New speakers, now what head unit?

cmelt2003cmelt2003 Holland, MIPosts: 68Member ✭✭
I pulled the trigger on some new Kenwood speakers as mine are rotting out: Kenwood KFC-1653MRW 6.5" 2-Way Marine Speakers Pair (White) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00U7RW0B8/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_j7v-Cb7Y0ZZ2J

I also want to replace the head unit on my 99 270,  but after all my research I am more confused than ever. I have a single DIN head unit now and want to stay with that size. The wife and I aren’t looking to blow the covers off surrounding boats. I am looking for something reliable, has good sound (I’m not using an amp or sub) and has Bluetooth. What do you suggest? 

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  • Black_DiamondBlack_Diamond Holland, MichiganPosts: 4,555Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    I keep pondering this one. 


    2003 342FV "Black Diamond", 350 MAG MPI, 20P 4x4 Props, PC BYC, Holland, MI
  • andydandyd Dana Point, California, USAPosts: 609Member ✭✭✭
    I'm happy with my JVC KD-X350BTS. $70 on Amazon. Helm remote is RM-RK62M and costs $50 on Amazon. Plenty loud for this old codger.
    Andy
  • cmelt2003cmelt2003 Holland, MIPosts: 68Member ✭✭
    andyd said:
    I'm happy with my JVC KD-X350BTS. $70 on Amazon. Helm remote is RM-RK62M and costs $50 on Amazon. Plenty loud for this old codger.
    Andy
    I actually have the 360 sitting in my boat list...
  • skennellyskennelly ChicagoPosts: 1,303Member ✭✭✭
    Don't get set on Bluetooth...though most new units have it.  In my 270 the Bluetooth is useless outside the cabin.  I just installed an Amazon echo dot....voice recognition for music is awesome on the boat.
    2002 - 270FV Mag 350 B3
  • cmelt2003cmelt2003 Holland, MIPosts: 68Member ✭✭
    skennelly said:
    Don't get set on Bluetooth...though most new units have it.  In my 270 the Bluetooth is useless outside the cabin.  I just installed an Amazon echo dot....voice recognition for music is awesome on the boat.
    Wait, you installed a dot? Please elaborate...
  • skennellyskennelly ChicagoPosts: 1,303Member ✭✭✭
    edited June 7
    @cmelt2003 - actually I misspoke.  I installed an echo input that acts exactly like a dot just minus the speaker.

    It runs off of 12v and I have it mounted in the cabin next to the radio.  An auxiliary cable runs from the input to the radio.  It picks up voice commands no problem anywhere on the boat.

    It's connected to the harbors wifi and when on the water I use my phone as a hotspot.
    2002 - 270FV Mag 350 B3
  • StodgeStodge Lake St. ClairPosts: 2,405Member ✭✭✭✭
    No reason you couldn't do the same thing with a dot.  I have a few USB charging outlets in the boat that are powered by 12V.  A dot could run off of one of those.

    2002 FV 342 on Lake St. Clair - Past Commodore SHC - Vessel Examiner USCGAUX

  • skennellyskennelly ChicagoPosts: 1,303Member ✭✭✭
    Yes that's true.  I just didn't need the speaker of a dot and an input is only $19.99
    2002 - 270FV Mag 350 B3
  • cmelt2003cmelt2003 Holland, MIPosts: 68Member ✭✭
    Interesting, never thought about doing it like that. 
  • StodgeStodge Lake St. ClairPosts: 2,405Member ✭✭✭✭
    skennelly said:
    Yes that's true.  I just didn't need the speaker of a dot and an input is only $19.99
    Yeah but her responses are entertaining.  :)

    2002 FV 342 on Lake St. Clair - Past Commodore SHC - Vessel Examiner USCGAUX

  • skennellyskennelly ChicagoPosts: 1,303Member ✭✭✭
    You don't lose any of the functionality of the dot with the input.  It just uses the boats speakers to give her response.
    2002 - 270FV Mag 350 B3
  • StodgeStodge Lake St. ClairPosts: 2,405Member ✭✭✭✭
    Ah, ok.  Guess you'd have to have some way to hear the responses.

    2002 FV 342 on Lake St. Clair - Past Commodore SHC - Vessel Examiner USCGAUX

  • skennellyskennelly ChicagoPosts: 1,303Member ✭✭✭
    Yes it plugs into your head unit and uses the boats speakers for output.  The sole purpose of the input is to convert a regular speaker into a smart Alexa speaker.
    2002 - 270FV Mag 350 B3
  • andydandyd Dana Point, California, USAPosts: 609Member ✭✭✭
    "Alexa, make me a tuna fish sandwich and get me a beer." ;)
    Andy
  • ruggeroleruggerole near the "D"Posts: 97Member ✭✭

    OK, you sold me. Getting an "input"

    Already have an Echo Dot at home and unlimited data on my cell plan. Going to try this.

  • skennellyskennelly ChicagoPosts: 1,303Member ✭✭✭
    @ruggerole - What I do for the ease of things is name my phone's AP and username/password the same as the marina config...that way I can just switch to my phone without having to reconfigure the echo input.
    2002 - 270FV Mag 350 B3
  • McGarnicleMcGarnicle Posts: 167Member ✭✭
    I usb my iPad to the head unit and play spotify off that and then control spotify with my phone. Bluetooth range really was disappointing.
  • ruggeroleruggerole near the "D"Posts: 97Member ✭✭

    Made the wife happy with the on-board Input.

    Works nice and easy to install/setup.

    Thanks for the advice Skennelly.

  • skennellyskennelly ChicagoPosts: 1,303Member ✭✭✭
    @ruggerole - That's awesome
    2002 - 270FV Mag 350 B3
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