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Old 11-14-2012, 11:04 PM   #26
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Old 11-14-2012, 11:06 PM   #27
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The key thing when looking for speakers will be figuring out if you prefer warm or sharp high notes. This will most likely dictate which type of material the tweeters are made out of. I used to be drawn to MB Quart, but now find the highs to be a bit 'bright'. My current Forester has a set of JL Audio from the prior owner, which I enjoy. The best bet is to try and find a shop that you can hear the various Warm and Bright speakers, then make a decision. If this is not an option, then definitely ask as many questions as possible on the forums.

As for fitment into the Subaru, you will most likely need a set of speaker spacers (as many have referenced above). Note: The "free" ones from crutchfield are horrible and require metal sheers to get them to work (the rear doors at least). A few options to consider:

1) These can either be easily made with a jig saw and MDF (be sure to paint it when done) or you can purchase aftermarket units.

2) Purchase a set of adapter plates. We sell them, as do others. Our units are made out Injected Molded Reinforced Fiber Resin, which is more dense than MDF and ABS. Each kit is made in the USA using recycled materials. Guaranteed 100% satisfaction, or your money back. Simply click on the image to see all of the offerings for the 2006-7 models.




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they also sell them at all best buys for 10 bucks each... you just need a set for the front and the back takes a 5 1/4 easy... almost as easy as the search button worked for me 5 years ago when i had the same question
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Old 11-15-2012, 12:02 AM   #28
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Right, but what kind of numbers should I be looking at?
I've gathered 6.5 front, 5.25 rear (ideally)
Now ohms?
Watts?

That's what confuses me.
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Old 11-15-2012, 12:19 AM   #29
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I disagree. My Polk dB651 coaxials sound better than my OEM speakers, and I had the "premium" speakers that all '11 WRX models received. THe dB651 coaxials were an upgrade.



I'd recommend Polk dB6501 components in the front, a pair of metra wiring harness, and a pair of speaker mounting adapters (http://www.subaruaudio.net/subaru-speaker-spacers/)

Under your $150 budget and much better than stock.

If you want to upgrade all 4 speakers for around $150, get Polk dB501 for the rear, Polk dB651 for the front, and 2 sets of wiring adapters and 2 paier of mounting adapters. Still right around $150.
I have the same car as you and have been thinking about updating my fronts but want to still have that decent bass the stockers give. Any recommendations that could give me great bass around the 100 mark?
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Old 11-15-2012, 12:20 AM   #30
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Right, but what kind of numbers should I be looking at?
I've gathered 6.5 front, 5.25 rear (ideally)
Now ohms?
Watts?

That's what confuses me.
The majority of speakers your looking at are going to be 4 ohms. The wattage will range from low to high. Aim for a set of 6.5 components. What matters is that you amp your speakers for the correct wattage. If the RMS range for the set is 70 per side, then amp them for 70-80 RMS. Don't worry too much about the peak power rating.

You can fit a large selection of sizes with spacers. With a 3/4" spacer you can fit some deep speakers.

Also, I wouldn't worry about your rear speakers at first. Start with components in the front and work from there.
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Old 11-15-2012, 12:29 AM   #31
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Replace the fronts first. It is a huge difference. I got the Boston 6.5 inch speakers and the difference from stock is amazing. The stock speakers are sooooo bad.
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Old 11-15-2012, 12:46 AM   #32
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Thanks guys. However, I don't want to revisit the issue since I'm going to have a shop install it, one labor charge is the goal. So an amp that does 100-100+ % of the RMS range and 6.5 front, 5.25 rear. Correct?

Any recommendations on amp?

Thanks so much in advance.
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Old 11-15-2012, 08:06 AM   #33
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Thanks guys. However, I don't want to revisit the issue since I'm going to have a shop install it, one labor charge is the goal. So an amp that does 100-100+ % of the RMS range and 6.5 front, 5.25 rear. Correct?

Any recommendations on amp?

Thanks so much in advance.
Your '08 has 6.5" all around. My recommendation about the dB501 in the rear had to do with the OP having a 2007, which runs 6.5" in the front and 4" in the rear, stock. With adapters, he can fit 5" dB501 coaxials and some 5.25" coaxials.

In your case, you can run 6.5" all around.
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Old 11-16-2012, 03:51 PM   #34
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Your '08 has 6.5" all around. My recommendation about the dB501 in the rear had to do with the OP having a 2007, which runs 6.5" in the front and 4" in the rear, stock. With adapters, he can fit 5" dB501 coaxials and some 5.25" coaxials.

In your case, you can run 6.5" all around.
Go with infinity refferences 6.5 they run at about a 2ohm load and will be louder and of better quality then the polk db that run at 4 ohm load.
also i could sell you the kicker upgraded speakers which is the premium sound option for when you buy your car for 200. they are woven fiber and will beat any paper cone. Email me @richrstuff@gmail.com
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Old 11-16-2012, 04:16 PM   #36
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Yeah, I was going to type out a long reply but that pretty much covers it.
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Old 11-16-2012, 04:19 PM   #37
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Yeah, I was going to type out a long reply but that pretty much covers it.
Agreed.
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Old 11-16-2012, 04:28 PM   #38
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Lols, I am having them.

edit: aw shucks, Patrick I deleted my entire inbox to make space, you said db651 front, db6501 rear and did you mention an amp?

