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Old    Steve Lackey (steves1967)      Join Date: Oct 2006       08-15-2012, 8:27 PM Reply   
I just got a new to me 06 Calabria Pro V, the boat has 4 6x9's in the cabin and 2 Lightning audio double can's on the tower. 2 of the 6x9's are Arc Audio (floor) and the other 2 are Kicker's (dash). I'd like to replace all 4 with a matched set- any reccomendations? I'm swapping out the Arc Audio 5150xxk for a Kicker IX500.2 amp.
Thanks!
Old    Brett Yates (polarbill)      Join Date: Jun 2003       08-15-2012, 8:38 PM Reply   
I am not a stereo guy really, meaning I don't know my stuff all that well, but there aren't a whole lot of options for 6x9's if you want a true marine speaker is there? At least not anything really good. I wonder if the Polk DB series 6x9's would be a good option, especially for the price of $100/pair. Lots of people use to rave about the 6.5" DB's as interior speakers. Also, I think they are marine certified if that makes much of a difference. I see the MM series 6x9's are also "marine certified" as well. Might be a good option as well? I don't think JL, wetsounds, exile, Bullet, etc.. make marine specific 6x9's. What about pioneer, RF, Kicker, Focal, etc?
Old    Steve Lackey (steves1967)      Join Date: Oct 2006       08-15-2012, 8:40 PM Reply   
I dont think I really need a marine speaker, the boat stays covered when not in the water, and I havent had any water spray in the boat yet, I suppose the two near the floor might get wet, but that's the price I pay for buying a boat I guess....
Old    882001 (882001)      Join Date: Nov 2003       08-15-2012, 8:47 PM Reply   
whats wrong with whats in it?
Old    Steve Lackey (steves1967)      Join Date: Oct 2006       08-15-2012, 8:55 PM Reply   
Nothing is really wrong with it, just want everything to match and sound good. I think I have a small case of OCD. I took all the stereo equipment out of the boat the day I bought it, just so I could re-wire it the way I wanted....
Old    Murphy Smith (murphy_smith)      Join Date: Dec 2005       08-16-2012, 4:17 AM Reply   
I used to run 6x9'son the tower and they sounded really good. I would take a look at the JL Audio C2 - 690tx and the Boston Acoustics SR-95.

These are going to upper end for the 6x9 market.
Old    Murphy Smith (murphy_smith)      Join Date: Dec 2005       08-16-2012, 4:19 AM Reply   
Also, here is the offerings from wooferetc in the 6x9 category. http://www.woofersetc.com/c-52-6x9.a...999&maxprice=0

I am not advocating that you buy from them - but you can use this as a tool to see what is out there
Old    Nauti 210 (brett33)      Join Date: Apr 2011       08-16-2012, 8:47 AM Reply   
http://www.wetsounds.com/pages/produ..._features.html
Old    Jeff Hill (hillbilly)      Join Date: Aug 2002       08-16-2012, 9:44 AM Reply   
I uaed to run Boston 6x9's on my old boats tower and they sounded great.
I upgraded to Arc 6.5 in my new boat interiors and love them. I imagine the Arc 6x9's would sound great also?
Old    Murphy Smith (murphy_smith)      Join Date: Dec 2005       08-16-2012, 9:47 AM Reply   
Quote:
Originally Posted by brett33 View Post
In the tower yes, boat no.
Old    Nauti 210 (brett33)      Join Date: Apr 2011       08-16-2012, 9:57 AM Reply   
just noticed those were HL's.. my bad!
Old     (Truekaotik)      Join Date: Jun 2012       08-16-2012, 10:21 AM Reply   
There are many decent 6x9's out there... Marine grade tops are JL, Polk, MB Quart, JBL... Non marine are Pioneer, Kicker, Boston, soundstream, ect... What you want to spend will determine the grade you want... Do you favor a specific brand? That will help...
Old    Matt (Rad_Matty_D)      Join Date: Jun 2011       08-16-2012, 10:49 AM Reply   
Well I have the same boat as you but a 2008. I have 3 sets of 6x9's in the boat.

I have 1 set of the Polk DB 6x9's (on the floor)
I have 2 sets of the WetSounds 696rs (1 set on the dash and 1 set in the bow)

Reasoning for HLCD's in boat: I thought WetSounds made the best 6x9's on the market so I just bought them without thinking.

Note: Also have the WetSounds threesome on the tower...

I used to have the Boston Acoustics SR-95 all in the boat--I threw them away.

Last edited by Rad_Matty_D; 08-16-2012 at 10:52 AM.
Old    Brett Yates (polarbill)      Join Date: Jun 2003       08-16-2012, 10:52 AM Reply   
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rad_Matty_D View Post
Well I have the same boat as you but a 2008. I have 3 sets of 6x9's in the boat.

