RetroSound Retro Classic RC-900C

Digital media receiver for classic cars

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Retrosound makes kits with faceplates and knobs that match the interiors of a wide range of classic vehicles. Please enter your vehicle information to find the faceplate kit for your classic car. If your vehicle doesn't appear in our database, call us at 1-888-955-6000 so we can find the right kit for your dash.

This digital media receiver will not play CDs.

A modern receiver for your vintage car

Listing to old tunes while driving an old car is a pretty cool way to spend an afternoon, but the tinny sound of your factory radio can get really old, really fast. If you've always wanted a better stereo in your car, but held off because you didn't want to modify the interior, Retrosound's Retro Classic digital media receiver will bring the modern world to your vintage vehicle.

This ingenious radio fits a wide variety of vintage cars and trucks, thanks to RetroSound's patented "InfiniMount" adjustable shaft/bracket system. Now you can cruise in style and enjoy your music in a whole new way. 

Classic styling meets digital technology

 The Retro Classic looks like an old-fashioned radio, but the vintage push-button styling conceals a thoroughly modern receiver that's made to play your digital music. You can enjoy all your favorite AM/FM stations, of course, plus you can plug your iPod™, satellite radio tuner, or just about any source with a headphone jack into the auxiliary input on the rear of the receiver.

With a built-in amplifier and sound-shaping tools, you can fine-tune the Retro Classic to perform the way you want it to. And, if a receiver is just the first step in your car audio makeover, the Classic is equipped with a set of preamp outputs that make it easier to add an amp later on. 

Free vintage-look screen protectors included

Your RetroSound Classic includes three clear plastic screen protectors with old-school "radio dial" numbers. They'll add style to your receiver while still allowing you to see the digital numbers behind the graphics. They're easy to apply, they look great, and they'll help prevent scratches and everyday damage. You'll get three distinct designs that blend right in with your car's interior.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • digital media receiver designed for classic cars (no built-in CD player)
    • built-in amplifier (18 watts RMS/40 watts peak x 4 channels)
    • rear-mounted aux input for iPods, satellite receiver tuners, and other devices
    • InfiniMount shaft/bracket system fits a variety of vintage car dash openings
    • includes faceplate to match your classic car (wide variety of vehicle dash kits available)
    Features and expandability
    • AM/FM tuner with 18 FM/12 AM presets
    • 3 EQ presets plus user-controlled bass, treble, fader, and balance
    • outputs: 2-channel preamp outputs (rear)
    • separate power antenna and amplifier turn-on leads
    • selectable USA/EU/Japan/AUS/RUS tuner frequencies
    • warranty: 1 year
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

    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 900c radio

    Written By m. remington, crouse, nc on Tuesday, May 26, 2015

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    Just installed this radio and it sounds great. Ease of use is fantastic.

    Pros: Fit, apperance, sound, easy to use and set up.

    Cons: Haven't found any yet.

    Retrosound Classic

    Written By Lou V, Illinois on Thursday, May 14, 2015

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    I am very pleased with the sound quality and ability to tune weak stations. The associated knobs and bezel made it look similar to my original.

    Pros: Overall quality and a big heatsink in the back.

    Perfect upgrade for my '78 Chevy PU

    Written By Dan, California on Thursday, January 08, 2015

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    Decided to renovate the '78 Chevy PU I bought new in AZ. Found Polk Audio Dxi 690 6" x 9" speakers in "Scratch & Dent." (The S&D were all in the box.) Installed these in the door kick panels replacing old speakers I installed in the '80s. A wonderful deal.

    Decided on the RetroSound RC-900c after considerable research and some confusion due to Crutchfield's website indicating that this unit was NOT compatible with my vehicle. This is FALSE. With the correct bezel, it is a PERFECT fit. The little black plastic bezel kit (included in the price) looks great, and the matte black solid metal knobs have hi qual look & feel. The unit has more presets than LA has listenable radio stations, but I wanted the aux jack for iPod. Routed the iPod cable through the ashtray which has enough space to hold my old 120GB fatboy iPod in the closed position.

    I had some issues getting the RC-900c to work due to a resistor I overlooked in the "always" wire left over from the wiring harness of the Pioneer cassette deck unit I had installed in the '80s. Tech support was beautiful in helping me troubleshoot the problem. Justified buying from Crutchfield.

