Updated: May 31, 2022
The Best Marine Speakers, Boat Stereo Systems, and Other Products to Upgrade to This Year
Marine audio is a totally different game than car audio.
First, marine audio isn't contained by doors or a roof, which means the sound doesn't have much to bounce on. Granted, everything may sound fine when you're docked, but maintaining great sound becomes a challenge once you're out on the open water.
That brings us to the second limitation of marine audio, which is the battle of the elements. When you're boating on the high seas, your boat stereo, speakers, and other marine audio equipment is competing with wind, engine noise, the sound of the waves, and any conversation that your fellow passengers may be having.
So, what's the point we're making here?
The point is that if you're going to invest in marine audio, then you should get the most powerful equipment on the market. Go big or go home, as they say.
To ensure that your boat stereo system is heard even during the most challenging conditions, we're going to take you through the top four marine audio and accessories of 2022. Defer to this list when you're ready to finally upgrade your boat or marine craft.
Rockford Fosgate M2-8B 8" Marine Speakers w/ RGB LEDs
We love Rockford Fosgate here at San Diego Car Stereo. Although their products can be a little bit on the pricey side, you'll know where that extra money is going when you finally put their products to the test against traditional marine elements like wind and engine noise.
The Rockford Fosgate M2-8B 8" marine speakers are so powerful that they cut through all the typical noise that you hear out on the water. They provide 250W RMS, which is far more power handling than most marine speakers in their class. Additionally, these speakers come with Color Optix RGB LEDs, which look amazing during low-light or nighttime boating.
JL Audio 12” Marine Subwoofer Driver with Transflective™ LED Lighting, Gunmetal Trim Ring, Titanium Sport Grille, 4 Ω
Having a reliable pair of marine speakers is all well and good, but to really make an impression out on the water, you'll need a powerful set of subwoofers to hit those low frequencies. The JL Audio 12” Marine Subwoofer Driver provides the punch you’ve been looking for with its 200W to 600W range that is optimized for marine usage.
These subs were born to shake the water with their 4” voice coil and ultra-rugged suspension system. The good folks over at JL Audio have created a monster sub that can handle even the most challenging of conditions.
Kenwood KAC-M1824BT 4-Channel Amplifier with Bluetooth Connectivity
Although most consumers are probably interested in the Kenwood 4-channel amplifier for car audio purposes, it just so happens to be suitable for marine applications as well. This amplifier provides 45W RMS per channel, which is more than twice the amount of power as most car stereos on the market.
If your marine audio sound system is lacking in power, the Kenwood amp is just what the doctor ordered for your tracks to come through clearly over high winds and excessive engine noise. Bluetooth connectivity is the cherry on top for this phenomenal product.
Pioneer RGB LED Light Kit UD-ME650LED
Nighttime boaters and those looking to rack up some style points will love the Pioneer RGB LED light kit (compatible with TS-ME650FC and TS-ME650FS). What makes the Pioneer LED light kit distinct is the fact that it illuminates the entire area of the cone rather than just the center. This provides an overall better look and functionality compared to other LED light kits. You can even choose from a classic grill or white sports grill to elevate the aesthetic.
Upgrade Your Marine Audio and Accessories Today at San Diego Car Stereo
We've given you some pretty good ideas on how to upgrade your marine audio and accessories this summer. The next step is easy: simply come by San Diego Car Stereo at 4220 Convoy St. so that you can check out some of these products in person. We promise you they more than live up to the hype.
As one of the largest retailers of marine audio, we carry boat stereo systems, marine accessories, and the very best marine speakers in the industry from the nation’s most trusted brands.
Of course, you’ll also need installation, but there won’t be any need to Google “audio installation near me.” The pros at San Diego Car Stereo can perform your boat stereo installation right where your boat is docked. You read that right - we will come out to you!