A client from Maple Ridge recently contacted Certified Autosound and Security to talk about upgrading the audio system in his 2017 Malibu Wakesetter towboat. The boat came with an extensive audio system that includes tower speakers and eight coaxial speakers around the interior. Even with all those speakers, the client wasn’t thrilled with the sound. Our team inspected the boat and developed a plan to upgrade the amplifiers, add a pair of subwoofers and a third pair of tower speakers.
Wakeboard Boat Speaker and Subwoofer Upgrade
The first order of business was to create custom enclosures under the helm for a pair of JL Audio 12TW3-D4 12-inch subwoofers. The enclosures are stacked on top of each other and are concealed by a frosted acrylic grille that bears the Malibu “M” logo.
Next on the list was the installation of a third set of Wet Sounds REV 8 wakeboard tower speaker enclosures. We created custom mounting brackets to secure the speakers safely to the tower bars.
Custom Malibu Wakesetter Amp Rack
After removing the factory amplifiers, Tyler Neault set to work creating a new amp rack and power distribution panel for a quartet of JL Audio amps and a Helix DSP 2 signal processor. Tyler drew the new panel in CAD and used our CNC router to cut it out of plastic. We used 0-AWG Stinger power cable from the batteries to feed a pair of distribution blocks in the top left corner, and we mounted the signal processor below that. Tyler made a removable cover, held in place with magnets, to conceal this part of the system.
The new sound system is powered by a pair of five-channel JL Audio M-Series M700/5 amps, an eight-channel M800/4 and a four-channel M400/4. The four main channels from each of the five-channel amps power the stock Wet Sounds speakers around the interior of the boat. The subwoofer channels from each amp drive one of the 12-inch subwoofers. The eight-channel amp is wired in a bridged configuration to deliver 200 watts to each of the original Rev 8 tower speakers. The four-channel amp is wired as a two-channel to power the new set of speaker cans with the same 200 watts.
Tyler used the Helix DSP to dial in the sound of all the speakers so the boat would sound amazing.
Wakeboard Board Audio System Upgrade
With the installation complete and the system dialed-in, the client returned to Certified Autosound and Security in Maple Ridge to hear the system for the first time. He loved how clear it was and thought the installation was jaw-dropping. If you are interested in upgrading the stereo in your boat, drop by our store in Maple Ridge, Chilliwack or Abbotsford, or send us an e-mail using our contact page.