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Retrosound Model One
Digital media receiver
Our take on the Retrosound Model One by Crutchfield's Buck Pomerantz
Now you can get a digital media receiver (this model does not play CDs) that matches the look and fit of the factory radio in your classic ride, so you can enjoy your iPod®, satellite radio, or other portable music player while cruising in a vintage vehicle. Retrosound designed the Model One digital media receiver to mount in almost any classic car, using an ingenious InfiniMount bracket and shaft system that adjusts to fit any dash opening.
Old school looks, new technology
The Model One looks like an old-fashioned radio, but it offers the modern conveniences of a front-panel USB port and an auxiliary input. Simply connect your digital audio player, satellite radio, or a thumb drive loaded with music files, and enjoy hours of modern entertainment. You can view track info on the LCD screen. You can also play your CDs through the Model One with the addition of Retrosound's 10-disc CD changer.
Two sets of preamp outputs let you add external amplifiers, and a remote control is included for added convenience. The Model One also comes with a U-bracket for mounting the radio under the dash or in any other convenient spot. With the addition of the optional 94" remote extension cord, you can even install the Model One in a hidden location and operate it with the wireless remote control.
Free dash and knob kit with your order
Retrosound also makes kits with faceplates and knobs that match the interiors of a wide range of classic vehicles. Give us a call at 1-888-955-6000 to place your order, and we'll include a faceplate kit for your classic car free with your order. If you prefer to order online and your classic car does not appear in our Car Selector, please add the faceplate kit you've selected to your Cart, and we'll include it free with your order.
I installed this in a 1981 Cadillac El Dorado. It is a great unit, but the price seems a bit on the high side. It took a bit of time to make it fit, but the unit is extremely adaptable. Being so adaptable is what makes this unit worth the price I suppose.
minielvis, Tulsa, OK
What's in the Box:
- Shaft-style AM/FM radio
- 2 Infinimount shafts with a 9" harness attached to each one
- 2 Infinimount metal brackets
- Chrome universal faceplate adapter
- 4 Chrome knobs
- Power/Ground harness
- Speaker harness
- Wireless remote with CR2025 3V Lithium battery
- 18" USB cable with a USB type-B connector on one end and a USB type-A connector on other end
- Universal rubber gasket
- 6.875" Metal backstrap
- Metal U-bracket
- 2 Rubber housings. 2 Rectangular metal brackets
- 2 Ring metal brackets
- 8 Machine screws
- Self-tapping screw
- Rear support bolt
- 6 Large flat-washers
- 3 Small flat-washers
- 3 Lock-washers
- 6 Large nuts
- 1 Small nut
- Owner's Manual/Installation Guide
- "Tech Update" note
- digital media receiver designed for classic cars (no built-in CD player)
- built-in amplifier (22 watts RMS/60 peak x 4 channels)
- plays MP3, WMA, and AAC music files from external sources (no internal CD player)
- InfiniMount shaft/bracket system fits most car dash openings
- adjustable-angle LCD display
- includes faceplate to match your classic car (wide variety of vehicle dash kits available)
- remote control
- 4 EQ presets plus user-controlled bass/treble adjustment
- compatible with Retrosound CD changer
- inputs: front-panel mini-USB and auxiliary inputs
- outputs: 4-channel preamp outputs (front, rear)
Other features and specs:
- mini-USB to standard USB adapter included
- U-bracket included for remote mounting
- optional 94" IR cable for a hidden install
- warranty: 2 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Features and Specs
|Memory Card Slot||USB|
|Satellite Radio Ready||No|
|RMS Power Output||22 watts|
|Peak Output||60 watts|
|RMS Power Bandwidth||20-20kHz|
|Sub Preamp Outputs||No|
|Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs||No|
|Preamp Voltage||2 volts|
|Key Button Color||N/A|
|Steering Wheel Control Compatible||No|
|Parts Warranty||2 Years|
|Labor Warranty||2 Years|
|FM Sensitivity||10 dBf|
|Radio Data System||No|
Overview: The Retro Sound Model One is a breakthrough classic car radio offering flexible mounting options using an Infinimount shaft/bracket system (patent pending), Auxiliary Input, USB input for MP3/WMA digital file playback from popular USB flash devices (thumb drives), CD-changer controls and built-in AM/FM tuner. The Model One was created to meet the needs of classic car enthusiasts for a radio that maintains the classic in dash look of the vehicle while offering modern playback capabilities from today's digital music sources. An optional 94" remote mount infrared "eye" (068RSIRCBL, sold separately) even allows for complete hide away placement of the Model One, allowing a completely stock appearance of any car, RV, motorcycle.
