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hyperlite_boards 04-23-2012 2:55 PM

Someone help me with boat audio
 
Ok so i see the threads go by with all these speaker names like wetsounds etc...We are getting a tower for our boat and i am going to redo all of the audio. I had a friend help me with all the stuff for my jeep from head unit to subs, so i guess my question is "is doing the audio for my boat any different than for a car?" Also what speakers, amps, subs, and head unit do i get? Are the big name brands such as wet sounds that much better or would i be ok running 4 kickers across my tower? Let me know the best brands if you can so i can keep an eye out for deals and such. Thanks guys

01centurion 04-23-2012 3:23 PM

like always u get what you pay for, i know 90% of everyone on here will say get wet sounds cause they are the best, but i like exile and bullets. all the top audio names are like auto companies, some ppl like fords some like chevy and some like dodges. they are all good it just come down to what you like. if you go with exile,bullets,wet sounds or NVS you wont be let down.

hyperlite_boards 04-23-2012 6:36 PM

Ok, so would 4 boat speakers a sub and 2 tower be enough. I like loud music occasionally but im not going to be blasting my music all day on the lake but i wana bump it sometimes.

kskonn 04-23-2012 6:51 PM

With any of the brands that were listed that would be plenty.

dougr 04-23-2012 7:53 PM

You need a budget. Then u can start. What activity do u do most on your boat. Wakeboard, ski, surf etc. That will help

04-23-2012 8:42 PM

A very good basic stereo system would be somthing like:
alpine sps-m600 marine speakers (3-4 pairs)
kicker zx700.5 5 ch amp
alpine type R 10 or 12" sub
Alpine Head unit with 3 pre-outs

For the tower:
kicker 200.2 amp
alpine spr-m700 (2pairs)
home made enclosure

This is basically the system I have and Its cheap money wise but the sound quality is actually very good and perfect for its price range. With systems, skies the limit but ita all about your budget.

hyperlite_boards 04-24-2012 5:04 AM

thanks for the help guys. I mainly wakeboard and i was hoping to be in the 1000 to 1500 range if you think that is doable

chattwake 04-24-2012 5:46 AM

I have had years of trouble free service out of the wetsounds products I have purchased. Plus, the customer service at wetsounds is impeccable. It seams that Exile also offers many great products, but I have no personal experience with them.

brett33 04-24-2012 6:19 AM

Just a quick little search and I found this Wetsounds setup...

(4) WS XS-65 in-boats = $320 (wetsounds website)
(1) WS XXX 12" sub = $350 (WakeWorld Classifieds)
(1) pair of WS PRO 60's = $599 (Ebay)

Brings the total to $1,269 and with an amp of your choice, you should be right inside your budget.

you_da_man 04-24-2012 6:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by brett33 (Post 1746742)
Just a quick little search and I found this Wetsounds setup...

(4) WS XS-65 in-boats = $320 (wetsounds website)
(1) WS XXX 12" sub = $350 (WakeWorld Classifieds)
(1) pair of WS PRO 60's = $599 (Ebay)

Brings the total to $1,269 and with an amp of your choice, you should be right inside your budget.

Plus he also mentioned a headunit. You can find good prices on clearance Alpine headunits on Earmark Marine website. To be safe I'd also add an extra stereo battery, Perko switch (or similar device), and onboard battery charger. You also have to take into account all the hardware, material for a sub enclosure or custom tuned box, and proper sized wires in your budget. I believe you're going to be close to the $1,750+ range

fullspeed 04-24-2012 9:45 AM

Hey Mike I just pulled a Kicker zx850.4 out of my Malibu, it was running my tower speakers at 400x2 @4ohms. I will sell it for $225. if you pay for shipping. I live in Santa Cruz Ca. Perfect condition no scratches ect. If you are looking to save some money. It comes with the bass controller and manuals. I was about to put it on Craigslist for $275.

Pictures of the amp.
http://s1022.photobucket.com/albums/...850%204%20amp/

fullspeed 04-24-2012 4:31 PM

It is 425x2 @ 4 ohms not 400x2 my mistake.

Axis1 04-24-2012 8:22 PM

When it comes to your tower it really depends on what you are looking for. Do you want just to have music, to have nice sounding music near the boat, or be able to hear it when you boarding. Once you answer that question you know what style of speaker/amp set up you will need.

bendow 04-25-2012 7:20 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by brett33 (Post 1746742)
Just a quick little search and I found this Wetsounds setup...

(4) WS XS-65 in-boats = $320 (wetsounds website)
(1) WS XXX 12" sub = $350 (WakeWorld Classifieds)
(1) pair of WS PRO 60's = $599 (Ebay)

Brings the total to $1,269 and with an amp of your choice, you should be right inside your budget.

You left about $200 for an amp to run 6 speakers and a sub. A box, speaker wire, power wire, etc wasn't taken into account either.

OP, if you want something loud and sounds good it can definitely be done in your price range, if you want name brand or to get what's popular you'll have to settle for less.

(6) Polk DB651 in boat speakers (100w ea) $180
http://www.amazon.com/Polk-Audio-6-5.../dp/B000P0PF9G
(1) Precision Power P900.4 amp to run in boat speakers (tiny, efficient, class D full range) $230
http://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_...er-P900.4.html
(1) Sundown SA 12 D2 (underrated at 600w, does great on 800-1000w) $230
http://www.amazon.com/SA-12-D2-Sundo.../dp/B003ZW80TS
(1) Precision Power P1000.1 to the sub $210
http://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_...r-P1000.1.html
(1) Pair of Memphis HLCD tower speakers $382
http://www.crazystereo.com/memphis-15mm62t-p-2696.html
(1) Precision Power P600.2 for the tower speakers $160
http://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_...er-P600.2.html
(1) Clarion EQS746 equalizer (this will give you 3 RCA outputs so you don't need to upgrade your head unit) $55
http://www.amazon.com/Clarion-EQS746.../dp/B000EZV3T8

That's $1447, which leaves you some money for the install wire, etc. Speaker wire and RCA's from monoprice.com is high quality and cheap. You can buy power wire at caraudioclassifieds.org for cheap (I have a ton of power wire from various projects I could probably help you out with)

Buid your own box. Go to home depot and buy some 3/4 MDF ask them to cut it for you. Put it together, epoxy resin inside and out to waterproof and your good to go.
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f3...w/Cutsheet.jpg
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f364/benjdow/6.jpg
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f364/benjdow/5-1.jpg
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f364/benjdow/4-2.jpg
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f364/benjdow/1-1.jpg

brett33 04-25-2012 7:47 AM

Ben- Yeah, your reply was way more in depth than what i was willing to get into yesterday. The OP mentioned something about WS and i just tossed out some quick numbers. In no way was i trying to say "hey this is all you need for your system."

I will say those polk db651 are a great speaker for the money. I have had 6 in my boat for almost 2 years with ~100w running to each and they have done great!

bendow 04-25-2012 8:19 AM

I wasn't trying to insult you, but if the OP didn't know how much amps cost, etc, he'd exceed his budget immediately.

I do agree with you on the Polks. I don't have them in my boat, but I've heard plenty of them and love the way they sound. I also like the swivel mount tweeter. For the price they can't be beat.


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