Three Reasons To Add A Marine Amplifier

Give your boat an immediate upgrade in sound quality

August 5, 2019
Boaters listening to radio on boat
A dedicated marine amplifier will maximize the quality of your audio. Unsplash/Eirik Skarstein

The majority of marine stereos feature a built-in amplifier, but those who truly love music — or like to frequently entertain — will benefit from the addition of a dedicated marine amplifier. Why? Here are three sound reasons.

Amplifiers Increase Volume In An Open Environment

Pyle Hydra Marine Amplifier
The more passengers you have, the more sound is dampened, making amplifiers a wise choice for those who like to party. Courtesy Amazon

Boats, particularly open cockpit ones like runabouts, deckboats, center consoles and ski/wake boats, challenge many marine audio system’s output, especially when cruising along at speed. Amplifiers, like the name implies, increase that sound output to better match the working environment.

Amplifiers Increase Sound Quality

JL Audio M700/5
An amplifier is a must if you plan to use a subwoofer, as the latter requires plenty of power to deliver that familiar “thump.” Courtesy Amazon

Amps aren’t just about volume. They’re also about sound quality, especially important to those who love their music. Wind, engine noise, even the sound of water against the hull all contribute to drowning out some of the notes and sounds the artist intended.


Amplifiers Allow For The Addition Of More Speakers

Planet Audio PL4000.1D
The addition of a “zone” amplifier will allow you to listen to music at different volumes in different areas of the boat. Courtesy Amazon

The average stereo head unit will safely power four speakers. Want more, or to set up individual listening zones? Amplifiers can handle two speakers per channel, meaning a four-channel amp will allow you to power eight total speakers.


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