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RetroSound Newport

Direct-fit receiver for GM, Chrysler, Ford, and Jeep vehicles with 1.5-DIN dash openings

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Overview

Our take on the RetroSound Newport

In some vehicles, especially older ones, your aftermarket radio choices are limited to single-DIN (2" tall) models. And that's fine. In newer cars and trucks, you can choose between a single-DIN or a big, 4" tall double-DIN radio, depending on your needs. And that's fine, too.

This digital media receiver will not play CDs.

One and a half won't do?  

In some vehicles, especially older ones, your aftermarket radio choices are limited to single-DIN (2" tall) models. And that's fine. In newer cars and trucks, you can choose between a single-DIN or a big, 4" tall double-DIN radio, depending on your needs. And that's fine, too.

Then there's the "1.5-DIN" radio size, which can be found in a remarkably long list of "vehicles of a certain age." A double-DIN won't fit, and a single-DIN, even with today's high-quality mounting kits, just doesn't look quite right to a lot of owners. It's frustrating, but unless you want to make major modifications to your car, your options are limited. As a result, many people just leave the factory gear, cassette deck and all, in place and plug a portable device into a 12-volt adapter. The sound is terrible, but it's better than nothing.

Finally, something that fits

Leave it to RetroSound to come up with a solution. The Newport digital media receiver is a perfect fit for a wide variety of GM, Chrysler, Ford, and Jeep vehicles equipped with those factory 1.5-DIN radios. This RetroSound radio offers all the high-tech features you need to bring your car's audio system into the 21st century, including a dedicated iPod® interface, built-in Bluetooth® connectivity, dual USB ports, and two auxiliary inputs for your portable devices.  The Newport also includes a 25 watt x 4 channel (RMS) power amplifier, plus 6-channel preamp outputs with stereo sub outputs that will come in handy when you decide to expand your system.

The subtle styling is remarkably era-appropriate, with a black plastic face and actual control knobs, so the Newport blends right into any dash.The adjustable dual-color (amber or green) illumination and backlighting enhances the look, too.

More power to you

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.

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.

Exactly what i was looking for. Classic look with the modern feature, Bluetooth, 2 USB drives 2 Aux Inputs and great sound. I hooked up a 2500w sound system and im impressed! The menu has so many options to afjust for the best sound . i love it!!

Francisco, California

What's in the Box:

  • 1.5-DIN digital media receiver
  • Main harness
  • Power/ground harness
  • Speaker harness
  • Microphone w/ integrated bracket (attached 8'cable terminated by 3.5mm connector)
  • 4 Pan-head bolts
  • 4 Hex/Lock-nuts
  • Hex-nut
  • 2 Split-washers
  • Self-tapping screw
  • Self-drilling screw
  • Rear-support screw
  • Rubber boot
  • Metal backstrap
  • Installation/Owner's Manual
  • "STOP!" note

Product Highlights:

    General features
    • 1.5-DIN digital media receiver (does not play CDs)
    • built-in amplifier (25 watts RMS/45 peak x 4 channels)
    • fits a wide variety of older GM, Chrysler, Ford, and Jeep vehicles
    • selectable green or amber illumination
    Audio features
    • AM/FM tuner with 18 FM/12 AM presets
    • plays MP3 and WMA music files from external sources
    • dedicated iPod and iPhone interface
    • built-in Bluetooth® connectivity (mic included)
    Expandability
    • inputs: front and rear USB ports; front and rear aux inputs
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs with stereo sub outputs
    Other features
    Reviews

    RetroSound Newport Reviews

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    (16 Reviews)

    RetroSound Newport

    Anonymous from Owensville, MO on 2/10/2017

    1986 Pontiac Trans Am
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Was by no means a direct fit even with install kit, had to remove radio housing section and cut out back section so there was enough depth the wire leads were not smashed in tight behind the radio. Also had to do some modification on adapter kits where you screw the radio in so the original trim bezel would snap back in. However the radio looks great and sounds great once installed thus the 4 star review. Was installed into 86 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am.

