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Default Best Stereo for a 1996 Mustang - advice

I have a 1996 mustang with the ford amp built into the system, but I do not have the mach sound system. Does anyone know the specs on the factory amp. I bought the car without a stereo and I am looking for advice on what to install. Crutchfield told me that I can either use the factory amp, or bypass it and use the aftermarket stereo's built in amp. I am looking at a regular old 200 watt stereo like a JVC or Kenwood. Would it sound better to get a factory head unit and install it using the factory amp. Opinions please.
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factory sounds ok but an aftermarket radio always sounds better you can get a 7" touch screen dvd for around 300 on ebay like i have its a panasonic i love it way better than a regular cd player
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Be best to bypass it and go with an aftermarket. It isn't worth the hassle of splicing everything in and getting only factory performance.
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today i transplanted a mach MP3 stereo than i think came out of an 02 stang it takes alot of patients and a little work but it sounds awsome i have a 97 V6 and i wanted a stereo that could play MP3's but thought the normal sized stereo with the extra hole at the bottom looked kinda out dated so i decided to try it the dash piece that has the center vents in it has to be used because of the larger size stereo the only mod to the car itself you have to do is removing two plastic tabs that the original benzel i beleave is what they call it where the two screws go under the original stereo mine were allready cracked so no big deal to me i got the stereo and benzel from a junk yard for about 50$ i had to remove it myself so i took the factory plug from the wireing harness because i didnt want to cut my factory harness and i used an aftermarket stereo wireing harness to hook the 02 plug to my existing harness pluged it in and put the 02 dash peice on and it looks like it is factory but sounds twice as good I will be more than happy to go into more detail on the swap if anyone is interested just let me know
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I have a 1996 mustang with the ford amp built into the system, but I do not have the mach sound system. Does anyone know the specs on the factory amp. I bought the car without a stereo and I am looking for advice on what to install. Crutchfield told me that I can either use the factory amp, or bypass it and use the aftermarket stereo's built in amp. I am looking at a regular old 200 watt stereo like a JVC or Kenwood. Would it sound better to get a factory head unit and install it using the factory amp. Opinions please.
where is the factory amp
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Default Re: upgrading audio in 96 Cobra with Mach...

Basically I'm trying to keep the LOOKS as stock as possible with regard to the stock head unit (with cassette deck) and the stock CD player that's beneath the main head unit/tape deck. The cd player is located right behind where the gearstick shifts take place.

All that hardware works fine. What will be needed are speakers for the front and back and some sort of amplifier that will work with the upgraded speakers, all the original headunit/cassette tape player/cd player, and so forth.

Any replies/ideas would be greatly appreciated. Also, if you have a full on "go to" person who's done your audio work before and you've been very, very happy with their work; so much so that you'd feel very comfortable having them work on someone's vehicle who is extremely particular about his automobile and any work done to it; I'd be grateful to be put into contact with these people/shops.
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