Tag: Marine Audio

Marine Audio Installation Tips

Kenwood Marine KMR-700U

By David D. – Product Specialist

Now a days it’s rare to be on the lake or river and see a boat without some sort of sound system in it.  Some of them sound good, and some don’t. In this article I will provide you with some useful tips on how to install a good quality sound system in your boat.

A head-unit is usually the first thing you purchase when putting together a sound system. There are head-units manufactured specifically for marine use such as the Kenwood KMR-700U. When you mount your marine stereo, the recommended mounting angle is 20° and should never be mounted over 30°. If you do choose to mount the deck at an angle over 30°, the CD player will still function but you risk losing the shock protection, this could permanently damage your newly acquired headunit.

When it comes to the Marine Speakers, there are a couple different ways of mounting them. You can get flush mount speakers, box speakers, or a set of tower speakers. Flush mount speakers require you to cut a hole in your boat to mount them. This method takes up the least amount of space and keeps the speakers out of the way from any activity going on in the boat. With box speakers, there is no need to cut a hole anywhere in your boat, they come equipped in a boxed enclosure and are already set up for peak performance. The downside of box speakers is that they do not mount flush and they can take up space. Tower speakers are great for wakeboarding boats, these speakers mount on the top of your tower and can be aimed or positioned however you please. When dealing with any kind of Marine speaker, you want to aim them where your ears are going to most likely be. In a vehicle this is not that important because the sound has surfaces to bounce off of.  In a boat, there is a lot of airspace the sound can get lost in. When wiring your speakers, you want to try to stay away from normal speaker wire; it has copper that can easily corrode due to moisture. An ideal marine speaker wire should have some plastic coating on the wire that extends from end to end. You can also wrap all your wires with electrical tape for extra caution.

To power your marine audio system, you will need a marine specific amplifier like the Kicker ZXM350.4. When installing an amplifier in your boat, it is recommended to use 1 amplified channel per speaker, however you can use more than one speaker on one amp channel. If you plan on doing that, you have to be careful because if this isn’t set up properly because you could damage your amplifier. Please read the owner’s manual of your amplifier to make sure you’re not exceeding the power ratings. The amplifier is the so-called “brains of the operation”, so when choosing one make sure that this isn’t the component you try to save money on.

I hope some of these tips helped you and I look forward to hearing you out on the lake.

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Rock your Boat with Certified Marine Receivers

Clarion CMV1

By Seth Wilde – Product Specialist

High quality sound is one of the most important things that we can add to a boat in order to get the most enjoyment on the lake.  A respectable stereo or source unit, along with speakers and subwoofers, are the solution to getting the best sound out of your boat.  Some of the most impressive marine source Sonic Electronix has seen includes the Clarion CMS1, The Clarion CMV1, and the Kenwood KMR-700U.  Each of these name-brand units has unique features that separate it from the rest of the marine certified units out there.  One thing that is constant throughout each of them is excellent sound quality, user-friendly iPod integration, and marine certification.

Kenwood KMP-700U

This marine digital media receiver uses a head unit that is installed in the dash of the car, as well as a remote mount module that acts as the central audio hub.  The module can be installed inside the boat dash or anywhere there is room on the boat.  Connecting the two units is just a matter of connecting some cables.  The Kenwood KMP-700U lacks a CD player, but results in an open space that can be used as watertight storage.  The 4-line display is easy to read on the lake and the large buttons are designed specifically for this marine unit.

Clarion CMV1

One of our favorite marine stereos is this audio and video unit from Clarion.  The Clarion CMV1 is unique from all the other boat stereos in that it features a 3.5” full color LCD display for video playback.  Underneath the front faceplate is a slot to insert CDs and DVDs.  It is compatible with DVDs, as well as DVD±R, DVD±RW, and DivX formats.  As with other clarion units, it features the BBE MP Digital Sound processing and 24-bit digital-to-analog converter for incredible sound quality.  There are not too many marine units that feature video playback, but that is why Sonic Electronix loves the CMV1!

Clarion CMS1

For boats that do not have a lot of space to install a marine stereo, Clarion has released a mechless remote mount source unit that is designed for custom installations, as well as smaller boats.  The Clarion CMS1 has a central brain unit that deals with all the audio signals.  The USB input is designed especially for use with iPods.  The main unit connects to a smaller remote that can be mounted on the dash of the boat or any other place that is convenient.  This is a great choice for those that primarily use an iPod as the source of music and want an integrated, simplistic feel.

