Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-14-2011   #1
 
saMxp's Avatar
 
DIYMA Novice
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Age: 40
Posts: 491

Rep Power: 96 saMxp will become famous soon enoughsaMxp will become famous soon enoughsaMxp will become famous soon enoughsaMxp will become famous soon enoughsaMxp will become famous soon enoughsaMxp will become famous soon enough


iTrader: (1)



Default Starting Over: 2011 Subaru WRX 5-Door Install

Sold the M3 and replaced it with a 2011 WRX. I haven't heard a factory audio system that sounds this bad in 20 years. Which is good, because I won't waste time before gutting it! Due to monetary constraints, though, the Build will probably go in stages:

Obligatory Car Pic:


Stage 1:
  • Audison BitOne, integrated with OEM HU. I don't want the constraint of needing a Head Unit with the right crossover and time alignment I want, so I'm just going to dive into what will easily be the most expensive component in the system.
  • Sound Deadening: The Subaru needs a lot more attention in this department than the M3 did! Not going to waste any time getting to this step.
  • The rest will be some basic placeholders to get started. Maybe some Seas Neo tweets and a pair of Dayton RS150's I have sitting around, powered by, either a hodgepodge of 2CH amps I have, or a nice, compact 5 channel like the Alpine PDX-5 or Massive audio NX5
  • No sub, for now, but eventually: SIH1008 08-2011 Subaru WRX / STI Hatch 10 Inch Perfect Fit
I'm going to start with factory placement, to get the basic install going and then start the real experimentation.

saMxp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2011   #2
DIYMA 500 Club
 
Notloudenuf's Avatar
 
NCSQ Founding Member
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: NC (252)
Posts: 1,826

Rep Power: 102 Notloudenuf is just really niceNotloudenuf is just really niceNotloudenuf is just really niceNotloudenuf is just really niceNotloudenuf is just really niceNotloudenuf is just really niceNotloudenuf is just really niceNotloudenuf is just really niceNotloudenuf is just really niceNotloudenuf is just really niceNotloudenuf is just really nice


iTrader: (10)



Default Re: Starting Over: 2011 Subaru WRX 5-Door Install

Subscribing.

Good to see you back on here.

They did WHAT to that monkey?!?! -Anonymous
Notloudenuf is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2011   #3
 
saMxp's Avatar
 
DIYMA Novice
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Age: 40
Posts: 491

Rep Power: 96 saMxp will become famous soon enoughsaMxp will become famous soon enoughsaMxp will become famous soon enoughsaMxp will become famous soon enoughsaMxp will become famous soon enoughsaMxp will become famous soon enough


iTrader: (1)



Default Re: Starting Over: 2011 Subaru WRX 5-Door Install

Great to be back. I was getting bored with where I was getting with the M3 so its fun to start with a clean slate.

saMxp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2011   #4
 
DIYMA Novice
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: louisiana
Posts: 395

Rep Power: 90 subiemax will become famous soon enoughsubiemax will become famous soon enoughsubiemax will become famous soon enoughsubiemax will become famous soon enoughsubiemax will become famous soon enoughsubiemax will become famous soon enough


iTrader: (45)



Default Re: Starting Over: 2011 Subaru WRX 5-Door Install

If you listen to the radio at all, you will not want to keep the factory deck. I have an MS8 and the CD players sound good. Radio, there is no hope for. Bing also tested a factory HU and said their is some nasty built in EQing that changes with volume. I have since bought a cheap HU to replace the stock.
subiemax is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2011   #5
DIYMA 500 Club
 
trojan fan's Avatar
 
DIYMA Enthusiast
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: LAS VEGAS
Posts: 2,435

Rep Power: 129 trojan fan has a brilliant futuretrojan fan has a brilliant futuretrojan fan has a brilliant futuretrojan fan has a brilliant futuretrojan fan has a brilliant futuretrojan fan has a brilliant futuretrojan fan has a brilliant futuretrojan fan has a brilliant futuretrojan fan has a brilliant futuretrojan fan has a brilliant futuretrojan fan has a brilliant future


iTrader: (4)



Default Re: Starting Over: 2011 Subaru WRX 5-Door Install

Quote:
Originally Posted by subiemax View Post
If you listen to the radio at all, you will not want to keep the factory deck. I have an MS8 and the CD players sound good. Radio, there is no hope for. Bing also tested a factory HU and said their is some nasty built in EQing that changes with volume. I have since bought a cheap HU to replace the stock.

