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Radio: OEM options or period correct upgrade


SRDK
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1248021 posted 12/25/19 02:51 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
The previous owner had removed the radio in the car. I'm considering which radio to grab. I want a unit that fits the design of the interior and is period correct to the car.

At the same time, I want to use both DIN slots. The natural choice would be to obtain the original radio, if possible. However, I think there could be better alternatives to sound quality.

I'm not interested in the cassette players but a CD player could be nice. Most importantly, it would be great with an AUX input so I can connect a bluetooh receiver of some kind.

The goal is not to build a huge HIFI system in the car but to get something aesthetically correct with a reasonable sound quality. Speakers in dashboard, doors and rear I think to upgrade to the best possible devices that is a direct swap.

I am very interested in suggestions and experiences from you. I have attached a few pictures for inspiration








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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1248022 posted 12/25/19 03:49 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I'm a die hard Alpine guy, so naturally I'd go with one of their decks. I follow this guy on Instagram, who fixes all kinds of old Alpine stuff. Maybe take a look and get some ideas: click

There are a ton of double DIN decks in his pics. A lot of them are old, but legit AF as far as quality sounds equipment goes. Also, alpine seems to match the green interior of the Galant perfectly, so there's that.



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Edited by GSTwithPSI (12/25/19 03:51 PM)

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1248100 posted 01/06/20 05:40 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I've got a Bluetooth amp in 72 under the front seat with the OEM double din head unit still plugged in. Let's everything function as normal, but when I want to listen to anything via BT, you just activate/connect your device and it ignores the head unit aside from the volume knob. Would love to see other stuff, but I'm a goon for OEM+



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1248136 posted 01/10/20 01:34 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
GotInsulin, i would like to see pictures of that setup.
Iím a Big fan of that kind of OEM+ upgrades

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1248137 posted 01/10/20 06:31 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Some OEM radios have AUX in. No bluetooth obviously, but the right cable and it works great.



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Edited by G (01/13/20 12:18 AM)

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1248155 posted 01/13/20 01:59 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
The current Alpine's look a lot like one I bought almost 15ish years ago. They still have a huge volume knob. I have a single DIN and a pocket. I forget where I sourced the pocket, but the pocket and trim were Mitsu parts, so it looks factory.

Might not be what your looking for, but I think they still have a bit of a retro look to them. Compared to everything else.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1248163 posted 01/16/20 01:33 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I see you found my orig radio rebuild thread.
click
I like the look of these, but I don't like leaving a headunit in the car with a face on.
Currently fitted is a random head unit that has a usb jack on a cable and animated dolphins.. very not period. Once I can find a usb type changer thing it's coming out.

My personal faveourite headunit I've had in the car isn't oem, but i used it with a pocket, changer, six speakers and amps etc is a wood grain Clarion ARX8570Rwz

For some reason I like clarions, they have a solid sound.

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1248164 posted 01/16/20 01:35 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Here are the factory upgrade options from 1991 to give an idea of the 'styles' when in a galant console.
There are four pages on headunits
click

Rich



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Edited by misterfixit (01/23/20 06:38 AM)

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1248183 posted 01/17/20 08:39 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Quoting G:





That's a nice set..



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1248194 posted 01/18/20 10:00 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I was able to track this one down with visible letters. I'm still looking for the stereo now.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1248205 posted 01/22/20 12:36 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Nice Alpine setup. A little to modern for the car?
According to the Alpine website it's from 1998
Alpine CDA-7846J

Best 1988-1992 option?

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1248222 posted 01/26/20 06:12 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I have been debating getting this VDO HU as it is about as period correct as you can get from a newer HU, but I would want to switch out the orange lights to the green that we have to match everything else in the car.

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1248370 posted 02/24/20 10:58 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Quoting SRDK:

GotInsulin, i would like to see pictures of that setup.
Iím a Big fan of that kind of OEM+ upgrades




If I'm near the car in the near future, I'll snag a photo, but it really doesn't look like more than a little black box. Very incognito. I think it's the 94+ DSM headunits that have the native aux port, but don't hold me to it.

These are both nice alternatives to the Bluetooth amp that basically do the same thing:
click



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1249434 posted 08/09/20 09:41 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I pulled all the aftermarket audio out of my car and have been looking at returning it to stock-ish, and I thought I'd use this thread to post some more information about the stock radios.

First up, this was the base radio for the VR-4 and the one that came in my car. MB541074



Next up, this is the upgrade radio (the mid-level) for the VR4. MB649791



The next upgrade for the VR4 was the 2-single DIN cd-players. Pics stolen from earlier in the thread as I don't have these.

In 91, we had this one. It requires a separate amp mounted in the trunk.


In 92, the amp was moved into the radio so we got a different tape and cd deck:


Now a few decks I've been playing with.

MB942702 - This particular one came out of a 93 Diamante and I think it's one of the coolest Mitsu OEM radios


and at night. Doesn't quite match the deep green of our backlight. It's more of a yellow-ish green.


There are a few variations on this radio. MB942704 was used in the Mitsubishi 3000GT and is exactly the same with the exception of the backlight colors:


MB629129 is also similar. It's from the 91-92 3000GT and while it doesn't have CD changer control like the MB942702/MB942704, the radio plugs match what's in the Galant.

However, all you need to do to get the MB942702/MB942704 radios working is to put together an adapter harness:


You also will need to redrill the radio brackets, as the radio mounting holes are in a different location. They are also anti-theft decks, but you can get the radio codes from Mitsubishi online for free.

Finally, all the part numbers are what I was able to find. There are other similar-looking radios out there but with different part numbers. Some of that is because the backlight is a different color, so double check it to make sure you get what you want.



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Edited by Gvr4-330 (08/11/20 03:35 PM)

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1249450 posted 08/11/20 10:17 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post   
I LOVE this info thank you very much!

My question is with the MB942702/MB942704 radios specifically - can you change the FM frequency tuning interval? In North America the FM tuning steps go 90.1, 90.3, 90.5, 90.7 and so on whereas rest of the world goes 90.0, 90.1, 90.2, 90.3 and so on.

Most of these radios which end up in New Zealand are from Japanese imports where their FM frequency goes from 76 to 90MHz instead of the 87.5 to 108MHz the rest of the world uses, so would be nice to source one from North American and modify to receive rest of world FM frequencies.



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