Marine Electronics Forum - Three speaker location options- CC

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06-06-2007, 09:59 PM
Having poured through all the great previous posts on optimum speaker locations on a center console, I have come down to a couple options based on various obstructions on my boat. It is a Grady White Advance 257. Speakers are JL Audio 7.5" and will be powered from Amplifier.

My first preference is to locate them (2 speakers) on the gunnel. I think the sound will be better pointing towards me at the console right? Option "C" in the photo below would be easier- mounting it right on the console- but I imagine reflected sound would not be as good as direct- hence the gunnel pref. Option "B" location is available on both sides, but is slighty forward of the driving position-pointing at the console- not so much the driver. Option "A" is pointing directly at me while driving, and more in the cockpit area so is my preference but it has to be low due to the rod storage tubes behind the gunnel on this side of the boat. I will still have about 2 inches between the bottom of the speaker and the deck. Think this is too low for good sound or maybe could be damaged (kicked, taking a wave over the bow etc.)?

I appreciate any suggestions/opinions.

Glen E
06-06-2007, 10:05 PM
You're right... the easy deal is C but the sound will be better at A or B - I think you will be very happy with location B. BTW, very nice pics and thanks for taking some work with MS paint to explain your dilemma....

I have a JL down low and have kicked it...B is your best bet...

06-07-2007, 10:31 PM
go with B

06-07-2007, 11:51 PM
I just went through similar dilema of speaker location/type for my 20'CC and received great advice from Glen and others. I went with a location similar to "B", but I also placed two additional smaller speakers (I believe they measured 4 1/2--fit perfectly) in the front access panels located close to deck. The sound is excellent----with no amp.

Good luck.

06-08-2007, 10:51 AM
A is definatley too low. The speakers will get damaged there. C is the safest and easiest. If does not sound good enough you can always add two more forward of B. That is what I did. Sounds even better with four. I am pushing speakers with a clarion cmd4 and it sounds great. Next year i may add an amp and more speakes. I find the fish really like Carlos Santana.

06-08-2007, 10:59 AM
I give another recommendation for B. Besides there is less likelyhood that crap dripping from your rods will get on the back of the speaker. Not that you should have to worry about this too much with JL but this is another source of potential damage. At the "B" location you should excellent sound.

06-08-2007, 12:28 PM
"B" is your best choice. "C" is your worst once you are at cruise mode. My Polk Momo's have adjustable tweeters that I was able to aim towards the back of the console and works very well.

06-11-2007, 08:44 AM
Another vote for "B". FYI I just installed the JL Audio M770-CCS - the sound is amazing!

06-11-2007, 01:01 PM
Thanks for all the responses! Will go with option B- all the above comments make good sense. Guess it is time to start cutting fiberglass!

06-11-2007, 03:00 PM
How do you guys run the speaker cable from B location?

I am in same dilema and would luv to use location B in my Seaboss 21' CC, but do not want to pay 500 for marina to install and not sure how to properly fish the speaker cable thru the hull (and what type of cable needed).

06-11-2007, 04:08 PM
I have a pass through pipe that runs from the gunnel into the console. In looking in from an access panel under the deck inside the console, I can see the pipe so hope I don't run into any surprises getting the wire from the speaker to the pipe. Have a backup route if that one is blocked anyway.

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