I have a 2012 WRX sedan and have been thinking about upgrading the stereo. I went to a local car stereo place in Omaha and found JVC and Pioneer units that I like for $350-450. Here's the problem - the estimate for the install with accessory kits for SWC and Sirius was over $600! That seems crazy to me just for a head unit.
So here are the options, interested in advance to get the most bang for the buck. Btw I am a music fiend - old school rock and roll, alternative rock and occasionally jazz - but not an obsessive audiophile. What I would like from the stereo update is better sound definition, not more bass, etc. Must have BT phone and stereo streaming, must work with SWC's. Sirius +\-. I actually like the functionality of the stock HU, just not the sound.
I apologize in advance if this is found in an older post, but I didn't find this specific topic with a bit of looking.
1. Replace speakers. Seems like the cheapest and easiest upgrade. I've read the stock speakers aren't bad with a good HU though.
2. Replace HU but do install myself. I'm pretty tech savvy, have done some aftermarket installs to stereos in other cars but I don't know about this one. The SWC connections and USB seem a little intimidating. If I understand correctly, a HU like the Pioneer 5500 plus an inexpensive SWC harness should be all that's needed for a basic install?
3. Replace HU, using a big box store with a cheaper install. No Sirius, as I can stream that from my iPhone anyway.