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RetroSound Model Two

Digital media receiver for classic cars (does not play CDs) (Black/Chrome)

58 Reviews | 7 questions - 25 answers

Overview

Our take on the RetroSound Model Two

RetroSound's Model Two digital media receiver brings the modern world to your vintage vehicle. Now you can cruise in style and still enjoy iPod® control, Bluetooth® hands-free phone calls, and other amenities. RetroSound designed the Model Two receiver to mount in almost any classic car, using an ingenious adjustable shaft system that adapts to any dash opening. And the Model Two is available in black, chrome, ivory, black/chrome, or chrome/black, so you'll have a perfect match for your classic car's interior. (Note: this receiver does not play CDs.)

Old school looks, new technology

RetroSound's Model Two digital media receiver brings the modern world to your vintage vehicle. Now you can cruise in style and still enjoy iPod® control, Bluetooth® hands-free phone calls, and other amenities. RetroSound designed the Model Two receiver to mount in almost any classic car, using an ingenious adjustable shaft system that adapts to any dash opening. And the Model Two is available in black, chrome, ivory, black/chrome, or chrome/black, so you'll have a perfect match for your classic car's interior. (Note: this receiver does not play CDs.)

Hands-free calling and digital sound

The Model Two looks like an old-fashioned radio, but it offers all the modern conveniences. You can talk hands-free or stream audio programming to the receiver with your smartphone, and you can connect your iPod or USB thumb drive to the two rear USB ports. You'll find two auxiliary inputs on the rear of the receiver for other sources, like a satellite radio tuner. The Model Two also offers excellent AM/FM reception, and will display song titles from any radio station that's broadcasting text information.

Installation options

This RetroSound receiver features three sets of preamp outputs that make it easier to add amps and subs to your vehicle. You can adjust your bass from the driver's seat using the subwoofer level controls and variable low-pass crossover. Here's another cool feature that Henry Ford never could have imagined — you can choose from 32,000 backlight colors so the adjustable-angle LCD display will look just right in your dash.

Free vintage-look screen protectors included

Your RetroSound Model Two 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.

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

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.

Lots is settings. Still trying to get it set up. Sound is pretty good and bass can be overwhelming which is good...too many radios don't have enough. This one delivers fair power and quality without IMG_6356.JPG need for subs and amps even though it can hook up to both.

X, Tulsa, OK

What's in the Box:

  • Shaft-style radio
  • 2 Infinimount shafts with a 9" harness attached to each one
  • 2 Infinimount metal brackets
  • Main harness
  • Power/Ground harness
  • Speaker harness
  • Microphone w/ integrated bracket (attached 8'cable terminated by 3.5mm connector)
  • 2 Rubber shaft boots
  • 10 Machine screws
  • Self-tapping screw
  • 10 Large metal flat-washers
  • 12 Medium metal flat-washers
  • 3 Small metal flat-washers
  • 4 Large plastic flat-washers
  • 6 Small plastic flat-washers
  • 3 Lock-washers
  • 2 Thick spacers
  • 2 Thin spacers
  • 2 Plastic cups
  • 12 Large nuts
  • 1 Small nut
  • Metal backstrap
  • 3 Vintage-style screen protectors
  • Installation/Owner's Manual
  • "Important" note

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • digital media receiver with black and chrome control face designed for classic cars (no built-in CD player)
    • built-in amplifier (25 watts RMS/45 peak x 4 channels)
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • plays MP3 and WMA music files from external sources (no internal CD player)
    • InfiniMount shaft/bracket system fits most car dash openings
    • adjustable-angle LCD display with 32,000 backlight color choices
    Audio features:
    • AM/FM tuner with 18 FM/12 AM presets
    • 4 EQ presets plus user-controlled bass/treble adjustment
    • subwoofer crossover and level controls
    Expandability:
    • iPod/iPhone direct control and charging via USB input
    • inputs: dual rear auxiliary and USB inputs
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (2.85-volt front, rear, and subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:
    Reviews

    RetroSound Model Two Reviews

    Average Customer Review:

    58 Reviews

    Good

    Written by: X from Tulsa, OK on April 25, 2016

    1978 Pontiac Firebird

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
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    Lots is settings. Still trying to get it set up. Sound is pretty good and bass can be overwhelming which is good...too many radios don't have enough. This one delivers fair power and quality without IMG_6356.JPG need for subs and amps even though it can hook up to both.

    Pros: Bluetooth Lots of bass Detects my phone and starts playing my music Aux input. Fits 78 trans am without hacking away at the dashboard.

    Cons: Readout screen is a bit plain. Was a bit expensive but it will fit older cars.

    1979 Chevy G-20 Van

    Written by: Gaddy from Lexington,S.C. on March 11, 2016

    1979 Chevrolet G Series
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
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    Keep in mind kids , if it says that it will not fit your vehicle RetroSound doesn't bother sending you any knobs for your radio, then they will charge you extra for the knobs

    Pros: Radio is super cool

    Cons: No knobs

    RetroSound Model Two

    Written by: Malcolm W from corpus christi, TX on March 1, 2016

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    • Ease of Use
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    Sounds good and doesn't look out of place.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Retrosound Model 2

    Written by: Scott from Massachusetts on October 10, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    While this unit takes some time to get the knob spacing correct (not so easy working the back of the dash of a 66 mustang), once that small bridge is crossed the unit is awesome. Fits the dash opening very closely, and the knobs match the period styling. Subwoofer controls built in, Bluetooth connects easily and has great sound quality for music from my Android phone. All the wiring in the harnesses are labelled for easy installation. This is a replacement for an older Model 2 which stopped working after some electrical issues I had in the car. Im actually glad that I needed the upgrade!

