Some modern powerboats have a built-in stereo system. Enjoying music from such a stereo is normally limited to the people inside the boat. What if you’re the one on the wakeboard, crisscrossing the wake and having the time of your life behind the boat? Clear, quality music would make that experience even more thrilling. We’re going to cover the best wakeboard tower speakers to help you get set up for the summer.
Benefits of wakeboard tower speakers
Generally, these speakers boost the value of your boat by upgrading the overall experience of being on the water. Unlike built-in speakers that usually come with the boat, tower speakers can be positioned however the boater wishes. They can be moved from boat to boat with little inconvenience.
When most people think of being on the water, speakers are not the first thing that comes to mind. Most electronics need to be carefully looked after when around bodies of water. This is why the special design of wakeboard speakers is advantageous.
Wakeboard Speaker Design
Wakeboard tower speakers are meant to be both water-friendly and durable. Unlike regular speakers, they are normally totally exposed to the elements and can endure serious movement. Wind whipping past the speakers, quick turns a boat can take, and water splashed onto them won’t have any effect on these speakers or their sound quality.
It’s important that the material used in the casing of the speaker is pure aluminum. This metal is incredibly resistant to corrosion and rusting, even by saltwater. It’s also a very durable material, protecting the inside components from any outside force.
An anodized or powder coating on the aluminum is another feature to look for. It further prevents rusting by acting as an antioxidant. This will extend the life of the speakers.
The inside of a wakeboard tower speaker contains three components that should be designed with certain materials:
- the woofer plays a big part in sound quality and how responsive the speaker is. If it is made of a lightweight and stiff material, responsiveness will be boosted.
- the woofer surround protects the woofer’s cone and suspends it. It also acts as a way of keeping the woofer in place as it flexes to provide bass frequencies. Repeated humidity can cause cracking and break-down of the surround. However, if made of high-performance rubber, it’s life will certainly be extended.
- Finally, crossovers help to prevent distortion in the sound quality. In this system, three different frequency ranges are delivered with three separate wires. This lessens the risk of signal interference, providing better sound delivery.
What to look for in wakeboard tower speakers
For Wakeboard Tower Speakers, there is more flexibility to choose the size you want compared with car audio systems. That’s because these marine speakers are attached to the boat’s tower, instead of being installed into a set-sized panel. So, two factors for size should be considered.
The first is how they will look on your boat. You probably won’t want large speakers for a smallish boat. They may be in the way of your head when moving around the boat or maybe just look out of proportion.
The second factor is performance. Larger speakers produce more sound and have stronger bass than smaller ones. So depending on your desired use for the speakers, the specs can be used to determine which ones will be optimal for your set up.
It’s very important that your speakers are marine-rated. This rating means that the materials used to construct them are good enough for use in marine environments. Specifically, the effects of UV rays and saltwater will hardly have an impact on the longevity of the speakers. Each speaker that has this touted for marine use is rigorously tested to win this certification.
Every wakeboard tower speaker system has adjustable mounting hardware. This allows you to secure the speakers to a wide range of tower bars. However, you should pay special attention to the specs regarding the possible ranges in bar size, because each speaker set has its own range. Take measurements of your tower bars before making a purchase. This should guarantee a tight fit when installing the speakers. An added bonus that some mounting hardware includes is the ability to swivel. This will let you direct the sound in any direction you like.
You can expect to find a range of prices when looking at the products we have reviewed. On the one hand, the high-end speakers on our list deliver truly outstanding sound and are worth the investment. But the more affordable options offer a great improvement to your boat’s sound system, as well. We have picked what we think deliver the best results based on their price.
Power handling means the amount of power a speaker can use to operate safely. It can be measured in two ways: RMS power and Peak Power.
RMS (root mean squared) power is the amount of continuous power a speaker can handle, while Peak power is the maximum amount it can handle in a short burst without being damaged. You would hate to blow out a speaker if there were a sudden spike in volume.
RMS is a better indicator of how loud and bass-heavy a speaker can be when used normally. In this way, it’s more of a factor for power when making comparisons between speakers to buy. Power is measured in Watts (W).
Frequency is the measurement of how high and low a system can deliver sound. The smaller the frequency’s low limit, the deeper the bass. Frequency is measured in Hertz (Hz) and sometimes kilohertz (kHz). A typical wakeboard tower speaker with a good range is around 70hz-20kHz.
