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RetroSound Hermosa M2

Digital media receiver for classic cars — does not play CDs (Chrome buttons)

Item # 068HRMOSAC

RetroSound's Hermosa M2 digital media receiver matches the look and fit of the factory radio in your vintage...

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About the RetroSound Hermosa M2

New tech with classic good looks

RetroSound's Hermosa M2 digital media receiver matches the look and fit of the factory radio in your vintage vehicle, yet provides Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming, a USB port for digital media, and inputs for other portable music players in your classic ride. You can mount this receiver in almost any classic car, using an ingenious adjustable shaft system that adapts to any dash opening. And the Hermosa is available in black, chrome, or ivory, so you'll have a perfect match for your classic car's interior.

New tech with classic good looks

RetroSound's Hermosa M2 digital media receiver matches the look and fit of the factory radio in your vintage vehicle, yet provides Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming, a USB port for digital media, and inputs for other portable music players in your classic ride. You can mount this receiver in almost any classic car, using an ingenious adjustable shaft system that adapts to any dash opening. And the Hermosa is available in black, chrome, or ivory, so you'll have a perfect match for your classic car's interior.

Hands-free calling and digital sound

You can use built-in Bluetooth to talk hands-free or stream audio programming from your smartphone to the receiver, and you can also plug a USB thumb drive into the rear USB port for listening to your digital music. You'll find two auxiliary inputs on the rear of the receiver for other sources, like a satellite radio or hi-res portable audio player.

Added goodies

The Hermosa M2 also offers excellent AM/FM reception for all your local stations. This RetroSound receiver features two sets of preamp outputs that make it easier to add amps and subs to stand out at the next car show. For some customization, you can choose from 32,000 backlight colors so the LCD display will look just right in your dash.

Free vintage-look screen protectors included

Your RetroSound Hermosa M2 includes 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 distinct designs that blend right in with your car's interior.

Make it a complete RetroSound system

Wanna add some serious power to your ride? RetroSound offers strong amplifiers to get the most impact out of your speakers and subwoofer. They also make 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.

Adapt the Hermosa to a DIN opening

If your classic car has already been altered to accept a DIN (2" tall) radio, we offer a repair kit to convert your dash opening back to its original splendor!

Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our article explaining Bluetooth profiles.

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.

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Product highlights:

    General Features:
    • digital media receiver with chrome control face designed for classic cars (no built-in CD player)
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • plays MP3 and WMA music files from USB drive
    • LCD display with 32,000 backlight color choices
    Audio Features:
    • includes faceplate to match your classic car (wide variety of vehicle dash kits available)
    • AM/FM tuner with 18 FM/12 AM presets
    • 3 EQ presets plus loudness adjustment
    Expandability:
    • inputs: dual rear auxiliary inputs; one rear USB port
    • outputs: 4-channel preamp outputs (2.85-volt front, rear/subwoofer)
    Other Features and Specs:
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    What's in the box:

    • Shaft-style radio (M2 body)
    • Chrome front-panel
    • 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
    • 4 Tiny machine screws
    • 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
    • Installation/Owner's Manual
    • Quick Start Guide
    • "Important" note

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    Shaft-Style Radio
    Variety of Sources
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    Shaft-Style Radio

    Infinimount Shaft/Bracket System: The Infinimount Shaft/Bracket System allows you to mount the Hermosa 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.

    Faceplates & Knobs (sold separately): There are multiple vehicle specific faceplates & knobs available for the Hermosa. In addition there are universal faceplates which allow 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 Hermosa does not come with a faceplate or knobs. A universal mounting plate or vehicle specific faceplate and knob set will be needed for installation.

    Variable-Color LCD: The RetroSound Hermosa features variable color illumination display with over 32,000 of color variations. Choose from a selection of preset colors, have the unit scan through all preset color continuously, or customize your own color to better match your vehicle's interior lights. You can also adjust the brightness of the display to High or Low.

    Variety of Sources

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

    • Hands-Free Communication: The Hermosa 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 Hermosa 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 Hermosa.

