Why Wakeboard Tower Speakers?
Summer 2016 is right around the corner and getting great sound on your boat, utv, atv or other project vehicle will make your summer unforgettable. Wakeboard Tower Speakers will give you the best sound and protection while in the elements so you don’t have to worry about your speakers failing. Not all speakers can withstand the elements. Most speakers will wear out when exposed to sand, salt-spray and intense sun rays because they are not built to last under these conditions. If you’re looking for speakers that will last when you’re in the sand, cruising on the lake, or riding on a trail, tower speakers are specifically made to hold up against any terrain you’re in.
Good wakeboard tower speakers are built to be water-resistant or waterproof, have corrosion protection and tested to withstand dust and vibrations. Many are also made with uv-inhibitor materials to block ultraviolet radiation from the sun which will prevent fading. This testing and build quality is why wakeboard tower speakers will stand the test of time and thrive in different terrains where most electronics tend to fail.
Wakeboard Tower Speaker Features
Finding the best tower speakers for you will mean finding some that will suit your specific needs. When shopping for tower speakers, there are some key features to look out for.
Water-resistant vs. Waterproof: Knowing the difference between water-resistant and waterproof is a must. Water-resistant will usually mean that the speakers will do fine against water spray, but not full on immersion. If your situation calls for more protection, then waterproof speakers are what you’re looking for. These speakers can be immersed in water for short periods of time which should do the trick for most applications.
Marine Rated: It may seem a little obvious, but make sure the speakers are marine rated. This will mean that the materials used will handle harsh terrains, whether it be on a boat at sea or a UTV on a muddy trail. Check if the speaker meets marine standards such as the ASTM Test Standards. You can also check to see if the speaker has an IP rating which will quickly identify what level of protection the speaker has against dust and water.
Stainless steel hardware: Many tower speakers use stainless steel hardware and grilles which will prevent corrosion. Since the elements will make most other materials corrode, it’s best to use stainless steel hardware, grilles, etc. Another hardware feature to look out for is the mounting hardware. Having a swivel mount is helpful to move the speakers in the direction you want at any time. This is useful for boat tower speakers so you can easily adjust the sound projection. The other option is having a fixed mount. Fixed mounts are a good option when having flexible movement is not really needed.
HLCD: Although not necessary for most marine applications, an HLCD is a great feature and a perfect solution for wakeboarding. When you’re being pulled 70 feet or more from the boat, you’ll want a speaker that can project sound far enough to be audible over the engine noise and reach the distance you’re at. Most speakers will only project sound directly in front of the speaker and not be able to reach outside the wake. A horn loaded compression driver (HLCD) is a great feature that is designed to produce a wide, horizontal sound projection. An HLCD will also project sounds to distances of 70 feet or more. Perfect for listening to music when wakeboarding. Look out for this feature if you’re looking for a great wakeboarding solution. The Wet Sounds Revolution Series speakers shown below are a good example that has HLCDs.
Great Wakeboard Tower Speakers
So now you know what features to look out for when shopping for wakeboard tower speakers. To make things even easier, here are our picks for some great wakeboard tower speakers that are in the market as of 2016:
Wet Sounds speakers are created by industry veterans that specialize in the marine industry. The technologies and materials they use in their tower speakers create high performance products like the Revolution Series. The speakers in this series have high RMS power ratings between 200-400 Watts each. They are even featured on wakeboardingmag.com in their electronics gear section. They utilize stainless mounting hardware, fully marinized, fixed or swivel mount hardware and sound projection up to 80 feet.
If you’re looking for a top-of-the-line reliable tower speaker, then the Rockford Fosgate line is what you’re looking for. Also mentioned by wakeboardingmag.com, the Punch Series speakers meet ASTM Marine Grade standards, CEA-2031 standards, have UV inhibitor enclosures and are equipped with marine horn tweeters for high output. These features make this series ideal for any terrain. The Punch Series speakers are Element Ready, meaning they’re tested to withstand dust, water, sun exposure, corrosion and use stainless steel hardware.
JL Audio’s M-Series enclosed speaker systems provide great power and style. The coaxial drivers will get loud and provide maximum performance in marine conditions. They are made with marine-grade polymer materials to stay protected against the elements. You really can’t go wrong with a JL Audio system.
MB Quart’s Nautic wake tower speakers have illuminated and non-illuminated options. UVA protected and an IPX67 rating make these speakers a perfect choice for boats, UTVs, ATVs and other outdoor vehicles. The 2-way design contains a 1″ tweeter. The line comes in a 6.5″ or 8″ option.
Installing your Wakeboard Tower Speakers
When you finally have your new wakeboard tower speakers, installing them is fairly easy. You can follow the step-by-step instructions on how to install your tower speakers from our video below. Enjoy the summer!
Sonic Electronix Wakeboard Tower Speakers
Here at Sonic Electronix, we have a wide selection of tower speakers to choose from as well as the wiring, amplifier, subwoofer and accessories you need for your system. For additional tower speakers and much more, visit our site here!