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    Exceptional Features and Easy Operation

    Robert from Raleigh, NC on 2/4/2017

    1998 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was skeptical when I first saw this, but its simplicity in design and appearance are what kept me interested enough to read and learn more about this unit. RetroSound has designed a killer unit that fits many models of older vehicles as well as those with 1-1/2 DIN size radios. My 1998 Jeep Wrangler came with an aftermarket unit that just did not cut the mustard in either sound quality or power. The RetroSound Newport fits the bill perfectly and comes with a couple of unique bonus features (in my opinion) that demand a second look. First of all, it looks like a throwback analog unit. Upon closer examination, however, the engineers cleverly incorporated multiple functions into the control panel. Both of the control knobs are multi-functional and simple in their set up. Secondly, the reduced size of the chassis allows enough rear and side clearance for all of the wires that ANY car or truck unit demands nowadays. There are connections for USB, subwoofers, Aux inputs and on and on. I had the unit installed in about an hour. The only problem with the radio's design comes with the trim pieces. Some of the fit characteristics do not translate well and the instructions could be written and illustrated a bit more clearly. Overall, however, everything about this unit is excellent - especially if you are looking for something to fit an older vehicle. Give the RetroSound products a second look. You will not be sorry.

    Pros: Small size Sound Power Fit

    Cons: Trim pieces are awkward to install and fit requires modification for exact fit.

    New Life in my Old Car!

    JerryB from Austin, TX on 7/24/2016

    1986 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Brougham
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    It's been over 20 years since my original radio died in my '86 Olds Cutlass Supreme. Since that time I had a garage-sale special to get me by. This RetroSound looks very basic (like the original radio) but packs more features and aux ports than you could imagine. The Bluetooth is an added bonus and it updated my Olds to a modern car - I'll never need to get rid of it now!

    Pros: Every feature I would ever need. Retro - Original factory radio look.

    Cons: Haven't found any yet...

    Nice 1.5 DIN option for older vehicles

    HJOrecords from White Lake, MI on 6/27/2016

    1998 Chevrolet Corvette
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Overall I am happy with this receiver. I used it to replace the factory receiver in my 1998 Corvette. With the Crutchfield directions I was able to get it installed in about 3 hours, including some adapters that were special for my car. I have a few complaints: The backlight is a little dim for my liking. When it is a bright day, it is very hard to see the display. The other complaint is the mounting brackets. I saw this in some other reviews as well, but the mounting clips are small plastic pieces. They could be a little bit stronger in my opinion. After installing, you are left wondering if the receiver could come loose later. I haven't had any issues with it coming loose, but it does seem a little wimpy.

    Pros:

    Cons:

    Blends into the dash perfectly for the factory look I wanted to keep.

    Michael B. from San Antonio, TX on 6/24/2016

    1999 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I wanted something that I could plug my iPod or iPhone into, but didn't want the typical gaudy looking aftermarket radio with tiny buttons & fancy screens that just beg to be stolen. This radio practically disappears into the dash looking perfectly stock to anyone who didn't know better. I'm still trying to learn all of the features, but love the basic simplicity of the outside look. As almost everyone else has noted, the cheesy plastic mounting kit is ridiculous. With all of the thought that went into designing the rest of this radio, the mounting kit was disappointing, but with some patience, it gets the job done just fine. The green color doesn't match the factory dash color quite as well as I'd hoped, but it's certainly not a deal breaker.

    Pros: Factory Look 4 Input Plugs Bluetooth

    Cons: Cheesy plastic mounting kit

    RetroSound Newport

    Francisco from California on 12/14/2015

    1991 Chevrolet S10
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Exactly what i was looking for. Classic look with the modern feature, Bluetooth, 2 USB drives 2 Aux Inputs and great sound. I hooked up a 2500w sound system and im impressed! The menu has so many options to afjust for the best sound . i love it!!

