Fusion Entertainment has added Apple AirPlay functionality to its Apollo Series marine audio entertainment systems.
The company says the combination is the industry’s first Apple iOS Wi-Fi streaming, available with a free software update.
Apple Airplay allows greater range than Bluetooth, making it a better solution for full-boat sound coverage. It also transmits lossless audio at 44.1khZ, resulting in better-quality sound.
“We went through an extensive application process to demonstrate to Apple why Fusion marine stereos are unique in construction and worthy of AirPlay designation,” Chris Baird, managing director of Fusion Entertainment, stated in a press release. “Unlike our competition, we recognize that a boat is not a car, and have built our systems from the ground up specifically for the demanding needs of our discerning clientele. Having the official Apple AirPlay distinction further solidifies Fusion as the premier innovator in the marine audio space, and sets the Apollo series even further apart among audio entertainment systems.”
The Fusion RA770 is the flagship model of the Apollo Series, with a one-piece glass touchscreen display, built-in Wi-Fi streaming, digital signal processing (DSP) technology and PartyBus capabilities.
Fusion’s app update that allows for Apple Airplay functionality also has a modernized user interface, over-the-air software updates, the ability to set up DSP profiles directly from the app, and remote PartyBus control.
Connecting to the app through Bluetooth or Wi-Fi allows the user to stream music in any zone, control volume and access all music sources from anywhere on the boat.
Who owns Fusion Entertainment? Its parent company is Garmin, known around the world for marine helm electronics.