    USB Port: The RetroSound Hermosa features a USB (type-A) port connected to its rear chassis by a 40" pigtail. The USB port enables connection of  a portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) device; such as a portable digital audio player or USB thumbdrive. This unit supports MP3 (128 kbps +), WMA (64 kbps +), and FLAC music files 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).

    • Music Control: Once you've connected your compatible USB device, the Hermosa 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. 
    • Song/Artist Info: The Hermosa also supports ID3-tags/WMA-tags for song/artist information. 
    • Battery Charging: 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.
    Notes:
    • Not compatible with Apple iOS or Android devices.
    • You cannot connect a USB device via a USB hub or Multi-Card Reader to this unit.

    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.

    AM/FM Tuner: The Hermosa features a built-in RDS AM/FM tuner. 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

    25W x 4Ch MOSFET Amplifier: The Hermosa is equipped with a 25 watts x 4-channel RMS/45 watts x 4-channel Peak MOSFET amplifier.

    4Ch/2.85V RCA Outputs: The universal shaft-style receiver features front & rear 2.85-volt RCA outputs. The front & rear speaker RCA outputs are balance and fade adjustable.

    Equalizer: The Hermosa 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 from -7 to +7.

    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 Hermosa 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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    Customer Q&A

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    Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
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    Car is 1969 [ DAVID  Aug 10, 2017 ]
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    I chose this radio because it was a perfect fit for my 67 Camaro RS. [ VINCE  Apr 10, 2017 ]
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    Because after trying to install I realized that the original knobs for radio did not fit. Person who ordered as a gift had no idea the knobs were not included. [ J  Dec 25, 2016 ]
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    wanted to maintain the original look to my 74 Super Beetle, but finally upgrade from AM to FM!, and of course Bluetooth and iPhone connection. Working great [ alexander  Nov 24, 2016 ]
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    Love it! Sounds great, looks great, versatile mounting system. Looks original but has modern features. [ HOLLIS  Dec 05, 2015 ]
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    6 questions already asked

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    What are the overall dimensions of the unit?What is the dimensions of the display? (including display, buttons, etc...just the part that would come through the dash)
    [ Larry  Jun 17, 2018 ]
    1 answer
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    The total dimensions of the chassis are 4.06" (w) x 5.75" (d) x 2.06" (h), and the display is 3.88" (w) x 1.13" (h). For more details or to discuss further, please contact an Advisor directly by phone (888.955.6000) or online chat. Thanks!
    [ Larry  Jun 24, 2018 ]  Staff
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    What is the main difference between the Hermosa and retro sound two stereos? I don't need hands free calling, etc. just want a clean sounding stereo with ability for usb hook up. It looks like pretty much the same excepts the rms power bandwidth if 1hz v 20hz... Maybe that is a typo. Thanks, Joe
    [ Joe  Jul 04, 2015 ]
    1 answer
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    Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget.
    [ Krissy  Jul 05, 2015 ]  Staff
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    Is this 2-ohm stable, for speakers with 2-ohm impedance (JBL GTO 620, specifically)?
    [ Robert  Mar 27, 2018 ]
    2 answers
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    The built-in amp is rated at 4-ohm impedance, but you can still use it to drive the JBL GTO620 speakers without issue. For more details on that or to discuss further please contact an Advisor directly by phone (888.955.6000) or online chat. Thanks!
    [ Larry  Apr 09, 2018 ]  Staff
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    I'm really not very knowledgeable on this. Sorry.
    [ Daniel  Apr 09, 2018 ]
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    Can the USB port be used to charge an I-Phone 7?
    [ Mike  Nov 19, 2017 ]
    1 answer
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    Yes. The USB port can charge most portable devices that charge via USB (including an iPhone). I hope that helps. My Bio: https://www.crutchfield.com/bio/Ryan
    [ Ryan  Nov 29, 2017 ]  Staff
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    How many amps does the unit require, I'd need to know to setup a fuse between the unit and the battery?
    [ Alec  Oct 26, 2016 ]
    1 answer
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    The stereo has a max current draw of 15 amps during operation. You will find this information in the stereo owner's manual which you can download by clicking the link for it under the "What's in the Box?" heading on the stereo's main webpage. I hope that helps. My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=5
    [ Ryan  Nov 02, 2016 ]  Staff
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