    Two good reasons - sound quality and cool features. A new car stereo offers power that's superior to most factory radios, along with more sophisticated tone controls. And most car stereos offer built-in or optional features that add safety and fun to life in your car, including inputs for your iPod or MP3 player, Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free cell phone calls, satellite radio or HD Radio reception, and connections for building an audio system in your car.

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    Retrosound Newport in my '87 Camaro

    Written By Doug R, Pultneyville, New York on Friday, May 01, 2015

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    I wanted a radio that looked 'factoryish' in my '87 Camaro. I also needed something that would adapt to my Bose sound system. This fit the bill with no compromise.

    Pros: Great sound. I like the rear Aux and USB inputs. Blue Tooth makes it easy to use my Ipod with this radio.

    Cons: A little expensive......but you get what you pay for!

    RetroSound Radio for Jeep Wrangler

    Written By Lou in Virginia, the Washington, DC Area on Monday, February 02, 2015

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    • "Coolness Factor"
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    • Ease of Use
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    This is a great radio for my 1999 Jeep Wrangler and it looks like OEM. 1.5 DIN radios are hard to find and this one is exceptional. The instructions are clear, the wiring details are spot on, installation is a breeze, and the sound is sparkling. All of the modern features like Blue Tooth, USB cooectivity, etc. bring my Wrangler into the 21st century. Great in every respect!

    Pros: Clear instructions, perfect wiring diagrams, excellent wiring harness and perfect match to OEM wiring loom. Mounting frame also fits exactly right,

    Cons: None!

    Retrosound for Jeep Cherokee

    Written By Rich, Little Rock, AR on Monday, January 05, 2015

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    • "Coolness Factor"
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    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    The retrosound newport looks great in my 99 Jeep Cherokee. Would buy again.

    Pros: Matches the style of an older car and sounds great. Easy to install, fits perfectly.

    Cons: Plastic mounting brackets could be a little more sturdy. Price seems to reflect paying a little extra for the retro look

    Jeep Cherokee XJ

    Written By CJK, Michigan on Tuesday, November 25, 2014

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    • "Coolness Factor"
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    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
    • Value

    Installed in a 2001 Jeep Cherokee to stay with the "old school" look, but upgrade to better sound, blue tooth, USB.. The Crutchfild kit was simple connection without cutting up the original harness. Replace the old factory speakers with new Kickers, 6.5" and a Kenwood powered sub under the passenger seat. The radio is excellent sound quality and user friendly for the price. Highly recommend this for a Cherokee if you want the original look.... Also great service from Cruthfield as always on questions and advice.

    Pros: 1.) Factory look. Coolness factor looks like a factory unit... Simple old school... 2.) Outstanding package complete provided to match the vehicle from Crutchfield 3.) Great sound and features for the price point.. (Coupled to Kicker speakers and powered sub) 4.) User friendly, simple and logical functionality 5.) One call to Crutchfield Tech (Eli), outstanding expertise and provided everything needed in graphics and tech information. Thanks

    Cons: None...

    Exactly what I was looking for.

    Written By Cjeff, Renton, WA on Tuesday, August 05, 2014

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    • "Coolness Factor"
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    I was looking for an upgrade that didn't have a bunch of fancy features I wouldn't use. I don't use CDs anymore, so I didn't want a CD player. For me it's all Pandora and music that I keep on my iPhone. This unit works very nicely for that. Really like the Bluetooth feature, also.

    Pros: Simple to use. The adapter kit that came with it was for a Jeep Wrangler, and it was a very simple hook up without having to make any modifications to the vehicle itself. Fits the dashboard nicely, and looks like it belongs there. It's very hard to find a 1.5 Din unit with these features.

    Cons: I found the mounting brackets that came with the unit a little difficult to use. With the high quality and ease of install of everything else, the brackets were a little disappointing to me.

    RetroSound Newport

    Written By Arnold S., Canton,Pa. on Tuesday, June 03, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
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    Installed this in my 2001 Jeep Wrangler.Fit was perfect.The sleek,no nonsense approach they used for functionality is commendable.Looks great,sounds great,works great.What more could i ask for.It does what it says and works perfect.Kudos to RetroSound for making this.Thank You engineers at RetroSound.

    Pros: You name it they nailed it.

    Cons: The only thing they could do to make this better is add the dimmer function with interior lights.Does not affect the quality in any way.

