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Let Us Update Your Vintage or Classic Radio with the Best Technology Available!
(we also do Vintage Cabinet Radios)
We use Aurora Design Technology!
This photo shows a 1965 AM Ford Truck radio after conversion with the FMR-2, Four channel (45 watts per channel) Five sub line outs, Aux line in.
This add-on allows for an auxiliary channel on your radio. You can use a standard 3.5mm headphone jack to connect any compatible devices. iPods, MP3 players, phones, and GPS are all examples of devices compatible with the 3.5mm auxiliary port.
How to Request Repairs, Restoration or Conversion For Your Radio:
AUX-1 Auxillary Input Controller
The AUX-1 is a microprocessor powered Auxiliary Input
controller that simplifies adding an audio input to original
radios. It has three triggers that can be used
independently or in any combination to switch the radio
over from normal operation to the auxiliary input. The three triggers are a VOX, power cycling and a switch input. The VOX circuitry and algorithms are based on the superior VOX implementation of the FMR-1 radios. It is extremely sensitive and extremely good at rejecting noise. This results in no switching back to the radio during quiet audio passages.
The audio output level from the AUX-1 is very high to match the levels of early tube radios. Whereas directly connecting an MP3 player to the audio amplifier on some tube radios results in low volume and poor performance, the digitally controlled amplifier on the AUX-1 easily matches the levels of any radio.
Full protection against reverse battery and over power, the AUX-1 is nearly indestructible. Through cleaver design, the AUX-1 is compatible with 6V/12V positive/negative ground radios resulting in only one board being required for all installations.
As with all Aurora Design products, the AUX-1 is designed to SAE specifications and built in the USA at an ISO9001:2000 facility.
Three years ago Aurora Design took the classic vehicle industry by storm. The OEM quality FMR-1 quickly became the gold standard for radio conversions. The BTU-1, BT-1 and USB-1 offered the first fully integrated Bluetooth and USB solutions for an original radio. Pioneering features like Voice Command allowed original radios to have modern features and performance!
And now ... introducing the next generation of Aurora Design products.
The FMR-2, BTU-2, BT-2 and USB-2 follow in the path blazed by the original versions. These new versions offer more features, more power and more innovation than ever before. With unheard of features like Voice Assist and native AAC audio support, NOTHING else comes close.
Check out all the new products from Aurora Design and you’ll know why R&B Vintage Auto Radio only uses these innovative products in all of our radio conversions!
FMR-2 AM/FM Receiver (FM Stereo)
New Tube Emulation Mode allows the
FMR-2 to mimic the “warmup” and “cool
down” of an original tube radio fooling even
the most seasoned judge on that concours
restoration, or just for that nostalgic feel!
The FMR-2 is the exciting new follow-on to the FMR-1. This new product from Aurora Design opens up a new world of possibilities for early automotive radios. By replacing the electronics in an original radio with modern digital electronics, any radio can be brought up to today’s standards, performance and reliability.
Designed to meet automotive OEM and SAE performance specifications, the FMR-2 represents a no compromise design. All critical components are full automotive OEM grade parts, not lower cost, lower quality parts designed for aftermarket/consumer products. Every aspect of the design and operation of the FMR-2, no matter how insignificant was scrutinized, resulting in a product that performs beyond the expectations of even the most demanding user.
Through the use of sophisticated algorithms and a custom RealTimeOperatingSystem (RTOS), the FMR-2 offers unprecedented levels of features and performance. Working equally well with any original tuner (inductive, capacitive and resistive) the FMR-2 offers smooth and precise tuning rivaling the best analog tuners available. Installation time is significantly reduced since the FMR-2 easily adapts to just about any radio configuration from the 1930’s thru the 1980’s.
Imagine, complicated and time consuming modifications to the tuners used on the Hudson/Nash Ramblers and Metropolitans, 1930’s Philco-Ford or 1940’s Zenith-Ford radios is a thing of the past! Even the complicated Rotomatic tuner used on the 1940 Zenith-Ford radio that switches between a variable capacitor for manual tuning and variable inductors for preset tuning is handled without any modifications by the FMR-2!
The automotive grade receiver is extremely robust and offers such features as noise blankers which help eliminate ignition and generator/alternator noise and an automatic bandwidth filter that continuously adjusts from narrow to wide for optimum performance in all situations.
