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Sound Bar in Truck

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by CedarPark, Jul 20, 2019.

  1. Jul 20, 2019 at 9:24 PM
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    Ok, so just wanted to throw out the idea and see what people thought. I run tube doors pretty much exclusively now and was thinking a soundbar would be a good option. Something cheap, like this:

    https://www.amazon.com/Channel-Blue...oor+sound+bar&qid=1563682840&s=gateway&sr=8-3

    I'd build some sort of custom mount for it along the upper section of the rear view window most likely. I figured from there it would be as easy as a power inverter to plug up into. However, how could would it be if it could run off the radio, maybe be paired with some subs down the road. I mean, shit, boats do it all the time. I've thought about marine speakers but a soundbar would look a lot more slick and take up less room
     
  2. Jul 21, 2019 at 10:09 AM
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    I have been impressed by the sound that wetsounds sound bars make... but they are not cheap.
     
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  3. Jul 21, 2019 at 10:51 AM
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    The bad thing about in-home sound bars is that they’ll need an inverter to be powered. And they will definitely draw more power than the 120w a cig lighter can provide. This means you need a higher wattage inverter and it needs to have heavier gauge wire run straight to the battery. This is adding a lot of extra cost. Also, it will have no easy way to tie into the factory radio.

    I would either look into passive sound bars that need an amp to power them, or look at speaker pods made for motorcycles or boats. This way you can easily tie them into the radio, and add on subs or more speakers as you see fit.
     
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  4. Jul 21, 2019 at 10:52 AM
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    Tons of good quality sound bars that are designed for the elements. I’d look at the utv/sxs world. Those guys are usually running an all in one unit that runs via Bluetooth
     
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  5. Jul 21, 2019 at 1:12 PM
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    I’d hook up a power inverter with a wall plug I think
     
  6. Jul 21, 2019 at 3:50 PM
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    Right. To have enough wattage to power a sound bar and subwoofer, it would have to be a good-sized power inverter. The cig lighter is only good for 120w but you’d be looking at a 400+ watt inverter. This will mean power wire run to the battery.
     
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  7. Jul 21, 2019 at 5:33 PM
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    Not that I condone doing a soundbar install in a vehicle but... 1 AMP, DC as well. Ditch the plug I say. I can't tell if it takes 12VDC though, it sort of looks like 22 but ZOOM only gets you so far and I didn't figure the specs for the power adaptor were in the product description.

    1AMP.jpg

    IMO just road noise would drown this joker out. Also it comes with no external subwoofer. Best use for this would be toss it in the bed and use it at bonfires or whatever.
     
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  8. Jul 21, 2019 at 5:49 PM
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    Yeah if that’s the power supply it comes with, it sure isn’t worth a hundred bucks lol.
    I’ve done the WetSounds passive bar in a Jeep, but it sure wasn’t a hundred bucks, and sure needed more power. I want to say we did a 150.2 marine amp. 75w rms x 2
    It sounded good (though it should have for what the guy spent on it)
    I definitely wouldn’t do a home theater sound bar though.
     
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  9. Jul 21, 2019 at 6:03 PM
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    My Taco hasn’t gone over 45 in probably a year, it’s just for wheeling and around town, which is why I figured a soundbar would be a decent option
     
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    I’d get a wetsounds bar but I’d rather spend $600 towards my tons, sub $200 or so wouldn’t be bad
     
  11. Jul 22, 2019 at 11:12 AM
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    You could simply buy a bluetooth speaker and plug it in. Screen Shot 2019-07-22 at 2.10.56 PM.jpg
     
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    Yeah but that would be boring :D
     
  13. Jul 22, 2019 at 11:34 AM
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    Those JBL speakers put out a ton of sound! We use the charge 3 on my in-laws boat and it can keep the party going at 40mph on the water
     
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  14. Jul 22, 2019 at 11:35 AM
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    Damn that's pretty sweet, i'll have to consider it then
     
  15. Jul 22, 2019 at 11:39 AM
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    Plus, you can take it out and use it once you get where you’re going. We use it camping, at the beach, pool, lake, wherever we want music.

    Going back to the original post for a second, there would still be no easy way to tie this in with the truck radio or add a subwoofer. Something to keep in mind
     
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