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    yeah, it's pretty weak... but it's cheaper to just upgrade yours than add the premium crap that comes with added weight some people may not want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NoVASTi View Post
    What better way to get acquainted with traffic and local news, especially with 1+ hour commutes? That's almost essential to commute in the DC metro area. In that regard, XM/Sirius aren't going to cut it and you're not getting news from a phone while you're driving...not through the HU, anyways. Many of the local stations here do music while offering news in music breaks. On my morning commutes, its all business...the quicker I get to work without hitting traffic jams, the better. The same for the commute home. Phone music is for weekends and trips, unfortunately.

    Even through AUX, the music sounds like it's being played through a tin can.
    Yours sounds that bad through AUX? I use my droid and a belkin cable and it doesn't sound any worse than a CD for me... just really isn't loud enough, I expected that with a base stereo though I guess.

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    Personally I prefer to hear the car. But I listen to FM/BT/iPod/Aux when I'm on the freeway for a while.
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    i have a jvc hd radio and love it...but the previous owner installed new speakers and crossovers...so thats probably helping the hd radio sound so clear....just added a kicker cvr 12 and a custom box with a 1800 w kenwood mono d amp...pure awesomeness
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    ^^I too have a JVC receiver, but not HD radio. So far, so good. I listen to tons of AM sports radio (WFAN), so maybe the HD tuner will be a good idea in the future. However, streaming it in high quality on my phone over bluetooth does the trick!
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    Quote Originally Posted by WRXpa View Post
    ^^I too have a JVC receiver, but not HD radio. So far, so good. I listen to tons of AM sports radio (WFAN), so maybe the HD tuner will be a good idea in the future. However, streaming it in high quality on my phone over bluetooth does the trick!
    You have an HD tuner in your phone?
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    I didn't think HD radio covered AM bandwaves.
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    No, I use Radio.com to get that particular station and stream it over bluetooth to the HU. The SQ is very good that way. Much better than over-air
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    I do not mean to hijack this thread..My apologies...
    Can anybody let me know if 2011-2012 WRX/STi navigation HU can be a direct fitment to a base WRX? All the buttons and functions would work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mru77 View Post
    I do not mean to hijack this thread..My apologies...
    Can anybody let me know if 2011-2012 WRX/STi navigation HU can be a direct fitment to a base WRX? All the buttons and functions would work?
    I'm sure it would. I don't see why they would make the plugs different.

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    I to have found the poor sound quality of the stock system to be annoying. At least it's no worse then what came in my R32.

    In addition to sound quality, I am also looking for a great iPod interface and bluetooth to my iPhone.

    Any suggestions on a DD size head unit? Not looking for anything crazy, I'll probably stop at the new head unit

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    I heard that the sound system was terrible. I got the premium and I have no complaints about the sound. Also I did not buy the car for the stereo and if the way it sounds is the biggest complaint that people have about the WRX than that is good enough for me. Other cars have way worse issues than weak speakers that can be upgraded.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mru77 View Post
    I do not mean to hijack this thread..My apologies...
    Can anybody let me know if 2011-2012 WRX/STi navigation HU can be a direct fitment to a base WRX? All the buttons and functions would work?
    Should work, but you'd pay an insane amount of money for a still poor sounding stereo system. Just cause it's navi'd out doesn't mean it will sound any better. Still incredibly underpowered. Better off going aftermarket. Pioneer, Kenwood, and Alpine all make great double DIN headunits.
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    I don't really think the stereo should be a factor on buying this car. Maybe another car, but not this one.

    And hey Jaybee, your sig says that you have an STP cat-back. You mean SPT?
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    HAHA yeah I did. Thanks for pointing out the typo. Sometimes my fingers and my brain do not sync.
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