I'm a newbie here, and I don't know much about marine
audio. You guys are in a whole different league than me; I'm just an old man on a fixed income
with a fishing
boat, asking for advice. Maybe one of you can give me a pointer or two.
I have a 1994 Alumacraft Dominator that has a radio/tape player in it. I want to replace it with a CD player before my upcoming fishing
trip, in a few weeks.
I see a number of such devices for sale
-- on Amazon, for example. What I don't know if whether the mounting and wiring
is standardized on these units. Can I buy a CD player and reasonably expect that I can just remove the old unit, reconnect the power, speaker, and antenna cables
, and be in business? Will it fit? I know that these things are pretty standard in cars, but have no idea about boats. I don't want to buy one and find out that it isn't an easy installation
In case it means anything, the unit that I'm replacing bears the brand name AquaTech. I had it installed in the boat when I bought it new in 1994. I've never had to dig into it, so I don't know about the connectors (yet). Have they changed? From the front, it looks like a vanilla car stereo.
As long as I have your attention: any advice on great low-end units, or units to avoid? I see units from 'Pyle' on Amazon for about $100 and down, and a few Sonys for not much more. That's my price
range. I notice that they mention '4x' speaker outputs; I have only two. It would be fun to have something that would accept a USB flash drive and/or SD card, but that isn't mandatory. (But if I don't get that, I'll probably be sorry later when CDs all but disappear...)
I don't need a remote
(this is a small outboard
fishing boat!), and I don't need speakers (the ones already installed work fine).
Thanks in advance for any advice,
East Troy WI