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Old 07-29-2013, 09:49 AM
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Hello all. I am looking at a new stereo for my 22' 220 Bay. Needs are am/fm and iPod control. Bluetooth would be great but not absolutely necessary. Would like to stay near the $200 area. I don't need CD player at all. I am looking at the units below. Can you all give me your pros/cons/experiences with any of these? Much appreciated.

Infinity prv250
http://www.islandmarineelectronics.c...th_p_4836.html

Clarion m502
http://www.clarion.com/us/en/product...559425482.html

Clarion cms1
http://www.clarion.com/us/en/product...559425012.html

Fusion ms ra50
http://www.islandmarineelectronics.c...eo_p_4345.html
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Old 07-29-2013, 10:03 AM
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Fusion all the way. Great unit, even better customer service.
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Old 07-29-2013, 04:06 PM
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Anyone else?
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Old 07-29-2013, 05:18 PM
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I own a Clarion M309 HU that I purchased last year & love it. Fusion makes great product as well & do in fact have a very good customer service I'm told. Clarion refers to all questions from the dealer you purchased it from. Next time, I'll do Fusion but that won't be for years & years considering I just had our boat made last year. I would like to mention, that I had a Clarion in our older boat for 8 years & I never had one issue with it,

in addition to my new unit. They seem to be very dependable. Good Luck!

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Old 07-29-2013, 05:47 PM
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Ra205 fusion has new bluetooth but its not standard. 205 has n2k capability so if u have a garmin the fusion will go on it.
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Old 07-29-2013, 07:58 PM
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I have the Clarion M502 and love it. The single button control is a pita, but I use the remote to run it. The BT is nice with my iPhone since you can answer your phone and talk thru the mic as well as listen to music. Pandora an Sirius are nice to have as well, but I have not used them yet. I paid about $150 shipped and I've been impressed with the sound quality.
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Old 07-31-2013, 08:45 AM
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Originally Posted by I'm on a boat View Post
Fusion all the way. Great unit, even better customer service.
Yes 1000x. I was never a fan of their car audio stuff, but they're the no-brainer for me when it comes to marine audio.

My only question is why are you looking at 3 different price points? If you're willing to splurge on the Clarion CMS1, why not go with a Fusion MS-RA205? More channels, better power output, and compatible with some of Fusion's neat add-ons like the universal waterproof dock, bluetooth dongle, remote control app (if you add a cheap wifi router), etc.
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I have the prv250 and if it lived up to its specs it'd be great. Bluetooth pairing is hit or miss on mine and moisture got under the faceplate in the first week or so. That said, I may just have a bad unit. My suggestion would be to pay more and get something else, but get bluetooth.
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