Use JL marine for amps, JL for subs, and the JL 7.7" for mid and high. You will not be disapointed. If you do it do it right.
As a Live Audio Engineer and as someone who has actually caused a "brown note experience" upon someone else , Baja232Brian speaks the biggest truth in the audio world. This is the best advice on this particular thread. But you should get 2 of these instead!!!!!
So what if they slow you down by 20mph, get bigger motors!!!
I thought I would offer some insight here....from an insider prospective...
I recently sold my second car audio store I owned for the last 5 years and I owned my first store I owned for 4 years. I have been in 12 volt electronics for the last 19 years....I have competed in almost every class of sound quality and SPL sound competitions in USAC, IASCA, and MECA.
I would HIGHLY reccomend before deciding on a "brand" name of product your going to put into your boat to take a long hard look at the warranty offered by the manufacture of the product.
It doesnt matter if it's JL Audio, Rockford Fosgate, or American Pro Audio (flea market stuff). If it is going in a boat there is a good chance that it will get wet at some point or another.
The is some MINOR differences in Marine Audio Vs. Car Audio. Typically anything labelled "Marine Audio" has an additional film inside the product to help keep the water out, keyword being "help". There is no such thing as a true "marine" amplifier. For the most part "Marine" audio products have the exact same internals as their "Car" audio counter part with a few pieces of film as thich as a piece of notebbok paper to help keep water out. In most cases the price is 1.5 times more for a "Marine" audio part than a regular car audio part. In essence there is very little difference in "marine" vs. "car" audio. The only noticable difference will come out of your credit card when you pay the price difference.
With that in mind I would look at other manufactures that offer better warranty's than company's like JL Audio, Kicker, and so on. I carried and sold JL Audio for a LONG time and they make a decent product but when you compare JL to other product lines that out perform JL and carry an 1/8th of the price tag with 10 times better warranty.....you save money, hassles, and down time of your system when there is a problem.
I would reccomend you look at company's like Exile Audio, which has always been my personal choice for my marine clientele and what I run in my personal boat.
Exile has a 2 replacement warranty and most independent audio stores offer it as an over the counter exchange warranty. Meaning if your on the water and get your amp, speakers, or subs wet they will replace them the next day.
I cant tell you how many times I sold Exile to boaters because of the warranty. Exposing ANY electronic equipment to water (fresh or salt) will wear significantly on the product over the course of a year which is when most of the JL, Kicker, Fosgate, Memphis warranty's run out.....So you make a huge audio investment that will last you one year, maybe two, three and your lucky, 4th year your buying new again....
Going with a company like Exile you stretch the length of your dollar without sacrificing performance of your sound system...
As for crossovers, yes allot of head units come with them built in but you have to look at the application to see what best suites the circumstance.
Building a system in a boat only is ALLOT different than building one for a car. With a boat your playing into wide open air and overdriving/underpowering your system can lead to failure. I personally would perfer and reccomend using the crossover that is built into any quality amplifier on the market in conjunction with your head units crossover. It is always better to be safe than sorry. Plus if your sitting somehwere and someone jumps in your boat and starts playing with the knobs they might turn off the head unit crossover and blow a speaker or something......It is REALLY important to power and crossover the speakers properly to avoid failure.
Power is a HUGE concern when doing up the right boat system. You dont want to be that guy on the sandbar who can play his chit wide open for 30 min and then needs a jump to start the motor. Capacitors ARE NOT what you need, you will need extra battery's to do it right. I would suggest even going beyond the red, yellow, and blue top Optima's and buying a good pair of 1200amp Dry Cell car audio battery's. Add a heavy duty RV relay that will allow the dry cell's to charge when your running the motor and run the audio system when the motor is turned off. The relay will also keep your "starting" battery's isolated from your "audio" battery's so you dont look like a chump when it's time to crank the motor and go home....
I can go on and on, but I think is enough for you to at least think about.....If you need additional help dont hesitate to email me. I can also hook you up with the equipment (literally any brand) at wholesale pricing....I still have good relationships with my product reps. If your interested, hook your boat up to your truck and pull it to Northern Alabama for a week and I'll build it for you..... There is ALLOT more that I could type, but would rather tell you on the phone or something.....so if you need something email me..
Last edited by long duck dong; 11-13-2007 at 07:53 PM.
Thank you for the information everyone. I will look for good brand name products. I should have mentioned that the music is a real low priorty for me. The MTI has no sound system and never will, the closed canopy is so loud at speed that you must wear intercom headsets. They help prevent ringing ears and allow conversation. The Skater is my cruiser and I am only looking for a some backround music in the no wake zones. We often times wear intercoms in that boat as well at speed. The goal is nothing exotic, more like a nice factory car system that will only be for the passengers in the boat at slow speeds not sandbar jammin.
[QUOTE=Brad Zastrow;2334886]Thank you for the information everyone. The Skater is my cruiser and I am only looking for a some backround music in the no wake zones. QUOTE]
Your very welcome....
For "No Wake" zone music I would reccomend the following....
Panasonic Head unit - they carry a 2 year warranty and have sufficient built in crossovers to do the job.
Coaxial Speakers - Almost any brand will do, keep in mind if they get wet your going to have to replace them. I would reccomend to buy either an inexpensive pair or something with a good warranty. I would at least run a 6.5" if possible or 6x9's.
One Amplifier - to run your subwoofer or subwoofers (keep it simple). i would reccomend a D-Class amplifier for power effieciency on your battery and alternator. A good 400 watt D-Class amp will do the job no sweat with your stock battery and alternator setup.
Most quality head units on the market today are rated at 50 watts per channel, which you will never get a true 50 watts out of. You will see probobly 30 to 35 usable watts per channel and when using the built in crossover you can squeeze maybe 37 watts per channel.....Totally enough to do the job.
If your not planning any sandbar jam sessions then dont worry about the extra battery and like I said it wont harm the alternator or battery...although adding an extra battery is a good idea.
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