Articles & Videos: Marine Audio & GPS

When it's time to upgrade your boat's audio system, it's important to look for marine-rated stereo equipment that can stand up to life on the water. This handy guide will give you some tips on what to buy for your boat.

From punishing sunlight to driving rain to extreme temperatures, a marine audio system has to endure a lot of abuse. And that's just when the boat is tied up at the marina. This article will help you choose the marine stereo that's right for you.

Binoculars Shopping Guide
by Julie Govan

Make the right choice with this helpful overview of binocular specifications and features.

Marine Audio Glossary
by Danae Marshall

When you're shopping for marine audio and electronic equipment for your boat, you run into a lot of jargon along the way. Our Marine Audio Glossary can help.

Marine Audio FAQs
by Danae Marshall

Thinking about buying some new stereo equipment for your boat? Not sure exactly what you need to buy? Our marine audio FAQ will help you navigate these unfamiliar waters.

Whether you're fishing, waterskiing, or just cruising around, boating is even more enjoyable when you have a quality marine audio system. Here's how we outfitted two different boats belonging to Crutchfield employees.

A marine receiver has to do more than just look good and sound great. It also has to stand up to salt, spray, sunlight, and rough weather. Kenwood designed their 2013 marine receivers and remotes to withstand the rigors of boating life, with a conformal-coated circuit board that helps prevents moisture from seeping in and causing damage.

Life's just a lot more fun when you have a cooler full of food and beverages. But did you ever wonder how much more fun it could be if you had a cooler that was also a powerful digital media sound system? We did, so we built one. And, as we suspected, it's really, really awesome.

Marty C's custom party cooler
by Alexander Hrabe

Marty C. from Macon, GA competes in deep-sea fishing competitions, so he knows a good cooler when he sees one. He read our article on upgrading a cooler with a sound system and was inspired to create one of his own. It's bigger in every way.

There are as many kinds of boaters as there are different kinds of boats, so sweeping generalizations are worth about as much as a fishnet windsock. That said, if you see a little bit of yourself in these user profiles, it might help you create your ideal marine audio system.

Getting away from it all is nice, but you don't necessarily want to get away from all of it. A quality marine audio system will keep you entertained while you're out on the water.

Car amplifier buying guide
by Buck Pomerantz

This guide will help you choose the right amplifier - number of channels and how many watts per channel - for your sound system.

When Doug, Crutchfield's Operations Manager, installed a new marine stereo on his fishing boat, a Grady-White Journey 258, we were there with our video camera. Some folks from Poly-Planar, the marine audio specialists, offered to help with the work and even provided some of the gear.

Years ago, prepping so-called "marine" audio equipment for life on a boat basically meant giving some old gear a new serial number and a white finish. Oh, how times have changed. Boaters demanded better, and companies like FUSION are delivering. We're proud to add these products to our marine lineup.

For generations now, the watermen of the Chesapeake Bay have harvested oysters and crabs from the decks of traditional workboats. Known as "deadrises" because of the hull shape, they're made for hard work. But as many enthusiasts know, a good deadrise can be a great pleasure boat. The Mary Rebecca is an authentic, yet thoroughly modern, take on this classic design. All she needed was a thoroughly modern stereo.

Quality marine receivers can withstand sun, salt, and spray Look for a marine-rated receiver Recycling is a wonderful thing, but recycling an old car audio receiver...

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