A client from Anchorage contacted Perfectionist Auto Sound & Security about upgrading the marine audio system in his 2006 Calabria Pro V boat. One of our team got together with him and the boat so we could look over the current audio system as well as explore upgrade options. After looking over the boat we invited him inside our shop so he could hear the products we suggested on our state of the art interactive displays. He liked the upgrades we had in mind so a time was set for us to start working on his boat.
The client had five major goals for the upgrades; fix the cabin stereo system, give him an easy way to control the music, add Bluetooth for wireless music streaming, make it loud, and make it sound great.
In this particular boat, we left the existing stereo in the console as well as the existing speakers and amplifier powering them. The subwoofers were in poor condition so we replaced them with a pair of 10” Pioneer TSW260D4 subwoofers. This simple fix made the cabin stereo system livable so we could turn our attention to the major upgrades.
Making It Loud
As the client loved water sports and hanging out in the water in and around the boat, we knew tower speakers were in order, and they had to perform. We started by adding two pairs of the Wet Sounds Rev-8 tower speakers which are loaded with 8” woofers and horn tweeters. These two pairs of speakers instantly gave the boat plenty of output for the vast majority of people.
Making It REALLY Loud
The reality is this client is not most people, and he wanted the thing to really jam! We are talking concert level volumes for extended periods of time without straining. For this reason. we also installed a Wet Sounds REV-410 tower speaker. To put it simply, this speaker is the ultimate when it comes to clear and loud. It combines a pair of 10” woofers along with a pro audio grade compression horn that when given enough power can let you hear the sound clearly from more than a football field away. To add a neat effect to the boat, we installed Wet Sounds LED backlit grills on all of the tower speakers, making for a cool, classy look at night.
Powered By Wet Sounds
Speaking of power, we went back to Wet Sounds for our amplifier, choosing their SYN-D6 which delivers well over 1000 watts of sheer awesomeness, driving the speakers effortlessly for hours at a time.
Now that the sound was covered, we needed an easy way for the client to play the music from his smartphone into the stereo system as well as control the different zones. A Wet Sounds WS-420BT fit the bill perfectly, giving us independent control over the cabin, tower, and subwoofer speakers as well as Bluetooth for streaming. It also comes with a PA microphone so anyone can talk to people off the boat using the tower speakers. You never know when this might come in handy when you are out on the water.
Professional Installation And Tuning
Once all the equipment was installed, the installer set about fine tuning the equipment to maximize the potential of the system. One final note the we think is very important is who you choose to work on your boat. You already know that marine life is hard on things, and nowhere is that more evident than in electronics and wiring. The team at Perfectionist uses only marine grade installation materials, soldering and heat shrinking all connections for durability, as well as properly looming and mounting all of the wire runs. All of this is done to ensure you get years of reliable service from your audio system.
Client Was Blown Away By His Calabria Pro V Audio Upgrades
When the client came to pick up his boat he was blown away by the improvements. From the loud, clear sound to the improved cosmetics, he couldn’t be happier. If you would like to upgrade your marine audio system, we invite you to stop by Perfectionist Auto Sound & Security in Anchorage. One of our marine specialists will work with you to design and build the solution that will work best for your needs. Let us show you why Mobile Electronics Magazine awarded us the Top Retailer in the Nation two different times.
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