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Top Marine Audio at the Miami Boat Show!

Miami Boat Show

The Miami Boat Show is no doubt the world’s greatest boat show all year long. With warmer weather not too far away, we were lucky to have part of our team attend the show so we can show you guys the awesome marine audio products 2015 has in store for ya’ll. Whether you’re passionate about sailing out on the ocean, or cruising the lake in a wakeboard boat, great sound makes any marine adventure an even better experience! So here are the marine audio highlights from the 2015 Miami Boat Show!


1Kicker Marine Audio

Kicker Marine Audio

Kicker’s new and updated marine products are a great way to bring great sound out on the water- in style! Whether you’re looking for marine amps, subwoofers, speakers, or tower speakers, Kicker’s marine line truly has it all. All of Kicker’s marine products were carefully designed with the outdoor environment in mind and are built to stand up against damaging sun rays, moisture, and water. Our favorite products from them are their KM Series subwoofers and speakers will brighten any boating experience with their cones which feature multi-color LED lights with twenty color options!

2Marine Audio from Wet Sounds

Wet Sounds Marine Audio

This year’s new marine audio products from Wet Sounds definitely impressed us at the Miami Boat Show. Their new Icon 8 Series wakeboard tower speakers are one of our favorite products from them and are high quality and feature supreme functionality with multiple mounting options, so you can be sure these will fit your boat! Wet Sounds, which Sonic Electronix is now an Authorized Dealer of, also featured a wide variety of other marine products such as marine amps, subwoofers, coaxial speakers, and their marine Bluetooth Volume Control knob. For high performance, premium marine audio that is sure to liven up your boat, Wet Sounds‘ new products are always a great option!

3Audiopipe Marine Products

Audiopipe Marine Audio

Last but not least, we were also impressed with Audiopipe’s upgraded full line of marine audio products. Audiopipe showed their full line of marine amps, speakers, tower speakers, subwoofers, and marine audio accessories. All of Audiopipe’s marine products are either weather proof or water repellent, to stand up to the harsh marine environment. We were especially impressed with their upgraded APAW Series marine loudspeakers. These speakers are available in 6.5″ or 8″ models and in a range of RMS wattages from 125 – 250 watts. In addition, they feature a water repellent design, a durable carbon fire cone, and come with black and white grills, so they are sure to match any boat!

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Summertime or Anytime: Introduction to Marine Audio

Marine Audio

It’s almost Summer! Time to get that boat ready!If you’re looking to improve your boats audio system, make sure the products are Marine Audio Certified for complete protection against a marine environment. This is important for many reasons:

Marine Stereos:JBL PRV175

Most often marine stereos or headunits are watertight, have coated circuit boards and UV-resistant paint, so it’ll stand up to the sun, salt, and spray. Many are compatible with, satellite radio, MP3 devices and remotes that can be placed around the boat to control your music anywhere.Sony XSMP1611

Marine Speakers:

Marine Speakers are also designed specifically for the wear and tear for the aquatic environment. They are available in a wide range of sizes from marine specific sizes for factory replacements to standard 6 ½” components and coaxials. Another great option for people that are water sports enthusiast are wakeboard tower speakers that can be heard by the person wake boarding and everyone around you.

Marine Subwoofers:

If bass is your thing then a marine certified subwoofer will round out your system nicely. There amplified, non-amplified, free-air, and enclosed models to suit everyone’s JL Audio Subwooferneeds. 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:

For people that want more power and clarity, you need amplifier to give your speakers the power they deserve. Marine amplifiers are designed specifically for the harsh environment that electronics are exposed to. They feature rubber caps to cover the RCA inputs, silicone boots to shield the fuses, and their circuit boards have corrosion-deterring coating. They are available in 6, 5, 4, 2 -channel, and mono-block configurations.

Marine Certified Amplifier Installation Kits:

This is a part of your audio system that you don’t want to skimp out on. You always want a BC-5W2 marine compliant certified amplifier installation kit. This is very important as they will be subjected to corrosive conditions at all times and marine electrical system are usually 14.4 volts. You want a power and ground wire, such as Oxygen-Free Copper (OFC), that can transfer as much power as possible as they usually have a long run from the power source to the amp. This helps prevent voltage drop to your amplifiers.

