Clarion CMQ1620R

6-1/2" 2-way marine speakers

  • Clarion CMQ1620R


Item #: 020MQ1620R

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Music can make your boat party central on the water. But the marine environment places special demands on your speakers. Make sure you keep the tunes rockin' with speakers designed for your nautical lifestyle.

Clarion's CMQ1620R Performance Series 6-1/2" marine speakers feature waterproof injected polypropylene woofer cones, lightweight polymer tweeters, resilient Santoprene rubber surrounds, and corrosion-resistant gold-plated terminals. They're spec'd out to meet tough UV and salt spray standards, so they'll play strong long after regular car speakers would be sent to the boneyard. And they're magnetically shielded, so they won't interfere with delicate navigational electronics and compasses.

You can customize your soundstage for maximum sound coverage with the variable angle tweeters — ensuring that everyone on board gets to enjoy the music. Stylish silver and black grilles adds a classy touch to your pleasure barge.

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  • 2-way 6-1/2" marine speakers (pair)
  • injected polypropylene woofer with Santoprene rubber surround
  • PEI dome tweeter with variable angle adjustment
  • meets ATSM standards for salt spray and UV exposure
  • power range: 5-50 watts RMS (100 watts peak power)
  • frequency response: 60-20,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 88 dB
  • top-mount depth: 2-5/8"
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
Design 2-way
Tweeter Design 1" Dome
Tweeter Composition PEI
Woofer Composition Titanium,Mica injected PP
Woofer Surround Santoprene rubber
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Sensitivity 88 dB
Frequency Response 60 - 20k Hz
RMS Power Range (Watts) 5-50
Peak Power Handling (Watts) 100
Impedance (Ohms) 4
Top-mount Depth (Inches) 2 5/8
Bottom-mount Depth (Inches) N/A
Cutout Diameter or Length (inches) 5
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  • Two 2-way marine speakers
  • 2 Plastic grilles
  • 2 Adhesive backed foam gaskets
  • 8 Speed clips
  • Eight 1-1/4" Self-tapping aluminum mounting screws
  • Four 5" wire ties
  • Two 10' Lengths of speaker wire (female quick slides on one end and bare wire on the other)
  • Mounting/Wiring Diagram
  • Warranty information
  • Template

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Marine Speakers: The Clarion CMQ1620R speakers are designed and treated for use in the harsh marine environment. These watertight speakers meet or exceed the ASTM B117 Salt/Fog Exposure standard, as well as the ASTM D4329 UV Exposure standard.

Water-resistant Materials: Each speaker features a 6-1/2" titanium finished, mica-injected polypropylene cone woofer with a Santoprene rubber surround and a PEI (Poly-Ether Imide) dome tweeter. The tweeter pivots in any direction, up to approximately 20°. The basket and grille are made of durable BASF Luran high-impact plastic. The magnet is fully enclosed to protect it from corrosion. The speaker includes aluminum mounting screws and an integrated rubber mounting gasket for a watertight fit.

Drain Channel: The speaker frame and grille have an integrated liquid drain channel to allow water to escape from the front of the cone area.

Terminals: The CMQ1620R speakers feature corrosion-resistant gold-plated terminals; the included speaker wire has insulated quick slides to protect the connections from moisture.

Crossover: The crossovers are covered for protection and bolted to the speaker frame for convenient installation.

Speaker Wire Support Tab: The speaker basket includes a tab adjacent to the speaker terminals for threading and securing the speaker wire. Wire ties are supplied to secure the speaker wire to the tab, and to provide strain relief for the speaker terminal.

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Written By Clay, Memphis, TN on Tuesday, April 12, 2011
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These speakers are amazing. They are some of the best sounding speakers I've
ever heard, heck I want these in my truck.
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