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Old 12-10-2019, 01:36 PM
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Tower speaker install for 15 nxt

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I have been debating over getting tower speakers for my nxt20. A little background is the boat came stock with just JL speakers in the inside with no pre wire for tower speakers. Looking for a new answers to know how easy/hard it would to do it my self.

Currently I am looking at just a base tower speaker set up. I am wanting to get two speakers and wire everything my self along with installing an amp. With price quotes I have called it's in the 2-3k range for a dealer install


This is what I'm looking at for a base to start. I'm not looking to go full blown as no idea how long I'm going to be keeping the boat. But with the images below is this a kit that will work? Or am I over thinking the amount of audio cable needed. Any help is appreciated.

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Old 12-10-2019, 02:20 PM
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Two pieces of advice. 1) do not get that car amp install kit. You get 17 ft of B+ and 2 ft of black B-. Thats worthless. You also get a 17ft RCA. what do you do with the other 12 feet? Coil it up and pray that no noise leaks in. Buy the parts a-la-carte so you get cables that are the proper length, no more, no less. Much cleaner and better. 2) go with a more powerful amp. That little pocket amp is only going to deliver 25 watt rms to each speaker. Thats going to be tough to compete with wind, engine and water noise, even with an 8" tower speaker. The Kicker KXMA400.4 is ideal for a pair of 8" tower speakers, and will deliver up to 200W rms to each tower speaker.
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Old 12-10-2019, 11:37 PM
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Are you absolutely positive your tower is not pre wired? Not familiar with the NXT towers, but if you have speaker mounting pods on the tower it is most likely pre-wired. Remove a cap and take a look up there.


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Old 12-11-2019, 09:30 AM
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Speaking from personal experience, the 2015 towers for NXTs that did not have factory tower speakers is NOT wired (unless it has the speaker mount "pucks"). You will need drill holes where you want the speaker to fish the wires and use a tube mount for the speaker.
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Old 12-11-2019, 09:39 AM
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I would consider upping the budget and putting at least on set of M770s on the tower. They will increase the value of the boat where most MC shopper will see those tower speakers and immediately thing about replacing them. You can always move them to the next boat if you find an owner that does not want them.

Whats your budget, intended use and expectations of this upgrade?
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Old 12-11-2019, 11:02 AM
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Are you absolutely positive your tower is not pre wired? Not familiar with the NXT towers, but if you have speaker mounting pods on the tower it is most likely pre-wired. Remove a cap and take a look up there.


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No pucks so I'll have to do all the drilling

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Old 12-11-2019, 11:04 AM
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I would consider upping the budget and putting at least on set of M770s on the tower. They will increase the value of the boat where most MC shopper will see those tower speakers and immediately thing about replacing them. You can always move them to the next boat if you find an owner that does not want them.

Whats your budget, intended use and expectations of this upgrade?
Great question, budget wise is under 500 as I keep pushing this upgrade off.but when I keep looking into everything I realize I need to move my budget up to the 1k mark.


Also most of the use would be for music when cruising to the lake and surfing. We mostly surf but will ski when it gets flat

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Old 12-11-2019, 11:12 AM
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JL770 Towers at $500:

https://www.abt.com/product/107551/J...LED-91197.html
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Old 12-11-2019, 11:22 AM
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Get the speakers above with one of the amps below, proper wiring and you will have a good setup and be at or under 1k. The 6 channel amp can also power your cabin speakers and wake them up as well as the towers, assuming you have the base radio with no amp an 4x MX650s. If you already have an amp for the cabin speakers then consider the five channel for tower and future sub or just the four channel for the tower speakers.

https://creativeaudio.net/m600-6-k/
https://creativeaudio.net/m400-4-k/
https://creativeaudio.net/m700-5-k/
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Old 12-11-2019, 11:40 AM
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Will likely need to factor in the proper clamps/adapters, as JL pods typically do not come with them. About another $150.00 or so
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