Looks like a job for a JL clean sweep...LOL
trojan fan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2011   #6
 
saMxp's Avatar
 
DIYMA Novice
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Age: 40
Posts: 491

Rep Power: 96 saMxp will become famous soon enoughsaMxp will become famous soon enoughsaMxp will become famous soon enoughsaMxp will become famous soon enoughsaMxp will become famous soon enoughsaMxp will become famous soon enough


iTrader: (1)



Default

Good thing I never listen to radio! And I do mean never. Mostly CD's, iPod or Bluetooth streamed MP3's from my phone. A HU is a sure thing, though. Just not the first thing.

saMxp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-15-2011   #7
DIYMA 500 Club
 
chithead's Avatar
 
That's What She Said
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Landis, NC
Age: 33
Posts: 2,609

12V Company:
Honky Mo Fo Audio
Position:
H.C.I.C. - Head Cracker In Charge

Rep Power: 111 chithead has a spectacular aura aboutchithead has a spectacular aura aboutchithead has a spectacular aura aboutchithead has a spectacular aura aboutchithead has a spectacular aura aboutchithead has a spectacular aura aboutchithead has a spectacular aura aboutchithead has a spectacular aura aboutchithead has a spectacular aura about


iTrader: (77)



Default Re: Starting Over: 2011 Subaru WRX 5-Door Install

Awesome! You coming out to High Point again next month? I want to see this beast in person!!!

chithead is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-15-2011   #8
 
saMxp's Avatar
 
DIYMA Novice
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Age: 40
Posts: 491

Rep Power: 96 saMxp will become famous soon enoughsaMxp will become famous soon enoughsaMxp will become famous soon enoughsaMxp will become famous soon enoughsaMxp will become famous soon enoughsaMxp will become famous soon enough


iTrader: (1)



Default Re: Starting Over: 2011 Subaru WRX 5-Door Install

Quote:
Originally Posted by chithead View Post
Awesome! You coming out to High Point again next month? I want to see this beast in person!!!
Yep, I'll be there! Nothing to listen to, though, that's for sure LOL

saMxp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2011   #9
 
saMxp's Avatar
 
DIYMA Novice
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Age: 40
Posts: 491

Rep Power: 96 saMxp will become famous soon enoughsaMxp will become famous soon enoughsaMxp will become famous soon enoughsaMxp will become famous soon enoughsaMxp will become famous soon enoughsaMxp will become famous soon enough


iTrader: (1)



Default Re: Starting Over: 2011 Subaru WRX 5-Door Install

Decided on an MS8 instead. Wonder if I can squeeze some gear in for April 30th?

saMxp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2011   #10
DIYMA 500 Club
 
chithead's Avatar
 
That's What She Said
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Landis, NC
Age: 33
Posts: 2,609

12V Company:
Honky Mo Fo Audio
Position:
H.C.I.C. - Head Cracker In Charge

Rep Power: 111 chithead has a spectacular aura aboutchithead has a spectacular aura aboutchithead has a spectacular aura aboutchithead has a spectacular aura aboutchithead has a spectacular aura aboutchithead has a spectacular aura aboutchithead has a spectacular aura aboutchithead has a spectacular aura aboutchithead has a spectacular aura about


iTrader: (77)



Default Re: Starting Over: 2011 Subaru WRX 5-Door Install

Plenty of time!!! I say go for it

chithead is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2011   #11
 
kenikh's Avatar
 
DIYMA freshman
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Seattle
Posts: 195

Rep Power: 56 kenikh is just really nicekenikh is just really nicekenikh is just really nicekenikh is just really nicekenikh is just really nicekenikh is just really nicekenikh is just really nicekenikh is just really nicekenikh is just really nicekenikh is just really nicekenikh is just really nice


iTrader: (3)



Default Re: Starting Over: 2011 Subaru WRX 5-Door Install

I was in a similar boat with a head unit. You can get an older SQ head unit very cheaply, I found and went that way. An Alpine CDA 7995 can be had for $100 and is well worth it, even as a placeholder and can be resold later for what you paid.

