Bring the music with you on the trails and in the mud
The best UTV stereo systems offer outstanding sound quality and are built to withstand all the bumps and vibration brought on by off-road driving. Here are some of our favorites.
Premium automotive brands are known for luxury and the best components available. One of these areas that is always part of a high performance, luxury vehicle is the audio system. While some drive sports cars, you bought your UTV to get out and ride whenever possible, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some creative UTV stereo ideas to explore.
When you spend a lot of time behind the wheel of your ride, you will want to add an audio system that matches your need for musical entertainment. When looking for the sound system, there are several things to consider. Below we will look at some of the best UTV stereo systems available today from the top manufacturers so you get get started enjoying your music on the trail.
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Rockford Fosgate Stage 4
Rockford Fosgate has always been a premium-level audio component company. Its products can be found in luxury automobiles, SUVs and trucks, and you can bring that same level of audio clarity to your UTV. The company sells complete stereo systems for select Polaris and Yamaha UTVs. The Stage 4 system comes set up for simple plug-and-play installation. It is a 600-watt stereo complete with front and rear speakers, subwoofer and all of the hardware needed for installation. The stereo has an AM/FM/WB digital media receiver with a 2.7-inch display. There are two 300-watt amplifiers and marine-grade speakers. Everything fits and doesn’t interfere with your available space. Audio quality is amazing, too. Its one of the best Polaris RZR stereos available.
MTX Level 2
If you driving a RZR and want a killer stereo system, the folks at MTX can get you off to a good start. The MXT Level 2 system starts out with the weatherproof receiver head with a built-in amplifier. There are dash-mounted 6.5-inch speakers with pods and a 10-inch, 250-watt amplified subwoofer with enclosure. The system gets a boost from the 200-watt all-weather amplifier too. This particular kit is designed for Polaris RZRs and includes the mounting kit to securely set this stereo up in your machine. It has all the cables, connectors and everything you need to let your tunes rock your RZR. Pretty cool stuff from one of the best UTV stereo systems around.
Kicker Plug & Play
Kicker worked with SSV Works to create one the most awesome UTV stereo systems anywhere that is simple to install and easy to bring the sounds of music to your ride. At 800 watts, this system has some muscle. It has four 6.5-inch marine speakers and a 10-inch marine woofer that are powered by the 4-channel PXA Series Amplifier. There is a digital media player that mounts into your dash. All the speakers are built into specialized housings that fit directly into your machine. All of the connectors, wiring and materials needed to set the system up are included, making this a truly plug and play stereo system. Designed to fit 2013-19 Polaris RZRs, few RZR stereos can match up to the performance of this unit.
SSV Works WP3 Overhead Four-Speaker System
SSV Works came up with a universal, fully self-contained stereo system that will let you enjoy your music in a pretty slick setup. This overhead system mounts to your ROPS cage. All you need to do is wire it to a power source and you’re done. There is no tweaking speaker locations, or running wires through your bodywork or frame. It has an internal Bluetooth-powered audio player that plays your digital audio files. It has four built-in, 50-watt amps that are low power drawing, so they won’t run down your battery system. Each amp runs a single waterproof speaker. The stereo also has a built-in AM/FM tuner with internal antenna so you can just listen to the radio too. As an added bonus, there is a built-in dome light. This is the definition of plug and play and is one of the easiest UTV stereos to hook up.
Swamp Donkey Overhead System
The Swamp Donkey Overhead System won’t cost as much as some of the other UTV stereo systems on this list, but this economical setup still uses higher-end components to give you a decent stereo system at a decent price. It uses a Sony marine, Bluetooth-compatible receiver deck that is mounted in an overhead console with a mud cover. Swamp Donkey then adds four 5.25-inch Kicker marine speakers also mounted in the overhead console. The whole unit mounts to your Polaris RZR, and there are other models available for different machines. All wiring is included along with instructions to set the stereo up. With everything includes, this system makes the list by being affordable and using good, high-quality components to give you an economical option among higher priced RZR stereos.
BOSS Audio Systems 27" Sound Bar
Yes, we know that this technically makes six options on our list of the best UTV stereo systems, but a Top 6 list just sounds weird. This particular unit from Boss Audio Systems is the most affordable on our list, as it is more of a sound bar than a full stereo set up. And for about $300, you get a 500-watt built-in Class D amp, Bluetooth streaming straight from your mobile device, three pairs of three-inch full range speakers, one pair of one-inch horn-loaded tweeters, IPX5 weatherproof rating, and built-in LED lights. There’s also a multi-function remote so you can control your music without having to put your muddy hands all over your phone. Installing is as simple as using the multi-angle clamps, which are designed to fit bars from 1.5″ to 2.o”.
Which UTV Stereo System is Best?
That’s a tough question and one you’ll need to answer for yourself. Like with any accessory, the biggest factor is cost. How much are you willing to spend to have a top-quality UTV stereo system in your ride? Like any stereo system, the more wattage you add, the louder the system will be. Higher quality speakers will add clarity to the sound quality, but remember that a UTV is going to be considerably louder than a car in the cab area. There is no soundproofing like there is in the automotive world, so you’re going to be competing with the engine and the natural sounds you’ll hear form the terrain as you roll over it. You have to be willing to power over it with sheer power unless you enclose the cabin. From this list, you can see that the Rockford Fosgate system is widely considered to be the best of the standard UTV stereo systems available today. Of course, you can always build you own, too.
What Should I Look for in a UTV Stereo System?
The biggest thing you need in a quality UTV stereo system is fit. Everything needs to fit in your machine without taking up space that you need for other things, like your feet for example. Right up there with that is weatherproofing. Unless you’re in a completely enclosed cabin, your UTV stereo will be exposed to the dirt, rain and mud that you find while out on the trail. The systems on this list were chosen because they offered all of those features, and are complete systems. They have everything you need to hook them up and be ready to rock and roll. That is another nice feature that you should be aware of when looking at UTV stereo systems. Is it compatible with my machine?
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