I have 1 set of the Polk DB 6x9's (on the floor)
I have 2 sets of the WetSounds 696rs (1 set on the dash and 1 set in the bow)

Reasoning for HLCD's in boat: I thought WetSounds made the best 6x9's on the market so I just bought them without thinking.

Note: Also have the WetSounds threesome on the tower...

I used to have the Boston Acoustics SR-95 all in the boat--I threw them away.
Holy batman, that system must murder your ears in the boat when turned up.
Old     (Truekaotik)      Join Date: Jun 2012       08-16-2012, 11:38 AM Reply   
It's all about tuning when you do HLCD 6x9's in a boat... We did a cruiser 2 years ago with 4 WS 696rs's, 2 pro80's, 1 15" kicker because he wanted throw like a wakeboat and didnt have a tower.. The 4 6x9's are in cabin and we mounted the pro80's off the transom split, with the cans unseen and just the face screwed to the fiberglass.. They sound pretty good still!! But it is tricky to tune properly It really is about what YOU want and what YOU want to spend
Old     (Truekaotik)      Join Date: Jun 2012       08-16-2012, 11:39 AM Reply   
We use to tease him and call his boat "the audio sleeper boat" lmao
Old    Steve Lackey (steves1967)      Join Date: Oct 2006       08-16-2012, 1:58 PM Reply   
Thanks for all the input! I want the system to sound clear and clean. I went over to the local stereo shop last night and the guy tried selling me a bunch of Rockford Fosgate stuff- but none of it was hooked up so I couldnt tell what they actually sounded like... I'm going to check out another place tonight in Modesto- I've always been a big fan of Kicker and JL Audio products. I found that one of the 6.5" in the tower is torn, so now I get to replace all 4 of those too!!! Do Class D amps really have that much of an advantage over the A/B amps?
Old    Steve Lackey (steves1967)      Join Date: Oct 2006       08-16-2012, 2:05 PM Reply   
Matt- where did you mount the set in the bow? Down low by the carpet facing each other, or????
Old    Murphy Smith (murphy_smith)      Join Date: Dec 2005       08-16-2012, 2:21 PM Reply   
If you are over in Modesto - U need to head over to Car Audio Depot!
Old     (Truekaotik)      Join Date: Jun 2012       08-16-2012, 3:04 PM Reply   
Quote:
Originally Posted by steves1967 View Post
Thanks for all the input! I want the system to sound clear and clean. I went over to the local stereo shop last night and the guy tried selling me a bunch of Rockford Fosgate stuff- but none of it was hooked up so I couldnt tell what they actually sounded like... I'm going to check out another place tonight in Modesto- I've always been a big fan of Kicker and JL Audio products. I found that one of the 6.5" in the tower is torn, so now I get to replace all 4 of those too!!! Do Class D amps really have that much of an advantage over the A/B amps?
If you like JL, go with them.. They are one of the leaders in technology and the best sounding speaker... Also yes to your question, class A/B is the oldest power supply set up... G/H class is better and The "new" D class is the most efficient of the 3...
Old    Steve Lackey (steves1967)      Join Date: Oct 2006       08-16-2012, 7:30 PM Reply   
Murphy- I'm in Manteca. I'll check out Car Audio Depot, I usually go to Audio Pros, but the one in Manteca changed owners.
Old    Jarod Craig (wake26)      Join Date: Mar 2009       08-17-2012, 7:32 AM Reply   
Steve I have an 08 Calabria team V that has 6 Boston 6x9 they sound decent I have always liked the way Kicker stuff sounds but thats me.
Old    Matt (Rad_Matty_D)      Join Date: Jun 2011       08-17-2012, 9:09 AM Reply   
Quote:
Originally Posted by steves1967 View Post
Matt- where did you mount the set in the bow? Down low by the carpet facing each other, or????
Steve- They are in the bow. Essentially they are mounted in the backrest of the vinyl if that makes sense.

I actually have a Team-V. Same as Jarod.

Here is a crappy pic as an example to see where they are mounted:



For $85 on amazon the Polk Audio DB691 seems like not a bad deal. I'm happy with those which I have one set on the floor

Last edited by Rad_Matty_D; 08-17-2012 at 9:11 AM.
Old    Steve Lackey (steves1967)      Join Date: Oct 2006       08-21-2012, 2:03 PM Reply   
Well I went to the stereo shops and ended up with 2 sets of Rockford Fosgate T-1693's. They sound really good to me! I dont see how I could another set in the bow, my boat has map holder pockets there and I cant even get my hand behind them. Maybe the seating is different.
Thanks guys!

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