A longtime client of Sound Depot and Performance in Gainesville recently contacted us to inquire about upgrading the stereo system in his 2018 Robalo 246 Cayman. We’ve performed audio system upgrades to several of the client’s motorcycles and boats in the past, and we knew how he likes to listen to his music. After inspecting the boat, we proposed a simple but elegant upgrade that would enhance the sound quality and output capabilities of the system.
Marine Digital Media Receiver
We based the stereo system in the Robalo around the JL Audio MediaMaster MM100S-BE digital media receiver that our team mounted in the dash of the boat. This receiver includes an AM/FM receiver, a USD port to play digital audio files and Bluetooth for hands-free streaming. We added a USB extension and auxiliary input jack just above the radio so the client can connect a phone or media player quickly and easily.
JL Audio Marine Speaker Upgrade
Next, we removed the speakers from the rear of the boat to make way for a set of JL Audio M6-880X-C-GwGw 8.8-inch coaxial speakers. These relatively massive speakers offer a significant increase in efficiency and bass output. They are almost four times as loud (with the same amount of power) as most 6.5-inch marine speakers.
Next, our technicians created a pair of openings on either side of the center console for a second set of these amazing M6-880X-C-GwGw speakers.
Marine Audio System Amplifier
The stereo system is powered by a JL Audio M800/8v2 that we installed on a piece of weather-resistant polymer StarBoard on the side of the locker under the helm. We used 4-AWG marine-grade power wire to connect the amp to the battery and ran JL Audio speaker wire to each speaker. We used MESA interconnects to feed a signal from the radio to the new amp. The amplifier is wired in a four-channel configuration to provide an impressive 200 watts of power to each JL Audio marine coaxial.
Upgrade your Robalo Stereo System Today!
With the wiring and component installation complete, our team wrapped up the installation by setting the level controls on the amp to work with the radio. The client returned to Sound Depot and Performance in Gainesville and was excited to hear the new sound system. He climbed on board with a member of our sales team and cranked up the system. It sounded exactly the way he wanted – clear and loud! If you are considering upgrading the marine audio system on your boat, drop by our store and speak with a member of our team. If you can’t visit, give us a call or send us an e-mail using our online contact form.