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By Robert Janis

JL Audio

JL Audio Offers Stealthbox Speaker System For Polaris Ranger





For all of you who may own a Polaris Ranger and want some way to enjoy some entertainment as you traverse the trails, then look no farther than your neighborhood car audio specialist. JL Audio, a major manufacturer of car audio products, has introduced a Stealthbox Speaker System specifically designed to be installed under the dashboard of the Polaris Ranger.

Made of 100 percent fiberglass and textured coated for durability, the Stealthbox is a three piece unit that includes a 10-inch JL Audio marine subwoofer and a pair of 7.7-inch marine grade coaxial speakers. The box is configured to include a subwoofer enclosure in which the 10-inch speaker is mounted, and two kick panels -- one on each side -- in which each of the coaxials are housed.

The unit is designed to be bolted to factory holes under the dashboard for a secure and easy installation.

Inspired By The Work Of Audio Logic

The new Stealthbox is the result of the success of JL Audio dealer Audio Logic, Hollywood, Florida. The specialty car audio retailer, which is located close to the JL Audio headquarters in Mirmar, Florida, designs and installs audio systems for Polaris Ranger ATVs.

“We have been nurturing a relationship with a local motorsports dealer who sells Polaris Ranger side-by-sides,” explained Michael Dixon, installer with Audio Logic. “We have been developing systems for Ranger’s using JL Audio products. We find that they are dependable. The JL Audio headquarters is close by and often a representative of the company comes to our shop. When they come our installation bay is full of ATVs. So they asked if we thought there would be a market for a pre-built system.” The result is the Stealthbox speaker system.

According to Dixon, the Stealthbox bolts to factory holes under the console of the Ranger. No modifications are necessary. Commonly, an iPod is used as the sound source. The iPod is velcroed and bottom docked into the glove box. It is then wired to an amplifier and a volume control knob is mounted to the dash.

Dixon said that he commonly uses one of two JL Audio amplifiers in the installation -- the marine grade M4500 four-channel amplifier or the new MHD600/4. The M4500 delivers 125 watts per channel and includes an onboard variable crossover with a bass EQ on the 3rd and 4th channels. The MHD600/4 is a four channel amplifier that delivers 125 watts per channel. It can be bridged to perform as a two channel amplifier that supplies 300 watts per channel. It also includes an onboard variable lowpass and highpass crossover for each pair of channels.

Special brackets are custom made and used to mount the amplifier under the hood. The factory battery is used to power the system.

Dixon said that he can perform the installation in about 3-1/2 to 4 hours and that it can be done by a skilled do-it-yourselfer.


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