    Looks like my Old Delco

    Written By Kyle, M.A. on Tuesday, January 28, 2014

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    • "Coolness Factor"
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    • Sound Quality
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    I love it, it looks like my old delco and it fit right in my 91 Camaro no problem!

    Pros: 24 RMS 4-chanel easy install just use crimps color amber matches my car lights The BLUETOOTH its why i bought it I LOVE IT!!!

    Cons: Your telling me people complain about this???

    Hands-on research

    What's in the box?

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    • 1.5-DIN digital media receiver
    • Main harness
    • Power/ground harness
    • Speaker harness
    • Microphone w/ integrated bracket (attached 8'cable terminated by 3.5mm connector)
    • 4 Pan-head bolts
    • 4 Hex/Lock-nuts
    • Hex-nut
    • 2 Split-washers
    • Self-tapping screw
    • Self-drilling screw
    • Rear-support screw
    • Rubber boot
    • Metal backstrap
    • Installation/Owner's Manual
    • "STOP!" note

    Features and Specs

    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant No
    RMS Power Output 25 watts
    Peak Output 45 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 2.85 volts
    Display Color Green or Amber
    Key Button Color Green or Amber
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote No
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible No
    Parts Warranty 2 Years
    Labor Warranty 2 Years
    Expandability
    AUX Input Front/Rear
    Audio/video Input
    USB Input Front/Rear
    Memory Card Slot USB
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3/2/1
    Touch 5/4/3/2/1
    Mini ---
    iPhone 5S/5C/4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 12.5 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes

    Product Research

    Display & Tuner Features
    USB/iPod Integration
    Bluetooth + Aux Connectivity
    Audio Section

    Display & Tuner Features

    1.5-DIN Compatible: The RetroSound Newport is a direct-fit solution for GM, Chrysler, Ford and Jeep vehicles with 1.5 DIN dash openings. Until now, the only solution for these vehicles was to install a standard DIN-sized radio; an installation that looks out of place and awkward. The Newport closely mimics the original radio for an attractive factory-like look.

    Note: As always, please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to verify fit with your vehicle and receive your vehicle-specific kit, harness, and antenna adapter (when applicable).

    Green or Amber Illumination: Dual color (amber or green) button illumination and LCD backlighting enhances the Newport's look in your vehicle's dash. You can also select "High" or "Low" for the head unit's button and LCD illumination.

    RDS AM/FM Tuner: The Newport features a built-in RDS AM/FM tuner. The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist & track information when listening to compatible AM/FM stations. The unit's tuner features 3 FM bands and 2 AM bands. A total of 30 AM/FM presets can be stored manually or automatically. Select between Local and Distant settings can aid in listening to weak FM radio stations or compensate for stations that have too strong of a signal. This unit's tuner can be set to USA or European tuning.

    USB/iPod Integration

    Dual USB Ports: The RetroSound Newport features two USB (type-A) ports; one USB port is located on the front-panel and the other is connected to the head unit's rear chassis by a 51" pigtail. The USB ports enable connection of  portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) devices; such as select Android smartphones (Gingerbread/Froyo OS only), portable digital audio players, or USB thumbdrives. Once you've connected your compatible USB device, the Newport will find your songs instantly and automatically start playing them. You will be able to control basic playback functions of your music files such as Play, Pause, Skip Track, Intro Scan, Repeat Track, and Random. This unit supports MP3 (128 kbps +) and WMA (64 kbps +) in format FAT and FAT32. The unit can recognize a maximum of 999 songs/files (files will be read in order of creation and not alphabetically or numerically). The Newport also supports ID3-tags/WMA-tags for song/artist information. USB portable audio players that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the receiver's USB port (max. 0.5A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.

    Note: You cannot connect a USB device via a USB hub or Multi-Card Reader to this unit.

    iPod Direct Connection w/ DAC Bypass: Either USB port can act as an iPod/iPhone high-speed direct connection when used with the USB/iPod cable that came with your iPod/iPhone. The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's stored music and music apps to be loaded instantly to the unit and sound quality to be maximized through the head unit's 1-bit D/A converter. The RetroSound Newport supports audio playback of stored music or music apps, music navigation, information display, and charging of select iPod/iPhone models.

