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Old 10-04-2014, 07:13 PM
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New to me 23 foot cc with 2010 Garmin 740s but no radio or speakers.
I would like to add something that could give me Sirius XM to listen to with 4 speakers.
Don't need AM or FM crap and I don't download music but use Pandora quite often. I am very dumb when it comes to this stuff and just want some tunes while I am out there. Perhaps I should just get something portable to play through my phone while I am out there but even those small portable Bluetooth speakers are $200 and don't sound that great and I probably won't always get a signal.
I could probably budget $200-$400 for everything. I know the Garmin has some sort of XM capability to it but not sure.
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Unless you go with a portable bluetooth speaker, you're going to need a stereo head unit and speakers. The Garmin XM/sirius music/weather receiver GXM 52 is around $500 and needs to plug into both the chart plotter and a stereo head unit.

If you just want a simple unit to hook up to your iPod/iPhone, you could look at the Fusion RA-50 http://www.westmarine.com/buy/fusion...kage--14782015. You get a waterproof head unit and two speakers for $170. You hook up your iPod to the unit with a cord. There is no FM/AM capability on this unit. If you want bluetooth, you can add the bluetooth adapter for $40 http://www.westmarine.com/buy/fusion...FQaBaQodo1QAgg You may be able to find some better pricing if you shop around.

That's about as cheap as it's going to get.
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The Garmin Metor 300 is what you want, I'm just not sure if it's compatible with your existing Garmin electronics.
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based on your budget and nothing already on the boat youd be better off buying some cheap battery powered thing from walmart to use when on the boat. then throw it away if it goes bad and do that about 10 times
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If you have a Costco membership, you can pick up a ecoRox Bluetooth speaker for about $60. It's waterproof, shock resistant, floats, and sounds pretty good.
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Originally Posted by rigginitright View Post
If you have a Costco membership, you can pick up a ecoRox Bluetooth speaker for about $60. It's waterproof, shock resistant, floats, and sounds pretty good.
I do have a Costco membership...hell I can buy two and try them out and if they don't provide what I am looking for I can use them for other things. They also offer $10 clamps which I can attach to a lot of things.

I like the Garmin Metor 300 but it is $300+ and still need speakers etc.

Thanks Guys...
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Originally Posted by 90zxdriver View Post
The Garmin Metor 300 is what you want, I'm just not sure if it's compatible with your existing Garmin electronics.
According to the Garmin website, the Meteor 300 isn't compatible with his current setup. He would need a newer chartplotter to be able to utilize the on-screen controls.

My choice:
- Fusion RA-205 bundle with 2 speakers: $270
- SiriusXM Tuner: $50
- 2 more Fusion speakers: $90

Total cost for a 4-speaker marine stereo system with SiriusXM: $410

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I went for utter simplicity on my boat, and decided against a permanent install for the stereo...Instead, I bought a UE Boom bluetooth speaker, and the idea of installing a stereo faded into a distant memory...
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Fusion RA205-KTS stereo and speaker bundle $270
Fusion SXB200B Sirius receiver $60
Shakespeare SRA40 Sirius Antenna $60

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