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Tower Speakers & Components for a H2O

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Bought a H2O a couple of years ago - really enjoying it!  Recently during a "boating" vacation, my kids asked if I would have tower speakers installed.  Currently we have the stock audio system.  Before I reach out to my dealer for options, I thought I would gather some information via the owners forum. 

Could anyone make a suggestion as to a good - moderately priced system (e.g., brand of speakers and the needed components - amps??)? 

Also, has anyone had tower speakers installed on their H2O?  Where were the speakers installed so as not to interfere with the tower bimini?

Thank you in advance for any suggestions or guidance you have to offer.

Regards,

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First we need to figure out what you expectations are, as in what do the kids want. There are two basic routes you can go. Do you want a speaker that is going to project intelligible music behind the boat while under way so to be heard by a rider in tow? or do you want a speaker thats more for hearing while hanging out behind the boat while anchored. Different type of speakers and typically gets you into two different price ranges. 

Tower type and how the speaker mounts, needs to also be taken into account. Some brands offer dirent mount pods for the composite type towers. Some offer universal clamps that fit most tube sizes. Some offer a swivel clamp, which is good for towers with irregular tube angles or when the boat is in a wet slip and the speakers can be removed and taken home with you.   

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We're focusing on being able to listen to music while behind the boat - anchored in a cove and also maybe having a little more sound while underway (not a fan of disturbing others with my music whether I am on a boat or a motorcycle).  I see some boats that have four speakers on the tower and others that have just two.  I assume that I can use my stock radio (the kid's Bluetooth their music from the phones) and therefore need an amp and speakers?

Again, really don't know anything about sound systems so any guidance is useful.  

Thanks

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Yes, you can use the existing head unit/radio and yes, an amp is needed to power the tower speakers. 

The difference between 2 and 4 speakers is volume. Its much more efficient (easier) to make a system louder, by adding more speakers as opposed to making it louder with more amp wattage. So the difference between 2 and 4 is quite noticeable.

I would suggest a single pair larger, like an 8" speaker, then 2 pair of smaller, like 6.5" speakers providing head room and bimini clearance is not an issue. Although 2 pair of smaller speakers will play a little louder then a single pair of larger, the larger speaker will sound better than any number of smaller speakers. Cost wise, the single pair of 8" will come in less then 2 pair of smaller 6.5" speaker pods. Win win in my book.

Brands: You get what you pay for in both build quality and sound quality. My two go-to speakers would be the Wet Sounds Icon-8 and the Kicker KM-8 loaded in tower pods. Well built and great sound quality. An amp like the Kicker KXMA400.4 or Wet Sounds HTX-2 Are good choices for a single pair.There are other options, just a couple I trust.  

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Considering going with the following set up:

Replace cabin speakers with JL Audio MX650-CCX-SG

Install JL Audio M600/6 -6 channel D system marine amplifier and a JL Audio M200/2-channel D full-range marine amplifier

Install JL Audio M10IB5-SG 10" marine subwoofer

Install JL Audio MX770-Etxv3-SG 7.7 inch tower speakers

 

Any thoughts as to the above set up?

 

Regards,

NC-H2O

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Remember the JL tower speakers require additional bolt on clamps that are not cheap - so factor that in.  

I have the MX650's in the bow and some garbage speakers in the tower - so I will probably be swapping out for the 7.7's in the not too distant future.  

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If the m200/2 is for the tower, its not nearly enough for a pair of 7.7. Go with the M400/4 and bridge it into 2 chnl mode. 

 

So where does NC-H20 boat? 

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Thank you for the quick reply  - based out of the Triad, but at least twice a month we trailer to lakes somewhere in a sixty-five mile radius (e.g., western Raleigh area,  the Northeast Charlotte area or southwestern VA: SML).   Really adds a lot of fun being on different lakes.

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Awesome - thanks for your replies

 

Also, the M600/6 I am told is for the tower and cabin speakers.  The M200/2 is for the subwoofer,

Have a great week.

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I suggest pairing the in-boats and woofer on one amp, rather then in-boats and tower speaker or woofer and tower speakers. The 600/6 would be 50% more wattage to the woofer with no reduction in wattage to the in-boats. Maybe an increase depending on how many in-boats you go with. The cost difference between the 200/2 and 400/4 is only $120 MSRP. This investment creates a positive ripple across the entire system. 

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