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Fusion MS-RA55

Marine digital media receiver with Bluetooth® (does not play CDs)

Item # 917MSRA55

Fusion's MS-RA55 digital media receiver brings cool features like built-in Bluetooth® and 2-zone audio to your...

Fusion's MS-RA55 digital media receiver brings cool features like built-in Bluetooth® and 2-zone audio to your...

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About the Fusion MS-RA55

Not your average marine receiver

Fusion's MS-RA55 digital media receiver brings cool features like built-in Bluetooth® and 2-zone audio to your small boat or personal watercraft in a compact package that's ideal for smaller vessels. With a sleek design, marine-rated toughness, and FUSION quality, it's an outstanding value.

Not your average marine receiver

Fusion's MS-RA55 digital media receiver brings cool features like built-in Bluetooth® and 2-zone audio to your small boat or personal watercraft in a compact package that's ideal for smaller vessels. With a sleek design, marine-rated toughness, and FUSION quality, it's an outstanding value.

Get digital

This marine receiver lets you crank up a wide range of audio sources. Tune in to your favorite AM/FM stations, or pair up your iPhone, iPod, or MP3 player with Bluetooth to listen to your digital library. You can also enjoy apps like Pandora, Spotify and Apple Music, since you can skip tracks and adjust volume from the radio's face. Sleek, intuitive controls make navigating sources and music a breeze, even when you're enjoying different sources in different parts of the boat.

Big sound for smaller craft

This receiver is only a little over 2" deep, so you should have no trouble finding a spot for it, even in the smallest of boats. The fully sealed, aluminum die-cast chassis complies with IPx5 water resistant standards, so you'll enjoy season after season of musical enjoyment from this Fusion marine radio.

Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our article explaining Bluetooth profiles.

iPod/smartphone note: If you're going to use your iPod or smartphone with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for compatibility information.

This marine digital media receiver will not play CDs.

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Product highlights:

    General Features:
    • marine digital media receiver (doesn't play CDs)
    • built-in Bluetooth connectivity
    • 2-zone control
    • AM/FM tuner
    • built-in amplifier (25 watts RMS/45 peak x 4 channels)
    • ideal for small boats and personal watercraft
    • daylight viewable 2.3" LCD display
    • shallow mounting depth of 2-1/8"
    • multi-language user interface — English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Dutch
    Expandability:
    • complies with IPx5 water resistant standards
    • inputs: auxiliary input
    • outputs: 2-channel preamp outputs (3-volt rear)
    Other Features and Specs:

    What's in the box:

    • Marine digital media receiver (15A fuse)
    • Wiring harness
    • 2 End-caps
    • 2 Screws
    • Quick Start Manual
    • Installation Instructions
    • Mounting Template
    • Important Safety & Product Information
    • "Unexpected Noise" note

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    Great value and size

    Crutchfield customer from Ponte Vedra, FL on 6/17/2019

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    The size of this unit is fantastic, fit and finish are also very nice. The only, fairly minor issue is working within the menus. It's a little trying, but certainly nothing that would lead me to any other brand of marine audio. Excellent value as well. I had the older 205 model, which was $100 more, and seems to have the same functionality. Good purchase overall.

    Pros: Size, sound quality, ease of installation

    Cons: Menus are a little challenging, small labels for the menu buttons would be good; since typically they aren't used often. I tend to have to "undo" things a few times before getting it right!

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    Crutchfield customer from Gulf Shores, AL on 3/21/2019

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    Couldn't ask for better service!

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    Great value for the money

    Carl from Midland, GA on 6/21/2018

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    A fantastic little radio with ample power that interfaced perfectly with my stock motorcycle system. Bluetooth functionality is perfect for the active riding environment, and the small size made the fit exquisite.

    Pros: Small size, bright display, powerful amp, simple controls.

    Cons: Lacks advanced features.

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    Crutchfield customer from Fairfield, CT on 6/7/2018

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    Great customer service helped me make the right decision on model. The brand I knew and now that I've had time to use it, I know it was the correct choice.

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    Crutchfield customer from Jacksonville, IL on 5/11/2018

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    OMG a waterproof radio thats actually waterproof sayyy whatttttt! Really really great system thats actually waterproof, as in doesnt fry, as in keeps singing in the rain.

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    Crutchfield customer from Fort Mohave, AZ on 2/8/2018

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    Out in rzr love it!

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    Jim from Porterville, CA on 1/30/2018

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    Was looking for something small that would work in my classic FJ 40, this was a perfect fit. Also wanted something simple, did not need all the bells and whistles that come with most modern stereo systems. Sounds great, and it's waterproof. Highly recommend for any off road vehicle.

