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JL M880etx pods above the bimini

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Well after putting the tower speakers up in the normal place on the tower I had some criticisms.  First was reflective.  I swore I wouldn't put up tower speakers again.  I apparently lied to myself. :)  Second, I did not like them below the bimini.  The sound is too close to the cabin and the bimini just acts to trap it in there.  In short I could hear it too well in the boat and not well enough behind the boat without risking sleeping on the couch.

My old Sunsetter with the Titan tower had all the speakers above the bimini and I loved the sound.

So I went back to an old idea.  Mouse ears.  I've always liked the idea, but could I make it look good?  Nope.  One pair of speakers does look like mouse ears.  So now I have two pair.  And it looks much more stacked out.  Reminds me of my old tower.  Props to Odin at Earmark Car Audio in Plano for the new toys.  Always an excellent resource and sounding board.

It sounds exactly like how I want it now.

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If anybody wants to do this style of mount to their boat I advise you to PM me for a whole freaking long list of tips and tricks I learned along the way. None of it was as easy as it should have been.  Having said that, the next time I do this it'll not even be a one day job.

A local upholsterer put the holes in the bimini for me and hemmed them for $250.  Basically 3 hours of shop time and supplies.  Another hour would have added zippers so I could slide the bimini over the speakers when removing it.  But she didn't have them in stock and I didn't want to wait.  I've only taken the bimini down twice in 2 years anyways.  No big deal.

Amp for these is an SD2.  Preamp is a JL TWK88 DSP.  I have this idea of time delaying the R and L based on which side of the boat you're surfing.  We'll see if it has any results at all.  I give it 50/50.  But oh they sound so GOOD!

Oh, and just for grins I cleaned and sealed the Stainless Clamps with CG Jetseal.  And I polished the pods with MarineNanoShop's SiO2 Polish and put on two coats of Liquid Crystal Armor HD 9H ceramic coating.  Getting up there to clean those things isn't going to happen often so I figured I'd get them nice and protected while they were new and loose.  That stuff has been magic on my surf boards, wakeboards, and paddleboards keeping the looking good.  I need to get around to doing the boat.  So this was the first step.

On a side note, the JL clamps are the cleanest best put together clamps I've ever dealt with.  So nice.  Only thing missing is a quick release, but not important for me.

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Nitrousbird

I never loved the look but fully get the functionality.

How about some more pics of your dock - I'm in love!

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Slurpee
1 hour ago, Nitrousbird said:

I never loved the look but fully get the functionality.

How about some more pics of your dock - I'm in love!

https://flic.kr/p/JoWf8F

 

https://flic.kr/p/JoWffz

Well thanks.  Here you go.  About the only thing not in the photos already was the hoists I have for the Maui Matt and SUPs to get em up out of the way and the hammock for the over the tower boat cover.

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05hammerhead
On 6/9/2018 at 11:50 AM, Slurpee said:

https://flic.kr/p/JoWf8F

 

https://flic.kr/p/JoWffz

Well thanks.  Here you go.  About the only thing not in the photos already was the hoists I have for the Maui Matt and SUPs to get em up out of the way and the hammock for the over the tower boat cover.

Love it.  I see a wishing well in the first pic.  Think I can get that from you as yours appear to have been granted. 

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05hammerhead
On 6/9/2018 at 11:50 AM, Slurpee said:

https://flic.kr/p/JoWf8F

 

https://flic.kr/p/JoWffz

Well thanks.  Here you go.  About the only thing not in the photos already was the hoists I have for the Maui Matt and SUPs to get em up out of the way and the hammock for the over the tower boat cover.

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Just need one of these in the rafters.

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TimbrSS

Mouse ears for life! I think it really does help put the sound in the right place, and gets the speakers out of the way, especially nice on the shorter illusion tower. I agree it would be nice to have zippers/ Velcro to allow Bimini over speakers, but i also only have taken Bimini down a few times a year.

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