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Re: Keep the factory radio and add music from your phone?

Post by xr7g428 » 19 Feb 2016, 14:39

No offense taken at all! I want to hear the truth.

Back when I was in the retail end of the car stereo business, we used to throw away stacks of perfectly good factory radios that we pulled to to install the latest new radio. At current prices, I bet I tossed $250,000 in radios. We used to have an AM radio throw contest at company parities....

One reason that I don't want to convert existing radios is that I need to repent for my sins... but, then again I sold a lot of 8 tracks so my fate is probably already sealed. Not to mention all those 12" woofers...
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Re: Keep the factory radio and add music from your phone?

Post by xr7g428 » 19 Feb 2016, 14:40

On the USB, it would be easy to add that to the controller. Good call!
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Re: Keep the factory radio and add music from your phone?

Post by mo2872 » 19 Feb 2016, 15:52

xr7g428 wrote:
MO2872, no radio is required at all. This is actually using your phone as a competitor to replacement radio. Any appeal there? (Not trying to talk you into this, just interested in the decision process)

Uh, matter of fact, now, yes........hmmmmm........
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Re: Keep the factory radio and add music from your phone?

Post by Blitz » 19 Feb 2016, 16:01

I'd be potentially interested, my plan is to keep the factory AM radio in place for looks but have a whole modern stereo setup completely hidden. The challenge is making it easy to control. The single knob thing sounds pretty good for most purposes.

It sounds like yours is only intended for use with aux sources (bluetooth or otherwise) and if you want to listen to the radio, you'd have to have a functioning radio to plug into the "brain." Yes?

I'm also tempted on some of the fancy modern conversions that completely modernize the internals but keep the appearance of the stock AM radios. http://www.randbvintageautoradio.com is a good example of that. Not sure how much it costs but I'm sure it's a lot...
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Re: Keep the factory radio and add music from your phone?

Post by xr7g428 » 19 Feb 2016, 16:18

AM and FM stereo can be run as an ap on your phone. look at RadioApp. Also I♥radio is really good. Almost every broadcast radio station has streaming capabilities so that is also a possibility.
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Post by TheRktmn » 19 Feb 2016, 16:30

I had Mike at RestoRadio in PA do my AM 8track a while back, but I can certainly see uses for your innovation in my field truck and audio challanged van. Will it be fairly portable or hard installed?
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Re: Keep the factory radio and add music from your phone?

Post by Mike_B_SVT » 19 Feb 2016, 16:31

Somewhat related, I came across this bluetooth 8-track conversion a while back.

http://www.coolcats.net/modifying/bluet ... apter.html
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Re: Keep the factory radio and add music from your phone?

Post by xr7g428 » 19 Feb 2016, 16:45

The Box has to be hard wired. No good way to get around that as it is basically in between the radio and speakers. You could make it portable easily enough, (plug into cigarette lighter for power) I need to think about that one. What a portable would lose is the ability to make the stock radio play through the amp. Just adding the amp to an existing system is going to provide a big improvement in sound quality.

Is any one reading this that is saying "I don't know what the H these guys are talking about?" This will need to be understood by non tech oriented folks to..
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Re: Keep the factory radio and add music from your phone?

Post by mo2872 » 19 Feb 2016, 16:49

Yes, I read it that way from the start, Bill.........
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Re: Keep the factory radio and add music from your phone?

Post by Cougars_R_Grr8 » 19 Feb 2016, 17:22

So in essence, if I had Sirius XM on my phone I could port it to the car without having to buy their unit. I would go that route and spend the money on better speakers.
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