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    Ok Marine Stereo covered in a plastic cover and silicone on the crack at the hinge of the cover. what should my expectations be for waterproof ability?

    I have a Prostar 190 and this is my second stereo (same model by the way) a sony DSX-MS60 Stereo w/Ipod tray. It did rain on Saturday while we were at the lake and the boat was not covered. The next day I try play the stereo and nothing is working. Are these Marine grade stereos not capable of getting rained on in the dash in a plastic radio cover.

    NOT only that the Roswell amp (http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs...9#.UEYx1SIlS9I) is fried as well. Now the amp is almost impossible to believe because it is mounted under the dash completely covered.

    When I take both of these back is there any other brands that can actually stand up to water resistance. My lowrance gps is uncovered and sits out in all of the elements never having any trouble what so ever.

    thanks

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    Originally posted by memphis23 View Post
    Ok Marine Stereo covered in a plastic cover and silicone on the crack at the hinge of the cover. what should my expectations be for waterproof ability?

    I have a Prostar 190 and this is my second stereo (same model by the way) a sony DSX-MS60 Stereo w/Ipod tray. It did rain on Saturday while we were at the lake and the boat was not covered. The next day I try play the stereo and nothing is working. Are these Marine grade stereos not capable of getting rained on in the dash in a plastic radio cover.

    NOT only that the Roswell amp (http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs...9#.UEYx1SIlS9I) is fried as well. Now the amp is almost impossible to believe because it is mounted under the dash completely covered.

    When I take both of these back is there any other brands that can actually stand up to water resistance. My lowrance gps is uncovered and sits out in all of the elements never having any trouble what so ever.

    thanks
    In my opinion. For One cover your boat. second the radio is marine so you say so it should take a splash. probably not a rain session. On the roswell amp, its cheaper amp so you probably fried it. Buy a good amp to replace it. good luck. Talking to a pro at the electronics store helps.
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    • #3
      looking at fusion on both the amp and the head unit any thoughts? (http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs...0#.UEaXLEQ_cb0) and (http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs...8#.UEaXY0Q_cb0)

      tell me what you think
      Last edited by memphis23; 09-04-2012, 08:06 PM.

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      • #4
        What speakers and sub are you running?
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        • #5
          I had an Alpine car head unit in my FJ40 land cruiser for several years. It held up for 3-4 years of rain, sun, and powerwashing the dash.

          I would expect at least that much from a Marine head unit.
          Bailey
          '02 X-9
          Lake Blue Ridge

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          • #6
            Traxx882 here are the tower speakers (http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs...9#.UEddvCIlS9I) Here is the sub (http://www.waketowerpro.com/index.cf...tid=30&Details) and here are the 4 boat speakers (http://www.academy.com/webapp/wcs/st...eakers&Ntk=All) here is what I am thinking of going to on the Head Unit (http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs...8#.UEde1SIlS9J) and I was thinking of putting in a 5 channel fusion amp as well(http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs...0#.UEdgziIlS9I). I really don't feel like becoming an expert on Audio installations. At this point I am mostly concerned about water resistance. this is my second go around with the same two components and both times they were exposed to very little water (not anywhere close to a good spraying at the car wash). The amp almost started a fire when it blew.
            Cruisin: I hope I can get something like that Alpine and I am hoping the Fusion is the way to go? Thoughts?
            Last edited by memphis23; 09-05-2012, 10:26 AM.

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            • #7
              I'm not trying to beat what you have set up down I just want to play devils advocate for a minute. Everything you listed up there .. with the exception of the head unit which I feel is overpriced ... is low end with close to high end prices. Your amp will not power all those speakers. You have 6 speakers and 1 sub on a 5 channel amp. Thats impossible. (correct me if its not a 5 channel)

              I suggest this setup.

              Tower speakers: http://www.h2osportswarehouse.com/Pr...-FIBSSP65JL-TI
              249.99

              Cockpit speakers: http://www.jlaudio.com/mx650-ccx-sg-...-systems-91938
              199.99 / pair

              Subwoofer: http://www.onlinecarstereo.com/CarAu...-W5-SG-TB.aspx
              449.99

              Amps: For the tower & sub: http://www.jlaudio.com/m500-3-marine...plifiers-98277
              439.95

              Amps for cockpit http://www.jlaudio.com/m400-4-marine...plifiers-98271
              419.95

              Headunit: http://pacificstereo.com/alpine-ida-...FeY7MgodLRoANw
              359.95


              Your setup cost - 1882.99
              My setup cost - 2319.77

              I wouldn't spend almost 2k on second rate companies when its only 500 more you have smaller amps that can be submerged in water and still work. You can find better prices from non JL audio dealers but then the warranty's will not be through JL it will be with whoever you bought it from. JL audio is picky on their dealers and strict on their must purchase from authorized dealer policies. But there are cheaper prices out there for off the truck stuff but it seems you're not starving for the extra $500. Take the plunge and buy a stereo you will actually enjoy and will be there for 5 years and sound the same as new.

              I'm not brand specific. I love memphis marine tower speakers but they are 2 for $1200. The tower speakers I suggested have JL MX speakers. So you could just buy 6 of those and sell the pods on ebay for $100 a pair and save even more money.

