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    Planning an audio upgrade

    HI Gang,

    I've read about many of your audio upgrades here; thanks so much for sharing the detailed info and photos. I have a 2006 Sportster (Speedster 150) and would like to upgrade my audio this year.

    Now, I don't use the boat a whole lot, and I'm not a audio-phile, so I really don't need top end top notch stuff. I also, don't really know much about audio, so I solicit your advice:

    #1 upgrade two existing speakers (I think the forum recommends an alpine set)
    #2 upgrade head unit to clarion M475 for ease of install and potential ipod/remote control
    #3 possibly add 2 additional speakers on the sides (no need for AMP???)
    #4 possibly add a small subwoofer in the typical S150 location (need an AMP????)
    #5 possibility to add to inexpensive wake tower speakers with separate volume control. I'd assume this would necessitate the auxiliary amp???

    OK, so I want to do this on a budget. I'd like equipment that won't fall apart in one year, but I probably only use the boat 20 hours a season so it doesn't make sense to since $$$$ into it. But I would like to enjoy it.

    Can someone suggest a good way to plan this and suggest components that are a good compromise in durability/sound quality / and price?


    Reference links:
    http://www.greenhulk.net/forums/show...ghlight=stereo
    http://www.greenhulk.net/forums/show...ghlight=stereo
    http://greenhulk.net/forums/showthread.php?t=46415
    http://www.greenhulk.net/forums/show...ghlight=stereo
    http://www.greenhulk.net/forums/showthread.php?t=49423


    Thanks


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    Can all that be done with one app?

    Presumably the HU driving 4 6.5 inch alpines and and amp for one small-medium sub and 2 drivers on the tower? Is that possible?

    Is there a simpler way? Would a sub even be necessary with the 4 6 inchers in the boat. Perhaps not?

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    The clarion m475 is a good head unit...just don't get it wet. I had an 06 sportster for 2 years and went through a half dozen radios because they kept getting splashed. Then i got the sony CDX-H910UI . The face is splash proof. I could (and did) spray it with a water hose and it never failed.
    http://www.crutchfield.com/p_158H910...arine+receiver
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    I put this in my boat last summer, and works great. Now it comes with a wired remote ($99.00 new) which wasn't available when i bought it.

    http://www.crutchfield.com/p_045400R...?cc=01&tp=1721
    conformal coated boards,and a splash proof front.
    I added 4 polk 6.5s and it sounds good.
    http://www.crutchfield.com/p_045400R...?cc=01&tp=1721

    You could be set for less than $300

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    I guess the reason I homed in on the clarion 475 is plug and play with the existing wiring harness. I am electrically inclined but don't really want to spend the effort on this project on redoing a harness. I don't have experience in this area of audio.

    What did you guys have to do to get those head units working?

    Any more advice on speaker configurations/amp requirements if any? Anyone done tower speakers on an S150/Sportster SCIC?

    thanks

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    i was in the same situation didn't want to mod the audio to much untill i added tower speakers.
    If the tower speakers will be used for beach or island party the standalone headunit might work. if they are for riders on water toys, not gonna cut it.
    On my rig i had to get a longer pull rope due to the roster tail and to keep riders somewhat happy (water in face) thus not enough clean power to tower speakers.
    i have the Clarion 455A with 2 remotes (1 with display,1 with controls only) on the dash and on loading plat, 7 JL speakers, 750wtts of JL power.
    Now no one on the water toys complains "I can't hear it"!!
    i had a Clarion 475 but it does not have the tone controls(Q's and freq's to adjust) of the 455A so i returned it and kept the 455.
    Yes it was a pain in the ass to redo wires!!!!

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    How many amps do you have?

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    2
    1 for the inside of the boat
    1 for the tower and sub.

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    Can you recommend some reasonable wake tower speakers to consider?

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    i have heard a bunch before i bought my JL's
    JL's
    Wetsounds
    Roswell's

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