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by Jon Paulette
JBL

Marine audio package from JBL

This all-in-one package from JBL has everything you need to start building a great marine audio system on your boat. The compact PRV170 marine receiver and powerful 6-1/2" MS6200 speakers are made for marine use, so they'll stand up to the harshest elements while giving you the power and performance you expect.

PRV170 Receiver

The JBL PRV170 marine stereo will change the way you listen to music on your boat — without forcing you to modify your boat. This multimedia receiver packs a lot of features into a compact design that fits into a standard tachometer opening. You'll enjoy AM/FM radio, of course, plus built-in Bluetooth® that lets you stream music from your Android phone. You can also use the rear aux input for your music player, or plug a thumb drive into the rear USB port and enjoy your favorite music files.
The PRV170 features a set of rear-mounted preamp outputs, so you can expand your system with a marine amp in the future. The LED display lets you see what you're listening to with just a glance, while the watertight, UV-stable face and controls will stand up to sun, salt and moisture when you're riding the waves.

MS6200 6-1/2" marine speakers

The marine environment is harsh, but these 6-1/2" JBL® speakers are up to the challenge. With waterproof motor structures, a one-piece cast-polymer basket, a sealed magnet, rubber surrounds, and a grille-mounted tweeter, these speakers stand up to sun, spray, salt, and all those post-cruise washdowns. These speakers will handle up to 60 watts RMS, and they'll deliver strong bass and crystal-clear highs that cut through the roar of the open water.

JBL knows that finding extra space on a boat can be tough, so these speakers have a mounting depth of only 2-3/4 inches (70 millimeters) and a cutout diameter of 5-1/16" (129 millimeters). They'll fit in tight spots, with help from the included stainless steel mounting brackets.

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Highlights:

    JBL PRV170 multimedia marine receiver
    • built-in amp (4 x 45 watts peak)
    • built-in Bluetooth®
    • rear AUX and USB ports (USB drives only)
    • AM/FM radio
    • watertight, UV-resistant front panel
    • outputs: 2-channel preamp outputs
    • EQ3 (seven preset tone curves and a 3-band equalizer)
    • warranty: 1 year
    JBL MS6200 6-1/2" marine speakers
    • polypropylene cone woofer
    • grille-mounted polypropylene tweeter
    • power handling: 5-60 watts RMS (180 watts peak power)
    • frequency response: 50-20,000 Hz
    • sensitivity: 91dB
    • top-mount depth: 2-3/4"
    • warranty: 1 year
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant
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    RMS Power Output
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    20 watts
    Peak Output
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    45 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth
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    NotgivenHz
    Preamp Outputs
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    4-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs
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    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    Preamp Voltage
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    2 volts
    Display Color
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    White/Black
    Key Button Color
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    White
    EQ Bands
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    None
    Wireless Remote
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    Optional
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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    Parts Warranty
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    1 Year
    Labor Warranty
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    1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input
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    Rear
    USB Input
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    Rear
    Memory Card Slot
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    USB
    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready
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    HD Radio
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    Navigation
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    iPod Compatibility
    Full size
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    Nano
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    Touch
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    Mini
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    iPhone
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    Tuner
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    European Tuning
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    Seek/Scan
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    Radio Data System
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    What's in the box?

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    • Marine Receiver (w/ attached wiring harness)
    • Trim ring (installed)
    • 2 Marine speakers
    • Aux/USB adapter (w attached 8' cable)
    • 41" USB extension cable (w/ a female USB type-A connector on one end and a male USB type-A connector on other end)
    • Antenna
    • U-bracket
    • Self-adhesive foam pad
    • Self-adhesive foam pad
    • Manual

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    Marine Receiver
    Marine Speakers

    Marine Receiver

    Marine Certified: The marine receiver has been engineered and tested for use in the harsh marine environment. The receiver features a solid aluminum chassis, front-panel protective gasket, and IP66 waterproof face. The receiver also meets or exceeds ASTM117 salt fog standards.

    LCD Screen: The marine receiver features a single-line LCD screen with a white background and black text.

