1976 450SL, 1992 190e 2.3, 1984 300D turbo, 1966 VW bus
Thanks for the links. I reposted in the Audio threadMaybe one shouldn't ask if a period radio adds value, but rather if a non-period system reduces the value. My W124 still has the original Becker and the original electric aerial, I personally dislike a classic dash with a modern system as much as I dislike chrome wheel arch trim.
Here are a couple of links to classic systems for our cars:
1. buy BECKER RADIO
2. Becker Auto Radios Archives - Classentials
3. Classic Auto Sound
The Internet finds them used for $1,000. Considering the original is going for $600 used, that's not so bad...
Pity that screen doesn't fold back to let you put an 8 track in. It's just that size...
On second look, apparently my searches found some years-old listings. This was not helpful, and I apologize for that confusion. Sloppy reading on my part not to realize these listings were outdated.The only one I see for sale anywhere online is ebay over 3K. I don't know where you are getting your used prices.
Martin will you stop posting that pic. Every time I see it I get the temptation to ditch my Continental, which I'm very happy with
I've never had a Becker, so aftermarket it was. I have noticed some here mention the sound is not great running Bluetooth through a Becker unit, compared to a modern good quality aftermarket head unit. But that's hearsay so take it with a grain of saltI'm really curious as to why people are spending the $100's of bucks on new, aftermarket HU's, when everything that they do is also accomplished by the BT mod on the OEM Becker for $150 bucks? What's the draw? Not judging, just morbid curiousity.
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Definitely hearsay. BT quality is limited by the HW version of the receiver. In the case of what module Becker in NJ uses, I think it's BT 4.0, or 4.5. For mine, with aftermarket dash speakers, and the Harman/Kardon Tweeter + Woofer I jerry-rigger for the rears on the rear deck from my w166, it's crystal clear, and you'd never guess you're listening to anything other than a line in aux input. The Becker amp is sufficient to power the two tiny dash speakers and the rear deck. Just goes back to my original question.I've never had a Becker, so aftermarket it was. I have noticed some here mention the sound is not great running Bluetooth through a Becker unit, compared to a modern good quality aftermarket head unit. But that's hearsay so take it with a grain of salt