From punishing sunlight to driving rain to extreme temperatures, a marine audio system has to endure a lot of abuse. And that’s just when the boat is tied up at the marina. If you want great sound on your boat, you need marine-rated gear that's designed and tested to stand up to the elements.
Unlike car audio components — which live in the watertight interior of your vehicle — marine equipment has to be able to endure an open climate. The water, salt, and sun that make boating so much fun for you can wreak havoc on your boat's electrical components. If your gear isn't made for this sort of abuse, it won't last a season.
Marine gear undergoes hundreds—even thousands—of hours of extensive pre-production testing. Ultraviolet test chambers simulate years of sun exposure, while special “salt fog” chambers simulate years of exposure to harsh salt water environments. Blasts of water test every seal to ensure that every button, switch and port is moisture-proof. And special conformal coatings provide additional protection for the internal circuitry.