    Audio Section: The marine receiver is equipped with a 45 Watts (Peak) x 4ch amplifier. The marine unit is also fitted with two pair of RCA outputs to connect an external amplifier or powered subwoofer. The marine receiver features 5 preset EQ modes - Flat, Classic, Pop, Rock, or Off. The marine head unit also offers independent Bass & Treble control; plus Balance & Fade adjustment. When listening to music at low volume levels, the Loudness feature will boost the bass & treble response. Every time a button is pressed the unit output a beep tone (this can be turned off).

    AM/FM Tuner: The marine receiver features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning. You can select either US or European tuning. The marine unit provides 3 FM banks and 2 AM banks. Each AM/FM bank can hold up to 6 station presets, proving you with 18 FM station presets and 12 AM station presets. Stations can be stored manually or automatically.

    Bluetooth Audio Streaming: The marine receiver supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth enabled audio player or smartphone. The marine receiver will be able to control basic playback functions of your Bluetooth device's stored music; such as Play/Pause, Skip Next/Previous, Fast Forward/Rewind and Random/Repeat. The marine unit also supports audio streaming of music apps downloaded on your smartphone with limited control. Advanced music control of your music apps will still need be done via your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone. This unit does not display song/artist information.

    Note: This unit does not support Bluetooth hands-free communication for making and answering phone calls.

    USB Port: The marine receiver is equipped with a rear-panel USB (type-A) port attached to the chassis by a 7" pigtail. The USB port allows you to connect a USB thumbdrive. The unit supports audio playback & control of MP3/WMA audio files stored on a compatible USB thumbdrive. The unit offers Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Reverse, Previous/Next Track, and Random/Repeat playback functions. The Intro Scan feature allows you to locate and play the first 10 seconds of each MP3/WMA track on a USB stick. This unit will also display song/artist information.

    Note: Media devices, such as smartphones and MP3 players, should be connected to the Marine receiver via Bluetooth or Aux input.

    Aux Input: This unit features a rear mounted, stereo RCA auxiliary input on a 6" pigtail so you can connect an external audio source. An RCA-to-Minijack cable (sold separately) will be required for the connection of a portable audio player with a headphone jack output.

    USB/Aux Adapter: The included USB/Aux adapter provides easy connection and disconnection of your USB thumbdrive and portable MP3 players. This adapter features an 8' cable terminated by a male USB (type-A) connector and male stereo RCA connectors which plug into the marine receiver's rear-panel USB port and Aux input. On the other end of the cable is a housing which contains a female USB (type-A) port and 3.5mm minijack input which can be mounted in a more convenient location. The USB/Aux adapter is designed to be flush-mounted and requires a cut-out of 1.315" (diameter) x 1.9375" (depth). A plastic collar locks the adapter into place. An integrated rubber cover protects the connections from the marine environment.

    Mounting Options: The marine receiver requires a round cutout in the bulkhead for inserting the chassis. The integrated protective gasket, supplied U-bracket, and integrated hardware secure the unit in place against the mounting surface. Receiver dimensions:

    • Chassis: 3.305" (diameter) x 3.5" (depth)
    • Face-Plate: 4.265" (diameter x 1.0625" (depth)
    • Cutout: 3.305" (diameter) x 3.5" (depth)
    Note: The receiver is round and does not include a mounting sleeve or ISO-mount screw holes to accommodate standard automotive installation.

    Marine Speakers

    UV- and Water-Resistant: These marine speakers (JBL MS 6200) feature UV- and water-resistant integrated grilles (white), cast-polymer speaker baskets, rubber woofer surrounds, polypropylene woofer cones, and polypropylene dome tweeters. The spider and tinsel leads are also treated against moisture and UV contamination for marine applications.

    • Woofers: Each speaker has a 6-1/2" polypropylene woofer cone that rejects moisture and UV contamination while delivering excellent performance. Each woofer uses a UV- and water-resistant rubber surround.
    • Cast-polymer Baskets: Cast-polymer baskets are used to provide a waterproof platform that rejects UV contamination.
    • Tweeters: Each speaker uses a 1" polypropylene dome tweeter for crisp, clear highs.
    • Integrated Grilles: The speaker features an integrated white grill that is not removable.

