You can run the stock mid-pipe with any of the cat-back systems.
The factory cats will absolutely dampen the loudness of whatever mufflers you install. An O/R mid-pipe will result in quite a loud system if you use straight thru mufflers like SLP or Borla.
Sound quality is a completely subjective attribute.
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