While you can’t hear the speakers directly from our review, this is something we can show you. It’s important to choose a system that you think will look good on your vessel. Fortunately, there are a variety of styles out there to choose from: some are sportier and flashier, some more discreet and low-key.
A few units have special features, such as multi-colored lights to put on a show as your music bumps. While most speakers are black or white, others are more colorful, so this can be a factor in your choice for the best-looking set for your boat.
Top 8 Best Wakeboard Tower Speakers
1) Rockville 250 Watt Marine Wakeboard Tower Speakers
This set of two Rockville speakers combines for a total of 500 watts, providing ample power in a small package. Fully marinized for both salt and freshwater use. Terminals sealed with rubber gaskets make these highly effective against water and climate. Mounting brackets are made of reinforced steel and have nylon padding on the inside of the clamp mean they’ll stay in place under any condition.
- Strong, durable design
- High volume for the size
- Very strong mounting
- Optional swivel design
- Two-way crossover network
- Tend to start distorting at high volume levels
- Difficult to mount if the tower is up against another surface
2) Noam N4 4" 2-Way Wakeboard Mountable Speakers
These marine-grade speakers are perfect for anyone looking for an out-of-the-way, discrete set of marine speakers. Due to their small size, they are well-suited for smaller-size boats. They have large mounting gear and can be clamped around any tower bar between 1.25″ and 2.1″. They provide RMS power at a rate of 100 watts and peak power of 200 watts.
- Long wire for easy installation
- Easily mountable on a thick tower bar
- Optional Bluetooth controller
- Lower wattage than other models
- No swivel option
3) SDX Pro Audio Fully Wireless Bluetooth Marine Speaker System
Designed with complete user-friendliness in mind, SDX’s wireless marine speakers make setting up as easy as it gets. They are able to be used for up to 6 hours on one charge and can be installed without tools in minutes. A quick charge and a Bluetooth connection to your mobile device is all it takes to get these pumping out sound at a maximum pf 350 watts.
- Super easy setup
- No hassle Bluetooth connection
- Easy to remove and use on other vehicles
- Good sound quality
- Not the most durable clamp housing
- Have to be recharged
4) Polk Audio DB692 6X9 Marine Boat Wakeboard Tower Speakers
Polk is well-known for their signature high-quality sound systems and this set of fully marinized speakers is no exception. Waterproof inside and out, they are incredibly durable and will last years and years even under intense climatic conditions. They deliver 450 watts of power, making them perfect for boat parties and wakeboarding alike.
- Aircraft-grade aluminum
- Large capacity for sound delivery
- Totally waterproof
- Sleek, black powder finish
- Very high-quality sound
- Somewhat wider than most models
5) Boss Audio MRWT69
If you are looking for serious power, Boss MRWT69 is the speaker for you. Boasting 550 watts per speaker, just one of these could blow you out of the water. Ideal for wakeboarders shredding behind a boat, this speaker is sold individually or in pairs.
- Great quality sound
- Power-packing capacity for sound delivery
- Only one speaker needed
- Strong clamp
- Some reported issues with sound quality not lasting as long as expected by customers
6) MCM Custom Audio Marine Wakeboard Tower Speakers
This pair of tower speakers offer an elegant design, highly compatible with a range of boat styles. Unlike most other models, the speaker is covered in the front with a fine mesh screen. This beauty comes with a superior quality 1″ titanium dome tweeter for high pitches. It can deliver RMS power at 100 watts and peak power at 200 watts.
- Discrete, attractive casing design
- Durable, plastic housing.
- Flexible mounts, vertically or horizontally
- Most affordable option
- Among the least powerful options
- Not meant for listening at a distance
7) Rockford Fosgate Wakeboard Tower Speaker
Another beautifully designed product from a reputable audio system company. These sleek, modern marine speakers strike a superb link between aesthetic and sound delivery. They are enclosed in a highly durable polyethylene casing that is easily adjustable and capable of being rotated 360 degrees. Together they are capable of delivering 300 watts
- Durable, waterproof casing
- Among the highest-rated in sound quality
- Easy to adjust
- On the low end for power delivery
- Less effective for wakeboarding
8) Kicker Marine KMTES 6.5" Marine Speakers
Designed with aquatic relaxation in mind, Kicker’s KMTES speakers offer a compact size and clear sound delivery. They offer spectacular mid-range and high frequencies. The hardware is high-quality stainless steel, ensuring long-lasting durability. Easily mountable on all kinds of recreational vehicles in addition to boats.
