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WORDS: SCARY PHOTOS: CHRIS WALLBANK

Old Skool Audio

THIS IS IN PHASE AUDIO'S OLD SKOOL IN-CAR-ENTERTAINMENT COLLECTION. IT'S ALL KINDS OF RETRO AWESOME, AND IN PART ONE, SCARY CHOOSES HIS FAVES...

t's fair to say the guys at In Phase, in Nottingham, are proper audiophiles. They genuinely love their in-car-entertainment and it's that enthusiasm for audio that led them to start this bonkers collection. It's now three years and £30k in, and still growing. Sadly, it's not open to the public, so we were honoured to spend the day checking out some of the maddest bits of kit we've ever seen.

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GOODMANS GLS 600

Back in the 90s, Goodmans speakers were everywhere. Every Astra GTE and XR3i could be heard rocking to the sounds of Chesney Hawkes and 2 Unlimited through these beasties. Despite their low-end image (compared to Alpine, Pioneer and Clarion), the British-made kit sounded awesome. The `pyramid' GLS range were the cream of the Goodmans crop and can still give some of today's components a run for their money ­ and that ain't no joke.

In the olden days, a Pioneer TS on your shelf meant you were Bobby Big Player.

PIONEER TS 2080

In the 80s and 90s having the words Co-Axial on your rear shelf speakers meant you were a Bobby Big Player and the TS series by Pioneer was by far the sexiest. These four-way components featured an 8-inch `woofer' with a pair of tweeters either side of a 1.5-inch mid and, according to our Scary, "sounded awesome!" He had a pair in his Capri 2.8 Injection.

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CDs? They'll never replace cassettes.

CLARION

What you're looking at here are four separate Clarion units; the 900DX (cassette deck), 900TX (tuner), 550EX (equaliser) and the 302HA (amp). Yep, Clarion were seriously at the top of their game back in the 80s and 90s and a lot of their kit came as separates, mainly for top end rides like Jaguar and Mercedes. They had the works, from soft-touch buttons, to night illumination which had everything glowing green. Them were the days...

Boom, boom, shake the room! (Well, car.)

ROCKFORD FOSGATE PUNCH 200 DSM

Old skool Rockford amps are built like old skool Mercedes: uber quality, over engineered and they'll go on forever. The classic 200DSM was rated at 200 watts RMS, but thanks to bucketproof construction and design, it could be bridged to at least 500W RMS. You can still pick up a Punch on eBay, but many are missing the end caps, which were designed to hide the wiring. A legendary beast of an amp.

The Alpine 909 was voted Best Ever CD Receiver by some American types.

ALPINE

Old skool Alpine headunits ruled and we can still reel off the numbers now; 7901, 7906, 7385, 7835, 7905, 7909 ­ all legendary names in the audio industry, with the 7909 recently voted Best Ever CD Receiver by some knowledgeable Americans. Not only did Alpine have the sounds, but they had the looks too, with their BGBs (Big Green Buttons). Great green illuminated days.

RETURN OF THE RETRO

In Phase are so keen on their retro audio, they may well build a new retro range, if they get a good response. More on this next month.

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