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Old 02-27-2015, 08:18 AM
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Default Installing a Bluetooth sound system on an older 2004-6)boat

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I am looking at used boats, and some of the early models ( pre 2005) have CD sound systems. Has anyone ever done an upgrade on an older boat to a Bluetooth wireless sound system?

My other option was to go cheap and just buy a block speaker, but even tied down and belted in, it would be a pain in the ass when a wake hit, or even when just underway.

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Several ways to do it...From a functional perspective, Bluetooth is simply another feature on a head unit...

You can install a new head unit with Bluetooth capabilities, and wire it to your existing speakers, or connect an existing amp to it. For those that want simplicity, there are amplifiers that have Bluetooth integrated, so no head unit is necessary. There's also other combinations of options, depending on which head unit you currently have.
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I recently had the same question on my older Fusion head unit-- found it was quite easy.

If your head unit has a RCA line in aux. you can just add a dongle.

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If it has the small headphone type you can use this.

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I've replaced the CD head unit with a BT device on two different boats, very easy. In my case, both of the older units were dead so I didn't have the option to plug/play BT devices into the systems.
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Take a look at the Fusion RA205 and then add the Fusion BT100 module. If you require a plate we can also do that for you with our laser. This way the current hole will be covered and it will look very nice.

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A question to you Mike, is there a reason why you keep referring to the older bt100 module when it comes to the fusion stereos and not the bt200 which has the interface built in to the stereo head?
Just wondering, because I have seen you do it a couple of times here before.
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Pretty sure If you have XM /Sirrus you can't use the BT200 in combination with the XM the BT100 you can.
I think one is an RCA plug the other is a DIN plug
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Correct the BT100 uses the RCA input and the BT200 uses the Sirius/XM port. You need to get the correct one based on your plans. If you want Sirius/XM go for the BT100.
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Originally Posted by InternationalMarineMike View Post
Correct the BT100 uses the RCA input and the BT200 uses the Sirius/XM port. You need to get the correct one based on your plans. If you want Sirius/XM go for the BT100.
Mike, please correct me if I'm wrong but it depends on what XM device you are using. If you have a garmin unit (gdl 30 or gxm 52) these units use the RCA inputs to provide the xm service (need the BT-200 unit). The OP may want to confirm what his xm unit uses and then order the correct BT unit needed.

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