Now we can talk about the main unit and the power of your new audio equipment. There are many options with a main unit and todays technology provides a wide range of music formats. New gadgets and devices like iPods and MP3 players with UBS inputs play smooth, free music. Most of the new stereons have satellite radio and HD radio features, but the options are endless, especially on a larger boat (ie video, TV, Bluray, etc.).
For this boat we will install a Kenwood iPod Steering Unit with an additional remote control mounted by the drivers side gas (this is optional). The good thing about such a device is that the iPod is stored inside, which makes it dry. The control box for the actual system is mounted where the amplifier goes, in sight. Sometimes the old radio can be installed with a marine radio box, and you may need to make an adapter plate. For this application, we used blackpolished plexiglas glass to mount our device.
Moves to audio system connections, including power cables, RCA, speaker wires, remote controls, and so on. Make sure you use RCA devices for marine sound quality, they may seem over priced but they make a difference in sound quality. This Rinker 2001 was short in space, so we mounted a 200 watt 2 Ch amplifier behind the 7.7 components and mounted a 900 W watt amplifier and the main units control box up in a dry storage box. The use is as follows: 4 gauge for the power, 14 gauge for the speakers and 12 gauge wire for our subwoofer. Always check the manufacturers chart for proper connection and amplifier reset settings. Again, if youve never done it before you may need to seek professional help.
Next on the list is the DC voltage, this is very important when building a highly powered audio system. The reason you have to be careful is that this kind of system will use a lot of power when its busy, and it does not take long to drain your boot battery. A dedicated sound quality battery and a battery insulator (this sounds the sound battery charge while the boat goes but insulates it from the starter battery so it does not drain it dead) will help a lot. An inlock switch must be placed between the insulator and the sound system (this protects both the boat and the sound system). This is extremely important. You must also run marine quality power cable from generator, battery and a true ignition source. Again, this type of installation is risky and should be handled by a professional. Now that weve done it all, well check all connections again to be safe. Make sure all wins are down and then turn the switch to ON, now its time to set the sound.
Installing your new marine system is the best, we always use a test CD because it gives you good frequencies to balance the base, mids and highs. Your manufacturers manual can explain the procedure and purpose of each button on your specific brand. Just remember that the gain adjustments are not volume controls, but are there to match the inputs on the main unit. Damage can be caused by both speakers and amplifiers if incorrect. Another thing to keep in mind is that your boat is an open environment and needs to be higher, unlike a car or home system where you listen in a closed environment. Good power provides a clear system. Now its time to kick back and enjoy your new investment. Thanks.
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