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Old 09-26-2014, 11:27 AM   #1
Phileas
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Default OEM Audio Integrations?

Has anyone done an install of a JBL MS-8 or an Alpine PXA-H800 for an OEM integration install?

I have a '15 WRX limited with the H/K and Navi and I want to retain OEM screen and steering wheel controls, but I also want to upgrade the speakers to my Focal K2's that I had in my previous car along with an amp and possibly add a stealth sub.

Any knowledge or installs (pics are very welcome) would be great.
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Old 09-26-2014, 11:34 AM   #2
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MS8 install is easy. Just tap in to the speaker outputs from the stock HU for signal. Good to go. Make sure you do the hidden menu mods for a flat signal.
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Old 09-26-2014, 12:03 PM   #3
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Are the hidden menu mods still available on the H/K system? Based on my reading about others using the hidden menu it was with the base Clarion units.
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Old 09-26-2014, 12:08 PM   #4
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Just thought of this as well... The H/K system comes with a "440W DSP amplifier". According to Harman's site where they give the details of the WRX installation, it shows the DSP amp in the trunk. I assume if I'm going to use the MS-8 or the H800 and my own amps, that I'll be bypassing this completely. Will this have any impact on the features that are available on the touch screen display and will this remove the functionality of the USB input in the center armrest console?
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Old 09-26-2014, 05:33 PM   #5
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Should not affect your USB at all considering that is tied directly to the head unit.

If you plan to use your own amps, then yes you will need to bypass the current amp. If you don't want to make any changes to the factory wires, then check out ae64.com. He might have a patch harness you can use to tie in your Ms-8 and amp turn on signal.
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