Infinimount Shaft/Bracket System: The Infinimount Shaft/Bracket System allows you to mount the Model One 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 included U Bracket allows for under dash mounting options and the unit can be mounted virtually anywhere due to its small 4.075" wide x 6.575" deep x 2.015" tall footprint. Advanced installers can even unscrew the Model One'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 One 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. The following Installation Kits are available.
|Kit Number||Vehicle Applications|
|068UNIVKT||1940-85 Universal Mount|
|06855CHVYK/06856CHVYK/06857CHVYK||1955/1956/1957 Chevy Faceplate and Knob kit|
|0686265NVK||1962-62 Nova Faceplate and Knob kit|
|0686364IMK||1963-64 Impala Faceplate Adapter|
|0686466GTK||1964-66 GM/Chevy Truck Faceplate|
|0686466MUK||1964-66 Mustang Faceplate|
|06864CHVEK/0686577CHK||1964/1965-77 Chevelle Face plate and Knob kit|
|0686667NVK||1966-67 Nova Faceplate and Knob kit|
|0686768CAB||1967-68 Camaro Black Faceplate and Knob kit|
|0686768CAW||1967-88 Camaro Walnut Faceplate and knob kit|
|0686772GTK||1967-72 GM Truck Faceplate with Black Knobs|
|0686776MUK||1967-73 Mustang Faceplate|
|0686819NVK||1968-79 Nova Faceplate adapter and Knob kit|
|0686876VEK||1968-76 Corvette Faceplate|
|0686981CAK||1969-81 Camaro Faceplate adapter and Knob kit|
|0687085UNK||1970-85 Universal Kit with 1 pair of knobs and 2 Face plates|
LCD Display: The Retro Sound Model One features an LCD display with a digital read-out. The unit's LCD display offers an enhanced viewing angle and is daylight compatible. The LCD display will display clock, tuner or track information. The unit will even display MP3/WMA track names.
Amplifier: The Model One is equipped with a 22 watts x 4-channel RMS/60 watts x 4-channel Peak amplifier.
Preamp Outputs: The universal shaft-style receiver has two pair of 2-volt preamp outputs (Front and Rear). Each preamp output is connected to the unit's rear-chassis by a 5.5" pigtail.
Sound Adjustments: The Retrosound Model One has many sound adjustments modes to help you tailor the radio to your audio preference. You can choose to adjust the following settings.
- DSP: You can adjust the unit's DSP modes to Flat, Classic, Pop, Rock, or Off.
- Bass: The Bass adjustment function allows you to boost or cut the low frequencies from -7 to +7.
- Treble: The Treble adjustment function allows you to boost or cut the high frequencies from -7 to +7.
- Balance: The Balance adjustment function allows you to adjust or pan the stereo sound from the left or right; this is helpful to compensate for the position of the driver in relation to the speaker locations. Adjustment range is 0 to 15.
- Fader: The Fader Control allows you to fade the sound from the front pair of speaker to your rear pair of speakers. Adjustment range is 0 to 15.
Audible Confirmation: You can turn the units audible confirmation (beep tone) On or Off.
AM/FM Tuner: The Model One features a built-in AM/FM digital tuner. 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. The Retrosound Model One has the capability to receive FM broadcasts frequencies in other countries. This unit's tuner can be set to USA or European tuning.
USB Port: The Retrosound Model One features a front panel USB type-B port and comes supplied with a USB cable which converts the port to a USB type-A port so you can plug in your USB flash/thumb drive (up to 8GB). Once you've connected your USB flash/thumb drive, the Model One will find your songs instantly and automatically start playing them. You will be able to control basic playback functions of your music files such as Play, Pause, Skip Track, Intro Scan, Repeat Track and Random. This unit supports the following music files via a USB flash/thumb drive in format FAT32 - MP3 (32-320 kbps), WMA (32-256 kbps), and AAC (32-256 kbps). The unit will recognize up to 1000 folders and up to 2500 files in each folder. The Model One also support MP3/WMA/AAC song information. This function allows you to view the track name, album, and artist information.
Note: Files with copy right protection and files encoded using Apple Lossless Encoder are not playable.
Auxiliary Input: The universal shaft-style receiver features a front panel 3.5mm auxiliary input for connecting a portable external audio source such as a MP3 player or portable CD player. The unit's auxiliary input supports any portable unit with an analog stereo 3.5mm headphone jack output. No audio cable is supplied with this unit.
CD-Changer Control: The Model One shaft-style headunit features a proprietary multi-pin port on its rear-chassis which allows for connection of Restrosound's 10-disc CD changer (068RSCD10, sold separately). You are able to change tracks and discs from the Model One's control knobs. The unit also offers the following CD-changer playback functions - Play, Pause, Intro Scan, Repeat Track and Random CD.
Remote Control: The headunit comes supplied with a full-function 18 key IR wireless remote control. The remote will operate the same functions as the Model One's control knobs and front-panel buttons. The remote is intended for use when you are mounting the radio in a location where it is hard to reach but the IR receiver is still visible. The remote is also needed when mounting the radio in a remote location which is hidden to keep your vehicle's factory integrity. You will need the optional 94" IR sensor cable (068RSIRCBL, sold separately) so the headunit can receive IR remote commands from the supplied wireless remote.
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