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RetroRadio M1A AM/FM receiver with aux input for classic cars — does not play CDs (Chrome buttons)

Item # 068LACM1A

Got a vintage ride with a radio that's showing its age? Enter the RetroRadio M1A...

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Got a vintage ride with a radio that's showing its age? Enter the RetroRadio M1A...

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Item # 068LACM1A

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About the RetroRadio M1A

Dave Delamere

Make your vintage vehicle more modern

Got a vintage ride with a radio that's showing its age? Enter the RetroRadio M1A receiver. This ingenious radio fits a wide variety of classic cars and trucks, thanks to RetroSound's patented "InfiniMount" adjustable shaft/bracket system. You can even install the RetroRadio M1A chassis remotely with an optional RetroSound extension cable for customizing versatility. Now you can cruise in style and enjoy your music in a whole new way. 

Make your vintage vehicle more modern

Got a vintage ride with a radio that's showing its age? Enter the RetroRadio M1A receiver. This ingenious radio fits a wide variety of classic cars and trucks, thanks to RetroSound's patented "InfiniMount" adjustable shaft/bracket system. You can even install the RetroRadio M1A chassis remotely with an optional RetroSound extension cable for customizing versatility. Now you can cruise in style and enjoy your music in a whole new way. 

Simplicity is key

The RetroRadio M1A looks like an old-fashioned radio, but the vintage push-button styling conceals a thoroughly modern receiver that's made to entertain you. You can enjoy all your favorite AM/FM stations, plus you can plug your smartphone, Dock-and-Play satellite radio, portable music player, or just about any source with a headphone jack into the auxiliary input on the rear of the receiver. The solid built-in amplifier delivers 18 watts RMS per channel, plenty of power for most situations. And new for 2021, the RetroRadio M1A's improved circuit board includes built-in noise suppression, which ensures your sweet music will be crisp and clear.

More power to you

Want to add some serious power to your RetroSound receiver? The Quad4 amplifier delivers 45 watts RMS by four channels to your speakers without taking up a lot of space. 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.

Adapt the M1A to a DIN opening

If your classic car has already been altered to accept a DIN (2" tall) radio, we offer a repair kit to convert your dash opening back to its original splendor!

This radio does not play CDs.


Product highlights:

    General Features:
    • AM/FM receiver designed for classic cars (no built-in CD player)
    • built-in amplifier (18 watts RMS/45 watts peak x 4 channels)
    • rear-mounted 3.5mm aux input with 8" pigtail for smartphones, satellite radios, portable music players, and other devices
    • InfiniMount shaft/bracket system fits a variety of vintage car dash openings
    • circuit board with built-in noise suppression for cleaner sound
    Other Info:
    • AM/FM tuner with 18 FM/12 AM presets
    • 4 EQ presets plus user-controlled bass, treble, fader, balance, and mute
    • separate power antenna and amplifier turn-on leads
    • selectable USA/EU/Japan/AUS/RUS tuner frequencies
    • white illumination
    • warranty: 1 year
    • MFR # LAC-M1A

    What's in the box:

    • Shaft-style radio (M1A body)
    • Front-panel
    • 2 Infinimount shafts (with 11" harness attached to each one)
    • 2 Infinimount metal brackets
    • Main harness
    • Power/Ground harness
    • Speaker harness
    • 10 Large machines screws
    • 4 Small machine screws
    • 12 Large hex-nuts
    • Medium hex-nut
    • 4 Small hex-nuts
    • 3 Lock-washers
    • 8 Large flat-washers
    • 8 Small flat-washers
    • 2 Large spacers
    • 2 Small spacers
    • Large self-tapping screw
    • Small self-tapping screws
    • Rear-support stud
    • Backstrap
    • Rubber boot
    • User's Manual
    • Quick Start Guide
    • "STOP" note

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    Features & specs

    AUX Input Mini (rear)
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input No
    USB Port Power 0
    Backup Camera Input No
    Second Camera Input No
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Alexa Voice Control N
    Android Control No
    Memory Card Slot N
    Bluetooth Compatible No
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size No
    Nano No
    Touch No
    iPhone No
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) N/A
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) 18 watts
    Peak Output 40 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth Not givenHz
    Preamp Outputs None
    Sub Preamp Outputs No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Navigation App Compatible (iOS)
    Navigation App Compatible (Android)
    Preamp Voltage N/A
    Screen Size ---
    Screen Type ---
    Display Color White
    Key Button Color N/A
    EQ Bands None
    Wireless Remote No
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible No
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    FM Sensitivity 12.5 dBf
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes
    File Playback
    Music File Playback N/A
    High-res Playback N
    The RetroRadio M1A replaces these items:

    Product Research

    Shaft-Style Radio
    Built-in Tuner & Aux Input
    Audio Section

    Shaft-Style Radio

    Infinimount Shaft/Bracket System: The Infinimount Shaft/Bracket System allows you to mount the Laguna radio in a variety of 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 (0.3125"-2.1875") from the chassis of the radio, using the supplied side-mount brackets. You can move these brackets forward or backward and move them in any direction. You can even cut, trim, or bend the brackets if needed. This shaft-style radio is a true problem solver for tough to fit applications due to its unique bracket system combined with small mounting size.

