As our season winds down, I can report that we continue to be very happy with this Fusion system.
shows how we were using the ipod prior to getting Fusion's wired remote
. We plugged the base into the USB port in the docking
bay. Now we just put the ipod into the docking bay when we get to the boat, where it charges and plays music
or video. The ipod pops in and out of the docking bay very easily and securely, making for very mobile multimedia between boat, home and work.
We added the wired remote to the cockpit
: not cheap
, but extremely convenient for entertaining in the cockpit under way or at the dock, and for us worth the price
of a couple of average restaurant meals
for a couple. After installing the remote in a hole in the bulkhead, the remote's cable simply plugs into the dedicated socket in the back of the compact head
. The remote turns the unit on and off, allows switching between input modes, and intuitively controls the ipod through the text on the screen
. Shows playlists and song but not performer. Switching zone control at the remote is not as intuitive as on the head in the cabin-- we just leave it set for the cockpit zone and if someone in the cabin
wants to adjust the volume for the cabin speakers they can do it using the head.
We also added a simple generic ribbon AM/FM antenna
that we bought from a local store: it just plugged into the dedicated antenna
socket too. I have not tried the Sirius or VHF