In-car entertainment conundrum

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In-car entertainment conundrum

Post by ian65 » Sat Jan 18, 2020 8:11 pm

So here's the problem...

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Gus is completely stock and has the standard Clarion E950 radio cassette. It looks great and stock but the FM reception is patchy and it can only offer the MW / FM radio or the cassette player, not to mention the sound quality is very mediocre. Having said that I really want to keep it in situ as it's original and period and modern stereos are gaudy and nasty looking ( although packed with all the features I want.... DAB, bluetooth, USB playback etc).

So my question is...

how can I find /conceal / install an entertainment system that offers all modern features yet still allow me to control it from somewhere discreet near to hand?
My Audi A3 daily driver has such a system built in but its all controlled via the steering wheel which obviously isn't possible in the RX7.

Any thoughts / suggestions....?
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Re: In-car entertainment conundrum

Post by A7RXY » Sat Jan 18, 2020 9:38 pm

A very interesting post Ian, I used to have a sony discman played through a dummy cassette set up thou it sounded better I always felt the speakers let it down.
If I want to listen something now I use a Bluetooth speaker and my phone.
I'm sure there is one of our younger members who have the answer.

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Post by Hobbawobba » Sat Jan 18, 2020 9:55 pm

How about installing a small modern headunit under the glovebox where people won't notice it? Or something along those lines

I'm currently upgrading my audio setup also haha

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Post by spirit r » Sat Jan 18, 2020 10:19 pm

Bridgeport your engine and you did not like to hear anything other! :lol:

BTW in Germany some company rebuild the inside of classic car radios with modern equipment!
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Re: In-car entertainment conundrum

Post by myatt1972 » Sat Jan 18, 2020 11:35 pm

https://www.radiorescue.co.uk/fm-and-dab-upgrades/
Don't know anything about these guys but it would be a good solution.
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Re: In-car entertainment conundrum

Post by KiwiDave » Sat Jan 18, 2020 11:47 pm

Just had a quick search ... What do you think?? Retro look with modern features or a completely hidden solution?

https://www.classiccarstereo.co.uk/clas ... 46-dab-bt/

https://www.classiccarstereo.co.uk/clas ... ar-stereo/

https://www.classiccarstereo.co.uk/hidd ... amplifier/
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Re: In-car entertainment conundrum

Post by DeanRX7 » Tue Jan 21, 2020 8:31 am

This option Dave looks super! Bluetooth connection to original stereo via amp. Nice way to keep original look and still be able to listen to podcast/phone music. Love it.
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