    Faceplates & Knobs (sold separately): There are multiple vehicle specific faceplates & knobs available for the Laguna. In addition there are universal faceplates which allow 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.

    Note: The RetroSound Laguna does not come with a faceplate or knobs. A universal mounting plate or vehicle specific faceplate and knob set will be needed for installation.

    LCD Display: The RetroSound Laguna features an LCD with a digital read-out.The unit's LCD offers an ultra-wide, off-axis viewing angle and is daylight compatible. The LCD will display clock and tuner information. The color illumination of the LCD is white (fixed).

    Built-in Tuner & Aux Input

    RDS AM/FM Tuner: The Retrosound head unit features a built-in RDS AM/FM 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. 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.

    Aux Input: The universal shaft-style receiver features a 3.5mm auxiliary input connected to the rear chassis by 7" pigtails. The Aux input provides a connection for portable external audio sources such as a MP3 player or  CD player.

    Audio Section

    18W x 4Ch Amplifier: The Laguna is equipped with a 18 watts x 4-channel RMS/40 watts x 4-channel Peak amplifier. An improved circuit board with built-in noise suppression delivers great sound. .

    Preset EQ + Bass & Treble: The Laguna features the following preset EQ curves (Classic, Pop, Rock, or Off) to customize your music listening. The Off mode activates manual Bass & Treble adjustment.

    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 Laguna 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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    Customer Q&A

    12 questions already asked

    What are the length and height dimensions of the face? I want to be sure it fits my opening before ordering
    b.  Aug 10, 2021
    3 answers
    3.5" X 1.5" I installed it in my 1978 Mercedes 240D along with a plate suggested by Crutchfielf. It looks and sounds good. The instructions were very helpful. The wire connectors they recommend were also very good.
    mark  Aug 16, 2021
    When we measured one, we found the face to be 3.875" wide x 1.125" tall. We often have mounting plates/brackets and knob kits that help it install into classic vehicles when ordered using our online fit guide:
    jason  Aug 14, 2021 (Staff)
    I have not measured it but I want to say it is about 5" by 3" and it fits perfectly in my '67 Chevy Pickup.
    anthony  Aug 13, 2021
    Where is the aux/port located on this radio?
    mark  Apr 13, 2023
    1 answer
    The 3.5mm AUX input is located on the back of the unit on a 7" pigtail.
    zachary  Apr 13, 2023 (Staff)
    are there wires in the back of this radio/?
    james  Oct 13, 2022
    1 answer
    Yes. There are loose wires connected to this radio via a harness.
    zachary  Oct 13, 2022 (Staff)
    Dose it work on 6 volt?
    holger  Aug 20, 2022
    1 answer
    This is not designed for 6V use. It is only intended for 12V systems.
    zachary  Aug 20, 2022 (Staff)
    Can I install an amp with a sub on this radio? I see it only has 4 speaker wires out.
    daniel  May 16, 2022
    1 answer
    This radio does not have a subwoofer preamp output which means that a subwoofer system will need to take speaker level inputs to work. We offer a variety of systems that can work and I recommend contacting an advisor by calling 1-800-324-9695 to get a personal recommendation
    jason  May 22, 2022 (Staff)
    Does this have a plugin to play a flash drive from ?
    grumpy  Mar 14, 2022
    1 answer
    I'm sorry, no. Aux input only. You can find this information on the product page "Details" tab.
    kenneth  Mar 19, 2022 (Staff)
    is it bluetooth ready ?
    danny  Nov 10, 2021
    1 answer
    No Bluetooth on the M1A model, you would have to step up to the M2A for that option. The M2A also adds USB as well.
    kenneth  Nov 13, 2021 (Staff)
    Will the scp-05 screen overlay work with this?
    danny  Jul 02, 2021
    2 answers
    Yes, the SPC-05 screen overlay is compatible with this radio. You can find it under the Accessories tab listed under "RetroSound Vintage Dial Screen Overlays" the product page for the RetroSound Laguna M1A.
    allison  Jul 14, 2021 (Staff)
    Danny I'm not sure. I installed the radio in a 53 Chevy truck (street rod) and it works great.
    d.l.  Jul 02, 2021
    Will this radio fit into a 1 din opening?
    keith s  Mar 16, 2021
    1 answer
    No, this radio is for vehicles that have the older shaft style openings. You can check to see if this will fit your vehicle by using our Outfit My Car tool: 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.
    thomas  Mar 30, 2021 (Staff)
    Does this unit have RCA plugs for connecting to an amp?
    nik  Jan 05, 2021
    1 answer
    No, there are no RCA plugs for connecting to an amp on this radio. I think there are more connection possibilities on some of their more expensive models
    stanley  Jan 06, 2021
    Hi. I wanted to confirm that I can use an iPhone (10) to connect to the RetroSound Laguna M1A radio? My phone has the lightning connector so I would assume that I can use an iPhone cable to connect to the Aux input on the back of the radio. s,
    phillip  Jan 04, 2021
    1 answer
    You can connect your iPhone , but only thru the audio jack. There are no USB connections on this model . More expensive models have USB connections and more functions.
    stanley  Jan 06, 2021

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