As a new member, I have found the posts (and the responses here) to be invaluable.
Of course, I have the (Subaru age-old) radio question.
I have read the posts in the forum and the opinions and answers are varied and many. So I will try to post my question, framed to be as specific as possible.
Of course the radio in my 2014 WRX Limited is pretty lousy in radio mode. In bluetooth mode and connected via aux or USB it is tolerable.
What I fear, at this point, are two things:
1) That I will make things worse (and lose the bluetooth/steering wheel controls, despite the adapters available).
2) That I will be unable to do the install at the necessary level of expertise.
There seem to be 2 primary schools of thought--
i) Replace the headunit
ii) Add amplification / a subwoofer (cheaper and easier, so it seems).
I am considering the following components:
SiriusXM SXV200v1 Connect Vehicle Tuner for SiriusXM-Ready Car Stereo Receivers
I got estimates from 2 local (and recommended) car audio specialists. For the equipment listed above, the two estimates were $1,295.00 and $999.00 Both seem insanely high for about $300-$400 worth of equipment.
Also-- why does the HU have to be Double DIN-- Single DIN units are much less expensive and have the same features. I would like one more place to put stuff (like an phone, etc). There must be a reason no one seems to put in single DIN HUs.
I would like to hear from a few of you who upgraded your audio, how you did it, and what level of success you had (and, please. how much it set you back). PM if you wish your information to be discrete. I am not an audiophile, but I find it impossible to listen to the radio or my music (via phone) at highway speed.
I am not an audiophile nor am I technician. I also like the way the steering wheel and bluetooth functions work OEM.
Thank you in advance.
P.S,: Even the thought of running the Sirius antenna or an additional antenna or mic gives me shivers. I have seen no adequate documentation or instructions on how to do the installs well.