We spotted the name RetroSound on the list of finalists in the 2023 SEMA New Products Awards, so we made a beeline to its SEMA booth to chat with the RetroSound folks. And right away, we knew this was going to be a fun talk, because there to greet us was a delightful blue MGB—displayed prominently to showcase the RetroSound Europa radio.
After all, what better way to enjoy some tunes than in a drop-top roadster?
If you’re new to RetroSound, the company makes a massive line of modern car stereos that look like vintage factory OE units. It offers a wide range of different radio face designs that mimic anything from a vintage Chevy Wonderbar to an original Porsche Blaupunkt.
In other words, if you want to enjoy modern car stereo features like Bluetooth connectivity, multi-speaker output, and digital media playback—but don’t want to destroy, modify or otherwise upset the vintage aesthetic of your dash—then a RetroSound automotive radio is a great way to do it.
But say some well-meaning music lover has already hacked up the dash of your old car or truck to accept a modern DIN-shaped rectangular head unit?
If you want to revert back to an OE-style radio, this presents a double-whammy of a problem.
First of all, the original-size radio probably won’t fit securely in the enlarged hole any more, which means it’ll rattle and bounce as you drive around.
Secondly, even if you do manage to get it snug in the dash, there’s a good chance you’ll be left with unsightly gaps around the radio as a result of the larger DIN-sized hole.
A RetroSound Universal DIN Repair Kit solves both of those problems.
Not only does it provide a way to securely mount one of RetroSound’s radios, you can add a special faceplate to cover up those unsightly gaps for a clean, almost-OE style appearance.
“The sleeve fits nicely into the DIN opening, and the brackets fit our radios perfectly in the dash,” explains RetroSound’s Joseph Rock. “So it fits flush, and is about as classic as it can be.”
Once you buy the Universal DIN Repair Kit, you select the RetroSound radio with the features you want and its corresponding faceplate to match the look of your vehicle, then install the whole thing like you normally would. “It’ll work for anything with a RetroSound radio face,” Joseph says.
In fact, here’s an in-depth install video that’ll show you exactly how the whole setup works: