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Old 12-13-2010, 09:08 AM   #1
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Anyone have experiences with marine stereos?

I was thinking about putting a marine stereo (and speakers) in my Jeep. My rationale is: since it's waterproof, I don't have to worry about it shorting out if the top is off during a storm. Has anyone tried this, and if so, how does it hold up?

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Old 12-13-2010, 09:33 AM   #2
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Yep. I installed a Kenwood KMR-330 and a cheap pair of front speakers. Think they are Bazooka speakers. Ordered from Crutchfield, total was less than buying the head unit from a local rip off joint. Crutchfield even included installation kits for stereo & speakers, harness , and shipping was free. I think i spent less than 165.00.

This model head unit is Graphite in color so it doesnt stick out like a sore thumb. Also it plays MP3 formatted discs, 12 hours of music on one disc, thats my favorite feature!

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another option is to install an amp behind the dash, run a cable from the amp imputs to an Ipod in the glove box, the output voltage from the headphone jack on an ipod matched the iput needed on most amps, basicly you pick up an adapter cord that has a male headphone jack at on end and two RCAs at the other. Then you dont need to worry about a head unit. Just take the ipod with you.
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I have a boat and know a bit about sound systems for them...lots of options, but don't think you will find many marine stereos which have the big square footprint that new stereos have....most are the older smaller form factor (i.e. rectangular).

Probably could find a faceplate to adapt it in.

One way you could go is to mount the head unit in the console, or in a box or ?? and use a remote waterproof head....this is what i did on my boat...the stereo unit is inside the cabin, and there is remote control unit (which mounts into a standard [boat] gauge hole) on the dashboard. it controls the stereo and an ipod if one is plugged into the unit below.

There are others which have a gasketed cover which may be another option.

If cost is not a factor, the boating community had high regard for PolyPlanar..they have been making marine stereos for decades...very good stuff for a harsh environment.

Check out www.rocktheboataudio.com that is where I got my Jensen MSR 3007.
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Thinkin the same, bass proshops has a pkg deal for a bill,check it out.
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Thanks for the input!
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Old 12-15-2010, 09:54 PM   #7
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I have a boat with 2 amps, 4 cockpit speakers, 4 tower speakers and 2 powered subs, all are automotive, not marine......no water issues.....but I dont let it sit in the rain uncovered either...
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I am an engineer that builds circuit boards for my job. Do not waste the extra money on a Marine stereo. The only thing that they do is conformal coat the board itself. This means that they put a thin coating of spray on the top of all the components. Usually about .005"-.007" in thickness per IPC standards. To be honest it rarely does any good. Yes many of the military products we make require it, but in the salt spray tests it does not hold up the way you would think it would. Now speakers is a whole different story. Most speakers now days do not use paper cones, but stay away from them if they do.

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