How to become the life of the off-road party
Top down, music blasting and having a good time! Sounds like summer fun and a few Van Halen videos, right? We all like the freedom that a UTV brings us and being able to play some music is just what the doctor ordered sometimes – enter UTV sound systems.
Most UTVs don’t come equipped with a sound system, but some have the option. Most UTV audio systems as we once knew them are a thing of the past, replaced today by Bluetooth sound systems. This is a great thing, as you can now sync your phone and have playlists at your command while blasting down the trails. Just remember to keep it respectful. Not everyone shares your tastes in music, or wants to hear David Lee Roth tell you that you “might as well Jump,” that hill over there.
Of course, there is no shortage of options when looking to add some music to your machine, so we’ve put together a list of some of the best UTV sound systems available today.
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1. Editor's Choice: SSV Works 4-Speaker Overhead Stereo
This system from SSV Works is pretty sweet. It makes several model-specific speaker systems, but this one is more universal. It is sealed and completely weatherproof, making it great for those times when Mother Nature decides things are going to get a little damp. It is fully Bluetooth controlled with a 30-foot range. It has a 4X 50-Watt built-in amplifier and also has an AM/FM radio receiver. It connects with two simple wires and installation usually takes no more than 15 minutes, which makes it one of the best UTV sound systems you can find. It is also constructed using fiberglass for durability and weighs in at 26 pounds.
2. Kicker 46CWTB104
For an economical UTV radio system that offers plenty of bang for the buck, this Kicker package is hard to beat. It comes with a pair of 8″ 300-Watt marine speakers that can swivel 360 degrees, along with an 800-watt marine loaded subwoofer enclosure. You can mount the speakers horizontally or vertically, giving you plenty of options to find the right fit for your UTV. Add in thick ABS tube construction, all the necessary parts for installation, and an owner’s manual and you can be up and running fast.
3. MTX Audio Tower 4-Speaker & Amplifier
MTX Audio is really doing some big things for the UTV radio crowd these days. There are now multiple manufacturers going to MTX for factory accessory Bluetooth UTV audio systems and that should tell you something. This MTX Audio system uses a 100-watt, two-channel amplifier and four sealed marine-grade tower speakers capable of 100 watts operating power each. The towers have built-in clamps with included reducers for ROPS cages down to 1.5 inches in diameter. The whole system is Bluetooth controllable from your phone or iPod and all the connecting cables and wires are included with this kit. It is a slick way to go, especially if you’re after a premium system and sound.
4. NOAM NUTV4 Quad
The NOAM NUTV4 Quad packs a lot of punch for its price point. This system comes with four poly injection 4-inch marine cone speakers powered by a marine 4-channel amplifier, which can all be controlled with a Bluetooth remote control. It’s not the most powerful system in the world at 100 watts, but it will let you get your music pumping while you are out on the trail. And this system is designed to fit pretty much any UTV out there, as the speakers can mount to any round bar with a diameter from 1.5 to 2.0 inches.
5. Simple Set Up: Boss Audio Systems ATVB95LED
The Boss system of UTV speakers has been around for a while now and has some serious advantages you might like. It’s very portable, meaning you don’t have to permanently mount it into your machine. You can also use it on your ATV as well as your UTV, so for those of us with more than one machine, this is a cool option. This Bluetooth UTV audio system is powered by a 12-volt plug-in for your power outlet. It operates a 700-Watt Max amplifier and has two 8-inch sealed speakers. The construction acts as an additional boost to the bass, giving you some extra “thump.”
April 8, 2021: Added the Kicker 46CWTB104 and NOAM UTV4 Quad to our list, as well as an FAQ.
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How hard is it to install a UTV sound system?
Installation difficulty will vary quite a bit depending on if you are getting a fully integrated UTV sound system or a kit that will work for just about any UTV out there. A system with multiple external speakers will also require a good bit of wiring (and securing those wires so they don't get in the way). Some basic knowledge of your UTV's electrical system will help, but just about anybody can get one of these systems up and running so long as you have some basic tools and can follow instructions. In other words, you shouldn't have to go to your dealer to get this taken care of.