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What is the current consumption of my FUSION stereo?
Current consumption of Fusion marine stereos:
Fusion stereos have a standard voltage rating of 10.8V to 16V DC unless otherwise stated.
All figures are for individual head units only, not a system. Numbers can be added together to calculate the system current consumption.
Amplifiers will contribute significantly higher current consumptions.
All marine stereos with 4 amplified speaker outputs have been tested with 4 speakers attached and no USB devices connected.
All measurements are average, so measurements on other production stereos may vary. Values are subject to change without notification.
What is the correct antenna to use for FM/AM reception with my Fusion stereo?
There are two main types of Antenna supplied for FM/AM reception in a marine environment.
The first is a "Ground Dependent" Antenna. This is designed to be used where the antenna base is in contact with a metal surface such as steel or aluminium that has a surface area of 0.5m² or greater. This is a ground plane and the antenna depends on it for reception signal strength, so if it is fitted on a vessel without this, you will get very poor reception.
The second is a "Ground Independent" antenna. This is suitable for non-metal vessels and where a ground plane is not required.
Ensuring you have the correct type of antenna for your vessel is something that is sometimes missed as it is not well advertised.
VHF splitters are another option, however we do not recommend them for metal vessels, as you will be relying on the short wire run from the stereo to the splitter which is generally inside the vessel, making reception limited.
How do I wire my speakers in 2 Ohm configuration for my MS-AM702 Zone Amp? (Parallel Configuration)
To wire 2 x 4 Ohm speakers in parallel to present a 2 Ohm load to the MS-AM702 amplifier per channel, simply follow the below diagram showing the Positive terminals from each speaker connected to each other and the same with the Negative terminals. When this is done, simply connect the Positive and Negative wires from the closest speaker to the stereo.
Is there an iPod sleeve available for the Apple 6th Gen Nano to suit the Fusion iPod inside products?
Yes, an adapter for an existing sleeve combination (Top A and Bottom B) has just been released and can be ordered via the contact us page. Please enter all details including your delivery address and state you require the Adapter 2 for the 6th Gen Nano.
How do I wire my speakers in 2 Ohm configuration for my 600 Series Stereo? (Parallel Configuration)
To wire 2 x 4 Ohm speakers in parallel to present a 2 Ohm load to the 600 series stereo per channel, simply follow the below diagram showing the Positive terminals from each speaker connected to each other and the same with the Negative terminals. When this is done, connect the Positive and Negitive wires from the closest speaker to the Stereo.
My Fusion marine stereo will not turn on.
There are 2 power wires and 1 ground wire that need to be connected for your Fusion marine stereo to operate correctly.
Both the red and yellow wires need to be connected to 12V and the black wire to ground/battery negative.
The yellow power wire is the high current supply wire. This needs to be connected to your battery using a cable suitable for carrying at least 15 Amps.
The red power wire is a switched input. When 12V is connected to this wire the marine stereo can operate. When disconnected, the stereo will shut down and remain off.
The red wire may also be connected together with the yellow wire if you are supplying power through a switch panel capable of 15A, or if a battery isolator is used to disconnect the battery when not in use.
The yellow +12v wire in some stereos provides power to the memory of the unit for presets etc. This only applies to Fusion's MS-CD80 as Fusion's 600 and 200 Series stereos are designed to save all settings when power is removed.
What do I need to receive Sirius on my Fusion Sirius-ready stereo?
To enable the Sirius source of your Fusion Sirius-ready stereo, you must purchase a Sirius tuner module. Follow the link below for more information on what you require.
Will my iPod/iPhone connect to my Fusion product if the battery is flat?
No, it will take a number of minutes for the Apple product to gain a minimum level of charge before it can connect and become operational, so please connect and wait for the unit to initialize.
What are the benefits of Class-D amplifiers on my vessel ?
The simple answer is that with a Class-D amplifier you get higher output power (more Watts) and reduced current draw (play your music for longer periods). To give you a comparison between Class-AB and Class-D, the normal output of a standard head unit ( class AB) is, say, 40-50 Watts peak per channel. The Fusion 600 Series head units (MS-CD/IP/AV600 Class-D) have a rating of 70 Watts per channel, and due to their efficiency, consume less power per Watt of output. In essence, this means that you can go louder for longer. The other major benefit is that the Class-D amplifier in the 500 and 600 series is 2 Ohm stable (stereo). What this means is that you can connect 2 x 4 Ohm speakers per channel in parallel wiring configuration. This produces more power but is divided between the 2 speakers, eg. at 4 Ohms per channel, output is 26 Watts RMS and at 2 Ohms it is 43 Watts RMS, so divided by two is 21.5 Watts RMS per speaker.
