We all love getting out on the water in BC and enjoying our rivers & lakes, and while hearing the water and wind is fun for a while, everyone loves having a great sounding marine stereo. Getting great sounding tunes from your marine stereo isn’t that hard, however you should take a few minutes to learn what to look for when choosing your marine stereo equipment and installation for your boats stereo system.
In a boat the elements can take a toll or regular car audio equipment – the water, sun, rain, dew and moisture wreak havoc on your standard car stereo equipment. Fortunately Driven Audio carries boat stereos made specifically to handle all that extra UV, water and abuse that being out in the open on the lake brings.
What makes Marine Stereo gear different?
Car stereo equipment live in a watertight environment sealed up in your car, Marine stereos and marine audio systems have to withstand the harsh UV rays from the sun, soakings from the morning dew & spray from waves and more. If your boat radio, amplifiers and boats speakers are not up to grade you find they with quickly fail and leave you wishing you had done it right the first time. Some of the things good quality marine stereo equipment with have are:
- UV Resistance – The sun is one of the big reasons we love hitting the water, however it’s UV rays and heat are extremely hard on components like speakers, radios and wire. Check to make sure the equipment your looking at is rated to take that extra intensity. Driven Audio carries Clarion, Kenwood, JL Audio and Wetsounds who all make boat speakers rated to meet or exceed the industry standards for UV Exposure called ASTM D4329
- Anti-corrosion – Water will find it’s way to places on your boat you never imagined, make sure the marine radio and marine amplifiers you choose are made to resist corrosion. Features like coated PC boards, plated connections, water-proof connectors and stainless steel chassis will resist rust and corrosion that can leave you quiet on the water. Also make sure to use stainless steel hardware for mounting your boat stereo systems like we do at Driven Audio.
- Water Resistance – Hopefully your boat will never become submerged in water! However your boat speakers, tower speakers & marine controllers and head unit will get rained on or catch some spray and when they do you will want marine grade gear that is designed to withstand repeated “baths”
- Waterproof– If your radio or “headunit” is installed open in the boat and not in a cubbie or cabin, you will want to make sure it is waterproof like Clarion’s CMD line of marine head units which are Coast Guard IPX5 tested and certified to offer the highest water intrusion protection. The also offer rubber gaskets stop water in its tracks, with integrated drainage channels to keep water out. While you can’t take your marine receiver swimming with you, they will save you from rain, waves and when you hose down the boat!
So that gives you a primer on what to look for when choosing Marine Stereo components for your boat. Our next installments will give you some more information on the types of in-boat speakers, tower speakers, subwoofers and amplifiers to choose. If you have any questions or need a hand building up your marine stereo drop by Driven Audio in Abbotsford, BC today.