I have the first generation Sonic Hub and love it. I appreciate good sound on the boat
and at home. At home I have various configurations including NAD and McIntosh amps, Klipsch and B&W speakers and various other gear
The Sonic Hub integrates nicely with my MFDs via N2K. Also able to fully control it using an android tablet and wifi
. The unit sounds much better than the Sony marine
that I was using and got tired of replacing frequently.
In the cockpit
I have a pair of Bose all weather
speakers. They are driven by the Sonic Hub, I do plan to add an amp in this set of speakers they are a little under-powered. I have been know to play Motorhead as loud as possible to discourage the guy that wants to anchor
right next to me. Works good as a repellent
In the cabin
I have an Alpine 4 channel amp, bridged to a 3 channel config. I have a 8" bazooka tube sub hidden away and as primary speakers I have Polk Audio all weathers. Nice sound and easily mounted cabinets. Acoustics in a boat
are not good by any means but his sounds just fine in my opinion.
The unit can be set up to have a substantial digital library via a USB thumb drive. It must by FAT32 formatted, there are utilities online to format a drive of this size. Windows will not do a native FAT32 so look for the utility online. Drawback here is it only reads MP3 files and not a lossless like FLAC. I have a 500GB drive and have converted my FLAC files to MP3 and 256kbps. There is room for about 70% of my library. Sound quality here is by far bettter than using the bluetooth option but BT is handy to have. BT is integrated int he unit now so no need to the extra hardware
that I had to purchase
The tuner seems to work
well also for those radio
I would easily purchase
again. Best option I have found for music
over the years.