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Subaru Impreza Audio & Entertainment System Questions

PFFlyer@EdmundsPFFlyer@Edmunds Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,808
Discuss Impreza audio and entertainment system issues here.


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  • does anyone now what a good sound system for a '06 subaru impreza is. i just got a it but it doesn't have a very good sound system in it so i was going to by a new one but i dont now much about sound systems for cars. :confuse:
  • locke2clocke2c Posts: 5,038
    The biggest improvement will be speakers. You can use a shallow 6.5" in the front doors and, unfortunately, only a 4" in the rear doors (without modification).

    What kind of sound are you looking for and how much do you want to spend? The front speakers should be replaced with the best you can budget --but even $50 speakers would be a huge improvement. I wouldn't bother replacing the rear as even a brand-name 4" will still suck for full-range performance. They can fill in the midrange and treble nicely if you have a subwoofer, though.

    (waaaaay too much money sunk in carfi)
  • I just purchased 05' stock 6cd system to replace my stolen stereo in my 04 STi. Does anyone know if the wireing is different between 04 and 05 for stock stereos?
  • Hey I am new to here, but I am thinking about getting the factory Subwoofer for my 05 Impreza, i dont know if anyone on here has the factory set up, but i was wondering what they thought of the woofer. Is it worth the money? I dont want a woofer that is going to blow my ear drums out but i dont want one that is barely thier either.. Let me know what you think of it. Thanks Kevin
  • hypovhypov Posts: 3,068
    The woofer will be just fine for you.
    A good filler but you have to adjust [tune] it, volume and hi-cut, to you liking.

  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,652
    is not with the audio system, per say—but with all the road noise that my WRX has. I have to continually adjust the volume of the radio depending on the speed I'm traveling or depending on what kind of road surface I'm traveling on.

    If the car were a lot quieter, I could enjoy the audio system a whole lot more.

  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    This would also increase the weight of your car as well.... and decrease the handling... It's all a tradeoff.

  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,652
    I'd like to see the "Limited" trim level of the WRX & STI with the extra soundproofing. people who would buy those models (me!) would be willing to give up a few pounds for some additional comfort. Limited buyers aren't likely going to "track" their cars, so a few extra pounds won't mean much to those owners.

    Keep the the WRX TR, WRX and STI about the same; just add this comfort feature to the Limited trim lines.

  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    I highly doubt they would notice. We are only now stripping out the sound deadening material from the 94 Legacy since we are installing the cage for road racing. And we have 100s and 100s of track days under our belts.

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Psst, it's called Saab 9-2x Aero. ;)


  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,652
    Funny you mention that. I'd like to drive one (again) to see if it really is any quieter than my WRX, and if so, by how much?

  • Hi! Last week, my stock six-disc CD changer stopped working. A CD can be loaded and ejected, but the player just clicks and whirrs like it's trying to find a CD. Repeated attempts with both home-burned and store-bought CDs have the same result. I'm still under warranty, and am bringing it to the dealer, but I was wondering if any other WRX owners were experiencing this.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    We have 2 of those, and I installed them in our Legacy and in our Forester.

    What I'd suggest is ejecting all of the CDs and starting over again. See if a single one inserted will play.

    After that, I might disconnect the battery to cycle power to the head unit.

    Just some ideas. Good luck.
  • I'll attempt to cycle power - thanks!
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181

    I think you are mistaking me for someone else.

  • caliberchiccaliberchic Posts: 402

    There must be a misunderstand. I do not see a post by paisan with that referrence in this thread nor have I ever seen him post anything of that nature before. Please feel free to email me directly at to discuss this if you feel I have over looked something. In the meantime I do have to delete your posts with insults and inapporpriate verbage.
  • plistplist Posts: 19
    Hi I can't believe I bought a subaru, but I did! Traded my H3 for 2008 used 4dr hatchback wrx, with nav. Hubby almost had us in the sti, but dealership salesman qouted us wrong payment, rats!

    OK so anyway having a problem with radio stations coming in, radio was fine when we left dealership, but next day we turned on radio and it was crackling. So we turned it off. Next day radio worked, but reception and volumn was inconsistent, in and out as we drove on interstate for 4 hours, It would fade as we drove, but at a complete stop it came in. in town same thing.

    Today it plays fine, but occasionally it fades just slightly. think it might be antenna?

    DVD player plays movie, but when the people in movie talk they sound like their in a cave? After we ejected movie radio went back to being static and crackle interference?

    CDs play and sound fine.

    we have subwoofer.

    have to say my h3 sound system was and sounded better then Subarus, but I'm still happy and excited about our trade!

    any opinions and help would be appreciated!

    Love the wrx just what we needed all around, solid little performer, fun!
  • terpfan30terpfan30 Posts: 7
    How is the nav system in the '08 wrx? I'm thinking of getting one but can't decide if the nav package is worth it...any insight would be much appreciated. Thanks!
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I was not too thrilled about the similar unit in the Forester.
  • Boy this sounds identical to my problem... the radio starts buzzing.. I figured out how to control it. Start the wipers. As soon the wiper starts the static goes away.. after a few minutes it returns. I detected this problem after a paint hardner was applied and the antenna was removed. I was plagued with other problems so I did not bring this to the attention of the dealer. When I take it in for an oil change and tire rotation I will speak with dealer who is pretty responsive...then I will write back.

    Sol Briks
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