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Old 07-09-2012, 05:57 PM
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Has anyone tried the 4in polk audio marine speakers?

I have a 24' center console (The center console is open towards the helm). I have 2 6 1/2's mounted on the sides of the consoles. I cant' mount any speakers in the gunnels or the back towards the transom. My anchor box is stepped and I could fit 2 or 4 4" speakers facing the rear of the boat up front.

I have a fusion IP-600 hooked up to just the 2 JBL 6 1/2's now. I will be replacing these to better quality speakers. My thoughts are to run two pairs of the 4" up fron off the head unit on 2ohm, and relace the 6 1/2's and run them off the head unit in 4ohms.

I am basically considering getting what I can out of it without having to add an amp. I only have 1 starting battery so adding a 2 or 4 channel amp would likely mean adding another starting battery and a vsr or battery combiner. My 2006 200DF didn't have the aux lead that year installed in the motor.

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Old 07-10-2012, 09:00 AM
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Dont know about the Polks but Fusion makes a pretty nice little 4"! Check out the link below. We have used these a few times and were very pleased with the outcome. We usually use these in situations like yours where there just isnt enough room for a 6.5". They also come with a 3 year warranty which is awesome!!! Remember THT members get an additional 10% off of your entire order on our website by entering the code "THT" in the coupon code box at checkout. Check them out I think you will be very happy with their performance!

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Originally Posted by MB Marine Electronics View Post
Dont know about the Polks but Fusion makes a pretty nice little 4"! Check out the link below. We have used these a few times and were very pleased with the outcome. We usually use these in situations like yours where there just isnt enough room for a 6.5". They also come with a 3 year warranty which is awesome!!! Remember THT members get an additional 10% off of your entire order on our website by entering the code "THT" in the coupon code box at checkout. Check them out I think you will be very happy with their performance!

http://store.mbmarineelectronics.com...axial-speakers
I was thinking about mounting a couple of these on my bay boat pointing straight back at me on the center console. I also have 2 6 or 6.5" fusions on the side, but you can't hear them very well running at speed in the boat.

I would guess they don't put out much in the bass range?
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Old 07-13-2012, 08:27 AM
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I was thinking about mounting a couple of these on my bay boat pointing straight back at me on the center console. I also have 2 6 or 6.5" fusions on the side, but you can't hear them very well running at speed in the boat.

I would guess they don't put out much in the bass range?
A 4" isnt really gonna be a big bass producer unfortunately. they are designed for midrange and highs. If you want bass i would recomend a subwoofer!
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The Polks will be far superior in quality and sound. Plus the DB series are marine certified. The Polks also have nearly 10db sensitivity better than the Fusions, which will make a notable difference.
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Originally Posted by MB Marine Electronics View Post
Dont know about the Polks but Fusion makes a pretty nice little 4"! Check out the link below. We have used these a few times and were very pleased with the outcome. We usually use these in situations like yours where there just isnt enough room for a 6.5". They also come with a 3 year warranty which is awesome!!! Remember THT members get an additional 10% off of your entire order on our website by entering the code "THT" in the coupon code box at checkout. Check them out I think you will be very happy with their performance!

http://store.mbmarineelectronics.com...axial-speakers
Friends of mine have a small 2nd boat (14' Maritime Skiff) that they use to cruise around Gloucester harbor & the rivers. Anyway...It's paired-up with Fusion MS-RA50 & a pair of those Fusion 4" speakers. I must admit...They don't sound bad @ all. I was kind of impressed with them to say the least, As MB mentioned...not alot of bass, but they do the job pretty well just the same IMHO. Short money as well.
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A 4" isnt really gonna be a big bass producer unfortunately. they are designed for midrange and highs. If you want bass i would recomend a subwoofer!
I wasn't very clear on my question. what I was wondering is are they going to be closer to a 4" tweeter, or a 6" midrange speaker? I'm just curios if they're worth the effort being such a small speaker? none of the local stores have a pair of them on their display board to test out.
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Originally Posted by kyle1974 View Post
I wasn't very clear on my question. what I was wondering is are they going to be closer to a 4" tweeter, or a 6" midrange speaker? I'm just curios if they're worth the effort being such a small speaker? none of the local stores have a pair of them on their display board to test out.
Think of a 6" midrange with the bass turned to -5. The bass is there just the output is low. They will add plenty of midrange and highs so they will def make the system louder but they are not going to do much for improving your bass.
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Originally Posted by kyle1974 View Post
I wasn't very clear on my question. what I was wondering is are they going to be closer to a 4" tweeter, or a 6" midrange speaker? I'm just curios if they're worth the effort being such a small speaker? none of the local stores have a pair of them on their display board to test out.
We have them in the board and out of all the 4" speakers they sound the best and play the loudest. Mainly because they are very efficient. I know you said you don't want an amp, so they are the best choice if you want to run them straight off of a head unit. The amount of bass you get wont be much, but it will depend on where you mount them. Enclosure means everything with bass. The only other problem is, bass is half spl (air moving) so when you are throttled up and running the wind is going to rob a ton of the bass you would normally hear sitting still. If you want to be able to hear your mids and highs while you are at speed, and you don't want to add an amp, they are a great choice. Just make sure you aim them directly towards you.
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I have 2 Pyle water proof 4 inch speakers in my aluminum bass boat, They sound great. Not an expensive audio system here but sound quality is good.
I even had to trim the bottom of them to get in my small space I was able to do this without damaging the seals.
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