The Best Sound Systems For The Polaris RZR
Feb 9th 2020
The best Polaris RZR sound system is relative, and will depend on a few things. Cost is one factor that should be considered, and the future goals of the RZR, RZR 4, or RZR Turbo owner are also important to consider. Some riders are all about that bass, while others want simplicity in their RZR or RZR 4 sound system. Something like a UTV sound bar would suit the needs of many riders, and they’re sure easier than wiring up a complete audio system equipped with amps, subs, tweeters, and a control unit. Despite their simplicity, sound bars 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 sound bar alone. However, for those who would prefer to dump their money into other aftermarket RZR accessories like tires, lift kits, and exhausts, a complete sound system may not be worth it. Sure you could wire up two 8" Rockville tower speakers, two 6.5" kicker 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, a better ride quality with some aftermarket shocks, or a handful of other Polaris RZR upgrades.
It’s all about tradeoffs, and triaging your personal priorities is paramount. RZR audio roofs are handy and out of the way, while a sound system with dash controls are often more convenient to use. Bluetooth is great, but what if you want a stereo pod with a radio receiver? While there might not be a one-size-fits-all solution for Polaris RZR sound systems, we can help you identify the pros and cons of each stereo type, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of particular brands of Polaris RZR sound systems, Polaris RZR 4 sound systems, and Polaris RS1 sound systems.
Sound Bars For The Polaris RZR
A lot of UTV riders love the JBL sound bars they have installed in their side-by-sides. The music they emit is very clear, with a high limit for volume output. Compared to sound bars like the Wet Sounds Stealth 10, the JBL Stadium sound bar produces a better sound and decent bass as well.
Other riders go with MTX sound bars like their Mud41 edition, and Hifonics as well as NavAtlas soundbars are also liked by almost everyone who owns them. However, in the opinion of some, the Powerbass XL 1200 blows all others out of the water. The Powerbass soundbar includes built-in, marine grade, poly cone woofers as well as full-range speakers and Mylar tweeters. The sound produced by a Powerbass soundbar is spectacular, but with a price-tag that approaches four figures, it’s up there in terms of expensiveness.
Riders like the fact that Polaris RZR 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 constantly reaching up to power 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 Polaris RZR soundbars will always be limited. MB Quart tower speakers, for example, sound way better, but this is because they are bigger and have more space to resonate. If you don’t mind how much larger they are, things like subwoofers, boat speakers, and full surround-sound speaker systems can be used. That being said, you can still get good sound quality while optimizing for space with all your speakers and audio components integrated into your vehicle’s roof.
Audio Roofs And Roof-Mounted Sound Systems For The Polaris RZR
Mb Quart 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 satisfied with these, and 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 audio equipment built in, and you can also get roof stereo pods / sound system kits that install under your existing stock or aftermarket roof.
Like the full RZR sound systems 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-mounted 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 the headspace of tall riders or those who ride with helmets on, but if you chopped your stock cage or installed a lower aftermarket roll cage, your headroom could be affected.
Ask any long-time RZR owner and they’ll likely have their own thoughts 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 either. 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 your hard-earned money on.