    • iPod Control: You can control your connected iPod/iPhone from the head unit's front-panel control knobs. You can browse your iPod/iPhone's music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Genre, Composer, or Podcast.  In addition, you can activate Repeat (all/track) and Shuffle (all/folder) playback modes. Many older iPod/iPhone device's clickwheel or touchscreen will be locked during connection. However, newer Apple devices w/ iOS 6.0+ installed will stay unlocked.
    • iPod Display: The Newport will display your iPod/iPhone's music file information from stored music. The head unit will display Track number, Elapsed playing time, Artist name and Song/Album title.
    • iPod Charging: The unit's USB connection provides 0.5A of current to power and charge your connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position. This unit does not charge the iPad. If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The RetroSound Newport is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 1/2/2014):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Bluetooth Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Artist/Song Text Track Info Phone Audio
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y N Y Y Y N Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5C 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5S 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y N Y Y N N Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y N Y Y N Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y N Y Y N Y Y
    4th 6.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    5th 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N Y Y N N Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y N Y Y N N Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y N Y Y N N Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y N Y Y N N Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y N Y Y N N Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y N Y Y N N Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y N Y Y N Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y N Y Y N N Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y N Y Y N N Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y N Y Y N N Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N Y Y N N Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y N Y Y N Y N
    2 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y N
    3 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y N
    4 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y N
    mini 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    air 7.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y N
    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    Bluetooth + Aux Connectivity

    Built-in Bluetooth: The RetroSound Newport is equipped with built-in Bluetooth (HFP/A2DP/AVRCP) allowing you to make and receive phone calls wirelessly through the receiver; as well as stream music wirelessly from your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone to the head unit. Before using your Bluetooth enabled device, it must be paired to the Newport. You can only pair one device at a time with this unit. Once paired, when your Bluetooth device is in close proximity to the RetroSound receiver, the auto connection function automatically connects the two units. The Newport is compatible with most Bluetooth enabled mobile phones; including the Apple iPhone, Blackberry, and Android smartphones.

    • Hands-Free Communication: The Newport allows for wireless communication between the head unit and your Bluetooth enabled cell-phone (such as your iPhone or Android smartphone). You can answer an incoming call from the head unit's front-panel control knobs. Incoming phone call information will be displayed on the unit's front-panel LCD and your music will be paused or muted. You will still use your phone to dial a phone number and then the call will transfer to the RetroSound radio. Use the included external microphone to speak into during your phone conversation, while the other party will be heard through your vehicle's speakers.
    • Wireless Audio Streaming: The Newport also allows you to play back stored music and  music apps from your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or personal music player using a paired Bluetooth connection. Playback controls included Play/Pause & Next/Previous Track. This unit does not display song/artist information from Bluetooth audio devices.
    Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the RetroSound Newport.

    Dual Auxiliary Inputs: The universal shaft-style receiver features two 3.5mm auxiliary inputs; one Aux input is located on the front-panel and the other is attached to the rear chassis by a 7" pigtail. The Aux inputs provide a connection for portable external audio sources such as a MP3 player or CD player.

    Audio Section

    22W x 4Ch Amplifier: The Newport is equipped with a 22 watts x 4-channel RMS/45 watts x 4-channel Peak amplifier.

    6Ch/2.85V RCA Outputs: The universal shaft-style receiver features front, rear and subwoofer 2.85-volt RCA outputs. The front and rear speaker RCA outputs are balance and fade adjustable. The subwoofer RCA output is non-fading.

    Subwoofer Control: When the subwoofer RCA output is active, you can adjust the output level (0-12) of the sub output. You can also set the low-pass crossover to 80, 120, or 160Hz.

    Equalizer: The Newport features the following preset EQ curves (Classic, Pop, Rock, or Off) to customize your music listening. The Off mode activates a 3-Band EQ which lets you adjust Bass, Midrange, & Treble manually.

    3-Band EQ
    Frequency Level
    Bass 60, 80, 100, 200 Hz -7 to +7
    Midrange 0.5, 1.0, 1.5, 2.5 kHz  -7 to +7
    Treble 10.0, 12.5, 15.0, 17.5 kHz -7 to +7

    XBAS: This function boosts bass & treble at low listening volumes, and should be turned off at higher listening levels.

    Balance & Fader Control: The Balance adjustment function allows you to adjust or pan the stereo sound from the left or right; this is helpful to compensate for the position of the driver in relation to the speaker locations. Adjustment range is 0 to 12. The Fader Control allows you to fade the sound from the front pair of speaker to your rear pair of speakers. Adjustment range is 0 to 12.

    Turn-On Volume: You can set the Newport to power-on to the same volume level (0-46) every time, or let it default to the last volume when turned off.

    Key Beep: When this function is enabled, every knob turn or button press will output a beep tone.

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