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#38 of 67 Re: 2009 forester, audio/speakers upgrade [arnabc]
Aug 04, 2008 (8:48 am)
has nobody updated their sound systems on the 2.5x premiums? or looked into the various options?
does simply getting the tweeter package improve things significantly or would i be better off replacing the speakers entirely? (can't replace the head unit having just invested a lot of money into the subaru ipod interface.)
#39 of 67 Re: 2009 forester, audio/speakers upgrade [arnabc]
Sep 02, 2008 (8:05 pm)
#40 of 67 Re: 2009 forester, audio/speakers upgrade [arnabc]
Sep 03, 2008 (9:30 am)
Mine are still stock.
What I've heard, in general, is that the tweeters are worth it. Subwoofer is debatable, you can probably do better for the price of the OE, but it won't be as integrated.
To be honest Subaru's audio stuff is really only so-so, even the upgraded stuff. It's just not their strength.
I think they'll soon add audio upgrade options - it's a rumor for the next Legacy.
#41 of 67 Re: 2009 forester, audio/speakers upgrade [ateixeira]
Sep 08, 2008 (10:06 am)
Did you ever check if you get sound from the rear speakers when in the enhanced SRS mode?
#42 of 67 Re: 2009 forester, audio/speakers upgrade [red927]
Sep 08, 2008 (10:16 am)
No, we had a crazy weekend and we drove the van around the whole time.
My wife will be out tonight taking the kids to Dance, maybe someone else can check on that?
#44 of 67 XM Tuners for 2009 Forester
Sep 25, 2008 (8:49 pm)
I just purchased a new Forester from dealer stock. The radio is satellite radio compatible, which means that the dealership wants to sell me a XM unit for $390 plus installation. Are there any compatible alternatives?
#45 of 67 Re: XM Tuners for 2009 Forester [newsubielover]
Sep 26, 2008 (5:22 am)
Yes you can purchase a receiver independently and have an audio shop install for you. I paid $150 for my installation and about $80 for my receiver.
#46 of 67 Re: 2009 forester, audio/speakers upgrade [ateixeira]
Oct 01, 2008 (5:33 pm)
After several weeks with a new radio (6CD Changer w/SRS), I have now started using the radio without the enhanced surround sound. It just sounds better. I have also noticed that in irder to hear the radio, I have to boost the volume up to between 18-22. That is ridiculous. The radio in my wife's Outback LL Bean is too loud at volume 8.
I broke down and called Subaru Customer Service at about 1:00PM and expressed my dissatisfaction. The rep took down the information and said that he would research this and get back to me later this afternoon. I said OK.
Much to my surprise, he did call me about 6:15PM with a response. He said that I would not be happy with what he found out. I got the "that's the way its supposed to be" response. In all fairness, the rep told me that the technical department guy told him that he was also not satisfied with the quality of the sound system in the car. He said he knows because he has one too. I mentioned that it would have been better if Subaru put the new HK system in the high end Foresters for 2009. He said he didn't disagree.
The Customer Service rep said that he was going to e-mail the manufacturer my questions and if he gets a response from Panasonic then he will contact me.
Although I am not pleased with the answers I received, I am pleased with the time it took to get an answer.
I'll keep everyone posted.
#47 of 67 Re: 2009 forester, audio/speakers upgrade [red927]
Oct 02, 2008 (11:36 am)
Well, not all radio volumes are the same.
My van sounds right at around 18-20 or so.
My Miata I have to crank up to 30 to hear when the top is down. 22 the rest of the time.
My old Subaru only needed 6 or 8. My wife's new Subaru needs more, though.
They all use different scales.