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I've got a 2018 Subaru Forester. I'm noticing that unlike my old car (which had a $30 blue-tooth->Aux adapter), people to whom I talk on my cell phone via blue-tooth say they can't hear me well and there's a lot of noise. The quality of the microphone setup just isn't very good for some reason. I want a better experience while talking on the phone in the car; would an aftermarket stereo help? Is it known which one has the best quality for calls in the car? I wouldn't mind Apple Play either. What are my options?
 

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Most anything aftermarket big name stuff will be better. My $120 head unit BT rocks.
 

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I had a Pioneer BT headunit in my old car and the best I have found is to hang loose on wire the external mic (supplied with radio) on the driver visor, so it will not pick up car vibration.
 

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Hi. My Forester 2018 here in Panama came with a non CarPlay headunit. The bluetooth is also very weak, not being able to stream music from an iPhone from the backseat. I wonder if you have a suggestion of an aftermarket replacement audio headunit with CarPlay that will fit the Forester 2018 and what will happen with functions like the back camera and perhaps other integrated functions?
 

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Check out what I ended up doing in this thread. Had a 2016 FXT with the 7" Starlink, crappy bluetooth calling, no carplay, horrible navigation with SD cards that constantly didn't work and upgraded it to a 200mm Kenwood DDX916WS so it would still look stock but give me all the goodies I wanted. Turned out really nice but I just recently traded it in and while I pulled it out beforehand, it won't work in my new vehicle.
 

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@rcompart Man I wish I had the skills to do this mod! I absolutely despise my 2014s HK set up with broken Blutooth.

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@rcompart Man I wish I had the skills to do this mod! I absolutely despise my 2014s HK set up with broken Blutooth.

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Thanks! It was a fun little challenge and I hated the Starlink radio so much I had to do something. I loathed driving it in traffic before I completed the swap.
 
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