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Old 07-20-2015, 01:13 PM   #1
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I wasn't able to find a lot of information on the 2015-2016 with the full kicker upgrade, and nothing yet using the new starlink headunit in the wrx. So I thought I'd give my opinion.

I knew that I would want upgraded sound, but didn't have the money to go for a premium with H/K. I decided to get the kicker package from the dealer which included all 4 door speakers, tweeters, and the subwoofer.

Through a series of fortunate events for me, unfortunate for the dealer, they quoted me only for the subwoofer for some reason. So my due bill got corrected and I got the complete package installed for $550. Not bad.

Anyways, I have read many mixed reviews on this system. I am no car audiophile or anything, but I think it sounds great. The 2016 non nav head unit has a 6 band eq with 3 allowable user saved presets. The bass quality from the subwoofer seems decent for what it is. It has a noticeable db drop in the lower frequencies, but I didn't expect it to dig that deep. The tweeters are a bit bright/harsh for me at the moment, but I'm hoping they tame down a bit with some burn in. Currently using the EQ to keep them in check.

The subwoofer bass seems very exaggerated when listening to siriusXM, so I have an EQ preset that has the bass turned down completely when I'm listening to XM that makes this tolerable and still pleasant to listen to. The rest of the inputs seem fine.

In my opinion, the system really sounds the best outputting from USB. I can keep the bass EQ'd at or just below flat and it sounds nice and balanced depending on what type of music I'm listening to.

I've gone the route of replacing head units and doing my own work to replace speakers. It's nice to have something that sounds great without going through the trouble.

More than happy to answer any other questions about the 2016 stock headunit or the kicker system.
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Old 07-20-2015, 01:38 PM   #2
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Good to hear it

I have my 16 on order. I chose to go with the Kicker speakers and tweeters and skip the Sub. Basically the package discount doesn't appear to apply for SDC distributor cars, so the whole package would have been close to $7-800.
Hopefully I get a lot of the benefits from upping the speakers. I don't need killer bass
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Old 07-20-2015, 01:38 PM   #3
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So is that the base HU with the adjustable EQ? If so that's something of an improvement over the '15 which only had the basic tone controls plus the hidden EQ presets that were best turned off. Also can you adjust the settings per input? That IMO is one of the shortcomings of the '15, you can't and the tone controls are global.
When I tried the Kicker door speakers and tweeters in the '15 sans sub I found the bass to be lacking to the point that I went back to the stock door speakers and kept only the tweeters. The sub probably adds back the bottom that's missing plus having the tunable eq helps.
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Old 07-20-2015, 01:48 PM   #4
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So is that the base HU with the adjustable EQ? If so that's something of an improvement over the '15 which only had the basic tone controls plus the hidden EQ presets that were best turned off. Also can you adjust the settings per input? That IMO is one of the shortcomings of the '15, you can't and the tone controls are global.
When I tried the Kicker door speakers and tweeters in the '15 sans sub I found the bass to be lacking to the point that I went back to the stock door speakers and kept only the tweeters. The sub probably adds back the bottom that's missing plus having the tunable eq helps.
It is the base HU that has a 6 band adjustable EQ. It does NOT assign the EQ per input. However, you can hold down the tuner knob for ~2seconds and it pops up the EQ screen where you can chose one of your 3 saved EQ settings. Not perfect, but not terrible either. I'll try to get some pictures up of the EQ tonight.
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Old 07-21-2015, 12:51 AM   #5
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Here's a couple pics I took of the EQ.

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Old 07-24-2015, 09:03 AM   #6
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Anyone else have any experience with the 2016 kicker package?
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Old 07-24-2015, 10:22 AM   #7
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I had the Kicker speaker package in my 15 WRX, I thought it was decent. Far better than the basic speakers.

I currently have the basic speakers in my 16 WRX, they are horrible compared to the 15 with Kickers. My 16 will have the Kickers very very soon.....
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Old 07-24-2015, 11:24 AM   #8
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My 16 has kicker tweeters and installing in line amp today. My 15 had the kicker speakers, tweeters and the same amp and it sounded night and day compared to the factory.

