Like Tree0Likes

Boat Stereo System 101

Reply
Old 12-04-2005, 11:14 PM
  #11
VIP Member
VIP Member
Thread Starter
 
OldSchool's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Florida
My Boats: Cigarette CC and Boston Whaler currently
Posts: 10,094
Default Re: Boat Stereo System 101

Quote:
Originally Posted by GLH
You should work for the Government then...


Hey Buddy!!!
__________________
I can't talk about it right now, it's being handled by the Postal Inspector. Those guys don't mess around!
OldSchool is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-04-2005, 11:24 PM
  #12
Registered
 
Spine Tingler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: GLOC
My Boats: Smith Power 44MTI
Posts: 2,176
Default Re: Boat Stereo System 101

I am going to put a mount for an iPod and XM radio in our new one. You may want to think about these. We will rarely need CD's and can have continuous music.
Spine Tingler is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-05-2005, 12:31 AM
  #13
Platinum Member
Platinum Member
 
BigSilverCat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Joplin, Mo
My Boats: 2016 50' Skater Catamaran , 2003 41' Apache Cat, 2003 36' Cigarette Gladiator
Posts: 2,467
Default Re: Boat Stereo System 101

I would say put an amp on any speakers you can and the more power the better, I have seen alot more speakers blown by under-powering them then over-powering them.

if you have any questions you can call me.

tyson
4174370665
BigSilverCat is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-05-2005, 06:59 AM
  #14
VIP Member
VIP Member
 
offshoredrillin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Maryland
My Boats: 00 Cig Tiger,74 Cig 20'
Posts: 10,945
Default Re: Boat Stereo System 101

Quote:
Originally Posted by welladjusted
I am going to put a mount for an iPod and XM radio in our new one. You may want to think about these. We will rarely need CD's and can have continuous music.
I have sirrius and love it, all mine is Kenwood marine and it sounds great, no amps to the cabin spekers as its not needed. i added 2 6.5's to the freeboard by the driver and passenger dash.
offshoredrillin is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-05-2005, 08:04 AM
  #15
Registered
 
dockrocker's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Deeee-troit!
Posts: 3,356
Default Re: Boat Stereo System 101

Following this with interest as I have some work needed in my boat. Previous owner put in two big Pioneer(?) subs under the back bench, but never hooked them up. So I know I'll need another amp, but this is the first I've heard of possibly adding a new battery!

Also, does anyone know of a car/boat head unit that will allow you to directly connect a iPod? It seems to me that we've had external sources (think portable CD players) for 20 years, you'd think th manufacturers would figure out that having an input on the front panel would be useful. I mean, my 10 year old Onkyo receiver at home has a gazillion different inputs; hell, my TV's got 4, including on on the front panel.
dockrocker is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-05-2005, 08:10 AM
  #16
Registered
 
UNSANE's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: O-town
Posts: 1,775
Default Re: Boat Stereo System 101

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bigyellowcat
I would say put an amp on any speakers you can and the more power the better, I have seen alot more speakers blown by under-powering them then over-powering them.

if you have any questions you can call me.

tyson
4174370665

THANK YOU!!!!! As a concert guy we never under power speakers at all, in fact we go the other way by 50% to 100%! This is the biggest myth about audio and the one I get the most arguments on and it feels like I gotta beat this principle into peoples' heads, so it's refreshing to hear someone else state this as well!!! THANK YOU!!!
UNSANE is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-05-2005, 08:16 AM
  #17
Registered
 
UNSANE's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: O-town
Posts: 1,775
Default Re: Boat Stereo System 101

Quote:
Originally Posted by dockrocker
Following this with interest as I have some work needed in my boat. Previous owner put in two big Pioneer(?) subs under the back bench, but never hooked them up. So I know I'll need another amp, but this is the first I've heard of possibly adding a new battery!

Also, does anyone know of a car/boat head unit that will allow you to directly connect a iPod? It seems to me that we've had external sources (think portable CD players) for 20 years, you'd think th manufacturers would figure out that having an input on the front panel would be useful. I mean, my 10 year old Onkyo receiver at home has a gazillion different inputs; hell, my TV's got 4, including on on the front panel.
Let me know the model of the subs and their ohm rating, also if they're in cabinets or not. Also I know there are headunits out there that can deal with the Ipods but I can't think of any models off the top of my head but if it has an AUX input on the front, usually a 1/8 inch jack, then you're good.
UNSANE is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-05-2005, 08:25 AM
  #18
Registered
 
Clay Washington's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Austin, Texas
My Boats: 1990 Cigarette Bullet
Posts: 6,986
Default Re: Boat Stereo System 101

Since we're spending your money...

Start at the speakers and work backwards. You already have four in the cabin. They should be on their own 4-channel amp.

Next you will want four speakers and a subwoofer for the cockpit. Those four speakers need to be on an amp, and the subwoofer needs to be on a third amp.

Find a head unit that has two sets of "line outs" and even a sub out. That way you are not splitting your (single) signal between four sets of speakers. If necessary, you can wire the cabin speakers to the "front" and the cockpit speakers to the "rear", and use the fader control to send the sound to either the cabin or the cockpit (or both).

Now for power. Driving three amps will require more than one battery. Buy two "gel" batteries and connect them in parallel. You may want a third (lead) battery for emergencies. Connect them through a perko switch. Lead to "1", gels to "2". Never run on "both".

Wiring. If you want your system to work, don't skimp on the wiring. All of this new equipment won't work for crap unless you have high quality wiring in place. Pay special attention (and spend extra money) on the power wires from the battery to the amps.

Finally, alternator. You may want to upgrade your alternator. You probably have a 55 or 65 amp alternator. You might want to get a100+ amp alternator.

Good luck!

Last edited by Clay Washington; 12-05-2005 at 08:33 AM.
Clay Washington is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-05-2005, 09:37 AM
  #19
Registered
 
ratman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: medellin colombia, pablo escobar's lil town
My Boats: michelob light scarab, sold, sailor now
Posts: 8,396
Default Re: Boat Stereo System 101

id be more worried about how to de tune those big motors than stereo right now
ratman is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-05-2005, 09:55 AM
  #20
Registered
 
birdog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Batavia Oh.
My Boats: Top Gun
Posts: 4,034
Default Re: Boat Stereo System 101

Quote:
Originally Posted by GLH
You should work for the Government then...
Then he would say..."Money is NO object" !!
birdog is offline  
Reply With Quote
Reply

Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
thisistank
General Boating Discussion
109
08-27-2006 10:24 AM
pshannon
Formula
14
04-11-2006 02:22 PM
BajaRunner
Baja
18
03-02-2005 08:31 AM
MiamiVice
General Boating Discussion
8
11-30-2004 08:08 AM
BigChief
General Boating Discussion
25
12-09-2003 06:34 PM



Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:34 AM.


Copyright 2011 OffShoreOnly. All rights reserved.