Steve, a new client from North Mankato, contacted us regarding improving the sound system in his Ranger 621VS fishing boat. As a first step, Steve brought the boat over for a thorough client consultation so we could determine exactly what he desired in the new system. After considerable discussion of various options, we settled on replacing the failing radio and upgrading the speakers using the existing locations. We also talked about potential future upgrades and designed the system with that possibility in mind.
As you can see in the photo, the original radio bezel suffered from extreme sun fading and was almost green in color. We removed the original bezel and used it as a template to create a new bezel from long-lasting ABS plastic. Once we fabricated the new base level, we added a flip-cover radio housing since Steve mentioned he spends plenty of time fishing in the rain.
The new radio we selected was the extremely powerful Sony MEX-M100BT, which features a wireless remote control, smartphone app control and AM/FM/CD/USB/Aux inputs and streaming Bluetooth capability. The radio also has a high-visibility display for better usability in bright sun.
Since more and more rechargeable devices come out every year, we added a few USB charging ports in the glove box near the radio. In addition to providing multiple ports for keeping a smartphone, iPod or trolling motor remote charged, one piece contains a voltmeter so Steve can keep an eye on his batteries while on the water.
For speakers, we selected the Memphis Audio MXA60L marine-grade 6.5″ speakers because they were a proper fitment for the existing speaker locations.
When it comes to choosing equipment for your next marine audio project, be sure to visit the experts at Sweet Sounds, who will take the time to discuss all the possibilities so the system you end up with will be enjoyable for years.