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Pros and Cons of Period Correct or High-Tech New Radio

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MGFC Kristoffer O
Orange, NSW, Australia   AUS
I went with a bluetooth receiver plugged straight to a stereo amp mounted in the boot. Music is via smartphone which syncs to the bluetooth unit when i turn the ignition on.
Pros: A modern sound system and my dash looks stock. No gaudy led lights which seems standard on any of the new headunits.
cons: The wiring was a bit of a pain i guess.

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miatadon Silver Member Don Scott
Calistoga, CA, USA   USA
You can send your period-correct radio to these guys. My '67 B has a BMC radio that was redone by them, and it's pretty cool. But it wasn't cheap either.

http://www.turnswitch.com/



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Gokart Silver Member Rob Illingworth
Palmerston North, Manawatu, New Zealand   NZL
I put one of these in my MGB. They are small, has Bluetooth, takes a SD and MM card, has a FM radio that tunes in in about a minute to all local stations and has a remote control.

I put mine on the side of my radio console or you can hide one pretty much out of sight where ever you want.

I had to make a power adapter for it as it comes with a cable to plug it into house supply through a 12V transformer. I also extended the flexible wire aerial. Quite simple to do with a few of parts from hobby electrical supply store.



Cheers Rob

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CMCon98 Colin C
Dedham, MA, USA   USA
Why not have the original radio fixed and keep it in the dash with the original speaker, and install a separate, hidden bluetooth receiver and amp connected to hidden modern speakers. (Google 'hidden car audio')Then you can play music or stream radio from your phone or ipod and have it sound decent without changing the esthetics of the dash or attracting thieves. Personally, I think a modern radio with a digital screen looks ridiculous in a 1960s car.

CtMGDude John R
New Fairfield, CT, USA   USA
It's not like these were even good radios for the day. You could get such a nice unit, with SD slots, Blue tooth, aux. inputs, GPS, for so little, why bother? You're not flipping the car, right? You're going to drive it, make it easy to work or your passenger to work.

Mojan Mojan Norouzi
Fremont, CA, USA   USA
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Gokart Silver Member Rob Illingworth
Palmerston North, Manawatu, New Zealand   NZL
Just check the depth. I don't know about Midgets but the MGB has limited space for depth. 5.375" may be to deep.



Cheers Rob

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Majcd213 Mike Carter J
Merrow, Surrey, UK   GBR
Hi- whats the status of DAB radio over the pond? (digital audio broadcast) Here in the UK FM stations are likely to stop broadcasting in the next few years and there is a push to change to DAB. There are fortunately plenty of DAB converters available and these receive the digital signal and then rebroadcast it locally to be received in an unused part of the FM spectrum by your old FM radio. Gives a good upgrade although you need a new aerial.

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stuntflyr Chris McMillin
Catalina, Foothills, USA   USA
I bought a really cool Becker Europa and am installing it as an aftermarket, 70's era replacement for my little Motorola AM it came with in '65 (dealer installed). Just another way to go which I like based on those desires of a teen when I couldn't afford them and now can and am lucky enough to own the same car. There are a few places woking on these older 70's/80's upmarket radios/stereos and add iPod/Bluetooth systems to them.
Chris...

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Mustangsix Gold Member Jack Collins
Orlando, FL, USA   USA
Even if the sound was extraordinary, there is little to listen to on today's corporate broadcast McRadio. We usually add a bluetooth receiver amp and a blanking plate in ours and our customer cars.

Tunes are on my phone, either streamed thru an app or in memory. I have a radio app for those few stations worth listening to. Also gives me hands free phone, at least when the unit had a good mic.


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Mojan Mojan Norouzi
Fremont, CA, USA   USA
Which one you recommend?
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In reply to # 3644427 by stuntflyr I bought a really cool Becker Europa and am installing it as an aftermarket, 70's era replacement for my little Motorola AM it came with in '65 (dealer installed). Just another way to go which I like based on those desires of a teen when I couldn't afford them and now can and am lucky enough to own the same car. There are a few places woking on these older 70's/80's upmarket radios/stereos and add iPod/Bluetooth systems to them.
Chris...

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Chas 906 Chuck Peterson
Iron Mountain, MI, USA   USA
1961 MG Midget MkI "Little Red Rider"
I got my '61 a couple years ago from California. It came with an external antenna but no radio or internal speakers. An MG logo blanking plate is in the dash. Although it's a later plate not OEM. So, I'm not sure if it ever had a radio since it was an option back then. I've been debating whether or not to do the install.

CtMGDude John R
New Fairfield, CT, USA   USA
In reply to # 3644427 by stuntflyr I bought a really cool Becker Europa and am installing it as an aftermarket, 70's era replacement for my little Motorola AM it came with in '65 (dealer installed). Just another way to go which I like based on those desires of a teen when I couldn't afford them and now can and am lucky enough to own the same car. There are a few places woking on these older 70's/80's upmarket radios/stereos and add iPod/Bluetooth systems to them.
Chris...

I have that same radio, except mine has a cassette deck, and an auto tuning radio dial with presents. It's the worst sounding radio I have ever heard. I pulled it out of my 1975 Mercedes 450 SLC. They are worth a fortune for cars that had them stock, for those who wish to show their cars as "original", otherwise, they are boat anchors. Horrid sounding radio. I rebuilt mine, made the cassette deck work again, new speakers, it was the unit itself. Horrible amplifier section.



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