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Old 02-08-2019, 09:52 AM
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Becker radio variations

I'm confused about the differences between two of the Becker radio model variations of the late '60s and early '70s; namely the Europa stereo and the Grand Prix stereo. Best information is that both were produced during the same time period, and both used in Mercedes' top of the line 300 series during that period. Both utilized a separate amplifier module, suggesting that their sound performance was more or less equal. The only difference that I am aware of is that the Grand Prix had an automatic signal seeking feature that the Europa lacked.
Was there any other material difference between these two units? Was the Grand Prix a more costly option? That would seem odd in the 300 series, which generally utilized the best of everything.
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Old 02-08-2019, 10:02 AM
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The Grand Prix was the top of the line radio with (as you mention) search tuning. I don't know if the sound performance equal but I agree that they use the same amplifier. Grand Prix also has chrome tone-arms instead of plastic ones. And there is a tone arm on the right side that is (I'm guessing) for city - suburb - highway (distance). The Grand Prix is and was more costly.
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Old 02-08-2019, 10:03 AM
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Caveat - some would consider the Mexico Cassette radio to be top-of-the-line. I personally don't because I dislike them. I would rather have preset buttons than a hole for cassettes that no one uses anymore.
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