I finally got something I've wanted for a couple years: quality sound while surfing without deafening my passengers. Lakeside Audio added these babies to the back of the boat:
I haven't gotten many pics yet, but here's a quick view of what they look like:
The speaker is an Exile SXT-65Q, but the chrome version is branded Samson. They also added a fader knob so I can turn down the tower speakers (turning down the interior speakers is done with fader on the stereo). The Exile speaker mount integrates the audio connection so there's no wires and when the speakers are off the mounting posts fit very nicely under the boat cover. It's super slick:
I finally have great sound while surfing and the ability to turn down or even off the tower speakers and all the speakers inside the boat. Lakeside did a great job with the install and got the boat done in two days!
I opted not to get an equalizer, but I definitely see a WS-420 in my future. I'd like better control over the three zones and better equalization, plus, maybe most importantly, a volume knob instead of the buttons on the factory stereo. Also, the speakers are angled down when the boat is moving, so I'll probably make some kind of wedge mount for the posts at some point. However, it doesn't seem to affect the sound, so that's a future project
I have always turned off auto-volume, but with the new speaker setup, it's much more usable! I do wish Malibu would tweak it so that there's more of a curve toward higher RPMs, instead of linear. Also, they should not increase the volume in reverse.
I'll post more pics after we go out next time.
The one downside is that the surf rope tends to catch on the speaker as you tighten the rope.
Edited by Tyger, May 28, 2013 - 10:20 AM.