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What are the options to replace a 92 Allante radio (receiver) and speakers? Can an aftermarket system be installed in the dash/speaker areas, or must the original system be refurbished? Thanks!
My suggestion would be to look up your local audio installer and have them check. There are options, and many folks on the site have had nice alternatives that fit right, look good, and sound exceptional. The factory systems were exceptional but the mechanics 15+ years later don't always last. My system is quirky in that on most occasions if I turn it on, one side of the speakers aren't 100%. If I turn off and turn back on both sides work.
When I bought my Allante someone had installed an aftermarket radio in the glove box, removed the Bose speakers in the doors and ran new wires to some cheap Pioneer speakers. It sounded awful. You can rebuild the Bose amps yourself if you know something about soldering and electronics or buy refurbished amps for a reasonable price. They all fail over time and the capacitors in the Bose amps are usually the main problem with these systems. The factory radio receiver is located behind the glove box and can be exchanged if necessary as well as the CD player or Cassette player. The factory systems sounds great once it is restored.
Automobile(s): 89 allante red soft top, subaru outback for the winter
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Not to hijack your post Caddymark, but I am also in the process of deciding what to do with the radio in my 89. Cassette does not work and the rear speakers are u/s. Based on the forums I've read, there are 2 camps, maintain the original equipment or bring it up to the 21st century. I am a fence sitter and am doing both. I was about to take the center console out and do the winter project of repairing the stereo system. Surfed the net and found an alternative. this consists of replacing the 4 speakers with infinity speakers, I am not going to touch the center console, I will (have) velcroed my Dell Streak mini tablet over the cassette door and am going to get a Bluetooth radio that has a remote app that allows the Streak to control the radio (cd, phone, tuner..) I am told the I.R. needs to be line of site therefore the trunk or glove box are questionable options, I was thinking under the plastic deck cover near the battery, reachable from the front seat if required. If I sell the car in the future, I would just have to remove the radio, disco the power and reinstall the Bose speakers, no harm, no foul.
This is just an option that I am looking at and pursuing at the moment. I think it has potential. I did go the the local car stereo installer yesterday and mentioned the 89 and his eyes rolled a little. "Anything can be done with time and money.."
Automobile(s): 1988 Allante' (sold), 1984 Eldorado, 84 Sedan DeVille
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You cannot swap the newer CD radio tower onto an earlier radio car! Keep in mind the radio is just a pre amp. The amps are in each enclosure. So you can put later 50 watt amps in place of the 25 watt ones to gain better sound. The speakers handle it. I had an amp mounted to the fold down panel and Scotch locked on the rear speakers ahead of the amps and had a box with 2 12's that fit between the shock towers in the trunk. I did this to improve bass response because the BOSE is configured to clarify sound at the expense of strong bass.