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Old 07-14-2003, 10:48 AM   #1
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Ok, I just want some decent tunes & don't want to spend a
lot of money for something I'll rarely use & don't want to hack
up any metal, make spacers,etc. Here's my idea: Subaru upgrade
speaker & tweeter kit, Crutchfield 2003 WRX adapter harness &
then some kind of single DIN CD receiver. My question is the cross-over for the tweeters. Is this done in the OE receiver? Will I have a problem doing this? The tweeter kit comes w/ the reqd hardware but the upgrade kit doesn't. Anyone have part numbers
for the grommets & screws or the screw size (M?x?).
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Old 07-14-2003, 11:05 AM   #2
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I'm planning a similar path. I ordered the upgraded speaker option this comes w/ the tweeters? right? Or do I have to say"with the tweeters"

Sorry if this is a stupid question.

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Old 07-14-2003, 11:10 AM   #3
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Quote:
Originally posted by pk!
I'm planning a similar path. I ordered the upgraded speaker option this comes w/ the tweeters? right? Or do I have to say"with the tweeters"

Sorry if this is a stupid question.

pk!
The upgrade speaker kit has only 4 speakers. 2 fronts & 2 rears w/ no
mounting hardware. You also
need the tweeter kit if you want it & it
includes the mounting hardware.
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Old 07-14-2003, 11:17 AM   #4
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Why not purchase a cheaper component set? It will probably be way cheaper than factory and sound 10 times better. As for crossovers, you can add an inline crossover to filter the frequencies going to the tweeters.
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Old 07-14-2003, 11:26 AM   #5
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Why not purchase a cheaper component set? It will probably be way cheaper than factory and sound 10 times better. As for crossovers, you can add an inline crossover to filter the frequencies going to the tweeters.
You're probably right, but I want a perfect
direct fit & the sound quality, while not
audiophile level, is pretty decent for around $200 for 4 speakers & 2 tweeters.
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Old 07-14-2003, 01:10 PM   #6
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Well, to partly answer my own question,
I picked up my speakers @ lunch & there
is a specific upgrade kit for the STI that
comes w/ all the fasteners. I scanned the
instructions & there is specific non-STI/STi
info. I'm going to check the FSM to figure
out the wiring & cross-over for the
tweeters.
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Old 07-15-2003, 10:27 AM   #7
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Mazdman.....

My guess is that you'll find a small capacitor glued to the back of the tweeter. This is the crossover. The tweeter is an EXCELLENT tweeter made by Audax in France. Polk Audio uses this tweeter and charges big bucks for it after they put their name on it.

That tweeter does not really appreciate a 6db/octave crossover though. It would prefer a 12db/octave (which is a capacitor and a coil, rather than just a capacitor).

So this is an area for upgrade: replace the 6db network with a 12db.

The midbass speaker is probably smooth enough not to need a lowpass, but if you wanted to get picky, a coil in series with it can be done. I'd love to see a closeup picture of the front and back of that driver to see if I can determine who makes it.
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Old 07-15-2003, 11:10 AM   #8
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thx to all who replied here.

I'm looking to go bang for the buck so following KoneKiller and Mazman. I think I'll use the Sube upgrade w/tweeters.

Anyone have a nice $400-600 headunit that has some power and looks right. I'm thinking Blaupunkt or Alpine. Is the Sony stuff any good it looks cool -but that may be it. I don't need thumpn Bass or ear splitting volume. MP3 disc play back would be nice but not ness.

I'm not lazy just willing to listen to those who have done some research.

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Old 07-15-2003, 11:31 AM   #9
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I put the Blau CD72 San Francisco with the indash cd changer IDCa09 in mine after I took the Alpine CDA-9813 out. Looks MUCH better, sounds about the same, but the Blau is just easier to use and better made. The controls are easier to operate in a jiggly car.

You may want to consider the Los Angeles too. And last years model, the San Fran CD70 is available at really great prices, I just don't like the appearance.

You can find some photos of my setup at:
My STi homepage
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Old 07-16-2003, 02:04 PM   #10
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kone-
the SF is in the running I like the active noise cancelling. How well does it work in the noisy STi?
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Old 07-16-2003, 07:51 PM   #11
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It actually seems more like active volume control rather than noise cancellation, but it's very adjustable and pretty innocuous. I like it.

No complaints at all... much better sound than the alpine and much easier to use while moving.
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