Just as a quick recap (I’m sure everyone on the board is fascinated with my car and remembers every little thing about it, but just in case):
It’s a 1995 Subaru Impreza wagon, meaning it needs 6.5" speakers all around
It has a Nakamichi head unit (the CD-35Z, I believe)
It has an apparently fairly nice amplifier (I was told this when I was getting my XM installed. I asked them if they could look and see why I wasn’t getting any sound out of the rear speakers–turns out someone didn’t connect the amp to the speakers.) I think it is an Xtant 404m amplifier, but it is somewhat hard to read the writing as the amp is under the driver’s seat.
I’m pretty sure it has stock speakers. I haven’t taken the grill off (it’s all one piece with the door trim, so I’d have to take all that off, which I’m not about to do) to be sure, but when I shined a flashlight in there I didn’t see any names or logos or anything.
Now, I’ll be honest and say that I know absolutely nothing about car audio. The only reason I know it needs 6.5" speakers is because I looked it up at Best Buy. The guy at Best Buy was trying to sell me some Pioneer speakers (I think they were Pioneer), at about $90 (a pair, I hope) for the front. All I remember is that they were called 4-way speakers. Then, for the rear speakers either those or a cheaper 2-way or 3-way speaker.
So, I have three questions. 1: What is a good brand and model for the cost? I’m not about to drop $300 on speakers. 2: Do I have to replace all 4 speakers, or can I replace just the front two? 3: Does a subwoofer actually do anything at all, or will the bass capability of a good pair of speakers be enough? Related: what’s most important–the highs, the mids, or the lows?