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Old 01 July 2009, 08:52   #1
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Which Stereo?

So I'm looking to replace the car stereo in the rib which got irrepairably broken when we stuffed the boat last summer

What stereos do people recommend? Something reasonably cheap. Only requirement really is some kind of ipod/iphone interface. (Red + White RCA connectors best?)

Also what's the best way to keep it dry? I've seen those little plastic flaps you can surround the front with, where could I get one of those?

The old stereo was a JVC KD-G421, it was powered and connected to the speakers with one big multi connector. Is this a standard connection among car stereos?

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Old 01 July 2009, 09:08   #2
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Someone had one for sale on here a bit ago.
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Old 01 July 2009, 13:41   #3
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I bought a Fusion for my RIB, the front opens up to reveal a waterproof ipod dock which will accept most ipods including itouch and iphone.


http://www.force4.co.uk/6148/Fusion-...mpaign=pid6148
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Old 01 July 2009, 13:54   #4
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Yea I've seen the fusion and it looks great but abit out of the price range I'm looking at

As long as someone can clarify for me that the one big white connector with pins for different speakers and power is universal I think I'll just buy the cheapest one I can get my hands on that still has a 3.5mm jack for ipods/mp3 players.

Also, where's the best place to buy one of those white plastic covers for stereos that flip up to aloow access?
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Old 01 July 2009, 13:58   #5
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Also all the covers I've seen so far have little white strips with a circular hole down the sides - How does head unit fit through or am I looking at the wrong ones?

Ah wait

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/BOSS-MARINE-WA...3%3A1|294%3A50

This one shows it as being removable. I assume you can just pop the internal plastic template out then?
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Right I think I've worked out that all the wires are set up for a "16 pin loom"

Is this universal or just a JVC thing?
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I think its called an ISO connector, if the stereo you get has different connectors you can buy conversion leads or cut and splice it your self.
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I bought a SONY marine unit at about 140 or so which doesn't need the waterproof cover and is absolutely brilliant. It has stood up to a few trips now including getting hosed and hasn't missed a beat.
You can plug an ipod in at the back, has an AM/FM radio and plays CD and MP3's on discs. It even comes with a remote control.....
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I have fitted a Fusion (ipod) too which was just under 300 to buy but there were a few places selling the older CD version with speakers for (I think)around 140 - 150 which seemed quite reasonable to me. I THINK Fusion (marine) stereos are supposed to be encased in an aluminium type coating so they don't rust out (or resist) at the back like a regular car stereo. Time will tell of course. The connectors were not the same as the one I removed but the wiring colours were the same and my unit came with everything labelled up and with a spare receiving connector.
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I use one of these ;

http://uk.shopping.com/xPO-Sony-CDX-...X-Marine-Radio

to replace one of these ( which packed up for no obvious reason! ) ;

http://www.marinesuperstore.com/posi...artno=99141127

I had to go for sony to get the remote to work. the MR10 seems good to me canplug the IPOD in the front via a std jack plug. Says its waterproof , but mine lives in side the console so hopfully I'll never need to find out!
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