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Discussion in 'Technical Q&A' started by richard_wallace, Feb 17, 2004.

  1. richard_wallace

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    Anyone of you F355'ers have any suggestions on which aftermarket Radio (Brand/Model) has the best fit in the provided space. Manual is no help here and the internet sites such as crutchfield has no specific listings for the 355... I was hoping to buy via the internet and install myself...

    Any help/suggestions would be great.

    Thanks,
    Rich Wallace
     
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  3. Diablo

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    The original radio is a Sony, just rebadged with the ferrari logo.

    Alpines seem to work great, just get the standard DIM size radio.

    Good Luck.
     
  4. zan

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    Alpine 9813 in 3 way mode, I installed one in my 355 with stock speakers, sounds great, could hear music top down on highway with Tubi. Looks stock, black face, button color matches instruments.
    3 way mode bi-amps system, removes fader function, highs go to tweeters,(front), lows got to woofers, (rear), crossover freq. & slopes digially adjustable, 60W x 4, (27w clean). Only additional wiring is to tweeters, just pop out vents.
    Also plays mp3 & wma, can burn 200 songs on one cd.

    Best upgrade without changing speakers or adding amp.

    Mark
     
  5. richard_wallace

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    Thanks guys for your suggestions!
     
  6. notoboy

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    The 355 is easy because it fits any standard size head unit. Before changing the head unit though, I would greatly recommend upgrading the speakers, because this change alone might make the difference you're looking for.

    I went a little further and installed an Eclipse head unit and CD changer, a woofer/amplifier box in the trunk and installed upgraded speakers all around, including two midrange speakers, one behind each seat. I also did it in such a way that everything can be returned to the original setup without a trace.

    Btw, Alpine is a great choice for a head unit, but get what you need and not just the most expensive one with all the gadgets you may never use.

    Best of luck.
    David
     
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  8. richard_wallace

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    David,

    Thanks for that... I think that is what I will do as well - I am going to upgrade the speakers, and put in an 700 series Clarion with a small in the luggage area.

    The radio I have in now is an older Kenwood - which some of the buttons are not working well - like the volume - have to keep pushing on it a dozen times before it adjusts.

    It will be nice to have something I can hear (when not listening to the engine) on those summer cruises!

    Thanks,
    Rich
     

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