Fusion is D.O.A

Discussion in 'Electronics Q&A' started by Havana Shamrock, Dec 18, 2018.

  1. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    Where is your head unit mounted? I’d love to be able to have reliable Bluetooth from that distance with no other equipment or modifications.
     
  2. Cocktail Time

    Cocktail Time Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    606
    Jul 9, 2007
    Lake Lanier, GA
    1998 400 Sundancer, Garmin 840xs GPS, Furuno RDP-110, B&G GPS pilot etc.
    Cat 3116's, Westerbeke 7.6kw
    In the factory opening above the salon sofa works great on the boat and several slips away while at the dock or rafted up.
     
  3. dtfeld

    dtfeld Water Contrails GOLD Sponsor

    803
    Jun 5, 2016
    Milton, GA
    410 Sundancer 2001
    Cat 3126 V-Drives
    I was lucky to get a BT signal from the captains chair...
     
  4. Craig

    Craig Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    295
    Feb 8, 2007
    Maryland
    2006 320 Sundancer
    twin 350 Horizon V drives
    The clarion unit I use works good on the boat but not so much when you get off. The RF remote I have works several slips away. Only basic functions though.
     
  5. OllieC

    OllieC Active Member

    540
    Mar 11, 2013
    MinniSoCold
    2005 Weekender 215
    Mercruiser 5.0 mpi, Bravo III
    Awesome!! Thank you for this!!

    I wonder if I can add one at the helm and one at the swim platform?
     
  6. Cocktail Time

    Cocktail Time Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    606
    Jul 9, 2007
    Lake Lanier, GA
    1998 400 Sundancer, Garmin 840xs GPS, Furuno RDP-110, B&G GPS pilot etc.
    Cat 3116's, Westerbeke 7.6kw
    From the Fusion website, it looks like you can pair multiple remotes and have them control either a specific zone or all zones. This is awesome.
     
  7. Todd320

    Todd320 Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    609
    Jul 21, 2016
    St. Petersburg, FL
    2007 Sea Ray 320DA
    Twin V-drive 5.7L 350 Horizon
    As far as remotes go, I put my phone on the dash (or inside cabin) for a clear Bluetooth signal, then control the audio with my watch. Works great. I can be in the water, on the bow, and still control volume, forward/back, play pause, pick new playlist, and ask Siri to To do anything music related. I don’t have to carry my phone around, etc. Makes a great remote on the boat and is waterproof to 50m. My current watch is over a year old and no issues with the saltwater.
     
  8. Havana Shamrock

    Havana Shamrock Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Sep 9, 2008
    Long Island.
    2005 500DB
    QSM11's,
    Honda 30HP
    Sea Doo 90 HP H.O.
    Todd the problem I see with that is your the only one that can adjust the music
    It's easy to ask someone to skip a song or adjust the volume with the remote.
    Which watch are you using ? I'm assuming it's the Garmin watch?
     
  9. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    Me too!
     
  10. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    Wow! Weird. Could there be that much structural difference between your 400 and the 410’s that Dave and I have? I wonder if there is something different in the dash bulkhead structure or design of the 410 that interferes with the BT signal.
    Oddly enough, I also often get a diminished cell signal inside the cabin of my boat if I’m in an area that has less than a solid consistent 5 bars from in the cockpit.
    I bounce between 3 and 5 bars depending on where I’m standing on my dock or in the cockpit while at my dock. The will quickly drop to 1 or 2 bars when I go in the cabin.
     
  11. Wylie_Tunes

    Wylie_Tunes Active Member

    630
    Oct 26, 2012
    Lake Wylie NC area
    N/A
    N/A
    Blue tooth quality is only as good as the device with the weakest blue tooth specs. Dont be too quick to blame the head unit's blue tooth and/or its location.
     
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  12. techmitch

    techmitch Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    May 1, 2008
    Chesapeake Bay, Middle River/Frog Mortar Creek MD.
    1999 270 DA
    Twin 4.3s W/Alpa I Gen II's
    X2
     
  13. dtfeld

    dtfeld Water Contrails GOLD Sponsor

    803
    Jun 5, 2016
    Milton, GA
    410 Sundancer 2001
    Cat 3126 V-Drives
    I’m hoping that using the new Fusions WiFi will solve this issue...we shall see.
     
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  14. Craig

    Craig Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    295
    Feb 8, 2007
    Maryland
    2006 320 Sundancer
    twin 350 Horizon V drives
    It should.
     
  15. Craig

    Craig Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    295
    Feb 8, 2007
    Maryland
    2006 320 Sundancer
    twin 350 Horizon V drives
    I know my daughters Iphone works better than my s7 android.
     
  16. Cocktail Time

    Cocktail Time Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    606
    Jul 9, 2007
    Lake Lanier, GA
    1998 400 Sundancer, Garmin 840xs GPS, Furuno RDP-110, B&G GPS pilot etc.
    Cat 3116's, Westerbeke 7.6kw
    Not sure that the boat is the issue, I have an iPhone 7 so nothing special there either. Are you saying your bluetooth connection was bad with the MS-RA70N or a different model? I have several dock neighbors/friends that have the 755 or 650 units and they seem to have issues. I can use the app and stream from a few boats away even with my stereo cabinet door closed...
     
  17. Todd320

    Todd320 Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    609
    Jul 21, 2016
    St. Petersburg, FL
    2007 Sea Ray 320DA
    Twin V-drive 5.7L 350 Horizon
    No, it’s an Apple Watch. You are correct, I’m the only one who can change the music. But I’m the CAPTAIN!!! Shouldn’t I be in charge?!?
     
  18. ttmott

    ttmott Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 3, 2012
    Space Coast Florida
    2006 52 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins QSM11
    I'm doing a lot of electronics upgrades on the boat and thought I might as well get the audio done also.
    Any hands on with the RA770 with the NRX300 NMEA 2000 remotes?
    I just ordered the RA770 with two of the remotes.
    The boats speakers and amps are already all JL Audio so that is done....
     
  19. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    The issue is getting clear signals between devices inside and outside of the cabin.
    I have the 650, but the Fusion setup is not the only thing I have reception differences with between inside and outside of the cabin. Happens with cell service, Marina WiFi, and a portable Bluetooth speaker I use when polishing or waxing the boat when it’s out of the water in the boatyard.
    If I leave the iPad in the cabin (to protect it) and stream to the Bluetooth speaker near me on the ground level the signal is sketchy. If I move the IPad out of the cabin it works flawlessly. Even when I put the iPad in the car with the doors and windows closed and stream from it to the portable speaker near where I’m working on the hull it works flawlessly.
     
  20. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    I’ve got the NRX 300 remote mounted near the MFD’s where the original remote was mounted and it works really well. I didn’t bother with the NMEA setup because the hole for the original remote is only inches from the MFD’s, and I don’t keep the electronics powered on when I’m at the dock or on the hook for the day, but the stereo is almost always on at those times.
     

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