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This is a discussion on Head Unit Replace & Powered Sub within the Electronics/Car Audio forums, part of the Interior Mods category; Anyone done any research on a head unit that works w/ the steering wheel controls on a 2011 WRX? I'd ...

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    Head Unit Replace & Powered Sub

    Anyone done any research on a head unit that works w/ the steering wheel controls on a 2011 WRX?
    I'd also like to replace the factory speakers and possible add a powered sub - thoughts?

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    Pioneer makes an adapter for their head units.. Other makes do as well. Not to be a **** but try google? There are lots of options for cars with steering wheel controls since they're quite common now. Crutchfield too.. also a good source of information even if the prices are a little inflated.
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    For the steering wheel controls, you want the Metra AWSC.

    H/U and subwoofer is a good mild build. The H/U will add a little power to the speakers and offer EQ adjustability, while the sub lets the speakers focus only on the mids/highs.

    If that isn't enough, then start looking at a set of 6.5" components for the front and deadening. At this point, I'd sell off the powered sub and go for something else. A 4-channel amplifier is great for these situations, as you can bridge 3/4 to power the sub, while having 1/2 power the components.

    A great modest stereo build includes the following:
    H/U of your choice
    6.5" components for the front of your choice
    4-channel amplifier (make sure the RMS rating can handle the components you choose)
    JL 10W3 (this is a relatively inexpensive sub that can run pretty good on 250-300W, which will often be the output of the 3/4 channels bridged)
    Deadening (both tile and foam)

    Rick @ RAAMaudio did a nice how-to for deadening our cars:
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    If you're looking for an all-in-one subwoofer with built-in amplifier, the Infinity Basslink is a solid choice. Lots of bass in a tidy package for a reasonable price. It's a good choice for those looking for an easy and quick installation.
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    Thanks for the info! Hoping to start with the h/u and progressively add on.

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