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By Kal Cotter (kalcotter) on Tuesday, November 23, 2004 - 9:19 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
I don't know a lot about speakers or stereos. I'm wondering what benefit a marine stereo has over a car stereo, other than water proof. Also, just because it's a marine stereo doesn't mean it's water proof does it? I have 2 12" sony subs in a box, and 2 sony 6x9's. Don't know much about ohms or anything like that, I'm just looking for advice... here's what I want to do. My boat is closed bow, so that should be a great spot for my subs, then put the 2 6x9's in the back somewhere. I want to add 2 or 4 more speakers... 2 more in the cockpit, and 2 on the tower. What stereo should I buy? I have an amp already that will run the sub, not sure if it will also run the 6x9's though. Any help would be good.

fyi - not looking to spend a ton, i was thinking around $150 to $300 for the stereo...

 
By Brit Rider (brit_rider) on Tuesday, November 23, 2004 - 9:56 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
Your best option is a car stereo then. basically the only benefit of a marine stereo is its water resistance. so long as you can keep the steroe relatively dry then you won't have a problem. All cheaper runabouts use car headunits. as do many other boat builders.

To see if your amp will run more speakers check how many speaker outputs it has, each speaker needs 2 ports, so if it has 8 you can run 4 speakers ;)

 
By Kal Cotter (kalcotter) on Tuesday, November 23, 2004 - 10:05 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
that's kind of what I was thinking, but in the mornings at the lake even the dew in the boat, may ruin a car stereo. Do you think it would help if it had a detachable face?
 
By adam Curtis (acurtis_ttu) on Tuesday, November 23, 2004 - 1:27 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
Mount the stereo were the dew will not get on it. Or buy a marine enclosure for it. check westmarine.com for one. I liek the pioneer premier radios, cheap, good power 50x4 adn built in eq's w/ separate sub control, alos comes witha wireless remote. can be had for abotu 150-160...I think walmart is even selling them. Which is even better, ever have problems just return it. Look for the pioneer DEH 6006 (I think that's it) its the one witht he graphic desplay. check ebay as well. Good luck.
 
By Nick (nbeihl) on Sunday, November 28, 2004 - 7:01 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
I know this is going to sound bad, but... I have had a car stereo in my boat forever... I do have to replace it every other year or so though. It gets wet every time we go out!!! When it is getting really wet, I just turn it off and wait for it to dry, then I turn it back on and it works 9 times out of 10.
 
By Nick (nbeihl) on Sunday, November 28, 2004 - 7:02 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
Hey adam curtis (acurtis_ttu) does that TTU stand for Texas Tech University... I graduated from there year before last... are you on the waterski team?
 
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