Thread: Waterproof Audio System
05-27-2007, 08:20 PM #1
Waterproof Audio System
Thought I'd show you guys what a high performance audio system looks like on an RXP.
There's a 36 watt Class D amplifier with remote switches on the handlebar for volume & mute; pair of 4" speakers, and the music source is an Ipod.
We just added a JBL Sirius satellite receiver, "black box" unit. The faceplate mounts on the glove box door and controls AM / FM / Sirius / Ipod. Mounted the sat antenna on the storage lid after painting it to match. The whole system only draws 3.5 amps cranked wide open. Kicks Azz!
05-27-2007, 09:27 PM #2
05-27-2007, 10:05 PM #3
We manufacture the amps and speakers ourselves, but we do sell them as a kit for use with your Ipod. fullwaveaudio.com The price is $575 It's not cheap, but it was designed from the ground up to withstand the punishment of a ski.
The satellite and FM feature is courtesy of JBL. The main unit with waterproof faceplate was $150, sat receiver box was $100, sat antenna $60 We examined them closely and although advertised as an option for skis, neither box was waterproof. We spent considerable time sealing them up properly so they're splash proof at the very least. The additional current draw is only .5 amp, so it works out well.
05-28-2007, 12:16 AM #4
PWC have needed good sound for a long time, nice to see someone working on it. Am I seeing it correctly, you cut 4 inch holes in the deck for speakers???
05-28-2007, 12:35 AM #5
What is the warranty on something like this?
05-28-2007, 08:57 AM #6
Yes, a simple shot with a 4" hole saw in the deck. A small bead of silicone around the lip of the speaker before it goes in, 4 stainless screws. The speakers have sealed voice coils and are fully waterproof, a proven design in use over 20 years. The suspension on them is 1.5" and they weigh 3 lbs, so they have to be mounted in a solid surface. Not to mention they're capable of 40 Hz which is a lot of bass!
We give a one year no hassle replacement warranty on the entire system. (not the satellite receiver, we don't make it) One year is an industry standard. After installing the board into the chassis, we flood it with epoxy, so you could pretty much leave the thing to your grandkids. All wiring is tinned so it won't corrode. Magnetic oil is installed behind the voice coil keeping it sealed and lubricated. You can expect 3 - 5 years of service even in salt, probably much longer. I've used these speakers on my boats since 1990 and that's what I got, exposed to the Fla sun, rain, and salt water...
05-29-2007, 05:49 PM #7
Here's what "PWCINDUSTRIES" audio system looks like on a 250X.
05-29-2007, 06:24 PM #8
At what speed does it become ineffective due to wind noise on a PWC?
05-29-2007, 07:10 PM #9
Believe it or not, it depends if it's a windy day. On a calm day, it's about 50 when the wind in your ears starts knocking out the sound. You can still hear it, but somewhat blured. I was out on a real windy day a couple weeks ago and noticed it was being affected at about 45.
I can tell you one thing, once you have one, you'll never be without one again. I forgot my Ipod one time and it sucked! I guess it depends on how much you love your music, I'm sure others will differ...
05-29-2007, 07:20 PM #10
I love the iPod, I always carry mine in an otter box and just wear the ear buds. Except when the man is around.
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