Bluetooth stereo

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  1. 1132MM

    1132MM Member

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    Aug 1, 2010
    Massapequa,NY
    2004 Sea Ray 280 Sundancer
    Twin 4.3 Liter Mercruiser w/Alpha Drives
    Can anyone recommend a replacement Bluetooth stereo for the stock Clarion that comes standard on a 2004 280 Sundancer?
     
  2. Craig

    Craig Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

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    Feb 8, 2007
    Maryland
    2006 320 Sundancer
    twin 350 Horizon V drives
    If your looking for plug and play.
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  3. scoflaw

    scoflaw Well-Known Member

    Aug 10, 2011
    cape cod mass, cape coral fl
    1999 Powerquest legend 260 sx
    502 mpi Bravo 1
    All you need is a $40 Bluetooth adapter for the clarion. Just put one on mine and it's older than yours
     
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  4. KevinC

    KevinC Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    2004 340 Sundancer
    1988 Proline Center Console - 90hp Mariner/Mercury
    1969 Boston Whaler
    Twin 8.1 V-drives
    I added the Fusion BT-100 to the AUX in of my 2004 Clarion - works great and simple job.

    -Kevin
     
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  5. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    if you only need to add Bluetooth, I second the Fusion BT 100. Used one on my old stereo and it was fantastic.
    I think you can still get them on Amazon for about $40.00.
    That old stereo died on me last season and the new one I replaced it with has built in Bluetooth.
    IMHO the BT 100 worked just as well as the built in Bluetooth on my new unit.
     
  6. Craig

    Craig Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    552
    Feb 8, 2007
    Maryland
    2006 320 Sundancer
    twin 350 Horizon V drives
    The dongles and modules work on older head units fine but I believe they stream in a2dp which is of lesser sound quality than the newer aptx technology. If your not an audiophile you may not mind but I like to get the most out of my bazillion dollar JL speakers and amps :)
     
  7. DennisWittig

    DennisWittig New Member PLATINUM Sponsor

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    Aug 22, 2008
    Port Ewen, New York
    2004 340 Sundancer (2017-now)
    1991 200 Overnighter (1991-now)
    Twin 8.1L V-Drives
    5.0L Alpha-One
    I have the same Clarion you have likely in my 2004 340 Sundancer. I added BlueTooth to it and love it, Got mine from Crutchfield.com This is the one I got.
    JL Audio MBT-RX
    Marine-rated Bluetooth® adapter
    I've installed the same thing in two other boats now after mine, everyone loves it. Just don't make the mistake of buying an adapter that is battery powered, they are out there, and since you have +12 in the boat for the head unit (Clarion) to operate anyway, there's no advantage to the portability of a battery powered adapter. This JL comes with like 6 foot of cable so you can route it up closer into the cockpit if you want more range. Mine works from anywhere on the boat (30 foot range is spec for BlueTooth anyway). It's if you are on the dock that you might want more range to reach your lounge chair :) Good Luck. It's easy to install as others said, no need for new radio.
     
  8. Wylie_Tunes

    Wylie_Tunes Active Member

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    Oct 26, 2012
    Lake Wylie NC area
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    While the fusion bt100 is the blackberry of blue tooth, all the other major players are running more current formats. JL, Kicker, Wet Sounds, Metra/Cerwin Vega, Memphis all offer universal BT's with better streaming.
     
  9. Craig

    Craig Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    552
    Feb 8, 2007
    Maryland
    2006 320 Sundancer
    twin 350 Horizon V drives
    I would make sure to read the specs to ensure it has the latest BT versions and codecs.
     
  10. Henry Boyd

    Henry Boyd Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 24, 2007
    Newburyport, on the peaceful and serene Merrimack
    ‘09 Sabre 38 Hardtop Express “Serenity”
    Volvo D6 w/IPS450 Pods
    Adding a Bluetooth dongle is one way to go. I did it to the original Clarion on our 280. That said where the stereo is located on a 280 you really don’t need to buy a marine grade stereo. So you can buy a reasonably decent automotive unit at substantially less. The down side is you will need to build a new dash board. I did this and in addition to Bluetooth we got usb plugs to charge stuff.

