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Heelgrad
03-28-2012, 09:24 PM
Wanting to get everyone's opinions on this. I ordered my boat with 2 speakers and am thinking about adding 2 more during the build. Do you all think it is a huge gain to go with 4 or should I just stick with the 2? I'm torn. Thanks a bunch.

Boilr
03-28-2012, 09:34 PM
I'd go 4. It doesn't matter if the engine is in the middle or in the back...the engine noise above idle will make it difficult for you to hear. I can always tell when a boat is going by my dock who has 2 vs 4 speakers. The 2's have to have it up so loud for them to hear, but the sound travels and everyone else has to hear what they are listening to.

Double D
03-28-2012, 10:11 PM
Go 4, 6 , 8 or 10, but not just 2.

D3skier
03-28-2012, 10:37 PM
Go 4, 6 , 8 or 10, but not just 2.

how bout 12 or 14..... ha ha... overkill

I'd go at least 4 if not 6

willyt
03-28-2012, 10:57 PM
I'm on the other side of the fence - buy 0 and throw some Wetsounds on there

BrooksfamX2
03-28-2012, 11:15 PM
you'll need 4 at least no matter what brand you get.......

travi_21
03-28-2012, 11:25 PM
Depends on what you want out of your soundsystem...

My opinions based on my 2005 X30. Had 2 beautiful M/C cans for the last couple years. Switching to wetsounds this year after having heard friends boat last year.

Looks: You can't beat the look of M/C aluminum cans. They're fantastic!

Sounds:

M/C cans with JL sound great nearfield. You'll do just fine with 2 for cruising/partying. Surfing sounds will be good with 2, and better with 4. Wakeboarding, skiing, tubing - the sound just doesn't project well enough with 2, and I personally doubt 4 would make an appreciable difference at that distance.

I've read that Wetsounds have not sounded great in nearfield in the past. Recent reviews and word of mouth seem to suggest the new Rev10s have significantly improved nearfield over previous wetsounds models. I'll personally find out in another month-ish when I invest/install. Farfield - this is where wetsounds (probably HLCDs in general) excel! Audio strength and clarity at that distance is impressive.

My opinion, if surfing/cruising/partying is your bailiwick, go with the M/C cans - the look just can't be beat and the sound is likely everything you need. If you also plan on wakeboarding, *and* want to really hear the sounds at the end of the rope - consider Wetsounds (or possibly other brands of HLCDs).


-Travis
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kgrove
03-29-2012, 02:31 AM
I'll be a bit more contrarian. It really depends on what you want and how important your music is to you. No doubt four speakers will sound better, but two tower speakers still sound pretty good. You may not be the life of the party cove, but it sounds good enough to many people. I think a subwoofer and sufficient sized amps are more important for decent sound than an extra set of tower speakers. I like the extra headroom available in the center of the boat by not having that extra pair of cans.

Heelgrad
03-29-2012, 02:36 AM
I'll be a bit more contrarian. It really depends on what you want and how important your music is to you. No doubt four speakers will sound better, but two tower speakers still sound pretty good. You may not be the life of the party cove, but it sounds good enough to many people. I think a subwoofer and sufficient sized amps are more important for decent sound than an extra set of tower speakers. I like the extra headroom available in the center of the boat by not having that extra pair of cans.

I originally went with the 2 because of the headroom issue. At 6'4" I know I'll be ducking every time to avoid the middle two, just got to thinking it might sound better. Can't decide if better sounds outweigh a few skull bruises...

JRW160
03-29-2012, 08:57 AM
I'm on the other side of the fence - buy 0 and throw some Wetsounds on there
I agree, you might even have a little money left over.