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pyro 04-01-2009 01:47 AM

marine grade
I am worried about puting a sound system in my Jeep. I have plans for speakers, subs, 2 amps and dvd head unit. I am worried about water tho. has anyone used Marine grade sound equipment? if so how does it sound? I like to play in mud and water, and I just think that adding electronics is a bad idea, but I miss my music. Am I just being paranoid?

spanky 04-01-2009 03:11 AM

I thought asked a similar question a while ago, but couldnt find it with a quick search.

Anyways, I felt the same way... electronics + water = BAD !!

But for the last 6 months or so, I have been washing out the inside of my jeep after every wheeling or camping trip.

I dont sit and spray water onto my speakers, deck, or any where on the front dash for that matter, but I do give it a quick once over. Im sure someone on here is gonna say "keep that water away from that dash!!" yes you should, but all I am saying is that when I wash the inside of my jeep, everything sees some kinda water. I have not had any sort of problems.

So the long round about way to answer your question... youre not being paranoid, just being cautious. thats good. but i think as long as youre careful, stock or aftermarket components will be fine, and no need for marine grade.

spanky 04-01-2009 03:16 AM

oh about your amp... cant imagine that will like any water what so ever. so that might depend on how/where you mount it.

im remounting mine just for this reason.... and for security reasons too. damn thieves !

also, you want a dvd deck?? i saw something the other day, i dont remember what magazine or website it was, but it was basically a "bubble" if you will that mounts over your deck. it is water and dust proof. its on a hinge that just folds up out of the way to access your deck.

i doubt that would work though if your dvd deck is the pull out one with the screen.

let us know what exactly you are thinking of running.

Jerry Bransford 04-01-2009 02:37 PM

Fresh water seldom permanently harms Jeep radios, mine has been wet enough times that it isn't even funny and it still works fine... once in a while it may need to dry out first though. Besides, you can always get a boat radio enclosure that has a little plastic door that lifts up to access the controls that can be closed in wet weather.

It's the speakers you need to be concerned over but even that is easy if you keep a few things in mind. Most home speakers and many car speakers have cones made from paper. Obviously that's not going to hold up if it gets wet much. If you stick with speakers that have cones made from polypropylene ("poly") and rubber surrounds, they will be pretty impervious to rain or damp weather. Such automotive speakers are actually pretty common.

If you don't have an auxilliary amplifier and are trying to choose between two otherwise similar poly speakers, choose the one with the higher "Sensitivity" rating which is expressed in dB (decibels). A speaker rated at 91 dB of Sensitivity will be noticeably louder than a similar speaker rated at say only 88 dB. That means it takes less power to drive the speaker rated at 91 dB than it would the one rated at 88 dB (for example) and thus the amplifier will have to work less which means it will distort less. Ignore the big print bragging about the speaker's RMS power rating which only tells you how much power it can take without blowing up... not how loudly it plays with any given power amplifier. :)

EMS 34 20 04-03-2009 01:35 PM

I have boat speakers in my Mack (needed speakers and had them in my shed) they sound great got them online for $25. I plan to upgrade to this type in my YJ.

pyro 04-07-2009 11:44 PM

Thanks for all the input guys.
Im not sure what I am going to run yet. not even sure if Im gonna add the electronics to her. Im more worried about the off road water and the amps. never can tell where the water is gona go with no top or doors. and sometimes its hard to tell just how deep the water is untill u get into it. Im probably gonna use the 3 storage bins full of stereo stuff I have installed and pulled from my previous rides. That way when i drown it, I wont be as mad.

Good call on the polly and ruber speakers. I didnt even think of it that way, I was more focused on the amp issue.

Maybe Ill just wrap the whole thing in ziplock bags!

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