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Bose 151 Speakers... Opinions

I am looking to mount some speakers in the cockpit of my boat...again. Last May I installed some Pyle speakers and they are completely rusted and sound terrible if they make any sound at all.

I was walking through BJs wholesale club today and they had the older style Bose 151 environmental speakers which state they are good for boats. Does anyone have any experience with them?
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Re: Bose 151 Speakers... Opinions

The Bose site indicates that they suitable for boats. I prefer built-in recessed speakers that won't get in the way. I can see "kicking" those at inopportune times.
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Re: Bose 151 Speakers... Opinions

I've had the 151's mounted on the aft pulpit for 13 years, speaker faces in, just flush with the SS tubing. Had the same concern of something sticking out into the cockpit. The grills have needed to be painted a few times. Still sound good after all these years.
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I have two pairs of them. One pair is dead.. These speakers are not sealed and the boxes are "ported". As such corrosion can get on the voice coil and corrode it. Older models used treated paper cones and the newer ones use plastic cones. As long as you're a "tin ear" you'll like them. If you want any sort of good sound quality there are better offerings.. They are quite efficient and easy to drive with a car stereo... For the price they are not a bad deal but outside they sound quite thin... We had a pair in the cabin and I ripped them out and replaced them last summer, for better sound quality..
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A little off topic. I like music and I like good sound. I was about to rig a wired sound system into my boat and paused and decided to take a reluctant step into the 21st century. I got a boom box type thing from Creative (not the old style boom box - no radio, just speakers) that has blue tooth. Mine runs on 4 double A batteries and can also plug in to boat elec. In the cabin, it sits on a shelf and sounds great. I can bring it out to the cockpit, or cabin top (lashed, if necessary). The blue tooth allows me, or any visitor, to connect wirelessly from anywhere on the boat, play off stored songs or off Pandora through cell phone. You can control it, obviously, from wherever you have your cell phone or other mp3 player. Can be taken to the beach, etc. It has worked out real well. A lot of flexibility. I know there is sacrifice in sound quality using mp3 to blue tooth, but I think when outdoors, the speakers are more important than the source.
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A little off topic. I like music and I like good sound. I was about to rig a wired sound system into my boat and paused and decided to take a reluctant step into the 21st century. I got a boom box type thing from Creative (not the old style boom box - no radio, just speakers) that has blue tooth. Mine runs on 4 double A batteries and can also plug in to boat elec. In the cabin, it sits on a shelf and sounds great. I can bring it out to the cockpit, or cabin top (lashed, if necessary). The blue tooth allows me, or any visitor, to connect wirelessly from anywhere on the boat, play off stored songs or off Pandora through cell phone. You can control it, obviously, from wherever you have your cell phone or other mp3 player. Can be taken to the beach, etc. It has worked out real well. A lot of flexibility. I know there is sacrifice in sound quality using mp3 to blue tooth, but I think when outdoors, the speakers are more important than the source.
OMG get rid of the Dinosaur saddle that is Pandora and come in to the 21st century.

One word SPOTIFY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If you like music there is simply nothing better.it is basically iTunes with unlimited music at your finger tips to play when you want, how often you want and when you want. You can create playlists or even see your friends playlists and play them.. Yes it costs a little money but is sooooooooooo worth it.. Listening to a guys bluegrass playlist right now that has not had a bad song in over an hour.... I could NEVER afford to have the MILLIONS of CD's or downloads available on Spotify, never...

It is exactly the music re-play system I would have designed, had I been that smart...
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Mainesail, I'll try it. The future's so bright . . .
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I have two pairs of them. One pair is dead.. These speakers are not sealed and the boxes are "ported". As such corrosion can get on the voice coil and corrode it. Older models used treated paper cones and the newer ones use plastic cones. As long as you're a "tin ear" you'll like them. If you want any sort of good sound quality there are better offerings.. They are quite efficient and easy to drive with a car stereo... For the price they are not a bad deal but outside they sound quite thin... We had a pair in the cabin and I ripped them out and replaced them last summer, for better sound quality..
So what's a "tin ear" and what do you suggest for better sound quality? I'm looking to install a sound system inside the cabin this year (will be easily heard outside in the cockpit). My plan was to install two 151's or something similar up high in the cabin and a pair of subwoffers cut in to the space under port and stbd settees. I saw the 151's installed in a trawler at a boat show last year and thought they looked and sounded pretty good.
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Re: Bose 151 Speakers... Opinions

I used to have the Bose 151 inside my previous boat. Not horrible but very pricey. On this boat I used some Poly Planar speakers in the cockpit that sounded awful.

I have since purchased a set of Pyle outdoor speakers for $18 that sound decent. They are small enough to be mounted near the bottom of my binacle guard facing diagonally aft.

No interference with the compass and I will be happy if they last more than a year.

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I installed Poly Planar platinum series flush mount, magnetically shielded speakers in my cockpit 14 years ago and they still sound wonderful. They were about $189/pair at the time (1998). I would buy them again.
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