Updated: May 31, 2022
The Low Down on Who is Putting Out the Best Marine Speakers, Boat Stereo Systems, and Other Marine Audio
With summer finally upon us, there has never been a better time to consider which upgrades you need to make to your marine audio. Nothing takes your sound to the next level quite like a brand-new boat stereo system with a set of the best marine speakers on the market. Your boat will be rocking so hard, it'll scare the fish away.
There's only one question that you need to figure out: Who makes the best marine audio and accessories?
The fact of the matter is that marine audio products need to be built far more ruggedly than traditional car audio. Because marine audio equipment is exposed to the elements, you'll need assurance that your boat stereo system and marine speakers can withstand brutal winds, salt, rain, and all the bumps and bruises that occur when cruising out on open waters.
To help you narrow down your selection, here are the top three marine audio and accessories brands of 2022.
#1 – Rockford Fosgate
Rockford Fosgate’s history in the audio game goes all the way back to the 1970s, when Jim Fosgate created his first PR-7000 amplifier. The rest, as they say, is history. Since then, Rockford Fosgate has made a name for itself in the car audio game as designer and manufacturer of premium-grade speakers, amps, subs, and more.
They have since expanded to powersport audio and marine audio. The current lineup of Rockford Fosgate’s marine audio includes high-quality source units, amps, speakers, subs, and even accessories.
The M2 Series from Rockford Fosgate consists of premium-grade full-range horn wake tower speakers and full-range marine speakers (8” and 6.5”). Rockford Fosgate products are a little on the pricey side, but the quality of their construction and the power they bring to the table make them a worthwhile investment.
#2 – JL Audio
JL Audio is about as much of a household name as a manufacturer of audio products can be. They do it all: home audio, car audio, marine audio. You name it, chances are they probably make audio products for it. JL Audio entered the audio game in the mid 1970s and hasn’t slowed down since. Quite the opposite, in fact.
JL Audio is one of the few brands that has managed to become a relative giant in the audio world, and their presence in marine audio can be felt all over the globe. They provide speakers, subwoofers, source units, amps, and connection systems, which makes them a go-to resource for those who like a lot of selection from one of the world’s most trusted brands.
#3 – Pioneer
Pioneer is another household brand that people know and love. They kicked things off way back in 1979 with consumer laserdisc, which was directly followed by the CD player in the 1980s. Since then, they’ve continually cranked out innovative products such as GPS, DVD-video players, high-definition plasma screens, and, of course, car and marine audio.
For boats and other marine craft, Pioneer manufactures digital media receivers, speakers, subwoofers, amps, and marine accessories such as mounts and LED lighting. Their TS lineup of speakers is currently making big waves in the marine audio world, but don’t forget to also check out their two marine subwoofer options. They make some of the hardest-hitting subs in the marine audio industry.
How to Upgrade Your Marine Audio Today with San Diego Car Stereo
Although the name San Diego Car Stereo is synonymous with car audio, we also happen to carry some of the largest stock and widest selection of marine audio products from the nation's top brands. We carry boat stereo systems, accessories, subs, amps, and some of the best marine speakers you’ve ever laid eyes on.
If you’ve been searching “audio installation near me,” then look no further than San Diego Car Stereo. We make boat stereo installation simple and easy.
All you have to do is come by our shop at 4220 Convoy St., and select the products that you want. You’ll get to test everything out in the store, of course. Once you have everything picked out, we will set an appointment for our marine audio installation team to go out to your boat for the install.
We look forward to helping you find the perfect marine audio arrangement for your craft.