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Help me build my stereo setup please!


LoganR

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Hey all! First post, long time lurker. I've got a 2005 V-Ride that we recently acquired, but it needs some serious TLC where the stereo is concerned. For starters, the remote HU is missing. The black box in the battery area is missing. There are some Kicker 6.5's that have seen better days in the factory locations, and some aftermarket 8" cans on the tower that are trash. Long story short, it needs a complete overhaul. My plan to get it back to an enjoyable state is to get an amplifier that has bluetooth, eliminating the need for any HU/etc. since all of the music I'll be playing will be via my phone anyways. I also have a pair of Wet Sounds Pro 485's that I'll be using as tower speakers. 

What I would like is a decent recommendation for some 6.5's to pair with the 485's, and an amp to run all of them. I don't plan on needing overhead as I'll upgrade the boat before I upgrade the stereo again, but am welcome to recommendations on amp size such as a larger 4 channel vs 6 channel , 6 channel bridged, or a seperate amp for the 6.5's so I can control gain on both. 

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Moot point with your plan, but I beleive an 05 would have had a traditional single DIN head unit under the arm rest next to the captain's chair. 

11 hours ago, LoganR said:

or a seperate amp for the 6.5's so I can control gain on both. 

With multi channel amps, all the tuning settings are tied to a pair of chnls. So a 4 chnl has 2 sets of controls, a 6 chnl has 3 sets and an 8 chnl has 4. So you can "set" the gains of each par of chnls differently from the other pairs of chnls. However, if you are using a single bluetooth input, whether its a BT amp or a universal BT receiver, you will not have separate control of the gains as in some form of volume control. 

If you are not looking to power any of the speakers sufficiently,  The a simple 4 chnl amp would do for a pair of tower pods and 2 pair of in-boats. Or a 6 chnl if you have 3 pair of in-boats. 

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34 minutes ago, MLA said:

Moot point with your plan, but I beleive an 05 would have had a traditional single DIN head unit under the arm rest next to the captain's chair. 

With multi channel amps, all the tuning settings are tied to a pair of chnls. So a 4 chnl has 2 sets of controls, a 6 chnl has 3 sets and an 8 chnl has 4. So you can "set" the gains of each par of chnls differently from the other pairs of chnls. However, if you are using a single bluetooth input, whether its a BT amp or a universal BT receiver, you will not have separate control of the gains as in some form of volume control. 

If you are looking to power any of the speakers sufficiently,  The a simple 4 chnl amp would do for a pair of tower pods and 2 pair of in-boats. Or a 6 chnl if you have 3 pair of in-boats. 

That’s what I thought originally but apparently misread some information and applied it to my year, thanks for clarifying! 
 

So you think a 4 channel would be fine, any recommendations?

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On 6/6/2021 at 1:33 PM, bretcole said:

Sub?

 

Potentially in the future. With the lack of recommendations I’m leaning towards an SDX4 to just run the 485’s for now with a 220BT, that way I can just connect another amp later for the interior speakers. 

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Don't buy the wetsounds 220.  The 420 SQ or BT is worth the upgrade.

 

Also, i highly recommend you figure out interior and sub before you spend money on tower amp.  Until the inside sounds decent, i don't think you'll be happy with how the tower sounds.  It takes a lot of bass to round out strong tower speakers, even at low to moderate volumes.  

Just my 0.02.  good luck.  

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