Not much compares to the pleasure of listening to some favorite tunes while being out on the water. Perhaps you want to create a party atmosphere for a few friends or just chill with a good podcast. If your boat stereo is older or you have resorted to using a separate portable model, you will find a current model marine radio installation will ramp up your on-board listening experience considerably.
You can take advantage of the latest technologies including Bluetooth connectivity which has been incorporated in the last few years. It is now simple to connect your smartphone and playback your current music library or integrate your streaming services seamlessly into your boat’s entertainment system.
If you are looking for a new marine stereo installation, then take a look at these top models that we recommend. Imagine Marine is also available to advise you on the best stereo for your particular marine vessel, and also offers installation services.
This is a small high-end in-dash stereo which is easy to install and a good option for retrofits. Don’t let its size fool you though. This is a powerful stereo unit that has top features including built-in Bluetooth connectivity which can be used with the FusionLink™ app (Apple or Android); AM/FM tuner; 4x 50W output; rear USB connection; and a 128×64 monochrome LCD display.
Properly installed this unit’s front panel is waterproof (IPx7) and perfect for the marine environment. It can be installed either in a traditional flush fit or with a flat surface finish in a glass helm.
Kenwood KMR-D772BT marine in-dash stereo receiver
This Kenwood stereo is a solid mid-range option, which offers great features and will satisfy the needs of many boaters. No matter what your media of choice is, this unit will be able to handle it. If style is important to you, you’ll be happy to know that the LEDs can be adjusted to match your dash lighting.
Unlike many stereos, this unit also includes a CD player (MP3/WMA/AAC/WAV/FLAC files), along with its AM/FM tuner, Bluetooth connectivity, and ID-3 display. Using the Android or iPhone app, wireless playback is supported. It is SiriusXM satellite radio ready, and capable of playing Pandora/iHeart Radio/iTunes Radio/Spotify via apps.
It also comes with a rear wired BT microphone, dual phone connections and has 4 x 50W output.
Whilst this unit does have conformal coating to resist corrosion, it is not recommended for installation with direct exposure to the elements, so might not suit all boats. Consider getting a protective cover to ensure the stereo lasts well.
Infinity PRV250 AM/FM Bluetooth multimedia receiver
If you can accommodate a custom sized digital receiver installation in your boat, then this Infinity model is a top choice. It is a compact marine stereo with a great intuitive to use design and an IP66 waterproof face. This unit is tough and lasts well.
It boasts a solid aluminum chassis, AM/FM Radio, supports Bluetooth streaming, MP3, auxiliary port and USB port with charging capabilities. It outputs 4 x 50W, and RMS: 4x 20W for additional speakers, plus has 2V preamp outputs so you can connect an amplifier.
Fusion MS-BB300R black box with NRX300i remote
If you don’t have the helm space available, then this premium black box stereo might be the perfect solution. Mount the box out of the way, then place the large wired LCD remote wherever is convenient and control your system from there.
You want it chilled at the helm, and a party down below: no problem. A great feature of this black box entertainment system is its Multi-Zone™ technology, which offers the ability to separately program three different areas.
It also has all the features you’d expect from a premium product: FUSION-Link™ via your boat’s NMEA 2000 control, AM/FM radio, Bluetooth audio streaming, supports Apple iOS and MTP Android/WM playback, USB and auxiliary cable ports.