    Pros: Style, sound, all necessary parts included in the kit. Price was comparable to other brands, and unit fits the dash without modifications

    Cons: A bit time consuming getting knob spacing correct, but worth it in the end

    RetroSound Model Two

    Written by: Retrosound Model Two from California on October 1, 2015

    1968 Pontiac Firebird
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    A bit of assembly is required and a lot of trial and error is also necessary. It was helpful to use the faceplate (purchased separately) to align everything. My unit did not come with knob and I could not have installed it without the faceplate kit. The installation instructions are a little vague but there isn't much to it. The unit looks good installed in the car. The controls are not very intuitive but the they are laid out reasonably well in the manual. My biggest complaint is that the reception of FM stations is not very good and I cannot pick up any AM stations. I am not sure if it is the antenna (although I am using the same antenna on another car without issue) or the head unit. The sound quality is fine (when the reception is good) with the polk 6x9 3 way speakers I installed. For comparison, I installed a Custom Auto Sound 230 in another car. I can't compare sound quality because the 230 is connected to a set of small dash speakers. Installation of the 230 was easier as it came from the factory configured to fit my application. The controls are a little more intuitive. The 230 doesn't have all of the features of the Model Two.

    Pros: Modular construction, can be configured to fit almost any dash. No cutting of dash required. Looks good once installation is complete. Decent sound quality.

    Cons: Modular construction makes installation more time consuming. Radio reception is not good (so far in my application). Cost. Requires additional purchase of Faceplate Kit.

    Works well

    Written by: Tom from California on June 8, 2015

    1966 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
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    Stereo works well. Install took a while. Some trial & error to get the right fitment. Infinamount system has every thing you need to fit almost car. You just need to have some common sense to figure things out at times as instructions are kind of vague. Build quality is much than I expected. Radio reception not as good as compared to modern factory radios. I do have my antenna shaved so I'm not sure if is the radios fault. FM sensitivity is 12.5. A good alpine system is 9.5. Blue tooth works well. Streams music great. Phone works well. My older iPod would not load through usb but when I connect my iPhone via sub it worked fine. Looks very nice in my 66 mustang & the free knob set supplied is a perfect match to other knobs in car. Overall I am very happy so far. I have it connected to an amp so I don't know how sound quality would be without.

    Pros: Good looks. Good Bluetooth. Good sound. Good iPhone connectivity

    Cons: Poor instructions.

    Retrosound Model Two

    Written by: BruceB from Syracuse, NY on May 27, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    I spent the afternoon installing the radio in my 1972 El Camino. Patience definitely paid off. I had the radio in and out of the dash many times because I wanted it to be 'just right'. Once I got it mounted perfectly, I tightened everything down and fired it up. I am very pleased with the sound and the ease of use of the controls. I added rear speakers and will be installing my subwoofer soon to round out the sound. I put a usb drive with several hundred songs into one of the USB ports and it read and played them perfectly.

    Pros: Looks great! It has all of the features I would expect in a modern radio. The Bluetooth hands free calling works fine. I also connected my iPad to one of the USB ports and streamed Sirius radio flawlessly.

    Cons: Install instructions could be a little clearer.

    Awesome radio

    Written by: Phillip from CALIFORNIA on May 27, 2015

    1967 Volkswagen Beetle
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    This has got to be the best radio unbelievable sound channels come in the blue tooth I use it in my 1963 VW Bug and I can use my guidance on my iPhone it is absolutely awesome

    Pros: Easy to use great sound

    Cons: I didn't buy it sooner there are no cins

    Excellent product

    Written by: Brandon from Illinois on May 22, 2015

    1984 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    Radio fit the vehicle perfectly and works great. Shafts are about 1/8" short for my vehicle however. Had to modify the factory faceplate in order to get the rear knobs to work.

    Pros: Great fit and features

    Cons: shafts could be about 1/8" longer

    Save your money

    Written by: WayneM from Nebraska on May 16, 2015

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    This unit has had random problems from the start. At any moment all controls will become inoperative until you cycle (off/on) the power. The telephone pairing barely worked from the start and after 3 months callers can no longer hear me (microphone is connected however) necessitating turning the system off so you can talk to your caller. The random play feature for music on a USB device works, but it uses a really lousy algorithm, thus one particular song (it's choice) will be replayed on average about every 4-5 songs, although at times it will offer that song several times in a row if you purposefully select the goto-next-track knob. At other times it will simply forget that it is/was in random play mode and starts sequentially playing songs from the USB. The user controls are less than intuitive and at times you will be hunting for the control you wanted to adjust. Generally a problem product that you should avoid if you can.

    Pros: Fits you existing (pre-1980's) dash

    Cons: counter-intuitive controls, random behavior, non-responsive controls

    Great product

    Written by: jd from Montana on May 12, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    Had it professionally installed so can't speak to that but it works, looks and sounds great!

    Pros: Authentic looks, modern features.

