So you just got a boat and now you want to get the best stereo for it. You probably have no idea what type of marine stereo is right for your needs, but that’s all about to change. Today I am going to tell you everything there is to know about finding the perfect marine stereo system for your boat. But before we start this journey, let’s talk about what exactly a marine stereo does because not all stereos are made equal.
A good amount of people think that because they can plug their iPod or iPhone into an existing car audio system then they will be able to do the same with their boat-however this isn’t true at all! The first thing you need to consider when buying a marine stereo is its music source because not all stereos are made equal.
The two main types of music sources for a marine stereo are FM and AM radio frequencies. Many people prefer to use a USB flash drive or an MP3 player instead of buying a whole new music system-but it is important to remember that you cannot plug these devices directly into your existing car audio system (unless it’s an AUX cable).
You can also connect satellite radio, portable CD players, iPods/iPhones, micro-SD cards, smartphones, etc. But keep in mind that most of these devices do not come with cables or adapters.
A marine receiver can be purchased as either a single speaker (mono) or multi-speaker (stereo). You can also purchase marine stereos with different levels of AM/FM radio, TV, CD player, MP3 player, Bluetooth integration, USB compatibility, etc.
A number of speakers: Because you will most likely be spending a decent amount of time on your boat it is important to make sure that you have good quality sound coming from the best speakers possible.
A single speaker system is usually used for smaller boats because they are easy to set up and only require one receiver. Single speakers provide better sound quality than that of multiple cans but they do not give off as much bass as multiple speakers do because there are no subwoofers to pump out the low-end frequencies.
A single speaker is the easiest to install because all you have to do is unplug your old stereo and plug it into the new receiver-there are no wires running around the cabin of your boat that could create a safety hazard or interfere with fishing. The downside of using a single speaker marine stereo is that there can be some sound delays; this means that if one person is listening to talk radio on channel A and another person wants to listen to an iPod on channel B, then they both might experience some lag between their songs.
Single speakers provide good quality sound and are perfect for people who want to listen to talk radio on their boat or just have a simple music system-but they do not provide enough bass.
A two-speaker marine stereo is good for any of you bass heads out there because it gives off the full, loud sound and more importantly: strong bass (a must for every bass head). The downside of this type of marine receiver is that it requires quite a bit of wiring; running four separate audio wires between the speakers and the receiver itself can be difficult and time-consuming.
Two speaker systems are typically mounted in pairs on top of some sort of enclosure like a stern rail (the part where your boat turns). Two individual speakers will give you better quality sound than that of one single speaker; however, there may be some sound delays if two different people are listening to music on two different channels.
If you plan on listening to more bass-heavy music genres then a two-speaker system might be perfect for you because it provides better quality sound than that of one single speaker and is usually cheaper, too.
A four or six-speaker marine stereo (or any speakers for that matter) will give off the best quality sound at high volume levels and provide your boat with enough room to move around in while playing your tunes, but they do not come cheap!
The downside of these stereos is that they require a lot of wiring to function properly and installation can be very difficult. Four speaker systems are usually placed on an enclosed deck or around the stern rail where it’s safe for fishing, etc.; six speakers will obviously need more room so you can place them wherever you want trying to install both four and six-speaker systems at the same time will definitely raise some eyebrows with your local marine stereo installer!
5 Best Marine Stereo
Pyle Marine Radio Receiver Speaker Set
Introducing the Pyle Marine Radio Receiver Speaker Set, perfect for boat owners who love to take their music with them on the open water! This set includes a Bluetooth-compatible receiver that allows you to stream audio directly from your handheld A2DP, AVRCP, HSP, and HFP devices.
Whether you’re listening to your favorite internet radio station or taking calls on your hands-free phone system, this receiver ensures that you’ll have great sound quality while enjoying the beautiful scenery.
This high-quality set includes a digital front panel, four speakers, and a universal single DIN in-dash console. With 120 watts of power and adjustable EQ settings, you’ll enjoy amazing stereo sound reproduction in any vehicle. Plus, the white waterproof receiver ensures durability and longevity even in tough environments.
Fusion Entertainment MS-RA70 Marine Entertainment System with Bluetooth
This top-of-the-line system features a 4x50w class amplifier, 2-zone capability with 1 discrete pre-out and sub-out, and 1 aux-in. The system also includes an Am/FM/iPhone/iPod/Android interface, built-in high-level Bluetooth, and a rear USB connection.
The full Apple or Android interface is available via undock or panel to mount a USB cable. The single din rear and face will fit into a traditional car stereo hole cut-out, making it great for new and Retrofit installations in traditional single din face and rear cut-outs. The system also features an optically bonded screen, for a great viewing angle and clarity.
JVC KD-X35MBS Single DIN SiriusXM
Take your music listening experience to the next level with the JVC KD-X35MBS Single DIN SiriusXM Receiver. This amazing receiver features built-in Bluetooth technology for hands-free talking and audio streaming, as well as 3 sets of 4V preamp outputs for front, rear, and subwoofer sound.
It’s also compatible with Apple iPhone 6/6+ and iOS 8 software. Plus, it has a peak power output of 50 watts x 4 channels.
Pyle Marine Stereo Receiver Speaker Kit
The Pyle Marine Stereo Receiver Speaker Kit is perfect for anyone who loves spending time on the water. This head unit receiver is packed with a single DIN universal size standard that supports MP3, WMA, and CD playback, making it easy to listen to your favorite tunes while you’re out on the open sea.
The LCD and control buttons make it easy to navigate your music, and the illuminated front panel button controls make it easy to find what you’re looking for even in the darkest depths of the ocean.
This kit includes a Bluetooth-enabled receiver that can wirelessly stream music from any compatible device, as well as a front-panel microphone for hands-free calling. The four 6.5” waterproof speakers included in the kit have polypropylene cones and molded ABS baskets, making them durable enough to withstand even the harshest environments. With 150 watts of power and a frequency response range of 80Hz – 18kHz, this kit is sure to get your party started!
Rockville RGHR2 Marine Gauge Hole Receiver
The Rockville RGHR2 weather-resistant gauge hole digital media receiver is perfect for anyone looking for a great sound quality system to replace their factory radio. It features a built-in amplifier that puts out 28 watts of RMS of power and comes with pre-set EQ curves to help you get the best sound possible from this unit.
The Bluetooth function lets you stream audio from any Bluetooth-enabled device, and the USB input allows you to playback audio files stored on a thumb drive or other USB device. With an IP66 waterproof certification, this receiver can withstand the elements and provide great-sounding music no matter where you are.