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Old 02-11-2012, 08:06 PM
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I'm going to be putting 4 8inch speakers under my rear seat and also 2 6x9 in the front. My boat already has the 4 holes for the 8 inch speakers which is why I'm doing this setup. I'm not looking for anything ridiculous just want to be able to hear some music as I don't have any right now. My question is what type of speakers and amplifier would be ideal for this type of setup? 2 channel, 4 channel amp, and exactly what type of 8' speaker would I need? I wanted to do my homework before I start purchasing speakers. As always thanks for any help!
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Exactly how big are the holes that are there now?????

About the only decent 8" marine speakers are the Memphis Audio speakers.

IMO, you should cut 2 of the holes bigger and put subs in. The other option is DC Gold 9.5/10's.
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If you wanted to go with smaller speakers you can make some trim rings. I replaced my speakers and the original ones where a little bigger so this is what I did. The trim rings are thru-bolted and then the speakers lagged into the rings.
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JL Audio makes a 7.7" component speaker, they sound incredible and as someone already stated cutting two of the holes bigger and installing 10" subs would be ideal
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I only run JL. The best IMO.
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I just got a new products flyer from JL and they now have an 8 or 8.5 inch speaker as well, cant remember the exact size.
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Exactly how big are the holes that are there now?????

About the only decent 8" marine speakers are the Memphis Audio speakers.

IMO, you should cut 2 of the holes bigger and put subs in. The other option is DC Gold 9.5/10's.
Thanks guys, the holes right now are about 7.5'. Does it matter if you run 2 channel or 4 channel amplifier?
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Thanks guys, the holes right now are about 7.5'. Does it matter if you run 2 channel or 4 channel amplifier?
2 channel is for 2 speakers at 4 ohms or 4 speakers at 2 ohms
4 channel is for 4 speakers at 4 ohms or 8 speakers at 2 ohms

With a 4 channel, you can also run 4 speakers at 2 ohms(off 2 channels) and 2 speakers at 4 ohms(off 2 channels).

The Alpine PDX amps are excellent and are 2 ohm stable. Low power draw, compact and do not get very hot.

The 7.5" hole will limit your selectionunless you make a trim ring as mentioned. The JL 7.7's and DCGold 7's both need both use a 6.25" hole.

The DCG 9.5's use a 8.85" hole.


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I just got a new products flyer from JL and they now have an 8 or 8.5 inch speaker as well, cant remember the exact size.
Didn't know that.
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Thanks guys, the holes right now are about 7.5'. Does it matter if you run 2 channel or 4 channel amplifier?
You can use jl amps. They are not cheap but one amp could run all those sPeakers. The 750/1 is neat. It's one Ohm stable and plays full range. That amp alone would run everything and be incredibly loud. We run 8 6x9 on one and man it's sounds good. They also have a 5 channel. I believe you live in fl correct? Just remember salt water kills everything but the jls have lasted us a year. So far....
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http://www.jlaudio.com/header/News/P...+better/885893

Kind of pricey MSRP, haven't talked to my guy yet to find out real world price, but could be a good way to go if you dont want to do subs.
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