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Old 02-29-2012, 01:34 PM
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Order MC factory audio or go aftermarket

Replacing my 05 Prostar 197 (on the For Sale thread with a 2012 X14v. In terms of Audio, I ordered the basic radio/CD package, no tower speakers, due to cost. Concerned about the quality, perhaps lack of sound, clarity,etc, I have been considering not having MC install any audio and take the $$$ credit and have an aftermarket audio installed. So the question is, do you think I can take the credit $1500/or so and get more for my money with aftermarket? - Or should I just keep it and add to it later?
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Old 02-29-2012, 02:02 PM
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My first question to MC would be how will an aftermarket installed audio system affect the MC warranty. If it won't change anything, I would go with aftermarket.
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Old 02-29-2012, 02:22 PM
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What does the $1500 get you? Head unit, 1 amp and 4 interior speakers? If so, I think you could do a lot better with aftermarket stuff for $1500.

I don't see any way installing an aftermarket audio system could affect the warranty.
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Old 02-29-2012, 03:01 PM
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With the source unit, remote control and four JL Audio 7.7 speakers plus cabling you are not yet at $1500 in value until you consider the installation labor which puts you right at the mark. If you add in an amplifier and related cabling then you definitely have at least $1500 in value.
While I am certain that you would supplement the system I don't see any reason why you wouldn't be using all the factory equipment. As for the JL Audio 7.7" in-boat speakers, once these are powered to potential, there is no place to upgrade anyway.

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Old 02-29-2012, 03:01 PM
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You can do a nice sounding stereo for less than $1,500. I just re-did all of my stereo and here's a list with prices I paid. This is far from top of the line stuff but it sounds great.

Sony Xplod CDX-GT350MP $69.95
(4) POLK DB651 6.5's$118
(2) MB QUART ONX 4.60 4 Channel Amps $200
(4) Liquid Audio Tower Speakers with Polk MM651 In Polished Cans $359
(1) PIONEER TS-W254R 10" Sub $47.89
(1) Pioneer GM-3500T 2/1 Channel Amp $79.99

For a grand total of $874.83

In my opinion, it sounds just as good as any high end stereo.
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Old 02-29-2012, 06:38 PM
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Replacing my 05 Prostar 197 (on the For Sale thread with a 2012 X14v. In terms of Audio, I ordered the basic radio/CD package, no tower speakers, due to cost. Concerned about the quality, perhaps lack of sound, clarity,etc, I have been considering not having MC install any audio and take the $$$ credit and have an aftermarket audio installed. So the question is, do you think I can take the credit $1500/or so and get more for my money with aftermarket? - Or should I just keep it and add to it later?
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Regardless, get the tower pre-wired before it leaves the factory. Save you some time when installing afterwards. I'd work a deal to have it dual wired in case you want to add another accessory. Can't cost much to run 14AWG wire twice.
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Old 02-29-2012, 07:15 PM
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I thought all the new boats were prewired at the factory(tower too)???
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Old 02-29-2012, 07:54 PM
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I thought all the new boats were prewired at the factory(tower too)???
They are prewired for everything except for video.
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Old 02-29-2012, 07:55 PM
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My '05 X-star has all JL speakers so the only change to my system was the install of an Alpine amp which really improved the sound quality all around. Now the speakers have the proper amount of power to take full advantage of their capabilities. The sound is awesome, in particular the cockpit speakers and subwoofer. I am very happy with my JL speakers.
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Old 03-01-2012, 11:13 AM
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I would not hesitate to go with the factory JL interior speakers. They need a more powerful amp than what is usually given at the factory, but that is easy to fix.

I respectfully disagree with coupe's interior speaker setup, it will not sound as good as the JL 7.7 inch speakers on the interior and that sub is not on par with a properly powered JL 10 inch sub.
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