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Old 02-17-2012, 01:19 PM
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Guys...I'm looking to upgrade my stereo system. Currently have Jensen MRS-3007 w/ 1 pair JBL coaxial speakers mounted in the sides of the electronics box under T-top. The receiver is a 160 watt unit w/ the JBLs able to handle 180 watts. I'm wanting to add another pair of speakers fore & a pair aft of the CC....I'm guessing this will require adding an amp.

Any recommendations for the amp & speakers? Also are their any compatibility problems w/ current set-up?

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Old 02-18-2012, 04:16 PM
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There are tons of options out there. If you are looking for affordable quality look at the Fusion speakers and amplifiers, if you want the best and are willing to spend a little more look into the Wet Sounds speakers and amplifiers. Personally I would recomend a couple pairs of Fusion MS-FR602 or MS-FR702 speakers and a Fusion FM-504 amplifier this will give you good clean output. Remember though that the best upgrade for any stereo system is to add a subwoofer. We have all of the products mentioned above and many more on our website and we are running a boat show special til monday so if you buy anything enter the code "thtdiscount" in the coupon box for additional savings on the whole order!
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Not to hijack but what is the difference between a 2 channel and 4 channel amp?

I am looking to add 4 speakers to my boat. The fusions look good but what amp?
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Does Wetsounds make a 5 channel amp?
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Originally Posted by littletunny View Post
Not to hijack but what is the difference between a 2 channel and 4 channel amp?

I am looking to add 4 speakers to my boat. The fusions look good but what amp?
2 channel=2 speakers
4 channel=4 speakers
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So do 6 speakers require a 6-channel amp?
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Old 02-20-2012, 04:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Pogo Joe View Post
So do 6 speakers require a 6-channel amp?
No 6 speakers do not require a 6 vhannel amplifier. You could run 6 speakers on a 4 channel amplifier. And you also do not have to have a 4 channel amplifier to run 4 speakers you could run them on a 2 channel amplifier.
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Does Wetsounds make a 5 channel amp?
No but they do make a 6 channel amplifier the SYN6. Its a great amplifier and gives you over 500 watts on the subwoofer channels!
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No but they do make a 6 channel amplifier the SYN6. Its a great amplifier and gives you over 500 watts on the subwoofer channels!

How does it compare to the JL MHD 900/5?
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The syn6 smokes the JL.
I had the JL. It would overheat and cut off a lot.
Never a problem with the Wetsounds.
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How does it compare to the JL MHD 900/5?
Well the JL has more power at 4 ohms on the mid and high channels( channels 1-4 ) but less power on the subwoofer channels ( channels 5 and 6 ). If you are running the SYN6 at 2 Ohms on the mid and high channels it is about the same power as the JL. The price is lower on the wet sounds but the JL is smaller. It really all depends on the application both amps have their pros and cons.
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Just so I have this straight......if adding 2 pairs of speakers to my existing system, I would need a 2-channel amp. If also adding a sub-woofer, I would require a 4-channel amp?

Is it worth replacing the current head unit (Jensen MSR-3007)? It's less than a year old & seems fine for my needs but have no knowledge of Jensen reputation/performance record, etc.

Thanks again for the feedback....just trying to learn from you veterans.
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1 speaker is one channel - so 4 speakers needs a 4 ch amp without getting fancy.

a sub added will take a 4+1 amp or sep sub amp
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Originally Posted by Pogo Joe View Post
Just so I have this straight......if adding 2 pairs of speakers to my existing system, I would need a 2-channel amp. If also adding a sub-woofer, I would require a 4-channel amp?

Is it worth replacing the current head unit (Jensen MSR-3007)? It's less than a year old & seems fine for my needs but have no knowledge of Jensen reputation/performance record, etc.

Thanks again for the feedback....just trying to learn from you veterans.
In a perfect world every speaker would have its own channel ( or two for a subwoofer ) so yes if you want to run 2 speakers and a subwoofer I would recomend a 4 channel or even a 3 channel amplifier ( JL has a 3 channel ). If you are happy with the Jensen then stick with it until you add the speakers and subwoofer and then if you are not happy with the sound change the stereo.
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Ok....tell me what amplifier I'll need for 6 speakers with and/or without a sub-woofer.
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Ok....tell me what amplifier I'll need for 6 speakers with and/or without a sub-woofer.
OK first for the amps to use if using a subwoofer, any of these amps will do the trick.

Alpine PDX-5M http://store.mbmarineelectronics.com...nnel-amplifier
Fusion MS-DA51600 http://store.mbmarineelectronics.com...watt-amplifier
Wet Sounds SYN6 http://store.mbmarineelectronics.com...nnel-amplifier

Now if you are not going to use a subwoofer any of these will do the trick.

Alpine PDX-4.100M http://store.mbmarineelectronics.com...nnel-amplifier
Fusion FM-504 http://store.mbmarineelectronics.com...nnel-amplifier
Wet Sounds SYN4 http://store.mbmarineelectronics.com...ss-h-amplifier

Obviously all of these amps are priced differently and have different power outputs so you would need to figure out which is best for you, however any of these amplifiers will work for your applications. Thanks
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MB....leaning towards (2) pair of the Fusion 602s, Fusion MS-SW10 sub & the Fusion MS-DA51600 5-channel amp....will see how this sounds w/ Jensen unit first then re-evaluate for the Fusion 600 series.

Also considering running the current JBLs off the Jensen unit....any problem w/ mixing manufacturers?
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Originally Posted by Pogo Joe View Post
MB....leaning towards (2) pair of the Fusion 602s, Fusion MS-SW10 sub & the Fusion MS-DA51600 5-channel amp....will see how this sounds w/ Jensen unit first then re-evaluate for the Fusion 600 series.

Also considering running the current JBLs off the Jensen unit....any problem w/ mixing manufacturers?
No real problems mixing manufacturers, try to match power ratings more than manufacturers. I think you will be very happy with that Fusion set-up! Remember if you order it from our site, use the code "THT" to get an additional discount on your entire order!
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I have the Alpine 9886 head unit and highly recommend it...has a very good line voltage output for your amps. I run the Alpine 9886, 8 - 6.5"memphis mids, 4 - Alpine TypeR 12's and Memphis amps....sounds killer!!!!!
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