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Old 07-08-2003, 12:11 AM   #1
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Default What kind of an Audio set-up is in your STi?

Just curious to see what people have done. I went a little hog wild but the sound is spectacular...
Alpine CDA-9811 headunit, Focal polykevlar full range components speakers in the front, stock speakers in the back for rear fill work perfectly, Image Dynamics 10" sub in the trunk and a Phoenix Gold 500.4 Amp.
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Old 07-08-2003, 12:22 AM   #2
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I really like this head-unit for about $250 shipped. It can match any dash color and looks right at home in the STI

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Old 07-08-2003, 12:25 AM   #3
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Sony MEX-1HD headunit w 6.5" 2 way $45 pioneer speakers front, and 5.25" 2 way $45 pioneer speakers rear.

I really need to upgrade to some good components up front as the car is definitly designed with the small component speaks in mind.
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Old 07-08-2003, 02:05 AM   #4
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Esso did you need those grommets that i was reading about around here? I'm starting to get confused since i'm not taking delivery for maybe another week, so i don't have the door here, so far i'm reading that i'm gonna need to fab some 3/4" spacers, a tweeter bracket, and those square grommet things along with #10 screws in order to install those K's?
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Old 07-08-2003, 08:08 AM   #5
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Default Re: What kind of an Audio set-up is in your STi?

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Originally posted by essogas
Just curious to see what people have done. I went a little hog wild but the sound is spectacular...
Alpine CDA-9811 headunit, Focal polykevlar full range components speakers in the front, stock speakers in the back for rear fill work perfectly, Image Dynamics 10" sub in the trunk and a Phoenix Gold 500.4 Amp.
I did the Alpine 9813 and polk 6.5 components. I'm in the process of installing Infiniti reference 4" in the back. No sub for now.

The combo sounds great, tons of clean power and a versatile parametric EQ to make it sound the way you like.


Seraph - you will need 3/4" spacers (might be worth buying if you don't feel like making them), ~16 square grommets, and #10 machine screws, and you can either get a tweeter bracket, make one out of plumbing strap, or hot glue your tweeters to the door panels.
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Old 07-08-2003, 10:34 AM   #6
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Where would i buy the spacers? i've heard east coast scooby makes them as well as the tweeter brackets, but i haven't been able to get a hold of him. I can probably fab it myself, i just need an interior diameter and exterior diameter for focal 165k's, i want to have everything ready beforehand so i can minimize downtime.

My system will comprise of 165k's, an excelon X869, SPS100a's in the rear to fill, and an excelon amp that my friend is selling me cuz his sub got stolen and he has no use for it anymore.
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Old 07-08-2003, 10:40 AM   #7
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Alpine 9813 headunit (complex bugger...but worth it once you figure out how to adjust everything), Infinity 62.5i in the front, Infinity 52.5i in the back. No sub yet, but I'm eyeing the Basslink pretty closely. The 9813 runs the door speakers well enough, but I don't think that guys into horrendous audio volumes or audiophile level installs will be happy with this basic setup. I'm just really pleased with the ability to play MP3 and WMA in my car. A couple or three CDs can replace your entire car music library with ease.

James
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Old 07-08-2003, 10:50 AM   #8
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Default My system

Head:
Blaupunkt CD72 San Francisco
CD 72 Info
In-Dash CD Changer:
Blaupunkt in silver
IDC-A09

I never buy speakers with a brand name on them, I always buy raw OEM drivers and build my own systems (in the 80's I made my living designing speaker systems).

My fronts are 5.25" Peerless type 850517

The tweeters are Peerless RDC 2000

I used a 12db/octave x-over on the tweeters with a 2kHz inflection point and a 6db/octave on the midbass drivers at 2kHz.

The system is rather smooth and listenable but really needs either the 6.5" midbass units or a subwoofer. The current drivers make the door and headliner rattle, so I think I'll do the sub.

I pulled the Alpine 8315 that the dealer installed because I really wanted the indash changer as well as the powerful sophisticated digital signal processing capabilities (including interior noise compensation) that the Blau could provide. Everyone who has heard it agrees that it sounds much better than the previous system.

