The 3 Best Amplified Marine Soundbar Review in 2021

Today I am having some fun by searching for the best amplified marine soundbar that is on the market right now. If the term “marine” is throwing you off, just think of this as a waterproof soundbar. There are more than a few of these on the market right now, but I have managed to test out a couple of them as well as handpick one or two that I feel look pretty solid as well.

Why Would I Want An Amplified Marine Soundbar?

That is a great question and here I want to share with you my thoughts on why you would want a soundbar like this in the first place and we are going to break it down into two parts.

Marine: Having a soundbar that can handle getting wet or take a bit of a beating from mother nature is a great thing. I recently looked at the 5 best waterproof soundbars for a boat and being able to take water is essential if you want a soundbar that you are going to use on a boat, golf cart or even have outside next to your pool. If you plan on using a soundbar outside in any capacity even if it is not on a boat, I would always suggest you look for one that is waterproof.

Amplified: This one should be pretty self-explanatory, but if you have a soundbar that is amplified then it is going to be not only louder, but it may also be offering you better overall sound quality as well. I think that if you are going to be using a soundbar outside, you want it to be able to produce as loud a sound as possible. This is especially true if you are going to be using it on something like a golf cart or a boat that is making a lot of noise.

The 3 Best Amplified Marine Soundbar Reviews

Here are a few reviews of the best amplified marine soundbars around now. If you need a soundbar that can handle getting wet, you cannot go wrong with any of these.

1. PowerBass XL-800 Marine Certified Amplified Power Sports Bluetooth Soundbar

2. Sound Storm Laboratories BTB6 ATV UTV Marine Weatherproof Sound System

3. JBLUB4100BLK Amplified Powersports Soundbar

1. PowerBass XL-800 Marine Certified Amplified Power Sports Bluetooth Soundbar

We are going to start with the PowerBass XL-800 Marine Certified Amplified Power Sports Bluetooth Soundbar which as I write this is going for around 500 bucks which is certainly no small chunk of change. The XL in the name though is warranted as this bad boy is 600 watts of amplified carnage! It is 27 inches long which I do not think is bad at all and certainly not too large. At close to 20 pounds it has a bit of weight to it so if you are attaching this to a boat, ATV or even the wall next to your pool make sure you are securing it properly. I liked the overall design and how they have the buttons in a circular pattern is pretty cool. I connected this to my phone with ease which is always a bonus.

The speakers are 6 3-inch full range “marine” grade speakers. With impressive speakers like this, the sound quality is really good. I messed around with this outside near our pool and the kids were going nuts and you could still hear it nice and clear even at the higher volumes. I found the bass to be nice and solid and in all, I was impressed with the sound clarity that this thing produced. It is worth noting that to get the remote with this, you have to purchase a different model which is kind of weird, but I just used my phone for pretty much everything.

Pros:

  • It is built like a tank!
  • I do not think the asking price is unfair at all
  • It really does sound fantastic!
  • Very easy to connect to your phone via Bluetooth or a jack

Cons:

  • Some might not want to pay this much money
  • The thing with the remote is kind of weird

What Other People Are Saying

I will admit the music this dude is playing is not my cup of tea at all (does no one else listen to heavy metal these days?) however, this video showcase does showcase this thing pretty well. It is easy to see when it comes to the best amplified marine soundbar, I had to put this on the list. You get a good indication of the size of it here, but you can also see just how loud it can go without any distortion of the sound quality as well.

I know that the PowerBass XL-800 Marine Certified Amplified Power Sports Bluetooth Soundbar is far from cheap. Actually, this is the lowest price soundbar in this particular range! However, if you want a damn good marine soundbar that is easy to connect to your phone and is going to well and truly let you rock out without sounding bad. You cannot go wrong with this. It is able to take on the elements and it looks great while doing it!

2. Sound Storm Laboratories BTB6 ATV UTV Marine Weatherproof Sound System

I know that you are looking at the Sound Storm Laboratories BTB6 ATV UTV Marine Weatherproof Sound System and asking “is this really a soundbar?” and I get that. However, I do feel that this is more than in-line with what we are looking at today. Also, it kind of still is a “bar” so let’s move on. The first thing that captures your eye with this is that asking price. There are two versions of this, the one I checked out was the modestly priced just over 100 bucks 6-inch version. There is also a slightly more expensive 8-inch version so that is something to consider. The shape is kind of weird as it is more of a tube than it is a bar, but this is still designed with being used outside and would be great for things like a boat or on an ATV that gets caked in mud and water. The feel of it is a tad “plasticky” for my liking however, at this price range I do feel that is to be expected to be fair.

