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post #31 of 38
choose maximum efficiency drivers to minimize draw on the batteries.

maybe subs with an impedance peak around 55hz and then cross over at that point in order to minimize amp draw while still providing some kick drum pops.
post #32 of 38
Or, you could just buy one or two of these water resistant boomboxes........


http://www.buy.com/retail/product.as...69&dcaid=17902
post #33 of 38
But if you REALLY want to bring in the hot ladies......you simply can't go wrong with this one.

Old school style!

post #34 of 38
I'd stay away from a store-purchased boom-box. My friends and I have been floating the guadalupe for 6 years. Our first radio we tried was a sony "water-resistant" model that we purchased at Best Buy. I don't even know why they bothered putting "water-resistant" on the label. While floating, we came up to a small dip in the river. My friend was holding the radio on his lap, one splash and the radio was KO'd. We tried to have it repaired, but it was a done deal. And of course our warranty didn't cover water damage. How ironic is that? Since then we've been making our own. You can find tutorials all over the internet, they aren't too difficult to make if you have any knowledge of car/marine audio. We actually just started marketing our coolers for sale online. Feel free to take a look, should give you some ideas as to what you can create with a little ingenuity. I don't have enough points to post a link, but i'm sure you can google AquaticAudio and find us.
post #35 of 38
i made this the past weekend. Instead of a regular AGM battery I put in a jumpstart battery that has a compressor, USB charging port as well as a 12v power plug. I've tried it out and it will play for several 8 hour days before recharging. Unit is a marine style Pyle unit and speakers. Yes, I know they are cheap parts, but this was my prototype without spending a lot of cash.
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post #36 of 38
Hey just wanted to throw in some feedback. I plan(ned) on tubing all the rivers this summer - guadalupe, comal, frio, the works. Well every time I'd go my family would be the only ones without an ice chest radio, and i didn't want that to happen again.

I started to build my own, but it was a mess. Then i tried posting on craigslist and looking around, but couldn't find one.

Turns out there was a company here in Texas that builds them, at www.TexasRiverradios.com ... i got one from them, and it's been great! Used it once so far this summer but the battery lasted the whole day (8 hours!!) and still kept on going! It was a huge hit, and still affordable.

Some of the radios you guys have posted look great! I would have loved to try to build one myself, but if you ever just want to pay someone for one, i think the TexasRiverRadio.com place is good - it worked for me.
post #37 of 38
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Originally Posted by rexster View Post

i made this the past weekend. Instead of a regular AGM battery I put in a jumpstart battery that has a compressor, USB charging port as well as a 12v power plug. I've tried it out and it will play for several 8 hour days before recharging. Unit is a marine style Pyle unit and speakers. Yes, I know they are cheap parts, but this was my prototype without spending a lot of cash.

Man that looks beautiful! Really, that looks great. Mine is a much smaller one, but the interface is great - it has an auxiliary input, and then volume, treble, bass, and an on/off switch built into the amplifier.

It's also red. I would have liked it in camo, and I think texasriverradios.com offered one in camo when i spoke to the guy, but it's a couple $ more, and I didn't want to spend anymore. Paid $250 for this one, and so far i love it. Built into a little 9qt cooler
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post #38 of 38
Sounds like fun! But since it hasn't rained since last October you may spend more time walking than floating. I went several years ago during a "low flow" period. The 3 hour trip took 5 hours and I almost froze even though air temp was 109F. People used to float because it was peaceful....
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