GARMIN TREAD AUDIO SYSTEM

WHAT IT IS:

For those interested in taking the epic sounds of contributing editor Lance Swartz’s favorite band—A Flock of Seagulls—out on the trail as part of your adventure, the Garmin Tread audio system delivers those sounds in a conveniently packaged system designed with rugged, all-weather performance.

The speaker mounts rotate in multiple directions, which allow you to mount/aim the speakers as you desire.

 

WHAT IT IS:

Think of the Tread audio system as a piece of the Garmin puzzle that allows users of their Tread navigator device to integrate rugged, weatherproof audio with that existing system. For those without the Tread navigator GPS/radio system, Tread audio can also pair with the Garmin Tread app on your smartphone, providing the tunes without the integrated features of the Tread navigator. As a bonus, built-in LED lights can be synced with music tracks to harmonize pulsing colors to the rhythm of the beat.   

If you already have any Tread navigator and are looking to add an audio system to your ride, the Garmin Tread audio system is a perfect solution that integrates all the best features of both together.

 

FEATURES:

The system comes with two 6.5-inch LED cage speakers, a Tread audio box (that pairs with the Tread or the Tread app), and a wireless remote. The audio box utilizes multiple audio sources (Bluetooth, AM/FM radio and an auxiliary line) to stream your music of choice. An LED controller gives owners the ability to dial in the tower speakers to their color of choice or let the colors change to the beat of the music.

PERFORMANCE:

Installing the Tread audio system was fairly straightforward. The pods clamp to the roll cage and then get wired to the controller. That controller can be wired to a Garmin PowerSwitch or straight to the vehicle’s battery. Installation can be completed with basic hand tools and have you rockin’ in under an hour. The speaker mounts rotate in multiple directions, which allow you to mount/aim the speakers as you desire. Connecting the system to either the Tread app or the Tread navigator is as simple as a few button clicks.  Sound performance is acceptable.  However, we think the addition of the $250 subwoofer would provide a more substantial and balanced sound.

VERDICT:

If you already have any Tread and are looking to add an audio system to your ride, the Garmin Tread audio system is a perfect solution that integrates all the best features of both together. If you are just looking to add tunes, the product will provide the same audio performance. But, there are systems out there that offer similar sound performance for less money.

CONTACT:

www.garmin.com/treadaudio

RATING:

★★★★

PRICE:

$1,199.99

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