    Cons:

    Brings my mid century ride to a new modern era

    Written by: B from Cape May, NJ on May 9, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    • Ease of Use
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    • Value

    Ordering was easy and actually cheaper than ordering direct from manufacturer. I used the 55 Chevy face plate and knobs on my 1955 Olds S88. It wasn't a perfect fit but it still looks great and keeps a classic look. Installation was fairly simple. I suggest a mock up with your dashboard plates, adjust the number and location of washers and spacers as needed, tighten what screws you can, find the right places to mount your microphone and run your USB wire for phone or other music playing device, set up what you need for the mount bar...and then worry about putting the radio in your dash. I clipped my microphone under my drivers side ash tray with no issue and my iPhone USB through my glove box. The wiring is standard coding and has a spot for just about any auxiliary device or speaker configuration you would need to customize your sound output. You will need splices to attach wires but everything else you need is provided. I only have two front speakers, two rear speakers and an external amplifier with subwoofers and I noticed the sound quality seemed a bit cleaner than my previous stereo with the same set up. I am really happy with the sound quality and ease of use and adjustment. I was able to change the lighting color scheme to match my interior in addition to the standard sound features. Hands free phone use is simple and clear. Changing channels and adjusting sound is simple while driving but learning which knob does what will take practice

    Pros: Cool factor, sound quality, features

    Cons: Plastic face plate, maybe too many features for some

    retrosound radio 2

    Written by: Anonymous from dallas tx on April 22, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
    • Sound Quality
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    Things is a great radio with great sound.

    Pros: Looks great, easy to install. Sounds great.

    Cons: I can't afford two of them.

    Model Two

    Written by: Gary C from Ohio on April 22, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I'm very impressed with this Retrosound Model Two. It looks great and the compact size makes installation a breeze. It's much smaller than factory radio. Being able to enjoy all of the Model Two options and still maintain the stock appearance is awesome. Customer service was also outstanding.

    Pros: Great fit and finish, outstanding performance.

    Cons: None

    Sounds Great

    Written by: Allan from Florida on April 19, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    Great product but a bit complex in the install. I know a universal product is always a bit more work than a fit to order, but the instructions and labeling for them need to be better because of it. For instance. The control unit can be installed either bottom up or bottom down to allow for better fitment of wiring, once this is done the control modules on either side will have to be plugged into the opposite control ports if you still want left and right controls to be as described in the manual. The cables are plenty long enough but the directions don't warn you of this, nor is there a top, bottom, left or right noted on the case to guide you. Once past the install, the fit and finish is quite nice. The reception is great and the sound fantastic. Bluetooth pairing is a snap and the phone voice quality is great. I would buy this again for my next project in a second without worry.

    Pros: Looks Great. Lots of install options, Great Reception, Great bluetooth function.

    Cons: A bit complex to install with shoddy install instructions.

    1977 F-250

    Written by: Brody from Washington on April 15, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    • Ease of Use
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    Looks great and fits good without alteration. The sound quality is lacking with 6 1/2 Infinity Primus speakers; great highs and mids but no base. I expected a little more with the price tag.

    Pros: Looks

    Cons: Sound quality and price.

    Modern on the inside - classic on the outside

    Written by: d_noji from Oakland, California on April 9, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    • Ease of Use
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    Looks great and with some effort, got the unit to fit nicely. I put it in a Datsun 2000 that has a vertical slot. All modern 1 DIN units don't fit into this area w/o lots of cutting or putting in glove compartment. No need for cutting and unit fits perfectly into old spot. Controls work from iPhone 6 via blue tooth and USB connections. The controls for function are pretty straight forward. I haven't tried microphone for phone - but in an open roadster I don't talk on the phone.

    Pros: Fit with some fuss, but no need for cutting into cars center console.

    Cons: No CD- But I haven't played one in 14 years.

    great little radio

    Written by: Anonymous from Colleyville, TX on March 24, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    The instructions and operation were a little difficult but over all good product

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    Very nice product

    Written by: Anonymous from Central VA on March 23, 2015

    1972 Chevrolet Chevelle
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This unit is a little difficult to install because it is made to fit a variety of vehicles. It does take a while to get everything adjusted correctly but one everything is "tuned", it fits nicely. I really enjoy having a factory look with all of the modern options.

    Pros: keeps stock look to my 70's car, great functionality

    Cons: difficult to install.

    RetroSound Model Two

    Written by: Dean H from Meridian, ID on March 18, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    I bought this radio to keep the vintage look with modern features. Adding aftermarket air conditioning limited the available space behind the stock opening in the dash to about 3 inches of depth. The optional extension cable allows the radio face and controls to mount in the stock location, while the main unit can be mounted elsewhere. I am still under construction (mocking every thing up), and haven't got my truck wired yet, so can't comment on the ease of use, or sound until later. So far, I'm pleased with the fit and look of the radio.

    Pros: Fits my stock location perfectly, even with aftermarket air conditioning crowding the space behind the dash, and looks good too.

    Cons: When you use the optional extension cord to mount the face and controls separate from the main unit, you will still need to get 2 flat wire phone handset cords and couplers to connect the control knobs to the main unit. They are hard to find since now days, most are coiled cords. I believe they should have been included with the extension cord. I would gladly pay more for the extension, if they were.

    RetroSound Model Two

    Written by: Mike from Oregon on March 4, 2015

    1984 Jeep CJ7
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    • Ease of Use
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    Does everything it's supposed to do.

    Pros: Capabilities handling aux inputs.

    Cons: Cost

    Retrosound Model Two

    Written by: Jim from North Carolina on March 2, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    This is the third Retrosound radio I have purchased. They fit very well with no modifications to the openings in my '55 Chev pick-up, '70 Chevelle Convertible & '56 Chev truck. This particular one is in my '56 Truck.

