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 Can I ask a Boat question on a Car Stereo Board?

Hi...

I just joined this community hoping that the collective wisdom of the car stereo experts can help me with my boat stereo system.  I have a 27 foot, 1979 sailboat that came with a Realistic STA-7M am/fm stereo receiver driving a pair of Realistic Minimus-11 speakers.  The receiver and speakers are mounted inside the sailboat cabin and the sound is fantastic....lots of bass from the fiberglass hull resonating in a small space.  However, the speakers cannot be heard outside in the cockpit unless they are cranked up real loud!

I want to mount external speakers in the cockpit area with a selector switch, inside speakers or outside speakers, but not both, at the same time.  Question is what specification speakers do I need for the outside speakers?  Speakers must have their own box or I can build a box(s) for them.  I can't / wont cut a 6" hole in the boat to mount speakers.  And they must be waterproof / all weather.

My MP3 connects directly to the reciever through the AUX input so I am looking forward to tunes in the cockpit while sailing.  Current musinc library is diverse.... Beatles, Sea Shanties, Jimmy Buffett, Beach Boys, Classical, Jazz and traditional folk / blue grass.  And I don't intend to blow away the dock rats in the marina.... just enjoy music while sailing at five knots.

Specs for the STA-7M are:  "Audio Output Power at no more than 1% Total Harmonic Distortion into 4 ohms, over the audio spectrum, 20 to 20,000 Hz...... 10 watts RMS (minimum RMS power, both channels driven).  Frequency Response (AUX input at 1 watt):  15-30,000 Hz

Minimus-11 speakers are 50 watts (music power maximum), 8 ohms and Frequency Response of 50-20,000 Hz.

Any help you can provide in selecting new speakers would be greatly appreciated.

Mike

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Just get some 6.5 marine speakers. Polk Audio, Memphis make some good ones. Just search around and find some that best suit your needs and budget.

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honestly, the cheaper the better (within reason) in your case.  Your head unit is only going to deliver ~10w, so spending a lot on a "high quality" brand would be pointless IMO.  Just make sure they are at least weather resistant.

Here are some duals that should work ok:

http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-Dual-LU43PW-Indoor-Outdoor-Speaker_W0QQitemZ170247086752QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item170247086752&_trkparms=72%3A1018%7C39%3A1%7C66%3A3%7C65%3A12&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14.l1318

Phoenix gold:  SHOULD be better than the Duals, but they're a little bigger - if that's an issue --

http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-Phoenix-Gold-LS545-Indoor-Outdoor-Speaker-System_W0QQitemZ180273364674QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item180273364674&_trkparms=72%3A1018%7C39%3A1%7C66%3A3%7C65%3A12&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14.l1318

These look decent:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Audiosource-LS400-100W-Indoor-Outdoor-Speakers-1-Pair_W0QQitemZ130243269823QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item130243269823&_trkparms=72%3A1018%7C39%3A1%7C66%3A3%7C65%3A12&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14.l1318

Do you need a switch box?  http://cgi.ebay.com/4-Way-Monster-Cable-Speaker-Selector-Multi-Speakers_W0QQitemZ300248270472QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item300248270472&_trkparms=39%3A1%7C66%3A3%7C65%3A15&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14.l1318#ebayphotohosting

For what it's worth -- you could replace your current HU with a perfectly capable, and good quality, used CD player for $40-50 (ebay) and still have an aux input.  It would eliminate the need for a speaker switch box because most any modern HU will have 4 channels of amplification.  You'd have a bit more power too which is always helpful in terms of sound quality.

Something like this for instance - http://cgi.ebay.com/Panasonic-AM-FM-CD-MP3-WMA-Player-Sirius-Ready-DP383U_W0QQitemZ180272142045QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item180272142045&_trkparms=39%3A1%7C66%3A3%7C65%3A1&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14.l1318

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renee
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Just purchased two Weather proof speakers from PArts Express. They are already in cabinets and give you a few different mounting options.

FYI: Do a search for "OUTDOOR SPEAKER" -- PS has a ton of em.

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MikeTool
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 New Speakers Received and Thanks....

Thanks for the responces to my question.....  I bought a pair of Acoustic Audio 3 way outdoor speakers on eBay from TheDeepDiscount and, weather permiting, should get to try them on the boat tomorrow.  I did test them in the kitchen with my Pioneer SX990 in place of a pair of Minimus 7 speakers and got very good sound indoors.

Now I will start looking for a new receiver with built-in CD player, MP3 input and a fade control which will negate the need for a speaker selection switch.  Fifty watts per channel RMS with an 8 ohm load would be just right.

Thanks again.....  Fair winds and smooth highways....

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