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Discussion in 'Interior Modifications' started by nicholasalipaz, Jul 13, 2020.

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    Pizzaman5000 FEOA Donator

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    Nice i had the deh-p800prs and it was really sweet sounding. The auto eq was hard to beat.

    My nak DSP has been a PITA, I think my phone is out of memory. It clears my eq when I restart the car );
    But I got a DSP with time alignment for $129. Everybody's price gouging on them now, however. No microphone like pioneer or alpine though. You just gotta do it by ear and rough measurements.
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    I currently have a DEH-X6800BT that's really nice. It does everything I need it to do for the most part and allows for expansion. I've been running it on factory specs up until now but once I get a chance I'm going to dive into the manual and set it up the way I want it.

    John
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    John, I appreciate your opinion on the head unit for sure and can definitely sympathize with your desire for high quality sound. I went to university for music and spent the better part of my life going to live concerts and performing music. Nonetheless I find myself really wanting to balance appearance and sound quality. I am glad to sacrifice some sound quality for the trade-off of a more period accurate head unit. That said I have a lead on a Nakamichi TD-1200 ii. Aesthetically it looks very similar to the stock head unit.

    Stock unit:
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    And this is what the Nakamichi TD-1200 will look like:
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    While having a retro coolness factor of the middle of the head unit ejecting for tape insertion into the tray. Sort of harkens back to a time when the societal norm regarding our ideas of what future tech would look like was sort of off.
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    All the while it offers some pretty damn great sound.
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    What part of L.A. are you located at? I'm in the valley.

    I get it. I did the same thing for the '61 T-Bird I had. I wanted the stereo to look original to the car along with not having to cut into the dash board to house a modern single din.

    I installed a Custom Auto Sound unit and instantly regretted it. After much investigation I found out that the HU's were essentially early Kenwood electronics with a vintage face. The sound was terrible and the build was cheap. I've never used another CAS unit after that.

    John
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    Yeah, that was my understanding about the Custom Auto Sound as well as pretty much all the other similar retro units. I gathered that merely through some google searches and reading through forum posts of people discussing them. Sorry you got had on that, damn.

    I live in Mid City area, so I am not far from you, nice to know another Escort fan in LA.
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    Update. I got a Nakamichi TF-1200 ii in excellent condition. All in working order! Gonna be killer in the car, I can't wait!
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    Noice! :D
    That's a marvel of a tape deck!

    Edit: I would bench test it if possible before install. I know you have that power supply to hide etc. But definitely worth a set of battery terminals for a quick test imho.
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    Yes I plan to, thanks. Seller actually facetime'ed me to show it working and everything. So I am pretty confident but things happen in shipment too.
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    even if it did. 83 will likely be speakers ground. so it would need a full rewire.
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    Yes I am planning to rewire if necessary. I am really not looking for easiest route on my upgrades but rather a more modern solution with an 80’s aesthetic
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    Have you actually used them? All the retro/vintage/classic car audio companies I have found are just cheaply made offshore products and are overall garbage in all my research.
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    i have not. i normally do work on newer cars that people want upgrades on. older cars are normally hidden or just a Bluetooth dongle.
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    Yeah I will stick with the retro Nakamichi TD1200 I got and add a Bluetooth dongle. Thanks for the suggestion
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    The TD1200 is considered the best mobile tape deck ever made. Even Bluetooth will probably sound better through it.

    Cheapest td1200 I've seen was like $600.

    I'm not trying to be contradictory, I'm just saying this is a GREAT stereo. It will probably hold value too, though I'm not hip on cassettes.

    Fun fact, I believe vinyl sales exceeded CD sales a year or two ago. Even CD's are "retro" lol
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    @Pizzaman5000 I got mine for $800 plus shipping. So I feel I got a pretty damn good deal.
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    so the pictures from the second page of this post were not loading for me a few days ago. i feel really stupid for not knowing you got the Nak unit. i have some old Nak 8's collecting dust if you want to time period correct your build with some bass. may need some refoams but the motors are good and the baskets are not bent. would let them go for cheap.
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    Oh cool, is that the size speaker that fits? I imagine it is. Prior owner did this bullshit:

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    I bought these to fix the problem since I am pretty damn sure these are destroyed:

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    Couldn’t find them in a closer color but I plan to redo the color throughout anyhow. I am interested in the 8’s you have if they are in decent shape.
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    8's are not a stock size. they would need to be put in an enclosure. but from what i have seen they are a really great low playing mid bass. not quite a subwoofer. but that is what it was like back in the day. i'd let them go for pretty cheap. mostly want to see them go to a good home. i'll get a few pictures in the next couple days.
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    Well I have a ton of space back there so I am sure I could work something out, lmao. I will DM you and we can work something out

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