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Old 02-23-2013, 06:42 AM
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My bay boat is going into the mold within the next week or so and I'm running out of time to make up my mind.

On my previous boat I had a Fusion stereo with ipod dock. I only used the stereo system to listen to music on my iphone. Although I had the Sirius LWX I never turned the service on.

Now that I have the iphone 5, the dock will not do me any good.

My initial thought was to have a Fusion IP700 Installed along with an Apple Airport Express router with the audio out from the router hooked up to the aux in to the head unit which would give me the ability to stream music from my iphone to the head unit

The more I think about it I wonder if I wouldn't be better off (and is it possible) just to install the Lowrance audio server hooked up to the HDS unit and skip installation of the head unit and/or the dock on the console to save on real estate up front. I would still have the airport express hooked up to the marine server to allow me to stream music and I could install the ipod dock inside of the console for a more permanent installation of an ipod.

So the goal would be to stream music from my iphone to my system via wifi and not install a head unit or dock in the "working area" of the center console.

Another angle would be to control the ipod in the dock from the Navico go free wifi module through the HDS.
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Old 02-23-2013, 06:47 AM
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I have the ip700 and it is a great unit. I like quick access to my phone so I just exported my iTunes collection to MP3's and them put them on a USB drive. That way I just leave the USB drive in the 700 full time.

Or if you want just pick up a used nano.

But the USB drive is a $20 solution.
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Old 02-23-2013, 06:53 AM
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I'm in the same boat. I'm going with the Fusion AV700 unit, as it has a USB jack on the REAR of the unit, allowing you to use whatever USB interface wire you need (I also have an iphone 5, and this will let me directly plug in my Lightning connector). JL Audio also makes a combination USB / AUX jack panel mount cable if you don't have easy access to the rear of your head unit. I spoke to fusion, they are coming out with a new version of their standalone dock, which will hypothetically also include bluetooth stereo streaming.

Hope this helps
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Old 02-23-2013, 09:11 AM
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Originally Posted by texasagg View Post
My bay boat is going into the mold within the next week or so and I'm running out of time to make up my mind.
I'm happy to offer suggestions. But why on Earth would this decision need to be made even before the hull is laid up?!? You don't need to install the audio system until after the boat splashes anyway.


On my previous boat I had a Fusion stereo with ipod dock. I only used the stereo system to listen to music on my iphone. Although I had the Sirius LWX I never turned the service on.

Now that I have the iphone 5, the dock will not do me any good.

My initial thought was to have a Fusion IP700 Installed along with an Apple Airport Express router with the audio out from the router hooked up to the aux in to the head unit which would give me the ability to stream music from my iphone to the head unit

The more I think about it I wonder if I wouldn't be better off (and is it possible) just to install the Lowrance audio server hooked up to the HDS unit and skip installation of the head unit and/or the dock on the console to save on real estate up front. I would still have the airport express hooked up to the marine server to allow me to stream music and I could install the ipod dock inside of the console for a more permanent installation of an ipod.

So the goal would be to stream music from my iphone to my system via wifi and not install a head unit or dock in the "working area" of the center console.

Another angle would be to control the ipod in the dock from the Navico go free wifi module through the HDS.
You're doing things the hard way.

Is this boat perchance a center-console or other type which can be expected to have an overhead electronics box? If so, put a conventional head unit (I would suggest http://www.clarion.com/us/en/product...655132170.html or http://www.clarion.com/us/en/product...655197670.html) up in the box, where it is both well-protected and out of the way, yet also still easily accessible when needed. Then add one of these: http://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_...Boss-MRH7.html (or similar) above/below/next-to it, and run a USB cable from the head unit into this enclosure. Your iToy then goes in the enclosure whenever you're on the boat, where it stays well-protected as well. If you want to be extra-paranoid, line the enclosure with foam or similar.



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Old 02-23-2013, 11:43 AM
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Itteldoo, I would prefer to have the boat manufacturer install all of my equipment so I don't have to mess with it once I get it. To give you an idea of the console, the boat is a YF 24 Bay with no T-Top.
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Old 02-23-2013, 02:40 PM
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Itteldoo, I would prefer to have the boat manufacturer install all of my equipment so I don't have to mess with it once I get it.
Your call, of course; but that is generally not the most reliable way to ensure that the various aftermarket equipment is installed right. OTOH, it does give you one place to point fingers at when things go wrong. Either way, it still doesn't change the scheduling significantly. At the early stages, the builder only needs to know where to run wiring, not necessarily what will connect to it.


To give you an idea of the console, the boat is a YF 24 Bay with no T-Top.
The lack of a T-top & electronics box makes it a bit more difficult to fit everything in neatly and conveniently. But I'd probably still take much the same basic approach, just locate the components differently.



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