One of our clients brought his Sea-Doo RTX X 255 Personal Watercraft back to Driven Audio for an audio system upgrade. Years ago, we installed a radio, amplifier and a set of speakers for this client. Now he wanted more output from the system and more connectivity for his newer phone. We showed the client some of the latest product offerings from JL Audio. With his OK, we scheduled an appointment to perform the upgrades. To check out the work we had previously done on this Sea-Doo, take a few minutes to watch this video:
New Multimedia Source Unit
We had previously installed a Fusion radio in the boat. It was simple and effective, but is now outdated. The new JL Audio MM-100s Media Master radio features a bright, full-colour display and water-resistant design. The MM-100s includes Bluetooth audio streaming with the aptX codec for improved sound quality and a USB 2.0 port for iPod or USB stick digital media file playback.
Even though the MM-100s is water-resistant, space in a Sea-Doo is very limited in terms of a location to install the radio. We mounted it in the water-resistant storage pocket in front of the driver. We also mounted a Clarion CCUASBAV USB and Aux input extension in the pocket to make connecting and charging his phone easier.
Bigger Speakers for More Output
The original installation had a set of 6.5-inch marine coaxial speakers. The client wanted more output from the system, so we modified the rear view mirror pods to serve as a home for a set of 7.7-inch JL Audio MX770-CCX-SG-TB speakers. These speakers have a coaxial design with the tweeter integrated into the grille in front of the midrange driver. We painted the enlarged pods to match the silver finish of the Sea-Doo.
Marine-grade Power Amplifier
To power the original system, we installed a JL Audio M400/4 amplifier. We mounted the amp on a composite panel and secured it with stainless steel hardware to ensure it would last forever. We wired up the four-channel M400/4 amplifier as a two-channel amp to provide up to 200 watts of power to each speaker.
We secured all the wiring for the amplifier with zip ties and protective loom every few inches. We used 4 AWG power and ground wire to ensure the amp would receive adequate voltage and current from the boat’s electrical system.
Once everything completed the installation, we set the gains on the amp using our test equipment, and ensured that the system would crank.
Client Impressed With Sea-Doo Audio Upgrade!
When the client came back to pick up his Sea-Doo, he loved how much better it sounded. He couldn’t want to get it out on the water.