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2001 Ford Mustang Radio – Questions

I have a 2001 Ford Mustang with the factory radio still installed. I do not know anything about the audio system in Mustangs but I was wanting to replace the factory radio / cd player with an Alpine Stereo with a built in usb because it is easy to carry a usb drive around in my pocket loaded with my music than a bunch of cd’s.

I understand that the more watts per channel, the more powerful the system however, if I replace the factory radio with something else, will it sound as good (or better)as the factory radio?

Does anyone know the wattage per channel of the factory stereo?

Is there a built in amp on the factory radio?

Any and information will be appreciative.

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You would know if you had the Mach system. It says it EVERYWHERE! If you keep the same speakers and just upgrade the headunit, you will get a louder system. The aftermarket stereos put out more watts than the factory unit. Whenever you do the swap make sure you wiring everything good! Don't do a cheap and easy job of connecting wires. DO IT RIGHT! The previous owners on both Mustangs I have owned did SH**TY jobs on the wiring causing my dad and I all sorts of hell!

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Agreed, you would definitely know if you had the mach system. Here is more info on it. Mach 460 Information

Now that being said, if you dont have the mach system you would be much better off going out and getting an entire new system. The stock system just has the head unit for an amp and is garbage.

I would recommend a good set of 2 way speakers: Infinity Reference/Kappa, Alpine, Polk, Boston Acoustics.

A new head unit: Alpine, Pioneer, (some) Kenwood.

A 4 channel amplifier: Anything name brand. Pioneer, Kenwood, Alpine, Infinity, Rockford, Kicker.

Subwoofer system: Kenwood, Kicker, Alpine, Rockford Fosgate.

You can use all of the factory wiring if you dont get the 4 channel amp. I would highly recommend it however.

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My old Mustang had the non-Mach system and sounded like crap. As soon as I replaced the head unit with an aftermarket I noticed HUGE differences. I thought it sounded really good. That's just my opinion though, I'm not a subs kind of guy. Just the right amount of bass is perfect. Not too much, not too little.

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In my younger days, I didn't think a stereo had any bass unless it had 2 or more 12's, but I've grown up a bit. I still think a quality stereo needs a sub, but a nicely powered single sub will fit the bill. I had a single Elemental Designs 12 that was getting 375 watts in my last install and it was enough to be completely over-bearing. A single 8, 10 or 12 will do the job but I don't think a stereo is complete without a sub of some sort.

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