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Old 18 November 2005, 04:19   #11
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This looks (sounds) interesting - the black rib crashing round the Solent to the sounds of Sabbath or possibly even Motorhead would suit perfectly (although would probably end up with Teletubbies or Disney when the kids complain). I haven't got a clue how to do this so:

You need some wires, an amp, speakers and an MP3 player...

Questions in no particular order of stupidity:

Where is the best place (less ) to get marine speakers (presume you need special ones)?

How is volume controlled on the amp? Does the player do this or can i mount separate controls?

Will sound differ a lot depending on mounting?

thanks!
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Old 18 November 2005, 06:20   #12
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Type this into your search engine and you will get a fair choice

waterproof speakers

Alpines are OK and have been making them foe a while

As mentioned previously on this thread use the volume control and the headphone output. start at nothing and gingerly work your way up ! If you wanted to then you could put a potentiometer in line to attenuate the circuit!

Sound quality! Ahh now theres the rub. depending on where and how you mount your speakers makes a difference to what sort of distortion you are going to hear!

It is advisable to mount the speakers on an oversized baffle preferably made out of 18 mm ply as this will give a degree of rigidity to the drivers and minimise buzzing noises.

Also the amp generates heat which is disapated by the cooling fins of the heat sinks so I'd keep em away from fuel lines and the like withing the mounting area.

Also remember Bass is omnidirectional, and fkkn omnipresent nowadays, so if yew want to have a good bass and put in a subwoofer it can be anywhere on the boat. A seat console being ideal!

These comments are not based on experience of Marine Audio systems so don't take it as gospel.
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Right, I've found my amp and have an MP3 player, with Ollys leads and some speakers I have I can rig up a demo layout in the Garage.

Olly, can you get me some leads please?

Anyone like to come over and have a fiddle?......With the sound system I mean .
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Old 18 November 2005, 08:23   #14
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That looks good - another project for next year. Anyone know where I can get some nice neon lights to hang under the tubes? Got to get some fluffy dice for the radar arch too...
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i am fitting a stereo as well to the rib and will go down the mp3 play/amp route, have already identified where the speakers will go and where the second pair could go

have seen reasonable speakers for 75 - clarion 35 - cheaper make, so it could be quite cheap to fit out with sounds

has anyone set up with the mp3/amp route yet, is the sound good and the volume control ok?
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Old 30 November 2005, 16:31   #16
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Slightly off topic and NOT for a RIB () but I like the look of that BOSE speaker for ipod.

Too much and a bit gimmicky but tempting all the same.

I might write to Santy.

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has anyone set up with the mp3/amp route yet, is the sound good and the volume control ok?

The sound quality will be very dependant on the BPS that you record at, the volume control would work OK, but you would need to take the output from the headphone socket in case the line out isn't affected by the volume control
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as the mp3 players are so cheap these days i will look to buy a reasonable one and have the recording at a higher rate, that should fix it hopefully
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Started my bits collection today with an ebay amp.

MP3 player will be my x-mas pressie, then I just need the speakers.

The player itself will be velcrowed to the dash with a cable through a gland into the console.

I've designed a quick release tray arrangement for the amp so I can put it in and out the console all the time rather than leave it in the yard in the cold and damp.

Speakers and cables will have to take their chances.

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