The digitally controlled power amplifier provides up to 4 X 45W of output power into 4 ohm speakers and 2 X 75W into 2 ohm speakers and is fully protected against over-voltages, shorts between lines as well as to ground or power. It is controlled by the onboard microprocessor and intelligently monitors the speaker connections and makes decisions such as enabling or disabling the balance and fader controls based on these readings. It uses a unique Class SB topology similar to standard Class AB while using only 1/3 the power at normal listening levels resulting in less heat being generated.
Five line level outputs, four for front/rear channels and one for subwoofer, allow the FMR-2 to drive out-board amps for those who wish to add even more audio power.
Stereo auxiliary inputs with floating ground to reduce or eliminate ground loop noise are provided for adding other audio sources such as iPod’s®, MP3 players, CD players, satellite radios, etc.
Signal Seeking radios like the GM/Delco® Wonderbar®, Ford® Town & Country® and Chrysler® Electro-Touch® radios are fully supported including features like sensitivity controls (Town & Country). By combining the unsurpassed performance of the FMR-2‘s AM/FM receiver with its high performance microprocessor, it finds the stations every time.
Under the skin, the FMR-2 was designed to be as robust as the operating features it offers. Meeting industry performance specification like SAE J1113-42, the FMR-2 cannot be damaged by battery reversal, double battery jump starts, alternator disconnects (load dump), etc. Even if a careless mechanic accidentally connects the battery up backwards, the FMR-2 is completely protected.
The UNBELIEVABLE New BTU-2
The original BTU-1 took the classic car hobby
by storm! Never before had so many
advanced features been packed into an
original radio. Bluetooth audio, hands free
phone, USB audio playback, USB charging,
Voice Command... Now the BTU-2 takes this
experience to a whole new level by adding to the already extensive list of features found only on the BTU-1!
• Latest Bluetooth 4.1 based solution for
While the Bluetooth 3.0 standard was fine for the
original BTU-1, it is now over 7 years old, ancient in
technical terms. The BTU-2 uses the latest Bluetooth
4.1 specification for the best compatibility with yesterday’s,
today’s and tomorrow’s devices!
Fully backward compatibility with Bluetooth 3.0/2.1 +EDR,
1.2 and 1.1
Fully certified module for FCC, IC, CE and Bluetooth SIG
• Voice Assist:
The BTU-2 can speak to you in English, Spanish or French
to help walk the user through basic operations. No need to
remember obtuse functions or operations.
• Fully integrated with the FMR-2:
No need to fumble with the radio or your phone to make
sure they’re in a certain mode to get the Bluetooth/USB to
work, or remember confusing controls that change function
in different modes, the BTU-2 controls are fully integrated
into your original radio. Want to start playing music or initiate
a phone call while listening to the radio? Just twist the
volume control! All controls work the same in all modes!
• AAC audio support:
Aurora Design is a licensee of the high quality AAC codec.
Music encoded in AAC format on your Bluetooth device will
playback without conversion to low quality SBC. Music files
can be copied directly from your iTunes® library to your
USB drive without quality robbing/time consuming
• Ogg Vorbis support:
Music files encoded in high quality Ogg Vorbis format can
also be intermixed on your USB drive along with AAC and
• USB port supports all charging modes:
Supports SDP, CDP and DCP charging modes up to a full
2A, 4X the current of the BTU-1.
Supports proprietary modes such as Apple® 1A/2A and
Will continue charging even when radio is turned off
(vehicle ignition on)
• Automatically resumes playback from where it
left off when radio is turned back on:
Whether you’re listening to the radio, USB music or
Bluetooth streaming, the FMR-2/BTU-2 returns to where
you left off when you turn the radio back on.
• Hands Free call handoff:
If you are on a phone call and turn the radio off, the BTU-2
instantly hands the call back to the phone for uninterrupted
operation. Turn the radio back on and the call switches back
to the radio.
• Call waiting/Conference call support:
Multiple calls can be handled by the BTU-2 including
joining (conferencing) all active calls together.
• Customizable Bluetooth Name:
Unlike cheap solutions that use generic Bluetooth names
like XYZ v1.0, the BTU-2 name is fully customizable. Now
you can name your radio anything you like, for example
Bob’s 1956 BelAire!
