RetroSound Model Two
1956 Cadillac 60S
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Classic look with new tech. Looks great in my 56 Caddy.
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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.)
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.
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.
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.
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. RetroSound also makes low-profile car speakers that fit into a wide range of older cars and trucks, so you can be sure that your sound system will do justice to your vintage vehicle.
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.
Classic look with new tech. Looks great in my 56 Caddy.
Anonymous, Cameron, NC
Average Customer Review(s):
Classic look with new tech. Looks great in my 56 Caddy.
Modern acoustics in a vintage vehicle.
Pros: Ease of use
Sounds good, it works well and is fairly easy to install
Pros: Sounds good, retro look. Good compatability
Cons: Had to use metal shears to make it fit
Great radio, lots of parts, bit like building lego's Worked great, Installed in the 66 Beetle in 4-5 hours.
Pros: Can be tweaked to fit your classic car
Cons: Wish the front Chrome plate was metal
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.
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
Sounds good and doesn't look out of place.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
Had it professionally installed so can't speak to that but it works, looks and sounds great!
Pros: Authentic looks, modern features.
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
Things is a great radio with great sound.
Pros: Looks great, easy to install. Sounds great.
Cons: I can't afford two of them.
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.
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.
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.
Cons: Sound quality and price.
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.
The instructions and operation were a little difficult but over all good product
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.
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.
Does everything it's supposed to do.
Pros: Capabilities handling aux inputs.
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.
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
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.
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)
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
Works well with my application. The bluetooth is awesome and works well with my android.
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
Lot of steps to work radio.
Pros: Looks good in car
Cons: Not ease of use.
Fits very well In a 66 Chevy truck
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!
good sound without an amp
Pros: great directions and wiring harness
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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 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.
The Retrosound Model 2 stereo exceeded my expectations for sound quality. There is plenty of clean power even when the windows are down.
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.
IT LOOKS GREAT IN MY 1969 JAGUAR XKE
Pros: EASY INSTALATION
Cons: NONE SO FAR
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.
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.
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.
Great fit for my 76 Triumph TR6. Sounds great. Lots of features
Pros: Features. Flexible installation
Cons: None yet
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,
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
Works good not a good fit in dash and knobs are a little big
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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/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|
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.
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.
|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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