A car stereo and a boat stereo do the same job. Both can play your favorite FM or satellite radio station, your CDs, your mp3 files, and your streaming music service. But they work under very different conditions. A car stereo lives in an enclosed environment. That means that the sound doesn’t have to go very far, so it doesn’t need much power. Also, even on a warm day with the windows down, the car stereo will not be exposed to water or extreme temperatures. Boat stereos differ from car stereos in the power of the sound and the weather-proof construction of the materials.

A Marine Audio system has to be much louder than a car stereo because the music has to be heard over the noise of the engine along with all the other noise from wind and water and other boats. To get the extra sound, you will need a powerful amplifier and good quality speakers. Four-way speakers or component speakers, with separate woofers and tweeters, are a good choice for boats. But you also need a powerful amp. Make sure the speakers you buy are able to handle more power than the amp produces.

If you are searching for marine audio calgary or car audio install, you will want to make sure to get a marine stereo system that is able to handle the weather conditions and temperature changes it will encounter. There are several features that are typically designed to make a boat stero water-proof, resistant to UV rays, and resistant to corrosion:

Receivers. Look for a receiver with a coated circuit board, a water- and UV-resistant faceplate, and line-level outputs for sending sound to an outside amplifier.

Speakers. These should have plastic cones and rubber surrounds to protect them from water or heat. The speakers should be mounted on corrosion-resistant hardware. Furthermore, if your speakers are mounted near to your boat’s compass, the speakers must be magnetically sealed as well.

Subwoofers. These are speakers that only work with the lowest bass frequencies. Plastic cones, covers and rubber surrounds will provide maximum protection.

Amplifiers. These should have coated circuitry boards and plated connectors to protect from corrosion.

As you see, there are multiple options for protecting your marine audio system against the rough treatment it will almost surely encounter. Make sure that you have high-quality equipment that has been carefully and thoroughly tested before you buy the boat. If you start out with a great audio system, you can put off doing a boat audio install for quite some time.