Use “Not Marine” Car Stereos?
Someone on Yahoo Group’s World-Cruising mailing-list asked whether it is really necessary to have a ‘marine grade’ car stereo. Here are some of the replies to that question.
S/V Aquarius says: “we have a 40 footer that we cruise 24/7. Bought a Pioneer car stereo (XM ready) from Crutchfield with no external or added amp (draws too much power). Have ADS bookshelf speakers (great sound) that have been on board 15 years and still going strong…five years on another boat before that.”
David B adds to that: “the real problem is with speakers. It’s worth getting some marinized speakers (if you’re putting speakers in the cockpit)….and to install them so you can screw in a deckplate or cover when the spray starts to fly, not to mention getting pooped or something. Speaker holes are very big and can let in a lot of water!”
And, again, Mike from S/V Aquarius sums it up: “in my estimation, marine stereos for cruisers are either overkill or a marketing triumph over technology!”
Oh, and Bryan Genez makes a comment that I have seen many times before: “FWIW, I installed a new stereo last year because I wanted satellite radio capability. I’ve since subscribed to Sirius, and am delighted. Almost completely eliminates the need for CDs.”