              Remember these speakers come in white and titanium black.

              I have 1 JL 10" the infinite baffle subwoofer mounted in the side of the walkthru. looks factory installed. So you don't need a box. You can buy the infinite baffle sub for about $150 less than the one I suggested.

              I hope this helped you.
              Last edited by Traxx822; 09-06-2012, 08:27 AM.
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              • #8
                I am stuck with west marine on the head unit and the amp because of return-ability. So here are my choices for amps and head units which would you do?

                Head units: http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs...tereoHeadUnits

                Amps: http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs...tereoHeadUnits

                I believe the installer put 1 channel for the sub and 2 for the tower speakers and bridged the last 2 for the in boat speakers not for sure though?


                thanks for your input
                Last edited by memphis23; 09-06-2012, 10:27 PM.

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                • #9
                  for some reason it will not let me post the link for the amps at west marine so if you dont mind just type in amps on west marine and those are the ones i get to choose from thanks

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                  • #10
                    I have given up on stereos with any sort of opening for a CD or SD card. I'm going completely "waterproof" now.

                    This is what I will be installing next week, maybe West Marine carries something like it?

                    http://www.shopepal.com/p-16338-jens...09&cagpspn=pla

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                    • #11
                      Have you checked the deck thoroughly Fuses , etc.
                      I just had my boat swamped and sank all alpine car audio and cheap amps. Submerged for 3 hours all dried out and are working, speakers ,amps ,deck ,sub , tweets. All work fine. But they did blow the fuse. I find it. Hard to believe your deck got fried by Being splashed .
                      My decks in my landcruiser also got rained on multiple times and kept on working. Haha.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by memphis23 View Post
                        I am stuck with west marine on the head unit and the amp because of return-ability. So here are my choices for amps and head units which would you do?

                        Head units: http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs...tereoHeadUnits

                        Amps: http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs...tereoHeadUnits

                        I believe the installer put 1 channel for the sub and 2 for the tower speakers and bridged the last 2 for the in boat speakers not for sure though?


                        thanks for your input
                        This-
                        http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs...8#.UEldqyLkqSo

                        As long as the face is snapped shut, water won't get in unless the boat sinks and even then, only the connections outside of the unit itself will get wet.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Traxx822 View Post
                          I'm not trying to beat what you have set up down I just want to play devils advocate for a minute. Everything you listed up there .. with the exception of the head unit which I feel is overpriced ... is low end with close to high end prices. Your amp will not power all those speakers. You have 6 speakers and 1 sub on a 5 channel amp. Thats impossible. (correct me if its not a 5 channel)

                          I suggest this setup.

                          Tower speakers: http://www.h2osportswarehouse.com/Pr...-FIBSSP65JL-TI
                          249.99

                          Cockpit speakers: http://www.jlaudio.com/mx650-ccx-sg-...-systems-91938
                          199.99 / pair

                          Subwoofer: http://www.onlinecarstereo.com/CarAu...-W5-SG-TB.aspx
                          449.99

                          Amps: For the tower & sub: http://www.jlaudio.com/m500-3-marine...plifiers-98277
                          439.95

                          Amps for cockpit http://www.jlaudio.com/m400-4-marine...plifiers-98271
                          419.95

                          Headunit: http://pacificstereo.com/alpine-ida-...FeY7MgodLRoANw
                          359.95


                          Your setup cost - 1882.99
                          My setup cost - 2319.77

                          I wouldn't spend almost 2k on second rate companies when its only 500 more you have smaller amps that can be submerged in water and still work. You can find better prices from non JL audio dealers but then the warranty's will not be through JL it will be with whoever you bought it from. JL audio is picky on their dealers and strict on their must purchase from authorized dealer policies. But there are cheaper prices out there for off the truck stuff but it seems you're not starving for the extra $500. Take the plunge and buy a stereo you will actually enjoy and will be there for 5 years and sound the same as new.

                          I'm not brand specific. I love memphis marine tower speakers but they are 2 for $1200. The tower speakers I suggested have JL MX speakers. So you could just buy 6 of those and sell the pods on ebay for $100 a pair and save even more money.

                          Remember these speakers come in white and titanium black.

                          I have 1 JL 10" the infinite baffle subwoofer mounted in the side of the walkthru. looks factory installed. So you don't need a box. You can buy the infinite baffle sub for about $150 less than the one I suggested.

                          I hope this helped you.
                          There's absolutely nothing wrong with that Fusion amp- I installed one and it has plenty of balls. Their amps and head units are marine-specific, not car audio with some crap smeared on the circuit boards and re-labeled 'Marine'. You might want to go and check out these head units and amps before dumping on them.
                          Last edited by JimN; 09-06-2012, 10:44 PM.

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                          • #14
                            Cata I guess you have had problems as well???? This is crazy for me I have a jeep that never is covered and the head unit is fine so this is absolutely taken me back. Let me know how your decision goes and I will let you know this outcome for me goes. thanks for your reply

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                            • #15
                              JimN the fusion IP-700 is the same IPX5 rating as the series 200 so I am hoping the head unit is ok. thanks for your input

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