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Old 27 June 2016, 08:08   #1
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Stereo on a RIB


I'm looking at putting a stereo on our RIB. I have been looking through the Internet and mainly found fusion stereos.

Can anyone advise on other brands which may be suitable or past experiences which have led you to choking your current stereo set up?

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Old 27 June 2016, 09:28   #2
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Old 27 June 2016, 10:59   #3
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I run a kenwood system which has been fine with no issues ( Head unit and remote, 3 bass bins, 3 amps, 4 mids and numerous fill in speakers - oh, 2 battery's providing the juice solely for the tunes............. its quite loud lol - originally being a MRL demo boat all the option boxes were ticked!)
The speakers are alpine's 'marine' option and sound great, you can also plug in USB / iphones etc - lot of modern systems will stream / Bluetooth wirelessly which saves leads
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Old 27 June 2016, 17:04   #4
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I just run a couple small speakers, 4" pods, off my Lowrance GPS. They have an audio hub for the speaker connections and a dock for older iPod/iPhone. Works for people on the boat, not loud enough for the skier.

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Old 27 June 2016, 18:17   #5
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Had one of these fitted - have to say very minimalist head unit - with black box hidden radio and Bluetooth from phone, worth the money but not cheap. Click image for larger version

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Old 28 June 2016, 02:51   #6
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Ive had two aquatic av ipod dock units and now have a fusion ipod dock unit, all have suffered from issues, two aquatic av head units developed lots of hair line cracks around the plastic plus corrosion in terms of themouter plastic, the fusion unit i now have is now sufferring from corrosion around the plastic , and yes have had covers.

I really liked the aquatic av units shame they could not withstand my use.

I use my rib a lot and in most weathers.

If i were to get a new sterio i would fit one of the hideaway box units inside console and just have a control head on console.

Seems to me the plastic they use arnt as robust as what they use on vhf sets etc.
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Old 28 June 2016, 07:33   #7
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I use a Jam Jar speaker, with blootooth to iPhone, never want it too loud, as when we stop its usually nice a quiet.

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