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Is "marine" audio necessary?

I am going to install an audio system in my Pearson 27 soon and am trying to decide what to get. I don't want anything too elaborate, but there are some features that I would like, such as iPod connectivity and a wireless remote to adjust volume from the cockpit.

I am installing the unit in the cabin near the electrical panels, I think, so it will be out of the weather. Since it will be out of direct water contact, is a "marine" type deck really necessary? I know that the cabin can get humid and the boat sweats, but is this much more humidity than in a car? It seems that there are more options and better prices in the auto radio choices.
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I have a car stereo for that exact reason.

I bought an Alpine, because they make a marine wireless remote that uses rf instead of infrared, and it can be used with any of their car stereos that have the steering wheel controls connector.
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I am going to install an audio system in my Pearson 27 soon and am trying to decide what to get. I don't want anything too elaborate, but there are some features that I would like, such as iPod connectivity and a wireless remote to adjust volume from the cockpit.

I am installing the unit in the cabin near the electrical panels, I think, so it will be out of the weather. Since it will be out of direct water contact, is a "marine" type deck really necessary? I know that the cabin can get humid and the boat sweats, but is this much more humidity than in a car? It seems that there are more options and better prices in the auto radio choices.

For exterior speakers yes, for interior mounted components no... Marine stereos last about the same time as car audio but car decks usually cost less and give you more bang for the buck.. The only deck I have had fail on me in over 30 years with boats, other than lightning, was the only deck that was a "marine" unit made by JVC.....
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I also use a car deck, w/Bose speakers for the cabin.
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I installed a car deck four years ago and it still works fine.
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Automotive gear in the cabin will be fine; but if you're putting speakers in the cockpit you'll want weatherproof for that.
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I'm about to do the same thing. What I wonder about is the memory power. I read somewhere else on here that their units memory was drawing 1amp while in standby mode. Is it best to leave the memory wire with no power?
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Thanks for all the replies. This confirms what I suspected.
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I'm about to do the same thing. What I wonder about is the memory power. I read somewhere else on here that their units memory was drawing 1amp while in standby mode. Is it best to leave the memory wire with no power?
I saw a thread that the memory wire draws VERY little amperage. I forget how much, but less than the normal discharge rate of a battery. Oddly, they also stated that the mA load increased in the yellow wire during use, rather than the red wire. I don't know if this is the case in all systems, but it is something to consider.
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I found the thread: Marine stereo wiring help
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