Review: FUSION MS-RA205 Marine Stereo with Universal Dock
October 28, 2013
FUSION’s new MS-RA205 Marine Stereo with Universal Media Device Dock recently won an Innovation Award Honorable Mention at the 2013 International Boatbuilder’s Exhibition & Conference (IBEX) in the OEM Electronics category. The compact MS-RA205 paired with the UNI-Dock and Bluetooth streaming module offers excellent sound quality and media integration that is perfect for vessels with limited dash space.
The MS-RA205 system is able to communicate with compatible multi-function displays and remote controls over a NMEA 2000 network. Utilizing the existing onboard network reduces installation hassles and removes the need to run additional cabling.
The stereo has a large 2.3” daylight-viewable LCD display with adjustable backlighting, which can be linked to a vessel’s lighting network. It features AM and FM radio, receives marine VHF signals and is SiriusXM ready. The system’s Multi-Zone Technology allows boaters to adjust the volume and balance in areas throughout a boat independently or in relation to one another.
The system’s UNI-Dock supports a wide array of smart phones and media players, including Apple products and select Android and Windows devices— keeping them charged, safe and protected from the elements. With BT200 capability, the stereo can interface with many A2DP Bluetooth-compatible devices, allowing streaming of audio files and metadata for on-screen track display and control from the head unit interface or FUSION-Link multifunction displays; users also have the option of audio control on the paired device. The system can play MP3 tracks stored on USB drives, features auxiliary RCA inputs for expanded amplification, and is covered by a 3-year warranty.