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Digital media receiver for 1954-59 Chevy and GMC trucks
Our take on the Retrosound Apache by Crutchfield's Zak Billmeier
Free dash and knob kit with your order
Retrosound makes kits with faceplates and knobs that match the interior of your classic General Motors truck. Check under Accessories to find the kit that's right for your truck, and add it to your Cart — we'll include it free with your order.
A modern stereo — with a retro look and feel
Now you can get a receiver that matches the look and fit of the factory radio in your 1954-59 GMC/Chevy Series 1 or Series 2 truck, yet allows you to enjoy your portable music player. Retrosound's Apache digital media receiver looks like an old-fashioned radio, but it offers all the modern conveniences. You can connect your iPod, MP3 player, or portable satellite radio to its front auxiliary input, and you'll enjoy great sound from its powerful built-in amp. (Note: the Apache does not play CDs.)
More entertainment options
Retrosound includes a handy little card reader that you can mount it in a convenient spot, so you can play MP3 and WMA files you've loaded on a USB thumb drive or SD™ card. The Apache also offers excellent AM/FM reception, and will display song titles from any radio station that's broadcasting text information.
Two sets of preamp outputs make it easier to add amps and subs. You can even install the Apache in a hidden location, like your trunk — Retrosound includes an RF (Radio Frequency) remote, so no line of sight is needed.
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.
What's in the Box:
- Shaft-style AM/FM radio (chrome)
- 2 Infinimount shafts with a 9" harness attached to each one
- 2 Infinimount metal brackets
- Power/Ground harness
- Speaker harness
- Wireless RF remote with 23A alkaline battery
- SD/USB/Aux input box with 22" attached cable
- 2 Rubber boots (installed on infinite shafts)
- 7.75" Metal backstrap
- 2 Rectangular metal brackets
- 2 Ring metal brackets
- 10 Machine screws
- Self-tapping screw
- Rear support bolt (installed)
- 10 Large flat-washers
- 10 Medium flat-washers
- 3 Small flat-washers
- 3 Lock-washers
- 10 Large nuts
- 1 Small nut
- Owner's Manual/Installation Guide
- digital media receiver with chrome control face designed for classic trucks (no built-in CD player)
- built-in amplifier (25 watts RMS/45 peak x 4 channels)
- plays MP3 and WMA music files from external sources
- adjustable-angle LCD display
- includes faceplate to match your classic GM truck
- RF (Radio Frequency) remote control
- AM/FM tuner with 18 FM/12 AM presets
- 4 EQ presets plus user-controlled bass/treble adjustment
- inputs: front minijack input, rear RCA auxiliary input, remote-mountable USB and SD-card reader
- outputs: 4-channel preamp outputs (2.85-volt front, rear)
Other features and specs:
- warranty: 2 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Features and Specs
|Memory Card Slot||USB/SD|
|Satellite Radio Ready||No|
|RMS Power Output||25 watts|
|Peak Output||50 watts|
|RMS Power Bandwidth||1Hz|
|Sub Preamp Outputs||No|
|Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs||No|
|Preamp Voltage||2.85 volts|
|Key Button Color||N/A|
|Steering Wheel Control Compatible||No|
|Parts Warranty||2 Years|
|Labor Warranty||2 Years|
|FM Sensitivity||12.5 dBf|
|Radio Data System||Yes|
Overview: The RetroSound Apache is a classic car shaft-style radio offering flexible mounting options using an Infinimount shaft/bracket system (patent pending). The RetroSound Apache offers dual auxiliary inputs, USB port for MP3/WMA digital file playback from popular USB flash devices (thumb-drives), SD-card slot, and a built-in AM/FM tuner. The shaft-style radio also features two pair of preamp outputs for adding external amplifiers to your classic car. The Apache was created to meet the needs of classic car enthusiasts for a radio that maintains the classic in dash look of the vehicle while offering modern playback capabilities from today's digital music sources. The Apache also comes with an RF remote control, so you hide the radio in your classic car to keep its original look and stock appearance, while still controlling it with ease.
Note: The Apache, is specifically designed to fit the 1954-59 Series 1 & Series 2 Chevy trucks (vehicle dash & knob kit sold separately).
Infinimount Shaft/Bracket System: The Infinimount Shaft/Bracket System allows you to mount the Apache radio in more classic cars. This is because the shaft-knobs are not mounted to the unit, but instead connect to the unit via a harness so you can space the radio's shaft knobs at various distances from the chassis of the radio (0.3125"-2.1875") using the supplied side-mount brackets. This insulated bracket and external shaft system also helps to reduce electrical noise inherent in older vehicles.
Available Installation Kits: The Apache, is specifically designed to fit the 1954-59 Series 1 & Series 2 Chevy trucks. The unit can be mounted virtually anywhere due to its small 4.0625" wide x 5.75" deep x 2.0625" tall overall footprint. Advanced installers can even unscrew the Apache's faceplate and adjust its cant/angle to allow for even more customization. There are vehicle specific faceplate & knob kits available (06854CHVTK or 068559CTK, both sold separately).
Note: The RetroSound Apache does not come with a universal mounting bracket or shaft-knobs. A universal mounting kit or vehicle specific mounting kit will be needed for installation.
LCD Display: The RetroSound Apache features an LCD display with a digital read-out.
Enhanced Viewing Angle: The unit's LCD display offers an ultra-wide, off-axis viewing angle and is daylight compatible.
