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How to Do Marine Audio Like a Pro

The Very Best in Marine and Boat Stereos and Sound

Here on the west coast, we live the endless summer life. That means we get to enjoy the great outdoors almost every day of the year. Whether you’re cruising around on the highway, off-road – and yes – on the water, the team at Stereo Depot San Diego has you covered on all fronts. We can install aftermarket stereo and sound equipment on virtually any car, truck, motorcycle, or ATV…but today, we want to talk about how to do marine audio like a pro.

Stereo Depot has the best marine speakers and boat stereos money can buy. We’ll make sure that the next time you hit the high seas, you’ll be bumping so hard the fish will feel it.

Marine Audio Gear – More than Just a Color Difference

Yes, marine gear tends to be white and/or silver compared to the darker products you’d see in your car. But just like the Pacific, there’s a LOT more going on under the surface that you might not know. The elements can be tougher than you think on electronic audio systems, which is why marine products are built to withstand all the bumps and salty sea air that are commonplace in boating.

Understanding the marine-grade designation

First, the term “marine-grade” does not necessarily mean waterproof (see IP Rating below). These products are manufactured to withstand elements within marine environments – water splashes or rain, strong winds, and saltwater corrosion – and function long term in those conditions.

What do IP ratings mean & are they important?

Ingress Protection (IP) ratings define levels of sealing effectiveness against foreign bodies like dirt and moisture, indicating which products are best for different purposes.

Each rating will start with the letters IP, which will be followed by two numbers. The first number refers to solid object protection and is rated on a scale of 0 to 6. The second number refers to moisture protection and is rated on a scale of 0 to 8. The higher those two numbers are, the more protection you’re afforded from debris, dirt, and moisture.

For example, a speaker