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10 car audio products from our past that left an impression

Big sellers and head-scratchers worth a second look

  • Dan Pullen from Lynnwood WA

    Posted on 10/6/2020

    You didn't mention Crutchfield amps. Those little blue monsters were awesome. Performance and price were hard to beat in the mid 80s esp if you couldn't afford Linear Power or Zapco. Why not bring them back?

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    Dominic DeVito from Crutchfield

    on 10/6/2020

    Hi Dan - Thanks for checking in. This article has been around for a while but we're glad you found it. We've actually done a sort of sequel to it, which you can find here. In this more recent trip down memory lane, you'll find — you guessed it — Crutchfield amps. And yes, they were quite fantastic and big sellers to boot. Alas, all good things must come to an end and they were discontinued many moons ago. As far as bringing them back goes, I wouldn't hold my breath. BUT, Crutchfield has a newer in-house line of amplifiers, known as Sound Ordnance — on our site right now you have three different models to choose from.

    It might interest you to know that the company that made the original Crutchfield amplifiers for us, Precision Power, is still around and you can find them online.
  • Rob from Hanover

    Posted on 8/29/2018

    PLEASE!!! Digitize vintage catalogs and make them available for viewing. I would love to look through early 90's catalogs. NOSTALGIA. I used to drool over them. It would also draw more traffic to your site.

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    Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    on 8/30/2018

    Rob, you can find some vintage Crutchfield stuff here. Enjoy!
  • Melanie from Charlottesville

    Posted on 4/20/2018

    I loved my Delphi MyFi and used it for years until it was stolen out of my car. :( I'm glad we have lots more ways to listen to satellite radio now!

  • Adam from Tucson

    Posted on 1/2/2018

    That was a lot of fun to read. Talk about a blast from the past! Even some stuff i never knew existed like the JVC KD-S100 CD RECEIVER. I have been out of the audio game since 2005 so yeah..

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    Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/21/2017

    E.J., thanks for taking a look. Up until a few years ago, we carried a Pioneer cassette deck. Unfortunately, that was the last one and it's no longer available.

  • E.J. Ybarra

    Posted on 8/19/2017

    Loved the trip down memory lane. that brings me to my way of enjoying my tunes. i'm an 80's metal head and with that said i still listen to my music via cassette lol. i just love the way music sounds through a cassette but i find it very hard to find cassette head players. i was lucky that i found the SUV i have since 2009 that has AM/FM CD/Cassette factory. the CD player quit working long ago but the cassette player is still kicking much for the new, i think i will stick with being "Old school." does Crutchfield carry cassette head players?

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    Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/8/2017

    Kurt, we hope to make another list. If we carried them, maybe Orion will make the cut!

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    Dominic DeVito from Crutchfield

    Posted on 8/4/2017

    Hi Kurt - thanks for your feedback. To answer your question: I did a quick and very informal survey of some writers, editors, and advisors here, asking them to recall some car audio products from the past which have stood out in their memory - either for their novelty factor or because they were very big sellers for a time before being phased out or replaced with an upgrade. It's less about which products were considered "the best" than just stuff people have remembered for one reason or another. Orion amps didn't make cut this round, but we might revisit this concept in the future and maybe they'll be on a list in due time. We hope you'll keep reading!

  • Kurt from Jefferson City

    Posted on 8/2/2017

    Why didn't any Orion Amps make the cut ? We use to use these "cheater amps" back in the day loved the Hcca reds. The Fosgate punch 150 was a beast too. Ran both on 8 -15"stroker vegas in the bed of a pick up truck.

  • Mark from Spartanburg

    Posted on 8/1/2017

    I sold enough 7702 units to fill up whatever room you are in. That was a best seller for many years.

  • Adrian from Houston

    Posted on 6/26/2017

    Had a friend that had the Kenwood KSC-7702 hooked up to an Autotek Mean Machine amp and man this thing was loud. We could hear him coming from several blocks away.

  • Chase from Bellmawr

    Posted on 6/24/2017

    The amp cooling thing is interesting to me. Some computers have liquid colant that circulates over the cpu from keeping it from overheating. The same concept in an amp would be awesome, in the true sense of the word. We have these high tech amps and are still relying on heat sinks and fans to cool them. A line of self cooling amps from a refutable company would be a great thing. The technology is real and it works, the only part left is integrating it into an amplifier.

  • Dennis from Canton

    Posted on 6/16/2017

    You know what I miss? REALLY miss? A car audio receiver with Controls and Buttons THAT WE OLDER AMERICANS CAN SEE!!! Less digital maybe, more analog. I was in a store I used to work at trying to buy a radio for an old truck I had just bought. Had to walk away. Couldnt see a single button or work any of them. Went to a junk yard in search of a factory model which worked out fine. Some company is going to realize, hopefully some day, that audio isn't just for the 18-21 age group, and will make a user friendly unit with controls that you dont need a magnifying glass or learn software to use.

  • Bob

    Posted on 6/15/2017

    Blauplant Memphis was my fav. Would buy again if they still made it.

  • Alex

    Posted on 5/29/2017

    I still have the Kenwood in the trinkets of my 3 series. I had to replace the subs, the original ones ripped

  • Sean from Modesto CA

    Posted on 5/18/2017

    My Delphi MyFi is still going strong after 12 years! I've lost most of the accessories along the way though...

  • Paul Thompson from Ocala

    Posted on 5/10/2017

    Oh how I'd love to have those tweeters today.

  • Mario Hernandez Jr from Fort Worth

    Posted on 5/9/2017

    I bought 3 of the JVC KD-S100 when they were on clearance. Got all 3 fit just over the regular price of one. Great head units

  • Christa from Columbus

    Posted on 5/8/2017

    I love u guys. Sure wish I had even one of those in my (not even a radio) 99 suburban.