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SoundExtreme Powersports Amplified Soundbar Review - Cycles Online

SoundExtreme Powersports Amplified Soundbar Review



The SoundExtreme Powersports Amplified Soundbar from Ecoxgear.

The SoundExtreme Powersports Amplified Soundbar from Ecoxgear. (Jeff Henson/)

My first sighting of a stereo fixed to an ATV was more than a decade ago at the High Lifter Mud Nationals. Held near Jacksonville, Texas. “Mud nats” was the premier event of the year to get your mud fix. People showed up from all over the country with their ATVs jacked sky high on monster mud tires, a very appropriate setup for the soupy terrain. Many of them had these gigantic stereo systems that took up the entire front rack of the machine, so big that they could barely see the terrain in front of them. It didn’t make a whole lot of sense, but it did sound good.

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Our friends at Ecoxgear have a better solution that won’t obstruct your vision, won’t take up all of your allotted cargo space, provides a variety of mounting possibilities, and sounds great—even when cranked up to 11. The SoundExtreme Powersports Amplified Soundbar is a 26-inch tube stuffed with a 500-watt amplifier and eight marine-grade speakers. There are two tweeters, four midrange speakers, and a subwoofer at each end. All speakers can be backlit (or not) in your choice of hue for the LED lights inside the soundbar. You can also set the lights to morph through all colors while flashing to the beat of the music. Apparently disco isn’t dead just yet.

There’s an additional LED light strip on the backside of the unit that can be lit in various colors. If you mount the SoundExtreme bar on the front of your ATV, select bright white for additional forward lighting. Or do like we did by mounting it on the rear rack to add even more red taillight visibility.

A weatherproof touchpad controls all sound, lighting, and phone pairing functions.

A weatherproof touchpad controls all sound, lighting, and phone pairing functions. (Jeff Henson/)

The system includes long-range Bluetooth 5.0 pairing, which will stream music even when your phone is several campsites away. Wireless setup is simple and it works perfectly with streaming services such as Spotify, iTunes, and Amazon. The soundbar also has an FM mode, which will let you save your favorite FM radio stations as presets.

The SoundExtreme soundbar is waterproof, mudproof, sandproof, shockproof, and even snowproof, including the touchpad control on the unit. The touchpad includes volume controls, FM mode, music selection, Bluetooth pairing, and all lighting controls. All of those functions can also be accessed with a wireless credit-card-sized remote control unit that is included.

The SoundExtreme soundbar includes a remote that controls all sound and lighting functions.

The SoundExtreme soundbar includes a remote that controls all sound and lighting functions. (Jeff Henson/)

Other features include a 12-volt power-out connection port for powering other accessories, and an auxiliary connection port if you want to hook up additional music sources such as a CD player. A USB power port is located below the touchpad for charging your phone or a tablet. An EcoTalk feature allows communication with Siri, Alexa, and other voice-assisted smart devices. The unit also contains EcoCast, which allows streaming to a maximum of 50 other EcoCast-enabled devices. That’s a lot of speakers.

Installation couldn’t be easier. The unit can be wired directly to a 12-volt battery, or to a toggle switch on your dash. Several hardware options are included for mounting the unit not only to your ATV, but to your UTV, boat, golf cart, sand car, and pretty much anything else. Ecoxgear even sells an optional AC-to-DC home power supply so you can use the SoundExtreme soundbar in your garage.

The SoundExtreme Powersports Amplified Soundbar is compatible with Polaris Ride Command technology.

The SoundExtreme Powersports Amplified Soundbar is compatible with Polaris Ride Command technology. (Jeff Henson/)

We chose to mount our SoundExtreme soundbar to the new 2022 Polaris Sportsman XP 1000 Ride Command Edition, which also has Bluetooth streaming capability. Most smartphones will allow two or more Bluetooth devices to be connected simultaneously, and that gave us the ability to wirelessly control music selection to our soundbar from the Ride Command dashboard on the ATV.

Mounting the SoundExtreme soundbar to the rear rack kept our forward view unobstructed. While we could have mounted the bar directly to the rack with supplied hardware, we chose to take advantage of the Polaris Lock & Ride mounting system. For $18, we purchased a two-piece universal Lock & Ride anchor system that kept our cargo space and access to the storage door beneath the cargo rack open. The Lock & Ride system also allows for removal and installation of the soundbar in a matter of seconds.

An LED light strip on the back of the soundbar is color changeable with the touch of a button.

An LED light strip on the back of the soundbar is color changeable with the touch of a button. (Jeff Henson/)

The SoundExtreme Powersports Amplified Soundbar retails for $399.99. Ecoxgear has other SoundExtreme soundbar models available that range from 18-inch to 32-inch lengths, as well as accessories, additional speakers, and helmet audio gear. For more information visit Ecoxgear online.



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