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Old 28 September 2006, 17:59   #11
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I did the same thing last summer, fitted a CD player with 4x50watt outputs with only 2 speakers in the console.

Its certainly not LOUD. Loud enough while your at idle but sound quality is terrible if you really turn it up. Can barely hear it at speed, but that isnt a problem for me because the CD skips anyway.
Sound quality goes because if you fit waterproof speakers the plastic cones are not a patch on car speakers.

If i was doing it again would have am mp3 input to an amp with a pair of meaty speakers instead of cheap ones.

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Old 28 September 2006, 18:00   #12
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You'll improve it loads if you box the back of the speakers in. (don't forget to leave a small water drain hole though)
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Old 29 September 2006, 11:38   #13
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Tried the MP3 with the set up I described yesterday, and can confirm its definatly loud enough.

Full volume on the MP3 is just at the point of the 100W RMS Marine spec speakers distorting.
Sounds quite good too.

Just have to see how long the AAA batteries last.

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Now fully tested in the worst conditions, and I'm very pleased with it.

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100W RMS marine spec 2 piece speakers. Ebay £26:00
100W per channel Sony Amp. ex display at Halfords £35:00
Creative 256Mb MP3 player. Comet £44:00
Phono to Stereo Jackplug lead. FREE, Thanks Olly
Speaker surrounds made from 3mm Black plastic sheet found in garage.
All Wires and connectors from my collection.

With hindsight I'd have brought a £20 MP3 player without the useless FM tuner that loses its signal once its in the glove box.

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Old 05 October 2006, 18:32   #15
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We could hear it on Sunday. Just.
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Finally

So as anyone that is interested can get an idea. I've now finished Pimping My RIB, for now anyway.
I saw this Waterproof CD player at RIBCRAFT and it looked pretty robust. The price wasn't too bad either. Also sounds pretty loud outside my house.
Now I've got it fitted I actually realise its quite useful. It has loads and loads of connections, for Subwoofer, MP3 player, sat Radio and a few speaker connections as well. It can also have IR remotes and up to 4 wired remotes. You'd need a big RIB for that.
Anyway once I've given it a bash on the 28th October I'll report back with my findings. I suspect i might need to put an amp on and get some bigger speakers but thats for Pimp My RIB 2 part 2.

Thanks to Nasher for the wiring diagram help.

The only confusing thing when wiring was the two power wires. The yellow was supposed to got to the ignition and the red to permanent 12v +. In the end I joined both wires and put them on the fuse box. It means the CD Player doesn't keep the time but it also measn I don't have to have the ignition key in to use the CD Player.
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Old 23 November 2006, 16:13   #17
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MP3 Extension

Just managed to get my hands on an extension cable for CD player that I fitted. Its a genuine Marine AV product that gives you a waterproof outlet on your dashboar/Consol. This means you can just plug in any MP3 player and access the MP3 controls easily.

I'll post some pictures when its fitted but for now here's a stock photo.

I got the lead from a fellow RIBNET member MikeCC http://www.allgadgets.co.uk/ whos doing all the Marine AV stuff at good prices for RIBNET members.

Besides that I can thouroghly recomend the Waterproof unit I fitted as I've had a few outings with it and for the price I'm really impressed. The radio works well with just the £5 aerial that is just a piece of wire. The CD player that plays MP 3s although not able to withstand all RIB bouncing with stands a heck of a lot. Much more than I expected. And because it plays MP3s on CD it can play hundreds of tracks on one CD. I think my MP3 extension lead with a £20 MP3 player will be the ultimate RIB music machine.

I've just got to decide if I'm going to fit some mega speakers because at anything over 30 Knots you start to lose the sound, although not when your sat in the back.
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Make sure you cover the din plugs with a good coating of anti-corrosion grease to keep the atmosphere out. Nickel plated connectors won't last too long otherwise.


I think maybe I'll have to pimp the sr4 now I've seen that lead.
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All exposed connectors, and internal, covered in vaseline. (Has many uses)
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