Something to Know:
While most marine products are not completely waterproof, they do an excellent job standing up to the water splashes and bumps that come with the harsh marine environment. In fact, Marine equipment does this so well that it is also used in golf carts, ATVs, and other off-roading vehicles.

So remember. When you’re looking to upgrade your watercraft’s audio system, make sure it’s marine certified. We have a huge selection for you to choose from, so head over to SonicElectronix.com and gets your system today!

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Top 3 Marine Stereo Deals at Sonic Electronix


Rockford Fosgate RFX9700CD

Gearing up that boat for yet another fun filled summer? Tired of your marine audio system not measuring up to music you’re used to hearing? Start your summer off right with an aftermarket Marine Stereo Receiver. These stereo receivers are different from the standard CD receiver you see in most automotives. They’ve been marine certified, meaning their much more protected from the elements than their land dwelling counterparts. The Top 5 Stereo Deals you can find on Sonic Electronix were put together in an easy to view list below. Check them out!

The Rockford Fosgate RFX9700CD is a great receiver to get your marine adventures off on the right foot. This receiver features an easy-to-read display along with marinized knobs and buttons for the ultimate water seal. Packaged along with Rockford Fosgate’s reputation for power output, you’ll get an immediate boost in sound quality and volume to all of your connected speakers.

Next up is the Sony CDX-M10 Marine Stereo CD Receiver. This features an EQ3 3-band parametric equalizer to help tune your audio. A 24-Bit digital-to-analog converter is also featured with best tuning memory to allow for the best possible sound quality from your audio device.

Finally is the Dual MXCP25 Marine Combo that features a Head Unit as well as 6-1/2″ DMP66 marine speakers. The head unit has blue button lighting and conformal coated circuit boards and plenty of playback and audio features to keep you occupied with. It also features 1 Set of 2V preamp outputs to allow for the addition of an amplifier. Speakers are also included which can be powered directly off of the radio. This combination is a perfect value package when it comes to quickly upgrading the audio that you listen to on your marine vessel.
Any of the above packages are a great deal and popular sellers are Sonic Electronix, it just depends on the application and what you’re looking for

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Top 3 Popular Marine Speakers At Sonic Electronix

It’s getting to be summer again which means the start of a few months of hot sun, perhaps a cook out or two, and hopefully lots of water! To kick off the upcoming season Sonic Electronix has picked out the top 3 Marine speakers found on their store. These three speakers all have their own benefits, check them out!

MB Quart NKE 116
First up is the MB Quart NKE 116 6-1/2″ 2-Way Marine Speakers. These speakers feature a polypropylene woofer cone with a rubber surround and a titanium dome tweeter. Rated at 60 watts of RMS power they can run well off of a stereo system, and can also be enhanced with an external amplifier. These speakers are perfect for adding on quality audio to your marine or outdoor vehicle without breaking the bank.

Rockford Fosgate RF Marine M162S
Second up is the Rockford Fosgate RF Marine M162S 6-1/2″ 2-Way Component Speaker System. These separates present different mounting options than other Coaxial speakers. The benefit to these component speakers is that you can use the separate drivers to result in better imaging and audio staging with your installation. The Rockford Fosgate M162S marine component speaker system is designed with an injection molded polypropylene woofer cone with a rubber surround and a titanium dome tweeter. These speakers can handle 75 watts of RMS power, so use with an aftermarket amplifier is recommended.

Polk Audio MM651UM
Last up is the Polk Audio MM651UM 6-1/2″ Ultra Marine Monitor MM Series Speakers. These marine speakers are designed with woven glass composite cone woofers with a butyl rubber surround and a 1″ silk-polymer dome weather resistant dynamic balanced tweeter. These speakers are completely sealed with a built-on grille for maximum resistance to the elements. A sealed crossover assembly is built into the back of the magnet of the speaker, and along with Polk Audio’s Klippel distortion analyzer the speakers are designed for maximum sound quality. Also featured is a 1-3/8″ large diameter voice coil and a neodymium magnet structure for increased dynamic mid-bass response.

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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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