    Pros: Fits with ease - excellent sound & has ports for my iPod & XM radio.

    Cons:

    well worth the money

    Written by: RB from N.Mi on January 15, 2015

    1965 Pontiac GTO
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
    • Build Quality
    • Ease of Use
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    Very happy with the model 2, worth paying extra for, would recommend for anyone

    Pros: Great sound and all the built in extras that come with it, everything needed for install is in the box

    Cons: Takes a while to install and learn how to use it but results are well worth the extra time needed

    Great look in 67-72 Buicks

    Written by: Brett P from Georgia on November 25, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    Perfect fit and look in my 67 skylark, with 70-72 Buick trim kit. Sound quality could be better at high volume. I'm sure an amp will greatly help with that.

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    Just what I was looking for

    Written by: Richman from Buffalo, NY on November 21, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    This unit had everything I needed, and skipped the CD/tape (old media) I didn't need ...just installed into a fresh project on a classic car, will have to work out noise issues if they arise, but that can be expected. Works well with BT audio and Amplified speakers ...good to hide USB and 3.5mm jacks in glovebox for future connections on long trips

    Pros: Great for Classic Car

    Cons: Sensitive to engine noise, but with filters can be addressed (would happen with any unit)

    Very, very good but not perfect

    Written by: roger1 from Texas on November 18, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    Please read my full review (with photos) here: <a href="http://www.trifive.com/forums/showthread.php?p=1454155#post1454155">Full Review</a>

    Pros: 1. The sound and tone control is excellent.

    Cons: 1. Filler panel that makes the radio fit the dash hole is chromed plastic. It scratches easily so you've got to be careful with it. Should be chromed metal. 2. When power is disconnected from the unit, the radio loses all it's settings including the radio presets. I have a cutoff switch on my battery and that is going to be an annoyance. 3. Can't turn power switch off to cut bluetooth connection. 4. Directory display when playing mp3's off of USB drive is poor. 5. Gets hot if not using amp

    Retrosound Model 2

    Written by: BT & JT from Tampa Bay area, FL on October 21, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    Fit our 1967 Ford F250 (one year radio/dash design). Without truck modifications! (Even though it's not "recomended)". We just used the flat, universal faceplate. Easy to install and hook-up.

    Pros: Fit the truck and had the extras we were looking for. Does not look like a new radio in an old truck.

    Cons: Knobs did not fit. Poor quality. One set did not fit over the control shafts. Have not contacted company yet but we're sure they will fix the problem. A lot of different button movements to memorize but with all the options we're sure any radio built to look "old" would have the same problem.

    Retro Sound Model 2

    Written by: 71SS-496 from Bryan, OH on October 1, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    I was very happy with the ease of instillation in my 1971 Chevelle SS. The way I did it was to measure the spacing on my old radio and cut the brackets and attach the posts to match. It fit in very nice. I had to trim the corners of the face plate and radius the corners but it was no big effort with a pedestal disc sander. The ease of matching to my iphone 5c was a joy. The auto programming for the radio is great. The only problem I had was the knobs are for a 1970 radio. I had to ask for knobs that were a closer match, and Crutchfield sent them to me. So far I am astisfied.

    Pros: Easy install.

    Cons: Wrong knobs.

    Retrosound 2

    Written by: TerryB from Fort Worth, TX on September 9, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    Love the product overall. It looks like the original system for my '79 El Camino. The only issue I have is that it is not easy to get set up and use. But once operational, it has worked extremely well.

    Pros: Looks and sounds great. Has multiple features that make the "original look" system up-to-date.

    Cons: It is difficult to get set up. Haven't had it installed very long, I hope as I get use to it, it will become easier.

    Great Product

    Written by: TD from Elmore, AL on June 29, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    Excellent addition to my classic car. It was easy to install and works great. The bluetooth capability is something I cant libe without and thanks to the model II I dont have to miss it in my cruiser.

    Pros: Ease of use, sound quality.

    Cons: Cost kind of

    retro sound model 2

    Written by: BobW from Oklahoma city, OK on June 8, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    • "Coolness Factor"
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    This unit was very easy to install and was far superior to my previous after market vintage sound that mounted in my camaro. the blue tooth sound feature was a pleasant surprise and negated the need for a ipod attachment cord.

    Pros: great sound, multiple inputs, bluetooth phone and music.

    Cons: radio tuner still woefully deficient, needs a siriusXM module

    Retro sound model two

    Written by: Markb from Duluth mn on May 26, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    Would have ordered something different. Margin vintage look. Old knobs don't fit so supplied one stand out.

    Pros: Million possible options for installing

    Cons: Million possible options for installing

    RetroSound Model Two

    Written by: Marshall from Los Angeles, California on April 7, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    Works well with my application. The bluetooth is awesome and works well with my android.

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    Retro Two

    Written by: Jack of All Trades from Hickory, NC on March 2, 2014

    1978 Volkswagen BUS
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    • "Coolness Factor"
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    Fits in my 78 Westfalia very nicely, is a nice accent to my dash, wiring was very easy to work with, the connectors are easy to line up, really have no complaints, got everything I paid for.

    Pros: Great look

    Cons: didn't come with a Gov't install program so I had to do it myself

    Model two radio

    Written by: Randy herring from Weat palm beach Florida on January 21, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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    Lot of steps to work radio.

    Pros: Looks good in car

    Cons: Not ease of use.

