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Ive been looking for a fairly good replacement HU to my 05 XT because I'm tired of using my FM Modulator with my XM radio and tired of not being able to play mp3's or use my ipod. I found this pioneer unit on crutchfield and was wonderering what you all thought. It's finish and LED color look like it'll match the forester's and it doesnt look too flashy. Anyone know if it has all the right connections neccesary? I'm not too experianced with audio yet.

http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/pna/product/detail/0,,2076_4039_291009705,00.html
 

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I was using this Pioneer head unit in my FXT;

http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/pna/product/detail/0,,2076_4039_150552873,00.html

Never had a problem with it... But I've since switched to the AVIC-N1 that was in another car before. Aside from getting something to fill up the space of a single-din (if you're replacing a 6-cd radio), you'll need to buy a wiring harness, soldering iron, solder, electrical tape or heat shrink tubing, and obtain a copy of the wiring harness pinout for the Forester (check scoobymods.com) in order to solder the appropriate wires together. It's not difficult at all, and you can get the wiring harness from;

http://www.iaperformance.com
 

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I replaced my single disc OEM unit with the JVC KD-DV5100. It is a perfect match for the silver bevels in the newer Subarus. I've had this unit for several months and I love it.
It has Sirius support, a rear AUx input, a front Aux input, it can play movie DVDs (hooks up to a LCD) and it has my favorate feature Giga-mp3. You can burn 11,000 mp3 files onto a DVD and basically carry your entire music collection on 1 disc. The best part is you can find the deck for around $200. I picked mine up at Circuit City for that price.
 

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Get one of these DIN pockets if you are going with a single DIN unit.

https://www.subarugenuineparts.com/product_info.php?cPath=22_28&products_id=781

There's a lot of room in there so even crimp connectors are fine for making the connection if you fear soldering.

Stereo Pin-outs:

http://www.scoobymods.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=1961

Crutchfield sells the wiring harness if you need a source. If you buy the stereo from them they include a "bargain" pocket (black plastic) and the wiring harness for free.
 

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^^ This is a great idea. Also when shopping go to http://www.infinitecaraudio.com/ they are extremely Cheap and great service I have got all my mb quarts and all my nakamichi as well as alpine and rockford there.
 

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CreoSTi said:
I was using this Pioneer head unit in my FXT;

http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/pna/product/detail/0,,2076_4039_150552873,00.html

Never had a problem with it... But I've since switched to the AVIC-N1 that was in another car before. Aside from getting something to fill up the space of a single-din (if you're replacing a 6-cd radio), you'll need to buy a wiring harness, soldering iron, solder, electrical tape or heat shrink tubing, and obtain a copy of the wiring harness pinout for the Forester (check scoobymods.com) in order to solder the appropriate wires together. It's not difficult at all, and you can get the wiring harness from;

http://www.iaperformance.com

haha, another avic n-1 owner!!:)
 

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BlueDevil said:
haha, another avic n-1 owner!!:)
Did you happen to tap for the speed signal wire (and could tell me which wire you tapped)? I used the ECU wiring diagram off of scoobymods.com, and for some reason I was getting really erratic readings from the speed signal (i.e. not 0 when idle/parked, but ~16). Right now I just have the unit in "simple hybrid" learning, and it seems to do fine. I had no problems when it was installed in my STi...
 

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i wish i could help, but i didn't install it. a buddy of mine works at a car audio place and he did it for me. I can ask him. he went to some website that told him what wire to use, but i don't know the address either. did you hook your ground up so you can play dvd's while the car is moving? that's a simple matter of hooking the ground to a constant ground instead of the e-brake switch. I also heard that the pioneer update discs they send you if you registered it will prevent the dvd player from working when the car is moving by using the accelerometer (sp?) to signal dvd function. for all i spent on this head unit, i could have done a carputer, lol. live and learn.
 

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Yes, I've done the grounding mod. I've had my N1 for about 2.5 years now. I'll probably give the speed signal wire one last shot, otherwise I'll just stick with it disconnected.
 

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well, i've used mine with the vss wire attached and unattached and i can say the difference in accuracy is minimal. the only real issue is a couple of the vehicle dynamics functions won't work.

have you been able to load custom background pics? i tried several times following pioneer's directions and I just can't get them to work.
 
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