The theoretical efficiency of Class-AB is about 75% with a real efficiency between 50%-70%; the theoretical efficiency of Class-D is about 100% with a real efficiency of more than 85%. The Fusion Class-D Marine Zone amp MS-AM702 is a perfect example of a compact high output solution for the boating enthusiast that loves their music loud.
What is FUSION Multi-Zone™ Technology ?
FUSION’s Marine Multi-Zone™ technology allows you to create a truly customised audio solution, purpose built for your vessel.
At FUSION Entertainment we understand that not all boats are created equal, and more importantly, we understand not all ‘boaties’ are created equal. Revolutionary Multi-Zone Technology enables you to create a customized audio solution that is tailored to your vessel.
Creating multiple independent audio ‘zones’, Multi-Zone Technology provides an entertainment solution that everyone on board can enjoy - for example, you can party with loud music on the fly bridge while the girls relax below with quieter music in the saloon.
With Multi-Zone Technology you can control the audio settings for all zones through the marine stereo, or alternatively customize the audio system by installing a Fusion wired remote control in each zone of the vessel.
You may require an additional amplifier to utilize the line out zone, dependent on the number of zones you need. Fusion's MS-AM702 is designed specifically for a single zone and is a Class-D amplifier, making it perfect for marine vessels .
The below video explains everything you need to know about FUSION's Multi-Zone™ Technology.
What Fusion iPod/iPhone sleeve combination do i need for my Apple iPod/iPhone ?
The below chart is a current list of sleeve combinations available for Fusion iPod inside product.
IMPORTANT: Your FUSION iPod inside product may not support the latest Apple products.
A compatible sleeve does not imply support of an Apple product. For support refer to your FUSION iPod inside product.
Note: iPod nano (Gen 3) – the iPod must be placed inside the adapter sleeve, and then placed inside Dock sleeve combination A.
Note: The iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 are compatible with the MS-DKIP and MS-DKIPUSB only.
Top Sleeve Bottom Sleeve
My MS-IP/CD/AV600 has no sound in one zone.
The first thing to check when a zone is not producing sound is that the volume setting for that zone is not at its minimum. If the volume setting is fine, check that the speaker wiring is not the cause by checking the connections at the head unit and the speakers. Ensure that the wires are not touching any metal part of the vessel and/or touching each other, as this could cause the zone to have no audio. If the zone is amplified, ensure all connections are correct and secure and that the amplifier level is not set to zero.
My head unit keeps turning itself off then back on when connected to my iPod.
This could be happening due to corrupt files and/or a corrupt version of your operating software on your iPod. If you connect to your computer you may get a corrupt message on the iPod that looks like this: "The iPod "John's iPod" could not be updated because the firmware file was corrupt". For a step by step guide to solve this issue, click this link: http://support.apple.com/kb/ts1813
Why does my My Fusion head unit keep locking up when connected to my iPod/iPhone ?
If you are experiencing software lock ups or your unit freezes, reset the head unit by holding down the power button for 10 seconds (MS-RA200), or by pressing the reset button inside the face plate (MS-XX600). Once this has been done, reset your Apple iPhone by powering down and then restarting the phone, or reset your iPod (see the Apple website for model-specific information). Normal operation should resume, then ensure you have the latest version of iTunes and the latest operating software in your iPod/iPhone. It is important to update software when Apple release new versions. If you are connected via a dock, ensure you are using the correct sleeves and that the connection to the head unit is secure, and finally check that your Apple product is supported by the Fusion head unit.
How can I locate sources of AM/FM interference on my vessel?
A simple way to try to locate on-board sources of interference is to use a portable AM/FM radio and point the aerial at different areas or electronic devices while in AM mode. You will hear the interference as you pass the source of interference. You can also eliminate interference sources by turning electronic devices off to test if there is a marked improvement, then work your way through your electronic devices to determine what, if any, are contributing to the issue.
