Welcome to the North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club Thursday July 24, 2014
Home Forums WikiNASIOC Products Store Modifications Upgrade Garage
NASIOC
Here you can view your subscribed threads, work with private messages and edit your profile and preferences Home Registration is free! Visit the NASIOC Store NASIOC Rules Search Find other members Frequently Asked Questions Calendar Archive NASIOC Upgrade Garage Logout
Go Back   NASIOC > NASIOC General > Car Audio, Video & Security

Welcome to NASIOC - The world's largest online community for Subaru enthusiasts!
Welcome to the NASIOC.com Subaru forum.

You are currently viewing our forum as a guest, which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our community, free of charge, you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is free, fast and simple, so please join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us.
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-24-2004, 04:05 PM   #1
WRXakaBooSTi
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 61119
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Bay Area, CA
Vehicle:
2004 Stock WRX

Default How much does it help to change the 4 stock speakers, but leaving the stock 6cd head?

How much of a difference in sound would there be if i were to get aftermarket speakers with the stock 6cd head unit? Does the fact that the stock head unit is powering the speakers mean that its always going to get distorted at high volumes? Or would aftermarket speakers make it sound much crisper and add clarity?
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads.
WRXakaBooSTi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-24-2004, 04:51 PM   #2
04blkWRX
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 40890
Join Date: Jul 2003
Chapter/Region: Tri-State
Location: NNJ
Vehicle:
04 WRX Sedan
Black

Default

You probably won't be satisfied with the improvement. I'd bet the new speakers will just bring out the crappiness of the HU to a greater degree.
04blkWRX is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-24-2004, 05:12 PM   #3
offset
Scooby Guru
 
Member#: 32636
Join Date: Feb 2003
Chapter/Region: MWSOC
Location: Dayton, OH
Vehicle:
2004 Impreza STi
Silver/Silver

Default

If you are really stuck on the 6disc HU but still want better sound I would say the first step is an LOC and amplifier. After that you can upgrade the speakers and you would have even better sound. The HU is pretty week to just go with new speakers. If you really don't want to work toward a whole new system, you could try just speakers. But if you do that I would recommend the Infinity Reference line and not much else. They will be a noticeable improvement and may be enough to make you feel satisfied. But for most people that still isn't enough. Getting a new HU and keeping the stock speakers would be another option if you were willing to give up the factory radio for a cheap (that is relative) upgrade.

offset
offset is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-24-2004, 06:27 PM   #4
WORWRX
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 36078
Join Date: Apr 2003
Chapter/Region: South East
Location: Rock Hill, SC
Vehicle:
2003 WRX Sedan
PSM

Default

This is true; I rode around with my MB-quarts connected to the stock HU before I finished my system and it sounded worst than the stock speakers.
WORWRX is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-24-2004, 09:34 PM   #5
Mr Ludecrs
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 58830
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Wisconsin
Vehicle:
2004 WRX
Black

Default

My front speakers buzz with certain levels of bass. I'm just trying to elimnate that. Do you think better quality OEM size replacements + some dynamat would help at all? I really don't want to spend much. It sounds like those of you who ran aftermarket speakers on the stock deck had high end/possibly oversized speakers.

Also, what's an LOC?
Mr Ludecrs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-24-2004, 10:17 PM   #6
chrisdeaner
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 24625
Join Date: Sep 2002
Chapter/Region: BAIC
Location: San Rafael, CA
Default

Don't waste your money on the dynomat just yet. The buzz isn't from stuff rattling in the car, it's from the crappy speakers distorting the bass. If you can afford to get some new speakers (even just the fronts for now) and a new HU, you'll have a large, noticable improvement (and you shouldn't have to spend too much on either to make a difference). Otherwise, you'll need to add an aftermarket amp onto aftermarket speakers in order to really make them sound good...
-Chris
chrisdeaner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-27-2004, 10:35 PM   #7
Mr Ludecrs
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 58830
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Wisconsin
Vehicle:
2004 WRX
Black

Default

I think I'll go w/ an amp and new speakers in the front (maybe rear too). I'd like to keep the stock head unit for the stock look + I like the 6 disk in dash changer.
The amp would probably fit under one of the front seats, no? Can anyone recommend a setup?
Mr Ludecrs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-28-2004, 01:47 AM   #8
wrxinmn
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 57922
Join Date: Mar 2004
Default

how much does it help to add an amp to the equation?

i recently replaced the stock with alpines all the way around. i did notice some improvement but definitely not the amount i was hoping for. that was my first move in the system upgrade. im currently finishing up a sub box for dual 10's and i also bought an amp to power the 4 door speakers. assuming i have reasonably good quality equipment, how much of an improvement will i see in adding the amp and sub/amp?

i will be replacing my headunit eventually.
wrxinmn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-28-2004, 01:59 AM   #9
iceinject
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 1318
Join Date: Apr 2000
Chapter/Region: TXIC
Location: Texas
Vehicle:
2003 WRX Cobb Sedan
PSM

Default

An LOC is a Line Output Converter
It converts speaker level input to RCA outputs. Our 6 discs don't have RCAs out. Some amps have speaker level inputs on them, but all have RCAs. If you buy an LOC from someone, say www.davidnavone.com it will allow you to hook up the 6 disc to an aftermarket amp as well as it can be done (short of a new headunit)
Tuned right (gains) and wired right (power/RCAs well seperated) this type of setup can sound VERY good. but then again I have two 1/3 octave eqs so that may help a bit too...
iceinject is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-28-2004, 02:02 AM   #10
iceinject
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 1318
Join Date: Apr 2000
Chapter/Region: TXIC
Location: Texas
Vehicle:
2003 WRX Cobb Sedan
PSM

Default

btw, aftermarket amp is very VERY important. The stock head isn't bad, but it struggles to pump out somewhere like 10 watts per channel (peak). When they aren't forced to power the speakers, modern OEM heads are very nearly as good as most <$400 aftermarket ones. my opinion of course.
iceinject is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Wagon Exhaust Drone & Sound Deadening - How Much Does it Help? drees Car Audio, Video & Security 102 05-13-2011 02:13 PM
How much does it cost to go to a rally? subiegirl_kt General Community 7 01-16-2010 12:48 AM
Dynomax Bullet Muffler.. how much does it help? wrx2k3 Factory 2.0L Turbo Powertrain 2 03-30-2005 09:53 PM
How much should it cost to change the MT oil? NeoteriX Texas Impreza Club Forum -- TXIC 4 03-22-2004 11:32 PM
How much does it cost to keep a WRX on the track? HoRo1 Motorsports 10 10-10-2003 01:37 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:36 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Powered by Searchlight © 2014 Axivo Inc.
Copyright ©1999 - 2014, North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club, Inc.