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    2010 WRX Radio/Speaker Stuff

    Hello all,

    Pretty new to the forums, really enjoying them.

    I just bought a Certified Preowned WRX and have found the factory stereo system to sound much like a transistor radio...LOL!

    Has anyone added some good after market speakers in the car? Has it made a big difference, or does the radio need more power as well?

    Thanks in advance!

    David

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    Quote Originally Posted by McSoappy View Post
    Hello all,

    Pretty new to the forums, really enjoying them.

    I just bought a Certified Preowned WRX and have found the factory stereo system to sound much like a transistor radio...LOL!

    Has anyone added some good after market speakers in the car? Has it made a big difference, or does the radio need more power as well?

    Thanks in advance!

    David
    Many congrats on the new car!

    In my opinion you should definitely replace the stock head unit first. Then, if you want, replace the speakers. After that, amp the speakers. If you're looking for bass, add an amped sub some time after you swap the head unit.

    A new head unit will get you significantly better sound and volume. But you may have to come up with alternate Bluetooth and auxiliary solutions if your stock radio has them, which are definitely available on aftermarket stereos. Another thing is steering wheel controls; I have always decided to just forget about them so I don't know how complete of an integration you can get with adapters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hamz01 View Post

    In my opinion you should definitely replace the stock head unit first. Then, if you want, replace the speakers. After that, amp the speakers. If you're looking for bass, add an amped sub some time after you swap the head unit.
    Agreed. Went to an aftermarket headunit and was amazed at how much better the stock speakers sounded. I still plan on replacing the speakers eventually.
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    Good advice thus far. I replaced the stock speakers with Infinitys in my '09 and did very little to improve sound quality. New HU made a huge difference.

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    After looking around a lot, I'm thinking of getting a Pioneer FH-P8000BT. Anyone have one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by McSoappy View Post
    After looking around a lot, I'm thinking of getting a Pioneer FH-P8000BT. Anyone have one?
    It's got 6 preouts, 7 band EQ, rear aux input, and great FM sensitivity. Steering wheel compatible and it says it is iPod compatible (and not iPhone) but that doesn't matter because I can almost guarantee you you'd rather interact with the iPod/iPhone than scroll through huge lists on the head unit itself.

    I've had a Pioneer DEH-P8600MP for over five years and I love it. Unfortunately they don't make a comparable head unit to that model any more, but yours looks solid, especially if you want double DIN.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hamz01 View Post
    It's got 6 preouts, 7 band EQ, rear aux input, and great FM sensitivity. Steering wheel compatible and it says it is iPod compatible (and not iPhone) but that doesn't matter because I can almost guarantee you you'd rather interact with the iPod/iPhone than scroll through huge lists on the head unit itself.

    I've had a Pioneer DEH-P8600MP for over five years and I love it. Unfortunately they don't make a comparable head unit to that model any more, but yours looks solid, especially if you want double DIN.
    In regards to your list complaint they've actually done something where you can search my letter on the head unit. I was amped to see that!

    Anyone know if a new radio will void any warranties?

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    Quote Originally Posted by McSoappy View Post
    In regards to your list complaint they've actually done something where you can search my letter on the head unit. I was amped to see that!

    Anyone know if a new radio will void any warranties?
    I've never heard or seen anything that mentions voiding warranty with an aftermarket head unit. But I don't know what the technical rules are. That said, I have thrown massive amounts of audio, lighting, and other electronics all over my car and no one has ever said anything about them. Just don't ever cut or splice into factory wiring.
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