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    New Forester radio in GR Wrx

    I've read the thread on nasioc about the Forrester radio in your wrx. I've been contemplating buying the 2012 European edition on eBay. Was it worth it over an aftermarket radio? I can't stand the garbage unit in my 2012 wrx.
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    Haha well that certainly got my attention. So I have had this new radio for about a month and have a few impressions.

    Pros:
    1. Cheap and easy. It was far less expensive than a true aftermarket head unit. It was also super easy to install, took about 10 minutes to do by myself. It really is plug and play and retains all steering wheel controls and center console USB/Aux audio.
    2. Factory look. I think it really adds to the interior of the STI, all 08+ WRX/STI should have come with this simple upgrade.
    3. Easy to navigate. This is the main reason I picked this radio. 99% of what I listen to in my car is either from USB or Bluetooth from my phone/iPod/USB drive. This larger screen makes it so much easier to navigate everything and choose what I want to play. It also keeps my eyes on the road better than looking down at the phone in my lap to look at music.
    4. Hidden menu really improves the sound over stock. Again, if you do a quick search for this radio you will find a few threads on how to turn off the factory EQ and Loudness settings. This really balances out the sound and is a definite improvement over the stock radio.
    5. Option to set a screensaver. After 10-15 seconds of not touching the controls a screensaver will come on. I like it as it is less distracting than the song info.
    6. Ability to set brightness for both day and night. This was really nice, you can set the brightness and contrast exactly how you would like for both day and night. Day settings are active when headlights are off, night settings are active when headlights are on.
    7. Ability to add backup camera. I thought this was pretty cool. Any camera worth a shit though is ~100 bucks. SVXdc makes a harness for this radio that works well with aftermarket cameras. If I were to do it I would go with a Rydeen MINy as it is the easiest to wire. I just can justify it right now as it is pretty damn easy to just look behind you when you back up.

    Cons:
    1. Loose ability for Satellite radio. Not a big deal to me, I never wanted to pay for Sirius anyways. Too many commercials.
    2. EU version does not have HD radio like the US version. Again, not a big deal to me as I never listen to AM/FM radio.
    3. USB has limited read capability for folder and song amount. This was a surprise to me. I had planned on just keeping my 32 gig USB drive in the console to read from. Both US and EU versions cannot read more than a certain number of folders and files. I don't remember the number, but it is in the last few pages of the NASIOC thread. This is not a problem with an MP3 player though.
    4. It is a little slow when scrolling through a ton of music. Again a surprise to me, I keep my old iPod hooked up through USB for good in the center console and just navigate music with the head unit. It is a little slow when scrolling through artists but it isn't that bad.
    5. No navigation. Meh, I'm a man, we don't need directions.

    I read a ton of info on how to retrofit the stock navigation into a non-nav car. I even messaged SVXdc a few times. It would be a major pain in the ass and all I am really getting is a mediocre head unit. If I ever choose to go full on with a new touch screen, I will do it properly and go with an aftermarket unit installed by a professional.

    All I really wanted with this head unit was a better look and an easier way to display and choose music from the USB and Bluetooth. It delivers on both those and improves a little on the factory sound.
    I am not really big into car audio, and usually just drive with the windows down, so clear perfect recreation of music is not what I care about.

    If you have any more questions feel free to shoot them over. If we get another DIY auto day going or a local meet, you can come out and play with it yourself, see if it is what you are after. I'll see what crappy cell pics I can dig up.

    Also next time it would probably be easiest to PM me. I replied on here in case anyone with a 11+ is interested in this and wanted a first hand account.

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    Thanks for the quick response. I'd be down to check it out at a local meet (never been to one) and I'm relatively new to the area. I might just go ahead and order the european model since I don't listen to fm nor Sirius. Sorry for the call out.

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    Haha no need to be sorry. Just funny checking the forum and seeing my name as a thread. Yeah if you are not worried about FM or Sat then it is a great factory replacement. I wouldn't go back to the factory one after using this for a month. If you need any help installing or setting it up, I live in the northland as well, by Barry Road and I29.

