Build a Marine Sound System

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Investing in marine audio equipment may sound risky. After all, constant exposure to water, the sun, and in some cases salt seem hazardous to an investment in your receivers, speakers, subs or amps. However, with the capabilities of modern technology in the marine world, these systems are built to withstand a multitude of conditions. When shopping for marine audio gear it is vital that you pick an option that is: 

  • Waterproof: a system that can be submerged in water without risking damage;
  • UV-resistant: designed to withstand any damage from the sun; and
  • Anti-corrosion: can resist rust and any of the corrosive effects of salt water.

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AUDIO COMPONENTS 

As far as the different audio components, there are many options. These options include receivers, speakers, amplifiers, subwoofers, wires and cables, and satellite radio. It’s important that each of these items is built to withstand conditions on the water. Refer to this checklist to ensure that you’ve covered the basics for each piece of equipment:   

Receivers

  • Coated circuit-board
  • Water-resistant faceplate
  • Line-level outputs
  • Satellite radio controls

Speakers

  • Plastic cones and rubber surrounding the speaker (will help with weather protection)
  • Corrosion-resistant mounting hardware

Amplifiers

  • Coated circuit boards
  • Plated
  • Non-corrosive connectors

Subwoofers (for bass assistance)

  • Plastic cones and rubber surrounding the speaker (will help with weather protection)
  • Free-air rated component subs or enclosed subwoofers

Speaker Wires and Cables

  • Marine-rating wiring
  • All wires should be tinned

Satellite Radio

  • Reception that extends up to 200 miles offshore

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OTHER CONSIDERATIONS 

Durable Materials 

It’s important to only consider sound systems and audio components that are made for marine conditions. Make sure all the electronics on board are at least water-resistant. If you want to opt for extra protection, you can install a universal cover around your receiver and use a waterproof remote.

High Power

It’s important to get a system with high power, which will give you a clear sound. Wind can hinder the volume of your speakers. Getting a high-powered system will help avoid this inconvenience. 



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