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Old 10-06-2008, 02:58 PM
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Buzzy, I have the same boat as you, I'm wondering where you decided to mount the sub, and if you already have, do you have a pic? I'm still looking for a pic of the top and bottom of your anchor roller if you have them. thanks Mike
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Old 10-06-2008, 03:17 PM
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mroberts34145, I took the boat in for service and won't be able to get pictures till this weekend.
Here is what I decided on so far. I bought the JL Audio M770 7.7" 2 way speakers for the console. I also bought the Pioneer 8" 2 way marine speakers and will be mounting them in the sides back by the transom.
I had purchased the JL Audio 6 channel amp but came back "out of stock" on the site where I bought it. So for right now, I will be using my Kenwood 5 Channel amp.
For the sub, I decided that I have enough unused space in the console that I will buy a single sub in an enclosure and see how that sounds first. If I decide to go with one of the JL "free Air" subs, I will mount it behind the driver foot rest on the console. Close the the floor for better support.

The Pioneer's were cheap enough ($99) , that I decided to buy them to compare with the JL M770's. Most of the advice so far tells me that an enclosed sub will sound better so I am going to try it first. I have the room so why not. Plus, I won't have to cut a 10" hole in the boat!!
If the Pioneers sound good, I will buy another pair for the bow area. If not, I'll get another pair of the JL M770's.

I will get pic's of the bow pulpit roller for you this weekend.
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Old 10-06-2008, 03:40 PM
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I already bought the Sony 10" free air sub. I also don't want to cut a big hole in the boat, so I am thinking about putting it inside the console. On our boats there is a vinyl cover to access the wiring from inside the console. I am going to remove the vinyl and make a piece of 1/2" starboard to fit the hole and mount the sub to that, but I am worried about the loss of sound because it will be inside the closed console. what do you think? Mike
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Old 10-06-2008, 03:56 PM
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I really don't know how the "Free Air" subs sound. That why I decided on the enclosure first and see what that does for me.
Do post back with results though. I am curious how that will sound.
One question though, how will you access your wiring now if you seal that hole of with a speaker?
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Old 10-06-2008, 04:32 PM
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i'm not going to "seal" the hole. i'll be able to remove a few screws and get back there. It's actually much easier to get to the wiring by removing the panel with the guages (6 screws) and accessing from the top.
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Old 10-06-2008, 04:46 PM
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I have two JL infinite baffle subs - they sound as clean as any enclosure I have heard. If you are near pompano, come hear them for yourself...they run thru a JL sub amp....

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Old 10-06-2008, 05:49 PM
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mroberts34145 - 10/6/2008 6:40 PM

I already bought the Sony 10" free air sub. I also don't want to cut a big hole in the boat, so I am thinking about putting it inside the console. On our boats there is a vinyl cover to access the wiring from inside the console. I am going to remove the vinyl and make a piece of 1/2" starboard to fit the hole and mount the sub to that, but I am worried about the loss of sound because it will be inside the closed console. what do you think? Mike
just mounting a sub on a bracket made of 1/2" starboard isnt going to do much. as i stated in a previous post, the front of the speaker needs to be completely sealed off from the back of the speaker. otherwise you will get major cancellation (loss of output) if you dont want to cut a hole, at least build a box. i would say about 2 cubic feet would sound good for that sub. the bigger the better though when using a "free air" sub.
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