It's a matter of opinion, but I find the ergonomics of the Blau to be MUCH better than the Alpine. The steering wheel mounted remote is wonderful.

The system looks very good with the dash of the STi, much less like an add-on than the Alpine. I'll post a photo if anyone is interested.

Take care!
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Old 07-08-2003, 11:14 AM   #9
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Default Re: My system

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Originally posted by KoneKiller
The system looks very good with the dash of the STi, much less like an add-on than the Alpine. I'll post a photo if anyone is interested.

Take care!
Please do. =)
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Old 07-08-2003, 11:23 AM   #10
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Please post the photo.
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Old 07-08-2003, 11:31 AM   #11
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I used a Alpnie 9815 for the head unit, JL XR650CSi for the front speakers and JL XR650CXi for the rear. I don't listen to my music very loud so I went with the larger rear in hopes of getting enough low out of them so I don't have to add a sub. They seem to be doing ok but I could use a little more bass. I have to play with the head unit and see if there are some settings that will make me happy. The system as on the whole sounds very clean and overall I'm very pleased with it. If I get a wild hair up my ass I may still get the amp and sub. I'm looking at a 5 channel Soundstream Rubicon 550 amp to drive the whole sytem and their Rubicon 10" for the sub. That will have to wait though. I think I'll do a catch can and the PSI^3 S.E.C.S + external sensors next and some SS brake lines and fluid after that. By that time maybe a ECUTek will be available. Then I can do the downpipe and a custom tune. Oh don't forget wheels and tires for the track. Maybe a little seat time with an instructor. Probably be time for some more stree tires soon. Arrrrrrrg so many wants/needs and so little money.
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Old 07-08-2003, 11:41 AM   #12
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Esso-which component system did you get? I'm looking at either the polykevlars or utopias for the front, and not sure which size I should be looking at. I plan to put some poly-k's in the rear, and then a focal sub in the trunk. Planning on an alpine 9813 or 9815 and a clarion amp, and then adding the xm tuner & antenna. Etronics.com has pretty decent prices on this stuff, any other good sources? Are the utopias worth the dough over the poly-k's?
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Old 07-08-2003, 12:00 PM   #13
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Quote:
Originally posted by Seraph
Where would i buy the spacers? i've heard east coast scooby makes them as well as the tweeter brackets, but i haven't been able to get a hold of him. I can probably fab it myself, i just need an interior diameter and exterior diameter for focal 165k's, i want to have everything ready beforehand so i can minimize downtime.
I made mine out of 3/4 inch mdf. My components came with a template for the Inner diameter and speaker mount locations, then I just traced the outer diameter of the speaker for the outer dimension...except where the screws mount to the door, where I left some "ears" to drill the mounting screws location for the square grommets.

East coast scooby is the guy I was thinking of for the prefab stuff, if you want to go that route. Otherwise, the MDF is cheap, and the fab is easy with a dremel and a drywall kit.

have a good one.
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Old 07-08-2003, 12:11 PM   #14
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Quote:
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Esso-which component system did you get? I'm looking at either the polykevlars or utopias for the front, and not sure which size I should be looking at. I plan to put some poly-k's in the rear, and then a focal sub in the trunk. Planning on an alpine 9813 or 9815 and a clarion amp, and then adding the xm tuner & antenna. Etronics.com has pretty decent prices on this stuff, any other good sources? Are the utopias worth the dough over the poly-k's?
I have the 136S Polykevlars components (if I remember correctly) but they are the polykevlar line. The utopias are not worth the extra money because you won't hear the small difference over the road noise and exhaust. The focals are excellent but wouldn't recommend them as a sub. Best sub by far I hear is by image dynamics so that's what I did. But there's a million good amps so don't worry about that too much. I went reasonably cheap on the head unit 9811 because I don't need all those functions. I spent a buttload on the amp becase I insist on clean power and a lot of money on the speakers.I got my stuff off a car audio place in Toronto here called KHF.
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Old 07-08-2003, 12:58 PM   #15
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OK...I just picked up my STi and I'm working on the stereo install. I've noticed that several of you have installed 5.25" and even 6.5" drivers in the front doors. Are you fabricating custom mounting plates or is there a kit that adapts larger speakers? I'm having a real hard time finding speakers that drop right in to the front doors (1.75" mounting depth). Am I missing something?

