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Dear God in Heaven does this thread depress me.

I'd give it all away just to travel back in time and experience the good old days. I was late to this party and I think I missed out on the real action...

I'm gonna make a thread in a few hours showing off all my old school gear. I don't have much of anything but I cherish it like it's chocolate dipped in gold and encrusted with diamonds.

Thank you to SPL2K for starting this thread and a big thanks to BigD for making videos of your gear, I watch them religiously.


Nothing but old school!

01 Saturn SL1

Sony CDX GT500 H/U

Polk DB651 in front doors

Profile AMP121 on Polks

US Amps USA400 on sub

One 12" Cadence Ultra 6ohm

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There's not a ton of us old schooler's out there still into car audio, but we have a dedicated crowd! My goal is to make a video version of the magazines we all read back in the day...

Slammin', since you are a Lanzar fan, check these out...

Lanzar Opti 50c's - 1st gen (blue) and 2nd gen (black)

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See my videos on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/bigdwiz. Many tests and demos of OLD SCHOOL car audio gear!


See cool pics on Instagram @oldschoolstereo

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There's not a ton of us old schooler's out there still into car audio, but we have a dedicated crowd! My goal is to make a video version of the magazines we all read back in the day...

Slammin', since you are a Lanzar fan, check these out...

Lanzar Opti 50c's - 1st gen (blue) and 2nd gen (black)

i-QnDV22R-M.jpg

i-bVLfnth-M.jpg

Love it! BigD, you might remember me once I post a pic of one of my amps. Do you remember the Autotek I asked you about on youtube?

Nothing but old school!

01 Saturn SL1

Sony CDX GT500 H/U

Polk DB651 in front doors

Profile AMP121 on Polks

US Amps USA400 on sub

One 12" Cadence Ultra 6ohm

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In 1988 i had a zapco z220 i traded an old celica for, well i also got a nakamichi tape deck that didnt f'ing eject. But that zapco amp is still my favorite amp of all time.

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Came across this, hate to think what it cost back then

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  • sorry not everybody has a companies nuts so far down their throat they catch every drop ball sweat when it falls

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im still rocking the factory option am radio in one of my rides (with single 8ohm 6x9)

thats right no tape and no fm

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(not my pic but same car and radio)

there was even a second radio option that was removable so if you went to the races or picnic you could lission to it

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Anyone remember the old JC Whitney catalogs from like the mid 90's, I'd swear they used to have a dual tape deck car radio. I remember the tape player that could record.


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I really like reading everyone's memories as they were similar to mine.

My first ride was a 1990 Isuzu lowered PUP with 15" eagle 5-stars, was the lowest ride at my high school in 1992.(used to scrape over all the speed bumps even going at an angle :) lol ) Came with a spark-o-matic 2 knob tape player with 6x9s in the door. Saved up my money to buy a Lanzar 12 from AudioExpress and a used Kenwood KDC-93R.Thought it was so cool walking around with the black case logic pullout bag. Built my first speaker box (wedge) that fit behind the bucket seats. First real amp was a used 225 HCCA that needed the 400BDG module. Then added an Orion 300phd preamp which I thought really tuned my system. I used to drive by the Orion building on Julie Dr. in Tempe just dreaming of working there one day. Anyways fast forward 20 years and many systems later I have passed on my car stereo knowledge to my son and proud to see him doing his own thing.

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