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Ok so I've been browsing around and can't seem to find a whole lot in the way of Marine grade speakers. What are most of you guys running? Coming from cars, I used to run CDT separates, Arc amps, Resonant Engineering subs/Elemental Designs.

So far the only Separates I found that were marine grade were made by Polk, which I'm not totally against running, but there has to be more out there. I still have my RE subs, so I'll probably just run one of those. Not too worried about the amps since they'll be hidden. But I'd like to run 2 sets of 6.5" (in open bow and back of the boat) speakers and 1 set of separates by the driver/passenger and I think those probably should be some sort of marine grade since they are subject to getting wet.
 

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Now that's more along the lines of what I'm looking for. Thanks for the link. :))THumbsUp

Trying to stay away from those white grills too, stand out like a sore d!ck on blue carpet. lol. The ones you posted look pretty nice.

I just gotta figure out what to do with the crappy 6x9's that are currently in there. I hate 6x9's and there are 4 of them. Might have to make some accent panels and mount something else there.
 

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I put in these Rockford Fosgate coaxial marine speakers. Quite impressed with the product from how it was built to how it sounds. The finish is one of the best i've seen in a marine speaker down to the stainless steel grille it comes with. I know the grille finshes come in black or white also. Whats nice also is they come in 5.25, 6.5 & 8 inch sizes. One think I don't like about components is the idea of drilling another hole for a tweeter speaker in a boat but to each there own. I did notice at the boat show this past year lots of the higher end manufactures were using the Hertz and Audison lines heard nothing but good things from them as well
 

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I did notice at the boat show this past year lots of the higher end manufactures were using the Hertz and Audison lines heard nothing but good things from them as well
I have 3 Audison amps powering Focal 3 ways. None of it is marine grade and I've had NOTHING but problems with the Audisons. I don't recall two consecutive weekends where everything was working as it's supposed to. One of the amps was always blowing. I've given up on them and am changing to JL amps.

Next boat, $200 Kragen auto stereo piped through $50 speakers. I'll just put everything on quick release and swap stuff out as it dies. It will take me 12 years of replacing cheap speakers to get to what was spent on the current stereo.



 

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I have 3 Audison amps powering Focal 3 ways. None of it is marine grade and I've had NOTHING but problems with the Audisons. I don't recall two consecutive weekends where everything was working as it's supposed to. One of the amps was always blowing. I've given up on them and am changing to JL amps.

Next boat, $200 Kragen auto stereo piped through $50 speakers. I'll just put everything on quick release and swap stuff out as it dies. It will take me 12 years of replacing cheap speakers to get to what was spent on the current stereo.




Do you think your amps are overheating in the engine compartment?
 

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I am using Audison amps and Hertz speakers and subs. I have had no problems with the system at all.
That's nice stuff! I think the newer Audison equipment might be a little more robust. I have an Audison LRX amp in my Rhino and have not had a problem with it. The amps in the boat are mounted vertically and I have acutally had a capacitor break off the amp because of the boating environment. My next amps will be mounted horizontally.
 

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That's nice stuff! I think the newer Audison equipment might be a little more robust. I have an Audison LRX amp in my Rhino and have not had a problem with it. The amps in the boat are mounted vertically and I have acutally had a capacitor break off the amp because of the boating environment. My next amps will be mounted horizontally.
Who the hell designed your stereo system. :D
 

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That's nice stuff! I think the newer Audison equipment might be a little more robust. I have an Audison LRX amp in my Rhino and have not had a problem with it. The amps in the boat are mounted vertically and I have acutally had a capacitor break off the amp because of the boating environment. My next amps will be mounted horizontally.

Mine are horizontal mounted so you are probably right in doing that next time. I know Lavey told me that the Audisons run hot and need some air so they designed mine in a side panel where the seat back cushion opens. I like those custom color matched boxes in yours alot.
 

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Rare to find good sound from marine speakers. Nothing is free.

I run Pioneer Premier 6X9 4-ways. For $75/pair at Sonic, they are very durable (going on 3 years now in the boat) and the 4-way is great for open environment. Would be too much inside a car, but out in the open air - they rail.

I recommend Orion for under-rated, clean power for an unbeatable price.
 

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Damn Chipster, nice system. That sucks you've been having some many issues with those Audison's. I thought those were sick amps, but I've personally never run them. I helped a friend build a 67 Chevelle with all Arc Audio Amps and Focal subs/Components. Car isn't finished yet so I haven't played with it, but for over $5k it better sound decent. lol.

I'll probaby run Arc amps in the boat, I have a 4 channel still so I might just match it with an Arc mono. I was browsing around for what I'm going to need, sh!t is adding up quick. lol.
 

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Do you think your amps are overheating in the engine compartment?
Probably not :D:D
There is no engine in there :D and lots of air circulation. I think it was a moisture issue combined with the boating environment.

I'm not sure what the problems were, Audison was real good about repairing them until this year. They said there were signs of moisture and corrosion. The other problem was the verticle mounting and the rough environment boats run it. It literally broke a capacitor off the board. I'm mounting the JLs in a totally different area and horizontally.

It's too bad because the Audisons ROCKED. I had (2) 400 amps driving each pair of speakers and a 500 amp driving the subs. Clarity beyond belief, but not worth the grief!
 
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