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An alternative - Retro Radio

Posted: Sat 16 Mar, 2013 3:11 am
by T-Modell
Hello,

as I'm not willing to pay 2.500-3.000 Euros on a Becker Mexico Retro and I'd like good sound and the possibility of MP3, I have installed now in my W111 the following radio:

http://www.store.ampire.de/Car-Radio/Ra ... 76&p=14476

brand new, with RDS (I also listen to radio a lot). An USB-interface included, so with the random function it's pretty easy. I think it really looks good with the "Becker" faceplate ... only experts can tell :whistle: ... Cost 300 Euros for the radio and 35 for the faceplate.
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With my best regards
Thomas

Re: An alternative - Retro Radio

Posted: Sat 16 Mar, 2013 10:51 am
by Hendrik
Looks good and not a bad price for a modern radio with old look.

Re: An alternative - Retro Radio

Posted: Sat 16 Mar, 2013 10:53 am
by Greg in Oz
Looks like it belongs there!

Re: An alternative - Retro Radio

Posted: Wed 20 Mar, 2013 2:32 pm
by 76Benz
How would you use the MP3 player if the plug is in the back?
Maybe an extension with new plug under the dash?
Wonder if it works for stations in OZ.

Looks great

Re: An alternative - Retro Radio

Posted: Wed 20 Mar, 2013 5:41 pm
by T-Modell
76Benz wrote:How would you use the MP3 player if the plug is in the back?
Maybe an extension with new plug under the dash?
Wonder if it works for stations in OZ.

Looks great
There is a
a) USB-Cable, approx. 40cm ... I put that in the gloves compartment
b) an 3,5mm extension, 30-40cm, you could use that for the MP3 player

unfortunately, there is no ipod-cable there, just USB or 3,5mm audio. I just use an old 8GB-USB-Stick, lying in the gloves comp. OK, operating it is not as comfortable as an ipod, but it works. On tours I have the random function on most of the time ...

Thomas

Re: An alternative - Retro Radio

Posted: Wed 20 Mar, 2013 7:38 pm
by GNGSTA
That radio is from Retrosound USA.

This madle is the Zuma, AM/FM, USB in (not for ipod), AUX in duel pre out for amps, Green or White illumination and the radio section has a switch for US and Euro stations, so yes it will work in Australia.

They have just released the Model 2, looks the same but has Bluetooth for phone and music streaming, full ipod/iphone control (30 pin) Front, Rear and Sub control and US/Euro radio switch and lastly 32000 colour illumination to better match your dash lights.

I am thinking about becoming the Australian agent for them as the current guys are not doing too much with them in Australia.

The new model look exactly the same as the Zuma shown In the picture.

Re: An alternative - Retro Radio

Posted: Mon 25 Mar, 2013 9:20 pm
by brycedunn
GNGSTA wrote:That radio is from Retrosound USA.

This madle is the Zuma, AM/FM, USB in (not for ipod), AUX in duel pre out for amps, Green or White illumination and the radio section has a switch for US and Euro stations, so yes it will work in Australia.

They have just released the Model 2, looks the same but has Bluetooth for phone and music streaming, full ipod/iphone control (30 pin) Front, Rear and Sub control and US/Euro radio switch and lastly 32000 colour illumination to better match your dash lights.

I am thinking about becoming the Australian agent for them as the current guys are not doing too much with them in Australia.

The new model look exactly the same as the Zuma shown In the picture.
The Retrousound Unit is great. I've had a Model 1 ince 2010 and it has been excellent. I was able to fit it in the tiny space allocated for a radio, then use the ashtray for the USB etc. Looks stock and sounds good. There are many faceplate styles to choose from for all different dash types.
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I'm currently installing a model 2 in a different car which will be a much more complex install. I bought my from crutchfield.com and used myus.com to remail it to me. They have also recently released a speaker for the W108/111 front location which I am thinking of trying out. http://www.retrosoundusa.com

Re: An alternative - Retro Radio

Posted: Wed 01 Apr, 2015 2:16 pm
by eddie
Hi Thomas,

This thread is going back a bit, I like this setup, did you have to cut the opening to fit that unit in or does it suit the slimmer slot in the w111 dash?

eddie

Re: An alternative - Retro Radio

Posted: Wed 01 Apr, 2015 6:40 pm
by T-Modell
eddie wrote:Hi Thomas,

This thread is going back a bit, I like this setup, did you have to cut the opening to fit that unit in or does it suit the slimmer slot in the w111 dash?

eddie
Eddie,
it does NOT fit the slimmer slot, it's a normal "DIN" slot. As my wood was already cut out by the previous owner, it wasn't a problem for me.

Thomas

Re: An alternative - Retro Radio

Posted: Thu 02 Apr, 2015 5:29 pm
by Astrid W108 280SE
T-Modell wrote:
eddie wrote:Hi Thomas,

This thread is going back a bit, I like this setup, did you have to cut the opening to fit that unit in or does it suit the slimmer slot in the w111 dash?

eddie
Eddie,
it does NOT fit the slimmer slot, it's a normal "DIN" slot. As my wood was already cut out by the previous owner, it wasn't a problem for me.

Thomas
Plus....they also have a wicked "stereo" single speaker - has anyone bought this one yet? and if so, how does it sound?

http://www.retrosound.com/product-p/196 ... r-48uk.htm

Cheers

D

Re: An alternative - Retro Radio

Posted: Sun 05 Apr, 2015 5:10 pm
by brycedunn
I've bought the speaker, but not yet installed it. The crappy 90's cd player that is in my W111 needs replacement first!

Re: An alternative - Retro Radio

Posted: Sun 05 Apr, 2015 6:04 pm
by T-Modell
One remark after two years now; the service of Retrosound - at least here - is really good.

After a while I tested the radio as well; the reception was REALLY bad, ok I know not a double-tuner like the old Beckers, but even the strongest radio station here in the area, where a wet finger would be enough for proper reception, couldn't be heard.

So at the beginning of 2014 (more than a year after I bought it) I rang Retrosound and told them of the problem. They asked me to send the radio in, they would check. One week later I got a brand new unit, no cost. They must have changed something, because a) the radio reception was much better and b) in the USB random mode the time between two titles was significant shorter (before you had to wait up to 3-4 seconds until the next song played).

So the only disadvantage remains the "complicated" operation, but you get used to it.

Regards
Thomas

Re: An alternative - Retro Radio

Posted: Tue 07 Apr, 2015 12:23 pm
by Mercmad
at CERTAIN PLACE WHERE I WORKED IN 2013 we installed one in a $250,000 resto. The owner didn't give a damn as he was going to sell the car on anyway but it grated on me.. :laughing6: it cost $150.00 USD and I thought it worked better than the $4000 becker retro in another car I worked on.