Marine Speakers are like tires for your boat’s sound system. Just like tires, even the best quality speakers wear out over time. Our guide will help you understand the best speakers on the market to fit the needs of your boat and keep you rocking on the water.
Best Marine Speakers
Here are the best speakers for your boat.
Kenwood’s 6.5” set of two speakers is a top-of-the-line option for your boat’s sound. These 2-way speakers include an internal woofer and tweeter. Be mindful of the size including the 2-7/16″ mounting depth, and consider buying two sets if your boat has four speakers.
- 60Hz-20,000 Hz Frequency Response, 4 ohms impedance
- Woofer: Water Resistant PP Cone
- Tweeter: 1” Balanced Dome Tweeter
- Mounting Depth: 2-7/16”
The Kicker M8 8-inch speakers are a powerful set of speakers for your boat. They include three separate ranges integrated into each speaker, and they have controllable LED lights to give your boat a cool look with your new sound.
- 1-inch titanium tweeter
- Includes white and black grilles and LED lights
- UV treated polypropylene woofer and polymer basket stands up to harsh and wet conditions
These BOSS audio 400 Watt speakers will fit the needs of any boat. They have 20 different LED lights and a remote control for customized control. With 400 watts they have power for any application, but be mindful that you will need a separate amp for your stereo to reach the full potential of these speakers.
- 20 Multi-color illumination options
- 19 dynamic illumination patterns
- Speed and brightness controls
The Heredio Direct 4 inch speakers are ideal for new installations on smaller boats that do not have pre-drilled holes or space for traditional round car stereo speakers. Installation is easy for these speakers and they can be mounted anywhere because they include a mounting bracket.
- 2-Way 4: Marine Grade HiFi full range stereo pod speakers with 1” PEI dome Tweeter
- 100 Watts per pair of speakers
- Frequency response 80-20,000 Hz, Impedance 4 ohms
These speakers from Pyle Marine give you the option of connecting the speakers directly to your Bluetooth mobile device, without having to run speaker wire to the speakers. The speakers will still need 12-volt power, but if this is a new installation and you do not want to install a stereo deck or running speaker wire is impractical, then these speakers are a great choice.
- The built-in Bluetooth wireless streaming receiver has a wireless range of 30+ feet.
- 600 watts power with full-range stereo sound reproduction (frequency response 85hz-20,000hz)
- Includes speaker wire terminals and RCA connections so speakers can be daisy-chained in an active/passive relationship
BOSS Audio Systems Marine Speakers come in a set of two in 9 different choices of power and color. The power ranges from 150 to 350 watts per speaker, which means you will need an amplifier to reach the full power capacity for any of these speakers.
- Available in 9 different color, size, and power options (150-350 watts)
- 4 Ohms impedance, frequency response 80Hz to 20,000 Hz
- Sensitivity 89 dB
The BOSS Audio Systems MRWT40 is a powerful set of speakers for your boat’s wake tower. Two speakers are all hat you need, although to overcome the noise of wakeboarding you will need an amp. These speakers are a good choice for replacing old wake tower speakers, or if you are installing a wake tower on our boat.
- 400 watts of power per pair (200 watts each)
- Outfitted with the latest weatherproofing techniques for protection against the elements
- 3-year platinum online dealer warranty
Rockville’s wake tower speakers take sound to another level with 300 watts per speaker, and because wakeboarding is a very noisy sport, the more power the better. These speakers are available in black or white. The public address voice over is a useful feature so the boat drivers can communicate with the wakeboarder.
- Adjustable nylon mounting bracket is reinforced with embedded steel
- Fully marinized against salt & freshwater conditions, with sealed terminals and rubber gaskets
- Specially tuned for PA (public address) voice over
This set from Pyle Marine includes four speakers and a stereo. This set is a good buy if you are wiring a large boat that previously did not have a stereo, or if you are completely replacing your boat’s sound system.
- Includes stereo deck, remote control, and four speakers
- Bluetooth compatibility connects wirelessly to smartphones or tablets and can stream Pandora or any music from mobile devices
- Includes 4 speakers with 120 wats max power
This set from Kenwood includes everything you will need: 4 speakers and a stereo with top of the line features such as “app mode” which gives you remote control of your stereo from your smart device synched with the stereo via Bluetooth.
- Package includes 1 Kenwood KMR-D375BT Single DIN Bluetooth CD/AM/FM/Digital Media Stereo Receiver
- The receiver features a super bright display for easy viewing on boats and simple interphase to plug in mobile devices and play music via AppMode.
- Searonics 6.5” speakers are built for use in the harshest conditions
Buyer’s Guide – Choosing the Right Speakers for your Boat
Here’s some more useful information to help you choose the right speakers for your boat.
How do I know when it’s time to replace my boat’s speakers?
Even the best speakers tend to last no more than ten years on a boat. Boat life is tough on speakers, mostly from the effects of bouncing on the water, but saltwater and sun are also factors that degrade speakers’ sensitive internal parts.
Sounds such as clicking, pocking, static, or side tones are a sign that our speakers need replacing. If you notice these sounds, you can troubleshoot and confirm if the problem is a bad speaker by adjusting the equalizer on the stereo. If you shut off one speaker with the equalizer and the troublesome sound stops, you know that the speaker needs to be replaced.
When it is time to replace one speaker it’s time to replace them all because all speakers on the boat have the same service time and if one has gone then the rest are about to go.
How do I know which speakers are right for my boat?
Be sure to buy “marine” speakers because they are specifically designed to last longer under tough conditions such as occasional water splashes. The reviews in our buying guide address a few more factors that will help you make the right choice for your boat:
Retrofit installation means you are replacing old speakers. If you are replacing old speakers, you should pay particular attention to the size of the old speakers. It is probably best to match the same size. Increasing the diameter of the holes for the previous speakers is possible, but often it would not be possible to make the holes any deeper. Reducing the size of the holes to install smaller speakers may be practical too, but it is best to match the size.
When installing speakers and a stereo for the first time you have to be mindful of where and how you will run the wire from the stereo to the speakers. Before committing to which speakers to buy make sure that there is a place to run wire that is accessible but where the wires will not be exposed and in your way. If running wire is not practical, consider Pyle Marine 6.5 Inch Bluetooth Marine Speakers which do not require running speaker wire because they can connect via Bluetooth directly to your mobile device.
Tower speakers are specifically designed for boats with wakeboard towers. If you have installed a wakeboard tower on your boat, you might consider installing a powerful set of tower speakers for better all-around sound while wakeboarding.
Power is an all-important factor when upgrading your boat’s sound. A typical factory stereo provides 200 watts of power. With four speakers that is 50 watts per speaker, which is plenty when sitting at the dock or at anchor on a calm day, but it is nowhere near enough power to reach the full capacity of the speakers reviewed in this guide. These speakers have power capacities up to 350 watts per speaker, which is loud enough to be heard over most boat motors at WOT (wide open throttle). You will need an amplifier in addition to the stereo to reach that capacity.
Our product guide will help you chose the best speakers for your boat. Each helpful review explains the specifications and benefits of each set of speakers. Choose wisely and enjoy the sound you expect while cruising on the water.