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I am think about installing a Amp in My 1965 Mustang . Right now it has a cheaper AM-FM Tape Player Radio . It works ok has some 6x9 Rear Speakers and one Front center dash mounted speaker . I just want a small cheaper 2 channelAmp that can mount under dash or in the glove box maybe 20-40 extra watts . Maybe even a 3 band graphic equalizer Amp . When I do a search for one . All I find is more High End Amp's . I may even Look for a used one . But most of the time that stuff is Burned out hmm jrot you have any Idea's on this ? Or dgas maybe you have one of these small old school graphic equalizer Boosters or an Amp ?

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nowadays, the external EQ's are a waste unless your really digging for the sound. be comfortable spending 2-300 bucks on a decent amp, and make sure to look up ratings on them if you dont know much about the amps. Kinda like when Sony Xploid rated their amps at 1200+ watts for 400 bucks. HAHA YEAH RIGHT!

I guess someone else might know a bit more about powering just component speakers than i do. I always end up with a new deck to run the speakers, then an amp to run the subs. Ill be interested in how you do this.

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I guess in My day I was good at hooking up audio systems in cars and Building Speaker Boxes . I don't hear so good out My Left ear . So I really can't enjoy the Music Like most Folks . But I just want a bit more Volume out of that Radio . The Last High Power System that I had in a Car was in a Trans Am I own . It was a Big Amp in the trunk that had a Fan because it would get Hot and a 12 Volt Cable Like for a Battery to power it . I think it was a Fosgate that Joker was Real Loud .

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I usually go into my local car stereo dealer and see what they have on display every once in a while. Most of the components I have bought were either on display or when they are about to get there new models in they drop the price quite a bit. And most places I have been to have the smaller amps for what your looking for and are not advertised as much as the big components. However I think to hook up a amp to any radio anymore the deck needs RCA outputs I could be wrong. If you are not partial to the radio in your car they sell CD players and in some parts catalogs they sell original style am FM tape decks both with internal amps that will get you the little extra volume your looking for. The CD players also have equalizers as well as the internal amp. If you go with an external amp even a small one like 100 Watts I wouldn't mount it in a closed or tight space they make a bit of heat.

I think the smallest external amp I have seen is 100 Watts peak and the rms is usually about half that. So if you look around you could probably find a deck with internal amp and equalizer for around the same price as the amp. And if you ask me the equalizer makes a big difference in the quality of sound.

I run a Kenwood deck with internal amp and equalizer a Kenwood amp at 1800 peak and 900 rms 4 pioneer 6 1/4 speaker with mids and tweeters and two 10 inch mtx 5500 series subs in a sealed sub zero box that is wired for 1.9 ohms. Topped out my decibel meter at 120db


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See on My 1965 Mustang it has the un-cut dash with the old 2 round knob set up . So that rules out any Flat Face radios . They do sell better Radios that Look and Fit into old cars Like mine . But if I can Find a small Amp maybe 20-50 Amps a side . I would hook it up and see how it sounds . Maybe I can Find one of them old school one that are about the Size of your hand 3-5 Band graphic equalizer Boosters .

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I completely understand you not wanting to cut into the dash I myself am trying to figure out a way to mount a CD player in my 74 ranchero hidden somewhere and keep the stock am FM tuner in the dash. But they might have what your looking for at any stereo shop they seem to carry or keep on hand a couple of special items for different setups. Small amps and equalizers at not a bad price. And your right about not wanting to buy used equipment usually its ready to go or the quality of the components are not at there best performance like they once were.

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ok in my honest opintion i would go with a inexpensive (by comparison) memphis audio amp...i would not build boxes for the rears but i would consider making baffles of sorts on the 6x9s. the front it the tricky part...do you have a stock radio in it and if so are you totally opposed to modernizing it? if not there is a company that makes new head units that look just like the origanls with the pony and everything if you want but it has a good amount of power and rca outs and usb ins if you want...


somthing like this amp wise..this amp will last forever and would allow you to bridge that front speaker if you wanted to...
http://www.amazon.com/16-MC4-50-Memphis-Class-Range-Amplifier/dp/B00481U390




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My car now has a Cheaper in Dash replacement AM-FM Tape Player Factory Knob Type . I was thinking if I could Find an Old School 2 channel amp 3-5 band graphic equalizer I would Hook it up maybe in the Glove box for a Little extra Volume . I found one on E-Bay but did not buy it because the Buyer info was iffy . It was Like $35.00 Bucks . I may be better off buying a Higher Power Radio from a Mustang Catalog House I don't want to cut the dash . And really I can do with out a CD Player but any Radio now a Days will have some king of Player more then Likely a CD .

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i wouldnt go through all the trouble of the eq...todays modern radios dont need them at all....here is a cool site for guys that want to stay classic and factory looking....

http://www.casmfg.com/


here is the radios...check them out and they will fit in any old classic but with all the modern outs and ins and neato stuff you would ever need..

http://www.casmfg.com/radios.htm


i would start here and i would be more than happy to let you know what i think and could help you pick options or what ever...i could help you get a good set up no problem.

-- Edited by TANGO on Wednesday 23rd of March 2011 08:07:39 AM

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I Like that USA1 Radio / Cassette Player . I have a Mustang Plus Catalog from about one year ago it's $210.00 Bucks 100 watts of Power 50x50 . I Like it smile

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that may be all you need. altough that 50w per channel is probly peak watts not rms and could actually be 25x4 and in rms terms is usually more like 18w per channel...thats not much....i didnt look close at the specs so i could be off but beware....i know they are really nice though and well built. a friend of mine put a nice stereo in a 68ish camero.

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hey ranchero this option might work well for you too...check em out.

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I know I will have to make some upgrades . That Radio set up I have now ain't going to cut it no



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I have looked into a stock style radio for my car a little while back but I still have the original am FM radio in dash. I am kinda trying to keep a original look inside the car. I may get one that has the option of a CD changer or just a hook up for mp3. I would.like to.keep the original if possible and mount a different radio somewhere out of the way.

I save all the fancy high power stuff for my eclipse. I love listening to music when driving especially long distance trips. Nothing worse than having a car without a radio unless you have a good set of pipes and a v8 but even that gets a little old after a few months.

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well ranchero thats the god thing about the company i linked too they are made to be able to fit in the exact factory spot and look very factory if not exactly like factory and no cutting required and some have the option of an mp3 or usb in the back that way if you want you can put the factory back in later for showing or selling...the one my friend put in that 68ish camero looked exactly the same as factory...from the front of the unit you could not tell a difference. it had all its connections in the rear for usb and a changer...pretty cool stuff.. and it fit perfectly in the stock location so he didnt have to modify the dash at all.

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