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Rundown of higher end coaxial speakers

Post by jhnmdahl » Tue Mar 03, 2015 2:18 pm

After a little research, it appears there are only a few players that make true high-end marine speakers. After a bit of shopping for the ever-common 6.5" size as an example, these include:

JL Audio - make the MX650 ($200/pr) and M650 ($400/pr). The MX has a smaller silk tweeter (3/4" v. 1"), while efficiency and power handling are similar. Many slightly prefer the sound of the MX, and it can be found online or at any West Marine. Grill options include a conservative slat grill, or a more stylish sport grill in white, titanium (dark grey), or chrome. These were my favorite of the bunch, and aren't all that expensive in the MX version.

http://www.jlaudio.com/marine-audio-com ... al-systems

Polk - Makes everything from a component driver system (MM6501, $450/pr) to a basic coaxial speaker (DB651, $110/pr). Slightly more efficient than the JL at 92dB 1W/1m relative to JL's 89dB, these are a high quality option with plenty of power handling. They also sell a mid-priced coax (MM651, $320) that's closer in performance and sound to the MM6501. Solidly built, but a little less natural sounding to my ear than the JL Audio.

http://polkmarine.com/speakers.html

Wetsounds - the lineup includes mostly metal tweeters rather than the textile tweeters of the JL and Polk, which may be part of why these sounded a little bright to me. Construction quality appears to be excellent, but prices range from $275 per speaker for the XS-650 and SW-650 to $175 per speaker for the SW-65 and XS-65i. Options include LED mounting rings that cause a soft glow around the mounted speaker, but don't do anything to soften the sound. Grills look like they'd be more at home on a kid's ski boat than a Cobalt, but rumor has it there are classier grills in the works. Better than most stock speakers, and some people just love them, but they were not my favorites.

https://wetsounds.com/pages/products/ma ... akers.html

That said, any of the three should outperform the usual Sony, Alpine, etc. marine speakers that are commonly found in big box stores or as standard equipment on many boats other than Cobalt, which still aren't bad.

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Re: Rundown of higher end coaxial speakers

Post by kettcb » Mon Mar 30, 2015 10:02 am

How do these compare to the MB Quart 6.5"

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Re: Rundown of higher end coaxial speakers

Post by jhnmdahl » Mon May 11, 2015 10:36 am

I haven't been able to find a place to listen to the Quart marine speakers, but their stuff is traditionally audiophile-grade (top shelf).

I've been fiddling with the equalizer controls in the stock Sony unit driving the Kicker speakers that came with my 210, and the sound is good enough that it's not an upgrade priority at this time. If only they left enough room on the dash to mount a chartplotter somewhere...
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Re: Rundown of higher end coaxial speakers

Post by Skylord226 » Mon May 16, 2016 11:15 am

Just so happens that I just replaced my sony's wIth the JL Audio MX650-CCX-SG-WLD-B and holy cow....excellent speakers....a bit spendy but you get what you pay for, Cartoys had them for 229.00 a pair.They have blue LED's behind the woofer cone so you have to run a power wire but the end result at night is stunning. I'll see if I can figure out how to attach a pic....

https://goo.gl/photos/MAG9oboukNXrK1GE7

https://goo.gl/photos/6ZL7fqn1reeEX4Jk6

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Re: Rundown of higher end coaxial speakers

Post by jhnmdahl » Mon May 16, 2016 12:01 pm

Looks sharp. You can find a mini-tutorial on posting photos (and videos) at http://www.cobaltchat.com/viewtopic.php?f=46&p=328#p328
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Re: Rundown of higher end coaxial speakers

Post by Big Block Power » Tue May 17, 2016 10:10 pm

Very nice. I have the kicker premium sound set up in my boat with the kicker sub. It sounds good to me. I would love to change over to jl but thats big bucks. The first thing that comes out of my wife's mouth is turn it down. Even while garage boating she still complains from in the house. So I lose. This is the first boat I've had with a decent sound system. Im still happy with what I have.
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Re: Rundown of higher end coaxial speakers

Post by Skylord226 » Thu May 19, 2016 7:05 pm

I traded in my wife for a boat.....best decision i've made so far! Boat is way less expensive, mentally and monetarily!! :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: Rundown of higher end coaxial speakers

Post by Big Block Power » Thu May 19, 2016 9:13 pm

That's funny. My wife loves the boat just not loud music. If it was my last wife I couldn't agree more. This one is the best. 12 years going strong still feels like the honeymoon.
And she is cheap and doesn't complain when I spend money. Well let us Know what you end up with and pictures. Really jl seems to be one of the favorites.
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