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This might be discussed in another posting but was trying to determine whether or not I should upgrade the speakers for $250.
Speaker upgrade? tweeter kit?

How are you guys feeling about the standard sound system?

I plan on running through a lot of spotify playlists on some long road trips.
 

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I ended up upgrading my system. Replaced the head unit, the speakers and a added an amp and a sub. The stock speakers and head unit just did not do it for me. I should have considered Subaru's upgrade unit and speakers/tweets, but instead I went after- market.

There is a definite difference with the upgrade but I think I spent more than I would have had I gone with the Subaru upgrade.
 

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What subwoofer did you go with and where did you put it? Pics?
 

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It cannot handle serious bass, specially music recorded from the 90's forward. I played some Maroon 5 and Swedish House Mafia and it felt like the speakers were gonna give. If that's your kind of music, I think I would advise everyone to upgrade their speakers at least.

Even for low frequencies produced by double bass from big band music or jazz like Diana Krall or Michael Buble, the woofers could not handle it.
 

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I'm thinking about moving to better speakers as well. I'll go to a car audio specialist for Kicker or Alpine speakers and an underseat powered woofer. It'll be cheaper and better than the options Subaru offers.
 

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When I was younger... much younger... I was into the subs and amps.. etc... I guess I am just old(er) I don't need to crank my HU up to have good quality sound, crisp and sharp. Play with the EQ enough on the SAT/NAV HU and you can get some pretty dang good sound from the entire stock system without the upgraded speakers or sub. Now I know the upgrade enhances sound in a variety of ways....but there are ways to tweak your system for the best practical sound.

I am not familiar with the NON NAV HU.... sorry guys and gals.
 

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Hehehe, me too. I'm not old (yet), but I have gotten older. I like loud music every now and then, for a song or 2, but not long stretches. I'm at a stage in my life where I gotta preserve my hearing--spent too much time in the clubs of New York in the 80's and 90's. To the younger generation--take care of your hearing. Don't crank up that music too loud.

I'll stick with my stock speakers for now.
 

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I've read that the Kicker tweeters are a big improvement while upgrading the door speakers isn't quite as noticeable. I just ordered the tweeters and plan to install them myself this weekend but will hold off on the door speakers and sub for now.
 

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In our home there are a matter of differences when it comes to musical volume. We have the Premium stock BASIC headunit, NO Nav, etc. I feel that the basic radio lacks the ability to fine tune the music, but again this is where the Country vs. Pop sounds differ.

We chose to upgrade the factory speakers to the Subaru Kicker options, minus the sub due to location, and it is worth the money and ease. The improvement in sound quality is very good and it is even better because it was a plug and play install. The best part was that we didn't have to do it, so for the cost to have the speakers replaced at the Port was worth the improvement.

The sub is the only thing missing from the equation. Having one would be nice, but the finances are not available right now for an underseat install. We prefer the room in the trunk to the sound.

I have noticed that the tweeters are excellent in sound projection. The door speakers are oddly placed, or at least angled, so we lose a bit of their quality. For some reason the rear door speakers overpower the front door speakers with our seat placements in the XV. We had to adjust the volume forward to +2 to make it sound even.
 

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In our home there are a matter of differences when it comes to musical volume. We have the Premium stock BASIC headunit, NO Nav, etc. I feel that the basic radio lacks the ability to fine tune the music, but again this is where the Country vs. Pop sounds differ.

We chose to upgrade the factory speakers to the Subaru Kicker options, minus the sub due to location, and it is worth the money and ease. The improvement in sound quality is very good and it is even better because it was a plug and play install. The best part was that we didn't have to do it, so for the cost to have the speakers replaced at the Port was worth the improvement.

The sub is the only thing missing from the equation. Having one would be nice, but the finances are not available right now for an underseat install. We prefer the room in the trunk to the sound.

