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Old 08-13-2002, 10:04 AM   #1
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Have any of you used this powered sub? Where did you install it and how would you rate it's effectiveness? Was it difficult to install? Thanks.
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Old 08-13-2002, 10:31 AM   #2
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Default Still doing the fine tuning on my SRV 303

I just finished my install 3 days ago. Iím still working on getting the frequency filter and gain settings just right. I can post a lengthy install description later and give a sound quality report once I get all the settings just right. Oh and Iím using this with a JVC KD-SH707 on the stock speakers and Tweeter upgrade.
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Old 08-13-2002, 08:55 PM   #3
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I'm interested in your impressions when you get things worked out.
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Old 08-13-2002, 10:23 PM   #4
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Okay, got a little more time to get descriptive. Hope this helps. Given about a week or 2, I can get some digital picture to show how it looks. Let me know if there are anymore questions. Overall I'm very pleased.

I took a page from the Subaru book and installed the sub under the passenger seat. Read the installation guide for the Subaru Sub Woofer installation for ideas (download from www.subaruwrxparts.com). I was going to get the stock sub, but the Clarion has low level RCA inputs and is cheaper. I didn't want to tear up the carpet as per the Clarion installation instructions, so used a floor mat. I bought a $1.50 plastic car floor mat at Walmart. The teeth on the floor mat grip the carpet under the passenger seat. The weight of the powered sub on top keeps the teeth on the floor match gripped. It hasn't moved yet. (Might have to get so digital picture to clarify further) The Clarion SRV303 comes with 4 self tapping screws that are used to attach the mounting brackets to the sub. I just used the screws to attach the floor mat to the sub. SRV303 is screwed to floor mat and the floor mat sits firmly on the carpet. I've had the sub installed for a week and it hasn't moved. In the event of an accident the sub is mostly contained under the seat so I'm not to worried about it flying around.

My JVC mp3 head unit (It's great, I love this head unit) has left and right sub woofer low level outs. I just used a 6 foot cable to connect the head unit to the powered sub. I pushed and fished the RCA cables down to the passenger foot area. From there I pushed the cable under the center console trim to the location of the amp under the passenger seat.

It was easiest to use the same power feed as the head unit. Ran the power cables like the RCA audio cables, but on the driver's side of the center console to avoid any extra noise. Just used the same power and ground leads for head unit. (Expecting to be told that is bad by some experts) That was it for the installation. I purchased the SU03 wiring harness from Scosche when I installed the head unit. This was extremely useful since it makes access to the speaker and power wires much easier. I will never install another head unit without a Scosche wiring harness.

Resulting Sound Quality: Good after some tweaking

The sound quality is good if you are looking to add a little extra low end sound. At first I had trouble getting the base sound quality and volume level to match the other speakers. The solution was to increase the HU sub woofer RCA out and decrease the gain at the Clarion SRV303. It took a little while to get the balance between the HU volume, sub woofer level out, and Clarion amp gain to sound good. Combined with the HU, stock speakers, and optional stock tweeters it all sounds good. If you really want to feel the base hit you, then a bigger trunk sub is the was to go.

Clarion has installation instructions at http://www.teamclarion.com/SharedWeb...56be2007bbc16/$FILE/SRV303.pdf I didn't really follow these.
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Old 08-16-2002, 07:05 PM   #5
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Thanks for your info.

When you bought the sub, did it come with the speaker, remote and power wires? I'm under the impression that it does but I still need to purchase the tap-ins and power fuse. If it does come with the wires, what is/are their guage(s)?
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Old 08-17-2002, 12:34 PM   #6
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Umm..didn't measure the guage of the wires. Nothing impressive. About the same as the Scosche harness or JVC head unit wires. The provided wire sets have special plugs that plug in to the amp speaker unit. It would be hard to replace the provided wiring without doing something about these plugs.

The kit comes with wires to tap in to the speaker lines(left and right pair) and the wires attached to power plug(power, remote, and ground). I never opened the speakers wires, but I didn't see any taps on these. The remote and power wires are long, 15 feet I believe, I remember something about a fuse on the power wire. The ground wire is much shorter at about 6 feet and in ends with a ĺ washer fitting (technical term?). All other wires just have cut ends. The provided wire sets have special plugs that plug in to the Amp Speaker unit. It would be hard to replace the provided wiring without doing something about these plugs.

If you are serious about buying this then you should download and read the Clarion installation PDF file. Clarionmultimedia.com under Audio and then Marine section.
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Old 08-24-2002, 03:04 PM   #7
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I just installed the unit on the stock HU. I used simple 14-18 gauge tapins for the speaker wires and a 10-12 for the power (I stole the cigarette lighter lead & grounded to the HU chassis). Simply ran the speaker and power wires between the plasic console and the carpet on the passenger side, placing the sub/amp under the passenger seat. The difference is almost staggering from the stock system. There was a little vibration introduced into the cabin that a little Dynamat can take care of. I agree with puffchumpy's review of audio quality. The sub gives good thump and good acoustics but (obviously) wont compare to 600w powered 12" trunk subs, but for 150 bucks you cant beat it. I want to mount the control unit for the amp to the left of the cup holder some day, cut away some of the trim and have it in the dash. It matches the size and colors very well.
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Old 08-27-2002, 05:06 PM   #8
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I'm very interested in this subwoofer. Is it really any different than the Subaru subwoofer? Or is it just an aftermaket version of the OEM subwoofer? How does the sound compare to the OEM subwoofer? Where did you buy the SRV-303?
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Old 08-27-2002, 06:22 PM   #9
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I dont know how it compares to the factory sub, as I have never heard it. I purchased it from www.etronics.com for 150 + S&H.
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Old 08-28-2002, 01:03 AM   #10
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Does Clarion make the stock sub unit? What are your wiring options w/ the 303? The stock sub is a POS. The speaker inside has already ripped on me and I don't even play my music very loud
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Old 08-28-2002, 10:41 AM   #11
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I bought mine from etronics.com too. Same price and shipping was $15 for me. The advantage of the Clarion is the RCA and speaker wire inputs. The Clarion is a little larger in size. The stock sub includes speaker wire inputs with nice plugs and a mounting assembly that make for easier installation. I believe Panasonic makes the stock sub. I lost the link to a manufactureís detailed description of the stock sub with power out verse frequency in PDF format. Might find it in a search of the forums.

The Clarion is a good after market option, but based on a size and power comparison it canít be a big improvement on the stock sub. Iíll have to compare at the next I-club event I attend.

P.S. Kenwood has a powered sub that is bigger than the Clarion. Possible option to consider.
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