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Old 09-25-2011, 09:39 PM
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Cool Winter Audio Project

Okay guys, purchased my boat with no stereo and now time to install a small quality system.

I am looking at MB Quart amps anyone have them; pros and cons?

I am looking for an ipod player with FM radio, four speakers, two tweeters, and one sub.

Any thoughts? My budget is $1K including wire, fuses, switches, ect.

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Old 09-26-2011, 12:09 AM
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You can get lot more bang for your buck going with kicker Zx amps. Best bang for your buck in boat speakers are the Polk Db651 speakers. You can catch them on saleat 65.00 a pair. Sound crisp and are also marine rated. Step up from that are Polk MMC651.

If you are wanting a sub and four inboats a perfect budget way is a kicker Zx 700.5.. It will power 4 Polk Db651 speakers and a sub perfectly.While Mb Quart makes some great speakers....... their amps are ok at best. Their power ratings are low for what you get from them.

If your head unit is in the glovebox any unit with the features u want and at least 2 sets pf preamp outputs is fine. If its out in the open I highly recommend going with marine rated one.

Two great places for older sale priced gear are sonicelectronics and hookedontronics.
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Old 09-27-2011, 10:25 PM
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Thanks for the input.

I am looking at the Sony 60ui head unit.
Looking at a sony marine amp but will look at the kicker you mention above.
Kinda set on a bazooka marine sub with intergrated amp because of location.
Open to any opinions on speakers JL, Alpine, Clarion, Bose...

Next is the wiring and fuses; anything to stay away from?
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Old 09-28-2011, 12:03 PM
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I wouldn't concentrate so much on a marine amp. You can get way more power and get way more amp for your sollargoing with non marine amps. Most marine stuff is low end and the power ratings are low. Car amps work great as long as u mount them up off the floor. I would check out that new kicker sub posted in this section. Its pretty slick design and powered with amp like the bazooka tube. Out pf speaker choices u mention Jl is definitely the best, but will cost u the most not only for the speakers but you need decent amp to push them. The Alpine Type R speaker is also a nice upgrade to factory stuff


Its called a "system" for reason. You could have the best speaker out there but cheap out on an amp or a head unit and your speaker will come no where near the highest end capabilities it has. S good head unit and a decent amp will even make avg speakers sound good.


The other question I have is are you planning on running an amp to your interior speakers, or are u just going to run them off the head unit? That will also change which speaker u should go with.
You can get a single amp that will power four cabin speakers as well as a sub and save yourself money rather than going with separate bazooka tube. The kicker zx700.5 is what I recommend. Its 2 amps built in one. One for sub and another to power 4 speakers all in one package.
Your budget is there to allow you to get a decent system so no worries on that.
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Old 09-29-2011, 10:33 PM
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Swat: thanks for the input. I have given much thought to your amp ideas and also starting to look at dumping the sub amp and up grading the system amp. I agree with your statement on a good system to make the speakers work well. This is why I have started learning about this before buying. I think the Sony head unit is good for 55w x 2 is that able to run two speakers and supply an amp as well? I think I need to purchase the head unit and start there.

Well I guess I have a few months before install.

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Old 09-30-2011, 09:32 PM
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No problem. Here is a shameless plug but a good deal. I have a slightly used for one season Clarion m475 for sale in classifieds. Has 3 preamps, an aux jack for mp3/ipod, and handheld remote great for starting system if you are interested. Has manual and all the original hardware for mounting. Again just shameless plug. Otherwise I think that Sony is ok unit as well.

If u are planning on running an amp to the interior speakers u won't even have to worry about the speaker wattage on the head unit and u run the speaker wires to the amp not the head unit. U just run Rca cables from head unit to the amp. Most head units are around 25-55watts per speaker. All depends.......this is where u have to decide what speaker, how many speakers and if u are going to run an amp or no amp. This will help u match things up properly. So again if u plqn on running an amp the wattage per speaker from the head unit doesn't come in to play at all.
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Old 09-30-2011, 10:21 PM
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If your bargain shopping there's deals out there, I picked up an open box premier head unit with all the goodies ipod, sat, 3 outputs, usb, and aux for 100 at car toys. If your patient you can have a killer system within your budget.
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I am looking to also upgrade to a budget system over the winter for my 190.

Any huge reason not to go with something a bit more budget for the 4 channel amp like this:

http://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_...ME-R300-4.html

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Old 10-21-2011, 10:53 PM
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Barefooter,

I just recently had a chance to check out MB Quarts' new line of Onyx amps. Those have some decent power and specs and have great sound. You dont get many frills but their power ratings and sound have been rated very very well. And their price is great. They have a nice powerful 4 channel for around 165.00 The ONX 4.125 .......So I retract my earlier statement. Their original line about 3 yrs back was very under powered for their prices, but these new Onx series amps get great reviews from people.
Thats a ton of amp for 165.00
sonicelectronix has it for free shipping
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Old 10-29-2011, 08:54 PM
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Swat: Thanks I will check it out. Right now I am looking at two clarion amps I decided to good with the good stuff and see how the speakers react. At this time I only have the head unit but I have all winter to pick things up.
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