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okkomatz 04-24-2013 03:11 PM

'87 Prostar 190 stereo upgrade NEEDED!
 
Alright, I'm currently running the equipment that came with it, and I believe it is still the same stuff from factory. It has a cassette tape deck, and the four stock speakers.

NEED suggestions and not trying to break the bank! Haha currently using one of those cassette tape adapters to listen to my iPhone.

catamount 04-24-2013 03:35 PM

The problem is trying to find a waterproof unit that fits in that very narrow 2.5" slot provided. Most marine stereos need at least 4 inches of height for the cover. Some guys have put in "Fusion" stereos but they were more than I wanted to spend ($350ish).

Fusion stereo

Here is what I did, but in doing so got a lot of flak from the "don't cut into a classic crowd". There stereo ran me under $100. I also put in an amp and some new speakers.

http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/...ad.php?t=51274

BrianM 04-25-2013 08:53 AM

Find yourself a single DIN auto deck. There are some pretty nice versions out there for about $150 with IPod interface, Bluetooth, USB etc. Four decent 6 1/2" speakers (go marine here) in the boat and then a moderate sized amp and sub under the bow. The whole thing can be done pretty cheap and it sounds great.

east tx skier 04-25-2013 09:10 AM

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Originally Posted by BrianM (Post 929003)
Find yourself a single DIN auto deck. There are some pretty nice versions out there for about $150 with IPod interface, Bluetooth, USB etc. Four decent 6 1/2" speakers (go marine here) in the boat and then a moderate sized amp and sub under the bow. The whole thing can be done pretty cheap and it sounds great.

This! An automotive receiver with a radio cover will sound great, not cost a fortune, and work well for a long time. My $130 JVC is six years old and going strong.

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-7...0/100_1729.JPG

gweaver 04-25-2013 09:39 AM

Wow!! How did you manage 6 years? I've been through two in 3 years!! Granted, the stereo is mounted in a different location- in the center near the mirror, but it's got a splash cover on it. Maybe I just got unlucky? I think I'm going to go with a marine head unit this time, in the hopes that I get a little more time out of it.
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SKI*MC 04-25-2013 09:39 AM

the POLK db series speakers (like in the picture above) i hear are great speakers. I just bought 4 of them for the system i am dropping in my S&S. I think i was able to find 2 pairs of speakers for $130 on ebay. I also picked up a sony marine head unit (with cd AM/FM, usb, and aux) for $140 off ebay. Some people worry about buying electronics on ebay, but i have NEVER had an issue.

east tx skier 04-25-2013 11:11 AM

The Polk Store on ebay is a great resource for speakers.

19_Skier 04-25-2013 11:31 AM

Depending on what your budget is, I picked up a clarion m309 head unit and four JL audio MX650's for just over $500 all in. The speakers were the most expensive part but, IMHO, worth every penny.

d2jp 04-25-2013 12:21 PM

The challenge with a single DIN is there isn't a great way to secure the unit both to and behind the dash. Another issue is the current marine covers are all too large to fit the 'stock' location on the dash. I also didn't want to spend a ton of money. I decided on the Fusion MS-RA205, list is $249 but I think I found it on sale for $199. And, you don't need to buy a cover (which won't fit the boat anyway). It has a USB input on the back. I just use an Apple cable run into the back and keep the i-device under the dash nearest the driver. It syncs with my ipod to show the playlists, etc. It also has decent FM reception and is compatible with Sirus. I did have to cut the opening slightly, and picked up a trim plate from a car stereo shop as a filler, b/c the Fusion is slightly taller, but more narrow than OEM unit. I can post pictures when I get home tonight. For speakers I went with Polk (don't remember the number) marine certified which were available locally. The Fusion could benefit from an amp - but it's fine as is. It's survived a couple of bow dunkings where a tidal wave came over the windshield, rain, etc and works great.
I 'almost' went with a marine amp along with an ipod idaptor - which is another good option. Especially if FM/Sirus doesn't mean anything to you.

okkomatz 04-29-2013 12:36 PM

Thanks for all the input! I've got a guy on the river here that has also given me some suggestions, gonna take a look at his setup in his PS.


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