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Old 12-08-2018, 11:50 AM
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New Headunit suggestions

I have a 2002 X-30. One of my winter projects is to replace my 2 year old headunit that quite at the beginning of last summer. I see MC using Fusion headunits. If I go with one from Fusion, what model do people suggest?

My system:
3 Kicker amps; 1,000W for tower speakers, 700W for sub and 700W for the 4 interior speakers
Wetsounds WS-420

Thanks for any input.
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Old 12-08-2018, 01:01 PM
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If your looking at the Fusion I have the 755 and like it for it's zones audio level control, it has Bluetooth, aux, iPod input and SiruisXM ready. I added the SiruisXM tuner and very happy with it. It's on the expensive side specialy if you want to add remotes.
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Old 12-08-2018, 02:00 PM
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I like the Fusion RA70N is a great price point head. it will work well with the WS-420. Just make sure you get the "N" version as it supports the N2K backbone for remotes. Up from there, id likely go with one of the new Apollo series.

Clarion, either the M608 or M508.
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Old 12-08-2018, 03:09 PM
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The Apollo has a DSP, which not only provides tailored sound when using the Fusion speakers, it has more generic response contours for others, in various sizes. It can use WiFi or a wired connection to the network and the DSP prevents a lot of the distortion that can not only sound bad, it kills speakers. The price is about the same as the 755, but the face is larger, so that may preclude it from fitting in some boats. It uses a touch screen, too- pretty nice piece.

Any head unit that has these abilities needs to be updated as soon as it's connected to power.

Oh, yeah- it also uses AirPlay in addition to Bluetooth.
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Old 12-10-2018, 03:21 PM
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I like the Fusion RA70N is a great price point head. it will work well with the WS-420. Just make sure you get the "N" version as it supports the N2K backbone for remotes. Up from there, id likely go with one of the new Apollo series.

Clarion, either the M608 or M508.
Will the Fusion MS-RA70N control three (3) zones: interior speakers, tower speakers and sub? Right now when I mute my interior speakers using the WS-420, I also lose my sub.

I'd like to be able to mute the interior speakers and run the tower speakers and sub at the same time.
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I'd like to be able to mute the interior speakers and run the tower speakers and sub at the same time.
The RA70N has 2 zones and woofer level. The woofer zone is tied to zone 1, much like the 420 woofer is tied to in-boat zone.

If you want true 3-4 zone control, step up to one of the other Fusion units or consider the Wet Sounds MC-1 and eliminate the WS-420

Sounds like you have the old style WS-420. You can swap the in-boat and tower RCA around, so the woofer is no linked to the tower. Tower volume dial controls in-boats, in-boat volume dial controls tower, woofer dial controls woofer when in-boat dial is turned up.
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Old 12-14-2018, 12:12 PM
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So my installer tells me the following regarding the RA70N and the Apollo RA770.

RA770: Not the greatest unit until all the bugs get figured out. He installed 3 of them last year and still had alot of bugs to work out. The last update was 100% better but still had a few issues. The look is great and the user interface is getting better. Price: $650

RA70N: This unit has 2 zones and a sub. It will take an extra 3 steps to turn it down or up. The Apollo has all 4 zones on 1 screen. If you don't mind the extra steps for sub control, the RA70N is great. Price: $250

It is worth an extra $400 for a little more convenience but risking having some bugs because it's still a new design?

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There are a few MS-RA770 on eBay for $550 although I don't know if they are approved retailers for the warranty.
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So my installer tells me the following regarding the RA70N and the Apollo RA770.

RA770: Not the greatest unit until all the bugs get figured out. He installed 3 of them last year and still had alot of bugs to work out. The last update was 100% better but still had a few issues. The look is great and the user interface is getting better. Price: $650

RA70N: This unit has 2 zones and a sub. It will take an extra 3 steps to turn it down or up. The Apollo has all 4 zones on 1 screen. If you don't mind the extra steps for sub control, the RA70N is great. Price: $250

It is worth an extra $400 for a little more convenience but risking having some bugs because it's still a new design?

Thoughts??
It's not $400 for a little convenience, it's $400 for WiFi, NMEA 2000, FOUR zones, AirPlay, DSP, more power......

I hope he updated them as soon as they were powered- that helped with the one I installed, but it was also one of the first to be sold.

For the money, the RA70 is really a good choice, IMO. The 770 is really made for larger boats.
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