I have noticed that the tweeters are excellent in sound projection. The door speakers are oddly placed, or at least angled, so we lose a bit of their quality. For some reason the rear door speakers overpower the front door speakers with our seat placements in the XV. We had to adjust the volume forward to +2 to make it sound even.
We upgraded but like you we didn't do the sub either...mainly cuz of placement...need all the back space we can get!lol
 

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I installed the upgraded Kicker speakers and they sound amazing, much better than the stock ones. It took me a while to do the install because I didn’t want to damage anything on the door. The install itself is very easy since the speakers are plug-and-play, all the connections just fit right in. Just follow the instructions that are included. The panel clips are very strong and hold together very well when taking it apart. I bought mine from Amazon for $174 plus shipping. I'm debating to get the tweeters since it sounds so good now. I have the limited without navy and regular radio stations still sound soooo crappy, but with Bluetooth and IPHONE 4s, PANDORA and ITUNES sounds amazing! The stock speakers are so cheaply made but sound surprisingly decent for the materials… almost like they were made out of cardboard and super glue with a tiny magnate. Note: the when you take off the panels, if the clips stay on the door take them out carefully this (is when they can break) and re-insert on the panel before placing it on the door*** ;D
 

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What head unit did you go with, please? I am browsing for a new one, with Nav, I HATE the OEM Subie nave system impossible to work with!!
 

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I installed the upgraded Kicker speakers and they sound amazing, much better than the stock ones. It took me a while to do the install because I didn’t want to damage anything on the door. The install itself is very easy since the speakers are plug-and-play, all the connections just fit right in. Just follow the instructions that are included. The panel clips are very strong and hold together very well when taking it apart. I bought mine from Amazon for $174 plus shipping. I'm debating to get the tweeters since it sounds so good now. I have the limited without navy and regular radio stations still sound soooo crappy, but with Bluetooth and IPHONE 4s, PANDORA and ITUNES sounds amazing! The stock speakers are so cheaply made but sound surprisingly decent for the materials… almost like they were made out of cardboard and super glue with a tiny magnate. Note: the when you take off the panels, if the clips stay on the door take them out carefully this (is when they can break) and re-insert on the panel before placing it on the door*** ;D
GET the tweeters. Those alone made a huge difference!
 

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Just upgraded to Kicker speakers on my new Crosstrek. Took about 2 hours to switch all six. Even without the subwoofer, the audio is noticeably improved, as everyone else has reported on here. The sound is much less muddy, there is some thump to the bass, and treble notes are really bright and clear (I'm not a huge classical music fan, but I tuned the radio to a classical station for few minutes and it sounded like a string quartet was actually playing inside the car). I'm sure the sound would be even better with a sub and a new amp, but I'm plenty happy with the basic upgrade. I played around with the EQ settings. As others have reported, upping them seems to make better use of the Kickers' sound capacity. But I found setting the entire EQ to maximum across the board resulted in distortion/overmodulation. The best sound seemed to come from a V-shape -- setting the base and treble near maximum and the mid-range a bit lower.

Bottom line for me: the basic upgrade gives you the audio you'd expect from stock speakers in a higher-end car (my Crosstrek's audio is now about as good as the stock system in my aunt's Lexus SUV). Big improvement over what the Crosstrek came with, which I would have rated as a 2 on a scale of 1-10. With Kickers installed, I'd give it a 7.
 

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I did all speaker upgrades and recently installed a pioneer avic850bt and the sound is ten times better. deck has nav and all that. But with better sound control makes the speaker upgrade worth it. The sub now works more like a sub.
To do it again would go with an aftermarket sub set up to really fine tune, the door and tweeters are a must just for ease, but all in all works nice.
 

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I picked up a Hybrid 2 weeks ago and contacted the dealer to have the speakers upgraded. They wanted almost $800!

I ended up ordering them on eBay from a Subaru dealer up North and saved over $300 by also doing the tweeters myself. The door speakers I don't really have time to mess with so I'll gladly pay their $200 to install.

From the looks, the magnets are really big compared to the stock speakers. Without an increase in amplification I'm not going to get the most out of the speakers. Still the tweeters already sound much better than stock so I'm anticipating the door speakers will sound much better also.
 

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The door speakers sound better because they are 2way with tweeters built in.
They do sound much better than stock speakers. Yea you'll want to get an external amp since the kicker door speakers are rated at 100wRMS. They like at least 50wRMS put into them.
 
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