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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2004

    Default Audio Options

    Does anyone have any strong opinions on the audio upgrades, are they worth it? Is there an aftermarket system you would recommend?

    Does anyone have a picture of the stock stuff?

    I do not intend to be blasting down the lake, just listening to some Buffett while swimming in a cove someplace.

    I bought a stock boat with the basic AM/FM CD and the boat show tower speaker option. That combination requires an amp and if I am going to do that, I think I should at least upgrade so that I can play my Jimmy Buffett MP3 CDs.

    I could run off the Ipod but the radio transmitter system is about $100, about what it takes to upgrade and I figure the Ipod will be fish food at some point. One advantage I can think of is that without drawing power to spin a CD, the radio could run longer before the battery went dead.


    Please do not burry me in specs, my criteria are:

    MP3 capable
    Indestructible or close to it
    Good sound at adult volume
    Removable for storage and theft protection
    A radio with front jacks to take a direct feed from an Ipod (better sound than FM less power than a CD)

    How long can I park and listen to the radio before I have to row home due to a dead battery? 10 min, 5 hours?


    Naked red and white 2005 Moomba LSV
    Teaching my kids to Ride, Shoot Strait and Tell the Truth

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Lake Hickory, North Carolina

    Default Replying to Topic 'Audio Options'

    As you know, I had problems with the factory radio. I went on ebay and found the direct replacement for the stock Kenwood KDC-225MR (the 'MR' is supposed to stand for 'Marine Radio' what a frikin joke, it got damp and fried the p.s.) because I have that remote station by the dash and i wanted to continue using it, so, i went with Kenwood's KDC-MP225 (a $300 unit, on ebay for $11.
    It basically has the same spec's as the 225MR, but is Mp3 compatible.

    As far as juice usage goes, the louder you play it, the more the batt discharges (i have a knack for the obvious, don't I?). I put an amp in mine just for good clarity at boarding speeds. And partied at the sand bar for 6-8 hours straight without concern.

    I know about the fish food thing, I lost 2 cell phones last year, alone.

    Hickory, North Carolina
    Learn all you can today. Tomorrow you may need to know it!
    2004 Moomba Outback. Tower Speakers, amp, ballast, ssrr ... she's a cutie!

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