I'll be ordering the speakers soon.
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Old 07-24-2015, 05:07 PM   #9
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So the inline amplifier with the harness from the 15 WRX Non-HK does NOT work on the 16 WRX/STI. The plug/pins are completely different. Also the 16 Starlink HU is a complete PAIN IN THE ROYAL ASS to remove. Looks like i'll be selling my amplifier.
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Old 07-24-2015, 05:20 PM   #10
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Bummer about the in line amp. The info I've seen on removing the starlink headunit does look like a pain in the ass
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Old 07-24-2015, 05:41 PM   #11
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Bummer about the in line amp. The info I've seen on removing the starlink headunit does look like a pain in the ass
Removing it is easy... getting the two side bolts back on is a pain in the ass. I actually lost one bolt somewhere in the car. Disassembled everything and pulled the carpeting and it's nowhere to be found.... lol
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Does anyone know if installing these official Subaru accessories increases the car's value at all? The sound system kinda sucks frankly, and I'd like to upgrade but my car is a lease and I'm not sure if I can do it. I also am curious if anyone knows what the full price would have been seeing as how the OP only got charged for the sub. That little accessories pamphlet conveniently has no prices on it, I'm guessing it is all expensive.
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Old 07-26-2015, 10:02 AM   #13
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I would go through subarugenuineparts for them. Since they are a port installed option I wouldn't think it would be a lease issue, but it probably doesn't increase the value of the vehicle. It helps your enjoyment though!
Here's the speaker parts.
http://www.subarugenuineparts.com/pr...oducts_id=2237
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https://www.subarugenuineparts.com/p...oducts_id=2500
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I have all the kicker speakers in my 2015 crosstrek with the same head unit , it was an improvement but the head unit lacks the power to drive them. I installed an alpine ktp445u yesterday and it's a huge improvement I still need to give my speakers a little more time to see how the break in to how the bass response is but I may not even need a sub like I planned
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Does anyone know if installing these official Subaru accessories increases the car's value at all? The sound system kinda sucks frankly, and I'd like to upgrade but my car is a lease and I'm not sure if I can do it. I also am curious if anyone knows what the full price would have been seeing as how the OP only got charged for the sub. That little accessories pamphlet conveniently has no prices on it, I'm guessing it is all expensive.
The kicker speakers are all plug in play, I would start with the tweeters first as they made the biggest improvement , the dots add alot of clarity but lack bass cause the head unit is underpowered , if you buy a metra forward and reverse harness you can make a break out harness to add a small amp like the one I mentioned above with out cutting any harnesses you will need to remove a pin from the pin and insert where it's needed in the 6 pin tho
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Cool thanks for the replies.
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So what HU settings and EQ settings are you all using with the stock starlink system and kicker speakers. I'd like to compare to what i'm using.

I'm the furthest thing from an audiophile and don't really have an ear for adjusting anything.
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Old 07-27-2015, 04:35 PM   #18
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Hey rjw, thanks for the info. I have also done some car audio but didn't want to take apart the nav and break something so I opted to have the Kicker sub installed. It sounds pretty good but I have a couple questions for you:
  • When you fade your speakers to the rear, does your sub fade with them? Mine does, and I think this is strange since systems usually have a dedicated sub preamp output. This also means the sub is connected to the front preamp output, for what it's worth.
  • When playing off bluetooth, do some songs sound a bit distorted? I think this is probably a bluetooth fidelity issue but just wanted to make sure i wasn't alone.

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Old 07-27-2015, 04:56 PM   #19
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Hey Juris, I had heard that the subwoofer was tied into the front speakers but I have not confirmed for myself. This might be nice for some situations, like XM, where the bass is exaggerated.

I did have the occasion to try out Bluetooth the other day and thought it sounded terrible and unlistenable. It was tinny and sounded distorted. I was hoping it was my phone (Verizon Sony z3v) but alas it appears it isn't just me. I have not tried Pandora yet, but I don't have high hopes.

My wife used the AUX port for the first time this weekend and it sounded great. So at least there's that.

Luckily, I prefer utilizing the USB input so this really isn't a big issue for me.
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Are the speakers in the '15's still 6 1/2"? Is this pretty much the same kit as for the '08-'14's?
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Old 07-29-2015, 01:49 PM   #21
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Aren't the Kicker parts for the 2016 cars the exact same as for the 2015 cars?
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Does anyone know if installing these official Subaru accessories increases the car's value at all? The sound system kinda sucks frankly, and I'd like to upgrade but my car is a lease and I'm not sure if I can do it. I also am curious if anyone knows what the full price would have been seeing as how the OP only got charged for the sub. That little accessories pamphlet conveniently has no prices on it, I'm guessing it is all expensive.
Modifications never increase the car's value.

Here are good online prices: http://subaruonlineparts.com/audio-a...7_373_379.html

Door Speakers: $203
Tweeters: $97
Sub: $468

IE, it's not cheap. For ~$300 more you can get the OEMAudio Plus system- which is what I'd do.
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Yeah so I got some info from the dealer - my last post with the document didn't go up for some reason and I can't find the file. But they run the entire harness from the head unit through the sub, then back out to the speakers. And apparently they tap off the front channel for whatever reason. Dumb design but whatever.

Does anyone have a link to any threads showing speaker replacement on a '14/'15?

Thanks!
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Old 07-31-2015, 03:12 PM   #24
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I have the 15 kicker package, I find the sub doesn't kick in much at low volume, makes it sound a bit tinny when you have people in the car, but when you turn it up past 25 it's really rather bassy.
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I have all the kicker speakers in my 2015 crosstrek with the same head unit , it was an improvement but the head unit lacks the power to drive them. I installed an alpine ktp445u yesterday and it's a huge improvement I still need to give my speakers a little more time to see how the break in to how the bass response is but I may not even need a sub like I planned
How was the installation on this?
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