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New sounds for the boat?

Electrical tech discussion - Custom stereo installations, gauges, wiring, GPS, etc...
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New sounds for the boat?

Post by RedDemon » Aug 17, 2010 7:03 am

Ready to install a new marine stereo and not sure which one to get. Any thought's on the good ,bad ,or the ugly when buying one? Ease of installation, sound,ect VS price?

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Re: New sounds for the boat?

Post by hydrohellion » Sep 05, 2010 6:49 pm

I have always had good luck with clarion marine products. they have some nice stuff and are capable of adding remote interfaces and anything else you want to add. I would stay away from sony, had some sony marine stuff and was really not impressed. Clarion is pricey but the sound quality is great, sony is cheap and loud but the sound quality is not great.

I usually use competition car stuff that is a few years old, you can pick them up cheap, put it somewhere it doesn't get that wet and take it out in the winter, usually hods up just fine. Had a deck blow after 3 yrs from rust but I could buy 3 or 4 amazing car audio decks for about what a low to mid end marine deck is worth. Never had an amp go yet, I mount them up in the bow. The marine speakers are worth the money but all the best car audio stuff is aluminum and poly now so not a big issue if you get good equipment.

just my $.02 hope it helps

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Re: New sounds for the boat?

Post by ConFuseee » Jan 31, 2011 7:37 pm

i wouldn't cut into the dash for it O.o if you are putting it into a hydrostream
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Re: New sounds for the boat?

Post by Andyhydro » Jul 19, 2011 8:52 pm

Where and how would you suggest mounting it? Hanging under the dash?

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Re: New sounds for the boat?

Post by 77viper » Jul 19, 2011 9:48 pm

Andyhydro wrote:Where and how would you suggest mounting it? Hanging under the dash?
That's what I would do.
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Re: New sounds for the boat?

Post by redneckcustoms13 » Jul 27, 2011 2:23 pm

mine is cut into the dash, if i were to do it again. i would still cut into the dash. its too simple to fill the hole back in if you decide to go a different route later and not have a stereo. just my $.02
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Re: New sounds for the boat?

Post by Andrew Vision » Oct 23, 2012 2:19 pm

So I just bought a CE vision and after reading the thread it looks like Clarion is the way to go....is there any vision owners who can let me know where to mount all of the marine amps and speakers?

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Re: New sounds for the boat?

Post by beavertonae-21 » Oct 24, 2012 2:03 pm

On my Ae-21 I have the Clarion 640watt amp mounted up under the nose on the passenger bulkhead. the front speakers(6 by 9) are mounted in boxes bolted to the rear side of the dash side bulkhead and the rear speakers(6.5" round co ax) mounted on fabricated side plates mounted to the sides infront of the rear seat. You have to get a little creative, but the sound is great. I also mounted an on board battery maintainer that can be plugged in over night as used on the bass boats .

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Re: New sounds for the boat?

Post by Andrew Vision » Oct 24, 2012 2:46 pm

Thats awesome! Thanks for the advice. Is there a model you would suggest that lasts a while and isn't too expensive? Perhaps with an ipod jack?

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Re: New sounds for the boat?

Post by beavertonae-21 » Oct 24, 2012 3:07 pm

the M309 Clarion can be bought for a few hundred bucks on ebay, great deals on Clarion stuff, bought my second set of speakers there, half the price of buying local and new in the box, I would also consider one of the small seadoo/ motorcycle amp units with built in ipod interface, or mount the deck remotely and have a remote unit on the dash or a wireless remote .Mine is in the dash with a slide down smoke cover, looks good I think.

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