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Old 01-19-2014, 10:34 AM
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I'm looking for some good recommendations on stereo set up for my new Regulator 23. So far I'm thinking Fusion Head unit and JL Speakers. with all the new technology, what is the best head unit. I want good quality sound but not looking to have the biggest sound. I do want to be able to use XM, my iPod/Iphones and stream pandora. I have iPhone 5 if that matters and with everything heading that way i wan to make sure i've got what i need. I've been looking at the mx 770 speakers thinking if i hook those to an amp I won't need a sub. I primarily listen to country music and/or some light rock.

what would you recommend if you were getting a new boat you plan to keep a while that will sound great and be compatible with all the new technology coming out?
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Old 01-19-2014, 05:09 PM
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I'm looking for some good recommendations on stereo set up for my new Regulator 23. So far I'm thinking Fusion Head unit and JL Speakers. with all the new technology, what is the best head unit. I want good quality sound but not looking to have the biggest sound. I do want to be able to use XM, my iPod/Iphones and stream pandora. I have iPhone 5 if that matters and with everything heading that way i wan to make sure i've got what i need. I've been looking at the mx 770 speakers thinking if i hook those to an amp I won't need a sub. I primarily listen to country music and/or some light rock.

what would you recommend if you were getting a new boat you plan to keep a while that will sound great and be compatible with all the new technology coming out?
I listen to similar music and have the Fusion M700i on those speakers through a JL amp MHD900/5 and its awesome. I did eventually add subs but it was still pretty damned good without them, a sub does make a world of difference but you can always add that later.

What I also like about the Fusion is that you can update the firmware as technology comes along, not that I have done it yet but at least there's an option there for this down the road...

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I like the Fusions as well, but I just found out Clarion is releasing a new head unit, the M704. I've used the CMD7 before and it held up just as good if not better than the Fusion, and the new one is build to IP and ASTM standards. But the real seller for me is the 3x 4V outputs.
Cant go wrong with a JL system from International Marine. If you don't want a sub, go with the JL 8.8s. Mine sound beastly. 4 of them on a 600/4 would be loud but not overwhelming
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Old 01-20-2014, 06:24 AM
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Would sound "quality" be better with smaller speakers and a sub? or does 4 larger speakers do the same...like say the 8.8's mentioned above by sixmassive?
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The 8.8s sound great and put out a pretty good amount of bass. Of course you could always add a sub to fill in the lows.
if you want a full range, a set of 7.7s, 8.8s and 2 10s on a 900/5 would give you the full range from low to high, and be a very loud system.
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The 8.8s sound great and put out a pretty good amount of bass. Of course you could always add a sub to fill in the lows.
if you want a full range, a set of 7.7s, 8.8s and 2 10s on a 900/5 would give you the full range from low to high, and be a very loud system.
I have exactly this with the 7.7's and those two subs and it IS very loud but for me it's the quality of sound at normal levels that is also excellent ,

But it was still very good before the subs went in and this was before the 8.8s were around, I would have gone the 8.8's to begin with had they been an option.

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Whatever you get, don't hack the install and mount the speakers in the console facing out! Takes about 30min more to run the speaker wire to the outside and you can have your tunes face in vs out.
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The 8.8s sound great and put out a pretty good amount of bass. Of course you could always add a sub to fill in the lows.
if you want a full range, a set of 7.7s, 8.8s and 2 10s on a 900/5 would give you the full range from low to high, and be a very loud system.
I am in search of the right size amp for my JL system on a 32 Regulator.

Right now I have 4 JL 8.8's - pair in transom facing in, pair at anchor box facing in and 2 10s mounted in console facing out.

I was going to go with 2 amps; 1 for the 8s and 1 for 10s. Would that 900/5 be sufficient for all 6?
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i think so. that would put a 100w/ 8.8. and 500 to the subs.

or you could get 2 M-series amps. The M series are more forgiving with power consumption vs the MHD, but you'd have to do two amps so you arent really knocking any doors down.
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I think that Wet Sounds would be a great addition to your boat. Great sounding and looking!
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I think that Wet Sounds would be a great addition to your boat. Great sounding and looking!
Haven't heard of this product before - looks a lot more reasonably priced than the JLs

Also found that Fusion has a 1600W 5 Channel amp for around $500 - not bad
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get a quote on JL from steve @ international marine on here. You'd be surprised. my JL system was about 1000 cheaper than the wet sounds, and the JL had more speakers and amps. longer warranty as well.
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On my 23' Outrage I have 2 pair of JL 8.8s, a pair of JL 6.5s, a 10" JL sub and a JL M1000/v2 powering the sub and 8.8s. It sounds great and just rocks.

You could get by with just the 8.8s but the sub makes the system rock.
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I'm thinking that (4) 7.7's and maybe a sub will meet my needs on a 23' boat. Now that Garmin is coming out with this new head unit i'll need to decide between the Fusion and the Garmin. anyone have any experience with the Garmin head unit?
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I'm thinking that (4) 7.7's and maybe a sub will meet my needs on a 23' boat. Now that Garmin is coming out with this new head unit i'll need to decide between the Fusion and the Garmin. anyone have any experience with the Garmin head unit?
I just put this set up in my 23 reg. 2 on the forward seating facing rear and 2 in back facing forward. I put the 10" sub in front as well. i also added the JL 600 watt amp with Fusion head unit. The sound is unreal. It will get louder than your ears can stand.


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I just put this set up in my 23 reg. 2 on the forward seating facing rear and 2 in back facing forward. I put the 10" sub in front as well. i also added the JL 600 watt amp with Fusion head unit. The sound is unreal. It will get louder than your ears can stand.


DawgDr, did they give you any other optional places to mount the sub? thanks for the photos....those 7.7's look huge! post some more pics of your 23 =)
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The new Garmin is a "black box" correct? Sounds like it does it all . And Bluetooth too! Sounds like the way to go. Are you gonna use an amp as well?
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I'm thinking that (4) 7.7's and maybe a sub will meet my needs on a 23' boat. Now that Garmin is coming out with this new head unit i'll need to decide between the Fusion and the Garmin. anyone have any experience with the Garmin head unit?
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Pioneer 197 Islander with a Fusion IP700i, 4 JL audio M650's, 2 M880's and 2 JL Audio M400/4 amps. No sub, the M880's provide the same amount of bass as a sub, plus I get a full range set of speakers. This system cranks.
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DawgDr, did they give you any other optional places to mount the sub? thanks for the photos....those 7.7's look huge! post some more pics of your 23 =)
not really, i did not want it on the console and that seemed to be the only other place the sub would fit. Looks great however being centered on the boat. I went with the 7.7" as I was worried the 8" would not fit in the rear.
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On another note, my installer did have to cut a hole in the forward fish boxes to get the 7s to fit. They are too deep. He did a great job by putting a plate to cover the hole and it looks like it came from the factory that way. PM me if that does not make sense.
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