Do I keep, or replace, the Infinity Amp and radio in a 1997 Sebring?

Discussion in 'Sebring' started by Gene, Jul 31, 2007.

  1. Gene

    Gene Guest

    1997 Chrysler Sebring Convertible JXI
    2.5L,V6, Gas, FI, VIN "H", EEB, JXI

    I think that the Infinity Amp under the passenger seat is bad.

    What's the best option?

    1. Replace the radio, amp, and speakers with the latest
    and greatest? If so, with what? Will I need special
    cable adapters?

    2. Buy a used amp & see if the radio will work?
    I'm guessing that my existing radio will not power on
    without the amp installed and working?

    3. Buy a 3rd party replacement amp & use the existing
    speakers and radio? If so, who makes a replacement amp?
    Will I need special cable adapters?

    4. I have a brand new Sony radio that I could install. Will it
    work with the Infinity Amp and the Infinity speakers? I assume
    that I will need special cable adapters to connect that new Sony
    radio/CD to the connectors that were plugged into the old Infinity
    radio/CD box?

    Gene, Jul 31, 2007
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    philthy Guest

    dump it get a real system
    philthy, Aug 1, 2007
  3. Gene

    Gene Guest

    LOL - I decided to take a look at the Infinity amp board under the
    seat before throwing the radio & amp in the trash.

    Upon careful examination of the board, I found a cap that had a broken
    lead. I carefully soldered the cap, tested, and cleaned the board.

    After powering up the system, the old Infinity cranked out the Big Bopper
    just fine. Everything worked like new.

    I was a bit surprised with the quality - it's really not that bad. Senior
    citizens can't hear all that well anyway - think I'll just keep it for a
    while more, then get one with MP3/IPOD and woofers, flashing lights, etc...

    the Infinity amps are installed in a place where they can get wet from time
    to time & corrode at the end of the board. The good news is that the board
    is pretty easy to work on & looks like it is well made. It's worth the time
    rip it open & clean the board - if you do it right & get it 100% dry before
    applying power - I would give most defective boards a 60% chance of

    Hint: gently wiggle each component (especially near the end of the board).
    could have a component that has a lead completely corroded away. It's
    so no big deal to solder at low temperature, just take your time.

    Gene, Aug 1, 2007
  4. I've found my Infinity sound system is quite good actually - the best
    factory installed system in any car I've ever owned, which granted isn't
    saying much, but it is very good.
    Fred G. Mackey, Aug 2, 2007
  5. Gene

    Gene Guest

    That is my observation as well - not really that bad.
    For some reason, the AM reception is the best I have ever owned.
    I think I will keep the Infinity system until I find something that
    I really want.

    If it had MP3 on DVD - that would be all I need:)

    Gene, Aug 2, 2007
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    Deke Guest

    You made exactly the correct decision by repairing your radio. If you have
    the unit with the joystick balance control, and the graphic equalizer, thank
    your lucky star that you didn't replace it. Why? Because ANY aftermarket
    unit you buy these days is menu driven. You can adjust your unit by feel,
    in the dark, blindfolded. Any "modern" replacement unit will be menu
    driven, which means you have to take your eyes off the road, pull up menus,
    read through the menus displayed on a tiny little screen in letters about
    1/4 inch tall, scroll through menus till you find what you want, then adjust
    that item using tiny little buttons. All while going 70 miles an hour
    through traffic. Modern aftermarket units are NOT designed for safe
    Stick with your old head unit as long as you can. When it fails, buy
    another one just like from a salvage yard, or eBay. Don't make the mistake
    of replacing it with a "modern" unit.

    Deke, Aug 2, 2007
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    Bill Putney Guest

    Ha! A guy after my own heart! I refer to the aftermarket radios as
    being "DOS" driven. I have two essentially identical 2nd gen. Concordes
    - one with factory head unit, the other one with aftermarket head unit
    (installed by previous owner). I *hate* the controls on the aftermarket
    unit, as I have on every car with an aftermarket radio that I have ever

    Bill Putney
    (To reply by e-mail, replace the last letter of the alphabet in my
    address with the letter 'x')
    Bill Putney, Aug 2, 2007
  8. Gene

    Gene Guest

    Yeah, I love the little joy stick thing too, good sound too.
    I just wish it had MP3.

    Gene, Aug 3, 2007
  9. Gene

    Ken Weitzel Guest


    I'll second that...

    Wonder if anyone has yet to try burning .wav's to a blank dvd and
    trying to play it?

    If no one else has, I'm willing to do the experiment.

    Take care.

    Ken Weitzel, Aug 3, 2007
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    Deke Guest

    Heres my solution....and it works for me......
    Plugged my Ipod into a FM transmitter module.

    Same for the Sirius reciever. Works great!

    Deke, Aug 5, 2007
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    Deke Guest

    Deke, Aug 5, 2007
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    Arthur Tragg Guest

    I've got a 2000 with the Infinity system. The previous owner replaced the
    Infinity speakers with Blaupunkt speakers (he was a Blaupunkt manager) but
    the system is terrific. Excellent sound clarity with all kinds of music and
    great reception as well although I'm in a major market (Chicago).
    Arthur Tragg, Nov 18, 2007
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