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RetroSound Newport

Digital media receiver for GM, Chrysler, Ford, and Jeep vehicles with 1.5-DIN dash openings

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Our take on the RetroSound Newport

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. 

One and a half won't do?  

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. 

Finally, something that fits

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.

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

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.

This marine digital media receiver will not play CDs.

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)
    • inputs: front and rear USB ports; front and rear aux inputs
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs with stereo sub outputs
    Other features

    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

    Used metal mounting brackets and rear mount stud from original radio for an easy install and no modifications to my 87 Monte Carlo. Used included metal strap to offset rear stud as required

    Porter, Hunt Valley, MD


    RetroSound Newport Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (30 Reviews)

    RetroSound Newport

    Anonymous from Trenton, OH on 12/28/2017

    1986 Chevrolet Corvette
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a great product, I have this exact radio in my 1988 IROC CAMARO and now in my 1986 Corvette, It looks awesome, just like OEM except it has all the bells and whistles of today's radios, the only bad thing about it was my Corvette has the Bose speaker system in it and that means you have to use a special harness, I think if RETROSOUND advertises this as Bose ready the harness should come put together with it, it was a major pain getting the harness together and directions on wiring was horrible, none the less I struggled through it with the help of CRUTCHFIELD tech support which is awesome and it is installed and other than a little background noise it sounds great.



    good radio, not so good clock

    Anonymous from Lexington Park, MD on 12/17/2017

    1998 Dodge Ram
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I like it. Does what I expected it to do based on the reviews I read. Looks like a factory radio, but it is not without its own warts...most of which have been previously commented on in other reviews. That said, my only comments are regarding the clock. Hard as heck to set the time. I mean really...not easy to set the time. My other comment regarding the clock....mine runs fast. Not because I set it ahead...but because it GAINS runs fast. That's okay if you like to be early (but you won't know because you can't see the time when you have the radio turned on...). Having recently disconnected my battery, I'm now dreading re-setting the time.



    Easy install

    Porter from Hunt Valley, MD on 12/8/2017

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Used metal mounting brackets and rear mount stud from original radio for an easy install and no modifications to my 87 Monte Carlo. Used included metal strap to offset rear stud as required

    Pros: Nice fit. Great sound. BT pairing to my iPhone 7 easy

    Cons: Display small. Minimal information displayed. To make a phone call you have to use phone. Be nice if the 5 buttons could store 5 favorites

    fits great, retro appearance with latest technology

    w from Sacramento, CA on 9/14/2017

    2002 Chevrolet Suburban
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    fits nicely in 2002 suburban. wanted that retro look to avoid the flashiness of the new decks you see (avoid theft attraction) sounds great with new speakers installed throughout (everything was previously blown). great way to update to blue tooth capabilities while still appearing stock.



    Perfect fit for my Chevy truck!

    William from Alexandria, VA on 8/12/2017

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

    I really like this radio because it was a perfect fit in my 1998 Chevrolet C1500 pickup truck. I removed a previous 1-DIN aftermarket radio that was installed by the previous owner, because I did not like the way it looked, extending awkwardly about 1 inch from the dash, plus, I had difficulty reading the tiny print on the radio controls. This radio fits flush and looks like it was custom made for my dash. The controls are simple to operate and easy to read. It works well with my iPhone using Bluetooth or USB connection, so I am very satisfied with my purchase.

    Pros: Good fit, easy to operate.


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    Mark from Columbus, GA on 7/25/2017

    2002 Chevrolet S10
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Wasn't sure what I was getting but have been very pleased with this radio. Wanted to stay factory looking with the aftermarket perks.

    Pros: Fairly easy to install.

    Cons: None so far.

    WOW !!! The RetroSound Newport A+

    john from Colorado on 6/12/2017

    2000 Jeep Wrangler
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    WOW!!! The RetroSound, Newport with upgraded speakers and you can have a great sounding radio in a jeep TJ that looks factory. I wanted the OEM look to help prevent theft, since I have never driven the jeep with the top on during the summer. The only downside is that the RetroSound unit is very pricey " thus 4 stars and not 5 " compared to other units with the same features.

    Pros: Sound, functions, Bluetooth works perfect.

