RetroSound Retro Classic RC-900C
1978 Jeep Cherokee
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Perfect for my 1978 Jeep Cherokee!
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Listing to old tunes while driving an old car is a pretty cool way to spend an afternoon, but the tinny sound of that factory radio can get really old, really fast. If you've always wanted a better stereo in your car, but held off because you didn't want to modify the interior, RetroSound's Retro Classic AM/FM receiver will bring the modern world to your vintage vehicle.
This ingenious radio fits a wide variety of vintage cars and trucks, thanks to RetroSound's patented "InfiniMount" adjustable shaft/bracket system. Now you can cruise in style and enjoy your music in a whole new way.
The Retro Classic looks like an old-fashioned radio, but the vintage push-button styling conceals a thoroughly modern receiver that's made to play your digital music. You can enjoy all your favorite AM/FM stations, of course, plus you can plug your iPod™, satellite radio tuner, or just about any source with a headphone jack into the auxiliary input on the rear of the receiver. With a built-in amplifier and sound-shaping tools, you can fine-tune the Retro Classic to perform the way you want it to.
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.
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.
Perfect for my 1978 Jeep Cherokee!
Anonymous, Fort Worth, TX
Average Customer Review(s):
Perfect for my 1978 Jeep Cherokee!
Easy install, great sound and classic look! I would recommend retrosound to anyone.
Pros: Easy install, great fit, classic look, sounds great.
Not completely sure about all of it yet. Great concept for replacing an old shaft style radio. Today is a Sunday and after a well planned install, I got a bit frustrated. I will be contacting Retrosound tomorrow. Not exactly happy with the fit and finish. Even with all of the mounting adjustments that can be made I just can't get it in the dash that suits me...Can't get the shaft brackets far enough back and up for it to fit in the dash hole properly, although I was able to get the shaft positions prefect. I should not need a faceplate or bezel because the hole size in the dash is the same size as the nose of the radio. The black faceplate that came with it is stamped with "Darsun-Z" and "Triumph", really! I got the chrome knobs and the inner knobs fit extremely sloppy and wobble on the shafts. The outers knobs seem fine. I did get it powered up and it works...but many questions need answered.
Pros: Great concept!!!
Cons: As I said many questions need answered.
I purchased this car radio for my 1966 Datsun 1600 Roadster. with the flexible mounting options, this radio fit great and sounds great as well. This is the basic version of the Reto Sound radio with an AM/FM stereo and an Auxiliary port for connecting portable device
Pros: Flexible mounting options, great sound quality, easy wiring and with the optional screen cover the radio can have that old style analog dial radio look!
Cons: requires you to take your time, read the instructions and plan your installation to insure a proper fit.
This is an outstanding radio
Pros: Sound and Reception is great
Easy to install and good looks!
For the money, unwise it had a few more functions; Bluetooth, USB input, etc, but overall am happy with the unit. Went into my son's car and he wanted to keep it looking "period correct; does a great job at that. Quality and performance seem good and it fits nicely into dash with no mods necessary. Functions are easy and use is VERY straightforward and easy. I would recommend if you're looking for an old school look with modern functions.
Pros: Fit, finish and ease of use.
Cons: Number of functions
I bought this radio to replace an old aftermarket cassette player in the 280Z. I really wanted something that looked more original than the cassette player. This radio does the job perfectly and still has all the modern tech hidden inside.
Pros: Looks great in a classic car
This product is not yet installed, but I see no issues with the craftmanship/quality. We are restoring an old car and not yet ready for the radio install.
Simple install if you have a dremmel or a die grinder. Looks great
This unit looks very authentic in my Jeep CJ 5. Seems a bit overpriced for what you are getting, but it installed easily and fits very well.
Pros: Authentic look, easy install. Good product support through the manufacturer.
Cons: Having the AUX cord on the back is a little hokey. It would have been more nice, albeit less authentic to have a standard AUX port on the front of the unit, rather than having the built in cord, then another cord attaching to my Iphone, but all said I am very happy with the unit.
