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Old 03-01-2012, 05:14 PM
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I am changing over from a Sony stereo to the Lowrance SonicHub. Currently I have two pair of JBL MS6100 speakers. Are the speakers that come with the SonicHub (Fusion speakers I believe) better or worse than the JBLs?

The bow speakers had to be mounted in an existing access plate hole, and due to the size of the speaker trim we had to screw them into the plastic ring for the original pie-plate access hatch as the hole that was there was too big. If these Lowrance speakers fill the hole better and cleaner, then I might want to use the Lowrance speakers up front and maybe keep the JBLs in the rear of the box - any issues with this? The JBL speakers are 4 ohm - need to check on the ones with the SonicHub.

Or, I can finally get around to making the trim ring I'd been meaning to do for so long for the JBL speakers....
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Just finished installing a SonicHub using the Lowrance speakers. They're Fusion speakers.

Here's video with sound of the install I also installed a Fusion sub connected to Fusion zone amp.

http://bluewaterpirate.phanfare.com/5431412_6214713

This will give some data points to work with.
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Originally Posted by mwardncsu View Post
I am changing over from a Sony stereo to the Lowrance SonicHub. Currently I have two pair of JBL MS6100 speakers. Are the speakers that come with the SonicHub (Fusion speakers I believe) better or worse than the JBLs?

The bow speakers had to be mounted in an existing access plate hole, and due to the size of the speaker trim we had to screw them into the plastic ring for the original pie-plate access hatch as the hole that was there was too big. If these Lowrance speakers fill the hole better and cleaner, then I might want to use the Lowrance speakers up front and maybe keep the JBLs in the rear of the box - any issues with this? The JBL speakers are 4 ohm - need to check on the ones with the SonicHub.

Or, I can finally get around to making the trim ring I'd been meaning to do for so long for the JBL speakers....
You JBL speakers are what we call " dual cone" speakers. This is a very poor design for a speaker. The Lowrance speakers which are the same as the Fusion MS-FR6520 are a true coaxial speaker, which means the Lowrance speakers have a tweeter and your JBLs do not. I would highly recomend the Lowrance speakers over the JBL, now if you dont want to buy an extra pair you could use one pair of your JBLs and the pair of Lowrance that comes with the Sonic Hub but I would put the Lowrance in the position you are closest to since they will be the better sounding speakers. The Lowrance speakers are also 4 OHMs. We have been installing quite a few of the Fusion MS-FR6520 speakers lately and have found them to have a rather large basket so they may fit your hole better also! Enjoy your new system!
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Thanks MB Marine

Realized today that they are actually the 6200's - same thoughts?
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Would you mind telling me what the screw hole spacing/diameter is on your MS6200s? The documentation states all other dimensions except for that one.

I'm looking at picking up some MS6200s to replace the original speakers on my boat, and I'd like to reuse the existing screw holes if possible.

Thanks. John

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jkowtko - unfortunately the boat is about 2 hours away from home - I may be up there this weekend and will try to remember to see if I can get a measurement.
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Thanks.

By the way, it's been a few months ... how do you like the speakers?
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I'm running the Lowrance speakers up front and I left the JBL's in the rear (those have been there since I bought the boat in 2010) - they serve my purposes fine - I'm not an audiophile, at least not on the boat, but I can crank the SonicHub up loud enough that we can hear the tunes when I've got the Yamaha F250 running at 4000 RPMs and it does not sound like its over driving it or distorted or anything, and then when we anchor up to swim and play it sounds good to me
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Originally Posted by jkowtko View Post
Would you mind telling me what the screw hole spacing/diameter is on your MS6200s? The documentation states all other dimensions except for that one.

I'm looking at picking up some MS6200s to replace the original speakers on my boat, and I'd like to reuse the existing screw holes if possible.

Thanks. John
I put a pair of MS6200's on my boat last year, driven by a JVC 44 headunit - decent speaks for the price ($74/pr Amazon, no freight,no tax). No deep bass but whats there is tight and well defined. handles some boost pretty well. Mids are ok, like all cheap metal clad tweeters the highs can get tizzy if you are directly in line.

Recessed grill screw hole centers are:

118mm - east-west,north south

158mm - diagonal across

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