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Our Favorite Marine Speakers for Summer Jammin'

Updated: May 10, 2023

Sound Sensations Carries the Best Boat Speakers and Marine Audio Brands

Few things improve a pleasure boat, yacht, or ship more than a professional, high-quality marine audio system. For entertaining on your boat, a great sound system drastically improves the experience for your guests by offering them clear sound. You can even install a great sound system on a jet ski.

Marine audio systems are quite different from the aftermarket car audio systems you can install in your vehicle. Marine audio gear needs to be able to withstand the elements. Your audio system needs to be at least water-resistant, but it’s better to choose products that are waterproof, which means they can be submerged completely without damage.

Another consideration is the sun. Your audio system will be out in the sun for hours on end, so you need quality marine gear that’s UV resistant.

Finally, you must think about the saltwater. Saltwater is corrosive, so you need marine gear that’s designed to resist rust and corrosion. All of these features bump up the price of marine speakers and boat audio equipment, but Sound Sensations offers some of the best marine audio brands at great prices.

Choosing the best boat speakers for your needs

Assuming the boat speakers you’ve narrowed your search down to cover the basics above, it's now time to think about the size of the speakers you need. Marine audio system speakers are different from car audio speakers in that there are no standard sizes.

Even if you find two sets of speakers from different manufacturers that suggest they are the same size (say, 7.5 inches), the cutouts will be slightly different sizes. This makes replacing boat speakers a hassle if you want to change the manufacturer or upgrade an existing set of speakers.

Larger speakers, on the whole, offer better frequency response. But remember that speakers have a grille that’s larger than the speaker size, so for a 6-inch speaker you may need 7.5 inches of space. Factor that into your calculations.

Flush speakers also require adequate mounting depth. Make sure you have enough depth for boat speakers before you make a costly purchase.

Power handling in boat speakers

You should typically buy speakers that can handle the maximum output of your amplifier or even more. If you don’t, you run the risk of blowing them out.

This can be a little difficult for someone new to marine audio because the power output of different components can be listed in different ways. Your amplifier may state it outputs 300 watts, for example, but if it has four channels this usually means it splits the total wattage across all channels, so 75-watt speakers will be fine.

RMS (root mean square) is another way that amplifiers, speakers, and subwoofers can list their wattage. Whereas many manufacturers list the total peak wattage because it looks more impressive, RMS is the amount of continual wattage averaged over time. This is arguably more important, so we recommend you use RMS measurements when comparing speaker power.

Speaker types

Beyond that, there are actually a lot of different types of speakers you can purchase for your marine vehicle.

Subwoofers are the simplest to understand. They are a type of speaker that focuses solely on the low-end bass sound.

Then there are dual cone speakers, which are the cheapest type of speaker but also tend to have the least impressive sound. Dual cone speakers only have a single speaker driver and two cones to reproduce sound. They work OK, but you can do better with coaxial or component speakers.

Coaxial speakers are the most popular choice for marine speakers because they’re relatively cheap but still perform better than dual cone speakers. Coaxial speakers have two speaker drivers, so you typically have a tweeter and a woofer outputting different frequencies of the sound from a single speaker cabinet.

If you use component speakers instead, each of the frequencies comes from different speakers, so you need separate tweeters, woofers, and subwoofers. This offers arguably the best sound, but component speakers are harder to set up and come at a price premium.

Marine audio in Marietta

Sound Sensations offer the best audio installation in Marietta, GA, for boats, jet skis, and regular vehicles. We recommend Hertz, Kenwood, JL Audio, Metra, Rockford Fosgate, Pioneer, and Scosche, among other brands. All of our installers are highly experienced in marine audio. Get in touch with us today, or stop by and see us.

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