    Cons: Mounting bracket is kinda cheesy. Very Pricey

    Retrosound Newport

    George D from Boardman, OR on 5/28/2017

    1996 Chevrolet Tahoe
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The display is very dim in the daytime. You will not be able to read it without shading it or waiting until dark. For the price it should of had wiring that would connect to the existing wire for controlling the light from the vehicle lite switch. I Have since found other radios that will fit in my vehicle dash at 1/3 the cost. I can not recommend this radio to anyone. I wish I could get my money back and you can have your radio back.



    Crutchfield response on 5/30/2017 George contacted our Customer Support team and set up a return. Purchases from Crutchfield can be returned or exchanged within 60 days.

    Super Cool unit that makes me want to just drive!

    Frank from Carol Stream, IL on 5/9/2017

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

    Installed this unit in a 2001 Jeep Wrangler to control a new sound bar, Amp, 2 Sound Ordinance Powered Subs and new Alpine in dash 4 inch with tweeters. I was looking for a 1.5 Din as the single Din looked out of place and I really wanted the new technology of Bluetooth and a mic. This unit was a complete bonus as it has so many other features. I'm not a sound nut but had my nephew come and tune the system and all I can say is WOW, Head Unit finished off my system so well I find myself now just wanting to drive so I can feel the base and super clear sound. The look of the unit had my nephew confused as at first site he was like, What the heck is that! Within minutes he not only changed his mind but was blown away by the ease of controls and power the unit put out. Running all the wires was pretty straight forward with the directions and also having the factory wiring specs handy that we found online. Now on for mounting the unit, I must have missed the install kit and brackets that other reviews had mentioned and thought I needed to use the factory 1.5 din housing that of course was long gone. I ended up taking 2 thin steel L Brackets and using a pair of Wire snippers to cut the bracket to fit into the groove on the side of the radio, this worked perfect as the L Bracket fit right into the grove and also around the factory dash so all I had to do is run 2 screws into the dash housing and once the center counsel was put back the brackets where covered up and that Ra

    Pros: everything

    Cons: I personally like Blue Led, Green and Amber are ok.

    Modern Sound for my Geriatric Estate Wagon,

    Jim from Spring, TX on 5/7/2017

    1993 Buick Roadmaster
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Close to being the ideal sound system for older GM vehicles. If it had HD tuning, it would be as close to perfect as I'll ever find. It looks great in the dash of the '93 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon. Paired with modest speakers, it's a great drop-in upgrade of the old Delco unit. No problems with installation, but would have been a better experience of Crutchfield had offered the car-side installation adapter (or at least a link to add it to my order.)

    Pros: Looks Good in the dash Easy install Good video

    Cons: No HD tuner

    Awesome radio

    Jimmy from Milford, CT on 5/2/2017

    1992 Pontiac Grand Prix
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Awesome retro radio with all modern tech. Fits beautifully in my 92 grand prix. Highly recommend, sound Is great.

    Pros: Works, fits, as advertised. Love all the tech, blue tooth, mp3, aux and much more, works great with my android phone.

    Cons: None

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    John from Bensalem, PA on 4/26/2017

    2002 Chevrolet Avalanche
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love the basic look and fit in my 2002 Avalanche. LED display is hard to read but overall happy with the stereo.



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    Anonymous from Solon, OH on 4/23/2017

    1988 Pontiac Fiero
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product. Modern tech in a 30 year old car but looks correct. Not intuitive to use but once you learn the controls it's great.



    Great product, look, and sound

    Jacob from Gilbert, AZ on 4/2/2017

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

    This was an easy installation for my 98 Jeep Wrangler. Perfect size and well built. Definitely sounds amazing and I like the retro looking built with some modern features inside. I had a pioneer before this and this is 2x better, without a doubt. Stuck the mic for Bluetooth on my sun visor and it also is working very well. The wires they sent are a heck of lot better than what I had before. They allow for a much cleaner installation, so even if you already have the wires, replace them with these, it's worth it.

    Pros: - Fits like factory - Looks awesome - Sounds great - Bluetooth compatiable


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    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.



    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.



    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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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???


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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 connected to its rear chassis by a 40" pigtail. The USB ports enable 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 +) 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).

