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QuickMick 01-05-2010 12:38 PM

speaker boxes
The PO had a jensen cassette deck on my boat circa the 1984 crutchfield catalouge.... just bought a new setup and am installing.... looking at putting 2 speakers near the companionway on swivels so they can go toward the cabin or the cockpick, and two at the fore of the main cabin....

for interior flush mount 6.5 speakers, do you guys just mount em, or go ahead and build a box (which is the direction im heading)... if so any wood you find best/stuffing?

btw, i got this for a pretty good deal....obviously not top of the line, but has the features i wanted usb etc.... if anyone needs to upgrade a kludged 84 crutchfield model not a bad price... lol....'s%20&%20Stereos/Primary%20Search/mode%20matchallpartial/0/0?N=377%20710%201437&Ne=0&Ntt=TV's%20&%20Stereos&N tx=mode%20matchallpartial&page=CategoryDisplayLeve l1&isLTokenURL=true&storeNum=434&subdeptNum=10877& classNum=10877

mitiempo 01-05-2010 02:07 PM

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I'd prefer the boxes probably. Plywood works and glue the joins so there is no air leak. Best stuffing is synthetic they use for upholstery. Don't use glass wool insulation. Be careful of the compass when installing them. If you haven't yet bought the speakers there are some good box speakers available that would save the hassle of building. Here's a couple of pics showing what I did on a previous boat.

pedcab 01-06-2010 02:51 AM


Ive built a couple of bass reflex style boxes out of 8mm marine ply with RCA sockets on the back and an Alpine 3 way car stereo speaker inside.

The speaker outputs from the stereo have the corresponding RCA plugs soldered to a couple of lengths of coiled (telephone style) wire so I can keep them wherever I please without having to mess arround with entangled electrical wire.

Since my boat's heel goes up to a maximum 15 I don't even have the need of a fixing system for my speakers other than 4 rubber feet on each box, but you can use some sort of hanging system to fix them wherever you want...


merc2dogs 01-06-2010 11:44 AM

A box is better than simple flush mounts. Nearly any material is good, you want something that won't vibrate. Thick, 3/4 or better wood is good, much thinner and it will vibrate and 'pollute' the sound.
Another advantage is that they can be moved around, cockpit or deck etc.
Many companies make 'bookshelf' speakers that sound good, many others make housings for a reasonable cost.

I'm not an audiophile, but really like clean sounding music.(and also have a wide range of tastes from (old 'real') country, classic rock, new rock, classical etc. It's normal to hear Tanya tucker followed by led zep followed by metallica followed by ???) Consequently I have a 600 watt (RMS not 'peak') system that is seldom turned up loud enough to interfere with conversation, simply because it provides a great clean wide sound range.


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