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5/17/14 1:36pm - Original Message: 'Just curious - Does your Custom Autosound stereo sound horrible too?'
HighDesertDave
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Carson City, NV - USA

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Numbers matching 1972 350 4 speed, silver pewter body with blue interior

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Hey I'm a little disgusted with my 72 right at the moment, besides still overheating, the wrong throwout bearing and the trans continues to leak, I finished rigging the stereo and am completely unsatisfied with the sound quality. My car came with a custom autosound brand USA-5 deck installed in the console but with no speakers. So essentially a 6 year old deck with zero miles. To finish it off I ran RCA pre amp outs to a 100 watts RMS Pioneer amp and then added new Alpine R series 2 way 6x9 speakers in individual boxes. I test drove the speakers before buying. Loved them. Great bass for a 6x9 with excellent mids and highs. Good crunchy rock speakers. I figured 50 watts RMS each should get em popping, especially in this tiny interior. Well, it all sounds like complete poop! Horrible. It sounds like AM radio. I've tuned all the adjustments on the amp and deck, did it with the engine off and man I cannot make this sound like anything worth listening too. I've tested it with tapes (ya it has a tape deck), FM radio (which comes in strong on my OE stereo based cars) and MP-3 adapter (through the tape deck). IT ALL SUCKS!
Are these just crap decks or what? Rip it out? E-bay it? Seriously R series Alpines are GOOD speakers. I even tried em with and without batting in the boxes. No bass pop. Just mud. My 2000 Xterra stock sound system sounds way better.

I am disgusted with my C3. Was gonna cruise our local Sonic Burger last night but just didn't feel like sitting in her.


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5/17/14 1:48pm - Reply: 'Re: Just curious - Does your Custom Autosound stereo sound horrible to'
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Zachary, LA - USA

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1974 L-48 Auto. Just your basic Vette. GM crate motor w/vortec heads and intake. Crane cam. Scorpion rockers, Edelbrock carb. Lots of parts still in boxes... :(

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I have the Custom Autosound model 630.  No tape deck, but it has the USB input for a flash drive and an aux (headphone jack) input.  Like you, I've run the RCA outs to a 100w x 2 amplifier, and built a speaker box that sits in the cargo area.  It's mounted high so the Tops still slide underneath.

The radio sounds good, but the quality is just average.  The display is very hard to read, and the USB didn't work until I cut the cord and spliced a new one on.  I wouldn't recommend it to someone considering a modern stereo install, except that it fits the holes perfectly, is very compact, and looks 70's (ish). 

I put new speakers in the dash (yours are in the kick panel, I believe) and am running those straight from the radio and the amplified 6x9's from the rear RCA output.

(My interior light now resides where the wires are coming out of the speaker box.)

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5/17/14 2:09pm - Reply: 'Re: Just curious - Does your Custom Autosound stereo sound horrible to'
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Carson City, NV - USA

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Good idea on pushing the box up...can you still drop your window tray? I have dash mounted from speakers. New OE replacements....why would anyone spend money on OE replacements? I connected them first, tested and pulled the wires off at the deck, they were that bad. I'm thinking your new 630 is a better radio. I have found many comments on the net about these decks not being about sound quality but rather looks. It does look great...and it is very hard to read when its on. Good thing my engine is loud and lumpy. Gives me something to listen to.

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5/17/14 2:32pm - Reply: 'Re: Just curious - Does your Custom Autosound stereo sound horrible to'
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Zachary, LA - USA

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1974 L-48 Auto. Just your basic Vette. GM crate motor w/vortec heads and intake. Crane cam. Scorpion rockers, Edelbrock carb. Lots of parts still in boxes... :(

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That window tray is looooooooong gone.  I'm sure Bubba ripped that out back in the 70's. 

Dad installed a sound bar from MidAmerica (I think) in his '69.  The speakers are smaller, and don't have near the same punch as the 6x9's that I have.  It works with the window tray.  If I can find a picture, I'll post it.


Edit: I don't have any pictures, and come to think of it, it was probably Eckler's.  Anyway, here is the model he has, shown on Corvette America's site.

http://www.corvettemods.com/68-82-C3-Corvette-Soundbar-System_p_9524.html




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5/17/14 4:03pm - Reply: 'Re: Just curious - Does your Custom Autosound stereo sound horrible to'
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Frederick, MD - USA

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1969 convertible L71 427/435 4-speed black interior

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I've never owned a CAS stereo but have never heard any real positive reviews of them...poor sound quality, noisy, etc.  The best they have to offer is they can fit many older cars and allow some type of updated capability.

