2010 WRX Premium.
I really despise the head unit. Poor controls, and the world's WORST display! Almost no information at all. I ponyed up for the USB Media Hub. It's good for 2 things. Charging my Zune, and for playing songs RANDOMLY off a thumb drive. The control scheme for this thing is so horrible, you cannot find an artist if you have more than, oh, 5? UGH.
So, I have replaced all the speakers and put them on a Sony amp. I am happy so far, except for the bass. I have a Pioneer TS-W2502D4, box, 1 farad cap, and Sony XM-ZZR3301 amp. Not bad for $300 shipped.
I've done quite a few speaker/head unit installs, so I can see the pain in store. However, is there any specific head units out there that jive with the systems already in the car? I could live with losing the steering wheel controls, but I absolutely don't want to waste the extra $$$$ I blew on the Sirius and Media Hub. I would love to find a double din unit that could plug up to this stuff. The main benefits being A) Getting preamp outs for my amps B) Having a functional display that shows more than 8 letters C) Aftermarket head units typically put out more (cleaner) power per channel with better audio control.
Any suggestions? I'm probably asking for a lot, and I can only imagine that the Sirius tuner/Media Hub are specialized. I was hoping that in this day in age of corporations cutting corners and saving cash, they would use software/interfaces that are (accidentally) compatible with stuff thats out there.
As a side note, my last car was a 2008 350z. Bose stereo with a stock sub behind the drivers seat. Sounded only a tad better than the stock Scooby I got. I swapped the head unit for a cheapo Panasonic touch screen, and ZOMG!!! the difference was unbelievable! I was blowing eardrums, going deaf, and getting a back massage all at once. All from just a head unit swap, nothing else. I guess I'm hoping for something similar out there.