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Dani & Bill 05-24-2020 09:44 AM

Radio in my golf cart?
 
Bought a used cart that does not have a radio/cd/aux. Seems like most we have seen do. What is your experience? Necessary, nice to have, never use it? If I decide to add it to my cart, who is the most cost effective installer?
Thanks!

l2ridehd 05-24-2020 09:51 AM

OK to have. Certainly not required. I did mine as cost effectively as can be done. Series has an app for you phone if you have it in any car. So I got a bluetooth speaker from Amazon for $20, mounted it under the dash and it has a plug for my USB port to keep it charged. Paired it to the phone and it works great. Total cost $20. Biggest issue is because the cart is open and somewhat noisy, it has to be to loud to be effective.

John_W 05-24-2020 09:58 AM

This was discussed last week.

https://www.talkofthevillages.com/fo...adio+golf+cart

timinthevillages 05-24-2020 12:03 PM

If you buy a name brand (Bose or JBL) you won't have to crank the volume. It's worth the extra cost.

villagetinker 05-24-2020 01:05 PM

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Originally Posted by Dani & Bill (Post 1770216)
Bought a used cart that does not have a radio/cd/aux. Seems like most we have seen do. What is your experience? Necessary, nice to have, never use it? If I decide to add it to my cart, who is the most cost effective installer?
Thanks!

IMHO, do a Google search (or Amazon) for golf cart radios (NO CD player), there are several TRAY type systems that mount overhead and have built in speakers. these are relatively easy to install IF ordered for your year and make of golf cart, typically only 2 wires power and ground required. I have helped other neighbors with these. Send me a PM if you want to discuss further.

n8xwb 05-24-2020 08:44 PM

Most don't! And quite frankly, I for one don't want to listen to your choice of programming when in my cart, soooo please keep your windows closed if you have one installed and use it....oh, no windows? Then please don't install one.

jakers 05-25-2020 05:28 AM

Agree! Good thing most don’t have radios. Imagine the sound driving in your cart having to hear 10 different stations around you!

cgilcreast 05-25-2020 05:42 AM

Ear buds and a cell phone.

Dr Winston O Boogie jr 05-25-2020 06:02 AM

I want to know where all these carts with radios are. Although they exist, my experience is that they are rare.

I have no issue if anyone wants one or has one. I'm just surprised to hear someone say that most golf carts in The Villages have one.

jpearson 05-25-2020 06:21 AM

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Originally Posted by l2ridehd (Post 1770221)
OK to have. Certainly not required. I did mine as cost effectively as can be done. Series has an app for you phone if you have it in any car. So I got a bluetooth speaker from Amazon for $20, mounted it under the dash and it has a plug for my USB port to keep it charged. Paired it to the phone and it works great. Total cost $20. Biggest issue is because the cart is open and somewhat noisy, it has to be to loud to be effective.

To piggyback on this thread. I too bought a BlueTooth speaker from Amazon, but paid more for it. I bought a high-end JBL. I keep in the sweater basket while in the car and did not mount it. I like to bring it back on the lanai, or with me as I work outside. The larger more expensive one was about 179 bucks and I LOVE it. I too use the app for SiriusXM radio so I can enjoy music everywhere I go. As for being loud enough in the cart, I control the volume with my phone and it works great. I never turn it up fully and my wife and I sing along with it. In my opinion, I have had low-end BT speakers and they are fine for some applications, but to really enjoy your music, a better speaker is necessary. The old adage "you get what you pay for" is true most of the time. Enjoy.

JimmyDebbie 05-25-2020 06:37 AM

We have a portable device called Amp Caddy that pairs to our phones. We also use the Sirius app or Pandora app to play music. It clamps onto the cart and we can remove and take other places or bring it for charging. It holds around 20 hours of charge. I turn the volume down when we slow down or come to a stop so it’s not as loud as when we are riding. Having music makes the golf cart ride more enjoyable.

mbalsama 05-25-2020 06:38 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dani & Bill (Post 1770216)
Bought a used cart that does not have a radio/cd/aux. Seems like most we have seen do. What is your experience? Necessary, nice to have, never use it? If I decide to add it to my cart, who is the most cost effective installer?
Thanks!

Radio reception tends to be spotty in the Villages, but music streaming works just fine using Pandora , Sirius FM apps on my cell phone. I got the JBL Bluetooth Speaker system fron the Villages Golf Cars installed. It is weatherproof and works great!

Bay Kid 05-25-2020 06:53 AM

I had a Streetrod w/a builtin stereo. Too loud for others. Sold that ride now I have a bluetooth speaker I carry cart to cart and control better.

Bethwill 05-25-2020 07:33 AM

Never even thought of having a radio. It would have to be turned up too loud to even hear it, and might bother others. Ear buds in your phone would be more effective if you miss your music that much.

theruizs 05-25-2020 07:43 AM

In gas carts, the sound has to be turned up too high and disturbs anyone you come near. It works better in electric carts. However, even though we have had a radio/xm in both types of cart we really didn’t use it much. I guess we are one of those rare couples who like to talk when we are together, or talk to whomever we are riding with. So we only used it when we were alone anyway. IMHO, it really isn’t worth it. Use your bluetooth earbuds and smartphone when you want music.


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