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    Sup fellas. Haven't logged in here in a long time. I was just wondering whats a good deck and speaker setup for a decent price. I've had my 07 wrx for almost 3 years and the stock speakers arent doin it for me anymore. Definitely don't want a sub in my trunk cause I'm not into huge amounts of bass. Any ideas? Thanks.
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    What's your budget?

    For the H/U, are you looking for a single-/double-DIN? If double, are you interested in navigation?

    Speakers: 6.5" components front (separate amplifier), stock rears (powered off H/U)

    Subwoofer: don't rule this out. You don't need a lot of sub, but separating will improve the sound quality. I'm not a big bass-head, but it was well worth what I spent to include the sub in my system.

    Sound deadening: any plans on this?

    Your best bet would be to burn a mix CD with some favorite songs and hit up local car audio shops (I'm not talking about Best Buy or anything like that). What sounds great to me (speakers) may not sound good to you. Choose a H/U that's intuitive to you.


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    I spaced out the purchases over a period of a few months so it wasn't a huge shock to my bank account. In total, I spent ~$1000. In no way is my system top-of-the-line, but the parts work quite well together. I'm still in the process of tuning, but it's too cold to be screwing around with settings much; come spring/summer, I'll be able to finish.
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    Damn bro thanks but I'm lookin a little cheaper maybe 300 400 total. I use my car for work a lot so my trunk needs the space so I might not do the sub thing till I find a used truck for work n such. All I need is good speakers and a deck. I'm more focused on paying off my loan for the car till I really start putting more money into it. I'll see.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeyDznuts86
    Damn bro thanks but I'm lookin a little cheaper maybe 300 400 total. I use my car for work a lot so my trunk needs the space so I might not do the sub thing till I find a used truck for work n such. All I need is good speakers and a deck. I'm more focused on paying off my loan for the car till I really start putting more money into it. I'll see.
    Go with a simple H/U upgrade, then. The aftermarket unit will provide more power to the speakers, making them a bit more efficient.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EJ257 View Post
    Go with a simple H/U upgrade, then. The aftermarket unit will provide more power to the speakers, making them a bit more efficient.
    +1. H/Us are the weakest link in virtually all car audio, certainly in Subarus.

    Alpine, Pioneer, Kenwood, and Eclipse H/Us are my preference...in that order. They all have good cost-effective options that add more and different features as you get more expensive.

    Don't be afraid to look for decent door speakers either...Focus on the fronts. You can pick up good entry level Pioneers or Kenwoods or something along that line for $75-100 that should get good enough power from just the head unit to make them better than the stockers. Even look on ebay or for something used.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikie13
    Don't be afraid to look for decent door speakers either...Focus on the fronts. You can pick up good entry level Pioneers or Kenwoods or something along that line for $75-100 that should get good enough power from just the head unit to make them better than the stockers. Even look on ebay or for something used.
    I still say that components are the only way to go in the front. Even if you have to wait an extra few months to get a set, it's worth "doing once, doing right".
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    yeah Ill look into a deck and some good speakers..should i get an amp to help or no?? thanks for all the help fellas Im definitely not good with this stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeyDznuts86
    yeah Ill look into a deck and some good speakers..should i get an amp to help or no?? thanks for all the help fellas Im definitely not good with this stuff.
    Speaker specs will list a power level; the one you want to be concerned with is the RMS rating. If your H/U doesn't output enough, you'll want to buy an amplifier. Most components worth buying should be powered via an amplifier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EJ257 View Post
    Speaker specs will list a power level; the one you want to be concerned with is the RMS rating. If your H/U doesn't output enough, you'll want to buy an amplifier. Most components worth buying should be powered via an amplifier.
    Most HUs won't put out near enough RMS to a quality aftermarket driver. HUs will usually say 50x4 watts or something that, but its usually specified as their Max output. For the clearest and greatest sound, amping up component speakers is the best idea.
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