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Old 09-18-2007, 04:56 PM   #1
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I'm thinking of adding two more speakers up in the bow so for better sound up there. I already have the standard four speaker set-up. Can my JBL stereo that came with the boat accomodate two more speakers
would I need to install a whole new system ?

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Old 09-18-2007, 05:17 PM   #2
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how much wattage does your radio put out...sometimes it is marginal with 4 but will handle it ok....might get some 4ohm speakers and splice them into the fwd spkrs...
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Old 09-18-2007, 09:06 PM   #3
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I just checked my stereo. It says 4 ch x 45 watts on the faceplate.
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Old 09-18-2007, 10:36 PM   #4
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that means that at 45 watts per channel...your not going to have enough to drive the other speakers you might add....I'd look at either an amp of 125 watts or replacing the stereo with one that can handle 125 watts...I know 45 sounds like alot but if you splice it into 2 speakers..it goes in half..so your only able to deliver to the speaker about 22 watts per speaker...not enough noise when out on the water....of course then you have to upgrade the speakers to handle that much pwr.....it's a vicious circle but if you want to have some good tunes...this is what your gonna half to do....I think.... :shock:

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get an amp, make sure all your speakers have the same ohm rating, and your good to go.
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I hope you guys don't mind me asking a quick question too. I just replaced my stereo and found that the old stereo didn't have the antenna hooked up to anything. I looked around behind the dash and couldn't find an antenna cable. What antenna is the stereo antenna? Is it separate or does it co-use an existing antenna? Thanks in advance for your help. R/John
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Those of us with small boats usually use something like this. It is just a wire that you plug into the stereo and lay out behind the mounting location.



For your cruiser, something like this would be better.

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Giants Fan - What Maxum do you have? If it only has 2 speakers right now then you can add 2 more easily. Though I'd junk those JBL stock speakers - mine were ripped out of my Maxum within a week of purchase. The headunits arne't upto much either and are better in a skip than in the boat as far as I'm concerned.

I'd actually disagree with SeaPuppy over splicing speakers in (wiring in parallel). As this will in fact only give you 6 watts per speaker. The figure of 45 x 4 is peak power. each speaker can only actually get about 22 watts RMS, adding a further speaker in parallel would be a waste of time. Re-Reading SeaPuppys post I think he came to this conclusion anyway though

One thing that really is lacking in my opinion on the Maxums is stereo. As someone that sells stereo to high end marine applications I'm embarrassed by the stock cr*p in my boat - which is actually due to be replaced entirely by Fusion, Kicker and Wetsounds within the next 14 days.
http://www.fusioncaraudio.com/produc...product_id=395
http://www.kicker.com
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If anyone has any queries over marine stereo please feel free to fire them at me.. I probably should have made by business clearer before now!
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Nice to see that cat out of the bag Brit Rider. I didn't like my speakers either (gee only had it for a week go figure) so I traded them out with Polk Audios and a 400w amp, now it sounds better,but a new head unit is going to have to wait until next year. Cheers!
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Giants Fan - What Maxum do you have? If it only has 2 speakers right now then you can add 2 more easily. Though I'd junk those JBL stock speakers - mine were ripped out of my Maxum within a week of purchase. The headunits arne't upto much either and are better in a skip than in the boat as far as I'm concerned.

I'd actually disagree with SeaPuppy over splicing speakers in (wiring in parallel). As this will in fact only give you 6 watts per speaker. The figure of 45 x 4 is peak power. each speaker can only actually get about 22 watts RMS, adding a further speaker in parallel would be a waste of time. Re-Reading SeaPuppys post I think he came to this conclusion anyway though

One thing that really is lacking in my opinion on the Maxums is stereo. As someone that sells stereo to high end marine applications I'm embarrassed by the stock cr*p in my boat - which is actually due to be replaced entirely by Fusion, Kicker and Wetsounds within the next 14 days.
http://www.fusioncaraudio.com/produc...product_id=395
http://www.kicker.com
http://www.wetsounds.com

If anyone has any queries over marine stereo please feel free to fire them at me.. I probably should have made by business clearer before now!
Here's one BR; why the heck are speaker cans for towers so ^%$ Y$#^ expensive?
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