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This is a discussion on Wrx stock radio within the Electronics/Car Audio forums, part of the Interior Mods category; I have a 2013 WRX with the stock Clarion sourced radio. I had this unit replaced with a single DIN ...

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    Wrx stock radio

    I have a 2013 WRX with the stock Clarion sourced radio. I had this unit replaced with a single DIN Pioneer DEH-P8400BH. The sound quality difference is amazing. I had previously replaced the stock door speakers with Infinity speakers. The sound quality was better, but still not good. Subaru needs to put a quality radio in their car from the factory. For those who like their music, replace the stock radio. You won't be sorry.

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    Re: Wrx stock radio

    We know.

    But I for one didn't buy the car for the radio ;-)

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    No one buys a car for the radio. However, many, if not most manufacturers put quality audio in their cars.

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    That has not been my experience. Even the HU in my G35c was pretty much junk to my ear.
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    I think most of you have ultra sensitive hearing, or perhaps mine is seriously deteriorating (I listened to way too much loud music as a teen and in my early twenties) In fact every car/ truck I owned from about 16-24 had a serious sound system in it. That said I have a base '13 WRX, my only options are the STi black shift knob, trunk tray and arm-rest with rear cup holder. Anyway I find the stock sound decent enough but I'm no longer an audiophile.

    In fact you guys won't believe me but the stock setup in my '13 WRX is better to my ears than the Harman Kardon unit in my wife's '11 Outback that we paid $1100 extra for lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pool Runner View Post
    I think most of you have ultra sensitive hearing, or perhaps mine is seriously deteriorating (I listened to way too much loud music as a teen and in my early twenties) In fact every car/ truck I owned from about 16-24 had a serious sound system in it. That said I have a base '13 WRX, my only options are the STi black shift knob, trunk tray and arm-rest with rear cup holder. Anyway I find the stock sound decent enough but I'm no longer an audiophile.

    In fact you guys won't believe me but the stock setup in my '13 WRX is better to my ears than the Harman Kardon unit in my wife's '11 Outback that we paid $1100 extra for lol.
    The stock radio in my 13 wrx is quite bad, any music with the slightest hint of bass makes the door panels snap, crackle, and pop.

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    i wanted to keep my HU and factory controls, blue tooth so i added a sound processor, amp and sub.
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    I'll readily admit to being a little bit of an audio snob...though I'm too cheap to go completely audiophile. I grew up in a family of musicians, and I think it raised the bar for me when it comes to this kind of thing.
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    sound systems are for slow cars. or for someone who does not fully enjoy driving.. lol
    but in my opinion unless you are really going to invest in a serious system its a waste of money that you could put into the engine. I have speakers that play my music between the times I dont just listen to that Boxer engine run
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    I leave you all with this:

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    The stock stereo is more than sufficient for me but I'm not an audio nut/audiophile/whatever else you want to call it. I have had better stock sound systems in other vehicles I've owned but I'd rather put money into performance gains vice audio gains right now. Maybe one day, after I go rotated and beef up the engine, I'll do something with the stereo system....but I doubt it.

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    Re: Wrx stock radio

    I held off on the audio for a while. My system in my 11 STi wasn't the best. Having it on aux in was pretty good actually.

    Was pretty short on both highs and lows... But yet so is just about any factory system it seems (bose... Looking at you!).
    Comes down to priorities. Once you get your car closer to where you want it in one area, you start to look towards others. I don't really have motivation to do a fuel system upgrade or a turbo swap going into winter.. But a head unit and sub is a nice addition.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lashak View Post
    sound systems are for slow cars. or for someone who does not fully enjoy driving.. lol
    but in my opinion unless you are really going to invest in a serious system its a waste of money that you could put into the engine. I have speakers that play my music between the times I dont just listen to that Boxer engine run
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    Out of the seven or eight cars I've had (don't remember exactly) none of them came with a OEM radio that was worth keeping.

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