Eddy J's 2007 Subaru Impreza WRX STi
I've been with Crutchfield since 1999, where I began as one our advisors, helping our customers choose new gear. After a couple of years, I moved to the writing team where I spent a decade researching new products and getting hands on with car stereos, amplifiers, speakers, and subs. Yeah, I've been doing this for a while.
For the past few years, I've been the managing editor of Crutchfield's Car A/V web article content. I couldn't ask for a better job — we get to play with car audio gear every day! I'm a Virginia native from the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Outside of work, I love listening to music, playing board games, and installing new audio systems for my friends.
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Eddy's system at a glance:
- Kenwood DNX7100 in-dash DVD/navigation receiver
- Polk Audio Signature Reference SR5250 5-1/4" component speaker system (front)
- JBL Power P552 5-1/4" 2-way car speakers (rear)
- Alpine PLV-7 LAT Subwoofer System powered hatchback subwoofer
- Alpine PDX-4.150 4-channel car amplifier (150 watts RMS x 4)
- Kenwood KCA-iP300V iPod® connecting cable
- Kenwood KTC-HR100TR HD Radio™ tuner
- SIRIUS Satellite Radio tuner for Kenwood receivers
- StreetWires Ultra Flow 1/0-gauge power cable
- Tsunami Lite Wave 2.0-farad capacitor
Building a fantastic sound system
When Eddy needed a new sound system for his 2007 Subaru Impreza WRX STi, he came to Crutchfield. Eddy's on the road a lot for work, and he's a participant in the North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club, so lots of entertainment is essential when it comes to making long road trips fun and interesting. Furthermore, he's modified his car extensively, including high-performance engine enhancements and racing tires. While they look fantastic, and help his Subaru run like a top, they can generate lots of music-killing road noise.
We worked with him to build the ideal system for his car one that not only plays loud and clear over the sounds of the road, but that would turn heads at car shows. We outfitted him with a set of components that look great, deliver sterling sound, and offer him a range of entertainment options. Eddy was so happy with his experience with his Advisor, he drove from his home in Florida to our Charlottesville, VA retail store to have our expert installers put it all in for him.One receiver, many options
A Kenwood DNX7100 in-dash navigation receiver acts as the heart of Eddy's system. It gives him turn-by-turn guidance and entertainment galore he can control his iPod, listen to HD Radio, and enjoy SIRIUS Satellite Radio. When he's parked, he can play DVDs, which is great for the car shows he attends.
A set of Polk Audio Reference component speakers in the front provides an excellent soundstage, while full-range JBL speakers offer fantastic rear fill. A potent 150-watt Alpine PDX digital amplifier drives the speakers. Its remarkably efficient digital design lets Alpine put the amp in a compact housing, which left our installers plenty of options for mounting it. Eddy's bass comes from a powered Alpine LAT sub system. To make sure his amps always have enough juice to deliver the great sound Eddy craves, our installers integrated a Tsunami capacitor into the system.