I picked up my new Impreza this week. Before I bought the car, I debated about whether or not to get the Kicker subwoofer option. I couldn’t find pictures that gave me a clear idea of how the sub would be installed. How much space would it take up? Where would it mount? Another question that I should have also been asking…how would it sound?
Let’s start by answering the “how would it sound” question. Paired with the Subaru nav head unit as well as the factory upgraded speakers and tweeters, the Kicker sub is (to my ears) overwhelmingly too loud. As in, the bass threatened to shake the car apart. I tried dropping the 80Hz and 160Hz frequencies all the way to the bottom and all the other frequencies as high as they could go. That did make a difference, but not enough of one to balance the sound, although maybe that’s just me. I suppose other people with other ears might love it. If I might hazard a guess…young ears especially. I don’t have golden ears, but I listen to (among other things) a lot of classical & acoustic music, plus I grew up in the home of an audiophile. So, I have certain expectations of any stereo. Young ears with a different background might think the sub is amazing.
So…sound quality issues aside, how’s the Kicker subwoofer look in the back of 2012 Subaru Impreza 5-door? See for yourself. Note that this vehicle has the cargo tray and rear seatback protectors also installed.