More than one stereo offered in 03, and at least one of them did use an outboard amp. The other models are direct-wired.
Funny you say that. I thought the same thing after changing the HU and still no sound, but the speakers are there (checked driver door only). Looks dirty and stock like a 10 year old Subaru would....lolSilly question but have you checked the doors for speakers? I've bought more than one that someone had removed them. Suspect they'd probably installed aftermarkets and didn't want to sell the car with them.
VOM will make quick work of it.
Unless someone spent a ton of time and cash to install a McIntosh system, yours wouldn't have it. It was only in the top if the line VDC H6 models.Thank you CarDoc. I will look at it when I get a chance. This being just a base model that had a single DIN am/fm CD player, I'm leanign toward no amp, but will check it out. Thank you.
Yea, it sounds like the antenna was not connected/broken. Try other audio options you have to see if it's just the radio. I suppose it could also be a fuse, but the antenna is my first guess. If you have a spare speaker you could always run a quick test straight to the head unit first, almost any speaker would do for the test just make sure the volume is low. If the speaker works on the radio, hook it up to the wire from the one in the door. Quick and easy. Please make sure the radio is off (key out) when connecting/disconnecting.did you try a CD or just radio?
Like many of us apparently.Good to know it's the speakers. I am having the exact same issue and after replacing the radio itself, still no sound
Like you, I never suspected that all the speakers would be bad!