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Marine Audio Equipment

Marine Audio

Marine equipment is built with materials that are water, fog, salt, and UV ray resistant. These products guard against rust and overall wear and tear. The outstanding durability of the marine audio line allows you to enjoy your favorite music throughout every outdoor adventure.

Marine receivers are designed with conformal coated circuit boards to guard against rust. Many marine stereos are ready for satellite radio. If you get the proper setup (tuner, antenna, and subscription) you can listen to XM or Sirius while at sea, with the exception of those sailing more than 200 miles off shore or passing through the Bermuda Triangle. A marine speaker is made with water-resistant and weather-resistant materials to ensure long lasting audio playback. Many of our Marine speakers feature plastic cones and rubber surrounds for optimal durability. The marine subwoofers are fashioned with waterproof rubber mounting gaskets, and the bass tubes are water resistant enclosures that use weather resistant mounting straps to help sustain your bass despite stormy conditions. Marine amplifiers protect your audio system’s power from moisture and humidity with gasket-sealed covers for the top-mounted controls and endcaps. The marine amps feature rubber caps to cover the RCA inputs, silicone boots to shield the fuses, and their circuit boards have corrosion-deterring conformal coating. Finally, if you need to save space but want powerful sound, our powered marine subs offer bass and power in one package.

Check out all of our informative marine audio articles for more information on specific product features and install tips.

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How to Install Boat Speakers

Add Speakers to Your Boat!

Installing marine speakers into your boats lets you and your crew enjoy great music while out at the sea. Installing boat speakers can be a challenging task, so you may want to read this comprehensive boat speaker installation guide before you begin.

Required Tools:

  • Power and Ground Cable
  • Wire Cutter and Stripper
  • RCA Cables

You may also need one or more of the following:  Screwdrivers (Flat, Phillips) and Screws, Drill, Pliers, Knife, Flashlight, Saw, Soldering Gun

Selecting Marine Speakers

There are two types of boat speakers, flush mount speakers and box speakers. Box speakers do not require any cutting or mounting holes, because they are already housed in an enclosure. Flush mount speakers require cutting or preexisting mounting holes. They should be mounted in tight, sealed holes to promote transient response. The mounting location should also offer sufficient air flow around the cone.

Decide on the Mounting Location

If you are cutting new holes or looking for places to mount box speakers, you should pick spots that will be safe and out of the way. It should also be mounted in a place that will direct the music towards your crew. If you have a lounging area on your deck, you may want to position your speakers towards this area. Amidst the various resonating sounds of the outdoor environment, you want to make sure your listeners are aligned with and in close proximity to the boat speakers. Pointing the speakers towards your crew ensures that they will be able to fully revel in the music. Once you pick a location, screw in the box speakers or cut holes based on your flush mount speaker size. For optimal performance, you must place a baffle board behind the boat speakers.

Wire Configuration

Boat speaker wire will be exposed to water, UV rays, salt and many more outdoor elements. You should use stranded, tinned copper wire because it can withstand these elements without corroding. Do not use aluminum or steel wires, because they will corrode if exposed to these elements for an extended period of time.

Check the wire’s numerical type, and do not use Type 1 wire. A wire’s numerical type indicates the number of strands, and the higher the type number, the more strands in the wire. This is why you should not use Type 1 cable for wiring boat speakers. You will need to use wire with a greater strand count for boat installations. Type 2 or Type 3 is much better suited to handle the outdoor elements.

Connect the wiring in phase—match the positive stereo output to the positive terminals on the speakers, etc. You should solder the wire connections and seal all the connections with electrical tape. Run the wires to the power and ground of the second boat battery. Now that your wiring is set and you have tested the connections, place your speakers into their permanent mounting location. Enjoy the music!

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Marine Speaker Install Options and Functionality

Marine Speakers

Marine speakers are designed with water-resistant and UV-resistant materials for use in boats, motorcycles, spas, and other outdoor applications. Many of our Marine speakers feature plastic cones and rubber surrounds for optimal durability. These speakers can withstand light rain, moisture and damaging sun rays. It’s the little things that set marine speakers apart. Unlike ordinary car speakers, their tinsel leads and voice coils are protected from moisture to help prevent corrosion.

If you already have speakers in your boat, you can simply measure the hole space to figure out what size you will need for the replacements. If you do not have speakers in your boat or you want to add bigger speakers, you will have to modify your boat’s panels. Another option is to add Wakeboard tower speakers, a hugely popular marine speaker design. Wakeboard speakers are encased in individual tower enclosures, ready for mounting on wakeboard tower bars.

As I mentioned in the Selecting a Set of Car Speakers article, the sensitivity rating is the most important aspect to consider when gauging a speaker’s quality. This rating tells you how effectively a speaker converts power into sound. The higher the sensitivity rating, the more efficient the speaker and the louder it will play given a set amount of input power. This is especially important if you are placing marine speakers in a boat, because you will need these speakers to be loud enough to sound clear in an open air outdoor environment. Therefore, you should look for a pair of speakers with a high sensitivity rating, among other notable features such as RMS power ratings.

To be sure, marine speakers are not completely infallible. Water resistant means the marine speakers are protected against moisture. Though they will survive sporadic rainfall and water splashes, marine speakers are not completely waterproof. To illustrate, you cannot completely submerge your marine speakers and expect them to continue to function.

When installing your marine speakers, be sure to use waterproof marine speaker wire to safeguard your speakers from corrosion and water damage. Be sure to connect the terminals in phase and make sure that the connections are secure.

These tips should help you establish a nice sound for your boat or outdoor application. If you need more bass, you should consider adding marine subwoofers and marine amplifiers to your system.

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