Choosing the Most Suitable Marine Stereo for Your Boat

With the advancement of technology, marine stereos have evolved. Stereos are now available in a variety of shapes and sizes, as well as a variety of features that adapt to modern times. Without further ado, read on to learn more about how to choose the most suitable mariner stereo for your boat.

Consider the Installation Size

New stereo systems require the original unit's cutout hole to be visible. The size of the cutout must be considered. Because mounting and adapter plates are scarce, it is critical to find something that will fit in your existing hole. 

Keep in mind that the stereo's dimensions should be compared to those of your existing one. Otherwise, installation problems may arise. For new installations, installation measurements are critical. 

Consider the Power Requirements

Unless you intend to use an external amplifier, you should consider the power output of the stereo next. 

The maximum amount of power that a unit can generate at any given time is referred to as peak power. RMS power, or continuous power, is the average output power of the unit over time. The RMS value is more significant because the average will always be less than the peak. 

Unfortunately, lower numbers in terms of wattage are not nearly as impressive as higher numbers, which is why most manufacturers only publish the peak power and ignore the RMS. 

Consider the Features 

Oftentimes, stereos are differentiated by their features. Some of the available features are as follows: 

  • Waterproof Qualities

  • Waterproof marine stereo systems are not universal. All marine stereos have UV-protected circuit boards to prevent corrosion in humid environments. Only a few are completely impervious to rain and splashing. If you anticipate getting your stereo wet, make sure it is waterproof. Keep in mind that while a stereo's faceplate may be waterproof, the chassis may not be.

  • Device Connectivity

  • It is critical to be able to connect your devices to your stereo. Aux audio input is standard on the majority of marine stereos. Typically, they feature a 3.5 mm jack. The audio from your device is patched into the stereo, but it is not recharged or controlled. 

    Several units include USB ports for charging and controlling most MP3 players and smartphones. Check the stereo's specifications once more to ensure that it connects properly to your device. 

  • Satellite Radio

  • Sirius and XM were once competitors in satellite radio but merged to form SiriusXM a few years ago. They keep their own networks running, but some programming is shared. SiriusXM retains control over satellite radio hardware, so even if your stereo is "satellite ready," you'll need to buy a receiver kit and an antenna separately. 

    There are a variety of receiver kits available; make sure the one you buy is compatible with your stereo. 

  • Wired or Wireless Remote Controls

  • Remote controls are typically sold separately and come in a variety of styles. These are completely waterproof. A wired remote is easy to install and can be used in multiples. You'll need remote controls for both your cabin stereo and your swim platform in this case. 

    Nowadays, wireless remote controls are typically RF (radio frequency) remote controls, which enable them to operate through walls and other obstacles. Indirect sunlight, the infrared (IR) remote controls that we all use to control our televisions are rendered ineffective. The vast majority of them will float when submerged in water.


    Thankfully, we now have a wide array of options when it comes to updating the gears and features of our boats. As such, we now have the opportunity to install a better and more efficient stereo system to enhance our boating trips. Whether we are sailing alone or with friends and loved ones, the most suitable mariner stereo could change the entire game.

    Are you looking for a boat stereo system? The intelligent products from Seachange Boating will enhance any boating adventure. Discover the difference with our collections. Shop our products today!

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