I don't need any great sounding stereo in my car but I'm very dissapointed in the "premium" audio system in my '09 WRX. I drive a bone stock Dodge Ram at work and it's 10 times better than my WRX! The bass is non-existant, the door panels rattle if there's an odd bass tune, and I'm afraid to turn it up in fear of blowing a speaker. I swear one already sounds blown.
Please understand, I know proper operating procedures of a stereo and taking care of them, ie. not blasting it.
I've done all sorts of upgrades to stereos in past cars, I'm not really looking to do anything crazy. My Ipod files are high quality, the equalizer on my Ipod is off, and a CD doesn't sound any better.
Any suggestions or any others feel my pain?
I think I just needed to vent, I had just a $100 head unit in a 2000 Grand Prix (traded in) and it sounded a hundred times better.