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Old 02-23-2015, 12:21 PM
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i have tried 2 x now to get a list of dealers from wetsounds, with no results. have to question these claims of them being "customer oriented" if they cant even tell me how to give them my money.

since it is some top secret to them, does anyone know of where the dealers are in coastal SC, GA, and northeast FL?

i know there is one in charleston. looking for others, and preferable one that has JL and wet sounds on display for a listen.
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Ole Parker of Parker Yachts in Ft Lauderdale has a Wet Sounds display at his shop. You'll be impressed.
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i want to listen to them both side by side, but i do not know if i want to drive 7 hours to do it. trying to get quality, well matched and rounded system while staying under 2k.
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That is very doable with Wet Sounds! Are you looking for underway music or sandbar music?
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Not me, from when I contacted them about local dealers. Jacksonville Area, located in Fleming Island....Extreme Boat FX; Chris Turner.

Wet Sounds had a ever changing dealer network so it's a pain to find them, they are mostly small local specialized audio shops with small inventory depending on your area. The Carolinas might have an even smaller representation. At one point they did not support/authorize internet retailers but that has changed in the last couple years and you can order online if you know what you want.

I have both JL 8.8s and SWS808's. installed in the boat and you can easily tell them apart all due to the tweeters. So depends on what sound your looking for. JL are silk and WS are titanium.

If you want it in words here's a excerpt from Crutchfield on tweeters, this is a accurate description.

"The big player in the textile category is silk. Silk and silk-blend tweeters tend to sound warm, mellow, and refined. And silk is commonly used in good-quality home speakers to achieve a balanced, lifelike tone in the music.

If you like your highs crisp, bright, and loud, metal tweeters may be the choice for you.
Titanium is a popular material, because it is extremely light and less resonant than aluminum. These qualities allow it to reproduce high frequencies with extreme accuracy, but without the harsh edge that some audio enthusiasts attribute to aluminum tweeters."

I would add that the titanium can be "bright/cringing" when loud and close proximity, but extremely clear at distance.

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Found the email contact for dealer locator:

Omar Chapa
Inside Sales
Wet Sounds Inc.
9330 W. Airport Blvd. Suite # 170
Houston, TX 77031
877-938-7757 Ext: 1107 Main
281-914-4533 Direct Line
832-550-2331 Fax
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Originally Posted by Trpntj View Post
Jacksonville Area, located in Fleming Island....Extreme Boat FX; Chris Turner.

Wet Sounds had a ever changing dealer network so it's a pain to find them, they are mostly small local specialized audio shops with small inventory depending on your area. The Carolinas might have an even smaller representation. At one point they did not support/authorize internet retailers but that has changed in the last couple years and you can order online if you know what you want.

I have both JL 8.8s and SWS808's. installed in the boat and you can easily tell them apart all due to the tweeters. So depends on what sound your looking for. JL are silk and WS are titanium.

If you want it in words here's a excerpt from Crutchfield on tweeters, this is a accurate description.

"The big player in the textile category is silk. Silk and silk-blend tweeters tend to sound warm, mellow, and refined. And silk is commonly used in good-quality home speakers to achieve a balanced, lifelike tone in the music.

If you like your highs crisp, bright, and loud, metal tweeters may be the choice for you.
Titanium is a popular material, because it is extremely light and less resonant than aluminum. These qualities allow it to reproduce high frequencies with extreme accuracy, but without the harsh edge that some audio enthusiasts attribute to aluminum tweeters."

I would add that the titanium can be "bright/cringing" when loud and close proximity, but extremely clear at distance.

We are 1 of only a few authorized internet dealers for Wet Sounds. Because of the construction and the materials used the WS sound great under way and at the sand bar.