Product looks really cool similar to original
Average sounding radio, not great, not poor. Not the easiest to program. Doesn't really fit the opening for a 79 chevy nova, is a little small and the bezels they sent don't fit either. Didn't want to cut the dash so this is what I had to settle for.
Cons: Does not come with the faceplate shown in the picture, and the bezels don't fit.
Bought to replace a custom-autosound unit that's very similar. Really nice unit, small to the wiring all fits in a tight space, and very adjustable to look natural in my unusually sized radio hole. Super easy to wire up and subtle digital face looks classic and not too modern. Sound quality is great, speakers run loud and clear.
Pros: Classic looking, subtle digital face, lots of knob and faceplate customizable options, easy to install.
Cons: The knobs didn't totally fit right, had to leave off the inner knobs, but that's ok, unless you know you don't know the difference.
I removed an old, clunky Jensen radio and replaced it with this little guy -- and the sound that it produces is awesome. My TR6 now has plenty of sound with the top down, AND the radio looks awesome. It took me about a 1/2 day to install, and the result is worth it. No cutting was required since it fit right into the same 2 holes as the Jensen. The free faceplate and knobs also were a big plus. Thank you! The only thing now I need to do is determine the AMP rating on the yellow +12VDC. That is not rated anywhere -- and I have it fused. It popped a 3A -- so I have upped.
Pros: Sound clarity and volume. look. Bracketing. Free buttons and bezel.
Cons: Cutting the faceplate bezel was difficult. Fusing on the yellow wire due to unknown amperage.
Radio was the best...
Pros: everything was good about it...
Cons: only bad thing is it didn`t come with the Radio knobs...(wonder Why!!!)Crutchfield response on 6/22/2015 We're sorry that you didn't get the knobs and faceplate kit with your order. Because the radios in these classic cars had a wide variety of looks and styles, RetroSound packages the knobs separately, so you can buy the radio and then choose the knobs to match the car's original radio and dash style. We've made this note much more prominent on the RC-900C's web page so this doesn't happen to anyone else. And since the knobs are supposed to be free, we've refunded the amount you paid when you called to get them. Thank you for your business!
I like the look of the radio and the sound is great.
Pros: The wiring diagram was fairly simple but I did have to compare the wire diagram from my old radio with this one to determine what some of the wires were for.
Cons: It would have been nice to have connections for USB in addition to the i-pod cord. and the cords could have been a little longer to reach out from under the dash.
Just installed this radio and it sounds great. Ease of use is fantastic.
Pros: Fit, apperance, sound, easy to use and set up.
Cons: Haven't found any yet.
I am very pleased with the sound quality and ability to tune weak stations. The associated knobs and bezel made it look similar to my original.
Pros: Overall quality and a big heatsink in the back.
Decided to renovate the '78 Chevy PU I bought new in AZ. Found Polk Audio Dxi 690 6" x 9" speakers in "Scratch & Dent." (The S&D were all in the box.) Installed these in the door kick panels replacing old speakers I installed in the '80s. A wonderful deal. Decided on the RetroSound RC-900c after considerable research and some confusion due to Crutchfield's website indicating that this unit was NOT compatible with my vehicle. This is FALSE. With the correct bezel, it is a PERFECT fit. The little black plastic bezel kit (included in the price) looks great, and the matte black solid metal knobs have hi qual look & feel. The unit has more presets than LA has listenable radio stations, but I wanted the aux jack for iPod. Routed the iPod cable through the ashtray which has enough space to hold my old 120GB fatboy iPod in the closed position. I had some issues getting the RC-900c to work due to a resistor I overlooked in the "always" wire left over from the wiring harness of the Pioneer cassette deck unit I had installed in the '80s. Tech support was beautiful in helping me troubleshoot the problem. Justified buying from Crutchfield. With everything working now, I'm a pig in sonic manure. Unit drives the 6x9s loud and clear. I can't match the sound of a high-end 2014 factory unit, but - Hey! - it's a 37 year old truck. Get one!