It is 26-inches in width which I was surprised by as the photos make it seem much smaller. The speakers are two 6-inch speakers and 1-inch tweeters. They are not the most technically advanced speakers out there. Yet I do know that some folks who are looking for an amplified marine soundbar will not want to break the bank and that is where this comes in. At 450 watts, the power is decent enough. I did find that when I really had it cranked up it was not quite as “rich” or “real” as the one we just looked at. However, if you are messing around by the pool or having a party on a boat, I do not think you will mind at all. You can connect your phone via the jack or via Bluetooth which was what I did and I had no problems at all.

Pros:

  • The asking price is super sweet!
  • I liked the weird design of it
  • The sound is far better than you would think at this price
  • It could not be any easier to use

Cons:

  • I did think it felt a tad “cheap” if you know what I am saying
  • The sound was just a hair off when I had it cranked all the way up

What Other People Are Saying

Currently on Amazon this thing as a near 80 percent positive customer reviews which is impressive. I had a good look through most of them and I was happy to see that people were not just impressed with the very low price of this, but also the sound quality that they were getting for the price they paid. “OLY CRAP! THIS THING BOOMS! for two 6.5-inch speakers, the bass is low and punchy and the highs are crisp! Absolute best value!” is what one review had to say and this was from a guy who had this attached to his ATV.

It was kind of hard to go to the Sound Storm Laboratories BTB6 ATV UTV Marine Weatherproof Sound System after I had played around with the PowerBass XL in terms of sheer sound quality. Yet, I found myself strongly drawn to what this is offering. I know that the design is kind of weird. However, the sound quality, especially at this price range really cannot be ignored. If you can get past the fact this does not look like a regular soundbar, I am sure you will be very happy with the bang for your buck that this provides.

3. JBLUB4100BLK Amplified Powersports Soundbar

Next up on our quest to find the best amplified marine soundbar we have the JBLUB4100BLK Amplified Powersports Soundbar. I have not personally tested this, but I thought it looked pretty cool. I have looked at many JBL speakers before and I have always been a fan of most of what they do. This one though really did catch my eye. I know that 800 bucks price tag is going to scare a lot of people away, but this one has a very clever design. It clearly looks pretty badass and it looks just like many other soundbars do. However, this one can be separated so that you have two speaker towers instead. I thought this was pretty cool as it kind of gives you the best of both worlds when you think about it. Although, you do have to buy a separate cable to do this.

Four speakers are powering this and from what I have read, they seem pretty damn solid. It appears JBL is using some of their more “higher end” parts for this soundbar so I was happy to read that. One thing that sounds really fun is the “party mode” this allows you to connect three phones or whatever to it via Bluetooth at once. You can then take turns sharing songs off your playlists. I thought this sounded really cool and would be great for parties as everyone gets a turn at sharing their music.

Pros:

  • It looks really cool
  • Has solid and high-end speakers in it
  • It can be separated which is cool
  • The idea of the party mode sounds awesome

Cons:

  • It does have a high price tag
  • I think charging people extra for a cable to use a feature is a bit out of line

What Other People Are Saying

Check out this video quick look to get a closer look at what this thing is all about. They give you some of the key features here and you can also get an idea of the size of this thing too. Over at Amazon, it has a bit of a mixed reception. There are not a ton of reviews for it, but the ones that are “negative” seem to be from people who got a defective unit out of the box.

I think that there is a lot of clever stuff going on with the JBLUB4100BLK Amplified Powersports Soundbar and I would personally love to get the chance to test this thing out. JBL does tend to make solid audio equipment so I see no reason as to why this would not be the case here. I do think the way it can be separated makes it the most interesting amplified marine soundbar I have taken a look at, but the fact you have to buy a cable to do this is a bit lame and cheap of the folks at JBL!

But Wait! There Is More!

Before we do a conclusion, I want to share a few other things with you guys. Remember the PowerBass XL-800 Marine Certified Amplified Power Sports Bluetooth Soundbar we talked about just up above? I freaking loved that thing and was very happy to get the chance to test it out. Well, it turns out that the model I looked at was the baby brother. You see, you can also get two larger more powerful versions! There is the XL-1000 which is priced at 630 bucks and the monster that is the XL-1200 which is priced at 750 bucks. These are much higher priced, but if you want something larger and more powerful, you might want to think about saving a tad longer to get one of the bigger more expensive PowerBass XL soundbars.

What Is The Best Amplified Marine Soundbar

I wanted to just blurt out that the PowerBass XL-800 Marine Certified Amplified Power Sports Bluetooth Soundbar is the winner hands down as I really did think it was very impressive. It was well made, sounds fantastic and it does everything that you could possibly want a soundbar to do. On the other hand, I understand that the asking price, even for the XL-800 version is quite high. That is why I feel the Sound Storm Laboratories BTB6 ATV UTV Marine Weatherproof Sound System is also in the discussion for the best amplified marine soundbar.

Granted it is not as powerful or as clear at higher volumes as the PowerBass. However, I found the sound quality to be pretty damn solid, especially when you consider it is around 400 bucks cheaper! You have to ask yourself the question of if the XL is worth that extra money and base your decision on that.

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