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Fusion Apollo Series, truly “The Sum of Audio Innovation”?

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher since 4/12/2005, and now excited to have Ben Stein as a very able colleague. Panbo is going to the next level in 2018 and beyond.

7 Responses

  1. Ben SteinBen Stein says:

    As I read the press release and then this article I am made to wonder about whether 5.1 surround sound is next for Fusion. They’re following a lot of parallels with Sonos who eventually used their audio syncing abilities to produce 5.1 from multiple linked components. Fusion could certainly do this and seems to be really close. I think the one thing they’d need to add from a hardware perspective would be HDMI pass-through to make it seamless.

  2. Incidentally, Fusion cannot yet declare the Apollo Series compatible with Apple AirPlay but apparently it’s very much in the works. So maybe Ben S or someone can compare AirPlay to UPnP?

  3. I’m glad to see innovation here. I love music, and play it wherever I am, and especially on the boat. I’ve had Fusion products since they came onto the market, and believe there are none better for the boating world, but it has been pretty stale the last few years in terms of new features.

    These new models show that there is still engineering prowess at Fusion and ideas to make our lives easier while on the water. In particular, I love how they re-imagined the size and shape of the devices. I removed one of the older Fusion units from my previous boat before selling it, and its shape was similar to a standard car stereo, but even deeper and heavier. Moving towards a smaller depth solution with a bigger screen is definitely the way to go – we’ve seen this trend in cars for the last few years as well.

    The other software features – adding DSP, PartyBus networking, etc. – are good to see as well, and I can’t wait to see them in action!

  4. Colin A says:

    Very Nice. I noticed Clarion started delivering there NMEA 2000 interface late last year. Very little info as far as units in use but the added a compatability section to their site. http://www.clarion.com/us/en/products-personal/marine/MW6/compatibility/index.html#Fm-1Anchor
    Nice to see some competition in the field.

  5. Garth says:

    One question I’d like to know is whether they have (or plan to) support internet streaming services such as Tidal. I had thought that the WiFi capabilities would have allowed this to happen, and I have read that WiFi was a *source* for the music on some of the sites. But I can find nothing in the manuals to support this. This is why I had Sonos on my last boat.
    Yes, I know I can Bluetooth Tidal l from my phone or another DAC but that will degrade the sound quality.

  6. Paul says:

    I would hold off being an early adopter with the Apollo series. I have a 770 and a 400 on a wired network and they are very unstable when they are linked, the documentation isnt accurate, the Fusion-Link app is flakey and support doesnt reply. They are also absorb a lot of bandwidth on the network and I have a gig Ethernet.

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