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    Default System Upgrade

    Iíll start this by apologizing - I know an embarrassingly small amount about audio systems so sorry, but this is going to be pretty noobish I think:

    I have an Ď04 LSV, this will be my second summer with it. I havenít done anything to the audio system yet, but Iíve looked around enough to know it was not exactly... professional. So this summer Iím wanting to upgrade a little.

    A little about my ďboating styleĒ and current setup so you can understand what Iím looking for. Iím not a huge stereo guy, I donít need to be able to make out every single word from across the state. Once or twice a week I get out with a couple buddies and wakeboard for as long as the sun stays up after work. And once a weekend I go out with a bigger group and hang out in a cove and do (ďtryĒ is more accurate) some surfing. Right now, I canít hear the music very well while Iím wakeboarding so a lot of nights I donít even turn it on (Iíd like to change that). On the weekends itís always on, but itís usually too busy for wakeboarding and it doesnít need to be real loud for sitting in a cove or surfing.
    Right now Iíve got the stock cabin speakers along with 4 JL tower speakers and a wetsounds EQ. No sub currently and no current plans to add one. I have a dual battery system on a perko with one battery for starting and the other driving everything else

    First thing is first, the amps in there are definitely car audio, not marine, which I know isnít a dealbreaker, but good lord theyíre big and take up a lot of space. On top of that, theyíre showing signs of corrosion, so Iím replacing those for sure. I also suspect thatís some of the reason I canít hear music very well while Iím wakeboarding, either I donít have the power to push the towers or theyíre just not set up right. Any recommendations on decent options?

    Next, comparing my wiring to the pictures I see, A - mines just plain ugly, and B - I donít have ANY circuit protection except for the master breaker, seems like I see almost all systems having breakers and fuses in line with the amps. Any wiring tips?

    Iím definitely budget conscious, I donít need the biggest baddest system on the lake, but I sure would like to clean up the sound and be able to push it back to boarders from time to time. I know thereís a lot of information missing here, like what my current amps are. Unfortunately I donít live close to the boat so I donít have the information off hand. I would definitely prefer to be overpowered than under though, that way I have room to upgrade down the road if I want to. Hopefully that helps. If there are specific questions that you fine ladies and gentlemen need answered to help me out, let me know and Iíll take a field trip to visit my baby.

    Thanks for reading this novel and thanks in advance for any help!

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    Don't waste your money on stereo, buy a fresh air exhaust and you'll be able to hear the stock stereo and have a better boating experience. ��
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    What JL tower speakers? Do you know how many speaker wires are coming out the tower and to the amp?

    How many in boat speakers?
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    Quote Originally Posted by parrothd View Post
    Don't waste your money on stereo, buy a fresh air exhaust and you'll be able to hear the stock stereo and have a better boating experience. ��
    Thatís actually already in the plans for this year, part of the reason Iím trying to keep the price down on the new audio equipment. Good to know it makes a big difference!


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    Quote Originally Posted by KG's Supra24 View Post
    What JL tower speakers? Do you know how many speaker wires are coming out the tower and to the amp?

    How many in boat speakers?
    Iíll swing by my storage unit in the next couple days and check on the towers speakers. I have 6 in boat speakers.


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    Moving from the JL coaxial to an HLCD like the Wet Sounds Rev-8 or Rev-10, will be more efficient at projection music to wake range. New amps will certainly be more efficient and smaller. If you start to push up against a budget, then you need to consider reusing in one area, in order to reach goals in other areas.

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    Keep a watch on the classified sections of this site plus the other wake boat forums. You'll be able to pick up some good used amps and maybe even tower speakers to match you wishes and help skinny the budget.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigOrange View Post
    Keep a watch on the classified sections of this site plus the other wake boat forums. You'll be able to pick up some good used amps and maybe even tower speakers to match you wishes and help skinny the budget.
    Thanks, that is definitely the plan. The problem is I have no idea what Iím looking for. The extent of my knowledge is ďwetsounds - goodĒ. Unfortunately itís also more than Iím wanting to spend at this point. I have a lot of other plans that trump the wetsounds price tag for now (seadek, new prop, FAE... for starters)


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    Kicker makes decent equipment at a more budget friendly price. Take a look on sonicelectronix.com too. Usually have good deals on gear.

    good luck!! Rock out!!
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    I and many others seem to be very satisfied with Exile equipment at just a step down in pricing from Wetsounds. Many also recommend Kicker as stated above and then the economical bang for the buck seems to be the Bullet tower speakers.
    2016 Mojo Surf
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    1100 rear bags / 500 IBS / 600 LeadWake
    Exile amps/tower - Kicker in-boat
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