2003 Subaru Baja Radio Specs

Discussion in 'Subaru Baja' started by jMon, Feb 2, 2004.

  1. jMon

    jMon Guest

    Subaru's website lists my Baja's stock radio as 80 watts. Can I
    assume this is 20 watts per channel? Does anyone know who actually
    makes this unit?
    jMon, Feb 2, 2004
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  2. jMon

    T Guest

    Yes it likely means 20W per channel, although this may mean 20W RMS or 20W
    MAX, big difference. RMS is a sustainable wattage rating, meaning the radio
    can sustain an output of 20W and not blow or overheat. MAX means the radio
    can hit 20W in the event the audio segment being played demands such power.
    What are you trying to do?

    Subaru headunits were OEM Panasonic back when the SVX was in production. I
    don't know now.

    T, Feb 2, 2004
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  3. jMon

    jMon Guest

    I'm just trying to make valid comparisons for an upgrade. Thanks!
    jMon, Feb 3, 2004
  4. jMon

    T Guest

    When comparing radios for power output, compare the RMS wattage ratings and
    not the MAX ratings, some mfg's tend to inflate and push their MAX ratings
    in product labeling, but RMS is what you need to pay attention to.

    If you listen to the radio alot, make sure you look at the tuner's FM
    sensitivity as an indication of tuner performance. The smaller the number
    the more sensitive the tuner is and can pick up weaker stations.

    I personally run two external amplifiers so I didn't buy a head unit for the
    power it can put out, but rather for the features (mostly the built in
    equalizers and crossovers, and the mp3/wma capability). I'm using an Alpine
    9815, which actually has Alpine's internal V-Drive amplifier that puts out
    27w RMS and 60w MAX, supposedly it's pretty good. I'd stay away from the
    consumer brands such as panasonic, aiwa, jvc, kenwood, and probably sony
    too. Eclipse, Alpine and Rockford Fosgate are ones I'd recommend.
    etronics.com had the best price on the Alpine I bought.

    Good luck

    T, Feb 3, 2004
  5. I'm looking at the 6-disc cd changer I pulled out of my '02 WRX in favor
    of a system I'm a lot more satisfied with. There's a sticker on it
    saying it was manufactured in Thailand by Matsushita (in Oct 2001).
    They're the ones who, among other brands, make Panasonic. So it looks
    like Subaru hadn't changed OEM radio makers from SVX to WRX.

    Meester Idunno, Feb 4, 2004
  6. jMon

    jMon Guest

    What did you get?
    jMon, Feb 5, 2004
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