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Top 3 Marine Audio Receivers with Bluetooth

Marine Audio

Whether you’re building a brand new marine audio system, or replacing an old marine stereo, you’ll want to purchase a receiver that has all the features you need to listen to your music out on the water – as well as a design that protects it from the harsh marine environment. Specially made marine stereo systems have completely water resistant designs, are UV resistant, are designed with anti-corrosive components, and most feature large buttons so that they are easy to control in a moving boat. In addition, marine audio receivers come with a wide variety of ways to listen to your music – including auxiliary inputs, Satellite Radio, and Bluetooth to listen wirelessly. So, without further hesitation, here are the top three marine audio receivers with Bluetooth technology!


The JBL PRV175 in-dash digital media round receiver with Bluetooth is the perfect marine audio receiver for any boat. Not only does it feature Bluetooth technology, but you can also play music off of it through USB or an SD card. It features a fully water resistant design and a very simple interface with easy to use controls and a one-line LCD display.PRV175 Marine Audio Receiver

  • 2-Way iPod Control Allows Control from iPod or Stereo
  • White Illuminated Button Lighting
  • Compatible with Apple iPhone 5 and iOS 6 Software
  • Rear Aux Input
  • AM/FM Radio

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2Infinity PRV250

Next up is Infinity’s PRV250 in-dash marine digital receiver with Bluetooth. This receiver is a lot like the PRV175, however it is a bit bigger and features a square design instead of round. The PRV250 features a USB rear input, AM/FM radio, a marine-rated watertight faceplate and controls that are sure to stand up to sun, salt and moisture, and much more.Infinity PRV250 Marine Receiver

  • Single-Line LCD Display
  • White Illuminated Button Lighting
  • 2-Band Parametric Equalizer
  • 3.5mm Rear Auxiliary Input
  • 2 Sets of 2V Preamp Outputs

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3Sony MEX-M70BT

Last, but certainly not least, is the Sony MEX-M70BT single DIN in-dash marine stereo receiver with built-in Bluetooth technology. This stereo is a bit different than the others, as it features a classic single-DIN car stereo look- but this also means that unlike the other receivers, you can play CD’s on your boat. This marine receiver is a high tech, quality stereo and is perfect for any type of boat. The MEX-M70BT features one-touch Bluetooth device pairing using NFC technology, conformal circuit board coating to protect the unit from the harsh marine environment, UV resistant coating, and an included remote control. What’s special about this stereo is that, unlike the others, you can play CD’s Sony MEX-M70BT Marine Receiveron it!

  • CEA-2006 Compliant Amplifier
  • Theft-Deterrent, Detachable Face Plate
  • 10-Band Equalizer
  • Front USB and 3.5mm Auxiliary Inputs
  • Pandora Internet Radio Control through iPhone and Android Smartphones

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2015 Cars with Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay is the latest technology in iPhone integration and offers a powerful way to interface your iPhone device with your car stereo. It’s interface is designed to match your iPhone’s interface, so it is exceptionally easy to use for any iPhone owner. Compatible with all iPhone 5 and 6 models, Apple CarPlay is designed for the car, makes your life easier and creates a safer driving experience. Apple CarPlay will soon be available in select 2015 vehicles from a variety of makes, such as Audi, Volkswagen, BMW, and many more.

But what if you want Apple CarPlay without purchasing a brand new car? Well, we have good newsApple CarPlay for you! You can now add CarPlay to your current car with an Apple CarPlay aftermarket radio from Pioneer or Alpine.  Both of these car audio brands are releasing aftermarket car stereo models which feature Apple CarPlay as well as many other features such as Bluetooth hands free technology, touchscreens, and GPS navigation. With these high tech CarPlay head units, you can effortlessly integrate your iPhone with your car stereo. With Siri Eyes Free mode, you can navigate through your phone and other apps by voice command, enabling you to keep your eyes on the road – and hands on the wheel! You can get directions through maps, make and receive calls and messages, and listen to your favorite music without ever having to fumble with your iPhone. To learn more, read our Apple CarPlay Knowledge Base Article.


Apple CarPlay Highlights:


Siri can read, send, and reply to your text messages for you, so you never have to look at your iPhone while trying to focus on the road.


Access your songs, artists, playlists, and iTunes Radio using your stereo’s controls. Or tell Siri what you’d like to listen to. CarPlay also supports additional audio apps that you’ve downloaded to your iPhone such as Beats Music, iHeartRadio, Spotify, and more.


The power and simplicity of Apple Maps, featuring turn‑by‑turn directions, traffic conditions, and estimated travel time. CarPlay can also predict where you most likely want to go using addresses from your email, text messages, contacts, and calendars.


