Best Motorcycle Speakers 2017 – Reviews & Buying Guide

I like music. And I like biking. If you are like me, then there are two options to combine the two. Either use a Bluetooth headset (check my best motorcycle Bluetooth headsets review!) or use motorcycle speakers. If you go for the latter option, read on to see what currently the best motorcycle speakers are.

The upside of motorcycle speakers is that you can use your motorbike as a radio / music player wherever you go. You can blast it on the highway or throw a party next to your parked bike. Having the ability to enjoy some good music anywhere and being able to share the music with others, is a great thing in my opinion.

If you want to try the same, get yourself some motorcycle speakers. They range from a few tens of dollars up to a few hundred. Whether you want to try it out with a budget set or want to go with a full sound system, the options are there.

What to look out for

There are a few important factors when it comes to buying your own motorcycle speakers. Firstly, If you want some good volume, you’re going to need a set of high Watt speakers. This doesn’t matter too much if you just want to enjoy the music yourself.

Secondly, check if the speakers are compatible with your bike. Most speakers in this review are attached to the handlebars, which makes them fit on pretty much every motorcycle. However, some motorcycle speakers don’t fit everywhere. For example the Hogtunes, which only fit on a select few Harley-Davidson bikes.

Lastly, consider whether you want to buy an amplifier separately (or have one lying around already). Most speaker sets come without an amplifier, while some others do. If you want to buy a decent speaker set with an amplifier, the Boss Audio sound system is most likely your best option.

Top 5 Best Motorcycle Speakers

Motorcycle speakersWattAvailable in 
BOSS AUDIO MC420B2x 300 WattChrome and black
Pyle PLMCS942x 400 WattChrome only
Hogtunes 352F-AA2x 75 WattBlack only
SMA Shkc7800N4 x 500 WattChrome and black
SMA 100 Watt Marine Speakers2 x 100 WattBlack only

 

BOSS AUDIO MC420B Chrome 600 watt Motorcycle Speakers

boss audio mc420b motorcycle speakersThe MC420B  Boss Audio System is the most popular motorcycle sound system. So what can you find inside? It comes with a weatherproof pair of 3-inch chrome speakers, delivering 300 Watt each, and a good quality amplifier. Furthermore, it works on a standard 12V source. Installing the speakers is a bit of a hassle, although a technically minded person can do it within an hour, and a not so technical minded person in two or three hours. The sound system includes two mountain brackets that are adjustable for almost all types of handlebars (3/4 up to 1 1/4 inches).

The standard input is the most common headphone jack. Which you can find on any smartphone or MP3 player. Well, except for the iPhone 7 of course. However, even if you have an iPhone 7, the Boss Audio sound system can stream your music over Bluetooth.

The sound quality is pretty amazing, see the key specs below for the exact specifications. At low and normal volumes, there is no noticeable distortion or odd sound effects. As for the highest volumes, I can’t really tell at that volume.

Lastly, the Boss Audio sound system includes three years of warranty to finish the deal off. Overall, an excellent set for a moderate price. Which makes it not that surprising it is the most popular motorcycle sound system.

BOSS AUDIO MC420B key specs

  • 2x 300 Watt speakers
  • 12V power source
  • Available in chrome and black
  • Frequency response from 80Hz to 15KHz
  • Signal to noise ratio exceeds 85 decibels
  • Overall THD (inaccuracy in sound reproduction) is less than 0.01%
  • Wired remote volume control
  • Fits almost all handlebars (3/4 to 1 1/4 inches)
  • Includes mounting brackets
  • Bluetooth support
  • Standard 3.5mm audio jack
  • Three-year warranty

 

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Pyle PLMCS94 800 Watts Motorcycle Speakers Review

pyle plmcs94 motorcycle speakersThe Pyle Motorcycle Speaker Set comes with two 3 inch speaker cones, each delivering up to 400 Watt of audio output. Compared to the Boss Audio set, the frequency response lies a bit higher, ranging from 180Hz to 20KHz. Much like the Boss Audio set, mounting brackets are included and fit on most handlebars as well. However, an amplifier is not included so you will need to buy one separately.

