Project ‘Sonic’ – Let there be Sound!

This post has been a long time in draft mode – we have wanted to get a sound system for the vessel (other than SSB) for some time, but haven’t had the funds or knowledge to make it happen.

Here we are – now ready to wire up the main salon and cockpit next weekend – so stoked:

This is what we decided on:

  • Marine Receiver – Clarion CMS1 Source Commander with USB Port
  • Main Salon Speakers – Polk Audio Atrium 4 Speakers (4x, Black)
  • Cockpit Speakers – JL Audio MX650 Cockpit Speakers (2x, White)
  • Cockpit Speaker External Amp – MB Quart Marine NAU260 120 Watt A/B Class 2-Channel Amplifier
  • Add on – Sirius SCC1 Connect Universal Tuner
  • Add on – Shakespeare SRA-25 Ultra Low Profile Sirius Marine Antenna
  • Need to get >; not out yet! – iPhone 5 version of the CCUIPOD 2 interface

Here is the Nav StationBefore:

Here is the Nav Station – After:
Nav Station Updated - no more HAM Radio!

*Notice how the main unit is separate from the control unit – clean install achieved!
This is the main unit that actually powers the stereo and amp 😉

MB Quart Amp Installation:
Cerulean MB Quart Amp

The Clarion CPU/WeatherFax unit, and Sirius module install job:
Cerulean Clarion Sirius - Weather Fax Install

Enough about the hardware, let’s look at the speaker installations >> here are the 3 (2x in Each) main speaker locations below:

Center Cockpit (port side locker wall) – JL Audio:

These are awesome cockpit speakers, and we now have a separate volume control for these in the companionway too – super slick and clean.

Salon Port and Starboard installations within the cabinetry – Polk:


(very discreet indeed, go Maritime Communications for such a sweet install)

Aft Cabin Starboard – Polk:

Aft Cabin Port side installation – another clean “in cabinet” install, so we can close it off and there is no unsightly speaker to see.

Super happy that we can now listen to BBC, CNBC, Jazz, NPR and all our other SIRIUS favorites whenever in the slip, at anchor or on a mooring – w00t! Super THANKS is owed to Erika (she bought a majority of items on that list as a ‘early’ Christmas gift – best part? We can both enjoy the gift every time on the boat!!).

Cheers 😉

P.s.: I have no idea what to do with the SSB yet – but it’s a old ‘ie – will get the model number next time were onboard…it’s now 25 lbs of eBay stuff!

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