- Strong, durable materials
- Excellent Sound output
- Nine swivel settings to aim speakers
- Lower capacity for sound delivery than other options
- Less bass output
Quick Guide: Installation
Several things need to be considered when wiring a set of wakeboard tower speakers. Firstly, the environment in which your speakers will be installed will be surrounded by water. It is likely to be noisy if other people are around you and the boat’s motor is running. Also, as the boat moves, the noise will be dispersed quickly. All of this means you need lots of power to make those speakers loud enough to cut through all the noise. The more power you can deliver to your marine sound system, the higher the volume you can achieve.
Some towers will come with wires already installed for an easy setup. If your tower is already wired, all you need to do is connect each end from the mounted speakers and appropriate component (head unit/amplifier).
For unwired towers, your tower will likely have channels to string wire through. If the tower already has safety-light wires, it’s possible to tie your speaker wire to one end of the safety-light wire and then pull the safety-light wire through the channel. This will lead your speaker wire through the tower.
Take your time when leading wires and if you encounter resistance, apply some lubricant into the channel for easier wire movement. Just follow the channels. You can use extra speaker wire to re-run the safety-light wire if you used the above-mentioned method for the speaker wire. Make sure all the wires are securely installed before going ahead and connecting them to the other system components.
Frequently Asked Question
How many speakers do I need?
Most speakers come in sets of 2, but you don’t have to limit your boat to this. This depends on your desire for sound. Having more of the same kind of speaker won’t make the system louder, but it can let you hear music more clearly. That’s because more speakers move more air. This is especially true if you position speakers at differing angles. Speakers that have a swiveling ability on their mounting hardware are especially useful for this purpose.
Be sure that if you have more speakers, you will also need more power to get the optimum volume from them.
How long will wakeboard tower speakers last?
All of the speakers tested in our reviews are guaranteed to last for many years. Longevity largely depends on the quality of the materials used. The exposure to the elements and the frequency of use also affect this to a lesser extent. As mentioned above, it is highly recommended to take special note of the components the speakers are made from in order to ensure a long life.
What is the difference between waterproof, water-resistant, and weather-resistant?
Waterproof items are specially sealed to ensure that no water gets inside the system, even if they are submerged. Even though you aren’t planning on putting your speakers underwater, it’s best is your wakeboard tower speakers are waterproof. This will ensure durability in any marine situation. Waterproof speakers are naturally weather-proof as well.
Water-resistant is used for speakers than can stand splashes of water and do fine in the rain. The electronics inside are well insulated enough for drops of water to leak into the interior and cause problems. Usually, rubber gaskets are used to keep water out of unwanted areas within the speaker.
Weather-resistant describes a speaker than is made to withstand stress from the elements, including high and low climatic temperatures, humidity, and precipitation like rain and ice.
Are wakeboard tower speakers “normal” marine speakers?
Not really. Most middle- to high-end boats these days have speaker systems built into their panels, a lot like a car’s sound system. Wakeboard tower speakers are often added aftermarket and are more versatile than the regular built-in speakers that may come with your boat. Boaters have more options in deciding where to position their speakers compared to fixed panel speakers.
Can I use tower speakers on other recreational vehicles?
Yes, it’s totally possible to install this type of speaker on other vehicles that can accommodate them. ATVs, RZRs (side-by-sides), UTVs and even golf carts have been easily upgraded with the same speaker systems we reviewed here. Because these vehicles are often smaller than power boats, it’s important to think about how positioning and how close the users will be to the speakers. Often they are placed facing forward, rather than backward. This means they could be directly behind the rider’s heads.
Sidney U. Harman has over 10 years of experience working in the AVL industry. He originally cut his teeth as a stagehand in the OKC area before moving to Denton for university. After learning to run the boards, he developed a solid passion for sound. His obsession with car audio developed 5 years ago as a natural progression from commercial AVL.