I'm always trying to find a better way to be able to ride to music. We just killed the 4th or 5th CD player at the barn, and it sits in an office, not even in the arena. Dust still sneaks in though and eventually mucks it hopelessly it seems.
I was at a marine store getting "sail repair tape" to use for short-term blanket rip repair and was looking at all the cool stuff and thinking how I could use it. Great little weather-proof fans, bungees and double-sided velco straps in all lengths...cool hardware...but I digress. As I checked out, the guy asked if I was interested in checking out their sale stereo - $99. When I told him I'm not a boater, but a rider and what we do with a stereo at the barn, he showed me 2-3 stereos that are completely sealed -- waterPROOF (and so, DUSTproof!). The 'face' flips down to reveal a CD slot and there is a nice gasket all around it to keep junk out of there. Granted, it's not a multi-CD changer, but...for $200 I could get a stereo that might last until I got tired of it?? tempting! to pair something like that with weatherproof speakers for the outdoor would be HEAVEN.
so....has anyone tried this at all? good results or no real difference?
I don't know if this would accomplish what you're looking for (whole arena music for more than one rider?), but I've started riding with my iPhone on "speaker" and it works great. I used to ride with an iPod, but I like the iPhone speaker method a great deal more. Turn it on, turn it up, pop it in my pocket and voila! music that stays with me and doesn't drown out any sound around me
And on an even better side note, I no longer miss business calls while riding because it turns out that the pause in the music while the phone rings (even if I don't hear the ringer) is much more obvious to me than a ringing phone behind the music.
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There are marine amplifiers and speakers plenty capable enough for an arena. I don't know anything about them, but they have become a bit annoying here on Summer weekends from wakeboard boats. Google something about wakeboard boat stereos, and you should find something that will work and be weatherproof. Our farm is on a lake.
They're loud enough that anyone in the boat and the boarder behind can be jamming while the inboard motor is running. We can hear them from miles away across the water.