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Boat Stereo! is 25W x 4ch loud enough?

Old 02-21-2016, 05:02 AM
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Default Boat Stereo! is 25W x 4ch loud enough?

hey guys, I wanna get a stereo system for my 17ft cuddy cabin boat. and came across THIS

now this unit is exactly what I need, mechless, plays USB and stream from my phone... however the power output is 25W x4 channel... which is about half the power of a standard car stereo....

on my boat I have space to flush mount 4x speakers, 2x 4" speakers at the front and 2x 6.5" at the back... but will the 25w power output be strong enough to push a 6.5" 3 way coaxial speaker??

base on my research, this unit is perfectly suitable to hook up with 4x 4" dual cone speakers. I never had a 25w x4 system and have no idea how weak they are. in my older boat I ran a 'Regular' Sony car stereo 50w x4 on 4x 6.5" coaxial speakers, with this new system i'd be running 4x 4" speakers do u guys think will be enough?

another thing is. in my boat I can only fit 6.5" speakers at the back, front of the boat only has space for 4"... what do u guys recommend?
Old 02-21-2016, 06:29 AM
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Nope, you more than likely will not be happy with the performance of the unit. A boat is a very difficult space for audio to be made to sound good, unlike a car.
I can't see that unit lasting long at all
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Their datasheet doesn't mention whether that's 25W RMS...if it's peak, then totally worthless.

Of equal concern, the IPX4 rating only applies to the face-plate, not the unit. Very marginal water resistance for a boat stereo, unless in a yacht stateroom.

An open boat is a hostile, noisy environment, and you need enough power to exceed motor and wind noise, plus you have no containment or reflective surfaces (like room walls and ceiling). You could easily need 4x the audio output in a boat compared to a car with the windows closed.

I think: keep looking.
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No unit will put out enough power to hear decent sound while on'll need an amp unless you listening while anchored.
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As a waterfront property owner, I hate marine stereos...since there is no containment of the sound, it crosses miles of water and is a total pain in the ass when being woken-up at 2AM by sub-woofer pounding. I realize I'm in a resented-class by other boaters and they couldn't give a shit.

It's impractical to enforce noise ordinances, since in most areas they are local, not statewide, and the noise travels so far over water, it's never a local concern, like a loud party next door would be.

Sorry for the rant, but inconsiderate boaters make lots of enemies, whether it be noise, wakes, etc.
Fortunately, I'm in such cold waters, there is almost no jet-ski activity.

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