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Vintage look stereo

I'm real close to finishing up interior.
Undecided on stereo.
I wanted something with Bluetooth with a vintage look.
Not really looking for something with "rumble in the trunk action" just something decent.
I was looking at Retrosound 2 or Custom Autosound slidebar with Bluetooth add on.
Has anyone purchased any of these stereos?
Do they sound good?
Did they work ok?
Bluetooth any good?
I know they are not no Mark Levinson or Mach III system but just want something good and vintage looking for about $300.
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Online reviews turned me OFF from Custom Autosound.

I bought the RETROSOUND 700-HERMOSA-B though I admit that I haven't fired her up yet.


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I've had 2 custom auto sound radio's/CD payer.

Both of them failed.

The first was in a '48 Chevy street rod I built. It failed within 3 month's. Custom autosound said it had gotten wet - it had not. They did replace the radio for another $100. I sold the car so I don't know anything more about the radio.

The second was in our '66 Mustang. It failed shortly after it was installed. I sent it back and they replaced it with another radio that didn't work. Custom Auto sound would not refund my money.
I spent well over $400 and have absolutely nothing to show for it.

Custom Autosound is a gang of unconscionable bandits.

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I have a Custom Autosound USA 230 with iPod connector but without the bluetooth, a few years old.

http://www.casmfg.com/images/Radio_P...MS-USA-230.jpg

The only issues I have is that it takes a while to start up after pushing the on button, maybe 6 seconds.
I don't know if they were purposely trying to replicate an old tube radio.
The other is that when I go to turn off it would sometimes go into mute mode several times, very annoying.

Other than that it is plenty loud enough running through just a dual cone speaker on the dash.

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You could always get a decent sound system and just keep the factory headunit in place. I am mainly just talking about a hideaway system. Better quality than the junk factory head unit.

http://www.classiccarstereos.com/pro...ST-System.html

With that said, in my dads 65 we have an electronic fm/am headunit which looks like a factory in dash unit, either retrosound or custom, and the sound quality sucks coming out of the speakers. In my opinion it isnt even worth it to turn any tunes on while driving it. But to each his own, good luck keep us posted.

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You could always get a decent sound system and just keep the factory headunit in place. I am mainly just talking about a hideaway system. Better quality than the junk factory head unit.

www.classiccarstereos.com/product/SST-System.html

With that said, in my dads 65 we have an electronic fm/am headunit which looks like a factory in dash unit, either retrosound or custom, and the sound quality sucks coming out of the speakers. In my opinion it isnt even worth it to turn any tunes on while driving it. But to each his own, good luck keep us posted.
I wish I had known about this option before I replaced my radio in my '66 coupe. My original radio still works fine but I wanted FM and AUX input for my iPod. I bought a USA-2 from Custom Autosound, it works okay so far but all the bad reviews here and on other forums worry me a bit.
If it fails, this is the unit I'll go for after re-installing my stock radio. Thanks for the link!!
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I've had 2 custom auto sound radio's/CD payer.

Both of them failed.

The first was in a '48 Chevy street rod I built. It failed within 3 month's. Custom autosound said it had gotten wet - it had not. They did replace the radio for another $100. I sold the car so I don't know anything more about the radio.

The second was in our '66 Mustang. It failed shortly after it was installed. I sent it back and they replaced it with another radio that didn't work. Custom Auto sound would not refund my money.
I spent well over $400 and have absolutely nothing to show for it.

Custom Autosound is a gang of unconscionable bandits.
Thanks for writing this: I thought I was the only one. The MP3 on my Custom Auto Sound stopped working about a month after I installed the radio. Prior to that it sat on the shelf well past the warranty period while I waited for my body work to get done.

It looks decent in the dash but the display is hard to read. And the knobs are cheap- don't have that solid feel like an old car radio at all.

I'm going to replace it with a good quality aftermarket radio and that's that.

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Going to order the Retrosound 2 stereo with Bluetooth tonight.
I've got some RPM points with CJ so I'll save a little bit.
It'll probably be about a week before I get it.
I'll let you know what the sound quality is.
Crap! I didn't realize CJ doesn't carry Retrosound.
I ordered from NPD with correct knob kit and bezel for $365 total.
Still a good deal I guess.

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I just ordered a new RetroSound. I chose the exact chrome and knob options from their website, then saved a bit by ordering from Amazon with my Prime account.

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