    Note: No mounting hardware is included for the speakers.

    Speaker Dimensions:

    • Grille Diameter: 7.135"
    • Cutout Diameter: 5.195"
    • Mounting Depth: 2.75"
    • Mounting Height: 0.9375"
    • Magnet Diameter: 3.985"
    • Bolt Pattern: 4.285" x 6.275"

    Frequency Response & Power Handling: The JBL MS 6200 marine speakers have a frequency response of 55Hz to 20kHz. Each speaker can handle 60-watts (RMS) and 180-watts (Peak). They have sensitivity rating of 91dB.

     
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    JBL MPK170

    Written By Anonymous, Houston, TX on Monday, May 12, 2014
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    Really cool face and easy function. Great product
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    Written By Anonymous, Wilmington nc on Wednesday, February 19, 2014
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    Easy installation. Sounds Great. Bluetooth a breeze.
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    5 out of 5

    Very nice radio, compact looks nice

    Written By Brian, Sturgeon Bay, WI on Monday, December 16, 2013
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    Very nice compact unit. It fit great on our inflatable dinghy. Speakers fit under seat in fiberglass compartment and radio looked great in dash. Looked great with the gauges. The separate usb port and aux port is a nice idea too. Sounds great.
    Pros:
    Nice looking, sounds great
    Cons:
    was missing a harness when shipped but Crutchfield took car of it
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    5 out of 5

    JBL MPK170

    Written By Blake, Montana on Thursday, October 03, 2013
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    Perfect, compact, and an attractive addition to the boat! Sounds great with only the two speakers and has plenty of room to expand to a four speaker and or a sub woofer setup. The head unit takes up far less space than a traditional stereo. It was very easy to install, paired easily with my phone and eliminates the need for an additional mp3 device. However an MP3 device can easily be used with the usb/accessory port that comes with the package. I am excited to have found this unit!
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    5 out of 5

    JBL MPK 170 - marine radio with speakers

    Written By TexasMike, N Richlnd Hls, TX on Thursday, June 06, 2013
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    This was the perfect setup for me. I love mudding with my 2012 Arctic Cat MudPro 700. I love my music even more but the 2 just would not combine. I wasted 1 stereo and 2 Bluetooth speakers because of water & mud. Then I saw this radio on sale at Crutchfield! Started the installation the day 2days ago and completed it this afternoon! Three days to install? I read your mind, didn't I? Yes 3 days or 22 hours. Four hours to design a waterproof box for the stereo and speakers, 3 hours to purchase supplies at Lowes, 15 hours to assemble, test, install and troubleshoot. Email rangerBB@me.com for final pics of my waterproof quad stereo system.
    Pros:
    Stereo is just 4" in diameter!  Comes with the latest Bluetooth technology, includes USB input, auxiliary input & AM/FM receiver. 45W x 4 built in Amp!  2 pairs RCA pre-outs.  Separate waterproof aux & USB adapter (included).  Flexible Am/FM antenna (included).  remote ready If you pay attention & take your time learning all the receivers functions, I think this radio will benefit everyone! It took me 3 times to get the radio paired to my IPhone - I didn't follow instructions!
    Cons:
     The only con I found was the red power cable from the radio to the connector was on the opposite corner from the ground wire. Which did not match the adapter connector. The yellow (backup) wire was on the corner (Red & yellow wires were chris crossed on the adapter side. This was no big deal for me because I was able to troubleshoot this problem. *Nitpicking - The FM receiver works too good. I was pre-setting the stations in auto mode. The stations were filled from 80 to 93.3. Darn auto.
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    5 out of 5

    JBL MPK170

    Written By Trey, Bayou La Batre, AL on Wednesday, June 05, 2013
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    Looks and sounds great!
    3 out of 8 people found this helpful
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