    With everything working now, I'm a pig in sonic manure. Unit drives the 6x9s loud and clear. I can't match the sound of a high-end 2014 factory unit, but - Hey! - it's a 37 year old truck. Get one!

    Pros: Fits PERFECT; Good power and clarity; Looks great; Fader, Balance, etc., easy to adjust; nice wiring harness provided; clear, easy to see display

    Cons: None for me

    Crutchfield response on Monday, January 12, 2015 Dan, after your conversation with our Tech Support department, they investigated further and have updated our database to show that the RC-900C will indeed fit that truck. So thanks for helping us out on that one! And please remember us when your friends ask how you got such incredible sound in that classic pickup (mine was a '77).

    It does fit

    Written By 82 Rabbit, North Carolina on Monday, December 15, 2014

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    works good and sounds good

    Pros: Every thing was as advertised. Has a lot of adjustment fot the controls.

    Sounds Good, Looks Good

    Written By Lizard Dog, Los Angeles, CA on Thursday, December 11, 2014

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    I knew I liked the look of this unit. It was the only stereo I could find that would look good in my surf-wagon'd 1971 International Harvester Travelall. Price was right too. But admittedly I had concerns about the sound quality. I don't know much about car-audio but from what I could see comparing specs it looked like it was a pretty low-watt unit. Thankfully I was pleasantly surprised. I connected one pair of 6x9s and was immediately impressed by the fidelity, and the loudness possible before distortion. I wouldn't hesitate to get another one of these.

    I will say-- installation is fiddly, the materials seem pretty cheap, and I don't love the display. But overall I'm happy with the unit and would recommend it.

    Pros: Looks. Price. Sound quality.

    Cons: Lightweight construction. Fiddly installation. Display is a little ugly and not visible through the "screen protectors".

    Retro Classic RC-900C

    Written By Susan L, Seymour, IN on Sunday, November 30, 2014

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    My son spent three hours adjusting and readjusting to get the radio, bezel, and knobs to fit perfectly in our 1966 Mustang, and now it does look beautiful. Unfortunately, he then didn't have time to connect the wiring for sound, so that will be a project for another day, thus no review for value, sound, or ease of use.

    Pros: Looks like a beautiful new "old" radio.

    Cons: Not really a con that it took so long to get the right fit. These radios are not designed to fit just one car and model specifically, and my son really wanted it to look perfect.

    Retro classic rc 900 c

    Written By Jerry M, Tennessee on Saturday, November 29, 2014

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    Great sound and great look! Perfect fit for my 66 mustang convertible. The service from Crutchfield was terrific. I will definitely use them again.

    Pros: Sound and look

    Cons: Sometimes it Is difficult to change formats.

    So far so good

    Written By Rick H, Akron, OH on Wednesday, September 10, 2014

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    I installed this in my '71 Corvette to replace an ill fitting aftermarket radio from the '80's. This radio looks great in the dash -- almost like the stock radio. Installation was fairly easy and the knob and bezel kit closely resembles the stock Corette radio.

    Pros: The looks. The price.

    Cons: I've only had it for 2 weeks, so I don't have anything negative to say.

    Retro in a '69 C-20

    Written By Rich, Southern VT on Thursday, July 10, 2014

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    Install was a breeze, You can actually install the unit and then the dials, separately, then plug it all together. Lots of functions on the two dials by combining turning and pushing the knobs. If you're over 50, read the directions! My 18 year old son can figure it out, but I was lost.... Sound is directly related to speaker quality - ask a Crutchfield rep for help. They will provide a good match. Spend the extra $20 for new speaker wires! Please Note: I replaced the battery in the truck recently. I thought I had pulled the fuse first, but turns out, I was wrong....Even though I had properly R&R'ed the batteries, when I started the truck, every digital pixel was lit, and I thought I had ruined the radio....after 5 minutes of driving, the radio reset by itself and came back to normal function. Whew! And thank you!

    Pros: Ease of install; variety of faceplates; the way it looks.

    Cons: Might take some time to learn the technology; radio may temporarily "freak out" at battery change.

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