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Sony Marine/Boat CD MP3 Players

CDX-H905IP combo

By Chelsey P. – Sonic Electronix Writer

It may not feel like summer any more, but don’t let that discourage you from purchasing the latest head unit for your boat. We currently have 3 Sony packages that are sure to have everything you will need and more while out on your boat. Each package includes a Sony head unit and, as a bonus, a wired remote control. These marine stereos have a boat theme that should blend in great with your boat’s interior, and they are built to last.

First, the Sony CDX-H905IP combo consists of the CDX-H905IP marine receiver and the RM-X11M remote. The CDX-H905IP MP3 player puts a fresh face on marine audio components with a bright display and intuitive controls. It features CD, MP3 and WMA playback and will play all your favorite music while cruisin’ out on the water. Not only do you get amazing sound playback from the CD and MP3 player, there is also a built-in iPod adapter located on the back of the head unit. This allows for a direct connection from your iPod to the receiver. And without the need for any extra cables, you can easily plug your iPod in for hours of music. As for audio features, there is the EQ3 Equalizer with seven preset tone curves and a dynamic soundstage organizer. The Sony CDX-H905IP has the option for Sirius or XM Satellite radio and HD radio playback as well.

CDX-M60Ui combo

Second, the Sony CDX-M60Ui combo includes the CDX-M60Ui marine CD player with MP3 and WMA playback and the RM-X11M remote. While this unit doesn’t have direct iPod connection, the rear USB input allows the connection of an iPod with a standard iPod cable. If you don’t have an iPod, a USB thumb drive preloaded with music will also work with this option. The built-in amplifier will carry the music through any type of weather, while the equalizer works to produce a perfect blend of frequencies. Along with CD, MP3, WMA and iPod playback, you have the option of adding Sirius satellite radio or HD radio to your head unit. All of these “extras” combined make this feature-packed head unit a must-have for both car audio enthusiasts and beginners alike.

Lastly, the Sony CDX-HS70MW combo consists of a basic marine head unit and the RM-X11M remote. The CDX-HS70MW stereo is specially designed to withstand the marine environment. It comes with CD, MP3, and WMA playback capabilities for reliable entertainment while on the water. Unlike the previous two receivers, this one does not come with a built-in iPod cable, but it does have a separate module that needs to be purchased for iPod playback. Don’t let that deter you though; this head unit is a great buy! The built-in amplifier will play your music over any type of noise and can use an external amp for extra power. This receiver also comes with the ability to add on satellite and HD radio, making the possibilities endless.

And, as mentioned, you will receive the Sony RX-X11M Marine remote with each one of these CD player combos (Note: you can also purchase any of the CD players separately). It has a splash-proof design made specifically for Sony marine stereos. With its large, easy to use buttons, you will have no problem controlling the volume, source selection, mode and turning the stereo off.

Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to get a wonderful head unit with a bonus wired remote for the fraction of the cost!

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Sony CDX-H905IP Marine Stereo

By Gideon V. – Sonic Electronix Editor

Marine audio products are built to survive elements that regular electronics cannot handle, such as light rain, moisture and harmful sun rays. Marine stereo components are great for building stereo systems in boats, motorcycles, and outdoor areas because they are water, fog, salt, and UV ray resistant. These products use only the strongest materials, so you can enjoy your stereo system in the outdoor environment without worrying about rust and corrosion.

In terms of expandability and features, marine head units are quickly becoming equals to aftermarket car stereos. The Sony CDX-H905IP is a marine MP3 CD player with iPod control. This splash-proof marine head unit has a built-in iPod interface cable for iPod controls, charging and playback. You can take your iPod with you and use your stereo faceplate to control your playlists while sailing at sea. If you have an iPhone, you can add on the Scosche PassPORT IFWA for plug and play charging of the iPhone 3G.

The CDX-H905IP has a rear RCA input for further expandability options, such as satellite radio or navigation. The sealed, flip-down design keeps the internal circuitry protected from moisture and dirt. The faceplate has customizable red and blue color schemes and its rounded shape looks as though it were a part of your boat’s controls.

Although the CDX-H905IP includes a wireless remote control, you can add the Sony RM-X55M wired marine remote control. The Sony RM-X55M sends a signal to the CDX-H905IP internally, so you don’t have to point it at the stereo for remote control operation. This further protects the stereo from the outdoor elements since you don’t have to mount the stereo in an open area.

For a total boat sound system, you should consider adding marine speakers to your boat. A great set of marine speakers for your boat are the Sony XS-MP1620B. These 6-1/2” 2-way boat speakers are a great addition to your boat stereo system. As they handle 45 watts of RMS power each speaker, you should add a four-channel marine amplifier to power them. A head unit, such as the CDX-H9051P, only provides 17 watts of RMS by 4 channels.

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