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Old 10-08-2011, 01:01 AM
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I recently upgraded my head unit to a Fusion MS-RA200 (love it) and a pair of Fusion FM-65 speakers (came as a package deal) and my old amp finally died. I have been running a super cheap eBay Pyle 240 amp (been in my boat a long time). It actually sounded pretty good. Had pretty good volume and still sounded fairly clean at higher levels. I now need another amp. I'm sure I won't get the high volume and clean sound that I want out of these speakers but I'm not gonna replace them until they die. Need a good quality amp and eventually I'll upgrade the speakers.

I don't have alot of room in my 21' CC but I'd like to add a sub too. Are any of those powered subs with their own enclosure (all in one) any good? I could throw one under my center console pretty easy and not take up too much space. Or, would it just be better to buy another amp, sub, and just build a box? I don't want to break the bank on this.
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Check out this Jensen sub--seems like it's what you have in mind--

http://www.jensenmarinedirect.com/je...subwoofer.html

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Old 10-08-2011, 06:51 AM
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Clarion makes good reasonably priced amps or look for older jl amps like the 4400 if ur on a budget. My buddy throws a car stereo sub in his console and just has quick disconnects so when he's fishing or isn't using the boat for a little pulls the sub out. Mb quart has some shallow mount subs.
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I lied about my speakers and didn't know it. I don't have the Fusion FM-65 speakers, I have the Fusion MS-FR6520 speakers. Don't know if there's much difference or not. Speakers did sound good before the cheap amp "crapped the bed" though. I don't want to buy another cheap amp. I just don't know what would match these speakers best. I was surprised to see that these Fusion speakers had a 50 oz. magnet. It says they're rated at 200 watts. This may mean 100 watts a piece, a little fuzzy on that detail. ??? What kind of difference would it make in volume and clarity (at higher volumes) if I had an amp that was only putting out 60 - 80 watts?
I read in other posts about setting up your amp gain with a meter and the pink noise track. I'd really like to set it up like that to get the most out of it. I do like it loud, we do a lot of heavy duty sitting around on sand bars during the summer when the ocean is angry and we can't fish. I just might not get what I want out of these speakers. ???
Thanks for the help.
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Don't know which amps are crap and which ones are quality. JBL, Sony, Clarion, JL audio, or even MTX? Don't know how big of an amp would give me the most volume without losing clarity and getting the rattle?
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Anybody ever hear one of these? Crap?
http://www.amazon.com/JBL-MPS1000-10.../dp/B001DSOSE2
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yeah, crap - get a clarion marine refurb off ebay with a warranty...installed 10's of them with no problems...
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Originally Posted by Glen E View Post
yeah, crap - get a clarion marine refurb off ebay with a warranty...installed 10's of them with no problems...
which model do you recommend for the fusion ip 600 and 4 fusion 7" speakers?
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Originally Posted by Glen E View Post
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thank you sir!
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On my sound system the amp I use for my cockpit speakers is the 1,400W Sony XM-GTR2202 amplifier. The amplifier has great features, terrific sound, incredible volume and terrific construction.

This is a good amplifier and I would recommend this to others.


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Wingless, do you think it's a good idea to install a car Amp on a boat?

I have a WA with a cabin, so I can install the unit inside cabin. Any thoughts?

thanks
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Originally Posted by JoseG View Post
Wingless, do you think it's a good idea to install a car Amp on a boat?

I have a WA with a cabin, so I can install the unit inside cabin. Any thoughts?

thanks
Yes you can use a car amp in a boat. Keep in mind though that a car amp typically does not have a coated circuit board. This means if it gets wet or if the boat stays in salt water for long periods of time it will likely corode. Now if the boat doesnt stay in salt water and the amp never gets wet, you can get years of enjoyment out of it. Also remember that the manufacturer may not warranty any problems you could have if they find that the amplifier was in a boat even if that didnt contribute to the problem.
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Originally Posted by MB Marine Electronics View Post
Yes you can use a car amp in a boat. Keep in mind though that a car amp typically does not have a coated circuit board. This means if it gets wet or if the boat stays in salt water for long periods of time it will likely corode. Now if the boat doesnt stay in salt water and the amp never gets wet, you can get years of enjoyment out of it. Also remember that the manufacturer may not warranty any problems you could have if they find that the amplifier was in a boat even if that didnt contribute to the problem.
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I just the fact that I have 2 car Amps laying around.
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+1 the the MB ME response. Keep 'em dry and they'll be happy.

The factory 500W Clarion is 11 years old, kept dry and still going strong.

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