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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!
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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Can you take the stack out of a newer one that has the cd player and put it into an 89 that doesn't have a cd player ?
 

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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.."

good luck

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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.
 

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The tuner is just that, a tuner. it has NO wattage power. waste of time and any money!
 

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A 90 Allante! Seriously If you want CD's that bad, install the CD remote player in the trunk.
 

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I'm not looking to go to the trunk to change music and I don't want to do aftermarket.
 

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You cannt do a CD "factory" in your year of car. An after market multi CD player in the trunk is done from a wireless remote and yes its aftermarket.
 

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Do you actually use CDs? Do you have an MP3 player? If so, just have an AUX input installed.
 

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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.
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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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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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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.
 

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. 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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