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As is well documented, the sound with the stock system is sub-par for real enjoyment. I spend 40-60 minutes a day in my car and wanted to up the quality of the sound to help the enjoyment of my commute. I started with replacing the speakers with an older pair of Orion XTR's in the rear, and then a new pair of kenwood 6985ps 4 way's in the front paired with a Kenwood DDX 573bt HU. I also added a kenwood KSC-SW 11 self powered subwoofer under the driver seat (it fits there like it was designed for it). It gave me that nice low end sound and filed out the range. I was able to simply use the fusebox in the glove compartment that was already set up for the subwoofer for the pro-4x, and the ground bolt near the steering column. I also didnt want to lose storage under the bench seats, so it was an ideal solution. I am adding better tweeters on sunday.

I followed much of the advice on the forums and after a lot of research i was able to retain all OEM features except for the microphone, which was fine as the aftermarket one is barely visible by the rear view mirror.

Some tips that add on to the comprehensive 2014 guide posted here: http://www.clubfrontier.org/forums/f24/2014-headunit-install-retain-all-oem-features-cam-usb-port-satellite-antenna-169905/
for the 2015 model were as follows :
1. proper Aux cable can also be purchased through the same source (David) as the subaru 20 pin with SWC.
2. USB adapter is different. It's a simple 5 dollar adapter from amazon, mini USB female to Reg USB Male.
All other advice was still accurate.

I am 90% satisfied with the sound, however i am really considering throwing in a 4 way amp under the passenger seat to really fill out the sound and enhance quality especially at lower volumes. The Kenwood HU is 22w RMS, 50W max and the amp i'd put in would be 60/50 RMS and 500W max. For the audiophiles here, would that really round it out? I feel like the extra $150 and the few hours may really take it to that final level, but i'd really like to know from some experts. This has been my first audio project ever and it has had plenty of learning experiences. Thanks.
 

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An aux amp will provide cleaner watts (= less harmonic distortion) ideally allowing for the HU amp to be turned off. Less heat there the better.
Clean power = cleaner/clearer sound quality. I dig hearing the subtle nuances that a quality sound system will provide.
 

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I am 90% satisfied with the sound, however i am really considering throwing in a 4 way amp under the passenger seat to really fill out the sound and enhance quality especially at lower volumes. The Kenwood HU is 22w RMS, 50W max and the amp i'd put in would be 60/50 RMS and 500W max. For the audiophiles here, would that really round it out? I feel like the extra $150 and the few hours may really take it to that final level, but i'd really like to know from some experts. This has been my first audio project ever and it has had plenty of learning experiences. Thanks.
Depends on what you mean by "fill out the sound"... is there something missing that you're looking for? Going from on-board to external amp would be a subtle change in quality but just a little louder.
 
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