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Old 02-13-2020, 10:39 AM   #41
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As part of a larger remodel, I am having all the old holes filled and re-veneered - retired instruments, speakers, radios, etc. Have decided on no installed radio, speakers, or TV. All A/V entertainment will be BT Speaker driven from PC/phone/tablet and download content when within WiFi range. Feels good to cross electronic clutter off the list.
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Old 02-13-2020, 07:29 PM   #42
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As lifelong music affectionados and audiophiles, having good music is very important to my wife and I.

Car and marine audio equipment is typically rated for 4 ohms and has too much distortion. Mobile audio uses to many multifunction buttons so we utilize as many home audio components as possible.

For the main control and amplification, an Onkyo Micro CD Receiver is mounted in a custom flush mount panel. It powers the two Onkyo speakers mounted on the wall in the salon.

A Sunfire (Bob Carver) Junior 1500 watt powered subwoofer in the salon handles the bass down to 30 Hz. You have to hear the bass from this 9 inch cube. It goes lower than most 12 inch home subwoofers.

On the pilothouse walls and stateroom walls are Altec Lansing box speakers.

In the cockpit are Polyplaner waterproof box speakers. Only mobile component for weather resistance.

In order to have enough power and to be able to modulate volume separately in each area, the pilothouse, stateroom and cockpit speakers are each powered by separate Lepai amplifiers receiving their signals from the Onkyo.

For music, we have a 160 GB iPod Classic with 10,000 songs that have minimal compression. The songs are arranged in over a dozen playlists. We also listen to Pandora when wi-fi is available.
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Old 02-13-2020, 07:45 PM   #43
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I installed a dedicated "stereo system". It allows CDs (antiquated technology) and AM/FM (won't work; no antennae). It does play off my phone, so I simply plug the phone into the hardwire and voila...that said...



If I had to do it all over again, I'd simply buy good quality, independent Bluetooth speaker and play music off my phone. It's portable and can be moved anywhere on the boat and is small and re-chargeable. I have lots of music downloaded onto my iPhone; no more CDs to store and carry. On a larger boat the ability to move it to where we want it would be nice.
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Old 02-13-2020, 07:59 PM   #44
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In my 13' fiberglass tender, I have a Polyplaner 120 watt (@ 4 ohms) bluetooth amplifer and two Polyplaner box speakers built into the center console.

The music is on an iPod Nano.
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Old 02-13-2020, 08:03 PM   #45
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For the past six years I have gone with Sirus satellite radio. I have it on automatic renewal or I probably would have cancelled it this year. Guess I'll keep it one more year.

More and more I listen to my music library on my phone with a high quality bluetooth speaker. There are also many ad free, all music stations on the internet.

I have an FM radio on the boat that I have not turned on in five years, doubt if it still works. I can't stand the D.J.s and their endless "babble" and all the ads. If I need news I wait until I am in port and use my laptop.

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I have a Sinus radio with BT, AM, FM and my DVD plays though too.
Oh I forgot, I also have a "forever" subscription. I think it cost me about $300 and I never pay again. BRAG BRAG
I do enjoy the Classic station with all the mysteries.
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Old 02-15-2020, 06:01 PM   #46
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Bkay - own a 10 year old Fusion multizone (3) system. Excellent system. Used to have Sirius but didn't use enough to justify.

However, most of my listening on the boat is now off my phone (Google music or whatever you call it). Bluetooth it through Ultimate Ears Wonderboom speaker about the size of a large coffee cup. Sufficient fidelity to suit my boat listening. $60 solution + $9/mo Google subscription.
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Bkay - own a 10 year old Fusion multizone (3) system. Excellent system. Used to have Sirius but didn't use enough to justify.

However, most of my listening on the boat is now off my phone (Google music or whatever you call it). Bluetooth it through Ultimate Ears Wonderboom speaker about the size of a large coffee cup. Sufficient fidelity to suit my boat listening. $60 solution + $9/mo Google subscription.
Bluetooth dongle for the Fusion plugs into the Sirius antenna port, then streams from any Bluetooth device. My Fusion holds an iPod Classic, full library and Podcasts in there, but also streams from my iPhone, iPad, MacBook, or anyone else's Bluetooth device. Just an FYI :-)
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I just bought one of these and after using it a few times I love it. Small excellent sound, I plan on using it on my center console.
Glad you like it....I've had mine for over a year and I am very rough on it....still works great !!
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It's been about 10 months since I bought my first Sbode and thought I'd update those interested in this product.

I liked the 1st speaker so much that I bought another one for the boat. All was well for 7 months of intensive summer boat/dink use until the charging port failed. It was out of warranty so I bought another. A few months later, #2 charging port failure. Warranty replaced it then #3 failed. Finally, I got my money back from Amazon and picked out another model. Amazon was easy to deal with all along the way.

Today I got my new $25 Oontz Angle 3 by Cambridge Soundworks. It's much smaller than the Sbode at 2.5" x 5" vs. 2.5" x 7". It's sound is very good for my purposes but probably not as good as the Sbode. The BT range is better than the Sbode. I look forward to using it more on the boat and dink.



Oontz Angle 3 by Cambridge Soundworks
FlyWright: They have a better model that is still really cheap ( $31 ) and sounds even better: ( same link as in post #27 )

https://www.amazon.com/OontZ-Angle-U...g%2C162&sr=1-3
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Bluetooth dongle for the Fusion plugs into the Sirius antenna port, then streams from any Bluetooth device.
Thanks, Doug. The $45 solution!
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FlyWright: They have a better model that is still really cheap ( $31 ) and sounds even better: ( same link as in post #27 )

https://www.amazon.com/OontZ-Angle-U...g%2C162&sr=1-3
I have one . I use it when working outside or in the garage etc. The rubberish ends and sides make it pretty resilient. Iíve dropped it and nothing happened. Good BT distance and the sound is OK, for what it is and cost.
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