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Hi - bought my new shape Forester in June this year (second hand - it was one of the many pre-registered ones from December 2019).   It's a brilliant car.  Apart from an ocassional squeek from the dashboard around the binacle, my only complaint is the dreadful sound quality from the sound system.   I thought that new speakers would bring it into the realm of acceptable but it has made little difference. For obvious reasons, I'm wary about interfering with the head unit, especially given that it also controls a lot of the car settings (locking/lights etc) and not just the audio.  I've also got just over 3 years of warranty remaining and i don't want to lose that.

Anyone else tried to do anything about this?

cheers 

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21 hours ago, Otto von said:

Hi - bought my new shape Forester in June this year (second hand - it was one of the many pre-registered ones from December 2019).   It's a brilliant car.  Apart from an ocassional squeek from the dashboard around the binacle, my only complaint is the dreadful sound quality from the sound system.   I thought that new speakers would bring it into the realm of acceptable but it has made little difference. For obvious reasons, I'm wary about interfering with the head unit, especially given that it also controls a lot of the car settings (locking/lights etc) and not just the audio.  I've also got just over 3 years of warranty remaining and i don't want to lose that.

Anyone else tried to do anything about this?

cheers 

Hi Otto Von.  I can't answer your question directly, but if you don't find a solution on here, and you've also tried calling a few Subaru dealers, it might also be worth contacting. http://customerrelations@imgroup.co.uk   directly (they're responsible for importing Subarus to the UK and managing the dealership franchises, etc.).  I've found them to be helpful in the past with some queries I've had.

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On 9/12/2021 at 1:29 PM, Otto von said:

Hi - bought my new shape Forester in June this year (second hand - it was one of the many pre-registered ones from December 2019).   It's a brilliant car.  Apart from an ocassional squeek from the dashboard around the binacle, my only complaint is the dreadful sound quality from the sound system.   I thought that new speakers would bring it into the realm of acceptable but it has made little difference. For obvious reasons, I'm wary about interfering with the head unit, especially given that it also controls a lot of the car settings (locking/lights etc) and not just the audio.  I've also got just over 3 years of warranty remaining and i don't want to lose that.

Anyone else tried to do anything about this?

cheers 

Hi Otto, when I got my Forester e-boxer this March I thought the same about the Sound system. So after a while of trying some of my past usual equaliser settings I let Google do a search on the problem. Soon found on other Subaru forums that I (like you now) thought the sound was crap. One or two suggested forgetting your usual settings and go for somethink like the attached, which now I find quite acceptable. I like all sorts of music from 60s 70s 80s 90s now and Club, all sound OK now.

Hope that helps in some way. 

 

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