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Old 02-23-2012, 09:43 AM   #1
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Angry BE Audio Question

So my darn CD player died last night. Now I get to (have to!) go shopping for a new head unit. I want to find something that will work with the stock speaker setup so the replacement isn't too complex. My stock system has the spekers in the doors, the tweeter seperates, and the factory subwoofer.

My questions are:

How are the seperate tweeters driven? Do they need their own channel from the head unit or is there some kind of cross over from the front channel?

Is the factory sub driven by a pre-amp subwoofer output?

Any info or even suggestions on gear is much appreciated. Radio in this town sucks big time, and driving in silence just isn't the same.
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Old 02-23-2012, 11:11 AM   #2
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the tweeters are tied into the front speakers, the factory sub just uses a piggyback wiring harness that connects to the stock wiring harness, I *think* it gets it signal from one of the rear speaker wires, so its just normal level signal. The sub has a built in power supply.

If you buy one of those HU plug adapters to fit into the subaru HU socket, the wiring will be pretty straightforward.
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Old 02-23-2012, 05:37 PM   #3
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I recommend Crutchfield. Usually if you spend over about $120 you get the harness for free (it's like $10 otherwise). You also get install instructions with pictures. I replaced my BE's headunit with a pioneer from them and I was impressed with the service. I'm biased towards Pioneer, I had a Sony and hated it. I really haven't had much experience with any other manufacturer though. Pioneer also has a really good iPhone/iPod integration.
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Old 02-23-2012, 08:19 PM   #4
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I like pioneer too, I'm a little more biased towards Alpine now with my current HU due to the sound clarity and slightly easier to navigate menu. Don't forget that most aftermarket HU's pump out a lot more power than the stock HU, so keep the volume down lest you want to quickly blow out your (crap) stock speakers.
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Old 02-24-2012, 12:12 AM   #5
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any current head unit should work with the adaptor
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Old 02-24-2012, 09:13 AM   #6
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Thanks for the replies y'all. I was actually on Crutchfield last night looking at stuff. So many choices. I haven't bought a HU in years. So much has changed. I remember back in the day Apline was the go-to brand, with Pioneer, Sony and Kenwood running behind. I guess, I'll have to spend some time in some of the local shops finding something I like.
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Old 02-24-2012, 02:53 PM   #7
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I just got a JVC kd-r350 and couldn't be happier. It had rear and front aux. And two sub outputs. Its a great unit and the color settings match perfectly to my L interior.
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Old 03-01-2012, 03:57 PM   #8
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I run infinity reference 6-1/2" components f/r off my 150$ pioneer HU. I had to use a spacer in the rear as the factory was a 5-1/4". Most say its not enough power to run components off a H.U but the truth is the factory subaru wiring cannot deliver enough power. Ever notice the dimming of your HU during heavy volumes? That's the HU starving of power. Of course an auxiliary amp would be better but I made my HU sound 200% better after I ran a seperateLY fused 10ga power wire to my HU. Now it doesn't dim and is quite clear at super high volumes. Also, the ground wire needs to be beefed up the same. I have worked in stereo installation shops so I am a bit of a nut when it comes to my sound system. I used speaker baffles, oversized wire on everything and about 60lbs of dynamat covering everywhere, no rattles in my car at all and its a 93. I have a DEI600d mono amp pushing an old square solo baric 12". Optima battery relocated in the trunk As I go deaf I will eventually need a mid/highs amp but for now I'm very happy. What pisses me off now is I can hear the difference between a quality recording and a average recording. Unfortunately most popular artist do not use george lucas's recording booths/equipment because his recordings are the cleanest. I find myself tuning my system specifically to each album I listen to. I'm probably just a nut
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Old 03-01-2012, 07:13 PM   #9
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Hell, I'll ship you a stock working CD player/Cassette combo for $50 in the continental US. I took mine out of my 2000 LGT awhile back, they aren't doing anything for me...
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Old 03-05-2012, 10:36 AM   #10
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Hell, I'll ship you a stock working CD player/Cassette combo for $50 in the continental US. I took mine out of my 2000 LGT awhile back, they aren't doing anything for me...
Thanks for the offer, but I think I'll pass on a cassette deck. I'm going to use htis as an opportunitiy to get at least a bit of a power upgrade and iPod connectivity

@USLiberty, Thanks for the power tips. I'm not going to go as far as you with the everything, but I might look into beefing up the power and ground wiring. I'm not going to jam it too loud anyway. I've already done enough damamge to my hearing.
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Old 03-08-2012, 08:42 PM   #11
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I just installed a Pioneer 3300BT in my BE a couple days ago and figured this would be as good a place as any to ask: anybody with subs have a handy place to run 12V through the firewall to get to the trunk?
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under the backseats, under the door sills, to the front pax or driver side, into the firewall and out to the batt
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