I agree with other posters that the ipod dock
is unnecessary - your head
unit should have an accessory wire (an added expense, naturally) to attach your ipod directly to your radio
- it will charge as well.
Agree with Target as well that Pioneers sound good for the price
. If you go to best buy, your can listen to different speakers through the same head
unit. That should narrow things down in a hurry for you. The speakers I replaced are Pioneers and they sound good. They aren't waterproof and they're at least 8 years old, and they still sound as good as the day I bought them.
I wanted to upgrade my system to get closer to the kind of sound I get at home - but music
is a big part of my life and getting good sound is important to me, so I didn't mind spending the extra money
. I ended up getting an Apine PDx f4 amplifier with Mirage OMD -5 speakers. When I got the Mirage speakers I hooked them up to my home stereo and liked them so much that I kept them to use with my original home Ohm speakers and ordered a second set for the boat. They're small, sound great and have a threaded hole in back to accept a mount.
When I wrote for advice on speakers here, I got plenty of great responses. Nick from s/v Jedi was especially helpful, so maybe he'll chime in here for you as well. Best of luck with whatever you buy!