Thanks, Dave
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Lols, I am having them.

edit: aw shucks, Patrick I deleted my entire inbox to make space, you said db651 front, db6501 rear and did you mention an amp?

Thanks, Dave
I did not mention an amp. I would say that pretty much anything with 60+ watts per channel (4 channels) would do it. Add a 5th channel if you want to run a sub off of the same amp.

Shoot me a PM if you need adapters from me (you need them from SOMEWHERE, but if you want them from me, send me a PM). And about those headlights. I could possible do the retrofit for you, but it is not really difficult. Takes time, but not tough. Search the exterior subforum for tips, and don't just follow the hidplanet directions- they have an error in the dis-assembly instructions.
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Old 11-18-2012, 01:42 AM   #41
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Go with infinity refferences 6.5 they run at about a 2ohm load and will be louder and of better quality then the polk db that run at 4 ohm load.
also i could sell you the kicker upgraded speakers which is the premium sound option for when you buy your car for 200. they are woven fiber and will beat any paper cone. Email me @richrstuff@gmail.com
Having tried the infinitys, I would say stay away, had a set of 4" Refs throw my Kenwood KDC-X995 into protect mode and the 6.5" 2 ways do the same with an Alpine CDA-9886. My advice is to stick with a true 4ohm speaker unless you are planning on running a 2ohm Amp.
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Having tried the infinitys, I would say stay away, had a set of 4" Refs throw my Kenwood KDC-X995 into protect mode and the 6.5" 2 ways do the same with an Alpine CDA-9886. My advice is to stick with a true 4ohm speaker unless you are planning on running a 2ohm Amp.
Theres something wrong with your amp, possibly a phasing issue or grounding issue. Ive been around car audio for 10+ years. Replacing speakers alone will not mess with a head unit for protection mode unless wired incorrectly
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Thanks guys. However, I don't want to revisit the issue since I'm going to have a shop install it, one labor charge is the goal. So an amp that does 100-100+ % of the RMS range and 6.5 front, 5.25 rear. Correct?

Any recommendations on amp?

Thanks so much in advance.

DO some research. adding a new headunit, speakers amp and subs take only time and not much knowledge. Ive been around car audio for 10+ years and know the corect way of how to do everything. send me a private message of what you want done and i will recommend products. also car audio places will more then likely over charge you for everything.
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Old 11-25-2012, 12:33 PM   #44
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Theres something wrong with your amp, possibly a phasing issue or grounding issue. Ive been around car audio for 10+ years. Replacing speakers alone will not mess with a head unit for protection mode unless wired incorrectly
Then explain to me how polk,alpine, and kenwood speakers all worked just fine with the 2 decks mentioned? I don't have an external amp just the internal amp that is built in the the unit.

Also there are threads all over the place about the infinity speakers not working properly with most aftermarket decks.
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Old 11-25-2012, 04:45 PM   #45
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I'm with Kroller2012 on this one,

Infinity speakers are fine. Not my first choice, but they are fine.

The problems that you found on the internet regarding infinity not working with aftermarket units is in regards to people with "infinity" OEM systems, and they try to add an aftermarket head unit to the mix. The problem is that they are not bypassing the stock wiring/ amp. They then blame infinity speakers for the problem. The real problem is improper OEM integration.

This is NOT related to when people have an aftermarket head unit and add infinity speakers too.
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I'm with Kroller2012 on this one,

Infinity speakers are fine. Not my first choice, but they are fine.

The problems that you found on the internet regarding infinity not working with aftermarket units is in regards to people with "infinity" OEM systems, and they try to add an aftermarket head unit to the mix. The problem is that they are not bypassing the stock wiring/ amp. They then blame infinity speakers for the problem. The real problem is improper OEM integration.

This is NOT related to when people have an aftermarket head unit and add infinity speakers too.

I'm not referring to that in the slightest. I am referring to Aftermarket H.U. With AFTERMARKET Infinity Reference speakers that are listed in their own documented specs as 2Ohm speakers but labeled on the box as "4Ohm Compatible"
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It's a long shot, but the Safety issue could have been from the speaker terminals grounding out on the metal door frame. I've seen this in the past with the rear Impreza doors and would suggest running electrical tape around the metal speaker hole before mounting speakers. Also, take note to where the speaker terminals when installing. This is a long shot, but it may help someone on here with the same issue.

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Old 11-26-2012, 11:01 AM   #48
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Yes, there are many universal options out there for speaker fitting kits. The product we make here in the USA is specific to Subaru, whereas many of the universal brand X kits we've tried using do not line up with the factory holes. Our kit is designed for the weekend warrior that is equipped with a screw driver and not a drill. As with anything, there are options and opinions.

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Has anyone just bought the oem upgrade premium speaker kit and installed them?
I am sure that on the 2012 model impreza anything must be better than stock.

Just wondering if this easy to install kit is worth the money and is it really a half decent upgrade. thanks in advance.
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Has anyone just bought the oem upgrade premium speaker kit and installed them?
I am sure that on the 2012 model impreza anything must be better than stock.

Just wondering if this easy to install kit is worth the money and is it really a half decent upgrade. thanks in advance.
Don't waste your money. All speakers have the same concept for installing.
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