View Full Version : Any Idea What These Old-School CD/Cassette Decks Are Worth?

Suicide Bobb
04-23-2010, 01:41 AM
I just ran into this thread - http://caraudio.com/forum/car-audio-classifieds/465670-f-s-old-school-alpine-pull-out-cd-deck-changer.html

My jaw dropped when I saw how much it's selling for, and the fact that I have two similar decks! One looks to be the same but cassette instead of cd, and the other looks very similar, minus a couple eq adjustments. They are the Alpine 7385 (cassette) and CDM-7823S (CD). They are both in very good condition, and 8/10 for the 7823S and a 9.5/10 for the 7385. The CD mechanism doesn't work in the 7823S though, but neither does Louisiana's (however his comes with a 6disc).

I also have an old @ss Clarion 2500r cassette deck. It looks beautiful, and works perfect as far as I can tell. I did not test the sound quality of the speakers or the fm tuner, so I don't know how they sound, but I did hear static coming from the speakers when in FM mode so I at least know they work. If I were to run a cassy deck, this would be the one.

What do you guys think I could get for each of them?



04-23-2010, 01:43 AM
research the Alpine 7909 and you will see why such a high price....


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Suicide Bobb
04-23-2010, 02:23 AM
I tested the Clarion, and the speaker channels work, as well as the cassette deck :)

Suicide Bobb
04-23-2010, 02:25 AM
research the Alpine 7909 and you will see why such a high price....

Alpine's 7909 Head Unit Wins 'Best Ever' CD Receiver Award (http://www.theautochannel.com/news/2009/02/10/418388.html)

Aaaaaah ok. That's awesome. Do you know anything about the ones I have?

04-23-2010, 02:29 AM
it is pretty hard to sell cassette players these days....

Suicide Bobb
04-23-2010, 02:34 AM
Yeah...but they do seem to fetch a good amount for some reason. At least, better than I expected.

Suicide Bobb
04-23-2010, 03:35 AM
Anyone else?

Suicide Bobb
04-23-2010, 11:25 AM

04-24-2010, 12:03 AM
??? I understand audiophile - but we are talking 10+ yr old technology - and cassette??? This really must be a joke.

Add to that the new market (latest D/A), USB digital interfaces (no need any longer for CDs) - what is the real point? Do you own a boat load of these and are looking for a market??? It's a bit silly.

If you're looking for big old school, grab a big inverter, and run a tube amp....

I've run many HUs in my life - and currently am running a Z110BT - it gives me BT streaming - iPhone, AM, FM, CD, DVD (Dolby + surround), MP3, USB (and hubs),SD, XM, and (if I choose) HD AM, HD FM.

I really am curious why someone would buy something 'old school' - all new equipment (almost regardless of brand) has pre-out. In a car, I do not think many can tell the difference in a preamp feed..........

{off my soap box - but willing to hear a real world opine for old school stuff).

04-24-2010, 02:29 AM
A lot of old school stuff is made in usa instead of china or korea, made with better parts and has a lower THD. I have an Orion 225W amp that will take whatever ohm load i could throw at it. Most of them are pretty well underrated and sound a good bit better.

I also have an 04 pioneer hu that i wouldnt trade for any usb/ipod unit. its clean and has 6.5v preouts and going from 4 to 6.5 i noticed a huge difference. hell i have my gains turned off and it sounds loud and clear.

There is a difference between bells and whistles and sound quality. i might be able to do 50 different jobs ok, but the next guy might be able to do two jobs really well. just because a unit does usb aux ipod sdcard etc doesnt make it a good unit. i went from a pioneer p5000ub to an 860mp and dont look to be using the 5000 any time soon.