RetroSound Retro Classic RC-900C

Digital media receiver for classic cars

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Free dash and knob kit with your order

You will need to select a dash and knob kit with this receiver to achieve a complete vintage look.

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 that 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.

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.

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
    • 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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    No Tuning Knobs!!!

    Written By OhWell, Mississippi on Monday, June 15, 2015

    Radio was the best...

    Pros: everything was good about it...

    Cons: only bad thing is it didn`t come with the Radio knobs...(wonder Why!!!)

    Crutchfield response on Monday, June 22, 2015 We're sorry that you didn't get the knobs and faceplate kit with your order. Because the radios in these classic cars had a wide variety of looks and styles, RetroSound packages the knobs separately, so you can buy the radio and then choose the knobs to match the car's original radio and dash style. We've made this note much more prominent on the RC-900C's web page so this doesn't happen to anyone else. And since the knobs are supposed to be free, we've refunded the amount you paid when you called to get them. Thank you for your business!

    72 Cutlass Radio

    Written By Jim, Vergas, MN on Monday, June 08, 2015

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    I like the look of the radio and the sound is great.

    Pros: The wiring diagram was fairly simple but I did have to compare the wire diagram from my old radio with this one to determine what some of the wires were for.

    Cons: It would have been nice to have connections for USB in addition to the i-pod cord. and the cords could have been a little longer to reach out from under the dash.

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    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.

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    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".

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    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.

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    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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    • Shaft-style AM/FM radio (black)
    • 2 Infinimount shafts with a 9" harness attached to each one
    • 2 Infinimount metal brackets
    • Power/Ground harness
    • Speaker harness
    • 2 Rubber boots (installed on infinite shafts)
    • 7.75" Metal backstrap
    • 2 Rectangular metal brackets
    • 2 Ring metal brackets
    • 10 Machine screws
    • Self-tapping screw
    • Rear support bolt (installed)
    • 10 Large flat-washers
    • 10 Medium flat-washers
    • 3 Small flat-washers
    • 3 Lock-washers
    • 10 Large nuts
    • 1 Small nut
    • Owner's Manual/Installation Guide

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    Shaft-Style Mounting System
    Display Features
    Audio Section
    AM/FM Radio
    AUX Input

    Shaft-Style Mounting System

    Infinimount Shaft/Bracket System: The Infinimount Shaft/Bracket System allows you to mount the Model: RC-900C2 radio in more classic cars. This is because the shaft-knobs are not mounted to the unit, but instead connect to the unit via a harness so you can space the radio's shaft knobs at various distances from the chassis of the radio (0.3125"-2.1875") using the supplied side-mount brackets. This insulated bracket and external shaft system also helps to reduce electrical noise inherent in older vehicles.

    Available Installation Kits: The unit can be mounted virtually anywhere due to its small 4.0625" wide x 5.75" deep x 2.0625" tall overall footprint. Advanced installers can even unscrew the Model: RC-900C2's faceplate and adjust its cant/angle to allow for even more customization. There are multiple vehicle specific faceplate & knob kits available (sold separately), as well as an universal faceplate that fits the Model: RC-900C2 which allows you to use the integrated break away tabs to modify all aspects of height & width of the plate, and even drill in your own shaft holes to fit virtually any car. This radio is a true problem solver for tough to fit applications due to its unique bracket system combined with small mounting size. Universal and Vehicle Specific Installation Dash and Knob kits are available.

    Note: The RetroSound Model: RC-900C2 does not come with a universal mounting bracket or shaft-knobs. A universal mounting kit or vehicle specific mounting kit will be needed for installation.

    Display Features

    LCD Display: The RetroSound Model: RC-900C2 features an LCD display with a digital read-out.

    Enhanced Viewing Angle: The unit's LCD display offers an ultra-wide, off-axis viewing angle and is daylight compatible.

    Display Information: The LCD display will display clock and  tuner information.

    Audio Section

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Model: RC-900C2 is equipped with a 25 watts x 4-channel RMS (50 watts x 4-channel Peak) MOSFET amplifier.

    Sound Adjustments: The RetroSound Model: RC-900C2 has many sound adjustments modes to help you tailor the radio to your audio preference. You can choose to adjust the following settings.

    • DSP: You can adjust the unit's DSP modes to Classic, Pop, Rock, or Off (Flat).
    • Bass: The Bass adjustment function allows you to boost or cut the low frequencies from -7 to +7.
    • Treble: The Treble adjustment function allows you to boost or cut the high frequencies from -7 to +7.
    • Balance: 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 10.
    • Fader: 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 10.
    • Loudness: This function boosts bass and treble at low listening volume (this feature should be turned off at higher volumes).

    Audible Confirmation: You can turn the units audible confirmation (beep tone) On or Off.

    AM/FM Radio

    AM/FM Tuner: The Model: RC-900C2 features a built-in AM/FM digital tuner with RDS.

    Preset Tuning: 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.

    Stereo/Mono: Selecting between these function can aid in listening to weak FM radio stations that keep switching between Stereo and Mono broadcasts.

    Local/DX: Selecting between these functions can aid in listening to weak FM radio stations or compensate for stations that have to strong of a signal.

    European Tuning: The RetroSound Model: RC-900C2 has the capability to receive FM broadcasts frequencies in other countries. This unit's tuner can be set to USA or European tuning.

    RDS: The RDS function of this radio is always active. If the FM station you are listening to is broadcasting RDS information, the radio station call letters, song info, artist info, and other messages will appear on the unit's LCD display.

    Note: Not all FM stations use RDS.

    PTY Function: RDS has a function called PTY (Program Type): this coding of up to 31 pre-defined program types allow you to find similar programming by genre. When the tuner searches for this desired programming type, the tuner will study all strong FM stations to see what programming type they are broadcasting. If the programming type is found, the radio will select it.

    AUX Input

    Aux Inputs: The RetroSound Model: RC-900C2 features a front-panel 3.5mm auxiliary input for connecting portable external audio sources such as a MP3 player and/or portable CD player. The unit's auxiliary input supports any portable unit with an analog stereo 3.5mm headphone jack output or stereo RCA output.

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