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catamount
05-08-2012, 09:54 AM
My PS 190 only came with 2 speakers, both stuffed under the observer's seat. They were terrible sounding. Actually, someone had tried to jam a 6" x 9" speaker behind this 5-inch hole.

http://i.imgur.com/LoBc5.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/cRqUV.jpg

Based on searches on TT, I found that Polks would be an affordable upgrade. I got 6.5" (Polk DB651) for the back of the boat and 5.25" (Polk DB 525) for the observer's seat.

http://i.imgur.com/YXMOR.jpg

They look good, and sound better. Thanks for the recommendations TT! Now I'm waiting for my amp to arrive so I can really power these.

http://i.imgur.com/DWxrd.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/UTB2L.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/ZpOV3.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/tXVpO.jpg

mzimme
05-08-2012, 10:01 AM
You'll love how those sound with an amp. I just put the same speakers in my 83... they're VERY loud, and clear.

How much power are you giving them?

catamount
05-08-2012, 10:06 AM
Hey! Thanks for recommending those 5.25" for under the observer's seat... they fit perfectly there!

I've got a 4 x 80 watt amp coming. I think it'll be enough for these four? The next problem is mounting it. I noticed that you screwed your amp down to the floor... that's wood under the partition between the driver's & observer's seat?

19_Skier
05-08-2012, 10:40 AM
looks good! Mine only has 2 speakers in the back and I plan to put 2 up front. I like the idea of putting both under the observer seat opposed to cutting through the vinyl. I guess my only worry would be greater potential for them to get wet or damaged down there.

Double D
05-08-2012, 11:02 AM
Looks great!! I have the same speakers in my boat!

mzimme
05-08-2012, 11:12 AM
looks good! Mine only has 2 speakers in the back and I plan to put 2 up front. I like the idea of putting both under the observer seat opposed to cutting through the vinyl. I guess my only worry would be greater potential for them to get wet or damaged down there.

Shouldn't need to worry about the water, as those speakers are marine rated.

lt14me
05-08-2012, 09:39 PM
Looks great.I installed 4 of the 6.5" last year in my maristar with a 50rms per channel amp and they are extremely loud and clear, and as mzimme stated they are marine certified

19_Skier
05-09-2012, 07:32 AM
Shouldn't need to worry about the water, as those speakers are marine rated.

right, I don't know a lot about marine speakers but I was thinking more of the wires being that close to the floor in the ski locker. Damp ski's and life jackets wouldn't be an issue?

Let us know how they sound Catamount once you get the amp installed!

O2BESOHUGE
05-16-2012, 05:28 PM
I LOVE POLK AUDIO SPEAKERS....I INSTALLED THE POLK / MOMO 6x9S IN THE SIDES OF MY BOAT AND LOVE THEM! PAIRED WITH A TREO 10" SUB THEY ARE CRYSTAL CLEAR AND
L O U D !!

orbeamlb
05-16-2012, 08:07 PM
How do the speakers sound under the observer's seat? Debating installing a pair in that location.

LaRue
05-16-2012, 08:13 PM
I installed 4- polk audio DB 651's and amp. A great upgrade. Been very impressed

east tx skier
05-16-2012, 08:27 PM
I LOVE POLK AUDIO SPEAKERS....I INSTALLED THE POLK / MOMO 6x9S IN THE SIDES OF MY BOAT AND LOVE THEM! PAIRED WITH A TREO 10" SUB THEY ARE CRYSTAL CLEAR AND
L O U D !!

That looks good. Are those angled forward and backward or is it an illusion from the angles in which the grills are mounted/tilted?

mzimme
05-16-2012, 11:42 PM
How do the speakers sound under the observer's seat? Debating installing a pair in that location.

You wont hear them much outside the boat, but inside they sound fine as long as you dont block their sound path with the motor box. Better than nothin! :D

O2BESOHUGE
05-17-2012, 10:08 AM
Mine Are Just Tilted Slightly Instead Of Mounting Straight Up And Down...i Htought The Grilles Looked Pretty Good Too! Thanks!

orbeamlb
07-07-2012, 08:07 AM
You wont hear them much outside the boat, but inside they sound fine as long as you dont block their sound path with the motor box. Better than nothin! :D

Kudos on the Polk DS 521 Speakers. They are loud and clear under my observer seat. Powering off a Clarion CMS-1 40x4 watts peak. Sound carries well (no motor box in the PS 200).