A new client from Tigard, Oregon, came to Kingpin Car & Marine Audio looking for a 2015 Malibu Wakesetter stereo system. In typical Kingpin fashion, we set up a time to get together with the client and go over the boat from bow to stern. We spent significant time on listening as he told us how he intended to use the boat, and what his goals were for the project. We asked him several questions relating to marine audio and listened intently to his responses. At that point, as is standard for us, our team took all of the information and used it to offer what we thought were the best solutions for the client.
Marine Audio Is One Of Our Specialties
One of the unique things about Kingpin Car & Marine Audio is that we specialize in boats. Heck, we even put it in our name! From late winter to early summer, it is not uncommon for us to have 10 or more boats at our facility getting marine audio upgrades. Specializing in this category has afforded us the ability to create packages for our clients. We have seen, time and again, a client being sold way too much product or way too little product, ending up with a stereo system that doesn’t work well for them. When you do business with us, we figure out your needs and offer you three different packages that we feel will best suit those needs. You pick one of these packages, and then we set up an installation appointment.
Cove Package For Those Not In The Boat
For this boat, the client picked our Cove package. It consists of one pair of our Exile Surf Wakeboard tower speakers and an Exile 30.2 amplifier to power them. This amplifier puts out an honest 225 watts of power to each wakeboard tower speaker, so the client will easily hear his music when off the boat with clarity and definition, completely free of any distortion.
Inside the cabin, he gets an Exile Javelin five-channel amplifier. This amp supplies 400 watts of power to all of the interior cabin speakers, so when the party gets started, volume will never be a concern.
Ultimate Subwoofer Package Provides Plenty Of Bass And Great Looks
The fifth channel of the amplifier sends 800 watts of power to our Ultimate Subwoofer package. That consists of a Hertz HX300D 12” subwoofer in a custom ported enclosure that fires into a side wall of the boat. This design accomplishes two things. First, it delivers much more output, which is a great thing. Second, it does a much better job of protecting the driver from the damaging elements.
The enclosure itself is completely made of poly, not of wood. No matter what someone tells you, wood has no place in any marine audio installation. Once that wood gets wet, it is going to start swelling and eventually fall apart. We install a plexiglass window so the back of the subwoofer can be visible, and LED accent lighting for a neat effect at night. The finishing touch is our custom trim panel, which matches the rest of the interior perfectly.
Our Specialized Marine Hardware Will Last As Long As Your Boat
Kingpin Car & Marine Audio feels it is important to know the materials that go into your installation, since so many shops use car audio installation parts for boats, and these are doomed for a quick failure in a marine environment. We use all stainless hardware and solder all of our connections. All of our terminals and upholstery materials are marine-rated and, while they cost us significantly more, you end up with an installation that will last you for years to come. Even our amplifier mounting boards are done in poly, for the same reasons that we use it in our subwoofer enclosures.
Exile Zone Control Processor
For the final touch, we installed an Exile ZLD zone controller. It allows the client to easily control his different musical sources and play at the volume level he desires in any of his zones.
When you are ready to have your boat become the life of the party, we invite you to stop by Kingpin Car & Marine Audio. Our award-winning team will work one on one with you to design and build the marine audio system you have always wanted.
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