Display Information: The LCD display will display clock, tuner or track information. The unit will even display MP3/WMA track names.
MOSFET Amplifier: The Apache is equipped with a 25watts x 4-channel RMS (50 watts x 4-channel Peak) MOSFET amplifier.
Preamp Outputs: The universal shaft-style receiver has two pair of 2.85-volt preamp outputs (Front and Rear). Each preamp output is connected to the unit's rear-chassis by a 8" pigtail.
Sound Adjustments: The RetroSound Apache has many sound adjustments modes to help you tailor the radio to your audio preference. You can choose to adjust the following settings.
- DSP: You can adjust the unit's DSP modes to Classic, Pop, Rock, or Off (Flat).
- Bass: The Bass adjustment function allows you to boost or cut the low frequencies from -7 to +7.
- Treble: The Treble adjustment function allows you to boost or cut the high frequencies from -7 to +7.
- Balance: The Balance adjustment function allows you to adjust or pan the stereo sound from the left or right; this is helpful to compensate for the position of the driver in relation to the speaker locations. Adjustment range is 0 to 10.
- Fader: The Fader Control allows you to fade the sound from the front pair of speaker to your rear pair of speakers. Adjustment range is 0 to 10.
- Loudness: This function boosts bass and treble at low listening volume (this feature should be turned off at higher volumes).
Audible Confirmation: You can turn the units audible confirmation (beep tone) On or Off.
AM/FM Tuner: The Apache features a built-in AM/FM digital tuner with RDS.
Preset Tuning: The unit's tuner features 3 FM bands and 2 AM bands. A total of 30 AM/FM presets can be stored manually or automatically.
Stereo/Mono: Selecting between these function can aid in listening to weak FM radio stations that keep switching between Stereo and Mono broadcasts.
Local/DX: Selecting between these functions can aid in listening to weak FM radio stations or compensate for stations that have to strong of a signal.
European Tuning: The RetroSound Apache has the capability to receive FM broadcasts frequencies in other countries. This unit's tuner can be set to USA or European tuning.
RDS: The RDS function of this radio is always active. If the FM station you are listening to is broadcasting RDS information, the radio station call letters, song info, artist info, and other messages will appear on the unit's LCD display.
Note: Not all FM stations use RDS.
PTY Function: RDS has a function called PTY (Program Type): this coding of up to 31 pre-defined program types allow you to find similar programming by genre. When the tuner searches for this desired programming type, the tuner will study all strong FM stations to see what programming type they are broadcasting. If the programming type is found, the radio will select it.
Remote Mountable SD/USB/AUX Input Module: The RetroSound Apache includes an external SD/USB/AUX input module which allows audio playback from SD/SDHC memory cards, USB thumb-drives, and portable audio devices. The external input module can be mounted under the dash so its easily accessible, while the Apache is hidden away to keep your vehicle's stock appearance. The external input module features an attached 22" cable which plugs into the radio's rear-panel 3.5mm auxiliary input and proprietary 8-pin USB/SD port.
Note: The external input module measures 2.5" wide x 1.75' high x 2.0" deep.
USB Port: The external module features a USB type-A port so you can plug in your USB flash/thumb-drive (up to 32GB). Once you've connected your USB flash/thumb-drive, the Apache 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 the following music files via a USB flash/thumb-drive in format FAT and FAT32 - MP3 (128 kbps or more recommended)) and WMA (64 kbps or more recommended). The unit can recognize a maximum of 999 songs/files (files will be read in order of creation and not alphabetically or numerically). The Apache also support MP3/WMA song information. This function allows you to view the track name, album, and artist information.
Note: The unit's USB port does not support iPod or iPhone. Files with copy right protection and files encoded using Apple Lossless Encoder are not playable via USB.
SD-card Slot: The external module features a SD-card slot so you can insert your SD or SDHC memory card (up to 32GB). Once you've connected your SD/SDHC memory card, the Apache 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 the following music files via a SD/SDHC memory card in format FAT and FAT32 - MP3 (128 kbps or more recommended)) and WMA (64 kbps or more recommended). The unit can recognize a maximum of 999 songs/files (files will be read in order of creation and not alphabetically or numerically). The Apache also support MP3/WMA song information. This function allows you to view the track name, album, and artist information.
Note: This unit also supports Mini and Micro SD cards via an SD-card adapter. Files with copy right protection and files encoded using Apple Lossless Encoder are not playable via USB or SD/SDHC.
Aux Inputs: The external module features a 3.5mm auxiliary input for connecting a portable external audio source such as a MP3 player or portable CD player. The Apache is also equipped with a front-panel 3.5mm auxiliary input. The unit's auxiliary inputs support any portable unit with an analog stereo 3.5mm headphone jack output or stereo RCA output.
Note: The two auxiliary inputs operate off of the same circuit so sources connected to these auxiliary inputs cannot be played simultaneously.
RF Remote Control: The headunit comes supplied with a full-function 16 key RF wireless remote control. The remote will operate the same functions as the Apache's control knobs and front-panel buttons. The remote is intended for use when you are mounting the radio in a location where it is hard to reach. The remote is also needed when mounting the radio in a remote location which is hidden to keep your vehicle's factory integrity. The remote has a 16.4' (5 meter) range.
Note: The RF remote measures 2.0" wide x 0.5625" high x 3.375" deep.
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