The owner of Sound Line Design, the home theatre company that we share our building with, recently asked the Pinnacle Autosound team to upgrade the stereo and lighting on his 2019 Alumacraft boat. He wanted to listen to music and needed a nice, bright light for docking and navigating once it was dark. We inspected the vessel and came up with a plan that would deliver the features he wanted.
Alumacraft Marine Stereo Upgrade
The audio system we designed for the boat is simple but uses high-quality components to ensure that it will sound great. We started with a JL Audio MediaMaster MM100s-BE digital media receiver as the source. Our team cut a custom trim panel for the radio out of HDPE plastic using our CNC laser. We added openings for a few switches and the remote control for the Power Pole shallow water anchoring system. We included the Alumacraft logo in the panel for a little extra flair.
The output of the MediaMaster feeds for a four-channel JL Audio MX280/4 amplifier. This amplifier is rated to produce 50 watts of power per channel. We wired the amp in what’s known as a bridged configuration to power a single pair of speakers. Wired this way, the amp will provide as much as 140 watts to each driver.
We mounted a set of JL Audio M6-880X-S-GmTi 8.8-inch coaxial speakers on either side of the center console helm. These speakers are a two-way design with a large 1.25-inch tweeter. They not only sound great, but their large size allows them to produce impressive amounts of bass.
Marine Lighting Solution
With the stereo system buttoned-up, we turned our focus to adding the lighting our neighbor wanted. We suggested one of the Radiance-Series LED light bars from Rigid Industries. This 20-inch bar produces more than 7,100 lumens of output to ensure safe navigation as the sun sets. We mounted the light on top of the tubular aluminum frame around the windshield. To keep things neat and tidy, all the wiring is run through the frame. The left-most switch beside the radio controls the light bar.
We also added a pair of drink holder pockets to the top of the console so he could keep beverages safe and secure while on the water.
Lake City’s Best Marine Stereo Systems
With the stereo system dialed-in and the light bar aimed properly, we let our neighbor know his Alumacraft was ready to go! He loved the way the stereo sounded and was amazed by the cool trim around the radio. The light bar was exactly what he wanted. If you are interested in upgrading the stereo or lighting on your boat, drop by Pinnacle Autosound in Lake City or send our team an email using our online contact form.