Originally Posted by iancoombe
I can tell you that you will never regret bose speakers, just the warmth of sound .
Uhh, first of all, BOSE's business concept
is to use very cheap
drivers and then electronically smooth out the frequency curve.
A perfect example are their Bose QuietComfort 25 headphones: with the internal electronics
(noise cancelling) turned off, the $250 set of headphones sounds like an $19,95 headphone. Once you turn ON the electronics
, sound improves drastically.
Headphones and speakers that use well engineered drivers will always sound better electronics on or off.
Either way, this racket has worked really well for BOSE, no doubt.
Another one I don't put much stock in is B&O's new line of Bluetooth speakers. They DO use good drivers, but provide no way of replacing the battery
after the 2 year warranty is out. They refuse to ship or replace the battery
, even if you're willing to pay for it after 2 years - even though its still a current
That makes them the most expensive disposable speaker system ever.
:: SPEAKERS ::
I'm still positive on MB-Quart - they make high end car speakers specifically designed to be impervious to moisture. They also have a line of drivers for marine
They certainly are the best car speakers I ever bought - and I used to have JBL PA speaker drivers in my car in 1979, long before that became a fashion thing in the 90's...
So, for speakers, I'd recommend MB Quart or JBL or Pioneer (though Pioneer quality varies through the years, sometimes good, sometimes not)
If you don't get speakers designed for marine
use, at least get car speakers. Home stereo stuff won't last.
:: AMPLIFIER ::
Much better to get a modern and efficient 4 Channel Amplifier than use the cheesy built-in amps from a car stereo. It'll not only sound better, distort less but also save electricity (at equal volume).
For amplification, you should get one of the new "Class D" amplifiers designed for cars or boats, because they are very efficient with their use of electricity.
Do not buy or keep an old, used amplifier - advances in amp technology have been too significant in both quality and efficiency to stick with anything old sucking your batteries dry. And $80 will buy you a perfectly decent 4-channel Class D unit with ~4x60 Watt RMS (don't pay attention to outlandish claims of 1600 or 2000 Watt, just look for the RMS value, if its not available, look for another brand/model.
For the head, you could either use one of the current model car stereos with USB support, Bluetooth support and Android/iOS compatibility. These can also be had for $80-$100
Or, if you really just want to play music from your existing phone
, you can get a Sony Bluetooth (4.x with APT-X) receiver that plugs straight into the amplifier for $30. But you'd have to control playback volume from your phone, after adjusting the amp input levels to get the full range.
:: AN ALTERNATIVE ::
If you don't like the whole idea of cabling together a system like that, you could go to a musician's store and buy active studio monitors plus the above mentioned Sony Bluetooth receiver.
For the quality and power you get from a pair of active studio monitors for $200-$300, you couldn't come even come close to the sound quality in a consumer audio store.
Each driver has its own, perfectly matched amplifier built in, with even the cable length from amp to driver taken into account. True engineering marvels.
Since they're active, you don't need anything else other than a sound source, like anything with an audio out and a long enough cable to connect to your playback device.
And of course you can use that same SONY Bluetooth receiver mentioned above and plug
that into the speakers with an audio cable.
This may not be cheaper than the first method, but there will be no installation
work and you can take it out of the boat
and use it some place else.
PS: If you go for active studio monitors, make sure you don't get a model made with paper-based cones or MDF enclosure.