I do have CAS speakers in one car...they're only so-so at best...can't take much volume without distortion.  I ended up bypassing them with Boston Acoustics speakers in the doors which work far, far better with the Alpine stereo installed.


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5/17/14 5:29pm - Reply: 'Re: Just curious - Does your Custom Autosound stereo sound horrible to'
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Ash Fork, AZ - USA

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1981 Red Interior White exterior

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I just installed a Retrosound RC900C with what ever was installed in the front speakers and a set of pioneer 6 x 9's in back with there own enclosures(NOW where am I going to put the golf clubs:-) ) When I say just, I mean just plugged in the stereo today. Putting all the lines and speakers is what did it to my back that made me miss the gathering. I just wanted some good news and wanted to see it power up. Well, it did but it doesn't sound that good. The front speakers suck and I haven't adjusted any of the sound levels yet. That being said I'm not expecting to get the same sound out of this car as my SUV or even the first generation Camaros I've done. There just isn't enough cabin space to "balance" the sound. I can tell by the way the speakers sound that the bass is going to be iffy. The whole back of the cabin is going to be vibrating along with the speakers. I'm sure I'll work out the bugs and get it sounding better, it'll just take time and beer!

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5/17/14 6:19pm - Reply: 'Re: Just curious - Does your Custom Autosound stereo sound horrible to'
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Eagan, MN - USA

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1981 Corvette Two-Tone Claret color, 4 spd, C7 Vert

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I have a Sony that sounded like crap....not enough power to push the rear speakers. I added a Rockford Fosgate Punch PBR300X2 to power the rears. Working great! The rear is filled I with sound finally with fading to the front speakers I can hear. This amp is small. I velco'd it to the wall in the jack area behind the passenger seat. The 5 hour drive to the "Gathering" was musically enriched! Results may vary....but that's my story and I'm sticking to it?

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5/18/14 12:20pm - Reply: 'Re: Just curious - Does your Custom Autosound stereo sound horrible to'
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Carson City, NV - USA

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I suppose my initial question was somewhat rhetorical. The deck blows. My speakers and amp had no chance of success. Too bad since it looks really nice...fits the theme of the interior really well. I'll have to measure the opening and see what will fit...if its a standard shape or what....any tips on that?

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5/18/14 12:37pm - Reply: 'Re: Just curious - Does your Custom Autosound stereo sound horrible to'
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Ash Fork, AZ - USA

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OK, the radio could suck because, well radios suck. I've had good quality reception and poor. OE radios, more importantly their antennas are designed with the car in mind. Cassette is going to suck because now we are so used to listening to MP3's and listening to an MP3 thru the cassette is still going to sound like you are listening to a cassette. I used to spend way too much on audio equipment. Got the best cassette player/recorder I could afford, would have gone with a reel to reel but I couldn't find one for the car! I was completely blown away with the first CD player I heard. I had to buy it right there and then. Couldn't get it in the states yet, I was in Toronto at the time. Anyway, you'll want to look for a head unit that has an MP3 or aux plug. Does your amp have a direct aux plug? You could test the sound by plugging the MP3 player right into that.

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5/19/14 1:05am - Reply: 'Re: Just curious - Does your Custom Autosound stereo sound horrible to'
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I could just plug the mp3 into the amps RCA inputs....that is a good idea! I've put a number of decks into pickups etc. Similar small interior challenges. The only time I've had systems fall below expectations were with low end decks. The pioneer amp I'm using was used to power a rockford 10" 8 ohm sub. It had enough poop to thump my truck easily. It should run the 6x9's with ease. I think the CAS deck is the worst I've ever listened too. But, to be thorough I'll do the MP3 direct connect. Thanks for that idea Dave!

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5/19/14 7:16am - Reply: 'Re: Just curious - Does your Custom Autosound stereo sound horrible to'
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1972 conv, 4-speed, 350, 200hp, numbers match, rally wheels, war bonnett yellow w/white top. good condition, nice driver.

