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This is a discussion on Audio upgrade within the Electronics/Car Audio forums, part of the Interior Mods category; Just curious to know what audio upgrades were done by everyone...... ...does the 2013 wrx need a new head unit ...

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    Audio upgrade

    Just curious to know what audio upgrades were done by everyone......

    ...does the 2013 wrx need a new head unit or will an amp and quality speakers solve the problem?? I am looking at some JBLs'.

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    Generally speaking, any decent aftermarket head unit will provide superior sound quality compared to OEM.

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    Amp and speakers would be an improvement too, but you won't have the adjustability that you would with an aftermarket head unit. If you do the upgrade a subwoofer is worth the extra investment. Improves sound quality no matter what type of music you like to listen too.

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    The typical upgrade path is
    1) Head unit
    2) add sub
    3) Replace speakers
    4) Add amp for front/rear speakers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mf645 View Post
    The typical upgrade path is
    1) Head unit
    2) add sub
    3) Replace speakers
    4) Add amp for front/rear speakers
    Unless you aren't a teenage boy, in which case 2 is not necessary.

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    I do this for a living, so let's address the question.

    What problem? What exactly DON'T you like about the stereo that is installed now?

    JBL is mid-grade equipment. It is satisfying to most listeners, but not something you will find in a stellar install or competition level show vehicle. It is a company that held on to the paper cone for longer than almost any other car audio equipment manufacturer. May I suggest JLAudio or Morel.?

    I would also like to add that you did buy a car that was designed with power and weight in mind throughout the process.
    The OEM stereo is both simple, and light. It provides what Subaru believed after comparing manufacturer's products to create the most enjoyable sound to a broad spectrum of listeners.

    What kind of music do you like?
    How loud do you plan to listen to it?
    Do you care about cost?
    Do you care how invasive a large install can be, and the risks to your interior if done by you and friends?
    DO you care about the loss of luggage space?

    If you like rap/rock, don't care what your stereo weighs, and can stand to see some 'not as perfect as possible' aspects of it's looks, it is easy to do.
    If you like rap/rock, and DO care how fast you can corner/accelerate/stop, and can't stand flaws, it takes some time.
    If you like classical music, you probably would not be asking about this in here.

    If you answer the previous questions though, I can give you some pointers.
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    What problem? What exactly DON'T you like about the stereo that is installed now?

    -Not enough bass. The sound is a bit weak. My '01 pathfinder had a bose system stock that was sufficient. (not sure if you heard that system but it was more than adequate for that level of SUV...that is what I am looking for with a bit more quality)

    What kind of music do you like?
    -Rock.

    How loud do you plan to listen to it?
    -Not too loud to where my ears crackle.
    Do you care about cost?
    -Not really.

    Do you care how invasive a large install can be, and the risks to your interior if done by you and friends?
    -I want the car to keep its stock look. I can do the work its no problem but I'd like to stray away from cutting.

    DO you care about the loss of luggage space?
    YES...no subs for me. I travel once per month so I need to fit a regular sized suitcase.

    I want something with a clear sound and some bass.

    For sure what I am looking to do is a speaker upgrade with an amp...if the head unit is necessary then I will get it. I use it for everyday driving, traveling, and the occasional fun ride...

    what did everyone do for their audio upgrades?

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    I upgraded my head unit to a Kenwood BT900 in my 2012 hatch and the sound quality improved dramatically. I also added an alpine amp and sub for much desire bass for casual driving.

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    did you do the head unit and the amp at the same time?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zax View Post
    Unless you aren't a teenage boy, in which case 2 is not necessary.

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    I personally feel a subwoofer is an essential part of a sound system if you are serious about sound quality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 11blackSTi View Post
    I personally feel a subwoofer is an essential part of a sound system if you are serious about sound quality.
    I would do the sub but I need the trunk space. I'm looking into some JL Audio speakers...

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    You can always get the Audio Integrations sub box & keep your trunk space. Comes only in one size 10" for sedan/hatch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anthony360 View Post
    did you do the head unit and the amp at the same time?
    I did the head unit first, speakers do not have their own dedicated amp. The amp is purely for the sub.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zax View Post
    Unless you aren't a teenage boy, in which case 2 is not necessary.

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    I require #2 for a balanced high quality sound. I am 61 years old so please don't generalize all us older folk as not needing descent bass response in out cars. I also installed it myself!

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