Fusion Apollo Series, truly “The Sum of Audio Innovation”?

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.

12 Responses

  1. Ben Stein Ben Stein says:

    As I read the press release and then this article I am made to wonder about whether 5.1 surround sound is next for Fusion. They’re following a lot of parallels with Sonos who eventually used their audio syncing abilities to produce 5.1 from multiple linked components. Fusion could certainly do this and seems to be really close. I think the one thing they’d need to add from a hardware perspective would be HDMI pass-through to make it seamless.

  2. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Incidentally, Fusion cannot yet declare the Apollo Series compatible with Apple AirPlay but apparently it’s very much in the works. So maybe Ben S or someone can compare AirPlay to UPnP?

  3. I’m glad to see innovation here. I love music, and play it wherever I am, and especially on the boat. I’ve had Fusion products since they came onto the market, and believe there are none better for the boating world, but it has been pretty stale the last few years in terms of new features.

    These new models show that there is still engineering prowess at Fusion and ideas to make our lives easier while on the water. In particular, I love how they re-imagined the size and shape of the devices. I removed one of the older Fusion units from my previous boat before selling it, and its shape was similar to a standard car stereo, but even deeper and heavier. Moving towards a smaller depth solution with a bigger screen is definitely the way to go – we’ve seen this trend in cars for the last few years as well.

    The other software features – adding DSP, PartyBus networking, etc. – are good to see as well, and I can’t wait to see them in action!

  4. Colin A says:

    Very Nice. I noticed Clarion started delivering there NMEA 2000 interface late last year. Very little info as far as units in use but the added a compatability section to their site. http://www.clarion.com/us/en/products-personal/marine/MW6/compatibility/index.html#Fm-1Anchor
    Nice to see some competition in the field.

  5. Garth says:

    One question I’d like to know is whether they have (or plan to) support internet streaming services such as Tidal. I had thought that the WiFi capabilities would have allowed this to happen, and I have read that WiFi was a *source* for the music on some of the sites. But I can find nothing in the manuals to support this. This is why I had Sonos on my last boat.
    Yes, I know I can Bluetooth Tidal l from my phone or another DAC but that will degrade the sound quality.

  6. Paul says:

    I would hold off being an early adopter with the Apollo series. I have a 770 and a 400 on a wired network and they are very unstable when they are linked, the documentation isnt accurate, the Fusion-Link app is flakey and support doesnt reply. They are also absorb a lot of bandwidth on the network and I have a gig Ethernet.

  7. Loose Marble says:

    What have people been seeing as far as FM radio reception on Apollo. This has always been a weak area for Fusion and once in a while we have a customer for which FM reception is very important.

  8. Gordon Lewandowski says:

    Can the Apollo RA770 work with a Sonos speaker/speakers without creating an on board wireless LAN? I’m looking for a way to use Sonos on board with only a Raymarine Axiom MFD and my iDevices and or a Surface.

    • Ben Stein Ben Stein says:

      There’s not any compatibility between the Apollo line and Sonos’ products. You could use the WiFi network created by the Apollo to connect the Sonos speakers but they’re expecting a working internet connection so that’s not going to get you too far. I don’t think the Apollo is going to help you much with Sonos.

  9. Miguel Mercado says:

    Very informative Article- Thank You. I do have few questions and maybe you can help with answers:
    1 Can the SRX400 be directly connected to and Axiom 7 MFD by only using the RayNet (F) to RJ45 (M) Cable (part# A62360) ? https://www.westmarine.com/buy/raymarine–1-meter-raynet-to-rj45-port-cable-male–13063144
    2) Will this connection enable the Fusion Link Interface on the Axiom to control the SRX400 remotely?
    3) The big brother RA770 is not mandatory for this ?
    I am considering this setup for my 12″ Rib Tender because of the SRX400 form factor and specs,

    Here is some info from the Raymarine Forum:

    “For Fusion Apollo and 7xx Series marine entertainment systems which will instead be interfaced to a Raymarine Ethernet Network, the Fusion product may be interfaced to an Ethernet socket of a HS5 RayNet Network Switch or to an Ethernet socket of a MFD running LightHouse 3.5.40 or later software via an appropriate length of RayNet (F) to RJ45 (M) Cable.”

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