The Pyle speakers are water resistant and can take very heavy rain. The sound quality is excellent, and the speakers look pretty stylish on most motorcycles.

Overall the Pyle Speaker set consists of two decent speakers, that perform better than you would expect for their price. If you already have an amplifier, or simply like their design, I would recommend checking them out.

Pyle PLMCS94 key specs

  • 2x 400 Watt speakers
  • 12V power source
  • Available in chrome
  • Frequency response from 180Hz to 20KHz
  • Fits almost all handlebars (3/4 to 1 1/4 inches)
  • Includes mounting brackets

 

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Hogtunes 352F-AA Front Speakers Review

hogtunes 352f aa motorcycle speakersThe Hogtunes Speaker Set is made specifically for Harley-Davidson motorcycles. They are high quality and outperform the stock speakers in most Harley Davidson bikes. They are made for the 2006-2013 models of the Electra Glide, Classic, Ultra Classic, Street Glide, and Trike models. So if you are looking for some Harley-Davidson speakers for one of these bikes, this is the speaker set for you.

The speakers have an output of about 75 Watt RMS, which translates to a roughly 150 Watt peak. Compared to the other motorcycle speakers in this list they traded in a few Watt in exchange for better sound quality. And they fit on Harley-Davidson Motorcycles of course.

Hogtunes 352F-AA key specs

  • 2x 75 Watt speakers
  • Made for Harley-Davidson motorbikes
  • Fits most 2006-2013 models, some of the earlier and later models as well
  • Available in black only

 

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SMA Shkc7800N 2000 Watt 4.1 Motorcycle Marine Audio Speaker Set

sma shkc7800n motorcycle speakersThe SMA Shkc7800N is the best of the best motorcycle speaker sets available. In exchange for that, they’re also the most expensive. Still, the set boasts a total of 2000 Watt in output, includes an amplifier, both a wired and wireless remote, LCD screen display, and 4 waterproof speakers. Furthermore, the Shkc7800N Speaker Set has a built-in FM tuner, SD slot, standard headphone jack, Bluetooth 4 support, and a silicon waterproof case for the amplifier. Putting that altogether the SMA Shkc7800N speaker set is the most complete set out there.

When it comes to the audio quality the SMA Shkc7800N delivers what it should. The 2000 Watt are capable of delivering some serious volume. If you want to be heard on the highway, this is the set to buy. Despite the volume, the sound quality is decent as well. So if you want to have a 4.1 motorcycle speaker set, and you like to put the fanciest equipment on your bike, this is the motorcycle speaker set to buy.

SMA Shkc7800N key specs

  • 4 x 500 Watt speakers
  • 12V power source
  • Available in chrome and black
  • Wired and wireless remote volume control
  • Bluetooth 4 support
  • Standard 3.5mm audio jack
  • FM tuner
  • LCD screen display

 

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SMA 100 Watt 3.5 Inch Motorcycle Marine Audio Speakers

sma 100 watt marine speakersIf you are looking for a budget set of speakers and don’t care much about high Watt speakers, you may want to check out the SMA 100 Watt Marine Audio Speakers. Priced at below half of what the other speaker sets go for, you still get two decent 100 Watt speaker for your money. Their official specifications are odd at best, riddled with so many English errors that I wouldn’t put any value in them. When it comes to actual experiences, the speakers feel a bit heavier (about 1.5 lbs) and are a bit larger than you would assume from the pictures. The included cord is more than long enough, and the sound quality is good.

Surprisingly enough, even at 100 Watt, these speakers can produce quite some volume. Even on the highway, the sound is not only audible but also still of decent quality. Overall, it is a great value for your money speaker set. I wouldn’t count on any kind of customer service considering the English of the manufacturer, but even then, the SMA 100 Watt Marine Speakers are a great budget option.

SMA 100 Watt Marine Speakers key specs

  • Best budget option
  • 2 x 100 Watt speakers
  • 12V power source
  • Available in black
  • Decent sound quality

 

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