Fusion MS 600 series, the best gets better

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.

8 Responses

  1. Chris Ellingsen says:

    The West Marine web site says that the MS-IP600 has a smaller display than the MS-IP500, is this true? It is hard to tell from the pictures and it is not mentioned on the Fusion site.
    According to the Fusion site, the only difference is the 600 only has one line-out which is a good compromise for the reduced price.

  2. Mark Laffin says:

    West Marine seems to be one of the few dealers in the US carrying the Fusion line. As much as I like West Marine for it’s convenience, I am usually repulsed by their less than competitive pricing. Has anyone found a Fusion dealer that offers more competitive pricing than list (and above) pricing from WM?

  3. Mark Laffin says:

    One other point…I installed one of the early Fusion models on my Nordic Tug and love it! It’s so cool to slide my iPod into the unit and have my complete music collection available anywhere. The unit occasionally “hangs” (buttons and dial stop working) but I’m able to get it working again by resetting the unit. I appreciate Fusion introducing the first truly useful (in my view) marine stereo unit.

  4. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Good detective work, Chris! The Fusion brochure I have here does list the 600 series screen size as 2.7″, while the 500 series is 3.2″. I did not notice the difference, but haven’t seen a 600 and 500 side by side.

  5. John says:

    West Marine had an exclusive on fusion product up until the release of this new line. I know defender now has them in stock and probably a few others.

  6. Anonymous says:

    The Fusion MS-IP600 is also being carried by Seawide Marine Distribution. At least they have product and knowledge over blue box locations

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  8. Karl says:

    I also bought one of the early models and love the unit, with one caveat which I’ll come back to in a moment. The music sounds great, is easy to use and install. The caveat, the unit is very sensitive to radio frequency interference (RFI). I had a heck of a time getting the unit to work correctly, and finally tracked the culprit down to the ICOM M802. Every time I used the SSB, the Fusion unit went on crazy and wouldn’t turn off until I unplugged both power source lines.
    I want to say that working with Fusion to come up with a fix was an excellent experience in customer service. Not only were they very responsive, but Todd Crocker took the time to check in and make sure the staff was taking good care of me.
    As for the fix, I finally came up with this to end the problem. I shared it with the technicians in case any other customers had the same issue. I ran all three power lines (red, yellow, and black) through a ferrite choke, and when I use the SSB, I turn off the circuit breaker to the Fusion and pull out the iPod. so far, no repeats of any problems!

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