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Old 09-02-2004, 10:46 PM   #1
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Impreza WRX STi Just got my 2004 STI , need help with audio

Ok guys, I just got my 2004 WRX STI today, and I love it, but I'm going to need some tunes in here. So first of all, does this car have speakers at all, or just holes for them? And I'm looking for good sound inside the car, I don't want everybody and their mother to hear me, or add alot of weight to the car. All the help will be greatly appreciated.
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Old 09-02-2004, 10:59 PM   #2
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there are no speakers in the doors, but the wires are there. Also, you cannot just mount a 6.5 or 5.25" speaker in the door, you need a subaru adapter. www.iaperformance.com has some.

Since it doesnt sound like you want to go totally nuts on the stereo, i would recommend a decent set of 6.5's up front, with a decent amount of bass. If this doesnt get you the amount of sound that you want, look into adding a subwoofer. Probably something like a JL 12W3, infinity kappa, or some other middle of the line sub.

An amp for your front speakers would be a good idea, but it is not necessary if you are budget conscious.

For speakers, infinity kappa's, mbquarts, focals are all good higher end choices.

If you want brand matching for everything, alpine type-r's are decent, and they make very good receivers as well.
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Old 09-02-2004, 11:36 PM   #3
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Old 09-02-2004, 11:41 PM   #4
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When you install the head unit remember to hook up the white wire on the car harness to pin out with power antenna wire from the head unit harness. This white wire provides power to the antenna amp. You wont get AM/FM reception unless you do.
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Old 09-03-2004, 01:19 AM   #5
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that's a good hint , thanks
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Old 09-03-2004, 01:30 AM   #6
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As far as choosing the components of your system, I would suggest you not limit yourself to a small selection of products/brands and search around on this forum. The more threads you browse through, the more complete a picture you see of the diverse car audio market. Check other websites, too, such as those devoted entirely to car audio. And finally, make sure you listen to speakers/subs before you buy any: that is the only way to truly pick the ideal setup for your preferences.

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Old 09-03-2004, 07:42 AM   #7
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As far as choosing the components of your system, I would suggest you not limit yourself to a small selection of products/brands and search around on this forum. The more threads you browse through, the more complete a picture you see of the diverse car audio market. Check other websites, too, such as those devoted entirely to car audio. And finally, make sure you listen to speakers/subs before you buy any: that is the only way to truly pick the ideal setup for your preferences.

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Agreed. And another way I suggest you look at this is the following. First decide if you are willing to use an external amplifier for your speakers or not. If not, then that can make a difference on what HU you choose. I would recommend one of the V-drive Alpine's to make sure you have a decent amount of power for the speakers. And using HU power on speakers can help shape the selection of what speakers work best off that amount of power. Also, if you don't want any subs I would go ahead and recommend running front and rear speakers (coaxials) as well. A couple of brands for a non-externally amplified systems are Alpine Type-S and Infinity Reference.

If you do decide to get an external amp, then the whole rest of the world opens up for you.

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Old 09-04-2004, 06:44 AM   #8
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Alpine Type-S and Infinity, how much do these run about? Price?
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Old 09-04-2004, 08:51 AM   #9
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i had a alpince deck alpine type s speakers all around a alpine type 2 sub eclipse 5 cahnnel amp and i think it sounded awesome. and i too hate alot of bass
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Alpine Type-S and Infinity, how much do these run about? Price?
Looks like on eBay the ALPINE SPS-170A (6.5" front coax) and ALPINE SPS-130A (5.25" rear cox) are running about $60 after shipping each pair. Just do a search on the model names, but run through the auctions and see how has the most reasonable shipping. Sometimes you can find a vendor who sells both models and get a bit of a deal on shipping when buying two sets of speakers.

It looks like the Infinity run about $10 more or so than the Alpine. The model names are Infinity Reference 6002i and Infinity Reference 5002i.

Also, there is nothing wrong with these models on eBay typically as they are brand new in the box. I bought some Alpine Type-S coax for my wife (some day I will upgrade those for her, but they are really nice for now off just HU power), and they were absolutely fine.

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Old 09-04-2004, 09:16 AM   #11
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If you just want "something" then you could set a factory set up. They usually go cheap either here or on Ebay. With the upgraded speakers it sounds decent.
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Old 09-04-2004, 11:15 AM   #12
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ok , I wan't stereo, but not stock, the stock stereo from factory that I had on my WRX 2004, sucked!! It sounded like tin cans, I don't want big heavy subs on the back of the car, but I do want good quality sound that I can hear inside the car.
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Old 09-04-2004, 05:19 PM   #13
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That was the draw for the Alpine Type-S for me as they seem to have pretty decent bass response on aftermarket HU power. It seems a lot of people had claimed that about them, and I agree that they do fairly well for the cost and amount of power used. Just remember though you will probably need some spacers, which you can make or have a local shape make or get some from IAPerformance.com.

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Old 09-15-2004, 07:14 PM   #14
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When you install the head unit remember to hook up the white wire on the car harness to pin out with power antenna wire from the head unit harness. This white wire provides power to the antenna amp. You wont get AM/FM reception unless you do.


brunetmj- you are a genius! i have been searching for that exact piece of information. i knew that had to be it but i wasnt sure which wire. thank you thank you.
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