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Old 07-09-2013, 01:27 AM   #1
13Stoploss
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OMGHi2U BRZ HU into '05 WRX

I'm an automotive journalist and photographer (for a consumer website), and I recently reviewed a '13 BRZ, and a '13 STI Special Edition (ORANGE!!!!!). As expected, the STI's audio was atrocious. But for a stock unit, the BRZ wasn't really that bad--provided you know how to play with an EQ.

I mention the '13 STI because, in most instances, I can overlook loud exhaust note/tire noise/wind noise if I can overpower that noise with audio. Can't do that in '13 STI. But the BRZ?

Surprisingly decent. Better yet, it looks to be about the same size as the DIN for my '05 WRX wagon. I'm not at all into wiring, and my audio know how is limited to home theater and 2ch analog setups. What I want to know is if anyone has tried using the BRZ HU in an older WRX/STI? Does it fit w/ little or no modification?

Of course, I understand that amplification and better than stock speakers are part of the package. I just want to know if anyone has done this, and whether it's a reasonable stock-like looking approach to better, more affordable audio than going aftermarket? I don't care about the GPS or anything else, just a screen with more control of audio EQ.

Thanks. ("Search" is as good as your search terms; my searches yielded no results for what I am looking for)
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Old 07-09-2013, 06:58 AM   #2
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The mounting will be your first obstacle... that could be easy if it is the same size and shape as yours. The wiring is a different story. The easiest solution would be to purchase 2 wire harnesses (one 'female' that will plug into your 05 harness and one 'male' that will plug into the BRZ radio). There will most likely be quite few extra wires that you won't use in the BRZ harness (steering wheel controls, etc) but it SHOULD have the basic wires. I don't believe the BRZ uses anything special (factory amplifier, data signal turn-on, etc).

The new Subaru's have much higher end speakers than the older ones do. I can almost guarantee that about 80%-90% of the sound quality you are hearing is because of the speakers, not the head unit.

Edit: I just looked it up and the BRZ apparently uses a different style antenna so you would need an antenna adapter as well. Also, my distributor catalog calls out a dash kit required for the BRZ which means the radio is most likely a little wider than the 05 so you may run into fitment issues in the dash.

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Old 07-09-2013, 09:15 AM   #3
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The mounting will be your first obstacle... that could be easy if it is the same size and shape as yours. The wiring is a different story. The easiest solution would be to purchase 2 wire harnesses (one 'female' that will plug into your 05 harness and one 'male' that will plug into the BRZ radio). There will most likely be quite few extra wires that you won't use in the BRZ harness (steering wheel controls, etc) but it SHOULD have the basic wires. I don't believe the BRZ uses anything special (factory amplifier, data signal turn-on, etc).

The new Subaru's have much higher end speakers than the older ones do. I can almost guarantee that about 80%-90% of the sound quality you are hearing is because of the speakers, not the head unit.

Edit: I just looked it up and the BRZ apparently uses a different style antenna so you would need an antenna adapter as well. Also, my distributor catalog calls out a dash kit required for the BRZ which means the radio is most likely a little wider than the 05 so you may run into fitment issues in the dash.
klarowe,

This is excellent. Thank you--this is exactly the kind of information I was looking for.
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