    RetroSound Model Two

    Written by: Anonymous from Belle Rose, LA on January 15, 2014

    1966 Chevrolet Pickup
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    Fits very well In a 66 Chevy truck

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    RetroSound Model Two

    Written by: Grand it from Lancaster, NY on December 31, 2013

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    Like the ease of installation, lite weight unit packs a powerful punch! Looks like the real deal in my 69 Ford Fairlane street muscle car!

    Pros: Easy to install! Compact size,works like a big unit!

    Cons: Wiring instructions very lite! Don't really explain the speaker wiring good enough!

    really nice fit and sound

    Written by: JeffF from huntington wv on December 15, 2013

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    good sound without an amp

    Pros: great directions and wiring harness

    Cons: none

    Terrific

    Written by: Carlo from MA on December 14, 2013

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    It seems the possibilities are limitless. While as others have said these take some patience to install, the effort is worth it. If you have a classic and want a period look with a capable receiver this is it. I installed this in my 76 Triumph TR6 and it looks original. I used the kit for Fiats, as you're given a black faceplate with chrome edge.

    Pros: unlimited installation possibilities, great features, classic look GREAT customer service. I received a bad faceplate and these folks took immediate action. Great company.

    Cons: while easy to put together. It will take you some time to get everything just right for your car. If you have an existing radio in there you could put them side by side to set up the new one and save yourself a few trips in and out of the dash. I DON'T even really consider this a CON.

    RetroSound Model Two

    Written by: Jimmy L from Cocoa FL on November 26, 2013

    1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
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    This radio shipped directly from Retrosund. First, Retrosound uses UPS, who takes ten days to ship from Vegas to FL. Then, the thing didn't work and I had to return it to Retro (two days and twelve dollars). Retro claims they fixed it, and put back on UPS, who now takes another ten days to reship. So now, a month after ordering the Model 2, and I still don't have it, and thus am unable to write a review, much less listen to the thing.

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    Retrosound Model Two

    Written by: bookmama from Enterprise, Al on November 8, 2013

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    Wanted a radio for a restored 1985 Chevy truck and did not want to cut the dash to install a new one. The Retrosound Model Two radio fit like a glove in the dashboard without any modifications. Looks good and sounds great!

    Pros: Looks good, sounds great, and easy to install.

    Cons: None

    Retrosound radio

    Written by: Anonymous from Glendale, AZ on October 25, 2013

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    If you have a classic Auto and want to upgrade your radio to a more modern technology...this is the answer

    Pros: easy installation

    Cons: need to be very familiar with the Manual....i.e the knobs and their significance of controlling the Unit

    Retrosound model 2

    Written by: Matt from Jacksonville, al on October 5, 2013

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    Good radio, lots of features. Glad I spent the extra money and got the model two. I would definitely buy it again.

    Pros: Great Features, easy install & setup

    Cons: Can be difficult to navigate menus

    Really Great Product

    Written by: Jereme from Portland, OR on October 2, 2013

    1969 Chevrolet Camaro
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    Because this unit is infinitely adjustable it take a little time to get it set up just right. Setting the center to center of the posts is pretty quick, but it was an iterative to get the depth just right. The instructions were a little unclear on the use of the various bushings and washers... Once installed it sounds great the interface with my ipod is intuitive and FM reception better than expected with an aftermarket hidden antenna.

    Pros: adjustability to adapt to various applications.

    Cons: Installation instructions weren't great.

    I had my doubts...

    Written by: Rich from North East, MD on September 24, 2013

    1975 Volkswagen Beetle
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    I had my doubts about buying this, but my original 75 Beetle Blaupunkt Radio couldn't provide me what I wanted, even though I had an auxillary connection wired into the back so I could plug in my cell phone. I listen to a lot of talk radio and only digital tuning could really lock it in for me. This Model Two is amazing. Now I have 2 aux, 2 usb, and Bluetooth. - It kinda looks in the pictures like it's made of cheap materials, but now having one I see how wrong I was. It's very tough, and with a lot of patience and carefulness I used the ample setup kit to have it installed in the dash perfectly, and solid. I spent about 2 hours to get it exactly right. The electrical connections were clear and easy. I'm especially a stickler when it comes to the wiring. I solder and shrink tube everything. - I give this Retrosound my highest recommendation.

    Pros: Good quality materials, clear and logical controls, maintains old-style look, plenty of ways to connect, and can customize the screen color.

    Cons: None so far.

    Retrosound Model 2

    Written by: Anonymous from Louisville, KY on September 13, 2013

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    The Retrosound Model 2 stereo exceeded my expectations for sound quality. There is plenty of clean power even when the windows are down.

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    Retrosound Model Two

    Written by: Bob from San Diego, CA on August 29, 2013

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    Excellent radio for my application, 1956 Studebaker. Easy installation with good instructions. Excellent operating instructions also. It may take a little while to memorize all the functions of the radio, but it works well and sounds good. I just ordered a powered subwoofer for it.

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    RETROSOUND MODEL II

    Written by: DENNIS from CANTON, GA on August 25, 2013

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    IT LOOKS GREAT IN MY 1969 JAGUAR XKE

    Pros: EASY INSTALATION

    Cons: NONE SO FAR

    Love this head unit!

    Written by: zellway from Casa Grande AZ on July 26, 2013

    1967 Chevrolet C Series
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    I installed this in my 1969 Suburban and its great. I have not added any amps to it yet but the unit runs my 6x9's and 5 1/4" just fine. I have used the USB and bluetooth. The screen changes colors all the time and have not looked into stoping this yet. I have pic's of the install http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/showthread.php?t=530626&page=3

    Pros: Clean great looking unit for a "kinda stock" look.

