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Stereo woofer placement and size

Finally after all these years I'm tossing the ghetto blaster that is in the port open storage locker above the lazerette. in there may go a small TV. By the way does anyone know offhand the largest flat screen that will fit in that space on an '88 PSC 34' ? I know that the lower lip of this storage area is about 2" high so I'll have to jack the TV up close to that amount.

But sorry I got off on a tangent there as this thread is about my new stereo system. In particular subwoofer size and placement. Have any of you PSC people done this and where did u place the woofer and the size of it as well.

My stereo is an Alpine stereo 2Din in size which I think I'll have to build a small cabinet to house on top of the Nav table.

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A tv? why would you want a TV, let alone the "largest" one on a sailboat? Get a USB TV tuner for a laptop if you absolutely need one. At least you can use it for more than one thing. I have not had a TV for over 10 years now, have not missed it. I do download a few shows to watch on the PC but that is perhaps 5 or 6 a year, just so I know what people are talking about at work. Remember too if you are in a marina that boats don't contain sound very well, so what ever you are playing all around you will hear as well.
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We have a stereo system that came with the boat. More often instead I just use my iPhone/iPod with a small portable speaker attached. It's all we need since I don't want to disturb anyone around us when at anchor and can still get more than enough sound from it to use it while underway. Plus, no building cabinets in which to keep it. For TV, I download a few shows onto my iPad should we get stuck somewhere in the rain.

Another thing I just thought of: a boat in our marina was hit by lightning. Everything was fried. With the iPod that I remove when we leave, one less piece of electronics to replace.
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I like it that your TV is in a stowage locker. Then if you really, really, really need to watch TV you have to get into the storage locker to do so.

Also helps if you have an argument with the Mrs you can say "I'll be in the storage locker".



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Finally after all these years I'm tossing the ghetto blaster that is in the port open storage locker above the lazerette. in there may go a small TV. By the way does anyone know offhand the largest flat screen that will fit in that space on an '88 PSC 34' ? I know that the lower lip of this storage area is about 2" high so I'll have to jack the TV up close to that amount.

But sorry I got off on a tangent there as this thread is about my new stereo system. In particular subwoofer size and placement. Have any of you PSC people done this and where did u place the woofer and the size of it as well.

My stereo is an Alpine stereo 2Din in size which I think I'll have to build a small cabinet to house on top of the Nav table.

Thanks to all !
I had a 19' with a built in DVD player that fit perfectly in there. It was a side load dvd, so you could load it without moving the TV.

For sub, one option would be to mount it above the quarter berth. IF you remove the overhead panel from the forward and of the quarter berth there is a pretty big space there. You could probably fit a sub in there and cut the overhead panel to size. It should stay nice and dry there and wiring will be a cinch.

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Re: Stereo woofer placement and size

Thanks Raindog for giving me an answer instead of suggesting alternatives or suggesting I may be crazy. I'm gonna take a look at that quarterbirth location. However I don't have the quarterbirth option but I still have that large storage area aft of the Nav table seat that is the same area you are speaking of.
I'm also considering one of the empty areas under the V-Birth. There is a considerable amount of space there that I rarely ever see. I'll bring a couple cardboard boxes down there to see how they would fit. Given that boats tend to be giant speaker enclosures themselves if I do go with a sub I doubt i'd need anything large at all. Perhaps 8" will be satisfactory. Besides I don't want to drive anything to big as i'll be eating up my battery reserves.

For naysayers of a TV on a boat. As I often find myself down on the boat for the night when the girlfriend is angry with me if feels very nice to have all the comforts of home AVAILABLE. Also my marina has a wireless network setup so I can tap into that for any streaming activity I may want. As the Alpine stereo accepts video DVD's i can export them across the cabin to the TV. Also same can be said for my PC and exporting across the cabin as my video lines will be run from the TV to the Nav table for my convenience.

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However I don't have the quarterbirth option but I still have that large storage area aft of the Nav table seat that is the same area you are speaking of.
I did not realize they build 34s with no quarter berth. I am jealous. It is a terrible waste of space that should be better configured for storage.

I have a strong distaste for TV myself (hate commercials), but when the air is cool, the wind is blowing down that hatch, and it is a lazy Saturday afternoon; I want to watch Football. Not giving that up as long as I am somewhere with reception. The rest of the year I prefer to watch commercial free downloaded video on the computer when I want to watch something.

Anyone who thinks lounging on a sailboat watching football is bad thing does not know how to enjoy the finer things IMHO.

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Re: Stereo woofer placement and size

Raindog,

My 34 is configured to have the quarter birth actually be a cockpit locker which is handy as I feel a little safer tossing things in that locker and letting them bang around a bit as opposed to the port side cockpit locker where I've got batteries, frige compressor , battery charger etc;

Pictures to come Monday of the cabin table I had built which folds up against the head bulkhead. I think it came out every bit as beautiful as the ones PSC makes and I had this one built with shelf system and individualy devided areas to accomodate a liquor collection.

Like u say TV's have their place. A sunday morn with coffee in hand to relax and watch a game or re-run of Bonanza sounds pretty good to me.

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Re: Stereo woofer placement and size

You can't ask "largest size flat screen" and get a right answer. There's the screen size, and then the added bezel width. So you might have two 24" TVs, but one might be 32" wide and the other 34" wide.

You really need to measure the location, and then look at the gross dimensions for the TV not just the nominal screen size.
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Re: Stereo woofer placement and size

I keep having this image of the woofer being installed in a box next to the compass so you get the maximum bass while you are steering.

We have been pleased with Bose speakers because they deliver good sound and are quite small.

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