(Alpine CDA-7995 + JBL MS-8 + [a/d/s PH15])
(HA L3 + PRS720 + 8w3v3 + [emit-n])
= Happy me
kenikh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2011   #12
 
saMxp's Avatar
 
DIYMA Novice
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Age: 40
Posts: 491

Rep Power: 96 saMxp will become famous soon enoughsaMxp will become famous soon enoughsaMxp will become famous soon enoughsaMxp will become famous soon enoughsaMxp will become famous soon enoughsaMxp will become famous soon enough


iTrader: (1)



Default Re: Starting Over: 2011 Subaru WRX 5-Door Install

Quote:
Originally Posted by kenikh View Post
I was in a similar boat with a head unit. You can get an older SQ head unit very cheaply, I found and went that way. An Alpine CDA 7995 can be had for $100 and is well worth it, even as a placeholder and can be resold later for what you paid.
I'm actually curious to hear what sort of sound quality the MS-8 can extract from the factory HU. My primary qualifiers for the head unit I'll chose are features. I want ergonomic, aesthetics and convenience. That's why I decided on an external processor. Didn't want to be constrained to a small number of overpriced essque HU's that still leave one wanting.
In short, I wish there were an Android HU already!

saMxp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2011   #13
DIYMA 500 Club
 
DIYMA Enthusiast
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: St. Petersburg, Fl
Age: 39
Posts: 1,204

Rep Power: 95 slade1274 will become famous soon enoughslade1274 will become famous soon enoughslade1274 will become famous soon enoughslade1274 will become famous soon enoughslade1274 will become famous soon enoughslade1274 will become famous soon enough


iTrader: (34)



Default Re: Starting Over: 2011 Subaru WRX 5-Door Install

just posting as a lazy way to sub.... sorry I missed this earlier Sam.

build log 08 BMW 135i
slade1274 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2011   #14
 
kenikh's Avatar
 
DIYMA freshman
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Seattle
Posts: 195

Rep Power: 56 kenikh is just really nicekenikh is just really nicekenikh is just really nicekenikh is just really nicekenikh is just really nicekenikh is just really nicekenikh is just really nicekenikh is just really nicekenikh is just really nicekenikh is just really nicekenikh is just really nice


iTrader: (3)



Default Re: Starting Over: 2011 Subaru WRX 5-Door Install

Quote:
Originally Posted by saMxp View Post
I'm actually curious to hear what sort of sound quality the MS-8 can extract from the factory HU. My primary qualifiers for the head unit I'll chose are features. I want ergonomic, aesthetics and convenience. That's why I decided on an external processor. Didn't want to be constrained to a small number of overpriced essque HU's that still leave one wanting.
In short, I wish there were an Android HU already!
My factory HU is soooo bad, that buying an interim was the right solution for me. My ultimate goal is go with a Car PC or Zune HD solution, managed through a touch screen, outputting sound through an outboard HiFi DAC into the AUX IN on my MS-8.

Since I don't want to boil the ocean while doing the Build out, the Alpine was a good bridge until then.

(Alpine CDA-7995 + JBL MS-8 + [a/d/s PH15])
(HA L3 + PRS720 + 8w3v3 + [emit-n])
= Happy me
kenikh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2011   #15
DIYMA 500 Club
 
bertholomey's Avatar
 
DIYMA Loyalist
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 2,659

Rep Power: 114 bertholomey has a spectacular aura aboutbertholomey has a spectacular aura aboutbertholomey has a spectacular aura aboutbertholomey has a spectacular aura aboutbertholomey has a spectacular aura aboutbertholomey has a spectacular aura aboutbertholomey has a spectacular aura aboutbertholomey has a spectacular aura about


iTrader: (7)



Default Re: Starting Over: 2011 Subaru WRX 5-Door Install

Like Ryan, I'm going to post to get you on my subscriptions. It is a beautiful Car - I saw it a couple days before Sam put the professional Guru detail on it. I am anxious to hear your impressions of the MS8.

bertholomey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2011   #16
DIYMA 500 Club
Upgrade Your Membership!
 
DIYMA Loyalist
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Flushing, MI
Posts: 3,098

12V Company:
Car Tunes Stereo Center
Position:
Installation Manager

Rep Power: 107 JayinMI will become famous soon enoughJayinMI will become famous soon enoughJayinMI will become famous soon enoughJayinMI will become famous soon enoughJayinMI will become famous soon enoughJayinMI will become famous soon enoughJayinMI will become famous soon enough


iTrader: (6)



Default Re: Starting Over: 2011 Subaru WRX 5-Door Install

Android head unit = Samsung Galaxy Tab.
Everyone is doing iPads...If I change my HU, it'll be for a Mac Mini w/ Carnetix Power supply/Power button relocation and 7-8" touch screen....runing optical into my Bit One.1

Jay

(Oh, and I am also taking the lazy way to sub... )

