The best type of sound system to incorporate into a Polaris RZR really depends on the owners budget as well as their current and future goals. Some riders are all about that bass, while others want simplicity in their RZR sound system. Something like a UTV soundbar would suit the needs of many riders, and they’re sure easier than wiring up a complete audio system equipped with amps, subs, and tweeters. But soundbars are limited in terms of both volume and sound-range capabilities.
If designed and installed correctly, a full Polaris RZR audio system shouldn’t take up too much space, and will produce a much higher sound quality than a soundbar alone. However, for those who prefer to dump their money into other aftermarket RZR accessories, a complete sound system may not be worth it. Sure you could wire up two 8" Rockville tower speakers, two kicker 6.5" rocker panel speakers, and a 10" kicker waterproof bass tube to a 2,500-watt acoustic marine amp and your RZR sound system will be full of bass and loud as hell. But the money you spend on that could have bought you a few more ponies with an aftermarket ECU tuner or a better ride quality with some aftermarket shocks.
It’s all about tradeoffs and finding your personal priorities. A roof stereo might be handy and out of the way, while a sound system with dash controls might be more convenient. Bluetooth is great, but what if you want a stereo with a radio receiver? While there might not be a one-size-fits-all solution for sound systems in the RZR, we can help you identify the pros and cons of each type as well as particular brands of Polaris RZR sound systems.
Soundbars For The Polaris RZR
A lot of UTV riders love the JBL soundbars that they have installed in their side-by-sides. The music that comes out of them is very clear, with a high limit for volume output. Compared to soundbars like the Wet Sounds Stealth 10, the JBL Stadium soundbar produces a better sound and decent bass as well.
Other riders go with MTX soundbars like their Mud41 edition, and Hifonics as well as NavAtlas soundbars are also liked by those who own them. However, in the opinion of some, the Powerbass XL 1200 blows all the others away. The Powerbass soundbar includes built-in, marine grade, poly cone woofers as well as full-range speakers and Mylar tweeters. The sound is unarguably spectacular for a soundbar, but with a price-tag that’s close to four figures, it’s up there in terms of expensiveness.
RZR riders like the fact that soundbars can tuck up under the roof and won’t block your view. However, if you don’t get a soundbar with a remote control, you’ll be reaching up to turn it on and off as well as to adjust the volume. While this might not be a huge issue if you mount your soundbar in the the front of your rig, if you mount it in the back, you’ll be forced to do the ol’ reach around every time you need to make audio adjustments.
Furthermore, due to their size, the quality of audio from soundbars will always be limited. Wet cannons, for example, sound way better, but this is because they take up more space. If you don’t mind how much larger they are, things like subs, boat speakers, and full surround-sound speaker systems can be used. However, you can still get good sound quality while optimizing for space with all your speakers and audio components integrated into your vehicle’s roof.
Roof Sound Systems For The Polaris RZR
Mb Quart Polaris speakers can easily connect and play music in your RZR, and they pair nicely with machines that have Ride Command. But many riders aren’t impressed with these, and logically argue that two pods in the back just don't do the trick — which is where companies like ProTop, SidexSide Audio, and SSV come into play. You can get aftermarket roofs with a variety of speakers and pieces of audio equipment built in. You can also get roof sound system kits that install under your existing stock or aftermarket roof.
Like a full RZR sound system that a rider might put together themselves — which could include things like an MXT radio with a 10” Rockford sub, front speakers, and 8” Rockville towers — audio roofs for the Polaris RZR are typically more expensive than simple soundbars. But if you need to save the already-limited space available in your RZR for tools, equipment, spare parts, and outdoor or hunting gear, an audio roof is a good way to do it.
One caveat of roof speakers and overhead audio systems, however, is that they are limited for space on the horizontal axis due to the size of RZR roofs, and must therefore extend downward in the vertical direction. This shouldn’t impede with tall riders or those who ride with helmets on, but if you chopped your stock cage or installed a lower aftermarket cage, your headroom could be restricted.
Ask any long-time RZR owner and they’ll likely have their own opinion to proffer about the best stereo systems for the Polaris RZR. The Stereo Pod by EMP is a cheap option for those that aren’t picky about sound quality, and EMP's top / stereo combo isn’t a bad choice as well. You can never go wrong with a complete RZR sound system from Rockford, however a simple solution like a soundbar is more than enough for some. At the end of the day, you must consider what you value, what you can afford, and what you care to spend money on.