    Cons: Can be a bit tricky to install with all the adjustment. I found taking the face plate out to the truck and testfitting it and marking the shaft points helped.

    Great fit in my 65 bug!

    Written by: Los from Orlando,Fl on July 19, 2013

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    Looks very nice with the Sapphire trim. I had to build a custom shelf for support as the included strap does not cut it. The wiring is straight forward. On the 65 bug, the constant 12 volt wire goes on the left fuse connection and the switched red 12v goes on the extreme right fuse connection. No problem running the microphone wire for the phone down the left windshield pillar. Works good with my iphone 5.

    Pros: Looks good. No dash modifications. Easy to operate.

    Cons: MADE IN CHINA.

    Retrosound II

    Written by: Mark from Arizona on July 6, 2013

    1969 Chevrolet Camaro
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    Excellent product for those who don't want to cut up their stock dash to fit a newer display head unit. All the functionality of the newer style head unit is there with blue tooth, IPod/IPad connectivity, etc. The ability to customize the color display to your other gauges, etc. is a nice feature as well. I paired mine with a JVC 1,000 watt amp, JBL 10" sub and Infinity 5 1/4 and 6X9 set-up and it sounds great. The integrated EQ with separate sub-woofer control makes it very convenient to tune the system to your liking. Would buy this unit again.

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    Great Product

    Written by: DaveR from Belleville, Il on June 16, 2013

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    Great fit for my 76 Triumph TR6. Sounds great. Lots of features

    Pros: Features. Flexible installation

    Cons: None yet

    RetroSound Model Two

    Written by: Jim A from New Lenox IL. on May 30, 2013

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    This radio fit in to a 1984 Excalibur with out a bit of problem. difficult radio to replace because of dash size. original face plate fit OK. knobs protrude a bit. Easy wiring from old radio even with electric antenna. Radio pumps in to a factory 120 watt amp with 6 speakers,so I can keep up with the younger guys a car shows. (and blow there doors off) a lot of extra things that I have not figured out what thay are for. Blue tooth ?

    Pros: All good, a bit pricy, a base model would have been fine. with out all the bells.

    Cons: I bought the car at 50 yrs. new, 30 years latter I'm to old to be up side down replacing radios, but I love it,

    Nice features but expensive

    Written by: Kevin from NH on May 26, 2013

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    Looks to be a decent unit, but I feel it was a bit overpriced even with the discount that Crutchfield gives over list price. The unit was pretty easy to install and included everything needed to get it done. Was easy to synch my iPhone with and play tunes over BlueTooth and worked well on a phone call that came in while I was still finishing some of the installation. The screen seems like it will give off a fair amount of glare/reflection that may make it a bit tough to see the screen at times (to be fair though I haven't had it out on the road yet). The knobs seem a bit sensitive and may create some challenges when changing inputs etc. while driving by skipping over what you are trying to get to. All in all seems like a decent unit.

    Pros: Looks good Lots of features Bluetooth

    Cons: Possibly some glare issues Expensive

    RetroSound Model Two

    Written by: Anonymous from Cleveland ohio on May 1, 2013

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    Works good not a good fit in dash and knobs are a little big

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    Great Radio for the price!

    Written by: Carl from Baltimore, MD on April 15, 2013

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    The new Retrosound model 2 radio is Great. It's small and light and looks good in my 1969 cutlass 442 dash. I bought this radio for all the features it has, like the buttons on the radio that make it old. The knobs look like the older knobs. It tunes in the radio stations really good.Then you have all the preset stations that you can tune in. With the Polk speakers i bought from Crutchfield, this radio sounds great. When I can't find anything on the radio I have the I Pod I can plug in. I can listen to what ever I want to listen to, Rock, County, Oldies, or anything on my I Pod by a click of button. That's Great. Then you have the Bluetooth. With a push of a button you can answer your phone hands free. You don't have to fight to get to your phone. All I can say is that it's a Great radio for the price.

    Pros: Bluetooth, I Pod, flash drive, back light color and light weight

    Cons: Knobs take time to get used to

    Model 2 in my vw

    Written by: Ulrich66 from Kenosha,WI on April 12, 2013

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    I've purchased a couple of Retrosound radios over the past few years for my 67 VW Bug and my 66 Mustang-- and was happy with them. They had a few bugs, but they were light years ahead of anything else out there that would fit my cars. Crutchfield has always given me great service. I got the Model 2 IVO last month for my VW bug, and was blown away as to how it looks in my dash. The Model 2 I got was the one with ivory push buttons and ivory knobs, at first glance in looking at the interior of my car you'd never know it was a modern featured radio. This thing performs great and looks great doing it. I bring my iPad to car shows and it's got a ton of music on it, I can stream music from my iPad through this radio and it sounds amazing. I am using the Retrosound kick panels and their 6.5" DVC dash speaker and have a sound ordinance 8" sub under my passenger seat, it's a great combo and love the sound quality. This will make my Friday night cruises so nice down Sheridan road, and my visits with the family through the 50's style drive thrus we have here so nice--- my bowling buddies are quite envious, you should have seen their face when I changed the music tracks streaming from my Pandora account from the phone--- they wanted one for their classic cars too! --- Thanks Crutchfield for great service and to Retrosound for making such a full featured radio, you were close before, but now you've got it right--- Awesome! --- Safe Cruising--- John

    Pros: -- Bluetooth (both hands free, and audio streaming) --- multi color backlighting (matches my red dakota digital guages perfectly --- iPod/iPhone control via the radio--- this rocks --- charges my iPhone, in an almost 50 year old car--- ! --- sub output w/ volume control-- connected the Model Two's sub out to my powered Sound Ordinance subwoofer-- what a great feature! --- appearance--- nothing made today looks this good --- they have the vw look down pat, you won't believe the look!

