Stereo head unit recommendation?

The Peddler

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Hey guys,

I just removed all of the Lowrance Sonic Hub gear from the boat. It was cool 9 years-ago when I bought it, but now it's basically obsolete, and it took up a lot of space.

I think I want to just keep it pretty simple and install an FM/Bluetooth receiver. I should have room for a typical single-din (or smaller) unit. It'll be mounted at the forward helm, so doesn't really need to be waterproof, but obviously shock/vibration resistant would be good. It'd be cool if it was app controlled or had a remote, but not critical. (Is there such a thing as an app-controlled head unit?)

Any recommendations?
 

hawksfan75

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The Fusion Bluetooth only units are pretty sweet. They also have an adapter for the AUX connection that gives you Bluetooth connectivity as well.

Or, just get a good Bluetooth speaker and call it a day.
 
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Crittercountry

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I have the Fusion am-fm plus b-tooth on the new boat and so far so good. You can use your phone for volume control, playlist and forward or back on songs
 
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tacklejacked

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Another fusion user...no issues. Am/fm with bluetooth to phone. Made a couple 6" tube speakers for behind the bench seats. Works perfect.

The new bluetooth speakers are really good to. My kid just put one in his truck. Sounds good.
 
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wdlfbio

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I think I’m just going with a Fusion Bluetooth dongle, amp, and 4 6” speakers. Run tunes through our phones only. Stream XM when in cell range. $40-$50 for the Fusion dongle.
 
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Tomictime

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speaking of old fart..tell me more..is this Bluetooth you speak of a new type of marine grade
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vacuum tube ?????
 
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Team Sency

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The small Fusion units are tough to beat. The JL Audio head unit is small and a great unit also.

Wet Sounds makes some good self powered speakers that use bluetooth. Anymore I just use my phone as the source, so you could nix a head unit all together?
 
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The Peddler

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The small Fusion units are tough to beat. The JL Audio head unit is small and a great unit also.

Wet Sounds makes some good self powered speakers that use bluetooth. Anymore I just use my phone as the source, so you could nix a head unit all together?
Looking at the fusion... if I go the stand-alone blue tooth speaker route, what other device should I put in the hole in my dash where the Sonic Hub iPod/iPhone dock used to be? 🤷‍♂️
 
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eldplanko

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I scrapped the hard wired systems and switched to bluetooth speakers (JBL Flip5) and just stream from my phone or iPad... recharge with usb.. now I don’t feel like a boomer.. get the iPad streaming the hawks game, and I can spend all Sunday in my mobile living room
 
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wdlfbio

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Looking at the fusion... if I go the stand-alone blue tooth speaker route, what other device should I put in the hole in my dash where the Sonic Hub iPod/iPhone dock used to be? 🤷‍♂️

Storage compartment with USB port for keeping your phone charged
 
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The Peddler

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wdlfbio

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So, keep the Sonic Hub then?

no. Just fit a little starboard box where your old head unit was and wire in a USB port to it for powering your celll phone
 
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wdlfbio

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yeah, that ☝️
 
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The Peddler

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no. Just fit a little starboard box where your old head unit was and wire in a USB port to it for powering your celll phone
That’s basically what the Sonic Hub is/does at this point... 😁
 
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If on a budget or have a boat that's not worth a million, I bought a $160 Pioneer marine stereo from Crutchfield with 2, 6" speakers....really has amazing bass & sounds great. Bluetooth pandora or hard wire....
 
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KimH

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For bluetooth this guy is good. https://fugoo.com/products/fugoo-tough-xl 35 hours of battery life, waterproof and rugged. I've had one for a few years that's either lived in the shop or traveled with me in my sea bag back and forth to the ex-job up North. Good sounding tunes. Mine has a different case. But....good luck finding it.

The smaller models are in inventories but I don't see the XL which has that long battery life. The smaller units have a 10-12 hour battery life. They sync together so maybe you could get two of the smaller units and sync them. 10 hour battery should be good enough regardless.
 
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