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jacobs0222i 05-05-2010 5:41 PM

Need new Head unit for the boat
I have a single din old alpine in there right now and Iím looking to upgrade so I can have a remote at the transom and maybe somewhere else. The HU is located on the right of the steering wheel and the iPod has to use an RF transmitter so needless to say the HU has to go. I am currently looking at the Fusion, Alpine, and Clarion but if there are any other that can control the IPhone/iPod and have a remote then let me know. I guess I would just like peopleís opinion on these. If you like them or wish you had a different one. I know not to may people are going to have the Fusion but it seams pretty good.

Fusion H

Fusion Remote

Clarion HU

Clarion Remote

Alpine HU

Alpine Remote

Thank you for your help.

alindquist 05-05-2010 5:46 PM

I have the sony set up and it works pretty good, cheaper than the ones you are looking at... I think it's the CDX-60UI... Ebay for around $150 for the deck, and about $50 for the remote.

jacobs0222i 05-05-2010 5:58 PM


Originally Posted by alindquist (Post 1581856)
I have the sony set up and it works pretty good, cheaper than the ones you are looking at... I think it's the CDX-60UI... Ebay for around $150 for the deck, and about $50 for the remote.

this one right?

and this remote?

i like how the other companies have an LCD screen on the remote.

jacobs0222i 05-05-2010 6:00 PM

i didnt even look at the prices that much, i should do that. Do any of the remotes function better than the other?

ottog1979 05-05-2010 6:02 PM

I'll chime in with one other piece of advice that I wish I'd done differently. I like to control the iPod via it's own controls, NOT the HU. Find a HU that allows you to switch to iPod control. Reasons:
- Everyone knows how to use the iPod controls, while HU's are all different. When someone else drives my boat and I'm in the water, it's not worth the frustration to explain how to select song's.
- HU control of the iPod is SLOW. I have way too many songs to efficiently navigate through to what I want.

jacobs0222i 05-05-2010 7:26 PM

^^^true. i need to do a little more research on them.

does anyone have there ipod or iphone connected with bluetooth to play music?

jonyb 05-05-2010 7:27 PM

Alpine, hands down.

shawndoggy 05-06-2010 6:41 AM

With an iphone I'd definitely go with bluetooth.

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alindquist 05-06-2010 6:53 AM

Not the same modle number but mine looks like this:
If price wasn't object and I didn't already some sony stuff that I wanted to hold on to I would have gone either alpine or fusion. But for the price the sony stuff works good.

camassanger 05-06-2010 7:00 AM

I have the Sony too (CDx-m60ui). It is awesome. You CAN control the music via the iPhone/ iPod. This was a requirement for me. It works seemlessly. And you can add a transom controller plug n play. Nice long USB pigtail makes it easy to use. This charges the iPod/ iPhone too. If you use Bluetooth, you'll be using up the battery sending the signal to the HU. No big deal, but I prefer a wired connection over wireless/Bluetooth whenever possible. Also USB charges the Device. I had started my search intending to use alpine but couldn't find a model that allowed me to control via the iPhone.

brian_b 05-06-2010 7:43 AM

I have the alpine. I can see how the poster above prefers ipod control on the ipod, not on the deck. Alpine ipod control is from deck, however, the control is very fast..no slow down at all.

For some reason, it does not get radio stations very well...but I may have some other issue unrelated to the deck. I don't have the remote, I do have the wireless black remote.

jonyb 05-06-2010 8:01 AM

Not having a very good radio reception isn't much of a loss in my book.

shawndoggy 05-06-2010 8:03 AM

To clarify what Derek mentions, on the sony decks with USB control of the ipod you can set it up to control from the deck or the ipod. So you can do it either way, not just one or the other. Also, again at least with sony, the bluetooth decks do also have usb, so you get the option to hardwire an ipod or use bluetooth. As long as the deck has a unilink input it should also be compatible with sony's marine remotes.

The clarion cz500 also looks pretty nice (4v preouts, ipod, usb, bluetooth) but I don't know enough about clarion decks to know whether that one is compatible with the marine remotes.

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