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Old 10-22-2012, 08:22 AM   #1
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Replacements for old radio? (newbie alert)

We bought our '95 Sovereign (21ft) last week. It came with the original Sony radio-cassette player.

Can we replace this with any car player?
Are there any specific things we should look out for? (for example, dimensions)
I would prefer to have at least a hookup for my iphone.

I'm a total newbie when it comes to these things. Any advice is great!

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Old 10-22-2012, 08:37 AM   #2
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I put this one in our '94 and it was an easy install (we had an original Sony also):

Sony DSX-S310BTX Digital media receiver at

Many on the forums have had problems with Sony, but it's the same unit that our friends have in their 2012 FC. I like it as it was the only unit I found that would stream music and phone calls from my IPhone via BlueTooth. Search the net and you can find better prices than at Crutchfield.

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Old 10-22-2012, 08:58 AM   #3
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I would just go to a car stereo shop and ask. Most radios will swap easily. I recently put in a Pioneer unit W/O ant trouble. Features to choose from:

Bluetooth to stream music from your smartphone or use as speakerphone.
Remote control.
CD/DVD player.
Ability to control a CD changer.
USB connectivity (mine came with two USB extension cables and I keep a flash drive loaded with music attached.
1/8" audio input.

You will probably have to cut wires to splice the wires on the new unit in, but that is easy enough to figure out. I would recommend soldering the connections and covering them with heat shrink tubing (Radio Shack).

Besides these wires, there will be a connector that plugs in. It's better if the new unit has the same connector as the old.
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