Connecting Smart Devices to Marine Audio Systems | Boating Magazine

Connecting Smart Devices to Marine Audio Systems

Play your favorite boating tunes using new connection options.

Easily connect your smart device to your marine audio system.

Fusion

Using a mobile app on Bluetooth-enabled mobile devices is just one way, albeit the latest, to stream and control your playlists through an onboard entertainment system.

Companies such as Fusion also offer watertight docking stations. The Fusion MS-Unidock ($134.99, crutchfield.com), for example, lets you plug in, charge and secure your mobile device. What’s more, rather than using a traditional control head or wired remote, you can access your library and control the entire onboard entertainment system via the touch-screen menu on an integrated multifunction display.

Marine electronics brands such as Garmin, Lowrance, Raymarine and Simrad offer this cross-compatibility with Fusion. Thanks to NMEA 2000 plug-and-play cables and connectors, networking the ­entertainment system with a compatible display is relatively simple. And you thought those displays were just for navigation. Let’s party!