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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-29-2011, 10:24 PM Thread Starter
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Anybody know much about the 80's Becker Grand Prix

I picked up a Becker Grand Prix out of a 1987 at the local Pick-n-pull recently. Hooked it up to 12V and so far it works.

I have yet to try it with speakers, but I was wondering if anybody here has any experience with 80's Beckers?

I've heard mixed reviews. I like the look, and think it looks more appropriate in the Berlina than the current 2005 vintage Pioneer, which is also having trouble staying on lately.

But before I try to mount it I thought I'd see if it's a waste of time, or worth the effort.

I know it's not exactly high power. I have a few amps in the basement I could use if needed.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-30-2011, 02:29 AM
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Mercedes Benz used to use Becker. As I remember, a no nonsense radio. I think it even has a "weather" band.

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Yup, this one came out of a 190. I know the really old models are highly sought after, but there isn't too much info on the late 80's models.

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Becker NA is still alive and well in NJ with tons of radios, parts and service readily available here's their website: index

FWIW... your '74 Berlina would look much more authentic (if that matters to you) with a Becker Europa II stereo radio. They are available through Becker NA (rebuilt) and eBay quite regularly ($200 can score a nice one). Easily Ipod compatible. Just plug a wire in back (available through Becker NA for $50).

No need for an amp what-so-ever (and will DRIVE four modern speakers) if you do this: http://www.alfabb.com/bb/forums/audi...fa-radios.html

Although I've heard they're pretty good as is (stock) with just two speakers.

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The 1980's (612) grand prix fit with the 1980's vehicle; however, I don't do 1980's music.

Sound quality is amazing. Hard to get excited about using cassette tapes. I have enjoyed the Becker NA installed "ipod" plug as a update. Service from Becker NA is first rate.

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For now the dash has been hacked to accept a standard DIN radio. As I'm "restoring" this Berlina on the cheap for now, I'm just looking for a DIN radio that doesn't constantly cut out, and I'm happy to use a cassette adapter for my ipod for now since the Berlina is pretty loud.

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Nice radio. Hay the price was right as well. I would install it. It is a good sounding unit at adult volume. MP3 ad-on for later.
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I saw something about the amp but it looks like a 300 unit, not a 190. I'll poke around if I go back.

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