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What's everyone doing for radios?

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

  1. Pizzaman5000

    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:
    nakamichi.jpeg

    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.
    nakamichi-ejected.jpg

    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!
    IMG_5852.jpg
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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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  8. nicholasalipaz

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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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