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Old 11-09-2016, 06:55 PM
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Looking for a simple stereo for a new to me boat, a 24CC. I need FM and ability to plug in ipod. Do not need blue tooth (I don't think). I know I will replace two speakers - one on each side of console. They look to be 6 inches in diameter. I may add two more up front near the forward seating if I need more sound. I would prefer to stay away from an additional amplifier.
I just want to hear music. I do not want to be a floating disco. I dont need to be the loadest boat at the sand bar. Just clear sound.

Please recommend a stereo, speakers (two to start). Do I need an antenna? If so, please recommend.

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ps - budget ideally around $400 - is this realistic?
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I am looking for something similar to you. I only need 2 speakers. The Fusion RA55 stereo and Wet Sounds 6" speaker with the "i" designation was recommended to me. The "i" means no need for amp.

I do no know if this fits the budget, nor do I know if you need an antenna, but I would assume so.

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Yes you will need an external antennae
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Originally Posted by InternationalMarineBrian View Post
Yes you will need an external antennae
Really depends on FM reception where you boat...cars ditched external AM/FM external antennas and went to dipoles embedded in windshield glass. A twin-lead dipole antenna is about $3, and for inshore should be adequate and can be taped or stapled inside your console.

An external fiberglass antenna is generally only needed in fringe areas, and to receive low-power stations like all the colleges around here operate...I'm not an AM/FM listener, but most people seem to prefer only one or two stations, so give the $3 option a try...a new head unit may even have one packaged in the box, and may be all you need.
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I love the Fusion head units. They have plenty of power to push a pair of 6.5" speakers. If you put in Blue Tooth I think you'll like it if you use Pandora or something like it.
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I have a Clarion m303.... I like it.
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The Fusion stereo's are great units, but since you stated you won't really be connecting via bluetooth and you want a USB connection, I recommend the Sony MEX-M100BT. The fusion units have a USB input, but it is on the back of the unit and you need an additional accessory to bring it up front, plus make another mounting hole for it. The Sony MEX-M100BT has a USB input on the face of the unit and it puts out a bit more power (it's been CEA2006 Dyno tested at 42Wx4 RMS).

You can't get any better than a pair of Wet Sounds XS-65i's running off a head unit.

Need for an antenna and what kind greatly depends on your boating use.

Sony MEX-M100BT :
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Sony-MEX-...&wl13=&veh=sem

Wetsounds XS-65i: http://www.internationalmarineservic...xs-65i-6.5.htm

Antenna: Talk with Brian at International Marine (he posted up above) about how and where you use your boat and he can recommend a suitable antenna at a good price.
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Do those Wetsound speakers come with a more "normal" grill?
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Originally Posted by Scott1115 View Post
Do those Wetsound speakers come with a more "normal" grill?

Yes. The model is SW-65i. The "XS"(X-style Silver) and "SW"(Salt Water) in the model number just identify the grill that comes with the speaker. In the past there may have been some difference in the Wet Sounds XS and SW speakers, as I have read posts that said the SW speakers were waterproofed better than the XS speakers. But I spoke with Wet Sounds Tech support recently and they stated that, now, the speaker is literally identical with just a different grill. You can get the SW in black or white. http://www.internationalmarineservic.../ws-sw-65i.htm
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This is very interesting. JayTea points out the ipod connection (USB) is on the rear of the Fusion unit. Is this across the board for all Fusion radios? If so, then these are not a great option for me. What are my other options? Obviously the Sony that was pointed out. What about JL or others?

I like the colored LED rings that you can put into the speakers!

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This is very interesting. JayTea points out the ipod connection (USB) is on the rear of the Fusion unit. Is this across the board for all Fusion radios? If so, then these are not a great option for me. What are my other options? Obviously the Sony that was pointed out. What about JL or others?

I like the colored LED rings that you can put into the speakers!

Thank you
One consideration, is where will the receiver be located. Sony, Clarion, Kenwood and JVC all make marine models that have USB ports on the front. However, these units will only stand up to minor marine abuse, i.e. wet hands while operating them, humidity condensation, etc.

If your unit is going to be mounted in a location where it will be subject to rain, heavy splashes or similar. You want to go with a unit with a better sealed front-panel, which means your usb connection is going to be on the back. Fusion, Rockford Fosgate, and JL all make good units of this style. I'm partial to the Rockford Fosgate units personally.
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I have three mounting options.
1 - flush mount on the helm station in a near vertical position
2 - inside the electronics box (not preferred)
3 - inside the console, but would then need a remote

Not to sound like an jerk, I just want to keep things simple...FM, ipod, two or four speakers. I just want to play music while drift fishing or on the sandbar. And I do ot want to have to replace the unit every three years due to corrosion. $400 budget, so most likely start off with two of the Wet Sound speakers and another pair later.
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Trust me on this: get something with Bluetooth. MUCH better than having to connect a cable. Take your <insert your favorite player here>, leave it in a nice, dry bag that is out of the way, and click PLAY.

I promise you will kick yourself if you do not get Bluetooth.
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If you guys are looking for a reasonably priced decent 2 speaker / head unit set up let me know. I can work something out that will make you happy. Post here if this fits your needs.

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My Clarion requires a ~$50 adapter to connect an iPod, but the adapter then does all the MP3 decoding. A USB iPod connection will almost certainly allow the iPod itself to decode the files, probably with lower quality.

And a connection using an audio aux. input from the iPod's headphone output jack will probably result in the poorest sound.

I tried to research this, but came-up against some brick walls...I have an 80GB iPod classic with internal equailizer, and couldn't find documentation on whether the Clarion adapter bypassed the iPod and turned-over equalization to the more limited head-unit tone controls, just as an example.

Plus, I have my iPod in a dry area, and my older (c. 2009) Clarion unit has very limited iPod controls...like "next" and artist name, album name, and a few other other minor things, so I always just leave the buried iPod in song-shuffle, since many of the MP3 files (over 3,000) don't even have an album title associated, making album-shuffle useless.

A lot of my files were ripped from CD's quite old, and lacking what downloaded MP3s or recent CDs have for metadata information...I don't use the Apple music format at all, so can't comment about stuff downloaded from their store.

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