Quote:
Originally Posted by chithead View Post
It's a Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde type thing. On rock music, and most other genres, the blend capabilities are phenomenal. No localization, all bass is upfront, and very solid. But then put on something with a little kick, and it's like walking by a Brontosaurus gangbang.
JayinMI is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2011   #17
 
kenikh's Avatar
 
DIYMA freshman
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Seattle
Posts: 195

Rep Power: 56 kenikh is just really nicekenikh is just really nicekenikh is just really nicekenikh is just really nicekenikh is just really nicekenikh is just really nicekenikh is just really nicekenikh is just really nicekenikh is just really nicekenikh is just really nicekenikh is just really nice


iTrader: (3)



Default Re: Starting Over: 2011 Subaru WRX 5-Door Install

You should check out Galaxy Tab installs on MP3car.com...works well. My route will be Windows 7, using Media Center with a Lilliput 7" touch screen that fits a double din opening. That is a great touch experience and I can tether it to my 3G for Last.FM, Pandora, etc. I'll pipe the Toslink into a KingRex DAC, then into the MS-8.

(Alpine CDA-7995 + JBL MS-8 + [a/d/s PH15])
(HA L3 + PRS720 + 8w3v3 + [emit-n])
= Happy me
kenikh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2011   #18
 
saMxp's Avatar
 
DIYMA Novice
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Age: 40
Posts: 491

Rep Power: 96 saMxp will become famous soon enoughsaMxp will become famous soon enoughsaMxp will become famous soon enoughsaMxp will become famous soon enoughsaMxp will become famous soon enoughsaMxp will become famous soon enough


iTrader: (1)



Default

I need to check out those Galaxy Tab installs because that'd be the ultimate but I have no idea how to get a quality audio signal out of it and into the MS8. Aux in would have more distortion than an iPad through the iPod adapter.

saMxp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2011   #19
DIYMA 500 Club
Upgrade Your Membership!
 
DIYMA Loyalist
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Flushing, MI
Posts: 3,098

12V Company:
Car Tunes Stereo Center
Position:
Installation Manager

Rep Power: 107 JayinMI will become famous soon enoughJayinMI will become famous soon enoughJayinMI will become famous soon enoughJayinMI will become famous soon enoughJayinMI will become famous soon enoughJayinMI will become famous soon enoughJayinMI will become famous soon enough


iTrader: (6)



Default Re: Starting Over: 2011 Subaru WRX 5-Door Install

I was watching videos of Soundmancaraudio's iPad install in their Tacoma. He did iPad to apple iPad camera/usb adapter to an Onkyo NDS-1 (IIRC) which gives optical out which he fed into his BitOne.

Kind of a round about way of doing it, but effective.

Jay

Quote:
Originally Posted by chithead View Post
It's a Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde type thing. On rock music, and most other genres, the blend capabilities are phenomenal. No localization, all bass is upfront, and very solid. But then put on something with a little kick, and it's like walking by a Brontosaurus gangbang.
JayinMI is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2011   #20
 
saMxp's Avatar
 
DIYMA Novice
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Age: 40
Posts: 491

Rep Power: 96 saMxp will become famous soon enoughsaMxp will become famous soon enoughsaMxp will become famous soon enoughsaMxp will become famous soon enoughsaMxp will become famous soon enoughsaMxp will become famous soon enough


iTrader: (1)



Default Re: Starting Over: 2011 Subaru WRX 5-Door Install

Progress today! Might even have something to listen at the meet on Saturday.

Got the 4ga run from the batt:


Ran into the fenderwell:


Had to pop off some panels to get access to this boot:




Inside view of the grommet in the driver's side kick panel for the 4ga to pass through:


Then got the PVC cups built up for the Tang Bands:








Really wish I had time to pull the carpet and lay down some MLV and CCF but I pulled the interior apart just to run all the wires to the NX5 and MS8. Sound deadener can come later.


saMxp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2011   #21
 
DIYMA Novice
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: louisiana
Posts: 395

Rep Power: 90 subiemax will become famous soon enoughsubiemax will become famous soon enoughsubiemax will become famous soon enoughsubiemax will become famous soon enoughsubiemax will become famous soon enoughsubiemax will become famous soon enough


iTrader: (45)



Default Re: Starting Over: 2011 Subaru WRX 5-Door Install

Just an FYI, my drivers side door handle is rattling. Like on the outside. Maybe if you add extra dampening around it, might help. Too late for me, door is already sealed up.
subiemax is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2011   #22
 
DIYMA freshman
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Tennessee
Posts: 43

