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Old 08-31-2014, 06:58 AM
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Decided on the ms-ra205 head unit for the Cape Horn. I'm trying to decide on speakers.
The electronic's box has two 5in holes cut already so I would like to go with something that will be a direct fit there. I'm looking to add two speakers in the bow anchor storage area.

Would like 4 speakers the fusion head unit can power with no amp.
Jbl m6200, fusion fr621, pioneer ts-mr640, Polk Db651 are all speakers I have looked at.

Any opinions on these? Any other options in the $100 per pair range?
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Old 08-31-2014, 07:12 AM
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For a few bucks more you can have JL. If not the Fusion are not too bad.
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Old 08-31-2014, 06:30 PM
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How much of difference in price? Which JL's?
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This is just my .02 cents, but if your looking to not spend a bunch and get good sound, try the fusion. They hold up very well, aren't expensive and sound great. I have 6 powers by a JL amp and they are very loud and clear. I know that the masses will say JL, but I've heard both and when running I can't really tell the difference, so I'd rather spend the money elsewhere.

I will say that no matter what you do, hook the speakers up to an amp...they just can't perform without the power.
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If you can afford it, go with the JL's. You will be glad you spent the extra money. Mike is the go to guy on JL speakers.

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For my knowledge, what makes JL worth the money? A friend of mine captains a 42 yellowfin with JL and they have had a lot of issues with speakers rusting and not working for one reason or another. The next issue they have had is lack luster customer service....they are put in the yellowfin/JL ping pong match as to who is responsible to replace under warranty, etc.

Aside from that, who can really tell the difference when you are funning 30/40 or at a sandbar when you are 20/30 feet from the boat with wind, etc...at a slow cruise I can understand being able to tell a difference if there is more clarity or power.

This is no dig on JL, rather a request for more information, as from what I have personally experienced the extra $1000 wasn't justified due to the above reasons.
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The cost difference will be about 30.00 per speaker. As you are aware we can not discuss JL pricing on the forum. Please email me for details.
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Originally Posted by bbright1328 View Post
For my knowledge, what makes JL worth the money? A friend of mine captains a 42 yellowfin with JL and they have had a lot of issues with speakers rusting and not working for one reason or another. The next issue they have had is lack luster customer service....they are put in the yellowfin/JL ping pong match as to who is responsible to replace under warranty, etc.

Aside from that, who can really tell the difference when you are funning 30/40 or at a sandbar when you are 20/30 feet from the boat with wind, etc...at a slow cruise I can understand being able to tell a difference if there is more clarity or power.

This is no dig on JL, rather a request for more information, as from what I have personally experienced the extra $1000 wasn't justified due to the above reasons.
From my experience, they are the best sounding speakers that I have owned. This is also my first experience with JL, but I have has some other brands in the past. And the JL's blow them away hands down. This is just my experience and before I purchased them, I demoed Fusions and Jl's, and to my ears the JL's dominated. I have yet to add an amp which I plan to do in the near future, but they sound great without the amp for now.
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Dago, what head unit are you running?
How long have you had the JL's ?
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The cost difference will be about 30.00 per speaker. As you are aware we can not discuss JL pricing on the forum. Please email me for details.
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I am running the RA205 and I have had my JL's for about 2-3 months. I would the BT200 bluetooth module so you can control your device from the head unit. Check out my video below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0v76e2JOmQ
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Originally Posted by bbright1328 View Post
For my knowledge, what makes JL worth the money? A friend of mine captains a 42 yellowfin with JL and they have had a lot of issues with speakers rusting and not working for one reason or another. The next issue they have had is lack luster customer service....they are put in the yellowfin/JL ping pong match as to who is responsible to replace under warranty, etc.

Aside from that, who can really tell the difference when you are funning 30/40 or at a sandbar when you are 20/30 feet from the boat with wind, etc...at a slow cruise I can understand being able to tell a difference if there is more clarity or power.

This is no dig on JL, rather a request for more information, as from what I have personally experienced the extra $1000 wasn't justified due to the above reasons.
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If you're on a budget you probably can't beat the Fusion speakers for the money.
I put a RA205 head unit on my Cape Horn along with four of the 7" Fusion speakers (no amp) and it sounds fantastic imo. Loud, clear, and crisp sound without spending a small fortune.
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