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Hi All,

This is my first post.I recently bought an used 2002 Forester.I am really finding this forum very helpful.I Have some few questions ,so I thought I might get some help here.

The stock speakers are really unpleasent to hear,so I was seriously thinking about an upgrade.While I was going through the forum here,Most people suggest , replacing the stock head unit before considering an speaker upgrade.
The Forester came with an 6 CD Changer,So here follows my questions.

1) Does 6 CD changer have 4 channel output or does it have RCA output's?
2) What is the inbuilt amplifier power ratings (RMS) on the 6 cd changer ??
3) I saw that most After Market stereo's have an inbuilt amplifier power rating of (20 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels).Is the AfterMarket stereo upgrade worth a lot compared to default 6 CD Changer ??
4)Is the 6 CD Changer 4 ohm or 2 ohm
4)Should I rather leave the head unit as it is and consider an 4 channel Amplifier and then consider a speaker upgrade ?

Please excuse my ignorance,I am a complete newbie in car audio .I may have understood things incorrect,Please correct me if I am wrong.

Thank You in advance for your time
 

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Hi All,

This is my first post.I recently bought an used 2002 Forester.I am really finding this forum very helpful.I Have some few questions ,so I thought I might get some help here.

The stock speakers are really unpleasent to hear,so I was seriously thinking about an upgrade.While I was going through the forum here,Most people suggest , replacing the stock head unit before considering an speaker upgrade.
The Forester came with an 6 CD Changer,So here follows my questions.

1) Does 6 CD changer have 4 channel output or does it have RCA output's?
2) What is the inbuilt amplifier power ratings (RMS) on the 6 cd changer ??
3) I saw that most After Market stereo's have an inbuilt amplifier power rating of (20 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels).Is the AfterMarket stereo upgrade worth a lot compared to default 6 CD Changer ??
4)Is the 6 CD Changer 4 ohm or 2 ohm
4)Should I rather leave the head unit as it is and consider an 4 channel Amplifier and then consider a speaker upgrade ?

Please excuse my ignorance,I am a complete newbie in car audio .I may have understood things incorrect,Please correct me if I am wrong.

Thank You in advance for your time
Anoyne Please Correct me if I'm wrong.
1. No RCAs at all just + and - speakeroutputs through the wiring harness.
2. I'm guessing somewhere between 8-12 watts RMS.
3. It will make a big difference, I haven't done one on my Forester yet but I have on other cars. It all just depends on how much you like to listen to music and if you care about better sound quality.
4. 4 ohm.
5. I would replace the HU, you will have better results. If I can explain this correctly; since the components in the factory changer are of lesser quality than a mid range aftermarket unit, the current coming from the OEM unit has many imperfections in it, a signal that is not very clean, amplifying that signal still would not give you as good of results as replacing the unit with better quality internals that output a cleaner signal. they do make devices that you install between a factory deck and an aftermarket amp that will take the imperfections out of the currrent going to the amp then let the amp rebuild the current to a cleaned up , more concistant current that then will go to the speakers. IMO this doesn't seem to be worth the trouble to me tho, unless you have a car that has a HU that is hard to replace, like a newer honda civic or something.
 

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Anoyne Please Correct me if I'm wrong.
1. No RCAs at all just + and - speakeroutputs through the wiring harness.
2. I'm guessing somewhere between 8-12 watts RMS.
3. It will make a big difference, I haven't done one on my Forester yet but I have on other cars. It all just depends on how much you like to listen to music and if you care about better sound quality.
4. 4 ohm.
5. I would replace the HU, you will have better results. If I can explain this correctly; since the components in the factory changer are of lesser quality than a mid range aftermarket unit, the current coming from the OEM unit has many imperfections in it, a signal that is not very clean, amplifying that signal still would not give you as good of results as replacing the unit with better quality internals that output a cleaner signal. they do make devices that you install between a factory deck and an aftermarket amp that will take the imperfections out of the currrent going to the amp then let the amp rebuild the current to a cleaned up , more concistant current that then will go to the speakers. IMO this doesn't seem to be worth the trouble to me tho, unless you have a car that has a HU that is hard to replace, like a newer honda civic or something.

i agree!!
 
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