Hey John- I live in Oregon also. You sound familiar, have we met? Yes,
the factory speakers are clarion. They are decent in quality, however, the
problem is there is not enough of them for the size of boat you are trying
to fill. Those small 5 1/4 speakers just do not move enough air. Adding an
amp will help tremendously as the speakers will have more usable power to
overcome the ambient noise. I would look for an amp that produces around 75
watts per channel RMS. You can ignore the peak power figure because it is
completely useless for all intents and purposes. That will power the highs.
The next thing you have to decide is what your goal is for the system.
Personally I enjoy a clean system that reproduces as much of the music as
possible. I'm not a fan of bass that overwhelms the music, it should
complement it. For that purpose a single 12" sub in a ported box, or two
12" in sealed box will work great. A sealed box will be louder, but will
not play as low, and will not sound as "tight" 12's will play lower and
will also handle more power in most cases. In you super you could put a box
with one 12 on each side of the engine and it wouldn't take up very much
room. For power, you could use one amp to drive everything, but I would
recommend getting a separate amp for the sub/s. What ever you decide on,
get something that will provide the subs with their maximum power rating,
i.e.. if the manufacture says that a sub can handle 250 watts RMS, then get
an amp that will put out that much power. When faced with choosing between
less power or more power in a boat, always go with more power. Low
frequencies will travel well, so you can put them in the back, and it should
be fine. You might have to vent them in to the***pit, but your installer
can take care of that easily. As far as equipment is concerned, if you
stick with any major brand you will be fine. I would put more emphasis on
the install then on the gear. If you are going to have someone do it then
make sure they have worked on their share of boats. If you are going to do
it yourself then make sure you ask a lot of questions. Check out Sounds on
Wheels, they will be able to hook you up and answer any questions you have.
If you want some clarification then let me know. Good luck.
> To piggyback a bit on Jason's earlier question. I own a 2000 CC SuperAir
> that came with a Clarion single CD player. It also has a remote that is
> mounted just below the throttle along with some other gauges that works
> Factory seaker set up is 4 marine speakers (clarion, I think) that work
> but not great. I am considering adding a sub. along with an amp. in an
> to clean up and improve the sound. Would like to keep the stock speakers
> not get too carried away with this in terms of money and time. Any
> suggestions as to where to put the sub woofer and amp? And any thoughts
> size of amp./sub etc. are greatly appreciated. Thanks from sunny Oregon -
> John L.
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