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Old 09-27-2014, 10:19 AM
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My Kenwood KDC-225MR finally bit the dust. It has wired remote. Looking for something to replace it with. It left a standard 2 X 7 inch hole inside the cabin bulkhead . I would like to stay with that size if possible. Not sure how the flash drives and data cards work. I know how to load music on them but how do you navigate through the different songs? Is there a remote with a visual navigation display to find what you want to listen too? It's going on a Grady Marlin 300. I have two 5" Pioneer speakers at the helm and two smaller speakers in the cabin. I'm considering adding some box speakers underneath the gunnels towards the rear of the boat. The Kenwood that died had 4 X 60 out put. Any input appreciated. Thanks ...Danny
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Danny I would lean towards a Fusion IP600 for your application. CD players are becoming outdated at this point. The IP600 can accept an iPod in the unit that you can remotely load with music at your home and you can constantly have up to date music on the boat. It is also comes with a free bluetooth module that will allow anyone with music on a bluetooth phone to connect. Lastly it will also accept a USB drive and the songs will appear in a playlist format. You also have the option to set up zones. One for the cabin for example and one for the helm area. Price is not to bad. Mike
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Mike, I want to keep the option to play a CD. I don't have an iPod and don't plan on having one in the future. I do have data cards, flash drives, etc. and want the option to use them. Below are some pics to show what I have to work with.

Old remote that probably won't work with new unit. Need remote that will cover this hole. Hoping new remote will have lcd display

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current speakers located to the side of helm and captain chair which I plan on keeping

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area inside the cabin where I plan to install new unit.
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area on gunnels towards rear of boat to possibly put new box speakers. Aprox. 6 1/2 X 61/2"

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I would go with this then.

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Do you have a TV below? If so a unit with a DVD would be nice. Your remote will definitely not work with whatever you get but any new remote will cover the old hole.
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I have my 90 year old Grandmother rocking an iPod and even she swears it's the best thing since sliced bread.

The ip600 is SUCH a nice unit on a boat especially with storage being SO valuable. NO dam CD's laying around.

GO for it Danny!!!
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I really don't want to put that much money in it. If I give up the DVD option, what other ideas do you have? Any input appreciated.
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Honestly, I would reconsider and go digital for mobile music. A few years ago we ripped all of our CDs to the computer. Was a PIA but not too bad. Now, we simply but our favorite 1000 songs on a USB or phone or Mp3 player or whatever and always have a Best of The Best playing.
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I'm too want to have the CD option and I'm leaning towards the Kenwood KMR-D558BT. They sell a wired remote for it but unfortunately it does not have a display. Amazon has the best prices on them that I have found.
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Danny I would lean towards a Fusion IP600 for your application. CD players are becoming outdated at this point. The IP600 can accept an iPod in the unit that you can remotely load with music at your home and you can constantly have up to date music on the boat. It is also comes with a free bluetooth module that will allow anyone with music on a bluetooth phone to connect. Lastly it will also accept a USB drive and the songs will appear in a playlist format. You also have the option to set up zones. One for the cabin for example and one for the helm area. Price is not to bad. Mike
He wants to stay with the same size, he doesn't want to have to cut out a larger hole. Also, I'd stay away from anything that can accept a IPod, Apple changes it's connections too frequently making anything new unable to connect. The IP600 can only connect to older IPods and IPhones. Also, who wants to put their phone in the radio, what if you need it for some reason?

If you want something relatively easy to plug and play, go with the Kenwood KMR-D558BT with a Kenwood KCA-RC55MR remote, or the Clarion M303 with a Clarion MW1 remote. Both have Bluetooth so if you did want to use your phone for music, you'd have no problem.
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as long s you're considering a CD player, you might as well add one of these too..
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^^^^what I was thinking. I installed a new stereo on my boat with Bluetooth/no CD. Can't imagine having CDs sliding around the boat any more.
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the fusion internal ipod players suck. they just overheat. plus you have to remove cases off phones / ipods. figure out which of the 20 adapter pieces you need, and you can't answer the phone if it rings..

if you want ipods get the fusion dvd deck and the ipod shelf unit to mount below. that works with iphone 5's as well, and no stupid adapters.

or just get an external mounted usb jack, plug into the back of dvd player, and you can play ipod / iphone though usb cable. also can just plug in usb memory stick

or add Bluetooth box.
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My Kenwood KDC-225MR finally bit the dust. It has wired remote. Looking for something to replace it with. It left a standard 2 X 7 inch hole inside the cabin bulkhead . I would like to stay with that size if possible. Not sure how the flash drives and data cards work. I know how to load music on them but how do you navigate through the different songs? Is there a remote with a visual navigation display to find what you want to listen too? It's going on a Grady Marlin 300. I have two 5" Pioneer speakers at the helm and two smaller speakers in the cabin. I'm considering adding some box speakers underneath the gunnels towards the rear of the boat. The Kenwood that died had 4 X 60 out put. Any input appreciated. Thanks ...Danny
Danny I was in the process of changing out the Kenwood unit on our Grady when we lost it to Sandy so I have a radio you may be interested in. Should fit perfectly.

It's a Kenwood KMR-350U
http://www.crutchfield.com/S-qitV7Do...-KMR-350U.html

It does have a USB to hook an ipod to and also Pandora radio.

and I have the remote for it
http://www.crutchfield.com/S-wZNo716...CA-RC60MR.html

These items are discontinued but they are both new in the box. I paid $150 for the package. I'd take $80 + shipping. Located in NJ.

I also have a Sony amp if you want to add more speakers.

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I didn't know they still made units with CD players, lol.

Download all you music to your phone, install pandora or the like and get a bluetooth head unit. iPods are also old news.


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God bless Offshore.

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