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Old 08-16-2012, 07:58 PM
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Default Whos got the best in marine stereo's?

I'm looking to buy a stereo and two, maybe 4 speakers for the boat. Who makes the best marine stereo for the money? I like the price of the Dual 400W package but I have read a few reviews that were not quite up to par? The Sony CDX-M20 system looks good and has a few good reviews but there are some bad ones in there as well. Anyway, what systems do yall have and are you happy with it? Thanks for any information. I would like to buy within the next two weeks.
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Old 08-16-2012, 08:24 PM
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Very pricey, but I went with the Fusion IS-P600 stereo, tweo JL M770 co-axials, a JL M10" sub, and the JL MHD 600/4 amp. Like I said, pricey, but top of the line throughout.
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The Sony CDX-H910UI that is part of my 2,500W system kicks butt. I am very satisfied w/ my system, for features, sound quality and incredible volume.
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Old 08-17-2012, 01:21 AM
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Ok, I just looked at both of them. They are about what I am looking for. All I really need is AM/FM and AUX for the iPod. I really dont want to add too much to it as far as an amp sub due to the fact that well, I dont have the most room under the console and when I go offshore there is not much room for extras. I just want a stereo and some speakers that will give me the best sound possible.
Will a standard splash cover fit over both the Sony and the Fusion?
Thanks for the suggestions guys.
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Old 08-17-2012, 03:54 AM
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The Sony unit that Wingless is talking about is the one that I recently took out of my boat. Unfortunately, I gave it to my buddy at work already. Personally, I feel like the Fusion radio pushed the 6 x 9's that were previously on my better than the Sony did. I also like the fact that the I-pod sits inside of the Fusion radio, protected from the elements. The Sony accepts a USB chord out the back of the radio, leaving the iPod exposed. Both radios are 100% water proof, but the Fusion comes with a dash cover if you don't want it exposed. Both are good units, but I am glad that I swapped the Sony out for the Fusion.

Another good option would be to add the JL MX770's or MX650 speakers, as these models do not require as much power as theM series by JL. With the Fusion unit power output, the MX series speakers would be perfect. Check out BOE Marine for great deals/ service. Either Jm or Kent will personally assist you if you need it. Best of luck to you
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I pulled a lot of the big two round dial Sonys - forget the model- that crapped out. Contender dealer in Miami used to demand them installed until he saw the returns.....clarion fusion and kenwood are my choices.....
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On a marine stereo, the front is waterproof, the back is not. On a marine stereo, the back needs to be protected and dry.

The Sony CDX-H910UI needs lots of depth in-front of the mounting surface, because that flip-down front panel is very thick.
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Old 08-17-2012, 07:23 AM
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Originally Posted by eastcoastangler84 View Post
Ok, I just looked at both of them. They are about what I am looking for. All I really need is AM/FM and AUX for the iPod. I really dont want to add too much to it as far as an amp sub due to the fact that well, I dont have the most room under the console and when I go offshore there is not much room for extras. I just want a stereo and some speakers that will give me the best sound possible.
Will a standard splash cover fit over both the Sony and the Fusion?
Thanks for the suggestions guys.
If you like the Fusion you might be interested in a Fusion MS-IP600GKTS stereo and speaker package. This package includes the Fusion MS-IP600G and a pair of Fusion MS-FR602 6.5" coaxial speakers. The best part is that the speakers are FREE! Fusion did this deal around Christmas last year and Fathers Day this year. We have 1 package left at our shop. This way you would get the stereo and 1 pair of speakers for $349 and then all you have left to buy is 1 more pair of speakers! Check out the links below and feel free to PM, email, or give us a call. Thanks

http://store.mbmarineelectronics.com...with-ipod-dock

http://store.mbmarineelectronics.com...axial-speakers
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Thanks a lot guys. It sounds like Fusion is the way to go. MB Marine, I'll give you a call in the next day or two. Thanks a lot for the information. Save that last one for me!
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There's a Clarion set of units that are stainless steel frames, etc. That's what I've had for several years after a sony crapped out. Put it inside a box or head or something for reliability. Some have remote mount controls too, wish I had that... kind of.
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Alpine also makes marine stereos.
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There's a Clarion set of units that are stainless steel frames, etc. That's what I've had for several years after a sony crapped out. Put it inside a box or head or something for reliability. Some have remote mount controls too, wish I had that... kind of.
I replace the head unit on my boat with a Clarion, very happy with it and I purchased the wired remote for the helm.
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If you like the Fusion you might be interested in a Fusion MS-IP600GKTS stereo and speaker package. This package includes the Fusion MS-IP600G and a pair of Fusion MS-FR602 6.5" coaxial speakers. The best part is that the speakers are FREE! Fusion did this deal around Christmas last year and Fathers Day this year. We have 1 package left at our shop. This way you would get the stereo and 1 pair of speakers for $349 and then all you have left to buy is 1 more pair of speakers! Check out the links below and feel free to PM, email, or give us a call. Thanks

http://store.mbmarineelectronics.com...with-ipod-dock

http://store.mbmarineelectronics.com...axial-speakers

Do you still have your last Fusion for sale?
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JL is top notch stereo equipment but expensive. I just got this amp/speaker system that is integrated with my Lowrance. Love it. But just found out that at leat at the beach/sandbar most of the time I don't need it. There is always this guy (or guys) with a mega stereos thumping the whole area with tunes. Saves my battery
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There's a Clarion set of units that are stainless steel frames, etc. That's what I've had for several years after a sony crapped out. Put it inside a box or head or something for reliability. Some have remote mount controls too, wish I had that... kind of.
I have a Clarion set up. Head unit and amp in the cabin, remote on the dash, iPod in the electronics box. Have a set of decent home outdoor speakers mounted to the hard top. Cranks pretty good. Not exactly "budget", but didn't bust the piggy bank either.
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As to marine radios, I just purchased the Fusion 750 from Citimarine Store: http://citimarinestore.com/en/stereo...w-unidock.html I have the unidock version that allows me to dock my iPod.

I like that I can control it, change songs, adjust volume, etc. from my chartplotter. I have them linked. I can also adjust sound levels on different parts of the boat. Not to mention the sound is crisp and clear, but that's more thanks to the Kickers I have hooked up.

Also has a very tough design, waterproof, sunlight proof. I don't want to have to change radios... forever, if possible!
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Old 09-17-2015, 09:40 AM
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Fosgate also makes good speakers, as does Polk.
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Old 09-30-2015, 03:29 PM
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Takes me 10 minutes from ramp to sandbar, someones boat always has good tunes-and good batteries. Think I'll hold off far now.

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Old 10-01-2015, 01:21 PM
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"For the money" its Infinity, five star ratings all over the internet. For high end its fusion.
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Originally Posted by David Reginald View Post
As to marine radios, I just purchased the Fusion 750 from Citimarine Store: http://citimarinestore.com/en/stereo...w-unidock.html I have the unidock version that allows me to dock my iPod.

I like that I can control it, change songs, adjust volume, etc. from my chartplotter. I have them linked. I can also adjust sound levels on different parts of the boat. Not to mention the sound is crisp and clear, but that's more thanks to the Kickers I have hooked up.

Also has a very tough design, waterproof, sunlight proof. I don't want to have to change radios... forever, if possible!
Yes I have the Fusion MS-UD750, works great and integrated with my Garmin MFD's, but I have had two fail in 5 months, Fusion has replaced them both but hope this is not going to continue.

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