Depending on who you ask, you’re probably going to get multiple different answers and opinions vis-à-vis the best way to play music and other forms of audio in the Can-Am Commander. While soundbar-style stereos are sleek and easy to install, they can’t rival other styles of UTV stereos. Things like overhead sound systems are similarly sleek and streamlined, but more complex than soundbars. On the higher-end, full Can-Am Commander stereo kits with multiple speakers, subs, and amplifiers dispersed throughout the cab can also be installed for the highest sound quality and decibel output. Regardless of your budget or the other aftermarket accessories you have already installed in your machine, there are many great options for Can-Am Commander sound system setups.
Cheap Can-Am Commander Sound-Systems Options
One of the cheapest ways to play music in the Can-Am Commander is to bring along your cousin Billy-Bob who plays the Banjo. Alternatively, you could just use your phone speaker set upside-down in a glass cup. Using headphones and earbuds is a simple and cheap way to listen to music when you’re on the trail, but if you want the best bang for your buck when it comes to Can-Am Commander sound systems, better options are available.
Front speaker pods by companies like Bad Dawg and SSV Works aren’t too expensive, and the Cooter Brown side-by-side stereo unit from EMP also puts out decent sound for the price. And while cheap Boss audio tubes can be purchased at places like Walmart, which plug into your cigarette outlet and sync to your smartphone's bluetooth, these are generally not waterproof, shockproof, or able to withstand the bumps and vibrations that are common in off-road riding.
Even lower-end UTV soundbars are better for off-road applications than the higher-end ones made for indoor use. The JBL Stadium UB4100 Powersports soundbar, for example, not only provides its user with handsome sound, but it also comes with an interior light to illuminate the cab of your side-by-side and a GoPro stand for capturing all your high-adrenaline stunts.
The Memphis soundbar is another cheap option that is more than enough for most casual listeners. Although it doesn’t have a lot of bass — and most soundbars don’t compared to bigger systems — it provides great quality sound nonetheless, and is a small system that takes up very little space in the cockpit of your Commander.
Wet Sounds soundbars are common, but many riders reckon that if you are going to spend that much and still want a soundbar, the Powerbass 1200 is a better option with crazy loud capabilities and superbly clear sound. Before you decide on a soundbar, however, you should take into consideration potential fitment issues with aftermarket roofs, windshields, and rear windscreens. The last thing you want is to have to mess around with mounting hardware or retrofit your own stereo bracket just to make your soundbar fit properly.
Roof Stereos For The Can-Am Commander
For a stereo setup that is powerful yet out of the way, accessible yet non-obtrusive, an overhead Can-Am Commander stereo unit is the way to go. Unlike their cage-mounted speaker boxes — which barely fit on an RZR, yet alone a Commander with angled support bars — many Can-Am owners really enjoy the stereo tops by Audioformz. You can use them as is, or upgrade the speakers to some 6x9 Rockford Fosgates.
Like Audioformz, J Strong Industries also makes a great overhead audio system for the Can-Am Commander, equipped with built-in speakers, an infinity head unit, interior lights, and bluetooth as well as AM/FM and Aux inputs. Companies like ProBox and Southern Sounds also make good roof stereo systems for the Can-Am Commander, but it all just depends on what you need and what you can afford.
Complete Stereo Kits For The Can-Am Commander
Full audio systems for the Can-Am Commander can get expensive, but for those who prioritize sound quality over cost, companies like Swamp Donkey, Froghead Industries, and Mayhem Manufacturing offer high-end stereos and stereo gear that will make your rig bump like nothing else on the trail. The Noam kit is an option as well, and riders frequently mix and match various parts from different sound accessory providers.
For example, a great audio system could include two Noam 5.25” speakers mounted on the rear roll bar set for low range, two 5.25” Polk audio speakers on the front roll cage pillars with the Bad Dawg speaker pods and a 10” subwoofer by SSV. A system like this sounds way more natural than other types of side-by-side sound systems, as the music faces you from the front rather than screaming at you from behind.
Be it an expensive system, a cheap system, or something in between, the right audio setup for you and your Can-Am Commander will depend on what you want, what you care about spending money on, and the space available in your side-by-side.