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Old 04 April 2007, 08:14   #11
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Another update. Used it at sea the other day and the cd player is pretty much useless other than motoring around the marina. Doesnt like a choppy sea at all. However the radio works well even at speed. I intend to buy a cheap solid state mp3 to link up to it as this should work well. It is also possible to link the vhf up to the back of the unit if you wanted to put it through the speakers.
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Old 05 April 2007, 09:37   #12
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I will second Tim M's comment, the CD only likes slow trowling, but i have got mine attached to the ipod, crank up the volume and it still manages to drown the outboard at full chat.

The only problem seems to be from first start up. Some of the stereo buttons fail to work until the unit heats up enoth, to i guess dry it out!! I use the remote control provided to navigate the stereo, which works fine.
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Old 05 April 2007, 09:51   #13
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Ian, do you know how to change the FM radio settings; I understand this (like many fm radios) can either be set up to American or European modes??

I understand that America doesn't use all the frequencies available, so when searching the radio will skip quite a few out. At the moment I can't get a number of radio stations including radio 1. I assume this is why. Any idea how to get it into European mode? Its not in the instructions....
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ah interesting, i have problems getting radio1 in the solent, im left with cheesy local stations, however when i used it on the thames last sunday radio 1 was crystal clear.. it does seem to skip almost every decent station on the south coast,

either it might be worth investing in a better aerial rather than the one supplied, or there is a switch on the back which will give all frequencies.

probley the aerial
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Old 05 April 2007, 14:01   #15
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Ian, do you know how to change the FM radio settings; I understand this (like many fm radios) can either be set up to American or European modes??

I understand that America doesn't use all the frequencies available, so when searching the radio will skip quite a few out. At the moment I can't get a number of radio stations including radio 1. I assume this is why. Any idea how to get it into European mode? Its not in the instructions....
Tim,

On my radio it was a sliding switch on the body of the set. No access once fitted. Although my radio is a different make to yours it might have the same body.

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Old 05 April 2007, 18:34   #16
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The difference between US FM radios and European is twofold:
The channel seperation is 0.2megahertz in the US and .05 in Europe and the premphasis is different.

I know it is a bit late to suggest this, but maybe a better system is to fit speakers and an amplifier only. Provided the amplifier has a 'low level' input you can connect an Ipod or similar or even a personal FM radio.

Some chandlers carry a waterproof input jack which could be fitted on the console. The amplifier would be hidden away inside a dry area.
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Old 05 April 2007, 18:41   #17
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Tim,

Just for info I'm running a Marine CD/Radio with the simple dipole antenna ( A Piece of wire inside the consol) and it gets all the Solent FM stations fine. And my local ones in Hampshire when I'm cleaning the boat. Haven't tried Radio 1 as I don't listen to it.

Also CD works fine in all but the roughest seas.

But being realistic I think if you want to listen to your favourite tunes and blast around in a RIB you need MP3 input with an amp and wakeboard speakers. For me thats this years project.

If anyone has fitted wakeboard speakers I would be interested in looking at the wiring connections.

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Old 06 April 2007, 07:41   #18
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Thanks for the suggestions. I will check the back of the unit for a switch. I too only have one of those little wire ariels.

As for volume, at the moment it's fine. I have two speakers mounted on the back of the console just below the level of the steering wheel so it's perfectly clear. I think I'll have to go down the MP3 player route.
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Old 07 May 2007, 17:36   #19
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For the benefit of Ian and indeed anyone else with one of these Boss Marine sound systems, I have finally worked out how to change the radio to European mode. Whilst in radio mode press and hold band, and either < or > to toggle between European and us mode. Yay finally I will have radio one instead of just Ocean fm
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Probably the last update on this: the head unit blew up the other day. Smoke and everything! Don't buy one of these if you want a waterproof cd player that works in a boat (which is a bit odd since that what it says it does on the side of the boat )
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