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post #1 of 3 Old 11-21-2004, 01:38 AM Thread Starter
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2005 STI Stock Stereo help

A few questions for other '05 STI owners. Has anyone taken out the stock speakers? Did you find the stock speakers have the tiniest magnets ever created? Did anyone else install the upgraded speakers? Are the any DIRECT replacement good door speakers out there? Has anyone heard of or installed Rainbow speakers? Would upgrading the speakers without changing the HU make a major improvement? Is there a direct replacement HU for this application?

For reference purposes, I have a stock headunit with Subaru "upgraded" accessory speakers and a Subaru sub. While it sounds better than stock, it's not even close to as loud or clean as my SRT-4, with the Kicker "Livin' Loud" setup. It also lacks the bass "punch" of the Kicker sub. I'm not afraid to spend the $, but don't want to be a guinea pig! I'm NOT an audiophile, but wan't a nice, clean, reliable system. It's unfortunate that Subaru does not offer an optional aftermarket name brand speaker/radio system, like the Dodge/Kicker system (or Bose, Boston Acoustics, or any of the other speaker manufacturers that offer factory installed or dealer installed systems).

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post #2 of 3 Old 11-22-2004, 04:46 AM
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Yeah man the doors are narrow and you might have to hollow out your door panel from inside the speaker ring so it can fit nicely and not being in the way of the window. It also makes it easier to put the door panel back on.
Now as far as speakers go, if you want something nice, the rainbow's are F$@#en awesome and cost a lot. But there are the Alpine F1 status speakers, they are bad ass, but not too many dealers are certified to sell them. Also there is a Greman brand called RS Audio, now these guys are really into R&D. They make the best stuff but costs arm and leg. Last and most important part is cables. IXOS are one of the best cables ever made, and they come from UK. Here are some direct websites so you can check them out.

For the cables: http://www.ixos.co.uk/
For the Speakers: http://www.rs-audio.de/ http://www.alpine.co.jp/alpinef1status/ http://www.rainbow-audio.de/usa/
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Don't take my word on this, but when I was at a local car audio store, they said you can use kickers(not sure what model#), but you also need to run like a 1/4" spacer so that it has room to fit. I suggest going to an car audio store, they whould know what they are talking about.
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