Thanks for your help!!

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Old 07-08-2003, 01:28 PM   #16
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Alpine CDA-9815
Diamond Audio 5.25" M6 components up front
Diamond Audio 5.25" M351i coax rear fill
JL Audio 10W6
SoundStream Reference 700

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Old 07-08-2003, 04:09 PM   #17
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Quote:
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OK...I just picked up my STi and I'm working on the stereo install. I've noticed that several of you have installed 5.25" and even 6.5" drivers in the front doors. Are you fabricating custom mounting plates or is there a kit that adapts larger speakers? I'm having a real hard time finding speakers that drop right in to the front doors (1.75" mounting depth). Am I missing something?

Thanks for your help!!

RJMO
yes, I fabricated 3/4" spacers from MDF to fit my 6.5 components in the stock location. theres' a guy on here "east coast scooby" or something who sells them premade, if you're not interested in making your own.
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Old 07-08-2003, 10:07 PM   #18
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To be installed next week:

Alpine 9815
front JL VR525Csi (tweeters in the holes)
rear JL XR525Cxi
8" JL sub for a little fill
Alpine MRV 450F (5 channel amp)

As soon as it is available(late july or early august), Alpine HDA 5460 in dash 16 gig hard drive below 9815.

Should be a good set up for clean sound but not too over the top. I will let you all know!
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Old 07-08-2003, 11:04 PM   #19
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Alpine IVA-D900 Headunit
Alpine NVE-N852A Nav

Infinity Kappa 6.1 Perfect Components in front
Infinity Kappa 42.5i in rear
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Old 07-09-2003, 02:40 AM   #20
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Default I've got you all beat!!

I installed a pioneer deck up front
MB Quart 5.25 components (Premium line)
MB Quart 4 inch speakers in rear

I just finished my box for the subs (2 infinity perfect 10s)
The subs need only .6 cu. ft. each so my complete sealed box is only 28x12x10 inches! It takes up little trunk space and the amp is mounted on the box so it is easy to take out for autocross/track days.
These subs with 300watts RMS each sound great.

The MB Quarts are great for midrange and treble, but without the subs there is little or no bass. Overall my only advice is... do all your own labor, otherwise you'll be paying tons of $$$ for simple installs. I just browsed the forums and asked around, someone will be able to help you
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Old 07-09-2003, 12:05 PM   #21
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I installed (in my friends Sti) a Blaupunkt San Francisco CD72 and the in dash 5-disc changer from Blaupunkt(IDC-09). In the front door JL Audio XR-650 Csi and in the rear some JL Audio XR-650-Cx(with some metalcutting invoveld. All speakers hide behind the factory panels. I really want him to get an amp, but he says it sounds fine. I guess he is not into audio like I am.
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Old 07-09-2003, 04:10 PM   #22
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check my sounddomain site for info and pics.

http://www.sounddomain.com/member_pa...8&cat=25&val=1
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Old 07-09-2003, 05:00 PM   #23
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Install is next Wednesday.

Dynamat doors and trunk
Alpine CDA 9815
Alpine XM amp
Focal poly 165's 6.5" for front
{bought 3/4" spacers}
Focal access 5.25. for rear fill
JL 300/4 for speakers
JL W3 12" Sub in trunk box
JL 250/1 for sub

It should be sweet. I love this car, but I need toons!
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Old 07-14-2003, 01:51 AM   #24
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Quote:
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Please post the photo.
The Dash



Close up.. all lit up

The Steering Wheel Mounted Remote

Enjoy!!
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Old 07-14-2003, 01:50 PM   #25
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I have a stock head unit with Infinty Kappas 5.25.

I had the dealer install a stock 2004 wrx head unit (i bougth off ebay) in my STi. The radio and tape deck work, but the cd player does not.

The icons that show the cd loaded are not there. The load, unload, and CD buttons do nothing. It's almost like the cd players is not even there. Anyone familiar with this problem?

Are there separate power supplies for the cd and radio?
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