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Old 07-11-2006, 02:47 PM
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i will be installing (or having installed) a n ew stereo in my new center console. no stereo currently exists. the unit will be installed in the center console with as splash guard cover. i am not going to be purchasing a high end unit and will be spending up to 350.00 total including speakers and possibly install. i went to a local stereo shop today and the owner recommended not going with the "more expensive marine units" he did this without knowing my budget and recommended a pioneer car unit. it there really a difference in a marine unit vs a auto unit im my price range/installation set up. i am just lookign for a basic set up of quality components to listen to while cruising around or sitting on a reef fishing.
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Old 07-11-2006, 02:57 PM
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I recommend a clarion marine stereo (there is something to it) and a pair of JL audio coaxials.

Or you can do what many of us here do - feed an ipod into a clarion marine amp and play your music that way - no corosion, many more tunes available and no big holes in your boat...email me if you want install instructions for the ipod....
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Poly Planar MRD-60, no splash guard required. Add the MA4056 speakers for a good match.

Whatever you decide on, get it from Jim at BOE Marine.
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I just installed a Poly-Planar MRD 60 w/MA 5000 series speakers and a Sirius receiver mounted (velcro) inside the console door. Everything works great.

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I had the standard marine unit for a long time with no problems if I am not mistaking it coast me less than 200$
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Second the poly-planer
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Old 07-12-2006, 12:07 AM
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You could get into an aquatic with a set of speakers for under 350. Glen suggested the JL coax but the speakers alone are liable to take the entire budget. If it were me I would go with the high end clarion or the Poly or the Aquatic with a set of Aquatic, PP, or Infinity speakers.
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Old 07-12-2006, 12:39 AM
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This year I purchased a Sony CDX-F50M receiver and Infinity 6.5 Kappa speakers for $250. Installed everything my self, spending an additional $50 on wiring, caulk, radio box, misc. All marine grade equipment with good sound for $300, a good value whose performance I’m satisfied with.
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Follow up on the auto vs marine question:

Most marine grade receivers do provide some level of improvement.
Couple of possibilities:
Moisture resistant components and controls.
Shields to protect / deflect any spray away from sensitive areas, (ie. looking down into the sheet metal enclosure, you may not see the board directly though the vent slots, for in the case of the sony there are mylar sheets that direct any water entry from above to exit via the sides, thereby protect the printed circuit board)

However, some of the cheapo marine units make deceptive claims.
Ie “conformal coated circuit boards”
Virtually ALL printed circuit boards have solder mask, the typical green translucent
coating which seals and shields the underlying copper feature on the printed wiring board. The only openings in the solder mask are for component footprints where the parts are soldered. These exposed footprints are actually solder plated in preparation for
part assembly. This year many sectors of the electronics industry are in the midst of a major cutover to lead free solder driven the European Union (EU) Reduction of Harzardeous Substances (Rohs) requirement. Although it’s claimed the new chemistry can reliably go lead free in solder, time will tell…
Sorry for getting carried away with the shop talk!

I recently decided on a marine grade Sony in my current center console because the receiver is mounted in the consoles electronic box – a somewhat exterior location.

On my last boat, a walk around, I installed an automotive Sony explode in a well protect cabin location, and it worked fine for the 5 years I had the boat.

So back to your question – marine vs auto – first consideration might be how exposed will the unit be?
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Old 07-12-2006, 09:15 AM
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the unit will not be "overly exposed". behind the dash will be protected by the center console, front of the unit outside the dash will be protected by splash guard. I have also been thinking about getting a "gimbal" mount and mounting it in the top of the "glove box"
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I also have the Poly Planar MRD-60 with Poly Planar speakers. They sound great.
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Sony CDX-F50M I have mine einterfaced with Garmin 3210 for XM radio works great.
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HOTSPOT - 7/11/2006 2:12 PM

Poly Planar MRD-60, no splash guard required. Add the MA4056 speakers for a good match.

Whatever you decide on, get it from Jim at BOE Marine.
I cound't agree more. I have the same set-up and love it. I did have one problem with the head unit which was covered under warranty by Poly. I researched the net and Jim had the lowest proces. Good Luck
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