Rep Power: 52 Joe0428 will become famous soon enoughJoe0428 will become famous soon enoughJoe0428 will become famous soon enoughJoe0428 will become famous soon enoughJoe0428 will become famous soon enoughJoe0428 will become famous soon enough


iTrader: (0)



Default Re: Starting Over: 2011 Subaru WRX 5-Door Install

I love the PVC end-caps. Good luck to you man.
Joe0428 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2011   #23
 
saMxp's Avatar
 
DIYMA Novice
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Age: 40
Posts: 491

Rep Power: 96 saMxp will become famous soon enoughsaMxp will become famous soon enoughsaMxp will become famous soon enoughsaMxp will become famous soon enoughsaMxp will become famous soon enoughsaMxp will become famous soon enough


iTrader: (1)



Default

Thanks for the heads up! Going to tackle the door this afternoon.
It blows my mind that Subaru's solution to squeaking panels is a thin, fragile coat of felting on the snaps. This is going to be an ongoing project!

This message brought by hTC EVO using Tapatalk

saMxp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2011   #24
 
saMxp's Avatar
 
DIYMA Novice
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Age: 40
Posts: 491

Rep Power: 96 saMxp will become famous soon enoughsaMxp will become famous soon enoughsaMxp will become famous soon enoughsaMxp will become famous soon enoughsaMxp will become famous soon enoughsaMxp will become famous soon enough


iTrader: (1)



Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Joe0428 View Post
I love the PVC end-caps. Good luck to you man.
Haha, can't claim credit for that idea! Going to use them to experiment with aiming before finding a more permanent solution.

This message brought by hTC EVO using Tapatalk

saMxp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2011   #25
DIYMA 500 Club
 
bertholomey's Avatar
 
DIYMA Loyalist
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 2,659

Rep Power: 114 bertholomey has a spectacular aura aboutbertholomey has a spectacular aura aboutbertholomey has a spectacular aura aboutbertholomey has a spectacular aura aboutbertholomey has a spectacular aura aboutbertholomey has a spectacular aura aboutbertholomey has a spectacular aura aboutbertholomey has a spectacular aura about


iTrader: (7)



Default Re: Starting Over: 2011 Subaru WRX 5-Door Install

Can't wait to see it / hear it this weekend - Great Job!

bertholomey is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


» Amps
A/d/s/
Advent
Alphasonik
Alpine
American Bass
ARC Audio
Atomic
Audio Art
Audio Gods
Audiobahn
Audiocontrol
Audiopipe
Audison
Aura
Autotek
Avionixx
Bazooka
Beyma
Blaupunkt
Boss
Boston Acoustics
Bravox
Cadence
Cascade (CAE)
CDT Audio
Cerwin Vega
Clarion
Clif Designs
Concept
Coustic
Critical Mass
Crossfire
Crunch
DB Drive
DC Audio
DC Power
DEI
Denon
Diabolo
Diamond
Digital Designs
Directed
DLS
Dual
DYnamat
Dynaudio
Earthquake
Eclipse
Elemental Designs
ESX
Eton
Farenheit
Fi Car Audio
Focal
Fusion
Genesis
Ground Zero
Hafler
Helix
Hertz
Hifonics
Hushmat
Image Dynamics
Infinity
Interfire
JBL
Jensen
JL Audio
JVC
Kenwood
Kicker
Knu Konceptz
Kole Audio
Kove Audio
Lanzar
Lightning Audio
Linear Power
MA Audio
Magnat
Marantz
Massive Audio
MB Quart
McIntosh
Memphis
Metra
Milbert
MMATS
Mobile Authority
Morel
MTX
Nakamichi
Niche Audio
O2 Audio
Ohio Generator
Optima
Orion
Oxygen Audio
OZ Audio
PG Audio
Phase Linear
Phoenix Gold
Pioneer
Polk
Power Acoustik
Powerbass
Powermaster
Precision Power
Profile
Pyle
Pyramid
RadioShack
Rainbow
Rampage
RE AUdio
Rockford Fosgate
Scanspeak
Scosche
Seas
Sony
soundstream
Sparkomatic
SPL Dynamics
Stinger
Sundown Audio
Swiss Audio
Targa
TC Sounds
TREO Engineering
TRU
Tsunami
Ultimate
US Acoustics
US Amps
Velodyne
Vifa
Viper
Visonik
Xtant
Zapco
Zed Audio
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:28 PM.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

Ad Management by RedTyger

Meet Our Team | Forum | Privacy and Rules | Advertise | Archive | Search | Contact Us

Home | User CP | Members List | New Posts | ITrader | Faq | Post Spy