Top 4 Speakers for Marine Use

Marine speakers and audio equipment are becoming more and more popular each year, and the quality continues to improve. This guide aims to show you the best speakers currently available on the market that have excellent, clear sound quality and remain a practical choice for your boat’s sound system.

Kenwood KFC-1653MRW

The Kenwood KFC-1653MRW speakers offer crystal-clear audio that is great for a custom stereo installation project.

With a frequency response between 60Hz and 20KHz and 4-ohm impedance, this speaker system gives you an excellent audio response that is amplifier ready. The speakers provide crystal-clear highs and mid-range sounds while giving a clean, distortion-free bass response. The speakers have a high-quality, water-resistant cone that enables prolonged outdoor use. A key standout of these speakers is the superb bass response. While testing this installation, music could be heard very clearly over the engine noise of the boat, even while accelerating.

Overall, the Kenwood KFC-1653MRW offers a sleek, high-quality design, with an excellent all round sound response that offers crisp highs and punchy bass, all with minimum distortion. These speakers would be an excellent addition to any boat.

Sony XSMP1611 dual cone speaker

The Sony XSMP1611 dual cone speaker system offers a high-quality audio response and an extremely durable speaker unit. These speakers can be bought as a marine stereo installation kit complete with a receiver. This system features a UV resistant coating, which will protect against prolonged sun exposure and high heat. The whole speaker is also completely water-resistant and has an IPX5 water resistance rating, which means the speaker can be directly splashed with seawater and remain corrosive-free.

In addition to its excellent waterproofing, the Sony XSMP1611 has an excellent audio response. The highs and mid-range sounds are extremely crisp, and the lows are very warm and punchy. Due to the strengthened speaker cones, this speaker system does require a break-in period of approximately 48 hours. To do this, music should be continuously played at mid volume for 48 hours.

Overall, this speaker system has excellent all round sound performance but really excels in its marine weatherproofing. This speaker system is one of the best all-around systems on the market.

Rockford Fosgate R165X3 Prime 6.5-Inch Full-Range 3-Way Coaxial Speaker

This speaker system is a little more unconventional in the marine speaker market due to not having any waterproofing. The reason Rockford Fosgate have chosen not waterproof this speaker is because they market this system for the cabin.

If you arrange for a professional custom audio installation you can ensure superb sound and a system that matches your boat’s décor.

The speaker even comes with 10 feet of speaker cable and mounting brackets, which you will not get with any other marine speaker on the market. Under testing, this system gave supreme sound quality when compared with other speakers in the marine world and is an excellent addition to any boat cabin.

JL Audio M650

Another highly-durable speaker system is the JL Audio M650. The speaker system features full UV resistance and waterproofing, which is vigorously tested in specially designed salt-fog chambers that simulate an ocean-like environment. In addition to its durability, the JL Audio M650 features a tweeter with high-quality pass filtering for crystal-clear highs. Tweeters are a rare addition to marine speakers, due to their delicate design, but the JL Audio tweeter has excellent waterproofing and UV resistance.

The separate main driver and tweeter in this system are normally found in high-fidelity speaker installations. This ensures a powerful, clear audio response that offers a punchy bass response and crisp mid-range to high frequencies.

Overall, the JL Audio M650 offers premium sound quality, which is rarely found on an outdoor boat installation.

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