    • 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.
    • Not compatible with Android mobile devices.
    • You cannot connect a USB device via a USB hub or Multi-Card Reader to this unit.

    iPod Direct: 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
    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
    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
    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 & 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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    One of my customers is an older gentlemen who appreciates the classic look. This stereo maintained the classic look while still offering him modern amenities (bluetooth, USB, aux) while not altering the look of the interior like a modern stereo would. The power rating for this stereo is also fantastic at 25 RMS per speaker. Considering most aftermarket stereos under $400 hover around 11-14 RMS, the power rating is phenomenal. This allows for louder music without the need for installing an amp. [ John  Aug 01, 2017 ]
    Classic basic design with some cool features [ Robert  Jan 05, 2016 ]

    15 questions already asked

    While the brackets are "cheap plastic", I used them and have had no issues. Yes, you could probably fabricate something out of sheet metal or flat stock if you wanted to, but if you are careful, the plastic ones are fine, IMHO. In addition to using the screws, you can also use the ubiquitous super glue (which I didn't do, but in hind sight, would do...for peace of mind). [ Eric  Dec 18, 2017 ]
    Mine snapped right in my original brackets on 1987 Monte Carlo SS [ GARY W  Dec 17, 2017 ]
    You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Kenny  Sep 19, 2016 ]  Staff
    For additional details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. [ Kenny  May 24, 2016 ]  Staff
    For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. [ Krissy  Nov 16, 2015 ]  Staff
    After pairing your phone with the stereo, it will reconnect automatically after that. I haven't been in the vehicle that has this stereo in it for a while, so I don't recall if it shows song information on the display for bluetooth; I don't think it does. It will, however, let you skip tracks using the controls on the stereo. [ Kevin  Oct 05, 2015 ]
    My experience is, once set up, the blue tooth automatically connects to my iphone. The display is minimal. No specific info is displayed on the screen. [ Brooks  Oct 04, 2015 ]
    Hi, once you've paired your phone it starts playing automatically from then on whenever you start your car. It does not display track info via Bluetooth but does over USB. It's a great stereo, hope that helps! [ JOHN  Oct 03, 2015 ]
    You bet it does! Auto-Links to my phone so I can answer incoming calls hands free. Also allows me to play music and such from my phone through the radio. Playing music does display some info - it scrolls through the categories and such. As far as an incoming call, it only shows that there's an incoming call - no phone number display. [ MICHAEL  Oct 03, 2015 ]
    I do not have a bluetooth phone so I have never used this feature. [ DONALD W  Oct 03, 2015 ]
    It does hook up automatically after the first time. It displays very little in the radio from the phone. [ Josh  Oct 03, 2015 ]
    Yes and Yes. Also, if you attach the included microphone, you can make calls and use voice commands. [ DANIEL  Oct 03, 2015 ]
    For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. [ Krissy  Oct 01, 2015 ]  Staff
    I have an Iphone 5 and it works fine with just a usb connection. dont know why the 6 would be any different [ MICHAEL D  Jun 01, 2015 ]
    Works with 4S, haven't tried 6 but I would be surprised if they weren't compatible [ Jeffrey  May 28, 2015 ]
    I do not know. [ DONALD W  May 28, 2015 ]
    Yes it is. [ KEVIN  May 28, 2015 ]
    I'm sorry I can't be of much help. I use an i pod. I can't see why it would not work though [ Robert  May 28, 2015 ]
    Yes, I use mine sometimes...just know it doesn't charge the phone while you are using if, so most of the time I charge my phone with my truck's 12V outlet and use the Bluetooth. Great radio. Love the "simple" look. [ JOHN-CONRAD  May 28, 2015 ]
    Yes [ Kevin  May 28, 2015 ]
    I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: The Retrosound Newport does have a clock, but you have to go through the options in order to display it on the screen. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy  Dec 10, 2014 ]  Staff
    No it does not dim, but it is not so bright as to be a problem [ MICHAEL D  Dec 16, 2014 ]
    No sorry to say it does not dim with the headlights. I run it all the time with it on the dimmest setting which makes it ok at night and a little hard to see the screen in bright sunlight, (with sunglasses on). I am very happy with the function of the stereo itself. The install on the other hand was terrible. With the supplied brackets my dash bezel covered up the VOL MODE letters on the unit itself. It was to high in the dash. I had to fabricate my own brackets to locate the unit properly. I have a 1997 dodge ram. Not sure what type of rig you have, maybe you will have better luck. Hope this helps. -Justin. [ Justin  Dec 04, 2014 ]
