- 4 JL Audio M3 7.7" Marine Speakers
- 1 JL Audio M400/4 400W 4 Ch. Amp
This JL Audio 4 speaker, 7.7" M3 stereo package is perfect if you want it to sound good, but you also like it loud. The 7.7" diameter will have more mid-bass than the 6.5", they are more efficient, and they can handle more power. The 7.7" can do everything the 6.5" can, but the 6.5" can't do everything the 7.7" can. If you can fit the 7.7 inch speakers, get em. They just sound better than the 6.5 inch models.
The M3 is an update on the previous MX speakers and they give you the fidelity and clarity you expect from JL Audio, at an affordable price point. One of the major upgrades in the M3 vs. the MX is the transflective LED technology. Instead of putting the LED lights in the speaker grill and having them aim backwards to light up the cone,
JL Audio placed the LEDs behind the speaker cone and the cone is translucent, making the lighting brighter and smoother, eliminating the hotspots that exist with LEDs in the grille. All that is just a fancy way of saying that the LED lighting on the M3's is just as good as the LEDs on the M6, and they are the best looking LED speakers that have been made for boats, period. The M series amp that is included is one of the best marine amps available due to its signal processing and thermal management. For the power output, they are exteremely compact
and you can run them all day, virtually as loud as you want and you don't have to worry about the amplifier overheating. From a sound quality and reliablity standpoint, this package is about as good as it gets. Sure there are others out there that will play louder than this, but if it doesn't sound good, what's the point? It's JL Audio, it's marine grade, need we say more?
Do I need the LEDs
LED speakers are cool. They look amazing and the fact that you can change colors and you can change modes to have a full on disco party, it just sounds fun. (Please note, you need a separate LED controller to change colors and modes on the fly without having to re-wire speakers.) If you ever take your boat out at night, get the LEDs. If you think you might take your boat out at night, get the LEDs. If you just think the LEDs would be cool and even during the day it would make you happy, even if nobody else noticed, get the LEDs. If you never take your boat out at night and you never plan to, you can probably skip the LEDs.