If you're a baby boomer who remembers what it was like to grow up in the 1960s, you've seen significant changes in sound system technology. Five decades ago, reel-to-reel tape recorders and high-fidelity sound systems were hot. Stack LPs on the turntable and listen for hours. Mad Man Muntz brought us 4- and 8-track stereo players you could install in your car and take music with you. Cassette tapes replaced the clickity-click 8-track machines, and the next thing we knew the compact disc replaced our old cassette tapes. Now we've got pocket-sized iPods and other players that hold our entire music collection.
The Custom Autosound USA-630 system from Mustangs Unlimited is about half the size and wei
We admit feeling a pinch behind the tech curve when we contacted Carl Sprague at Custom Autosound to ask if he wanted to participate in a sound system installation that included a six-CD changer. He laughed and advised us that CD players are now dated technology. Then he told us about his new 240-watt USA-630 system.
Custom Autosound's USA-630 sound system represents the pinnacle of the company's quest for perfect listening enjoyment. To make it familiar and easy to use, Custom Autosound fitted the USA-630 with large pushbuttons that make it compatible with a classic Mustang dashboard. And though it looks classic, a look inside reveals the latest technology, including the ability to attach an iPod or MP3 player through the auxiliary or USB ports. Sure beats that old 8-track or CD storage container taking up space on the back seat.
Especially useful to aging baby boomers is the large alphanumeric display, some 30-percent larger so you can see under the worst of conditions. And, if you really must have that CD player, you can install one in the trunk and tie it into the USA-630 while still having the benefit of iPod/MP3 enjoyment.
The dial is easy to read thanks to 30-percent larger numerics. Pushbutton tuning and contr
- AM/FM Stereo Radio
- USB Port for iPod/MP3 Flash Memory Playback
- Large alphanumeric display for easy viewing
- Electronic tuning and volume control
- Four-way fader
- Left/right balance
- Base/treble control
- Digital clock
- Two-channel RCA auxiliary input for satellite,MP3/iPod, etc.
- 16 radio presets (12 FM, four AM)
- Four channel RCA pre-outs for amplifier
- USA/Euro tuner
- Power antenna lead
You don't have to leave older technology behind either. There's an eight-pin connector for
This USB harness is provided for MP3/iPod access. By the way, those fins are for cooling.
Custom Autosound's SPUV693C 6 x 9-inch upgrade speaker is perfect for our USA-630 system,
These powerful speakers have a full chrome basket, 200 watts of peak power capacity, 063mm
We're removing this Mustang's old Kenwood auto-reverse AM/FM cassette system from the 1980
We're using the old bezel for mock-up purposes. The stereo face adaptor slides into place
Custom Autosound provides metal and plastic spacers that fit between the stereo and bezel
There are two basic wiring bundles-power and speakers. The power circuit has two fuse-prot
Switched power (red) provides power to run the unit. Black is the ground lead. The transfo
We like this quick-disconnect multiplex plug that enables quick removal for any service. P
This wire bundle consisting of greens, blues, and whites is your USA-630's speaker leads,
This is the USA-630's antenna lead. Custom Autosound also provides an extension in case yo
Unit installation is easy once you've established proper unit to bezel spacing. Custom Aut
Use bullet connectors to connect the speaker leads.
Along with the vintage Kenwood cassette deck, we trashed these old speakers. The hacked up
The new SPUV693C speakers are installed from underneath using stainless, fine-thread Phill
Black powdercoated speaker grilles will not distort in the sun.