    No they do not dim when the headlights turn on. [ Dale  Dec 02, 2014 ]
    I installed this myself and mine doesn't dim. Not sure if I did something wrong, but followed instructions and it does not dim currently. [ KEVIN  Dec 02, 2014 ]
    As far as I know, this unit does not have the capability to perform that function. Best regards [ Robert  Dec 01, 2014 ]
    Radio lights do not dim when headlights are on but there are two levels of radio lights and the low setting will not bother you at all. [ DONALD W  Dec 01, 2014 ]
    My unit does not dim with tge dimmer switch. It is not very bright at night and It does not bother me. I purchased the direct plug and play wiring harness and if there was any dimming function it would have worked but there is not. Hope this answer was sufficient. Thank you. Yanal [ Yanal  Dec 01, 2014 ]
    Hi Chris ! No, there is no wire hookup to dim with the dash settings or when the headlights are on. There is a dim/bright in the radio configuration where you can dim manually. Also, there is a color selection between amber and green. When I drive at night, the green seems the least obtrusive and the dim setting is ok. [ MICHAEL  Dec 01, 2014 ]
    Hey Chris, I don't know if there is a way to wire it into the headlights for automatic dimming. But there is a setting in the menu to dim the display. It's pretty quick to access and I regularly switch mine from bright to dim depending on driving conditions. Hope it helps, Dan [ DANIEL  Dec 01, 2014 ]
    No it will not dim and like your brake controller the rings around the knobs were so bright I took it apart and lightly misted the back of them with flat black spray paint to dim them. It wasn't hard to do at all and made a huge difference. [ David  Dec 01, 2014 ]
    I don't know what vehicle you are looking to install in but mine was a 1983 Z28 and it does not dim the screen with the headlights on, it does have a manual control for the screen, dim or bright built into the unit, you could also contact Retrosound for more info [ JEFF  Dec 01, 2014 ]
    The radio does not automatically dim with headlights on. [ Jill  Dec 01, 2014 ]
    The unit does have a control mode to dim the lighting on the radio. I usually keep it on the lower setting for day and night. The high setting is too bright to night driving. It was a very easy install for my Jeep Wrangler. [ Jill  Dec 01, 2014 ]
    I don't believe this unit supports dimming controlled by the headlight function. It does offer a dim setting you can control on the face. I leave mine dimmed always, as it's still fairly bright. [ Joseph  Dec 01, 2014 ]
    We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question. [ Greg  Jul 28, 2014 ]  Staff
    Sorry I can't answer for certain, but I have a 4S and it works perfectly. I'm thinking it must work with the 5 as well. [ Mike  Jul 05, 2014 ]
    Yes, it will work through gens 4 and 5 and their variants. [ Devan  Jul 04, 2014 ]
    Love the unit. Unfortunately, I only use my i pod with it. I do not have an i phone. Sorry I couldn't be of more help. [ Robert  Jul 04, 2014 ]
    yes [ JOHN  Jul 04, 2014 ]
    I'm not sure about the iPhone because I use a Windows phone. Sorry I can't be of more help. [ Russell  Jul 03, 2014 ]
    You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your phone. They will be able to pull up your model and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Greg  Jul 03, 2014 ]  Staff
    The ability to retain steering wheel controls with aftermarket receivers will be determined by the receiver you are using and the vehicle you have. For full information on this type of integration (including the parts you will need) please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy  May 18, 2014 ]  Staff
    Radio works great, fit was perfect. I play my iPod through usb in front panel because it also charges iPod. Can't help you with flash drive because I never use one. Regards, Bob Y [ Robert  Apr 19, 2014 ]
    I don't use ipod/iphone but according to the owners manual yes you can plug both into the usb input, flash drive you can turn bottom knob to next or previous song, it also shows album, artist and name of song, it will also set to play randomly, plays MP3 or WMA files, hope this helps. [ JEFF  Apr 19, 2014 ]
    Yes, I play my ipod through the USB [ LAWRENCE  Apr 18, 2014 ]
    You have to manually go to clock display. [ DONALD W  Oct 03, 2015 ]
    It should. [ Vincent  Apr 09, 2014 ]
    We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question. [ Jeff  Jan 15, 2014 ]  Staff
    Yes it will work with Infinity system. [ Vincent  Apr 09, 2014 ]
    You will want to contact an Advisor by phone or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Jeff  Jan 12, 2014 ]  Staff

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