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06-19-2007 04:48 AM
capecodphyllis
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Originally Posted by camaraderie
Gack!
These speakers are suitable for voice only. It only goes to 150 HZ...missing 2 full octaves of bass and has to be full of distortion when reproducing music.
Gack? That's a good one!!!

You shouldn't pay 'too' much attention to the bench specs. There is little relationship between good specs and good sound. For example, at home I have dual 25watt monoblock tube power amplifiers and a tube pre-amp that are 'supposed' to have lousy dynamic range and loads of distortion, but what the specs don't tell ya is they provide a kind of wonderful, natural sound that you can't get without tubes.

My home speakers - mini magneplaners - were chosen because I can't afford really great sound in the full dynamic range - not that my ears could stand it. So I chose speakers that are fantastic in the middle range and have three dimensional sound, i.e. "depth" - very important with live opera. (I should qualify my statements by saying that I hate loud music and chose my system for its ability to provide great sound at lower volumes - the oppposite of most stereo or surround systems which have to be cranked to get the 'goods'.)

Using center channel speakers for music may be horrifying to a purist, but it's totally appropriate for me. Most recorded music is in the middle anyway, and that's where you need the best sound. Of course, this assumes that the center channel speakers are of good quality. I've had B&Ws and many other brands of audiophile speaker in my house at one time or another and I'll tell ya: on a small boat like mine that little Alpine is great! The singers sound like they're right there with you, as do the folks on VHF. The speaker is fantastic -ideal for a person who prefers to 'KISS' .

Too bad it was disco'd - argghhh

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06-19-2007 12:05 AM
hellosailor Marie, have you considered not putting the speakers in the cockpit, but say at the mast base facing rear instead?

I find cockpit speakers are always too close in one half, too blocked or far in the other. Strong magnets can affect your binnacle compass, and speaker grills seem to make good footholds when the boat is heeled. I'd only put the in the coamings, well recessed and protected, and I'd try then out first to make sure the compass wasn't affected.

If they will only be used in port or in good wx, a pair of miniboxes (i.e. the Polk or Bose) can be clipped on the lifelines or stanchions as best suit you, if you leave enough wire lead for them. Moved below or to the foredeck if the mood suits you.
06-18-2007 09:28 PM
camaraderie Gack!
These speakers are suitable for voice only. It only goes to 150 HZ...missing 2 full octaves of bass and has to be full of distortion when reproducing music. It is DESIGNED as a center channel speaker for a surround sound system that has a separate source for bass. It is NOT a stand alone speaker though it likely does quite well on talk radio and VHF.
The ONLY reason for the oval drivers and design is NOT sound BUT to FIT it in a standard DIN slot in a dash above a DIN radio to get a center channel for a 5.1 surround sound. The product was introduced by Alpine in 2005 and has been discontinued and NOT replaced. Center channel speakers are DESIGNED FOR VOICE to anchor dialog front and center in video surround system.

If you like Alpine speakers get these:
Alpine Electronics of America, Inc. - SPR-M700

Notice the bottom end...45H vs. 150HZ...and marinized grills and construction...5db MORE efficient AND you get a pair of them for less $$. No contest!
06-18-2007 08:38 PM
capecodphyllis
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Originally Posted by MarieAntoinette
We are currently in the process of building a 45' sailboat and would like to install two 9" speakers in the cockpit. Could you tell me which would be the better marine speakers for this purpose?
Will you be using the speakers to monitor VHF, listen to music, or both?

I installed a 7 x 4 inch Alpine center channel speaker [designed for in-dash installation in a car]. It offers absolutely superb VHF voice reproduction and is also great for music - especially vocal music. Sure, you lose the very high highs and the very low lows, but what you gain in the middle is much better than ANY marine stereo speaker pair I've ever heard. Also, it seems to be extremely efficient because it's capable of high volume with a tiny amp. (low power consumption = mucho important)

Just a thought. Here's the link. (You could get 2 if you must have stereo).

Alpine SBS-05DC In-dash center channel car speaker at Crutchfield.com
06-08-2007 08:17 AM
sailingdog Hmm... might need to order them... have to check the toy budget first though.
06-07-2007 10:32 PM
camaraderie Dawg...The Infinities are...the Polks are simply outdoor weatherproof...but I imagine you might need to clean the terminals once in a while.
06-07-2007 06:16 PM
sailingdog Cam-

Are those marinized???
06-07-2007 01:11 PM
haukebo If you really like your music....
Go to a wakeboarding supplier and get yourself a set of big speakers that those speedboats mount on their arch... They seem to be well designed for outdoor exposure. And for some reason this group of boaters puts a premium on good sound!
05-30-2007 09:10 PM
camaraderie The Bose is bad...it just does not suck as much as the poly planer!

For a 6.5" round flush mount speaker (the largest)...get an Infinity Kappa 602M




For a box type speaker get a Polk Atrium45


Either choice is about $150 for quite nice sound without going nuts on the price.

Crutchfield has both...Circut City has the Polks, BoatersWorld has the Infinity's as well.
05-30-2007 05:20 PM
sailingdog CD-

Actually, the Bose marine speakers are made by Polyplanar... But the Bose label plate improves the sound quality, due to the specialized acoustic alloy it is made of.
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