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Best Marine Amplifiers by Wet Sounds: Our Top Picks

Best Marine Amplifiers by Wet Sounds: Our Top Picks

Posted by Wet Sounds on 7th Dec 2021

When designing the ultimate marine stereo system, we know how easy it is to focus on the speakers and the subwoofer. After all, these components are responsible for the sound quality and texture. Yet an amplifier is just as critical for any marine audio system. With the right amp, it's possible to power up a boat stereo, crank the volume, and let the good times roll.

Curious about the most important components of an amp? When looking for the best marine amps, we make a point of seeking out these specifications:

  • Channels: Confirms how many separate power sources an amp has. Each channel generally supports one speaker, so more channels equals greater speaker potential.
  • Power Output: Indicates how loud the music can get. More watts mean louder sound.
  • Total Harmonic Distortion: Reflects how much the amp affects the sound color. A lower number means less distortion.

So what's the best marine amplifier for a sound system? Take a look at this list of our favorites.

1. Wet Sounds Sinister Six-Channel Marine Amp (Sinister-SDX6)

The Sinister line features our flagship amplifiers, which are our top choices for many occasions. Because this amp comes with our MAXED power supply, it places less strain on the boat's electrical system. That means better performance and longer playing times. Although some people seek out the best five-channel marine amp, we recommend this six-channel option for superior sound.

  • Channels: Six
  • Power Output: 290W x 6 @ 2 Ohms

2. Wet Sounds Sinister Four-Channel Marine Amplifier (Sinister-SDX4)

Like the monoblock and six-channel models, this four-channel Sinister amp boasts MAXED power supply and superior efficiency levels. Because it provides tons of power despite harsh sun and sea spray, we consider this model the best marine four-channel amp. For ease of use and installation, this amp comes with high-level speaker input and a remote leveler control.

  • Channels: Four
  • Power Output: 340W x 4 @ 2 Ohms

3. Wet Sounds Sinister Two-Channel Marine Amp (Sinister-SDX2)

When working with a two-channel audio system, we prefer the Sinister two-channel marine amp. Although this amp is designed to deliver less power, it still features our signature MAXED power supply for great, long-lasting sound without unnecessary strain. Like all Sinister marine amps, this model comes with an LED enclosure to spotlight the sound system and a two-year limited warranty.

  • Channels: Two
  • Power Output: 620W x 2 @ 2 Ohms

4. Wet Sounds Class D Six-Channel Marine Amplifier (SYN-DX6)

For great sound on the water or on the shore, our SYN-DX series marine amps are always great choices. This amp may look small, but its small chassis features serious power output and flexible crossovers. This six-channel marine amp can support several speakers, and it works smoothly with virtually any Wet Sounds speakers and subwoofers.

  • Channels: Six
  • Power Output: 200W x 4 and 300W x 2 @ 2 Ohms
  • Total Harmonic Distortion: Less than 1%

5. Wet Sounds Class D Two-Channel Marine Amp (SYN-DX2.3 HP)

For smaller applications, our two-channel SYN-DX amp is a solid pick. This marine amp is engineered with Class D power supplies and has thermal overload protection and extended inputs. Its smart microprocessor provides dependable power and great control, whether we're behind the wheel or relaxing on the bow. This marine amp comes with our two-year limited warranty.

  • Channels: Two
  • Power Output: 375W x 2 @ 2 Ohms
  • Total Harmonic Distortion: Less than 1%

6. Wet Sounds Four-Channel Marine Amplifier (SYN-DX4)

No marine amplifier review would be complete without this superstar. It features Class D power supplies and thermal overload technology to keep it running smoothly, even in challenging conditions. We pack this marine amps compact package with premium features, such as SYN-DX amplifiers, a smart microprocessor, and flexible crossovers. As a result, this amp pulls less electricity, stays cooler, and plays longer.

  • Channels: Four
  • Power Output: 200W x 4 @ 2 Ohms
  • Total Harmonic Distortion: Less than 1%

7. Wet Sounds Hydro-Tech X Class D Six-Channel Marine Amplifier (HTX-6)

No matter where our sights are set, our Hydro-Tech X series amplifiers can provide an amazing audio experience. This six-channel amp is ideal for larger stereo systems, as it can support six speakers or more while generating impressive power output. Since its total harmonic distortion is less than 1%, it also offers excellent sound quality.

  • Channels: Six
  • Power Output: 150W x 6 @ 2 Ohms
  • Total Harmonic Distortion: Less than 1%

8. Wet Sounds Hydro-Tech X Class D Four-Channel Marine Amp (HTX-4)

For a midsize marine stereo setup, the four-channel amp from our Hydro-Tech series is a great pick. We consider this amp to be a complete solution, no matter the setting. Because it uses Class D power supplies, it provides extreme output while staying cooler and playing longer.

  • Channels: Four
  • Power Output: 150W x 4 @ 2 Ohms
  • Total Harmonic Distortion: Less than 1%

9. Wet Sounds Monoblock Class D Marine Amplifier (HTX-1)

When it comes to finding the best marine amplifier, 2017 or any other year doesn't matter. Thanks to its Hydro-Tech X technology, this monoblock amp can withstand the test of time and deliver impressive power via a single channel. This mono marine amp works with our massive CrossOver network and has a two-year limited warranty to give peace of mind.

  • Channels: Mono
  • Power Output: 650W @ 2 Ohms
  • Total Harmonic Distortion: Less than 1%

10. Wet Sounds Compact Chassis Class D Marine Amp (STX MICRO-4)

Some marine amps have larger footprints, but this model is our top choice for a compact chassis. Although it looks small, it delivers plenty of power in a safely enclosed chassis. We also consider it the best Bluetooth marine amplifier because it works equally well with wireless controllers or smartphone outputs.

  • Channels: Four
  • Power Output: 130W x 4 @ 2 Ohms
  • Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.05%

From six-channel to monoblock, Wet Sounds amps have just the right level of power for any application. No matter what type of boat stereo system you want to build, these marine amplifier reviews can help you decide on the right components.