Fusion Apollo and Signature Series, a boatload of audio goodness

Ben Stein

Ben Stein

Publisher of Panbo.com, passionate marine electronics enthusiast, 100-ton USCG master.

9 Responses

  1. PaulGel says:

    The issue with noise coming through the head unit is interesting. I have a Fusion MS AB206 Subwoofer/Amp that is unusable because it is picking up interference from something on the boat. I have fitted a power filter and high end shielded cables but nothing has worked. Sound equipment for boats and cars should be designed for an electrically noisy environment.

    • Ben Stein Ben Stein says:

      I’d be interested to know if others have experienced similar noise issues. It’s very possible that Have Another Day is so noisy these are unusual issues limited to my boat.


      • I have the new Apollo on board and used existing wiring from when my boat was built both for power and also speakers. I haven’t noticed any noise at all so far.

      • Romulo says:

        I installed the MS AB206 and it picks up noise from LED lights and AC units. I have not yet tried any filters, but I am sure it is coming from the unit. If I unplug power and use the Fusion radio I have zero interference. Power is coming from the same place of the Fusion radio.

  2. David Downs says:

    Ipod search functionality is very very poor for a top-of-the-line unit like the MS-RA770. This is what I just sent to support…

    I still consider that interface very non-intuitive as somone who has developed quite a few UI’s over the years. It’s a touchscreen and most other functions of the device are triggered by touch actions, so having to go to the encoder to activate a function is IMHO not consistent.

    Perhaps I am in the minority still using an Ipod, but when you are sailing outside the range of 3G/4G/cellular service it’s the only way to get music happening.

    After your advice to move the encoder knob after starting the filter I did some more testing. Although it works, the search system is really hard to use effectively and I offer the following…

    Firstly, allow an anticlockwise rotation on the top level search and scroll back to ‘Z’.

    Secondly, numbers are an uncommon start to music titles so instead of separating out 0123456789 just allow a #. In my 10,000-odd song library there are 26 songs and 16 artists that start with a numeral.

    ‘The’ is definitely a bug when combined with searching for ‘T’. For example, if I want to play my favourite AC/DC song T.N.T. I search for song and ‘T’ and the Fusion takes me to ‘Theme from Rush’ and I have to scroll up through hundreds of songs to get back past all the ‘The’ songs, then it’s another 47 rotations until I finally get to ‘T.N.T.’ which is the first song that starts with T.

    For whatever reason I can search for all artists by their first letter except ‘W’, which then finds ‘The Waifs’ and leaves me stuck most of the way through ‘The’. Weird Al is one of my favourite Artists so that really is a problem for me.

    Scrolling one item at a time is painful when there are thousands of songs. Why not increase the scroll rate when the encoder is rotated for a while.. or rotated quickly? I seem to recall my AV655 displayed an overlay letter in a box when I was scrolling.

    Instead of simple one level A-B-C- etc. how about populating the selection with two letters, or having a second level of filter after the top-level if the number of items warrants it?

    This is a top-of-the-line unit and deserves a user experience to match.

  3. Zach says:

    So glad I came across this article. My new boat came with a UD650, and I really wanted Airplay. I picked up an RA770 but haven’t been able to install. Ben, did you have to cut new holes even with the retrofit kit? I picked up that kit, but, even with it, the holes are higher than my cut-out in my cabinet. Also, were you able to use the UD650’s existing wiring harness. I wanted to make it as easy as possible to go back to the UD650 if I sold the boat. Many thanks!

    • Ben Stein Ben Stein says:


      I definitely didn’t have to cut any new holes, I was able to use the retrofit kit. I don’t think I was able to use the same harness, I seem to remember they were different. But, I have to admit that was many installs ago and small things like that tend to get foggy.

      -Ben S.

      • Zach says:

        Thanks for the quick reply, Ben. The retrofit kit requires me to drill new holes into my cabinet, as the screw holes on the RA770 are higher/lower than the outside dimensions of the UD650. I’m going to try to find a way to avoid that.


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