Weak Stereo Volume...any ideas!?

53D Scrambler

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Hampstead
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NC
#1
My Retro Sound aftermarket stereo has started to have a very weak output. I believe it started around the time my alternator was unknowingly going bad and since I replaced the alternator. Both speakers work, head unit appears to work correctly, but volume at max volume the speakers only seem at conversational volume.

Would anyone happen to have any ideas on what the problem may be?

I have the head unit out and in lieu of cracking it open I was hoping for a possible quick fix. Speaker wiring is all solid.
 

walkerhoundvm

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Cave Creek
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AZ
#2
My Retro Sound aftermarket stereo has started to have a very weak output. I believe it started around the time my alternator was unknowingly going bad and since I replaced the alternator. Both speakers work, head unit appears to work correctly, but volume at max volume the speakers only seem at conversational volume.
I've read some bad reviews on those units, relatively short lifespan especially. Are you using Bluetooth, or just the built in radio?
 

HighSierra CJ

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Ducor
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Ca
#3
I had one for about a year. It didn’t last. The volume was pretty weak to begin with, and then it just quit working altogether.
 

Scramblin Man

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Woodway
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Tx
#4
If you replace, look for a 2 post JVC unit. Check eBay. I’ve had good luck with them. Most of the JVC units have adjustable knob width. The CJ’s had a narrower knob width than most vehicles and the adjustable features keeps you from cutting the dash.
 

walkerhoundvm

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Cave Creek
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AZ
#5
If you replace, look for a 2 post JVC unit. Check eBay. I’ve had good luck with them. Most of the JVC units have adjustable knob width. The CJ’s had a narrower knob width than most vehicles and the adjustable features keeps you from cutting the dash.
I have spent way more time and money than I am willing to admit on decks. A range of brands from that era have adjustable knobs, fortunately. The things to be concerned about are depth - 5" is cutting it close, >5.25" requires cramming the ductwork. The other thing is even NOS isn't a guarantee, because the capacitors have a 20-30 year lifespan. I had to spend a bit to get an OEM deck "re-capped." Worth it, to me, but the whole thing is a crap shoot.
 

walkerhoundvm

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#7
I've got a couple working tape decks I'd be happy to send you for shipping. One's a Clarion, the other is a radio shack brand. Both I've had installed but pulled because I either needed more channels or a different wiring setup.
 
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