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Thread: Allante radio question

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    cadmat is offline Cadillac Owners Fanatic
    Automobile(s): 1988 Allante.
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    vista, california

    Re: Allante radio question

    Here is a way to keep the original sound system, and play your curent mp3's. It's called an FM modulator. I uploaded a bunch of my favorite music to a tiny flash drive, ( you can also connect your ipod or other music player to this unit) and I use one of these to play it thru my radio, it plugs into the lighter, tune the radio to an open frequency, and I have all my favorite music in glorious stereo. The sound quality isn't the best ( no mp3 is) and if you live in an urban area with lots of radio stations, you may get some interfearance from time to time, but this is a great low cost, highly versatile way to tack your music with you and not have to change the factory system. These are all over ebay for less then $10.00. I have had mine for nearly 6 years and it still works great.

    Last edited by cadmat; 09-26-13 at 09:31 AM. Reason: spelling

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    dwight.j.carter is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
    Automobile(s): 2003 Seville STS
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    Des Moines, Iowa, United State
    Yeah I have one and it doesn't sound good at all. I think an aux input is the way to go, thanks guys.

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    Automobile(s): 2005 DeVille
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    Re: Allante radio question

    Depends on how you value your car. An Allante with a correctly working stereo is more of a freak occurance than normal. The design of the center stack makes after-market all but impossible. The way I see it, you either go all in on the factory system by fixing it and possibly enhancing it or you do something like a Hidden Audio product. An aux option is really effective but doesn't offer perfect sound. Certainly better than those FM modulator things. Pure trash. Look in to a Kenwood KOS A300. This with an a quality FM input solution will give you everything you could want. I got mine from Crutchfield for 50 bucks. It is a discontinued product so sellers think a lot of it($). It represents huge bang for the buck and it is reversible.

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    OffThaHorseCEO is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
    Automobile(s): 2013 ATS Premium 3.6, 1989 Allanté
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    Fayetteville NC

    Re: Allante radio question

    I have aftermarket sound, but my tower is intact. I didnt drill into anything to add an aux jack but i do have one.

    I have aftermarket speakers, subwoofers and the amps to power them.

    It was not expensive but it was pretty time consuming.

    I may post a video with details soon.

  5. #20
    jim e is offline Cadillac Owners Member
    Automobile(s): 1990.5 allante, 1990 allante
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    Re: Allante radio question

    Quote Originally Posted by DBA-One View Post
    . An Allante with a correctly working stereo is more of a freak occurance than normal. The design of the center stack makes after-market all but impossible.
    The center stack has just the head display of the radio. This is why the display is small as the receiver is not in the stack.
    The actual receiver is behind the glove box, and its a cheap easy fix to swap out the orig. radio receiver send it to allante source and put in a rebuilt and it takes all but a few minutes.So a properly working stereo is not a freak occurance as you say.
    If amps. go at speaker location those can be rebuilt with larger capacity capacitors and work better than new.The Bose put in 16V caps and mine were rebuilt with 24V caps many years back and no issues.
    If you have an electronic shop in area just tell them to replace the caps on amp board.

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    masmas is offline Cadillac Owners Member
    Automobile(s): 89 allante red soft top, subaru outback for the winter
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    Ottawa, Ontario

    Re: Allante radio question

    Greetings, it is good to be back to this forum in the middle of winter, I figure we are about half way through this mess, come on Spring!!!

    In my post no. 5, I mentioned installing a bluetooth radio controlled by my Dell Streak velcroed to the top of my cassette deck. Sony has an app that allows you to control the unit seamlessly through the touch screen of the Streak. I used it for about 6 weeks prior to winter storage. I give the system a 9/10. One has to turn on the radio every time manually or keep it on until you are done driving for the day. In respect to the tuner behind the glove box, no issues there since I had to get in there to disco the power and antenna. Speaker work was text book, just fishing the new wires through the wire boot at the door hinge was a bit of a chore but nothing a coat hanger couldn't do. I've become an expert at removing and installing the door panels in the process.
    One aside question, I need some minor parts, such as front rubber hood rest, glove box arm and drivers side turn signal cover. Any loose parts out there?



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