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The Sony CDXM10 Marine Stereo

Hi from West Marine. One of our most popular stereo receivers is the Sony CDX M10. This is a really lovely little low-cost stereo receiver that plays cds or even cds that you have recorded at home and it has the ability to accept an input from an ipod or an iphone so that you can use your favorite music storage device and play it through this jack in the front.

There a couple of things I really like about this. One is that it has a very easily read display. This is a liquid crystal display with big digits so if you occasionally need to use your glasses to operate the electronics on your boat once you figure out a couple of simple button pushes you can operate this beautifully. So for example this is the source button and I can push this and it says auxiliary tuner and other inputs.

I can also choose which band I’m on, AM1, FM1, FM2 and so forth and then it’s very easy to store preset stations in the six buttons along the bottom. So this gives you a total of eighteen FM presets and twelve AM presets as well as having the auxilary input and cds.

Now it has two hundred watts of power. This is enough to have fifty watts per channel for four different speakers, front and back, left and right, but if you decide you need a little bit more “oomph” from your music it has preamp outputs in the back which can be connected to a subwoofer amplifier, and subwoofer if you really want to rockout. A lot of us prefer to have a lower listening levels but if you want to have a subwoofer you can add it to this.

A really nice accessory for this receiver would be a pair of the Sony SX1P161DW speakers. These are six-and-a-half inch dual kon speakers, water resistant and they are a really good accessory for it and combined there about $200 for the set. The receiver a retails for around a $130 and the speakers are about $70 a pair so if you buy them separately there not a package. $200 for the combination, $130 for one, $70 for the other.

One thing that about the Sony stereo is that isn’t waterproof, but it does have conformally coated boards inside of it, and one of the things that destroys marine stereos is when you have too much moiature in the air, and it condenses inside the stereo and it shorts out the circuit boards so this has coated circuit boards.

And then the last thing is for safety it has removable faceplate so you can take the really nice part of the radio and remove it and put it someplace safe so that not only do you protect it from the elements but then nobody wants to steal what’s left.

So it’s a really nice device from one of the best names the consumer electronics Sony, and of course its available from West Marine.

Best Marine Radios

Life on the ocean wave. What a life it is.

There’s nothing better than being out on the boat on the open ocean when the sky is blue, the waves are non existent and there’s nobody else around to disturb your peace and tranquility for miles.

I like to take my boat out most weekends, drop the anchor overboard and just relax.

I like to fish and when the weather is warm and the sea is calm I set up my fishing gear and drop a line into the ocean, sit back and wait for something, anything to take the bait.

Certainly I like the peace I get form being out at sea with just myself and my thoughts, but I also at times like to have my marine radio switched on with some nice music or a talk radio channel on to keep me entertained, if I ever need it.

What Marine Radio?

My marine radio, or marine stereo if you prefer is what I would call top notch.

It has all the bells and whistles so I always have something to listen to when I’m on my way out or on my way in from the harbor.

I’m able to stick on a CD of my favorite music from the 60′s.

I can turn on the radio and simply tune into my favorite station and catch up on the latest goings on in the world, or catch up on the latest pop music from around the world.

It has USB connectivity so I can easily hook up my iPod and listen to the endless amount of songs I have stored on it.

What I thought About Before Buying My Marine Radio

There were several points that I considered before jumping straight into the deep end and buying my own marine radio.

I thought about points such as:

  • What I wanted to listen to. Sometimes just having radio stations to listen to isn’t enough. I have a varied taste in music on different devices such as my iPod. I have CDs with mp3 files on that I wanted to be able to listen to. The more the merrier as far as I’m concerned.
  • What features do I want, or need? I’m lucky in that I had an unrestricted budget. I basically bought a marine radio that gave me everything I could need. You might not want to. So if you have limited funds think hard about what you actually NEED your marine radio to do. Many of the features my radio has, I don’t use. Some say this is a waste of money paying for things you don’t need, and just possibly they are right.
  • What protection does it have? My marine radio is well protected from what nature has to throw at it. Some cheaper models may not be so well protected, and let’s face it, when you’re at sea you’re going to get salt water and moisture and those things are not good if they can find their way into your marine radios internal components. Heck, if you want you radio to last then keep it well protected.

It’s good to have a quality marine radio on board. You can buy these devices from numerous stores around the country, but for me personally I like to make my life easy. So what do I do?

I buy online of course. It’s so simple and convenient, and simplicity and convenience is what I like.

Real Customer Feedback

The added bonus is that a big number of helpful people like to leave their reviews on the items they buy online.

These of course help to make our lives even easier. I rounded down my choice of the best marine radios to only 3.  I still wasn’t certain of what I wanted until I started reading the marine radio reviews online.

This made my choice so much easier. I checked their recommendations then headed over to to take a gander at what customer feedback there was. To my surprise there were lots of reviews left on the many marine radios they have on there.

In the end my choice was made easy, and it was all thanks to marine radio reviews.

Now if you are in a similar situation and might be looking for the best marine radio to have fitted on your boat then I’d suggest reading various marine stereo reviews to help you come to your final decision, and like myself I don’t think you will regret it.