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Review: Fusion 600 Marine A/V Series

Boaties like to have access to radio, music and on larger vessels, video. Whether they are cranking the music up on the long run to fish the continental shelf, relaxing at anchor or keeping track of weather reports, they want performance and state-of-the-art gear.

by Kevin Poulter


Power Output: 4 x 70W max; 4 x 43W RMS into 2Ω

Media: AM/FM Tuner; Sirius radio ready

DVD/CD, MP3 and iPod

(also available with internal iPod dock)

Outputs: 1 x RCA stereo, 2 x subwoofer, video & S-video

Inputs: iPod, RCA auxiliary, Sirius, wired remote

Display: 2.7-inch backlit LCD

Waterproofing: IPX5 (includes full behind-dash water protection)

Dimensions: 80 x 217 x 36mm (mounting 53 x 181 x 160mm)

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Today, most boat-builders have receiver/amplifiers as original equipment or as an option. In fact a $4.6 million motor yacht at the recent Sanctuary Cove boat show had a FUSION sound system in every cabin, the flybridge and transom area for totally independent listening.

Marine systems with an integrated DVD player are relatively new, however FUSION’s 600 DVD model also offers iPod control and replay, plus FUSION has a world’s-first unit with weatherproof iPod dock and controls built-in.

We saw the FUSION 600 DVD model at the recent Sydney Boat Show – and like many boaties, we liked what we saw.

But it was only when we “lifted the lid”, so to speak, that we were impressed enough to tell SILICON CHIP readers about it too!

With an in-built iPod dock, it handles programs from any conceivable audio source: DVD, CD, MP3 and all audio units with a headphone socket or RCA line-out. If an iPod is plugged into the dock, the MS-IP600 takes over the controls of the iPod and also charges it.

Designed for marine use

FUSION’s 600 series audio/visual entertainment unit, examined here, is designed specifically for marine use; it’s not just re-badged car equipment. They are probably the only company in the world who design true marine entertainment systems from the ground up.

FUSION gear is designed in Auckland, NZ for worldwide distribution – and is taking off in Australia and the United States.

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