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 YES! I have a terrible one also. Dealer says it's the way I installed it. I just listen to the Chrome tips on the bumper and if my hearing aids are still in, I don't need any other interference with the wind blowing in the window, or over the windshield into the cabin.LOL

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5/19/14 7:48am - Reply: 'Re: Just curious - Does your Custom Autosound stereo sound horrible to'
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Red Lion, PA - USA

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1974 White 350 Corvette, TH400 Automatic 1972 Tangerine /Go Mango Convertible 383 Stroker, 2004r Automatic

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Yes, I have one as well and the sound is terrible. It doesnt Matter whether its the radio or if I am using the auxillary in. The volume is horrible and fade makes very little difference. Im glad I have the side pipes to. They sound better anyway!
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5/19/14 8:10am - Reply: 'Re: Just curious - Does your Custom Autosound stereo sound horrible to'
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Sykesville, MD - USA

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1979 Corvette Coupe Corvette Light Blue Midnight Blue interior Mirrored Glass T-tops

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I have the Custom Autosound 6 series deck with pioneer speakers up front and Boston Acoustics 5X7 speakers in back (biggest that would fit in the factory 79 locations). I bought the I phone interface for it. Radio sounds OK but not spectacular. I'm sure thois is due to the antenna (had a LOT of trouble with it!), but if you get a strong station it is tolerable. The Pandora from the I phone sounds great, but not to the level of modern cars. I just figure it sounds WAY better than the 8 track deck and the blown speakers that were on the car. As stated above, the CS unit appears stockish, and that appeals to me. Didn't want a mpodern looking unit. I don't use it as a daily driver, so I'm more than happy wiyh it. I have never really used the cassette deck.
 
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5/19/14 11:19am - Reply: 'Re: Just curious - Does your Custom Autosound stereo sound horrible to'
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Grapevine, TX - USA

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1972 LT-1 convertible with factory air.

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Has anyone tried the Retro Sound radios?  Their website is down right now.  I think these are different than Custom Auto Sound radios.

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5/19/14 4:51pm - Reply: 'Re: Just curious - Does your Custom Autosound stereo sound horrible to'
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F4Gary said: Has anyone tried the Retro Sound radios?  Their website is down right now.  I think these are different than Custom Auto Sound radios.



I just installed the Retrosound RC900C in my car. It is a basic unit and an easy install especially if you have the original harness still in your car. I fooled around with it a little today and the sound through the aux using an mp3 player(phone) sounds pretty good over the exhaust. The front speakers do need to be replaced and I have a set ordered. I will also add an amp at some point because more is better. Their customer service is very good. The knobs wouldn't stay on the control shafts...easy there Joel, I planned on crimping the shafts a little. They said to give it a shot and if that didn't work they would send out new knobs, shafts and prefit them for me free.

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5/20/14 12:44am - Reply: 'Re: Just curious - Does your Custom Autosound stereo sound horrible to'
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Carson City, NV - USA

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I tried plugging my MP3 directly into my amp using an RCA adapter I use to interface the MP3 to my home stereo. No sound....nothing. Odd. The amp was on...not sure what to make of that one. Plugged the deck leads back in and yep, it worked. Its all analog signals...should have worked.  

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5/20/14 3:43pm - Reply: 'Re: Just curious - Does your Custom Autosound stereo sound horrible to'
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Brookline, NH - USA

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1976 corvette L82 red interior with white seats and door panels with ceramic headers and flow master exhaust and a Crane Cam

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Has anybody found a good stereo that sounds good in these older vettes ?
 
I'm going to leave the factory not working FM stereo where it is and was thinking about rigging a stereo with USB port and 2 rear speakers in cabinets in the back
 
Any suggestions ?


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5/20/14 4:53pm - Reply: 'Re: Just curious - Does your Custom Autosound stereo sound horrible to'
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cingraham said: Has anybody found a good stereo that sounds good in these older vettes ?
 
I'm going to leave the factory not working FM stereo where it is and was thinking about rigging a stereo with USB port and 2 rear speakers in cabinets in the back
 
Any suggestions ?

I took a Sony with a wired remote and cut the back out of the glovebox to shove it thru and have the remote between the seats.  Trouble now is the remotes are wireless and won't work thru a closed glovebox door.



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5/20/14 5:14pm - Reply: 'Re: Just curious - Does your Custom Autosound stereo sound horrible to'
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That's what I was thinking installing it in the rear somewhere maybe I'll see if I can mount it between the seats with a wireless remote  thanks for the suggestion

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5/20/14 5:38pm - Reply: 'Re: Just curious - Does your Custom Autosound stereo sound horrible to'
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cingraham said: That's what I was thinking installing it in the rear somewhere maybe I'll see if I can mount it between the seats with a wireless remote  thanks for the suggestion


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