    Pros: Small, waterproof, fit my dash perfectly with minimal effort.

    Cons: Non so far

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    More details on the Fusion MS-RA55

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    Features & specs

    Expandability
    AUX Input RCA (rear)
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input No
    Backup Camera Input No
    Second Camera Input No
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot N/C
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size N/A
    Nano N/A
    Touch N/A
    iPhone N/A
    General
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) N/A
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) 25 watts
    Peak Output 45 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth Not givenHz
    Preamp Outputs 2-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Navigation App Compatible (iOS)
    Navigation App Compatible (Android)
    Preamp Voltage 3 volts
    Screen Size ---
    Display Color White/Black
    Key Button Color N/A
    EQ Bands None
    Wireless Remote No
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible No
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity ---
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes
    File Playback
    Music File Playback N/A
    High-res Playback N

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    Features

    Marine Certified: The Fusion MS-RA55 is designed and engineered specifically for use on the water, so it complies with IPx5 water resistant standards. The MS-RA55 is also equipped with a rugged electrically isolated aluminum die-cast chassis to maintain isolation between battery negative and the hull of your metal boat. In addition, the chassis of the MS-RA55 acts as a heat sink for the entire stereo, removing the need for an external cooling fan.

    Note: This unit is water resistant, but not waterproof. It should not be submerged in water.

    2.3" LCD: Information and text is easily readable, even under direct sunlight on the large 2.3" LCD screen. The MS-RA55 offers adjustable contrast and brightness for optimum viewing. The display supports English, French, Spanish, German, Dutch, or Italian alphanumeric text.

    Bluetooth Music Streaming: The Fusion MS-RA55 features built-in Bluetooth A2DP/AVRCP for wireless music streaming, control, and song/artist display. You can wirelessly stream stored music and music apps from your Bluetooth source device (like the iPhone or an Android smartphone) to the MS-RA55. You are able to control basic playback operation like Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track from the marine stereo's front-panel controls (advanced music browsing will still need to be done from your Bluetooth source device). The MS-RA55 will also display your Bluetooth music's song/artist/album information on its front-panel LCD.

    Note: The unit does not support Bluetooth hands-free phone calls.

    AM/FM Tuner with RDS: The MS-RA55 marine stereo features a built-in AM/FM radio that offers manual, seek, and preset tuning. You can store up to 15 FM station presets and 15 AM station presets. The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist & track information when listening to compatible AM/FM stations. You can also select between US and European tuning.

    Aux Input: Fusion's MS-RA55 marine stereo features a stereo RCA auxiliary input that is attached to its rear chassis by a 10" cable. If you audio source has a stereo minijack output, then you will need a stereo minijack-to-RCA adapter (sold separately).

    4-Channel Amplifier: The MS-RA55 is equipped with a Class-AB amplifier rated at 25W (RMS) x 4 channel / 45W (Peak) x 4 channel.

    Line Out: The MS-RA55 provides a stereo RCA line output for connection to an external amplifier. The line output's volume control is linked to Zone 1. The line output passes a full-range audio signal.

    Multi-Zone Audio: The MS-RA55 marine stereo features multi-zone technology which enables two audio Zones with independent volume control from the receiver's built-in amplifier and pre-outs. Each audio Zone will play the same source, but offers independent volume control and audio settings of each Zone.

    • Zone 1: Zone 1 consists of 2 channel stereo speaker outputs and a stereo RCA line output.
    • Zone 2: Zone 2 consists of 2 channel stereo speaker output.

    Audio Controls: You can adjust the marine stereo's bass & treble. You can also balance the sound from left to right. In addition, you can set the head unit's maximum volume limit for both Zones.

    Bulkhead Mount: The MS-RA55 requires a rectangular cutout in the bulkhead for inserting the chassis. The marine receiver has a shallow mounting depth, perfect for space conscious installation on small boats and personal watercrafts, where this is especially crucial. Four screws (supplied) fasten the faceplate against the mounting surface, and hold the included waterproof gasket against the bulkhead. A paper template is supplied to assist you with the cutout and drilling the screw holes. You can install the unit within 45° of horizontal.

    • Cutout Width = 5.1875"
    • Cutout Height = 2.0625"
    • Cutout Depth = 2.5"
    • Nose Width = 6.25"
    • Nose Height =  2.6875"
    • Nose Depth = 1.25"
    Note: The screw holes are spaced 5.5625" (w) x 1.6875" (h) apart.

