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Old 07-21-2013, 05:43 PM
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I am looking to put a JL Audio Marine system in my boat. What is the difference between the M770-CCX-CG-WH and the MX770-CCX-CG-WH?
I am looking to install the MHD900/5 amp with 4 770's and 2 JL Audio marine 10" subwoofer m10ib5-cg-wh, with a Clarion receiver that I already have in my boat. Just trying to decide what is the difference besides price on the speakers? I will use the Infinite-Baffle speaker for sure. Also if someone has a lead on great pricing that would be nice.

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Old 07-22-2013, 03:49 AM
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m is the better speaker from jl. it can handle a higher wattage input.
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I will have only one stereo pair of speakers in my new boat (firing down at the helm from the fiberglass hardtop) so I want the very best quality I can get. That is the M series. The materials are better and they will handle more amplifier power to produce more clean output. For 4-6 speakers scattered around the boat, I would have probably gone with the MX.
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Originally Posted by bradv View Post
m is the better speaker from jl. it can handle a higher wattage input.
Sums it up nicely. You should also consider the Wet Sounds. They have the SW-65 which is the equivelent of the MX and the SW-650 which is like the M. Is built better and sounds better though.
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The MX speakers are excellent but not designed for the highest wattage....the M is. In engine terms I'd put it like this. Yamaha's F150 is like the MX and the F200is the M...more horsepower....but both great engines. I have 6 MX speakers in my boat and it sounds incredible. With an HD amp you probably want to go with the M series....otherwise, why the amp?
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Originally Posted by OtisMyMan View Post
The MX speakers are excellent but not designed for the highest wattage....the M is. In engine terms I'd put it like this. Yamaha's F150 is like the MX and the F200is the M...more horsepower....but both great engines. I have 6 MX speakers in my boat and it sounds incredible. With an HD amp you probably want to go with the M series....otherwise, why the amp?
Because the MX handle 150 watts and sound better with 150 watts.
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Originally Posted by Stretch View Post
I will have only one stereo pair of speakers in my new boat (firing down at the helm from the fiberglass hardtop) so I want the very best quality I can get. That is the M series. The materials are better and they will handle more amplifier power to produce more clean output. For 4-6 speakers scattered around the boat, I would have probably gone with the MX.
Hey Stretch,

They're putting 4 speakers on my boat... do they only put 2 on when you get the hard top option? If they put 4 in, where do the other 2 go?
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My opinion.....its going on a boat....go with the MX series....with the appropriate recommended power you will have a just as good sounding stereo system on your boat for half the price.

Again, its a boat!!!
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Originally Posted by Ed P View Post
Hey Stretch,

They're putting 4 speakers on my boat... do they only put 2 on when you get the hard top option? If they put 4 in, where do the other 2 go?
I think I am right on this, Ed. There is no audio system on the 219FS as standard equipment. If you order the boat with the "stereo and MP3 port with 4 speakers" option, you get two speakers mounted in the aft bulkhead below the bench seating and two more in the liner port and starboard just forward of the console. With the hardtop, they add two additional speakers recessed in molded pads. My intention is to forego the factory stereo completely and mount the finest speakers I can buy in the hardtop pads, skipping the other locations that are much more vulnerable to UV damage and the weather.
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Thanks for the info everyone. Very helpful.
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Originally Posted by stiletto View Post
Because the MX handle 150 watts and sound better with 150 watts.
I bet the MX speakers would sound great with the HD amp, but from JL Audio's site:

Although MX770-CCX Coaxial Systems can be used with as little as 20 W per channel, for best audio performance we recommend amplifiers capable of between 75-100 W of continuous power per channel.

Although M770-CCX Coaxial Systems can be used with as little as 40 W per channel, for best audio performance we recommend amplifiers capable of between 75-150 W of continuous power per channel.
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Originally Posted by Peeyow View Post
I am looking to install the MHD900/5 amp with 4 770's and 2 JL Audio marine 10" subwoofer m10ib5-cg-wh, with a Clarion receiver that I already have in my boat.
That amp is rated at 100w RMS x 4 (4ohms) and 500w x 1 for the sub. Really either the M or MX will work, as both are rated to handle 100w RMS. That said, to really harness the power you are paying for with that amp, the M series is a better option.

Your subs will need to be wired in series as the amp only has a single channel for the subwoofer. You might want to check with JL as I don't think that amp can do 8ohms on the 500w subwoofer channel. Just saying, that's a $1,000 amp and I would hate for you to damage it.
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Originally Posted by I'm on a boat View Post
That amp is rated at 100w RMS x 4 (4ohms) and 500w x 1 for the sub. Really either the M or MX will work, as both are rated to handle 100w RMS. That said, to really harness the power you are paying for with that amp, the M series is a better option.

Your subs will need to be wired in series as the amp only has a single channel for the subwoofer. You might want to check with JL as I don't think that amp can do 8ohms on the 500w subwoofer channel. Just saying, that's a $1,000 amp and I would hate for you to damage it.
You would wire the subs in parallel. The subwoofer channel is capable of driving 1.5 ohm loads.
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Originally Posted by yachtjim View Post
Sums it up nicely. You should also consider the Wet Sounds. They have the SW-65 which is the equivelent of the MX and the SW-650 which is like the M. Is built better and sounds better though.
I took Jim's advice and went with the Wet Sounds.............I am very very impressed.............
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I went with 4 MX-770's driven by a JL XD400-4 amp and a Fusion head. I was, and continue to be, amazed by the great sound quality.

I don't know if I would be able to detect the differences between the MX and the more expensive M series.
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Originally Posted by PPLEPEU View Post
I went with 4 MX-770's driven by a JL XD400-4 amp and a Fusion head. I was, and continue to be, amazed by the great sound quality.

I don't know if I would be able to detect the differences between the MX and the more expensive M series.
Probably not without a bigger amp.
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Default JL Audio Marine M770-CCX-CG-WH

Thanks everyone for the advice. I installed 4 of the M770-CCX-CG-WH and the MHD 900/5 amp and still waiting for the M10IB5-CG-WH sub to come in.
All I can say is even without the sub this system "ROCKS"!! It was worth the money.

Thanks again everyone for the input.

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