Product Reviews: Sound Systems

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Fusion Apollo Marine Entertainment System with Built-In WiFi

PROs:

  • Bluetooth, UPnP, Optical Audio, advanced SiriusXM, AM/FM radio, AUX and USB connections
  • The world’s first touchscreen marine stereo, the one-piece glass touch display is flawless, edge to edge
  • Wirelessly connect multiple Apollo stereos to play music throughout your entire vessel via PartyBus

CONs:

  • The Apollo SRX-400 is a smaller, more compact version however it offers less functionality
  • Subwoofer and full range line outs require additional amplification

The Fusion Sound-Panel

PROs:

  • 4 mounting options – flush, 19mm, 25mm wall depth or surface mount with no cutout
  • Both the left and right speaker wires only need to be routed to one location for connection
  • The sealed design protects all drivers and components from being damaged if exposed to the elements

CONs:

  • Some people feel that a sound bar cannot replace a surround stereo system

Eton Rukus Solar Portable Bluetooth Sound System

PROs:

  • Can play music from a Bluetooth enabled smartphone, tablet, laptop or computer
  • High efficiency solar panel allows the system to require minimal charging
  • Lightweight and integrated handle makes it easy to carry

CONs:

  • Good quality but not spectacular sound quality
  • Does not include an AM/FM radio tuner
  • The built in cell phone holder is not well protected

Polyplanar MRD80i Waterproof Marine Stereo

PROs:

  • USB and SD inputs
  • Devices can insert into unit and be protected
  • Waterproof

CONs:

  • No CD player
  • Remote controls available but sold separately

Lowrance SonicHub Marine Audio Server

PROs:

  • Waterproof dock protects player
  • Two-zone music control
  • Control iPod or iPhone with HDS MFD

CONs:

  • Requires a Lowrance HDS display
  • Requires 12V DC electrical system
  • IPX2 weatherproof rated

Fusion MS-AV600 Marine DVD Stereo

PROs:

  • DVD playback (RCA or S-Video output)
  • Optional Fusion wired remote (MS-WR600)
  • Simple controls with bright display screen

CONs:

  • Requires a TV or monitor (not supplied) to view video
  • Expensive when compared to standard car stereos
  • Does not support video playback from an iPod/iPhone

Fusion 700 Series Marine Stereo

PROs:

  • Control of Fusion head unit through a Fusion-Link capable MFD
  • Wireless control of the system via iPad or iPhone apps (Wi-Fi required)
  • Clean and simple controls with colour LCD display screen

CONs:

  • Requires a TV or monitor (not supplied) to view video
  • Impacts of having entertainment data on N2K bus unclear
  • Base unit is only IPX5 weatherproofed

Fusion MS-WR600 Marine Wired Remote Control

PROs:

  • DVD playback (RCA or S-Video output)
  • Optional Fusion wired remote (MS-WR600)
  • Simple controls with bright display screen

CONs:

  • Requires a TV or monitor (not supplied) to view video
  • Expensive when compared to standard car stereos
  • Does not support video playback from an iPod/iPhone
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