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Old 03-20-2013, 01:43 PM   #1
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Default 2013 WRX Premium audio system specs?

Can anyone point me towards the specs of the audio system? I'm looking for stuff like manufacturer and wattage. The Subaru website just says something generic like "6 speaker system with ipod support".

All I know is everyone seems to think it's garbage. I think my stock audio in my Spec V is sufficient and the WRX is at a higher price point but in the same class so I'm going to assume the quality is similar.
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Old 03-20-2013, 04:26 PM   #2
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Everybody has their own opinion about things and better spec numbers don't necessarily mean a system is going to sound better than another one does. You may not like the same thing another one loves. It all comes down to your own personal opinion when making an actual listening comparison between the two.

"In my opinion", the best way to make a noticeable improvement over just about any stock auto sound system is to just replace the speakers or add a sub-woofer. I appreciate a good sounding system but it amazes me at times what lengths and the amount of money some people spend on a car audio system. But, that's just my own personal opinion.
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Old 03-20-2013, 04:28 PM   #3
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Everybody has their own opinion about things and better spec numbers don't necessarily mean a system is going to sound better than another one does. You may not like the same thing another one loves. It all comes down to your own personal opinion when making actual listening comparison between the two.

"In my opinion", the best way to make a noticeable improvement over just about any stock auto sound system is to just replace the speakers or add a sub-woofer. I appreciate a good sounding system but it amazes me at times what lengths and the amount of money some people spend on a car audio system. But, that's just my own personal opinion.
I hear ya.

Does anyone have the model of speakers they put in the WRX? Or maybe even the wattage or the brand?
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Old 03-20-2013, 04:34 PM   #4
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I know Subaru used Clarion for their radios in the past and wouldn't be surprised if they still do. As far as the speakers go I don't know who they use. I would guess they can handle about 30 watts possibly. If you are interested in speakers check out Parts Express for some decent prices.
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Old 03-20-2013, 04:35 PM   #5
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I know Subaru used Clarion for their radios in the past and wouldn't be surprised if they still do. As far as the speakers go I don't know who they use. I would guess they can handle about 30 watts possibly. If you are interested in speakers check out Parts Express for some decent prices.
Thanks, that's a start.

I'm not so much interested in upgrading the speakers, I just want to know what they are.
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Old 03-20-2013, 05:41 PM   #6
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I've been reading the Audio forum for the last 4 years.
I sold the origonal 6 cd changer HU that came with my car.
The sound was poor.
I had installed a JVC HDR 30 HU , to receive HD radio and to have
blue tooth. I had the shop swap out the front speakers for Infiniti
Reference coaxials. This was done at the same time, so I don't know
if the origonal speakers would have been good with the new HU.

Some members of this forum wrote that more power, adding an amplifier
to the origonal system, makes an improvement to the sound. For better sound they replace the front speakers with separates.


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Can anyone point me towards the specs of the audio system? I'm looking for stuff like manufacturer and wattage. The Subaru website just says something generic like "6 speaker system with ipod support".

All I know is everyone seems to think it's garbage. I think my stock audio in my Spec V is sufficient and the WRX is at a higher price point but in the same class so I'm going to assume the quality is similar.
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Old 03-20-2013, 08:24 PM   #7
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The 2013 deck is a clarion, which is okay.... I replaced it with a pioneer avh-2500 and it sounds 5x better. I really enjoy the system and don't think there is a need to upgrade the speakers or add a sub.
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Old 03-20-2013, 09:37 PM   #8
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Similar to the previous poster, I replaced the head unit. JVC for me since it was a bit cheaper. The sound quality improved A-LOT. The stock speakers are sufficient for most people, especially if you are running a sub with a crossover to keep the bass out of them. I'm picky about sound quality and I am pretty happy with the sound. That said, I don't care as much as I used to about sound quality...mainly because its a loud car by nature. Especially with an AM exhaust.

Replace the stock head unit and you may be pleasantly surprised in the difference.
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Old 03-20-2013, 10:01 PM   #9
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I just replaced the speakers in my 12' WRX, they are very low end coaxial speakers that can only handle 20 watts (printed on the back of the speakers. Putting an amp on the speakers will help remendously, but you can't make a silk purse out of a pigs ear. A subwoofer is a must for SQ enjoyment. JMHO.
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Old 03-23-2013, 12:55 AM   #10
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I can't comment on the manufacture but I can share some experience with you.
Every power spec given on a factory system is a great stretch. every single car I have worked on that had a "factory system" used a driver that was inferior to their aftermarket drivers.
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Old 03-23-2013, 03:22 AM   #11
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The 2013 WRX/STI non-nav HU is model CZ624U1. The service manual for that also covers the Forester CP625U1. CZ624U1 has been used in 2011-2013 WRX and STI, and 2011 Impreza.

The SM's specs say its max power output is "More than 16Wx4" (into 4 ohms).

It uses a Toshiba TB2926HQI 4-channel amp IC. Data sheet PDF here.

I'll leave it to others to look over the data sheet to see if you can glean meaningful power specs.

Same amp IC is used by:
  • 2011-2013 WRX/STI CZ624U1 (Clarion PF-3292A-A, Subaru P/N 86201FG620)
  • 2011-2013 Forester CP625U1 (Clarion PF-3297B-A, Subaru P/N 86201SC620)
  • 2012-2013 Impreza & Crosstrek CM631UD (Clarion PF-3391A-A, Subaru P/N 86201FJ630)
  • 2011-2013 Forester CP635U1 (Clarion PF-3302B-A, Subaru P/N 86201SC630)
  • (and probably a few other recent models)
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Old 03-24-2013, 09:29 PM   #12
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I have a 2012 premium wrx it was a clarion head unit like everyone said, i am also in process of replacing all the speakers. The front speakers said 40watts on the back. i have also replaced the HU (Alpine INE920HD) and was using stock speakers and made it better but really bad lows and highs. In process of doing all speakers and putting in all Alpine type r with alpine PDX-F4 for the speakers and Alpine typer R 12in with PDX-m12 for those
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Old 12-02-2013, 01:12 PM   #13
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Quote:
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The 2013 deck is a clarion, which is okay.... I replaced it with a pioneer avh-2500 and it sounds 5x better. I really enjoy the system and don't think there is a need to upgrade the speakers or add a sub.
Question on installing the pioneer avh-2500, did anything need to be resized or did you more or less pop out the stock HU and pop in the pioneer?

Thanks!
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Old 12-02-2013, 01:51 PM   #14
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There are a bunch of install threads on these^.

I remember reading somewhere searching the forum on your very same question and came across that 2011+ came with woven speakers with over sized magnets 20watts. and all the decks are Clarion.
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Old 12-02-2013, 03:06 PM   #15
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Cool, appreciate it!
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