UTVs serve various purposes. Farmers use them in ranches to transport goods. Off-road adventure sports enthusiasts drive them for pleasure. People living in remote places where there are no proper roads use them for conveyance.
UTVs are rugged vehicles built for extreme weather conditions. Needless to say, the accessories for UTVs must also be rugged to survive prolonged exposure to the elements. Among accessories, the most commonly used are audio systems and these need to be weather-resistant for trouble-free use.
In this article we are going to introduce you to some of the top-performing UTV roof-mounted stereo systems. These are radio units that can either be clamped to the roofs or overhead bars of UTVs. They have multiple inputs and outputs for flexible connections. They are water, impact and corrosion resistant.
Top UTV Roof Stereo Systems For Your UTV & ORV :
The detailed product specification and reviews are mentioned below :
SD Pioneer 1000 Radio UTV Roof Stereo System by Galena :
The Galena SD Pioneer 1000 Radio UTV Audio Roof Stereo System is one of the best in the range. It has a water-proof plastic door that provides safety to the input ports from dirt, dust, and water. Its outer bracket is made up of durable weatherproof material for ultimate outdoor protection. This UTV audio roof device comes with four sizeable 6.5-inch Kicker speakers. With them in place, the audio output you receive is loud, clear and free from any external disturbance.
Though considering it is a passive soundbar, users need to attach an external amplifier. For audio input, the stereo support both the AUX-in port and Bluetooth. Hence whether you have an old school music device or you rely upon the latest apps, everything is sorted here. Besides that, it also features a USB slot and an integrated AM/FM radio for extended options.
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The UTV audio roof from Galena is equipped with grills on the front that provides protection against any physical damage. Hence during instances when you accidentally bang something into the stereo, the grill will take all pressure while keeping the drivers safe.
Polaris RZR Razor 1000 Overhead Stereo Radio by Galena :
The Polaris RZR Razor 1000 is an audio roof for side-by-side vehicles. The stereo comes equipped with a transparent plastic door that keeps the unit safe from water and dust. And for physical protection, its water-resistant polypropylene rugged construction makes up for taking sudden knocks and bangs. This Polaris device comes with four 5.25-inch Kicker speakers and a Sony head unit. Besides that, it is filled with polyfill. This configuration all together powers for clear vocals and instruments along with enormous bass.
For audio/ media input, the stereo features Bluetooth, AUX-in, and a USB port. Hence from Bluetooth integrated devices to MP3 and MX players, everything will support your outdoor musical journey. And if that’s not enough, it even has an FM radio option. Lastly, the device comes with adjustable clamps, screws, and all other mounting devices (stainless-steel).
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While most of the UTV Roof stereos are water-proof, this one from Polaris is a level advance. While its internal section is water and dust resistant, you can even wash it down to remove all mud and dirt. Hence, after returning from your outdoor trip, wash down the device to make it new every time. Besides that, when any of its speakers or radio goes out of function, users can pop that out and replace it with another one.
SD 2BBT4B Polaris RZR Roof Stereo Radio :
The SD 2BBT4B Polaris RZR is another SxS stereo roof for UTVs from Galena. Its external cage is made up of plastic material that protects the internal units from dust, dirt, and water impact. The device is highly hardy and is designed with water-resistant housing. On the audio front, it comes with four Kicker 5.25-inch speakers that produce powerful audio output.
From deep bass to sweet high notes, everything it produces comes out highly precise and clear. This stereo device features Bluetooth, AUX-in, and a USB flash port for media input. It even has an integrated FM Radio that provides for the latest music, news, sports information, and more. Lastly, the device comes with all and every mounting hardware.
Can-Am Maverick & Commander Stereo for UTV :
The Can-Am Maverick & Commander Stereo is an ultimate UTV roof with speakers. Considering it is a UTV device, Can-Am has ensured an all-terrain, all-weather construction. While its water-resistance frame is made up of high-quality polypropylene, it even has a protective plastic door (removable) for added protection. So, no matter what the outdoor conditions are, this stereo will accompany you without fail.
On the audio front, it has two pairs of 6.5-inch Kicker speakers that make up for the production of high-definition and clear audio. Regardless of your UTV’s speed and outdoor disturbance, it fills up the environment seamlessly. Users can input audio via Bluetooth, AUX-in, and the USB port. Or, in case you want to catch up with something latest, it even has an integrated FM Radio.