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    I'd like to check out this headunit as well because I'm debating on what upgrade I want. I'm not an audio guy, but when I rent base model Camrys and those system sound much deeper, it makes me realize just how bad the OEM system is in our cars. If this headunit adds even 20% more sound depth, I'd be fine with that. I don't really care about volume, I want a deeper sound, cleaner sound.

    I'd like to see your gauge pod too.

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    Is this where you got yours? On the face plate, it's model #CP435L1.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Subaru-Fores...c23862&vxp=mtr

    With respect to the radio, you still get standard AM/FM signals, correct?

    I'm not too worried about the USB capacity. I only run a 2 gig USB in my WRX. That's plenty of songs for me plus Pandora.
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    Well as far as deeper cleaner sound, I don't think I would be able to answer that. I'm not big enough into clean reproduction of music to know what you are looking for. As I said I usually drive with windows down and just blast what I want so I can hear it. (Not a dick about it though, I turn it down when at a light haha)

    If I'm not listening to music I usually stream a STL morning show podcast for my drive to and from work. So a talk show is pretty hard for a head unit to mess up.

    All accounts are positive on NASIOC for this upgrade though. Again, I went into the "secret" factory menu and turned off the Loudness and EQ settings and that helps with clarity of sound. Here is a link to that thread if you have not seen it.
    http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2166861

    Also yes, that ebay link is the exact model and seller I ordered from. Shipping was quick especially since it was from China.

    As for the gauges, I am running Defi boost and oil pressure in the SMY gauge pod. It was pretty simple to wire up, just time consuming to get a clean install. It was so easy because it is so well documented. I took the opportunity to hardwire my Escort 9500 on the same harness. Again here is a link to the how to.
    http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2182561

    Any other questions feel free to ask. If you are close I could meet up any time. I just realize you were the one that wanted to hear the Cobb CBE on the hatch as well. You could get to check that out as well.
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    I do have the factory presets turned off on my current head unit and it did help.

    The word is these headunits have a bit more power than the OEM one. I'm definitely the type to stick with OEM parts where I can and I much prefer the design and display, especially the ability to sort through folders. If it's still not an improvement in sound quality then I'll wire in a tiny amp.

    Did yours appear to be in "new" condition? I'll probably order tonight.

    I see that you're over near the Zona Rosa area. I'm in Shawnee. Perhaps one weekend we could meet up in your area so I could check out the guages. You've got the exact setup I want. I'd like to hear the Cobb catback too.
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    My untrained ear will agree this is a upgrade in audio. Then again to put it in perspective, I thought the factory system wasn't bad at all compared to my 04 Mustang.

    I would say it was in "new" condition. When I ordered the seller messaged me back stating there was a small amount of glue on the unit. I requested pictures. They sent them and I asked if I could get a small refund or free shipping since it wasn't as described. They offered to send me some cables and knocked off half of shipping. I agreed. You can see the glue in the above post pictures. It is above the eject button on the top left. Not a big deal to me, I have some industrial solvents at work I will probably attack it with. Other than that, yeah the unit is perfect, no damage or scratches on the screen.

    The gauge set up is perfect. I love it. Yeah I should hopefully be free some time the next few weekends. We can meet up around Zona Rosa and you can check everything out.

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    Ordered today.

    What method did you use to remove the trim. Did you remove just the headunit surround or did you remove the beltline dash surround (center dash that extends from the passenger door, includes the HVAC, goes to the gauge pod area)?

    Thanks again for the help.

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    I just used my pocket knife to pry the top of the radio trim away from the dash. Once I got enough to get my finger behind I slowly went around the perimeter letting the clips pop out. You do not need to do the long center dash piece, that is overkill. Once you have the trim off, use a Phillips head screwdriver to remove the radio from the dash. If you have Sat radio you only need to remove the top two screws and the bottom two screws. The two in the middle are for the satellite receiver. Once those are removed, pull the radio out and unplug all the factory sockets. You can now fully remove the radio. There are two brackets on the side of the radio held on with 2 Phillips head screws. Swap brackets to the new radio, plug in all harnesses, and re-attach to the dash. I tested mine out before fully assembling again, just in case. after that just pop the trim back on and you are done.

    It honestly only took 10 minutes max.

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