    Pros: Bluetooth, Subwoofer inputs, Aux, USB, RCA's input, Classic Look, ease installation and great sound

    Cons: No remote control. Wish it had one

    Review of Retrosound Newport

    Anonymous from Arizona on 8/21/2015

    2001 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this unit to install in a 2001 Wrangler. The mounting is really poor. Also the one I got only worked for about 30 minutes then nothing. After removing the radio twice to recheck wiring, I gave up and put the factory unit back in. I called Crutchfield Tech Support and they finally conceded defeat and offered to ship me another one. I am waiting for the arrival of the replacement.. If it doesn't work I give up.

    Pros: Looks OK once you figure out the chintzy plastic mounting brackets.

    Cons: Didn't work.

    RetroSound Newport

    Brian from Plainview Ne on 5/25/2015

    1999 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love the retrosound! Looks great in my jeep. I've had other single din radios and they looked odd. This looks great and the Bluetooth works perfect. Great product.

    Pros: Fits great. Works great. Doesn't look clumsy and stupid.

    Cons: The only negative is the plastic molding bracket that is used to line up with the old radio holes is a little cheap. I think they need to snap together and hold in place better. It worked, but just could be better.

    Retrosound Newport 1989 Corvette Convertible

    DanC from Pennsylvania on 5/18/2015

    1989 Chevrolet Corvette
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was looking for a Radio with Bluetooth that had a basic look to match the dash in my car. The Retrosound Newport fit perfectly and looks like it was original to the car. Installation was easy and took only a few hours. I'm extremely happy with this radio. I'm looking to add a sub-woofer to round out the sound.

    Pros: Ease of installation, ease of use, ample connections for external devices.

    Cons: A bit pricey but well worth it.

    Retrosound Newport in my '87 Camaro

    Doug R from Pultneyville, New York on 5/1/2015

    I wanted a radio that looked 'factoryish' in my '87 Camaro. I also needed something that would adapt to my Bose sound system. This fit the bill with no compromise.

    Pros: Great sound. I like the rear Aux and USB inputs. Blue Tooth makes it easy to use my Ipod with this radio.

    Cons: A little expensive......but you get what you pay for!

    RetroSound Radio for Jeep Wrangler

    Lou in Virginia from the Washington, DC Area on 2/2/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a great radio for my 1999 Jeep Wrangler and it looks like OEM. 1.5 DIN radios are hard to find and this one is exceptional. The instructions are clear, the wiring details are spot on, installation is a breeze, and the sound is sparkling. All of the modern features like Blue Tooth, USB cooectivity, etc. bring my Wrangler into the 21st century. Great in every respect!

    Pros: Clear instructions, perfect wiring diagrams, excellent wiring harness and perfect match to OEM wiring loom. Mounting frame also fits exactly right,

    Cons: None!

    Retrosound for Jeep Cherokee

    Rich from Little Rock, AR on 1/5/2015

    1999 Jeep Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The retrosound newport looks great in my 99 Jeep Cherokee. Would buy again.

    Pros: Matches the style of an older car and sounds great. Easy to install, fits perfectly.

    Cons: Plastic mounting brackets could be a little more sturdy. Price seems to reflect paying a little extra for the retro look

    Jeep Cherokee XJ

    CJK from Michigan on 11/25/2014

    2001 Jeep Cherokee
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed in a 2001 Jeep Cherokee to stay with the "old school" look, but upgrade to better sound, blue tooth, USB.. The Crutchfild kit was simple connection without cutting up the original harness. Replace the old factory speakers with new Kickers, 6.5" and a Kenwood powered sub under the passenger seat. The radio is excellent sound quality and user friendly for the price. Highly recommend this for a Cherokee if you want the original look.... Also great service from Cruthfield as always on questions and advice.

    Pros: 1.) Factory look. Coolness factor looks like a factory unit... Simple old school... 2.) Outstanding package complete provided to match the vehicle from Crutchfield 3.) Great sound and features for the price point.. (Coupled to Kicker speakers and powered sub) 4.) User friendly, simple and logical functionality 5.) One call to Crutchfield Tech (Eli), outstanding expertise and provided everything needed in graphics and tech information. Thanks

    Cons: None...

    Exactly what I was looking for.