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This Can-Am Maverick & Commander Stereo is designed with a protective shield that provides protection from accidental starches and knocks. Besides that, it even has two lights that make up for small reading and illumination.
Can-Am X3 UTV Stereo System :
The Can-Am X3 UTV Stereo System is another device from Galena. It is designed with a rugged marinized build that ensures protection from dirt, dust, salt, fog, water and other outdoor conditions. Besides that, it has built-in grills that provide extended protection from any kind of impact. Further, on the audio front, it is equipped with four 6.5-inch Kicker speakers. All of them produce voluminous sound with clear vocals and instruments and deep bass.
Regardless of the outdoor interference, its excellent audio output will blow your mind. For media/ audio input, it has a 3.5mm auxiliary audio-in jack, Bluetooth and a USB port. And if that is not enough, users can play the integrated FM radio for the latest songs and news. Lastly, this stereo comes with a wire antenna, dome lights, and built-in illumination around the buttons.
CAN AM X3 Maverick Kicker 4 Speaker Stereo for UTV by Galena :
CAN-AM X3 UTV audio roof, though, is the last but definitely not the least. Its entire body is made up of water-resistant material (and engineering). Thus, despite the water and dust influence around, it does not allow any of its to enter inside the console. On the audio front, it has our Kicker 6.5-inch coaxial speakers and shockproof polypropylene boxes.
Combining together, all these devices produce high-quality audio output with a clear and precise experience. For pairing audio, it allows Bluetooth, AUX-in and USB port. However, it doesn’t have a built-in amp, and thus users have to integrate it externally. The stereo even has a separate removable radio with illuminated controls. Lastly, it has a simple 4-clamp 2-wire battery hook-up system that makes up for easy installation as well.
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What’s appealing about this CAN-AM X3 stereo is even when it gets splashed with mud all around, users can wash it all off without any worries. Besides that, it has sturdy grilles that ensure protection from all and any kind of sudden physical impact.
Things To Consider While Buying An UTV Stereo Roof / UTV Roof Mount Stereo Console / UTV Stereo System :
Is the system designed for UTVs ?
The first thing you should take into account is whether the system is designed for off-road vehicles like UTVs. It must be mountable to UTV roofs, towers and roll cages. It must have come with all the necessary mounting brackets, clamps, screws and other parts for quick and easy installation.
The clamps must fit your UTV bars
Once you’ve made sure the system is UTV-compatible, check if the mounting clamps fit the overhead bars of your UTV. Although most clamps are adjustable, they have an upper and a lower limit, and that is why it is imperative that you measure the thickness of your bars, and accordingly select a model whose clamps fit your bar size.
The UTV stereo system you choose must have a good IP (Ingress Protection) rating. Given the difficult terrain it must navigate, it has to have a solid frame that protects the inner parts from extreme temperatures, rain, fog, dirt, shocks, UV rays, rust and corrosion. A system that can be hosed is preferable.
The head-unit must have Bluetooth (preferable), AUX and USB facility for sound input. It must be compatible with smart phones, tablets and MP3 players. If it has outputs for adding extra sound equipment like another soundbar, amp or subwoofer, it is a definite bonus.
The advantage of an active stereo system is that you don’t have to add an external amp to the set-up. It saves space, money and effort, and there are fewer wires. However, a passive system allows you the flexibility to add an amp of your choice to produce the best sound possible with the speakers. So we would say, choose according to your need.
If you want finger tip control of your system while driving, we would suggest you go for a stereo with a Bluetooth or wired remote control. The remote can be mounted to the dashboard for quick access.
LED light bars
Select a system that has a built-in LED light bar or dome lights. It comes in handy when you have to read maps or do small jobs at the wheel once daylight has faded. It also brightens up the inside of your vehicle and allows you to see things more clearly.
Number and types of speakers, frequency response, power output
You need a sound system that has tweeters, mid-range drivers and woofers for handling different sound frequencies. Note the frequency response, impedance and signal-to-noise ratio of the device. Also check the RMS wattage of the stereo as that gives a clearer picture of the power output.