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Saw a post to the Impreza forums about some hidden stereo menus and was wondering if anyone knew any secret settings in the foz standard (non-nav) stereo that could help get to other features such as stereo equalizer settings. I did find the following :

5 + 6 + AUX = Update software from USB drive

5 + 6 + TEXT = code menu that UP/DN arrows cycle thru :
M 272511V074
E TEST VER 0
E MAP TYPE 3
EEP VER 014402V003
S FROM VER C310
HF PARM 023501V002
BT PW BC310 AC310
BDAD 000704BIDCC8
B 272801V009 1 0200

Have no clue what any of these are other then possibly software versions for different parts of the car computer.

Any clues on how to do any tweaks on things like the stereo equalizer?
 

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Sneaky menus

I have the basic CD-Radio, Clarion PF-2982B-B.

If you turn it on, and press buttons 1 and 6 at the same time, you can toggle LOUDness on and off by pushing the tuning knob.

I think you are supposed to be able to access the equalizer with buttons 3 and 6 and another button, but I haven't figured it out yet. Let us know if you do.
 

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I have the basic CD-Radio, Clarion PF-2982B-B.

If you turn it on, and press buttons 1 and 6 at the same time, you can toggle LOUDness on and off by pushing the tuning knob.

I think you are supposed to be able to access the equalizer with buttons 3 and 6 and another button, but I haven't figured it out yet. Let us know if you do.
tune knob. but the unit has to be turned off for that setting to change
 

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Thanks!!! I'll check that this afternoon and post what I find. Amazed if they offer that feature and don't publicize it.

Is there an aftermarket amp that can be fairly easily installed between stereo and speakers to improve sound without ripping out the whole unit?
 

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Okay, ran out at lunch and played with the stereo and this is the results :

CAR ON ALT, RADIO OFF

5 + 6 + AUX = Update software from USB drive
5 + 6 + TEXT = code menu that UP/DN arrows cycle thru codes
5 + 6 + UP ARROW = Backlight setting
5 + 6 + DOWN ARROW = screen of bright boxes, text at the top, nothing seemed to do anything (kind of looked like a display check)

1 + 6 did absolutely nothing, same for 3 + 6. Stopped playing around as some of this looked like it was going to update from the flash drive and I didn't want to zap the operating system of the stereo or car.

Also, found threads on getting to the codes with a '12 Impreza with holding the 6 and spinning the tuning knob 5 times.... nothing on the '13 foz

So does anyone KNOW the hidden commands and how to actually access stuff like the equalizer? I'm not going to "guess" and damage something.
 

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Okay, ran out at lunch and played with the stereo and this is the results :

CAR ON ALT, RADIO OFF

5 + 6 + AUX = Update software from USB drive
5 + 6 + TEXT = code menu that UP/DN arrows cycle thru codes
5 + 6 + UP ARROW = Backlight setting
5 + 6 + DOWN ARROW = screen of bright boxes, text at the top, nothing seemed to do anything (kind of looked like a display check)

1 + 6 did absolutely nothing, same for 3 + 6. Stopped playing around as some of this looked like it was going to update from the flash drive and I didn't want to zap the operating system of the stereo or car.

Also, found threads on getting to the codes with a '12 Impreza with holding the 6 and spinning the tuning knob 5 times.... nothing on the '13 foz

So does anyone KNOW the hidden commands and how to actually access stuff like the equalizer? I'm not going to "guess" and damage something.
I have the radio from the foz in my impreza. I have to press 3+4+tune, release tune then 3+5 or 3+6 to change eq settings

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I have the radio from the foz in my impreza. I have to press 3+4+tune, release tune then 3+5 or 3+6 to change eq settings
Might be on to something there but not sure how to read it. I did what was stated above and this was the results on the display :

3+4+TUNE = SEDAN
3+5+TUNE = WAGON (also 3+1+TUNE)
3+6+TUNE = THROUGH MODE

3+2+TUNE didn't do anything. Not sure but kind of thinking this is pre-sets for an equalizer for the stereo if in a sedan, a wagon, or equalizer off. Didn't have time to see if it made the sound different but will try that later.

THANKS!!!:biggrin:
 

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"Through Mode" is the ticket -- it turns off the nasty factory EQ settings. See the recent discussion starting around 11/2012 in that 'hidden menu' thread on NASIOC. "wondras" posted some amazing before/after frequency response curves starting on 11/14/2012.

After you make that change, you'll want to take steps to dampen rattles/vibrations in your doors.


To everyone who does this -- Please post your HU's model number (the one printed on the front, such as CP625U1, CP635U1, etc.). Also, please fill in your model and year info on your profile.

HU = Head Unit (your factory radio/stereo/deck/etc.)
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"Through Mode" is the ticket -- it turns off the nasty factory EQ settings. See the recent discussion starting around 11/2012 in that 'hidden menu' thread on NASIOC. "wondras" posted some amazing before/after frequency response curves starting on 11/14/2012.

