I want to install a simple stereo system on my 1978 Pearson
26. It seems pretty affordable to put in a marine
stereo receiver and four waterproof speakers, two in the cabin
and two in the cockpit
. This will be a huge improvement over the little plug-in ipod speaker dock
that I am using now. When I want music
outside I need to wedge it between the hatch
and the handrail, but it's only a matter of time before it winds up in the water
The only problem I'm having is with the receiver itself. All the units I can find are CD players that fit the standard car-stereo compartment space. This is way too deep of a unit for the place I would like to install it, above the 'nav station' desk below the circuit panel. Also, I really don't need to play CDs and I'm guessing that these brightly lit receivers with fancy moving parts
draw way more power than necessary. The only thing these units do have going for them is that they accept a AUX input so I can plug
in my ipod.
Is there some sort of simple auxiliary receiver/amplifier I could use instead of the traditional stereo receiver? I am imagining something small and simple, with perhaps just an on switch and a headphone-jack style input. Something that plugged into the bottom of the ipod and charged it would be great, but I am expecting anything like that to be much more expensive and it's not really necessary since I can charge through the DC outlet.
Any ideas on specific models of receiver/amplifiers? And is that even the right name for this thing, or should I be searching for something else? Should the unit's amplification power in watts exactly match the watt capacity of the speakers, or should the speakers exceed it to avoid blowing them out? Anything else I should be especially careful of while planning the installation
? Please don't be afraid to say simple things, I am really a novice
at all things audio.
Thanks a lot for the help,