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Best Marine Stereo – Create Your Own Waves On The Water

  • Updated: November 5, 2019
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From Bach, to Jay Z, having some tunes while on the river or at sea is always a good idea.

Not all stereos are up to the task of handling the elements! Choosing the best marine stereo will ensure your tunes keep playing for longer.

There is a good reason why ordinary consumer stereos don’t work well on the water. The connections, builds and interfaces are not designed to cope with spray and the harsh conditions found on the waves.

All of the stereos in our selection are designed to marine grade specifications, and are IPX certified. 

Read next: Check out our review of the best marine speakers, and fuel stabilizer for boats.

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Best Marine Stereo - (Comparison Table)

Best Overall
Fusion Entertainment MS-RA70 Marine Entertainment System with Bluetooth
Aquatic AV AQ-MP-5BT Bluetooth Waterproof Marine Stereo
Kenwood KMR-D368BT Marine in-Dash Radio Bluetooth Receiver Bundle Combo with 2 Pairs of Magnadyne AquaVibe WR45W 5" Marine Hot Tub Outdoor Waterproof Speaker, Waterproof Receiver Shield Cover
JVC KD-X33MBS Single DIN Marine Grade Bluetooth In-Dash Mechless Car Stereo
Best Budget
BOSS Audio Systems MGR350B Marine Gauge Receiver - Bluetooth, Digital Media MP3 Player, no CD Player, USB Port, AM FM Radio, Weatherproof
Brand & Model
Fusion RA70N Marine"
Aquatic AV AQ-MP-5BT Bluetooth Waterproof Marine Stereo
Kenwood KMR-D368BT Marine Stereo
JVC KD-X33MBS Marine Stereo
BOSS Audio MGR350B
Sound Sources
Digital AM/ FM Radio with rear RCA (Aux)
Digital AM/ FM Radio with Aux input
Digital AM/ FM Radio with front Aux input
Digital AM/ FM Radio with RCA (Aux)
Digital AM/ FM Radio with front Aux input
USB Input
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Bluetooth
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
UV Protection
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Max output
50 watts
20 Watts
50 watts
50 Watts
20 watts
Remote Control
Optional
No
No
No
No
Best Overall
Fusion Entertainment MS-RA70 Marine Entertainment System with Bluetooth
Brand & Model
Fusion RA70N Marine"
Sound Sources
Digital AM/ FM Radio with rear RCA (Aux)
USB Input
Yes
Bluetooth
Yes
UV Protection
Yes
Max output
50 watts
Remote Control
Optional
Aquatic AV AQ-MP-5BT Bluetooth Waterproof Marine Stereo
Brand & Model
Aquatic AV AQ-MP-5BT Bluetooth Waterproof Marine Stereo
Sound Sources
Digital AM/ FM Radio with Aux input
USB Input
Yes
Bluetooth
Yes
UV Protection
Yes
Max output
20 Watts
Remote Control
No
Kenwood KMR-D368BT Marine in-Dash Radio Bluetooth Receiver Bundle Combo with 2 Pairs of Magnadyne AquaVibe WR45W 5" Marine Hot Tub Outdoor Waterproof Speaker, Waterproof Receiver Shield Cover
Brand & Model
Kenwood KMR-D368BT Marine Stereo
Sound Sources
Digital AM/ FM Radio with front Aux input
USB Input
Yes
Bluetooth
Yes
UV Protection
Yes
Max output
50 watts
Remote Control
No
JVC KD-X33MBS Single DIN Marine Grade Bluetooth In-Dash Mechless Car Stereo
Brand & Model
JVC KD-X33MBS Marine Stereo
Sound Sources
Digital AM/ FM Radio with RCA (Aux)
USB Input
Yes
Bluetooth
Yes
UV Protection
Yes
Max output
50 Watts
Remote Control
No
Best Budget
BOSS Audio Systems MGR350B Marine Gauge Receiver - Bluetooth, Digital Media MP3 Player, no CD Player, USB Port, AM FM Radio, Weatherproof
Brand & Model
BOSS Audio MGR350B
Sound Sources
Digital AM/ FM Radio with front Aux input
USB Input
Yes
Bluetooth
Yes
UV Protection
Yes
Max output
20 watts
Remote Control
No

Top Marine Stereos

Best Marine Stereo Overall 

Fusion RA70N Marine

This is a top quality stereo system that has received wide acclaim by its users.

Fusion has been in the business of designing and producing top quality marine entertainment systems for more than 7 years and is the standard brad used by many boat builders.

The RA70N's tough design, makes it perfect to handle the elements, while It's Bluetooth feature makes it easy to connect devices and speakers.

This stereo allows you to connect an iPhone, Android or other devices via the inbuilt interfaces or built in USB port.

Despite the being a marine stereo it comes with and is compatible with other ”traditional” stereo brackets that may already be fitted in your vessel.

  • Sound Sources: Digital AM/ FM Radio with rear RCA (Aux) 
  • USB Input: Yes
  • Bluetooth:  Yes
  • UV Protection:  Yes
  • Max output:  50 Watts
  • Remote Control:  Optional

What we like

  • It is very simple to use
  • Does not take up a large surface area
  • It is Bluetooth enabled
  • Has connections for numerous devices
  • Can be controlled remotely via smartphone/tablet application

What we don't like

  • Inability to control the power on / off via smartphone app
  • Some users have reported that when replacing their old stereo unit, the RA70N mounting holes don’t line up and new holes have to be drilled.