    Cjeff from Renton, WA on 8/5/2014

    2001 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was looking for an upgrade that didn't have a bunch of fancy features I wouldn't use. I don't use CDs anymore, so I didn't want a CD player. For me it's all Pandora and music that I keep on my iPhone. This unit works very nicely for that. Really like the Bluetooth feature, also.

    Pros: Simple to use. The adapter kit that came with it was for a Jeep Wrangler, and it was a very simple hook up without having to make any modifications to the vehicle itself. Fits the dashboard nicely, and looks like it belongs there. It's very hard to find a 1.5 Din unit with these features.

    Cons: I found the mounting brackets that came with the unit a little difficult to use. With the high quality and ease of install of everything else, the brackets were a little disappointing to me.

    RetroSound Newport

    Arnold S. from Canton,Pa. on 6/3/2014

    2001 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed this in my 2001 Jeep Wrangler.Fit was perfect.The sleek,no nonsense approach they used for functionality is commendable.Looks great,sounds great,works great.What more could i ask for.It does what it says and works perfect.Kudos to RetroSound for making this.Thank You engineers at RetroSound.

    Pros: You name it they nailed it.

    Cons: The only thing they could do to make this better is add the dimmer function with interior lights.Does not affect the quality in any way.

    Looks like my Old Delco

    Kyle from M.A. on 1/28/2014

    1991 Chevrolet Camaro
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I love it, it looks like my old delco and it fit right in my 91 Camaro no problem!

    Pros: 24 RMS 4-chanel easy install just use crimps color amber matches my car lights The BLUETOOTH its why i bought it I LOVE IT!!!

    Cons: Your telling me people complain about this???

    Details

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    Display & Tuner Features
    USB/iPod Integration
    Bluetooth + Aux Connectivity
    Audio Section

    Display & Tuner Features

    1.5-DIN Compatible: The RetroSound Newport is a direct-fit solution for GM, Chrysler, Ford and Jeep vehicles with 1.5 DIN dash openings. Until now, the only solution for these vehicles was to install a standard DIN-sized radio; an installation that looks out of place and awkward. The Newport closely mimics the original radio for an attractive factory-like look.

    Green or Amber Illumination: Dual color (amber or green) button illumination and LCD backlighting enhances the Newport's look in your vehicle's dash. You can also select "High" or "Low" for the head unit's button and LCD illumination.

    RDS AM/FM Tuner: The Newport 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.

    USB/iPod Integration

    Dual USB Ports: The RetroSound Newport features two USB (type-A) ports; one USB port is located on the front-panel and the other is connected to the head unit's rear chassis by a 51" pigtail. The USB ports enable connection of  portable USB mass-storage class (MSC) devices; such as select Android smartphones (Gingerbread/Froyo OS only), portable digital audio players, or USB thumbdrives. Once you've connected your compatible USB device, the Newport 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 Newport 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 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 Newport 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 (all/track) and Shuffle (all/folder) playback modes. Many older iPod/iPhone device's clickwheel or touchscreen will be locked during connection. However, newer Apple devices w/ iOS 6.0+ installed will stay unlocked.
    • iPod Display: The Newport 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 Newport is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 10/20/2016):

    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
    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 10.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6/6+/6S/6S+ 10.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
    7/7+ 10.0.2 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 9.3.5 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y Y
    6th 10.0.2 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
    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.

    Bluetooth + Aux Connectivity

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

    • Hands-Free Communication: The Newport allows for wireless communication between the head unit and your Bluetooth enabled cell-phone (such as your iPhone or Android smartphone). 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 paused 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 Newport also allows you to play back stored music and  music apps from your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or personal music player using a paired Bluetooth connection. Playback controls included Play/Pause & 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 Newport.

    Dual Auxiliary Inputs: The universal shaft-style receiver features two 3.5mm auxiliary inputs; one Aux input is located on the front-panel and the other is attached to the rear chassis by a 7" pigtail. The Aux inputs provide a connection for portable external audio sources such as a MP3 player or CD player.

    Audio Section

    22W x 4Ch Amplifier: The Newport is equipped with a 22 watts 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 Newport 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 to 12.

    Turn-On Volume: You can set the Newport 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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