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Anyone fitted a hidden Bluetooth amp ?

PostPost by: DJW » Sat Aug 24, 2019 8:51 am

My Plus 2 currently has no stereo fitted and I’m quite happy with the cleaner look of the dash.

However it would be good to have some music every now & again, so I’m thinking a hidden Bluetooth amp would allow me to stream music from my phone. Has anyone done something similar and can recommend a specific amp ? I did find the following but appears to be US only.

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If there is a period looking head unit that I should also consider then please do advise

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PostPost by: EPA » Sat Aug 24, 2019 11:56 am

I fitted a Retrosound radio with Bluetooth. The unit is a DAB radio and it connects to my mobile phone and fits in the radio slot.
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PostPost by: DJW » Sat Aug 24, 2019 12:29 pm

Thanks Ed, looks good. Will have a look at those.
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PostPost by: The Veg » Sat Aug 24, 2019 12:53 pm

I have Retrosound too but have not yet been able to test it. It does allow the faceplate to be removed from the radio body and connected by cable, which is what I did as the space behind the dashboard looked a bit tight. Another good thing is that the unit hardly weighs anything, probably lighter than the OEM radios. Add lightness.
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PostPost by: mbell » Sat Aug 24, 2019 1:02 pm

This on my long term to do list. I was just going to get a cheap one of Amazon. There are plenty to choose from.

The not much point fitting expensive high quality in a +2 and the entry one will sounds plenty good enough.
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PostPost by: 69S4 » Sat Aug 24, 2019 2:42 pm

My period radio (period =1980s :lol: ) has a cassette player so I've been using a Bluetooth cassette to link to my phone and, in a further fit of nostalgia, to a minidisc player. The sound isn't that great but you can't hear much in an Elan anyway. :lol:
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PostPost by: 1owner69Elan » Sat Aug 24, 2019 2:46 pm

I used an “Out of Sight” audio Bluetooth unit controlled by my phone. Have a cutout in my dash but like the clean look of the grain matched blanking plate (same as I received the car at the factory) so no head unit.

Unit is placed in the trunk (boot).

http://www.outofsightaudio.com/mark-i.html

The issue was more where to put the speakers. I thought I might be able to put some slim units under the seats but that didn’t work out. So just have some small enclosed speakers laying on the floor behind the seats (2 seat Elan).

I can hear the sound with the top down and at speed - plenty loud and clear. But, I usually am happy just to listen to the twincam.
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PostPost by: DJW » Sat Aug 24, 2019 3:14 pm

Cheers Gents.

I did find this one, at £159 although ideally wanted to stay below £100

https://www.classiccarstereo.co.uk/hidd ... amplifier/

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This one at £33 looked a bargain but then read reviews and find it does a jingle noise at every power on. Now that would annoy me :lol:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07BMSG536/ ... yDb333WNMH

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PostPost by: pptom » Sat Aug 24, 2019 8:19 pm

I've got a cheap one in my garage, runs 12V through a transformer branded 'nobsound'!!!
Its actually really good through my stereo speakers and if i ever wanted to put any music on in my +2 i'd be tempted to go for one of these. As above though it does a funny 'bluetooth mode' voice announcement at startup
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PostPost by: JimE » Sun Aug 25, 2019 1:11 pm

Call me old school but I prefer the sound of the original.
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PostPost by: JonB » Sun Aug 25, 2019 8:34 pm

Nice Turnolock you have there!

Problem for me is there is nothing to receive down here apart from radio 5 live sport and a tonne of foreign junk. So that lovely radio wouldn't do me any good.
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PostPost by: webbslinger » Sun Aug 25, 2019 11:53 pm

I hide tiny ones in my ears. Sometimes both, sometimes the window side only. Sports earbuds. Very light.
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PostPost by: SENC » Mon Aug 26, 2019 12:54 am

I started down this road, then realized all of my music these days is played from my phone (either from an sd card or from Spotify), so why mess with an amp or receiver and speaker installation when all I need is a bluetooth speaker. I have a Fugoo I like that I just pop on the parcel shelf, and can play and modify volume from the phone.
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PostPost by: Davefettback » Mon Aug 26, 2019 4:00 am

Lots of sources.
Hot Rods use them.
This one of many.https
://www.classiccarstereos.com/secretaudio-hidden-classic-car-radio-system.html?gclid=CjwKCAjw44jrBRAHEiwAZ9igKGqpjWI5rycVpEsBh7XPBF_JzenqdIQOWF6zrhRQt4_Adf6sG4eHqxoCIcAQAvD_BwE
Also Critchfield, which has speakers and everything you could need.
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PostPost by: AshleyPark » Mon Aug 26, 2019 10:15 am

Can't beat this retro looking BT radio for price!

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