Best All Round Marine Stereo

Aquatic AV AQ-MP-5BT

This stylish unit has the ability to play your favourite songs directly from your phone, or other compatible device, whilst simultaneously charging it.

No fear of your device getting wet either. The face plate of the unit detaches to reveal a compartment where your device can sit safely, befitting from the units IPX certified weather protection.

With inbuilt Bluetooth functionality, the stereo can play tunes from any Bluetooth enabled devices.

  • Sound Sources: Digital AM/ FM Radio with rear RCA (Aux) 
  • USB Input: Yes
  • Bluetooth:  Yes
  • UV Protection:  Yes
  • Max output:  50 Watts
  • Remote Control:  No

What we like

  • Water protected shelf for keeping deices dry while they charge and play tunes
  • IPX certified protection

What we don't like

  • You need to remove the face of the unit every time you want to check or use your phone or device inside the concealed shelf.

Best Complete Package 

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This is a great package Kenwood has put together, with all that’s required to get it installed and playing.

The stereo and speakers are powerful enough to overcome the harshest background noise.

Not only compatible with almost all phones, and devices capable of Bluetooth streaming, but can connect with Pandora internet radio.

Many users have commented on how easy the LCD screen is to read in bright or direct sunlight

  • Sound Sources: Digital AM/ FM Radio with front Aux input
  • USB Input: Yes
  • Bluetooth:  Yes
  • UV Protection:  Yes
  • Max output:  50 Watts
  • Remote Control:  Optional

What we like

  • This unit comes with all parts for setup
  • 4 Lanzar speakers
  • Compatible with Pandora radio.
  • Built in CD Player 
  • The Kenwood comes with Lanzar 400 Watts 6.5'' Marine Silver Speakers!

What we don't like

  • The Screen is hard to see in direct or bright sunlight
  • The strength of Bluetooth connections is weak. More than 8 feet from the unit and connections begin to drop

Best Value Marine Stereo

JVC KD-X33MBS

This stereo is built with smart devices in mind. It allows iPhone and Android connections and enables hands-free track changing.

Keeping your smart device charged is made simple by means of the front connector. Connecting other devices is possible as a result of the inbuilt Bluetooth functionality

This stereo has been built to withstand the harsh elements, including sand and saltwater. The anti corrosion coating and has IPX certified protection, prevents rust and corrosion.

  • Sound Sources: Digital AM/ FM Radio with front Aux input
  • USB Input: Yes
  • Bluetooth:  Yes
  • UV Protection:  Yes
  • Max output:  50 Watts
  • Remote Control:  No


What we like

  • Smartphone integration features
  • IPX anti corrosion components

What we don't like

  • Mountings are a little flimsy

  • Screws are a bit short, so in prolonged rough conditions they can work loose

Best Budget Marine Stereo

BOSS Audio MGR350B

Small in size and power but produces enough sound to be heard over running engines.  Boss has an excellent reputation when it comes to producing consumer electronics and the MGR350B does not disappoint.

The receiver has been certified to an IPX grade 6, meaning it can stand up to harsh marine conditions.

This unit facilitates Bluetooth audio streaming from almost all devices that areBluetooth enabled.

  • Sound Sources: Digital AM/ FM Radio with front Aux input 
  • USB Input: Yes
  • Bluetooth:  Yes
  • UV Protection:  Yes
  • Max output:  20 Watts
  • Remote Control:  No

What we like

  • DS tuners with switchable AM / FM frequency
  • Built in equaliser and USB
  • Bluetooth with Android controls

What we don't like

  • Does not have an amplifier
  • This unit can only be mounted in a dashboard or chaise

Buyer's Guide for Marine Stereo's

Don’t be fooled into thinking that marine stereo is just an ordinary stereo system with an aquatic prefix.

There is a reason why ordinary stereos don’t last very long when used while boating. Water, and especially seawater, cause corrosion, and damage to electronics not designed to handle the harsher elements.

Water resistance

If you are thinking of installing your stereo inside rather than on deck,, and consider waterproofing as a secondary consideration, think again. Take it from someone who knows!  In a boat, no matter how watertight, the dam liquid finds the way in.

Condensation is one of the main culprits for water damage, especially in tightly enclosed spaces. Having a water resistant stereo and speakers while aboard is imperative.

If you are mounting your stereo on deck, then make doubly sure the water resistance level of your unit is high. Don’t be fooled by those who claim their products are waterproof, water will find a way in, count on it.

On that subject, don’t forget about the speakers too. These are also sensitive to damp and water. Ensure to choose speakers that are waterproof.

Protection from the sun

Let’s face it, when you think of listening to your favourite tunes while on the water, it’s always when the sun is out. Singing in the rain is a great tune but not when its a literal statement.

Ensure your stereo is graded to be UV protected. If it has an LCD screen this should be easy to read in bright light

Power

No, I don’t mean the electric kind, I am talking about the power of sound your stereo can produce.

Unless you are thinking of using your stereo a canoe with no wind, it will need to be able to overcome the sound of the wind in the rigging or sound of your engine.

Ease of installation and Accessories

When choosing your stereo, bare in mind that it needs to be put into your boat. Make sure you know where you want to put it, and if extra work will be needed to supply power etc.

Something else to consider is additional accessories that are compatible with your stereo, like MP3 Players, blue tooth speakers and remote controls.

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