On top of all the other work I need to complete, my stereo died a horrible death last season Ė being a normal car stereo in a so called waterproof housing, it just couldnít handle the elements.
Iím considering a Kenwood KMR-700U which is a marine grade unit. Iím not bothered about CDís, but like the idea of housing an IPod or MP3 player inside the unit for simplicity. Iíve also looked at the Fusion range but I understand you need a separate box to house the MP3 player, which is a waste of space. It was also suggested that I could just buy a standard non-marine grade car unit and just replace it each year if necessary Ė certainly a cheaper option for now but perhaps not in the long run. I just wondered if anyone had any ideas or thoughts on this vital subject.
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Thread: Stereo advice anyone?
22-02-12, 21:24 #1
Stereo advice anyone?
22-02-12, 21:28 #2
I use a normal car stereo to, try and pick up the a car stereo were the whole lot slides out just leaving the cage, this way you can remove it when you.
Marine stereo are over priced, unless you can pick up a second one,
22-02-12, 21:29 #3
I have the fusion with the flip down front, ipod sits neatly into cradle inside the unit, cant remember the model number but this doesnt need any other part. Really pleased with it and easy to select your tracks etc.
22-02-12, 21:37 #4It is better to have memories than dreams.
22-02-12, 21:45 #5
I've got the Fusion 500 unit as well, it's excellent. It's been superceded by the ms-ip700.
22-02-12, 21:53 #6
Maybe the units suggested have it, but the next unit I buy must have a remote control so I can control it from the cockpit.
22-02-12, 22:00 #7
22-02-12, 22:31 #8
23-02-12, 13:15 #9
Currently we have a standard car single DIN unit. Albeit a digital head unit.
Playing CD's is now a thing of the past. Everyone comes with their music on their iDevice.
The hassle is that if I want to control the volume, skip/search a track etc from within the cockpit I have to run the extension lead between the iDevice and the car stereo at the chart table. OK but not ideal.
If the current unit died I would replace it with one that had Bluetooth streaming. This way the iDevice could be anywhere within range on the chart table without a hardwired extension cable. The music would be streamed to the head unit.
24-02-12, 16:23 #10
I think if you can fit it inside, a regular car stereo should be fine i've not had one pack up yet and have had them for up to five years before changing boats.
Put a power amp sourced from cashconverters in one of the boats expecting it to pack up after the first season but that is in its third year also!
If the gear is going in the cockpit though thats probably different.