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Old 08-09-2005, 04:37 PM   #1
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Default Looking to make SOME improvement on factory STI stereo, as cheap as possible.

Just looking for a little more clarity, and a little more volume. I have always had way expensive stereo's and I got tired of having to worry about it, having to screw with it, and the weight. Honestly I am MOSTLY happy with the stock STI stereo, I just would like a little more clarity, and a little more ooph.
I have my old Alpine CD/MP3/XM deck that I will throw in, and I am looking for a slight, but as cheap as possible speaker upgrade.

Now, we all know Audiobahn is garbage
But, I found this on Ebay, I gotta think they are SOMEWHAT better than the stock speakers. Its only just over $50 shipped...
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...MakeTrack=true

what do you think? I know they are junk in the grand scheme of things, but for $50, and they gotta be better than the stock speakers.
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Old 08-09-2005, 05:36 PM   #2
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Now that I look at them, they look like they will mount too deep...
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Old 08-09-2005, 06:05 PM   #3
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Put in your Alpine deck, buy these:
http://www.cardomain.com/item/INFREF6002I
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Old 08-09-2005, 06:58 PM   #4
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For the price range, and the fact that you are using HU power (I would assume), I always recommend Infiniti Reference series coax. You should be able to get a pair of them for about the same price on eBay.

BTW (even though it's you Dave) I will let you know that I am about to unleash some organized FAQ type resources on the Car Audio section in the next couple days. If you already know some car audio stuff you could skim most of it; but it will have all the resources for Subie specific installs listed as well.

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Old 08-09-2005, 06:59 PM   #5
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Put in your Alpine deck, buy these:
http://www.cardomain.com/item/INFREF6002I
Actually that looks like the better bet than eBay at the moment. But that was the Refs I was talking about.

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Old 08-09-2005, 07:47 PM   #6
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Put in your Alpine deck, buy these:
http://www.cardomain.com/item/INFREF6002I
I had those in my '04 (going to be an '05 later this week). If you just want crisper, clearer, and a little bassier sound, get them. I just uninstalled mine yesterday and damn! What an improvement they make over stock!

They also make a 6002is or si version which is the same speaker, only not as deep.

I am going to go for some component speakers in my new rex though.
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Old 08-09-2005, 09:55 PM   #7
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i am a stereo newbie with an 05 sti. would you recommend replacing the tweeters next to the door handle as well?
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Old 08-09-2005, 10:18 PM   #8
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do not buy those! from what i see they come with tweeters and not a crossover.. wring them in like that will sound like hole... and audio is horrible... just my 2 cents.. stock prob sounds as good
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Old 08-09-2005, 10:26 PM   #9
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do not buy those! from what i see they come with tweeters and not a crossover.. wring them in like that will sound like hole... and audio is horrible... just my 2 cents.. stock prob sounds as good
You only get component speakers if you have the power to drive them. Few components run on low wattage, and few HUs put out decent power. Coaxials are the way to go with stock headunits.

If you ever plan on adding an amp, yeah, get components. As far as the tweeters, there's nothing wrong with the door handles. I have mine on my dash now, and besides the pain running wires up there, they sound a lot better, IMO.
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Old 08-09-2005, 11:37 PM   #10
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do not buy those! from what i see they come with tweeters and not a crossover.. wring them in like that will sound like hole... and audio is horrible... just my 2 cents.. stock prob sounds as good
Well, seeing that you don't even own a WRX yet....I assume you don't know how horrible the stock speakers are. They have paper cones and are paper thin in depth. I had the speakers in question on my rex and it was a BIG IMPROVEMENT over stock. You can also turn the tweeter any direction you want.

For an IMPROVEMENT over stock, get the infinity. Unless you have the money to spend and want better sound, buy some components and an amp.
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Old 08-09-2005, 11:52 PM   #11
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I agree with the others, get some components if you plan on geting atleast an amp for the doors. If you want a good speaker thats relatively cheap, I would recommend infinity. I have 4 6.5 inch speakers that really kick. I'm still in the process of the install, very complicated since the back doors dont hold 6.5. Their kappa and reference series speakers are good, but if you decide to get an amp, get the perfects, they are what the name says. A good site to check out is http://www.etronics.com best prices I've found on almost any site, http://thezeb.com is also good.
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Old 08-10-2005, 07:42 AM   #12
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Those audiobahn are only a 2 1/4 mounting depth. Stick a small spacer in there and you are good to go with those.
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Old 08-10-2005, 08:07 AM   #13
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what about cheap components if I was to get a small 2 channel 50x2 amp?.
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Old 08-10-2005, 08:33 AM   #14
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These Infinitys are the cheapest I would recommend for components:
http://www.cardomain.com/item/INFREF6000CS

Otherwise, these CDTs seem to be perpetually on sale:
http://www.thezeb.com/p-CDT-Audio-CL...tem-101083.htm

Oh, and if you're amping them, add in sound deadening to that cost, or else it'll just be a lot of bum bum boom rrrrrrrrrrtttttt.
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Old 08-10-2005, 09:58 AM   #15
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Will those CDT's fit? Whats the mounting depth?
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Old 08-10-2005, 10:06 AM   #16
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Yes they will. Here's a pretty good guide to speaker fitment:
https://w109.webminders.com/iaperfor...plications.pdf
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Old 08-10-2005, 10:28 AM   #17
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how cheap?

For cheap components I like thepolk momo they are about 100 bux

or for a few bucks more right now I am running the old Kicker resolution componentsclick here and am very happy with them. they are about 20 bux more.

The CDT fit with a 3/4 inch spacer.
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Old 08-10-2005, 11:02 AM   #18
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On those infinity's can you mount the reference 6002si's without a spacer in the front of an 02 WRX? I see a bunch of stuff on ebay for cheap!
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The infinitys need a spacer for mounting purposes, not as a depth issue. You could make spacers from some left over wood though, it's not tricky.
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Old 08-10-2005, 11:19 AM   #20
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ohhh ok, I might as well go with the deeper (better power handling) ones huh? Since I have to buold a spacer anyway...
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Maybe.....but if the Infinity's will meet your needs soundwise then why?
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Old 08-10-2005, 11:32 AM   #22
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Maybe.....but if the Infinity's will meet your needs soundwise then why?
sorry I was comparing 2 types of 6002 Infintys.

6002i
6002si - shallow

The will both meet my sound and price needs but if I have to make a spacer for both, might as well go with the 6002i, right?
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Old 08-10-2005, 11:39 AM   #23
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probably. One of the ways that many of the shallow speakers are made shallow is by flattening out the cone a bit which can make it less stiff and more prone to distortion. Another popular way is to make the magnet structure smaller which will limit your excursion as the voice coil gap becomes shorter. Based on the better power handling it sound like they have at least applied the smaller motor assembly method.

I dunno how the Infinity's do it, and I don't care to look, but its something to think about.
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Old 08-10-2005, 11:48 AM   #24
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Ahh thanks for the info!
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What about just adding a sub to the stock system w/ an amp, and getting some bass blockers for the 4ch?
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