As a fairly inexperienced stereo person who purchased a used boat that was already loaded with a IMHO very good sound system I was wondering what it would take to install a WS-420. Do the interior speakers need to be amped to be controlled through the eq or is there another way to control them through the eq or just something I donít understand with how the ws420 all works. I know you can control the boat and tower speakers separately however, can you still control the volume normally or should you only use the eq to control the volume once installed? Any explanation would be appreciated.
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Thread: Wet Sounds WS-420 Question?
03-08-2010, 04:16 PM #1
Wet Sounds WS-420 Question?2005 Mobius LSV
03-08-2010, 04:29 PM #2
I do not have one (yet) but i believe that you need at least two amp to get proper seperation or a least a multi channel amp in order to seperate ot the in boat vs tower vs sub...A Day at the Lake...Priceless
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03-08-2010, 04:59 PM #3Senior Member
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I have one you will still conntrol the volume through your head unit, the ws 420 just lets you control the tower and inboats but you can tune your speakers and change the volume a tad just like with any eq but the main vloume will come from the head unit. You will love this system it is one of the best things I ever put on my boat. Hope I helped
03-08-2010, 05:01 PM #4
I just bought one of thos a few days ago, waiting for it. here is some info
http://www.supraboats.com/bbs/showthread.php?t=545609 21v LAUNCH
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03-09-2010, 10:47 AM #5Senior Member
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i had one installed last fall and i love the features it has. i have a huge range of volume with the ws 420 eq it will turn it down so low you can't hear it or blare it loud enough to hear at wake boarding distance.
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03-09-2010, 03:29 PM #6
Thanks for the replies. I've got a better understanding now and also found the Owners Manual online if anyone else is interested in checking it out I can pm you the link. Now I just need to decide if I think it will be worth it with my current setup or if I should upgrade my tower speakers too.2005 Mobius LSV
03-10-2010, 02:32 PM #7
I have stock kenwood head unit and two amps.
JL M6600 running the in boats and the towers & JL M1700 running two 10s under my front seat. With the WS-420 can I still control the towers and in boats separately running off the same amp? The system I have sounds awesome, but would love to be able to turn down the towers independently from the inboats. What's my best option?
WS420 or new head unit with dual zone outputs?
SC_LSV2006 Moomba Mobius LSV Black/Grey
Board - 08 Ronix Covin / 08 Ronix Cells
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03-10-2010, 03:03 PM #8
SC_LSV, yes you can control the tower and cabin speakers (and sub) separately with the WS-420. You'll hook one set of RCA cables from the headunit to the EQ (input) and 3 sets from the EQ to your amps (output). 2 of those sets outputs will go to your M6600 and 1 set to the M1700.
A less expensive option is the Clarion EQS746. You lose the mic though. Either way I think an EQ is a better option than new headunit for tower control since you can simply turn a knob from the drivers seat.Dan
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03-10-2010, 03:20 PM #9
You're right, the WS-420 is 5x as expensive! I agree though, the mic and dual zone are significant differences.Dan
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03-10-2010, 05:38 PM #10
Or you can just run a couple of PAC switches for less than $50 to gain selection control if your happy with your system. Not everyone is an audiophile or needs/wants the Intricacies of an EQ and for them PACs work just fine.2007 Mobius LSV