I am having trouble getting good AM/FM reception.
There are a number of factors that can cause poor AM/FM reception in a marine environment. One of the most common causes comes from the antenna cable routing. When installing an AM/FM receiver on your vessel, spend extra time to investigate the optimal routing of cables, including any RCA cables. These should ideally be run away from any other cable and/or electric motors, or potential sources of interference. Power cables provide the worst source of interference, and can be in bundles of cables, so you may not realize they are there. AM reception requires a short antenna cable run for optimum reception, which is not that easily achieved on a lot of vessels, especially when using mast style aerials.
Check that you have selected the correct tuner region in the settings menu as the default setting may be incorrect for your location.
Will my iPod/iPhone charge while connected to my Fusion head unit?
Yes. All Fusion head units that support Apple iPod/iPhone products will charge your Apple product while connected, even if they are not playing once they have initialized connection. This provides a handy back up charging solution should you not have a charger on board.
Can I connect my marine head units 12v constant and 12v switched wires both to the + 12v source?
Yes you can connect both wires together, and directly to the battery, if you do not have an ignition switch or another 12V switched source. Keep in mind that the head unit will draw standby current while connected, making an isolator switch a good idea to include.
Can I have more than one amplified zone with my 600 series head unit?
Yes, but you need a high level to low level adaptor. We recommend using the Fusion HL-02 for this. This allows you to connect a pair of speaker output wires from the head unit to the HL-02 input wires, with the voltage then reduced to match the line input level of an amplifier. The RCA connector output can then be connected to RCA cables and run to the amplifier.
My iPod/iPhone will not connect to the head unit while in the dock, showing ‘No iPod Connected’.
If your head unit displays ‘No iPod Connected’ while in the iPod source, the first thing to check is that you are using the correct sleeve combination. If you have the incorrect sleeve combination this could prevent the iPod connector from mating correctly, and could also damage the connector in the dock or damage your iPod/iPhone.
If you are uncertain which iPod model you have to ensure you have the correct sleeve combination, go to http://www.apple.com/support/ and obtain the correct model information of your iPod.
Once you know for certain that you have the correct sleeve combination, and if you are still having a connection issue, the next step is to ensure you have the latest version of operating software installed in your iPod/iPhone and the latest version of iTunes. You can check this by connecting your iPod/iPhone to iTunes and it will check and/or prompt you to download the latest version.
If the issue persists after you have confirmed that you have the latest versions, or have updated your iPod/iPhone, you should reset the iPod/iPhone (refer to the user manual for your Apple product) and also reset the head unit (refer to the Fusion user manual). If you continue to get the ‘No iPod Connected’ message, you should contact your Fusion dealer or contact Fusion via the Tech email.
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Marine Stereo for iPod
Modern styling and enhanced remote bus technology, the 600 series incorporates an intelligent user memory, FUSION's latest Alpha Search Technology and extended Apple iPod support with fully integrated iPod user interface, dual mono subwoofer output and ingenious behind dash engineering all contained in a 100% aluminium chassis.
The 600 series is the next step in the evolution of marine entertainment technology.
Sources - AM / FM / iPod / AUX
Featuring World First internal iPod docking technology. Your iPod actually sits inside the Stereo, completely protected from the harsh marine elements.
The FUSION internal Class-D amplifier system will draw less power than a standard amplifier and produce little to no heat, making it the most efficient choice for your vessel.
Full tone and individual control of the volume in three locations on-board your vessel. E.g. the skipper can independently adjust the volume on the flybridge, whilst those in the saloon enjoy the same song quietly below. Note: Zone 3 requires additional amplification.
Most operations are controlled by the large rotary encoder and the large easy press buttons on the face. The unique FUSION user interface is simple to navigate, scrolling through your iPod music library has never been easier.
The entire chassis is 360° IPx5 Water Resistant, able to withstand high humidity, salt air and water splashes - the perfect accessory for the adventurous boater.
This product is backed by a 3 Year Limited Consumer Warranty.
Note: The SiriusDC module SCC1 has been discontinued by Sirius and is no longer available. For those US customers looking to experience Sirius satellite radio, FUSION recommends the award winning 700 or 205 series.
iPod is a trademark of Apple Inc, registered in the US and other countries.