Fusion MS-IP500, really here
I’ve been keeping an eye out for the new Fusion marine stereo systems since the prototypesimpressed me at METS. Well, they’re not only official as of yesterday’s announcement, but at least the MS-IP500 model above, and bigger here, is already available at West Marine, which apparently has a U.S. exclusive. And the details sound even better than what I heard in Amsterdam.
For instance, the iPod garage behind that IP500 faceplate is purportedly not just splash proof, but waterproof, and will accept not only iPod Gen5/6 Classics and Gen2/3 Nanos, but also the beauteous Touch model that some people can’t stop fondling. What a bummer to drop one of those on a wet deck. What a pleasure to tuck it away safe and yet have all your gigs of music, audio books, and podcasts available over as many as four custom audio zones along with AM, FM, and Sirius radio. You can also have CDs if you get the CD500 model and a separate iPod dock. Plus Fusion has various speakers, amps, and what looks like a nifty remote that uses CANbus to avoid line interference and for power. Oh, and that 3.2” display is transflective, and I buy the claim that the button and knob interface will be easy to use even at a jittery helm. The Fusion Audio site doesn’t yet have dope on the MS-IP500 family, but no doubt will soon. In the meantime, maybe you can figure out what the heck is playing on the unit above. Funky Lancey?