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    Customer Q&A

    Q
    Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
    A
    Best fit for the small cavity on my motorcycle. [ Carlton Ernest  Jun 07, 2018 ]
    A
    Compact. Features. Non-goofy design. [ STEPHEN  Jun 26, 2017 ]

    6 questions already asked

    Q
    The wiring has two zones of speakers, my boat has only one zone (just two speakers). Should I wire them to zone 1 or 2? Does it matter?
    [ Brian  May 28, 2019 ]
    2 answers
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    Doesn't matter which zone. I did mine zone one.
    [ Dennis  Jun 04, 2019 ]
    A
    Can't say for certain but my guess is it won't matter. Even if there's a fade option (not sure there is) it would work on either of the two zones as sort of an an on/off.
    [ Paul  May 28, 2019 ]
    Q
    This unit came with our pontoon boat the powers 4 fusion speakers. Can add a JL M600/6 channel amp to power the 4 speakers and a sub using this unit or aren't there enough RCA outputs?
    [ Sean  Jan 22, 2019 ]
    2 answers
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    Yes, you can drive an external powered amp from the low- level outputs. The harness has a wire to power up the amp when the unit is turned on. You should be able to download the manual from Fusion with a complete wiring diagram.
    [ Carlton Ernest  Jan 22, 2019 ]
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    Hi Sean. If you are just going with the stock (4) Fusion speakers, the unit will suffice. If you want to add a sub, I highly recommend buying the amp. If you really want to rock, I would replace the fusion speakers with JL's. Install 4 JL 6.5s, a 10" JL sub, and this amp, and it will sound amazing. Good luck! Matt
    [ Matthew  Jan 22, 2019 ]
    Q
    We have this stereo installed on our boat, but cannot get the aux to play. When we plug a device in to the auxilliary, it shows the music is playing on our device and turned up, but there is no output through the stereo. Any ideas on how to fix it?
    [ Brad  Aug 27, 2018 ]
    3 answers
    A
    Not sure how to correct the problem. Sorry! I returned ours. Did not like the radio. Condensation kept forming on the LCD display.
    [ Ken A.  Sep 06, 2018 ]
    A
    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer.
    [ Jeff  Aug 31, 2018 ]  Staff
    A
    Hmmm. Never tried using Aux In, sorry.
    [ STEPHEN  Aug 27, 2018 ]
    Q
    what is the maximum thickness of mounting surface? Can i install this in a wood panel? Thanks
    [ Steve  May 07, 2018 ]
    1 answer
    A
    I've searched through all our information along with Fusion's site and couldn't find anything on this. I did find that they include 6 gauge self tapping screws to mount it. I don't see any reason that you couldn't get longer 6 gauge self taping screws to mount it to any surface with just about any thickness to it. My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=101
    [ Paul  May 14, 2018 ]  Staff
    Q
    I don't see an auxiliary port in the picture. Is there one available? If not, do they offer is on another model?
    [ Michael  Oct 09, 2017 ]
    1 answer
    A
    Fusion's MS-RA55 marine stereo features a stereo RCA auxiliary input that is attached to its rear chassis by a 10" cable. If you audio source has a stereo minijack output, then you will need a stereo minijack-to-RCA adapter; like this: https://www.crutchfield.com/p_120RCA356/T-Spec-Adapter-Cable.html For more details or to discuss further, please feel free to contact an Advisor directly by phone (888.955.6000) or online chat. Thanks!
    [ Larry  Oct 15, 2017 ]  Staff
    Q
    What are the dimensions of the faceplate?
    [ The OG  Dec 11, 2016 ]
    1 answer
    A
    Thanks for your question. You can find this information on the main product page "Details" tab. I've copied the information below, hope this helps. Bulkhead Mount: The MS-RA55 requires a rectangular cutout in the bulkhead for inserting the chassis. The marine receiver has a shallow mounting depth, perfect for space conscious installation on small boats and personal watercrafts, where this is especially crucial. Four screws (supplied) fasten the faceplate against the mounting surface, and hold the included waterproof gasket against the bulkhead. A paper template is supplied to assist you with the cutout and drilling the screw holes. You can install the unit within 45° of horizontal. Cutout Width = 5.1875" Cutout Height = 2.0625" Cutout Depth = 2.5" Nose Width = 6.25" Nose Height = 2.6875" Nose Depth = 1.25" Note: The screw holes are spaced 5.5625" (w) x 1.6875" (h) apart.
    [ Kenny  Dec 12, 2016 ]  Staff
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