Originally Posted by Keyboardhooligan
I was just wondering if any of you have the subwoofer that is made by Subaru and sold specifically for the forester. I was just about to get one and install it myself, but then thought; what if there are much better powered sub that I can put under my seat for around the same price ($220). So yea guys what are your recommendations? I'm not looking to spend more then 300 on the sub + amp I will install myself. (also preferably under the seat) Should i just buy the Subaru sub or are there better alternatives for same price? Thanks!
I have a Kenwood sub and I'm pleased with it. Whether it is 'right' for you depends on several factors.
First, do you plan to keep your OEM head unit? If so, then the factory sub would be a fairly simple plug-n-play install. It probably won't sound as good as the Kenwood or Sound Ordnance units, but it will sound a lot better than no sub at all. And, it's . . . plug-n-play - nothing else required.
If you plan to change the head unit, either now or in the foreseeable future, then things are a bit more complicated. First off, you won't be able to use the factory sub (but you can re-sell it on eBay). And, your aftermarket head unit will give you a couple of options as to how to send sound signals to the aftermarket sub - low level or speaker level (go with low level taps on the head unit!).
The Sound Ordnance and Kenwood units are quite different in design and function but both fit under the seat and both should work quite well. Both require some effort installing. Specifically: both require a single line to the + side of the battery, a harness to low-level taps on the rear of the head unit OR
a harness to tap into the existing speaker harness, and a control module with harness to adjust volume and crossover frequency. Both companies supply a wiring harness kit to make this task easier. It's a good afternoon task, depending on how handy you are.
There is a market for used sub-woofers - both the OEM variety and aftermarket flavors. Try eBay or Amazon. If you are unsure about which way to proceed, a used unit might give you more experience for less money. If you're not pleased, you can re-sell it.