Pros: Fits PERFECT; Good power and clarity; Looks great; Fader, Balance, etc., easy to adjust; nice wiring harness provided; clear, easy to see display
Cons: None for meCrutchfield response on 1/12/2015 Dan, after your conversation with our Tech Support department, they investigated further and have updated our database to show that the RC-900C will indeed fit that truck. So thanks for helping us out on that one! And please remember us when your friends ask how you got such incredible sound in that classic pickup (mine was a '77).
works good and sounds good
Pros: Every thing was as advertised. Has a lot of adjustment fot the controls.
I knew I liked the look of this unit. It was the only stereo I could find that would look good in my surf-wagon'd 1971 International Harvester Travelall. Price was right too. But admittedly I had concerns about the sound quality. I don't know much about car-audio but from what I could see comparing specs it looked like it was a pretty low-watt unit. Thankfully I was pleasantly surprised. I connected one pair of 6x9s and was immediately impressed by the fidelity, and the loudness possible before distortion. I wouldn't hesitate to get another one of these. I will say-- installation is fiddly, the materials seem pretty cheap, and I don't love the display. But overall I'm happy with the unit and would recommend it.
Pros: Looks. Price. Sound quality.
Cons: Lightweight construction. Fiddly installation. Display is a little ugly and not visible through the "screen protectors".
My son spent three hours adjusting and readjusting to get the radio, bezel, and knobs to fit perfectly in our 1966 Mustang, and now it does look beautiful. Unfortunately, he then didn't have time to connect the wiring for sound, so that will be a project for another day, thus no review for value, sound, or ease of use.
Pros: Looks like a beautiful new "old" radio.
Cons: Not really a con that it took so long to get the right fit. These radios are not designed to fit just one car and model specifically, and my son really wanted it to look perfect.
Great sound and great look! Perfect fit for my 66 mustang convertible. The service from Crutchfield was terrific. I will definitely use them again.
Pros: Sound and look
Cons: Sometimes it Is difficult to change formats.
I installed this in my '71 Corvette to replace an ill fitting aftermarket radio from the '80's. This radio looks great in the dash -- almost like the stock radio. Installation was fairly easy and the knob and bezel kit closely resembles the stock Corette radio.
Pros: The looks. The price.
Cons: I've only had it for 2 weeks, so I don't have anything negative to say.
Install was a breeze, You can actually install the unit and then the dials, separately, then plug it all together. Lots of functions on the two dials by combining turning and pushing the knobs. If you're over 50, read the directions! My 18 year old son can figure it out, but I was lost.... Sound is directly related to speaker quality - ask a Crutchfield rep for help. They will provide a good match. Spend the extra $20 for new speaker wires! Please Note: I replaced the battery in the truck recently. I thought I had pulled the fuse first, but turns out, I was wrong....Even though I had properly R&R'ed the batteries, when I started the truck, every digital pixel was lit, and I thought I had ruined the radio....after 5 minutes of driving, the radio reset by itself and came back to normal function. Whew! And thank you!
Pros: Ease of install; variety of faceplates; the way it looks.
Cons: Might take some time to learn the technology; radio may temporarily "freak out" at battery change.
Infinimount Shaft/Bracket System: The Infinimount Shaft/Bracket System allows you to mount the Model: RC-900C2 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 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 Model: RC-900C2's faceplate and adjust its cant/angle to allow for even more customization. There are multiple vehicle specific faceplate & knob kits available (sold separately), as well as an universal faceplate that fits the Model: RC-900C2 which allows you to use the integrated break away tabs to modify all aspects of height & width of the plate, and even drill in your own shaft holes to fit virtually any car. This radio is a true problem solver for tough to fit applications due to its unique bracket system combined with small mounting size. Universal and Vehicle Specific Installation Dash and Knob kits are available.
