New Stereo

Discussion in 'Electronics Q&A' started by Hunter, Jan 12, 2019 at 4:07 PM.

  1. Hunter

    Hunter New Member

    14
    Oct 21, 2017
    2004 Sea Ray 240 Sundancer
    Mercruiser with Bravo III Outdrive
    Hello,

    I’ve been trying to find a new stereo for my 2004 240 Sundancer. It currently has a Clarion XMD3 head unit with a m301rc (oval) remote. I was hoping to find something a bit higher quality and have Bluetooth. The problem I’m having is finding something that will either be compatible with the current remote, or fit in place of that remote. Has anyone else tried this before? Is it possible?

    Another thing I want to do is find a place for the antenna. Currently it’s just bundled up behind the radio, what is the best thing to do with it to get a better signal?

    Thanks,
    Hunter Moore
     
  2. Wylie_Tunes

    Wylie_Tunes Active Member

    630
    Oct 26, 2012
    Lake Wylie NC area
    N/A
    N/A
    If the remote is not set into a molded panel, then the current round Clarion remote should just about cover the oval remote's footprint. The rectangle Fusion remote should also.

    Depending on your needs, there are some compact heads that could cover the existing remote's footprint. Kicker, Clarion and Wet Sounds offer them. Tuner, BT, USB.

    Are you wanting a traditional mast like on a car?
     
  3. Hunter

    Hunter New Member

    14
    Oct 21, 2017
    2004 Sea Ray 240 Sundancer
    Mercruiser with Bravo III Outdrive
    Unfortunately, the remote is molded into the dash, but the piece it’s molded into is small and easy to remove with just three screws. Maybe I could replace the entire trim piece?

    I’m not really sure what I want for the antenna. Whatever it takes to make it work...
     

    Attached Files:

  4. KevinC

    KevinC Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    2004 340 Sundancer
    1988 Proline Center Console - 90hp Mariner/Mercury
    1969 Boston Whaler
    Twin 8.1 V-drives
    You can probably just add a Bluetooth receiver to the aux-in for the time being and give you time to plan a major upgrade. While there are many things that are better than the Clarion you can at least stream your music. Then maybe move to upgrading the speakers.

    -Kevin
     
  5. Hunter

    Hunter New Member

    14
    Oct 21, 2017
    2004 Sea Ray 240 Sundancer
    Mercruiser with Bravo III Outdrive
    Yes-I’ve done that already, it just gets annoying to have to turn it on down in the cabin everytime that the boat starts again. But for the time being, that’s what it will have to be.
     
  6. Wylie_Tunes

    Wylie_Tunes Active Member

    630
    Oct 26, 2012
    Lake Wylie NC area
    N/A
    N/A
    Turn what on when you start the boat?
     
  7. KevinC

    KevinC Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    2004 340 Sundancer
    1988 Proline Center Console - 90hp Mariner/Mercury
    1969 Boston Whaler
    Twin 8.1 V-drives
    Doesn't the stereo remote have a power button along with one on the "peanut" controller? If you are turning it off at the breaker panel then I understand - but that will affect any head unit you would wire up to it.

    -Kevin
     
  8. Hunter

    Hunter New Member

    14
    Oct 21, 2017
    2004 Sea Ray 240 Sundancer
    Mercruiser with Bravo III Outdrive
    I can turn on the stereo at the remote, but the Bluetooth receiver that plugs into the aux is battery powered, so it neeeds to be turned on every time and it has to be charged after 12ish hours of use. I tried to find a way to plug it into the charger continuously so it doesn’t have to be turned off, but there aren’t any viable outlets nearby.
     
  9. KevinC

    KevinC Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    2004 340 Sundancer
    1988 Proline Center Console - 90hp Mariner/Mercury
    1969 Boston Whaler
    Twin 8.1 V-drives
    The fusion BT-100 is a pretty inexpensive basic Bluetooth option that you would hard wire to 12v. So long as there is power you will not have to worry about it. I have it wired to the 12v radio breaker so no worries about batteries other than the main house batteries.

    -Kevin
     
  10. Hunter

    Hunter New Member

    14
    Oct 21, 2017
    2004 Sea Ray 240 Sundancer
    Mercruiser with Bravo III Outdrive
    That’s a great idea. Thanks for the suggestion. I’ll definitely be setting that up soon.
     
  11. KevinC

    KevinC Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    2004 340 Sundancer
    1988 Proline Center Console - 90hp Mariner/Mercury
    1969 Boston Whaler
    Twin 8.1 V-drives
    On my 340SDA I can stream from anywhere on the boat and even from the dock to maybe one boat on each side. Of course the further you get the more it breaks up. When I do upgrade it will be for better multi-zone/multi-input support.

    -Kevin
     
    Cocktail Time likes this.

Share This Page

Show Sidebar