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  1. #1
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    Default Budget Audio Upgrade

    For others that may be looking at a budget upgrade...boat came with the stock 6 speaker MB Quart set up, no tower speakers and I was ready to upgrade to something I can hear while surfing and swimming with a little bass. I know I spent 5x,xxx on a boat, why cheap out on audio. Its a family boat and my kids are very young, I only wakeboard 15 minutes a week, so it is mainly a surf and swim boat. This set up should be perfect for me.

    4 Tower Cans Aluminum Black Powder Coated - 139.98
    4 Kicker 6200 - 144.95
    1 Kicker ZXM700.5(refurb) - 297.50
    1 Kicker SKM10 - 160.00
    1 amp install kit - 27.95


    Total $770.38

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    Last edited by Tegu; 09-02-2011 at 05:51 PM.
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  2. #2
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    nothing better than a budget system getting it done.
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    When you get this system set up i'd be curious on your take of the SKM10 sub in particular.I've been contemplating changes ,but have delayed twice,building/upgrading my system. I had that sub in particular in mind Due mostly to the simplicity of the Box,Sub combo ,but have not had a chance to see/hear this product. Its still in the plans ,probably Next year.

    I'm not into serious pounding ,just looking for overall sound quality as tunes usually are for floating /rest time between Ski sets.
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    Nothing at all wrong with your choice of equipment. Im guessing you have an amp to drive the tower speakers?

    Mikey,
    The Kicker KM10 is a very nice woofer. Very musical and has some good bump with 200-250 watts rms to it. If the SMK10 doesn't fit your intended location, then go with the KM10 woofer and build a custom enclosure to fit the space.

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    Just got back from the first test run, I am actually fairly impressed with the sub. It hits harder than I thought it would, I couldn't be happier for the price.

    Yes the zxm700.5 above is a kicker 5 channel amp to drive the tower speakers and sub.
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  6. #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tegu View Post
    Just got back from the first test run, I am actually fairly impressed with the sub. It hits harder than I thought it would, I couldn't be happier for the price.

    Yes the zxm700.5 above is a kicker 5 channel amp to drive the tower speakers and sub.
    Yep, very familiar with the Kicker line, i install it quite often. So whats powering the 6 in-boats?

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    MLA the reason i was/am interested in this sub /box combo in the first place is so i could avoid having to build a custom box,in the first place. I know there are endless options if i decide to go custom box.. For practicallity sake and ease if this combo does what I WANT. Then this is likely the way for ME to go.
    I'm really nor wanting a Hardcore ,Pounding "Thumping" system. So this is an option i had starting to persue,with the only problem being as the couple places i was looking ,Neither has one set up or in stock to demo before buying in the first place ,This is why i wanted a realworld take on this product.

    My stereo,Will happen next spring so i have time to research and probably reconsider ,What i really want between then and now and may likey change as everytime i start looking seriously i see newer better stuff,often at better prices,Shopping smartly of course..
    07 Outback DD

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    Where did you install the kicker box? Thanks, Tom

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    Tcallis, I see you're new around here. Lots of folks install under the helm-- if you run a search on sub or subwoofer and helm you should see lots of pics. Welcome!
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    Thanks, kaneboats. I've been lurking around the site and haven't come across any pictures of Kicker's marine box under the helm yet, though I figure it'll probably fit. I currently have mine sitting in the battery compartment facing up and it sounds really muffled in there. I guess I'll see how it looks under the helm next time I get over to the storage lot.

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