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  • Advice: Modest, cheap stereo upgrade for ProStar

    Hey guys,

    This thread is populated with lots of hardcore audio systems, but some of us just want to hear our tunes while swimming and over the engine from within the boat...not 100s of feet away

    Current setup in my ProStar 195 is a deck and 4 unamplified (crap) speakers.

    My current plan is:
    Questions I have about this setup:
    • Is that amp under/overpowered for my application?
    • What if I want to add a sub in the future?
    • Any experience with these components?

    Thanks for any feedback from you audiophiles out there.

  • #2
    I’m like you – want good sound, but doesn’t need to be “Kyle”good.

    I put in a box with a 4 ohm kicker sub in a box and it sounds great. Of course, I dont have any storage space under the observers seat, but i dont need it anyways.

    As far as music, if your receiver has a USB, I highly recommend a flash drive full of your music. saves your cell battery, and sound quality will be much better.
    What does the fox say?

    Ring-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding...

    You know they all have a little string hanging out, but it's not a tampon, it's a price tag...

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    • #3
      [QUOTE=TxsRiverRat;1006695]
      I’m like you – want good sound, but doesn’t need to be “Kyle”good.

      "Kyle" good - Is this a Metric, US or some sort of off planet hybrid measurement??

      I'm with ya - I'm after quality tunes that don't break the bank. I got lucky with mine; the PO dumped in a new system the summer before he sold to me. Thanks Brandon!!!!
      Screws fall out all the time, the world is an imperfect place.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by neil.anderson63 View Post
        "Kyle" good - Is this a Metric, US or some sort of off planet hybrid measurement??
        Lord, you'd think you were at an amphitheater listening to Kyles stereo... It's the best I ever heard.
        What does the fox say?

        Ring-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding...

        You know they all have a little string hanging out, but it's not a tampon, it's a price tag...

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        • #5
          2 things about that amp that would have me keep shopping. Specs are sketchy, but based on the size of the single fuse, im guessing that amps RMS will not be much more then that of your head-unit. So no real benefit. 2) it looks to be full-range only, no selectable cross-over filter.

          To go one step further, im not sure it is bridgeable, so no chance to drive a sub with it.

          So to answer your ?'s
          1) neither really, but will not be any better then the head-unit
          2) not with this sub, you will need another
          3) Clarion deck is a solid H/U. This in-boats are fine if they fit the boat, budget, like the looks and sound. Amp, well i think we covered that.

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          • #6
            Clarion HU?....good.
            Infinity speakers?....alright. But, consider spending a bit more to get a marine coaxial with a true dome tweeter that is considerably smoother rather than the W-dome used by that Infinity model. A W-dome is efficient and aggressive but also with a very erratic response. A little too harsh for my ears.
            Pyle amplifier?....awful! No switching power supply. Just a BTL amplifier similar to a head unit. Totally bogus specs. Step up and get something that is a keeper. You need a three, four or five-channel amplifier if you are certain that you will be adding a subwoofer in the future.

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            • #7
              PYLE PLMRA420 4-Channel 1,000-Watt Waterproof Marine Bridgeable MOSFET Amplifier
              http://amzn.com/B00068U9Y8 or PYLE PLMRA620 6 Channel 2000 Watt Waterproof Marine Bridgeable Mosfet Amplifier
              http://amzn.com/B000N5T0TE any better? What about Polk Audio DB651 6.5-Inch Coaxial Speakers
              http://amzn.com/B000P0PF9G. They seem to have a full dome tweeter.

              Keep in mind I'm a baller on a budget

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              • #8
                For what it's worth, I put the Infinity 612's in my Tristar, and I really liked both the sound and the look of them, and the price was right. I powered them with Sound Stream amp, rated at 100 watts per the 4 channels. The speakers loved the power (which was prob realistically 75 watts each). Now that I bought an Xstar, I am stepping up to Wet Sounds XS-650's powered by a Syn 4 . Might as well spend a little xtra.....

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                • #9
                  http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00E0EW3ZW

                  This amp. This is what I'm going to put in. Similar setup. Lots of bike guys put these in there bikes. Seems to get great reviews
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                  • #10
                    Soundstream makes a quality product with good pricing. Check out onlinecarstereo.com or sonicelectronix.com for often good deals if you are looking for budget stuff. Lots of reviews to read about the various products as well

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                    • #11
                      This is what I did last year:

                      http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/...ad.php?t=50475

                      If you shop around you can find a good price on the mx650's - definitely not as cheap as the inifinity but definitely worth the extra money. I was in for just over $500.

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                      • #12
                        I plan on doing similar to 19 Skier. swapping my 4 speakers with JL MX650 and a amp.
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                        • #13
                          I just can't (well, choose not to given other priorities, let's be realistic...I have a boat) spend that much coin on speakers that can't possibly be 2.5x better than what I'm going to go with: Polk db651: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000P0PF9G

                          I will just be powering off the HU for now, but will look into getting an amp and a small(ish) sub maybe next year. Seems like an amp is nice but not necessary to get halfway decent sound.

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                          • #14
                            I've got a very basic system in my boat, similar to yours- 4 speakers, all running off the HU. While it does well enough in the boat with the engine off, and it's audible while running at lower speeds, once you get out of the boat and you're swimming along side, it's pretty hard to hear. I assume this has more to do with the speakers being directed at the sides of the boat, rather than out over the water like tower speakers. I'm planning to upgrade my cabin speakers and add an amp, but I'm also seriously thinking about doing something along the lines of Kyle's skylon speaker mount, just to get a little sound out when we're swimming or on the beach with the boat anchored.

                            I'm with you though, I just can't afford to put $800-900 in audio equipment in to the boat when I can get passable sound for about $350-400.

                            G

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