Aquatic AV, doing what Fusion hasn’t?

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

6 Responses

  1. AaronH says:

    I tried an Aquatic AQ-3B for a customer last year, but we opted to use the dual-zone Kenwood 700 (very good, under-rated ‘iDevice’ stereo) instead because the Aquatic was not iPhone compatible.
    Aquatic also sold the wiring harness plug for the rear of the stereo separate, which is quite odd, so heads up when ordering!!
    Hopefully they’ve worked out the kinks, because this looks cool.

  2. Patrick says:

    It’s interesting, however the form factor of the featured dock is not that great for a boat, and IMHO its not that appealing.
    The only major thing the Fusion seems to lack – the lack of a dedicated wireless remote (yes, you can now use your iPhone/iPod/etc.) – is something Fusion could easily solve, or now that the IP700 is coming out, even a third party could easily and inexpensively create a NMEA2000 remote receiver and remote to control the Fusion gear.
    A more interesting product Aquatic makes is their waterproof 19″ LCD tv, however it’s going to need to be white before it makes its way into most express cockpits. 🙂

  3. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Geez, Patrick, I tend to think the Media Locker form factor might be great for some smaller boats with crowded helms. Given the RF remote, the “locker” doesn’t even have to be in sight or easily reachable.
    Also I’m not sure it will be easy for a third party to remote the new Fusion gear. Stereo control is not among the standard PGNs, and I think the Fusion-Link SDK is for Ethernet, not N2K. Besides, it’s licensed, not open source.

  4. Cameron says:

    I just looked at the Kenwood that AaronH mentioned. That looks like the best unit I’ve seen for iThing control. The only issue I was able to find was that you loose dual zone control if you don’t use the internal amplifier!
    If it wasn’t for that, I’d likely give it a try. As it stands, I’ve finally figured out my Alpine unit and am reasonably happy with it.
    I really liked the Kenwood’s screen and search control. The Alpine has decent search capabilities but the screen is pathetic (large, but displays very little).

  5. Peter says:

    I laughed when I read Cameron has finally figured out his Alpine.
    I have one and it drives me nuts.seems to always go into
    shuffle mode when I least expect it…not user friendly!
    Next stereo will need a different user interface.

  6. Cameron says:

    I found the operating instructions on a utube video! The manual sucks.
    You should look it up, as it did make things make a lot more sense. Unfortunately, I still agree with you that the interface sucks.
    Why put such a big screen and then only enable it to display letters like a digital clock from the 70’s?
    I’m still looking at the Kenwood. If it would keep the dual zone with pre amp outs, I’d probably change now. As it stands, my boat is going away any day now for the winter so I can afford to wait to see what everyone brings out by spring.

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