When you get to the displays make sure that everything is set flat and that you have the owner or one of the techs tune the system. Cranking the levels all the way up is a sure fire way to make any brand sound at its worse.
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i have a pretty good idea what JL is all about. i have 2 sets of C5 components, 2 W3v3, HD600/4 and HD750/1 in the truck.

i have been running through possible setups and i think the most logical for me will be as follows. 2 x 6.5" in the electronics box and 2 in the gunnels (already holes and no room to make larger) powered off current ip-700i. 2 sets of 8" in the gunnels powered by an amp.

i think with either brand i can get a fairly complete sound without subs. i do not want to rock the sandbar. want to hear the highs from outside the boat while chilling for background noise. every now and then rock out, but most listening will be inside boat.
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Originally Posted by Trpntj View Post
Not me, from when I contacted them about local dealers. Jacksonville Area, located in Fleming Island....Extreme Boat FX; Chris Turner.

Wet Sounds had a ever changing dealer network so it's a pain to find them, they are mostly small local specialized audio shops with small inventory depending on your area. The Carolinas might have an even smaller representation. At one point they did not support/authorize internet retailers but that has changed in the last couple years and you can order online if you know what you want.

I have both JL 8.8s and SWS808's. installed in the boat and you can easily tell them apart all due to the tweeters. So depends on what sound your looking for. JL are silk and WS are titanium.

If you want it in words here's a excerpt from Crutchfield on tweeters, this is a accurate description.

"The big player in the textile category is silk. Silk and silk-blend tweeters tend to sound warm, mellow, and refined. And silk is commonly used in good-quality home speakers to achieve a balanced, lifelike tone in the music.

If you like your highs crisp, bright, and loud, metal tweeters may be the choice for you.
Titanium is a popular material, because it is extremely light and less resonant than aluminum. These qualities allow it to reproduce high frequencies with extreme accuracy, but without the harsh edge that some audio enthusiasts attribute to aluminum tweeters."

I would add that the titanium can be "bright/cringing" when loud and close proximity, but extremely clear at distance.
thanks for all the info! will look them up. 3 hours to jacksonville so i can make a day trip.

the woman and i listened to a set of wet sounds 650s on a HT amp in a shop. to say i was not expecting what happened was quite the understatement. the wife asked if i was really gonna put those on the boat. i told her "of course not honey... i want the bigger ones!"

i thought that my JL HD600/4 sounds a little flat at times in the truck, so i would ideally like to audition the SD and MHD amps on each brand of speakers. probably i will end up buying a set of 65i and hooking them up to my truck for a quick listen or take them to a JL dealer to put side by side with the mx650
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Originally Posted by baracuda View Post
thanks for all the info! will look them up. 3 hours to jacksonville so i can make a day trip.
I haven't been to that dealer so I would definitely call them first and ensure they have what you are looking for and can let you hear it.

I went to a dealer in Tampa, while out of town for work and it was "I don't have that but can get it situation" Demo'd a system in a boat with components I wasn't looking at.

And maybe call that number to see if you can find a closer dealer.
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I don't think you're going to find a dealer carrying both brands and if so surely not one that will have dual displays. I would maybe contact some local charleston installers and see if they know people with similar set ups and work that angle. I don't think there is really a bad call between they two. I think you have to be a real sound quality junkie in order to really pick one over the other. I have 2 boats with JL set up and am in Savannah if you ever make it down this way. I'm sure I have a friend or two that might have a wet sound set up too for your to listen to. I chose JL mainly because I could get a good deal on them locally. Other than that I don't really have a preference although I like the jl Classic grill over the wet sound grill. One boat has 4 6.5s, the other has 4 8.8s.
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I have a customer with a brand new Regulator in Charleston. Thats got the WS. Ill get with him tomorrow
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Thanks for all of the assistance gents!

I can be in savannah or charleston aNY day that is convenient.
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Audio Evolution on Ashley Phosphate Rd in N. Charleston has Wet Sounds and JL on display so you can compare both.
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Originally Posted by CircleHook1 View Post
Audio Evolution on Ashley Phosphate Rd in N. Charleston has Wet Sounds and JL on display so you can compare both.
i did not know they had a store in N chas, i went to the one on savannah hwy and they had only WS. i will check the out for sure, thanks!
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I called the Store, earlier. N Chas store only has WS and he was very verbal about not liking the other brand......
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I called the Store, earlier. N Chas store only has WS and he was very verbal about not liking the other brand......
They must have changed something within the last month or so. I was in the store and saw both on his display.

Yes, he was very forward on his preference.

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