Jim Smart
June 1, 2009

If you're a baby boomer who remembers what it was like to grow up in the 1960s, you've seen significant changes in sound system technology. Five decades ago, reel-to-reel tape recorders and high-fidelity sound systems were hot. Stack LPs on the turntable and listen for hours. Mad Man Muntz brought us 4- and 8-track stereo players you could install in your car and take music with you. Cassette tapes replaced the clickity-click 8-track machines, and the next thing we knew the compact disc replaced our old cassette tapes. Now we've got pocket-sized iPods and other players that hold our entire music collection.

The Custom Autosound USA-630 system from Mustangs Unlimited is about half the size and weight of your old Ford AM radio, yet it's packed with more power and great technology. Plug in your iPod or MP3 player and have limitless entertainment.

We admit feeling a pinch behind the tech curve when we contacted Carl Sprague at Custom Autosound to ask if he wanted to participate in a sound system installation that included a six-CD changer. He laughed and advised us that CD players are now dated technology. Then he told us about his new 240-watt USA-630 system.

Custom Autosound's USA-630 sound system represents the pinnacle of the company's quest for perfect listening enjoyment. To make it familiar and easy to use, Custom Autosound fitted the USA-630 with large pushbuttons that make it compatible with a classic Mustang dashboard. And though it looks classic, a look inside reveals the latest technology, including the ability to attach an iPod or MP3 player through the auxiliary or USB ports. Sure beats that old 8-track or CD storage container taking up space on the back seat.

Especially useful to aging baby boomers is the large alphanumeric display, some 30-percent larger so you can see under the worst of conditions. And, if you really must have that CD player, you can install one in the trunk and tie it into the USA-630 while still having the benefit of iPod/MP3 enjoyment.

The dial is easy to read thanks to 30-percent larger numerics. Pushbutton tuning and control makes it easy to adjust on the fly.

USA-630 Specs

  • AM/FM Stereo Radio
  • USB Port for iPod/MP3 Flash Memory Playback
  • Large alphanumeric display for easy viewing
  • Electronic tuning and volume control
  • Four-way fader
  • Left/right balance
  • Base/treble control
  • Digital clock
  • Two-channel RCA auxiliary input for satellite,MP3/iPod, etc.
  • 16 radio presets (12 FM, four AM)
  • Four channel RCA pre-outs for amplifier
  • USA/Euro tuner
  • Power antenna lead