Make calls, return missed calls, and listen to your voicemail. You can do this through the Phone app on the CarPlay stereo, or ask Siri to do them for you.


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The 3 Best Over the Ear Headphones Under $100

Over the Ear Headphones

Over ear headphones definitely have some great advantages over on ear or in ear headphones when it comes to getting the best sound out of  your headphones. Their enclosed ear design allow you to really get lost in your music, since they are more noise cancelling or noise isolating than on ear or in ear earphones. In addition, their design which surrounds the ear allows for excellent sound quality and better bass response. If you are an audiophile, recording artists, musician, or DJ, over ear headphones will allow you to accurately hear your music in the studio or on stage. However, for those who do not want to spend a fortune on quality personal audio, you don’t have to! Here are the three best over the ear headphones under $100.



NVX Audio XPT100

Number one on our list are NVX’s XPT100 studio over ear headphones. If you are looking for excellent sound quality with outstanding comfort from your headphones, these are an excellent choice.  The XPT100’s feature 42mm neodymium drivers which deliver your music accurately and with even tonality. Their ComfortMax cushion earpads provide superior comfort while isolating outside noise to reduce interference and create a quiet listening environment. In addition, they include a 1/4″ adapter for studio mixing as well as other musical applications.

2Sennheiser HD419

Sennheiser HD419

Sennheiser’s HD419 over ear headphones are another pair of incredible enclosed ear headphones under $100 which feature impeccable sound and powerful, dynamic bass. You can expect efficient isolation of ambient noise with their closed circumaural design. In addition, the HD419 over the ear headphones feature an extremely comfortable design for long listening sessions with their adjustable headband and soft, luxurious velour earpads.

3Limitless Creations HP3BK

Limitless Creations HP3BK

Last on our list, but certainly not least, are Limitless Creations’ HP3BK over ear professional studio monitoring headphones. These high performance over the ear headphones feature a light weight, comfortable, and elegant design which feature ultra-soft memory foam and protein leather ear pads for extended listening sessions. In addition, they provide excellent sound quality and low hitting bass with their 45mm dynamic drivers that deliver crystal clear mids, highs, and low hitting bass for an unmatchable listening experience.

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Motorcycle Audio Amplifiers


If you are a motorcycle owner, you probably desire getting great sound off of your bike. After all, who doesn’t enjoy listening to excellent sounding tunes while they ride? In order to achieve this, a motorcycle amp is extremely important in order to power your bike’s system – and therefore ensuring optimum sound on the road. In addition, these powerful motorcycle amps are also excellent for ATV and UTV applications. No matter what powersport audio install you need an amplifier for, these amps are perfect for a few different reasons.

1Incredibly Small Housing


Whether you are looking to improve the sound system on  your motorcycle, ATV, or UTV, these vehicles don’t have much space for an amplifier. With motorcycles, you most likely will have two placement options for installing an amplifier – in either of the saddlebags or behind the fairing. Both of these spots give very little space for an amplifier. Therefore, you will need an amp that is extremely small in size such as the NVX MVPA1 and MVPA4. Both of the MPVA series amplifiers have enough power for your motorcycle, ATV or UTV sound system and are only a little bit bigger than an iPhone.

2More than Enough Power

Even though these powersport amplifiers are extremely small in size, they have more than enough power for your sound system. Whether you’re looking to improve your audio system with subwoofers or speakers, you can be sure that these amplifiers will be able to power your entire sound system.

3Special Materials

Most of these amps are specially designed with special materials that can withstand the vibrations and elemental exposure. In addition, many of these amps are waterproof, dust-proof, or weather-proof, ensuring that they will hold up to any conditions you will be riding in.

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Infinity BassLink SM Shallow Mount Powered Car Subwoofer

One of the great new products that Infinity™ introduced at the International CES show this year was their completely redesigned BassLink SM. The BassLink is a shallow mount powered car subwoofer. This compact, under the seat subwoofer is designed to improve the bass performance in vehicles while putting the richness back into the music. In addition, the BassLink SM’s small housing makes it possible to add bass to your vehicle without taking  up a whole bunch of space. In fact, you can even install it under your car seat!

Infinity Basslink SM

  • Compact, Long Excursion, 8-Inch Subwoofer
  • Class D 80W Amplification
  • Extremely Shallow Design
  • Fits Underneath or Behind Car Seat
  • Beautiful, Sleek Design
  • Easy Installation


The release of this brand new BassLink design definitely impressed us. The last model of Infinity’s BassLink powered car subwoofer was a much bigger design, with a 10″ subwoofer and a much wider housing. We love the new BassLink design and the fact that it adds excellent bass to your vehicle – at a great price! The BassLink SM powered car subwoofers will be available for purchase at Sonic Electronix sometime in April. Until next time, we’ll cya later!

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