After you make that change, you'll want to take steps to dampen rattles/vibrations in your doors.
Just now getting back to the thread but already had set Through Mode over the weekend. Had to re-adjust everything to make radio sound right but after I did that and played my MP3's USB drive and CD the sound is INCREDIBLE! BIG DIFFERENCE and have no clue why Subaru would think the way it was set is the best way to have things.

To everyone who does this -- Please post your HU's model number (printed on the front). Also, please fill in your model and year info on your profile.
Thanks for the reminder. I started posting in this forum before I actually was a Forester owner so went back and updated my profile to show my Foz. Excuse my ignorance being a newbie but what's an "HU"?
 

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Guess I should of posted the specifics to get to the best equalized sound for the Forester :

IGNITION : Engine off, key in ALT position
RADIO : Off


On the radio press and hold 3+6+TUNE
and the display should read - THROUGH MODE

Release buttons and you should be all set. If you want to return to the factory settings with the key in ALT press one of the following :

3+4+TUNE = SEDAN mode
3+5+TUNE = WAGON mode (also this works - 3+1+TUNE)

Hope that helps!
 

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Tried the "through mode" on my Foz today. What a difference!!! I have the OEM tweeter kit and subwoofer...the tweeters always seemed to be working overtime, while the subwoofer was hardly noticed. After changing to "through mode" the whole system sounds balanced. A big thanks to this thread!

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Just had to run out to the Forester and try this out. Took me a couple of tries to get it to work (was holding buttons down for several seconds and not getting any results, all you need to do it press the right combo all at once and release). Does seem to make a difference in the sound quality. Vocals seem quite clearer and base is more responsive. Will play around with this more tomorrow as I have to spend several hours driving and let you know how perceivable the difference is while driving.
 

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Just had to run out to the Forester and try this out. Took me a couple of tries to get it to work (was holding buttons down for several seconds and not getting any results, all you need to do it press the right combo all at once and release). Does seem to make a difference in the sound quality. Vocals seem quite clearer and base is more responsive. Will play around with this more tomorrow as I have to spend several hours driving and let you know how perceivable the difference is while driving.
Let us know how it goes. Also, one thing I found is when the car is running these menu selections appear to be disabled. Probably a safety thing but to try some other setting you'd probably have to park, turn car off, turn key to ALT, change settings and then re-start car.
 

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2010 Diesel w/ Stereo CP203K1

Forester Diesel 2010 with stereo header unit model CP203K1

Note I don't think the CP203K1 unit (and/or the speakers/cabling) is much good whatever the setting.

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Instructions:

1) Ignition to "ACC".

2) CP203K1 "Off" (was in FM radio mode and zeroed Bass/Mid/Treble).

3) Press and Hold "3". Whilst holding "3", press simultaneously and hold for one second:
...a) 4 + "Tune" knob: "Sedan" mode
...b) 5 + "Tune" knob: "Wagon" mode
...c) 6 + "Tune" knob: "Through" mode
Note you can reselect if necessary without exiting the selection process (keep "3" held down).

4) Release all buttons.

5) Turn on CP203K1 (back to FM).
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My preference is "Wagon", I can adjust from there. "Sedan"'s next. The "Through" mode I found to be far too 'muddy' or muffled, probably due to a very dominant mid-range, I suspect this is what my vehicle had been set to/left on.
 

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Hope that helps!
It did!

I have an '11 Premium that I added the Subaru tweeter kit to myself. The sound was absurdly over-trebly, to the point that I had my iPhone's eq set to "treble reducer" and the treble control on the stereo itself set to -4 in order to hear anything but the tweeters.

With "through mode" set, the iPhone's eq is set to "off" (flat) and the treble control on the stereo set to 0 and now it finally sounds normal with those settings.

I think the "wagon" setting makes sense when there's no separate tweeters installed; it boosts up the treble to make the four "full-range" speakers sound half decent. With the tweeters you no longer need that treble boost, so "through mode" is better.

Now I won't have to muck with the phone's EQ settings every time I get in the car (since I don't want "treble reducer" set any other time I listen). :banana:

Thanks for posting the instructions!
 

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Sorry it's taken me so long to update on the stereo, been having some computer issues.

What I said before about the vocals being clearer and there being a better bass response hold true. Even my fiancé noticed a difference, but was quick to add that her Infiniti's stereo is still better. :icon_rolleyes: It's still far from a good stereo, but this definitely made it better and makes me wonder why Subaru tunes them the way the do when the leave the factory. :shrug:
 

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It did!

I think the "wagon" setting makes sense when there's no separate tweeters installed; it boosts up the treble to make the four "full-range" speakers sound half decent. With the tweeters you no longer need that treble boost, so "through mode" is better.
Spot on, I have no tweeters on mine.
 

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OK, I have a 2010 Forester Limited with factory tweeters and factory subwoofer.
Tried the "hidden menu" thingy and got nothing.
Does this model of stereo use the "hidden menus", or am I
not doing it correctly?
 
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