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Old 10-15-2001, 10:41 PM   #1
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Default stock system questions

ok, here's a question. as far as i can tell, most people aren't happy, or completely pleased, with the speaker / sub upgrade package from subaru. my question is, can i keep the stock deck w/ the 6 disc in dash changer ( i like that ) and hook it up to a amp and do component speakers? or is that going to involve complex hookups and is too big of a hassle then its worth? i like having a good sound system, but i don't need the best. for an idea of where i'm coming from, my previous car was a chrysler 300m ( just got rid of it too! trying to finalize my wrx order ), and it had a pretty good stock system. It was basicaly infinity component speakers with a chrysler/infinity deck. I was fairly happy with th esystem since it had good all around sound ( although it wouldn't get real loud - ie, could use more volume when you're driving @80+ w/ windows down ). anyways, i'd appreciate anyways ideas of what to do. Thanks
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Old 10-15-2001, 11:36 PM   #2
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A lot of people are upgrading the stock system, keeping the stock head unit (HU) They are using what are called "line level converters" (LLC) which take high power speaker output (if you can call it that) and drops the power down to "RCA" level or low level output, this allows the use of aftermarket amps and such. I don't personaly condone the use of the LLC to my expierence they cause more problems than they are worth. (noise and bad connections being the main problems) Some have had very good expierences with them and would swear by them, not my opinion though.
If intrested they can be purchasted from crutchfeild or most any local electronics outlet (i wouldn't buy anything from Radio Shack though, peroid)

Hope this help you in your quest ofr good sounds.

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Old 10-16-2001, 12:43 AM   #3
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I agree that the llc's are not the cleanest sound around. that's why I suggest finding some good speakers that are very efficient with the power and sound good. You can put in better speakers up front and keep the stock stereo without adding an amp to them. try the boston acoustics uhh, I think they are the cx series. Next, add an aftermarket amp and small subwoofer. It can be hidden all sorts of places if you have a good installer and a speaker that needs a small airspace. If you get a big enough amp for the sub and a good woofer, you can keep the bass level down on the stereo and still have enough bass in the music. this will keep the other speakers from distorting as easily since they will not have the bass level turned all the way up on them. If you can't get enough bass from the sub and need to keep the bass up on the eq, then a set of capacitors (bass blockers) may be needed for the other speakers. Anyway, this setup should be as good or better than any stock system without having to buy several amps and a new head unit. It will not be as nice as a completely new system, but I bet it'll be more than what you need. Just be sure to get door speakers that are efficient so you won't have to add an amp to them too...
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Old 10-16-2001, 01:19 PM   #4
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keep your stock HU and speakers just add a amp and sub if done right it will sound fine. That's what i did and it sounds fine.Use the amp to power the (stock) front speakers and sub. It only took me a coulple of hours to do and i am very happy with this set up. I used 1 12" jl sub and a soundstream 405 amp.
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Old 10-16-2001, 05:15 PM   #5
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Buy a higher quality LLC like the AudioLink. Or buy a higher end amp that has high level inputs. Those will be alot better than the other LLC's that have the plastic cases.

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