    Cons: -- Need patience to install--- these take some work to put in, but when it's done you'll be happy -- You'll get sick of people asking you about it, so bone up on all the features --- the manual is 40 pages!

    Has promise, but doesn't work for me.

    Written by: keen from geneva, fl on March 21, 2013

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    Not a lot of review or commentary out there, and barely any details on how the ipod/iphone support works. For me, I need to be able to access ratings, playlists, etc - basically be able to control the ipod -from- the ipod, but also be able track skip and autostart/autostop using the head unit. Alas - the retrosound model two can ONLY operate the ipod/iphone in accessory mode, which prevents any control using the i device. On the plus side: trim kits look nice and flexible, with plenty of options (be warned - crutchfield did not actually include the trim kit with my order to RS, so RS didn't ship one. so I've only seen pictures). Feature set (6 channel out, build in crossovers, etc) looked extremely nice and just what I wanted.... the bluetooth support would have been an interesting plus. But my primary need is for proper ipod control, and this fails at that. :(

    Pros: nice feature set, flexible knob layout, build in crossover and sub out...

    Cons: useless ipod control.

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    • Shaft-style radio
    • 2 Infinimount shafts with a 9" harness attached to each one
    • 2 Infinimount metal brackets
    • Main harness
    • Power/Ground harness
    • Speaker harness
    • Microphone w/ integrated bracket (attached 8'cable terminated by 3.5mm connector)
    • 2 Rubber shaft boots
    • 10 Machine screws
    • Self-tapping screw
    • 10 Large metal flat-washers
    • 12 Medium metal flat-washers
    • 3 Small metal flat-washers
    • 4 Large plastic flat-washers
    • 6 Small plastic flat-washers
    • 3 Lock-washers
    • 2 Thick spacers
    • 2 Thin spacers
    • 2 Plastic cups
    • 12 Large nuts
    • 1 Small nut
    • Metal backstrap
    • 3 Vintage-style screen protectors
    • Installation/Owner's Manual
    • "Important" 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
    Key Button Color N/A
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote No
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible No
    Parts Warranty 2 Years
    Labor Warranty 2 Years
    Expandability
    AUX Input Rear
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Rear
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic
    Nano 7/6/5/4/3
    Touch 6/5/4/3/2
    iPhone 6S+/6S/6+/6/5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS/3
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 12.5 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes

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    Shaft-Style Radio
    Variety of Sources
    Audio Section

    Shaft-Style Radio

    Infinimount Shaft/Bracket System: The Infinimount Shaft/Bracket System allows you to mount the Model 2 radio in a variety of 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 (0.3125"-2.1875") from the chassis of the radio, using the supplied side-mount brackets. You can move these brackets forward or backward and move them in any direction. You can even cut, trim, or bend the brackets if needed. This shaft-style radio is a true problem solver for tough to fit applications due to its unique bracket system combined with small mounting size.

    Available Installation Kits: There are multiple vehicle specific faceplate & knob kits available (sold separately), as well as an universal faceplate that fits the Model 2 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.

    Note: The RetroSound Model 2 does not come with a faceplate or shaft-knobs. A universal mounting kit or vehicle specific mounting kit will be needed for installation. Click here for a list of available installation kits.

    Variable-Color LCD: The RetroSound Model 2 features variable color display illumination. You can choose from one of 32 preset colors, have the unit scan through all 32 preset colors continuously, or customize your own color (RGB; 0-9). The custom setting allows you to individually adjust the intensity of Red, Green, and Blue (from 0-9) to better match your vehicle's interior lights. You can also adjust the brightness of the display from High or Low. The unit's front-panel display offers an enhanced viewing angle and is daylight compatible. The LCD will display clock, audio settings, tuner stations, and song/artist information from discs, USB, and iPod/iPhone.

    Variety of Sources

    Built-in Bluetooth: The RetroSound Model 2 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 Model 2. 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 Model 2 is compatible with most Bluetooth enabled mobile phones, including the Apple iPhone, Blackberry, and Android smartphones.

    • Hands-Free Communication: The Model 2 allows for wireless communication between the head unit and your Bluetooth enabled cell-phone. 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 pause 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 Model 2 also allows you to play back stored music and  music apps from your Bluetooth-enabled phone or personal music player using a paired Bluetooth connection. Playback controls included Play/Pause, Stop, & 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 Model 2.

    Dual USB Ports: The RetroSound Model 2 features two USB (type-A) ports connected to its rear chassis by a 40" pigtail. The USB ports enable connection of  portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) devices; such as your Android smartphone, portable digital audio player, or USB thumbdrive. Once you've connected your compatible USB device, the Model 2 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 Model 2 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 rear-panel 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 Model 2 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 playback modes (all/track). Most iPod/iPhone device's clickwheel or touchscreen will be locked during connection (Apple devices w/ iOS 6.0+ will stay unlocked).
    • iPod Display: The Model 2 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 Model 2 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 4/19/2016):

    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
    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
    4/4S 7.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5/5C/5S 9.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6/6+/6S/6S+ 9.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch
    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/6th 9.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    nano
    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
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y N Y Y N Y N
    2/3/4 9.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y N
    Air 1/2 9.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y N
    mini 1/2/34 91.3 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    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.

