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Old 12-19-2011, 09:12 AM
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What brand radio to use?

Does anybody have a preferred brand radio that will directly fit the existing dash radio hole? There are some reviews out there showing that most every brand is bad? I have not seen any reviews on the vintage auto radios. There are some other brands sold on ebay but no reviews.

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what kind of car are you trying to install the radio in?

for the most part, unless you are talking about real high-end sound system
I think most well known, brand names are pretty close
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I have a Pyle PLR 22 MPF in my Beetle, which is decent for it's cost ( $30 ). got bad reviews because people wanted $100 quality for $30, and at the time it was all that is available in shaft mount, but has since been discontinued... Pyle has a cheaper version now, which uses an analog pointer for stations, but gets a lot of bad reviews because it's prone to failing and won't expand to 6.5"

Good JVC shaft mount radios are available all the time on Ebay
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Look on the Crutchfield web site . Their stereos are the 'standard' sizes to fit most vehicles - and they have a chart telling you which fits what. And the pricing is about right. Now, if the vehicle is old - good luck.
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JVC decks have proven to be the most reliable and best band for the buck for me. I had two older Kenwood units fail. Pioneer and Clarion have also been good, but a little pricier than the JVCs.
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JVC decks have proven to be the most reliable and best band for the buck for me. I had two older Kenwood units fail. Pioneer and Clarion have also been good, but a little pricier than the JVCs.
I have a JVC in my '31 - someday maybe I'll figure out how all the gadgets and dodads work, but it does very nicely with Rockford-Fosgate and Kenwood speakers even tho they don't have very good placement. Best of all, it has mp3/iPod connectivity, but no sat. ability
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I use these guys http://www.vintagecarradio.com/index.html
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Good question. The old "in dash" aftermarket stereos had 2 shafts (1 for on/volume and 1 for tuning), and the shafts adjusted to fit most orig radio holes. But those are long gone and, the only ones I've seen for years is what they call "din" mount(?), and they all require cutting out the orig hole quite a bit. Those Custom Auto Sound that do fit, are horrible, make no power, and re way overpriced. Pure garbage. So, I'd like to see some of the answers here.
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Pyle and Dual both make Shaft mount radios.

This is the PLR-22 MPF that I put in my Beetle.
which has been superceeded by a very cheap version..

The Dual XC4100 has been made for a while and Crutchfield gets $50 for it.
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I have a JVC in my '31 - someday maybe I'll figure out how all the gadgets and dodads work, but it does very nicely with Rockford-Fosgate and Kenwood speakers even tho they don't have very good placement. Best of all, it has mp3/iPod connectivity, but no sat. ability
The JVC units definitely come with plenty of features at a lower price than the competition and I agree, the sound is pretty good. Haven't tried satellite radio yet but after listening to a comedy station in a friend's truck, I've become a bit more interested.
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