This is extremely helpful if you own multiple vehicles.
• Supports internally and externally mounted
Use the internal microphone for convenience or the
external microphone for highest audio quality.
With this much advanced technology packed into the
BTU-2, nothing else is even in the same league.
Now picture this:
You’re driving down the road in your cherished classic or hot rod. You reach over and with a simple twist of a knob on your original radio, you tell it to phone your house. The call comes in over the radio and when finished, it announces that the call is terminated and returns you to your music. You then get nostalgic for that certain song you haven’t heard in a while, so you twist the control again and tell the radio to start playing that song. For a minute you actually forget that you aren’t in your modern car but in your classic car. Sound like science fiction? Not with the new BTU-2 with Voice Command and Voice Assist from Aurora Design.
While some companies call off-the-shelf adapters or clunky boxes “solutions”, Aurora Design is the only company to offer a custom designed, fully integrated, full featured, Bluetooth/USB/AAC/MP3 solution that truly brings your radio into the 21st century. Because the BTU-2 was designed to fully and seamlessly interface to the FMR-2 receiver, no aftermarket add-on product is even in the same league. No cords to fumble with, no hard to reach little buttons, no touch screens, no fiddling with the radio to get into the right mode, the FMR-2/BTU-2 combination is fully automatic just like a modern car. Using only your original radio controls, you can have a truly modern solution that rivals any new car!
Streaming audio from a USB FLASH Drive or from your Bluetooth device is easily controlled with just a twist of a knob. Start and stop playback and skip forward and backwards through your songs. Answer and place phone calls just as easily. With literally thousands of songs at your fingertips, you’ll never run out things to listen to on that cross country tour! And so you don’t get lost, let your Bluetooth device that supports turn by turn navigation direct you to your destination through your radio.
And now with the introduction of high quality AAC support, all your music will sound even better! No need for your phone to convert your music to low quality SBC, or for you to spend time converting your music library to MP3 format, the BTU-2 will playback AAC encoded music directly for the highest quality, most convenient operation possible!
The groundbreaking new Voice Assist feature joins the Aurora Design innovated Voice Command feature. Just as the Voice Command feature lets you speak to your radio, the Voice Assist feature lets your radio speak to you to help you with basic radio operation. No having to remember confusing beep tones or complicated LED flash patterns and colors. The radio will announce “ready to pair” when you open Bluetooth pairing. It will then tell you “pairing completed” or “pairing not completed” so you’ll know exactly what’s going on. Of course you can select between English, Spanish and French, or if you don’t like your radio speaking to you, you can select beep tones.
The microphone on the BTU-2 can be mounted internally to your radio, or externally for best audio quality. Even if your radio has an internal microphone, you can still plug an external microphone in at a later date to get even better quality! The BTU-2 contains advanced echo cancellation and noise reduction algorithms for the best sound possible. The external microphone comes with a 9.8’ (3m) cord so it can be place anywhere in the vehicle for the best performance. Notice on most modern cars with hands-free operation, the microphone is mounted on the headliner right behind the windshield. With the BTU-2’s external microphone this can also be easily accomplished.
No other product can boast the easy of use, performance and features of the BTU-2. For the ultimate in 21st century performance in your classic radio, look no further than the FMR-2/BTU-2 combination.
Designed to meet automotive OEM and SAE performance specifications, the BTU-2 represents a no compromise design. All critical components are full automotive OEM grade parts, not lower cost, lower quality parts designed for aftermarket/consumer products. Every aspect of the design and operation of the BTU-2, no matter how insignificant was scrutinized, resulting in a product that performs beyond the expectations of even the most demanding user.
Unlike many aftermarket Bluetooth products that are not certified or have been heavily modified, the BTU-2 is based on a fully certified module. With certifications for FCC, IC, CE and the Bluetooth SIG, you are assured of the most robust, compatible product available.
*The BTU-2 cannot playback music from a music player or smart phone over the USB connection unless the device presents the music as a standard mass storage device. For example it will not playback from an Apple® device over the USB connection. The USB port can be used to charge the device, and the music will be played backed and controlled over the Bluetooth connection.
iPod/MP3 Adapter BT-1 Bluetooth Adapter