    Dual Auxiliary Inputs: The universal shaft-style receiver features two 3.5mm auxiliary inputs connected to the rear chassis by 7" pigtails. The Aux inputs provide a connection for portable external audio sources such as a MP3 player or  CD player.

    RDS AM/FM Tuner: The Model 2 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.

    Audio Section

    22W x 4Ch Amplifier: The Model 2 is equipped with a 22 watts x 4-channel RMS/60 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 Model 2 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 Model 2 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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    Why did you buy this?

    I bought this a few years back and it has performed flawlessly. So many controls on this it took a little time to learn the ones I use often and I still have to occasionally refer to the manual for some control functions I don't use much. [ MICHAEL  Mar 13, 2016 ]
    Still has the authentic look of a seventies era stereo but with much more technical abilities. It looks and sounds great. The picture shows a faceplate and knobs. They are not included! [ Steve  Feb 16, 2016 ]

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    For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. [ Krissy  Aug 30, 2015 ]  Staff
    The dimensions of the face plate are 4 1/2 by 2 1/2 for the center section. The overall width is 7 inches across. In my case I had to add an additional piece behind the face plate because the last radio that had been installed was somewhat larger than this one. I added a wood-grain piece of plastic behind the face plate that came with the radio. [ SHANE  Mar 10, 2015 ]
    4 3/16 x 1 11/16 [ DEAN E.  Mar 08, 2015 ]
    Thanks, Gary...That's exactly what I was looking for... [ Paul  Mar 07, 2015 ]
    I have the following measurements. I took them in my car so they may be a hair off. just the actually body of the unit that sticks out is 3 9/16 x 1 1/2 inches with square corners With the chrome trim ring I have for my 66 mustang installed it is 3 7/8 x 2 1/4 inches with radiused corners [ gary  Mar 07, 2015 ]
    Hi Paul, I can't answer your question because I returned the kit. I had purchased the kit for my 1977 Gran Prix which I sold before receiving the kit I carefully measured and it fit that model car just fine. Before purchasing it I too was concerned about fit and Crutchfield gave me the number of the manufacturer who I contacted and they had measurements. I think they were Retro Sound. You might askCrutchfield to give you their number. Crutchfield has always been the greatest on support. Pete [ PETER J  Mar 07, 2015 ]
    My 67 Mustang is being restored right now, so I won't be able to measure my stereo dimensions until the 10th of March. I LOVE my new stereo. It fit perfectly in the standard hole and rectangular face plate ~ no cutting required. The quality is fabulous! I chose the chrome buttons. Liz [ LIZ  Mar 07, 2015 ]
    For additional details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. [ Kenny  Mar 03, 2016 ]  Staff
    Flip, the radio is installed in the vehicle but I haven't been able to try out the blue tooth features yet. Dave T [ DAVID  May 01, 2014 ]
    Once you have paired your device it automatically connects as long as you hsve the blue tooth turned, its a nice unit have it in my 70 chevelle ss convertible [ BRIAN  Apr 30, 2014 ]
    Once you have paired the receiver to your Bluetooth device it automatically connects as long as you have your Bluetooth device on [ BRIAN  Apr 30, 2014 ]
    Once you have paired the receiver to your Bluetooth device it automatically connects as long as you have your Bluetooth device on [ BRIAN  Apr 30, 2014 ]
    Automatically connects, it was pretty easy. [ ANDREW L  Apr 29, 2014 ]
    The iPhone paired automatically but had to manually pair it for other Bluetooth functions using code provided in the RetroSound manual. After that, all was good although only took 1 phone through it so far. [ Paul  Apr 29, 2014 ]
    No code is required to answer the phone. You just turn the left rear knob counterclockwise to answer and then also to hang up. If calling out just dial your phone and it automatically calls the number. [ RONALD  Apr 29, 2014 ]
    It connects as soon as you get in your vehicle, as long as the bluetooth option on your phone is on. [ MARSHALL  Apr 29, 2014 ]
    The Bluetooth automatically connects to the phone it was previously paired with. [ HUGH  Apr 29, 2014 ]
    Ours has worked properly to this point. [ A Michael  Apr 29, 2014 ]
    It will just connect every time automatically. [ NEIL  Apr 29, 2014 ]
    Yes, the radio has RCA outputs that can plug into an external amplifier. [ JEFFREY  Sep 29, 2015 ]
    Yes, but I do not recommend this radio!! I'm currently in the middle of removing it from my system. Go with a modern head unit, and hide it somewhere. The retro sound radio isn't user friendly at all!!! [ CHRISTOPHER K  Sep 28, 2015 ]
    yes [ MARK G  Sep 28, 2015 ]
    For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. [ Krissy  Apr 10, 2015 ]  Staff
    I installed this system last year in my Chevelle. I have not used an iPod but with my I phone it does have full control and it displays the song information. I have been very impressed with the radio and the ease of installation. [ BRANDON  Aug 16, 2015 ]
    I have not hooked it to an iPod as of yet. If wired to my I phone on Pandora it displays song paying. I will be trying my old school IPod tonight to see how it works. [ BRIAN  Aug 15, 2015 ]
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