Variety of Sources
Direct Fit For 69-73 Ford Mustang: The RetroSound Malibu shaft-style
radio is designed to directly fit into your 1969-1973 Ford Mustang without the
need for any extra faceplate or kit. Knobs are included.
Variable-Color LCD: The RetroSound Malibu
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 Malibu 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 Malibu. 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 Malibu is compatible with most Bluetooth enabled
mobile phones, including the Apple iPhone, Blackberry, and Android smartphones.
- Hands-Free Communication: The Malibu 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
- Wireless Audio Streaming: The Malibu 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 Malibu.
Dual USB Ports: The RetroSound Malibu 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 Malibu 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 Malibu 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 Malibu 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 Malibu 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 Malibu is
"Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model
features (as of 6/17/2015):
| 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 || 8.1.3 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 6/6+ || 8.1.3 || 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 || 8.1.3 || 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 || 81.3 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || N |
| 4/air || 8.1.3 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || N || Y || N |
| mini || 8.1.3 || 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
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 Malibu 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.
25W x 4Ch Amplifier: The Malibu is equipped with a 25watts x 4-channel
RMS/45 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 Malibu 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
Turn-On Volume: You can set the Malibu to power-on to the
same volume level (0-46) every time, or let it default to the last volume when
Key Beep: When this function is enabled, every knob turn or button press
will output a beep tone.