    H
     
  11. Kwik

    Kwik Member GOLD Sponsor

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    Jun 14, 2019
    Indianapolis
    2004 Sea Ray 240 Sundancer
    2017 F150 Ecoboost 4x4
    Raymarine Axiom 9
    Raymarine Sirius 200 reciever
    5.0 Mercruiser w/Bravo III drives
    Craig,

    Do you think the factory remotes on the helm and swimdeck will run that unit same as the old one? Someone put an aftermarket alpine in my 2004 240 DA. I've never been impressed with Alpine and lost functionality of remotes.
     
  12. Craig

    Craig Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    552
    Feb 8, 2007
    Maryland
    2006 320 Sundancer
    twin 350 Horizon V drives
    No. Need the new 8 pin cables and remotes. You can get an adapter that will allow the basic functions to work but not the more advanced stuff.
     
  13. 1132MM

    1132MM Member

    31
    Aug 1, 2010
    Massapequa,NY
    2004 Sea Ray 280 Sundancer
    Twin 4.3 Liter Mercruiser w/Alpha Drives
    Thanks! I looked into that one. It was between that and the Fusion.
     
  14. 1132MM

    1132MM Member

    31
    Aug 1, 2010
    Massapequa,NY
    2004 Sea Ray 280 Sundancer
    Twin 4.3 Liter Mercruiser w/Alpha Drives
    Thanks! I’m leaning in that direction instead of paying $150 or more for a new receiver.
     
  15. 1132MM

    1132MM Member

    31
    Aug 1, 2010
    Massapequa,NY
    2004 Sea Ray 280 Sundancer
    Twin 4.3 Liter Mercruiser w/Alpha Drives
    Thank you!
     
  16. 1132MM

    1132MM Member

    31
    Aug 1, 2010
    Massapequa,NY
    2004 Sea Ray 280 Sundancer
    Twin 4.3 Liter Mercruiser w/Alpha Drives
    Thanks I ordered it online from Amazon.
     
  17. KevinC

    KevinC Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    2004 340 Sundancer
    1988 Proline Center Console - 90hp Mariner/Mercury
    1969 Boston Whaler
    Twin 8.1 V-drives
    @Wylie_Tunes: how are the Memphis units? I was looking at their headless unit for my center console since I will basically use just BT and did not want to sacrifice helm space.

    -Kevin
     
  18. Kwik

    Kwik Member GOLD Sponsor

    66
    Jun 14, 2019
    Indianapolis
    2004 Sea Ray 240 Sundancer
    2017 F150 Ecoboost 4x4
    Raymarine Axiom 9
    Raymarine Sirius 200 reciever
    5.0 Mercruiser w/Bravo III drives
    We run sirius radio mostly on the boat because of the remote locations we cruise. Only on Lake Monroe like we are at right now do we even have cell signal. Plus, an array radar on a 240 on inland lakes is way over-kill. Sirius weather to my Axiom-9 is a nice work-around. I do want to integrate the head unit to the axiom and would love to have a remote on the transom. I guess I could order a blank plate for the clarion remote on the helm since the axiom is already there. Right now we have patch cord stretched from the SR200 across the cabin door to the aux port on this Alpine.

    Anyone have a suggestion for a head unit that will nmea integrate that would have a transom remote?
     
  19. Wylie_Tunes

    Wylie_Tunes Active Member

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    Oct 26, 2012
    Lake Wylie NC area
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    Their MXABTR and MXABTRX are shared with better then half a dozen other labels, so they are good. They offer a bit more user function compared to the hide away universal BT receivers.

    Depending on the helm layout, Wet Sounds offers a rocker switch style. If you have an unused rocker or space to add a slot, they are a great option that does not require a random hole to be cut in the helm. WW BT-RS
     
  20. Craig

    Craig Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    552
    Feb 8, 2007
    Maryland
    2006 320 Sundancer
    twin 350 Horizon V drives
    The new wirless remotes from Fusion are nice. You can mount them anywhere. They have some nice nmea stuff too.
     
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