Note: The RetroSound Model: RC-900C2 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 Model: RC-900C2 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 and tuner information.
MOSFET Amplifier: The Model: RC-900C2 is equipped with a 25 watts x 4-channel RMS (50 watts x 4-channel Peak) MOSFET amplifier.
Sound Adjustments: The RetroSound Model: RC-900C2 has many sound adjustments modes to help you tailor the radio to your audio preference. You can choose to adjust the following settings.
Audible Confirmation: You can turn the units audible confirmation (beep tone) On or Off.
AM/FM Tuner: The Model: RC-900C2 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 Model: RC-900C2 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.
Aux Inputs: The RetroSound Model: RC-900C2 features a rear-panel 3.5mm auxiliary input for connecting portable external audio sources such as a MP3 player and/or portable CD player. The unit's auxiliary input supports any portable unit with an analog stereo 3.5mm headphone jack output or stereo RCA output.
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This is what I was looking for backed by crutchfield support. [ WILLIAM H Oct 01, 2016 ]
I'm afraid the RetroSound Retro Classic RC-900C would not support the connection or control of an external CD changer. If you would like to discuss further, feel free contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. I hope that helps! [ Larry Nov 11, 2016 ] Staff
Thanks for your question. The manufacturer lists the dimensions as: Chassis Width 4.0625" Chassis Depth 5.75" Chassis Height 2.0625" Hope this helps. [ Kenny Aug 19, 2016 ] Staff
can you hook up a c-d player to it [ john Sep 20, 2016 ]
Hi Rebecca. I don't believe that radio is satellite ready. By that, I mean it doesn't have the port and software to support the SXV300 tuner module. If you have a stand alone satellite radio kit, you could feed the output from it into the aux input of the radio. [ mike Mar 01, 2016 ]
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 Dec 14, 2015 ] Staff
We only hooked up one pair of dash speakers so I'm not positive BUT I do not believe there are provisions for a sub amp. [ RL Nov 13, 2015 ]
It's for your iPhone/Music MP3 to play music through the vehicle speakers. Make sure the radio is set to AUX [ Joseph May 06, 2015 ]
The AUX input is 3.5mm for the Retro 900C. If you need anything else, head over to Retrosounds site and visit the product archive. The manual is there and they layout everything very well! [ HOWELL, May 06, 2015 ]
the Aux input is for hooking up external audio sources. You can hook up your iPod or phone with the aux input to listen to music. The usb would be for the same thing. You can load up a USB drive and play the music off of it. [ Travis May 06, 2015 ]
Yes... iPhone / mp3 input, etc. [ Steve May 06, 2015 ]
I'm not sure and if someone knows please pass that information on to me. Thank you. [ JAMES May 06, 2015 ]
I believe on this model it's a 3.5 mm, I haven't checked yet since I haven't installed anything but the stereo and I had the wiring done at a shop. I know that the next model up has a two usb ports on the back though. [ JASON May 06, 2015 ]
Standard 3.5. You don't plug directly in to the back of the stereo. I believe the aux input comes off of the wiring harness which plugs into the back of the stereo. [ JOSEPH May 06, 2015 ]
No it does not display anything that is plugged in the unit it only does sound and no controlling such as skipping or replaying have to control through the mp3 or iPod [ KEITH May 04, 2015 ]
Mike, We are using an AUX in and that info does not display under that scenario. We do not have a I-pod connection in the model we purchased. Hope that helps [ RL May 03, 2015 ]
yes the knobs from the radio i had fit [ JOHNNY W Feb 06, 2015 ]
If you order the Cadillac face plate option the knobs will look like factory. I got mine for a 1966 mustang and the knobs match and it was no charge for it. [ TERRY Feb 05, 2015 ]
I don't know about the Cadillac but the knobs for a 1965 Corvette fit the radio fine. [ JAMES Feb 05, 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 Mar 12, 2014 ] Staff