What makes marine audio gear different?

From punishing sunlight to driving rain to extreme temperatures, a marine audio system has to endure a lot of abuse. And that's just when the boat is tied up at the marina. If you want great sound on your boat, you need marine-rated gear that's designed and tested to stand up to the elements.

Unlike car audio components — which live in the watertight interior of your vehicle — marine equipment has to be able to stand up to the elements. The water, salt, and sun that make boating so much fun for you can wreak havoc on your boat's electrical components. If your gear isn't made for this sort of abuse, it won't last a season.

Marine gear undergoes hundreds—even thousands—of hours of extensive pre-production testing. Ultraviolet test chambers simulate years of sun exposure, while special "salt fog" chambers simulate years of exposure to harsh salt water environments. Blasts of water test every seal to ensure that every button, switch and port is moisture-proof. And special conformal coatings provide additional protection for the internal circuitry.

There are three key things to consider when you're comparing marine audio equipment:

Water resistance — If your gear is "water resistant," that means it can handle splashes and light rain, but isn't built to handle submersion. Levels of resistance vary by manufacturer. Waterproof products, on the other hand, can be fully submerged without damage, though the specifics vary here, too.

UV resistance — Quality marine gear is designed to withstand sun damage. It's a key feature to look for on receiver faceplates, speaker cones and remote controls.

Anti-corrosion protection — Salt water can turn great gear into ballast in no time. Marine gear is designed to resist rust and corrosion, with coated circuit boards, plated connections, and rust-resistant chassis components.

Marine Audio.

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Time you enjoy wasting on the lake is not time wasted. We understand how precious your weekends on the lake with friends and family are. The last thing you want is a problem with your boat stereo, batteries, or lighting. Auto Audio owner, manager, and installation staff all grew up on lakes so we know exactly how boats get treated and the conditions they see on a daily basis. That's why we only use top quality components, materials, and professional installation techniques to make sure you can enjoy all your wasted time.

Mobile Marine Audio Service.

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Your dock or our garage we are your mobile marine audio specialists. Give us a call and save yourself the time and trouble of pulling your boat out of the water, we will come right out to your dock to troubleshoot, install, or replace whatever needs to be done. Auto Audio has been performing mobile installs since 1978 so you can trust your boat will be in good hands.

Expert Installation and Tuning.

We have perfected the art of tuning marine audio stereo systems and have it down to an exact science. With the use of some very high tech test equipment when Auto Audio installs your marine audio equipment you can rest assured you will be able to enjoy years of trouble free music. When it comes to installing your new equipment we are second to none. We solder, tape, and heat shrink all of our connections, and this includes speaker terminals and power wire so you can be sure you won't have any corroded wire or connections in years to come. All our hardware including mounting screws for speakers are stainless steel so they won't rust. All radios are securely mounted from behind so they stay put when you hit that big wave and all tower speakers are wired using Nutrix connectors. All wires are run through factory tubing or securely fastened as to not interfere with normal operations and uses of the boat.

The Right Equipment.

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We are the areas only authorized Marine Audio Specialist for Wet Sounds and Hertz. We only carry and install marine grade equipment and installation materials. Marine grade doesn't just mean someone painted it white, it has passed several tests including fog, salt water, UV light, and of course corrosion. By installing only products that have an IP rating we can be confident your equipment will not fall apart in the elements like ordinary car audio equipment will.

Batteries and Charging Systems.

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One of the big things we always recommend is adding a second battery and switching system regardless of how you listen to your music. We believe this is more of a safety precaution than anything, the last thing you need on your weekend off is to be stranded on the lake with your friends or family. We carry Yellow Top batteries, chargers, and switching systems. If there is only one thing you upgrade on your boat make sure this is it. Call the electrical experts at Auto Audio today and have us come out and install a little piece of mind.

LED Lighting.

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Want to personalize your boat, be seen at night, set it off from the crowd with some LED lights at Auto Audio. Possibilities are only limited by your imagination. Swing in today and have the talented crew at Auto Audio make your boat look as good as it sounds.