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Old 05-19-2016, 09:24 AM
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I have a 21' MayCraft and I am considering a JL speaker system. I then did some research and saw the UE Megaboom and Jawbone Big Jambox. Does anyone use these portable speakers instead of a wired speaker system with an amp? I just wanted to get an opinion regarding their sound quality / bass vs a traditional boat system and also which portable was better. Thanks!
Old 05-19-2016, 09:32 AM
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Believe it or not I use the UE boom all the time when at the sound bar,.Underway I use the audio system . Sounds really good unless you want to blast and have everyone hear you.Planning on getting another one to combine. depends I guess on how you want to use the audio. My understanding the megaboom is bigger either would do.
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I bought a lifejacket speaker from Altec Lansing. Plenty loud and waterproof. I have limited space as it is and didn't want to install more crap.
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I'm a big Bluetooth speaker user. In the workshop, beach, back porch etc. But, I feel like I have enough stuff to carry and keep dry when I boat.

I do like the sound of a hard mounted system.

If I ever find a boat I'll probably put in one of the Bluetooth/amp speaker kits. You still have the speakers mounted in the boat but no head unit on the dash, just volume I think. Not sure how any of them sound yet though.
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You might check into a sound bar. Ideal for a boat like yours and is the best of both worlds. Bluetooth simplicity along with reliable 12v power from the boat. We can ship one to you. Here is the info https://wetsounds.com/pages/products/stealth6.html
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As with everyone above, I went the Bluetooth route as well, a UE Boom, although I'm likely going to upgrade to the Megaboom soon. I like the UE Boom because I can put it in a koozie, then into one of my cup holders. The Megaboom will probably go straight into the cup holder without a koozie to keep it secure. I take it all over the place, and the battery life is remarkable. You really can't hear it very well while running, but I typically like to hear the water splashing anyway. Since going this route, I have absolutely no desire to install a permanent stereo in the boat.
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Pretty much what I did too. I have a nice stereo in the boat, but don't really use it much.

A few years ago bought a Logitech speaker. Holds a charge a really long time and I can take it to the beach. I use it in my garage, dock, beach, boat, porch, etc. Sounds good for it's size and has a remote. Came with a bag to carry it in. Runs off built in rechargeable batteries or AC

It's not bluetooth though.. I keep all my music on a Sony MP3 player so I just use the AUX connection.

Here it is.. don't think they make them anymore.

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I might considering upgrading to a bluetooth.. nice if other people could connect and play their music.
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Originally Posted by yachtjim View Post
You might check into a sound bar. Ideal for a boat like yours and is the best of both worlds. Bluetooth simplicity along with reliable 12v power from the boat. We can ship one to you. Here is the info https://wetsounds.com/pages/products/stealth6.html
That is what I want to try, but kind of anxious over spending that kind of money without seeing/hearing it first. I have emailed Wetsounds asking about a local dealer here in the Northwest and never even gotten a reply.
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Originally Posted by inkahootz View Post

If I ever find a boat I'll probably put in one of the Bluetooth/amp speaker kits. You still have the speakers mounted in the boat but no head unit on the dash, just volume I think. Not sure how any of them sound yet though.
They work really well. My buddy has one in his backyard. He has a big pool and it's loud. Has some outdoor speakers hooked to it. I have one on my jetski. It has an AUX in so I use that.

I can find out which one he bought if you want.
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Originally Posted by Parkrat View Post
They work really well. My buddy has one in his backyard. He has a big pool and it's loud. Has some outdoor speakers hooked to it. I have one on my jetski. It has an AUX in so I use that.

I can find out which one he bought if you want.
Thanks Parkrat, but right now I'm boat less.
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I use a Monster rockin roller on the boat. The thing is big but you can charge your phones from it and the thing bumps . Portable so you could take it anywhere. Bought it at Sam's for $120. Has like a 24hr play time when charged .
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If anyone is interested in the Lowrance Sonichub completely unused PM me. I decided to go the bluetooth route as well.
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I'm going to get a UE Megaboom for music on the boat. Those things are insane
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Anyone ever try the Sharkk Mako? How does it compare tot he Megaboom, I'd expect it to be a bit lower in sound quality and range given it is about 1/3 the price but still should be better than the cheap speakers.
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I love my UE Boom. It's great for the deck, the dock, and I also bring it with me in the skiff. It's plenty.

Those that have the UE Boom, and went to the MegaBoom...is it worth the extra coin?
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Originally Posted by Commocean View Post
As with everyone above, I went the Bluetooth route as well, a UE Boom, although I'm likely going to upgrade to the Megaboom soon. I like the UE Boom because I can put it in a koozie, then into one of my cup holders. The Megaboom will probably go straight into the cup holder without a koozie to keep it secure. I take it all over the place, and the battery life is remarkable. You really can't hear it very well while running, but I typically like to hear the water splashing anyway. Since going this route, I have absolutely no desire to install a permanent stereo in the boat.
UE Boom user here, as well. Although, for some reason I'm still dying to cut more holes in my boat...

The Boom won me over because it is water resistant(you can rinse off the sand, etc.).
They can be "doubled up", which links two booms together. Very nice feature.
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I have the Wetsounds Stealth 10 Soundbar mounted on my T-Top. The sound quality and volume are incredible. I also have the AS-10 Subwoofer in the console. This is a great setup and is more than loud enough to rock the sandbar. BOE Marine is an authorized online seller and is where I got the AS-10. I decided on the Soundbar instead of putting a bunch of holes in my boat.

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Old 05-20-2016, 03:19 AM
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I use it. Great sound and waterproof. Im a minimalist when it comes to my boat. I use a go bag for my electronics, all plug and play.
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Originally Posted by Cbrand06 View Post
I have a 21' MayCraft and I am considering a JL speaker system. I then did some research and saw the UE Megaboom and Jawbone Big Jambox. Does anyone use these portable speakers instead of a wired speaker system with an amp? I just wanted to get an opinion regarding their sound quality / bass vs a traditional boat system and also which portable was better. Thanks!
Get 2 and sync them together to get full stereo sound, I have been happy with the ue boom
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I have a megaboom. Worth every penny, insane loud and sounds great. My FIL's Bose sounds better, but it isn't water proof or nearly as loud. I was in moab for a week and left the thing shoved into the cup holder of a RZR XP1000 and could listen to music at 8500 RPMs. I don't want to drill speaker holes into my boat so I'm using it there as well. Battery lasts all day which is good enough for me.

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