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FUSION MS-RA50

Marine iPod®/iPhone® controller (does not play CDs)

Item # 917RA50

FUSION designed this compact marine receiver for the boat owner who wants to keep it simple.

FUSION designed this compact marine receiver for the boat owner who wants to keep it simple.

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Item # 917RA50

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About the FUSION MS-RA50

This might be everything you need

FUSION designed this compact marine receiver for the boat owner who wants to keep it simple. Mount the FUSION MS-RA50 in your small boat or personal watercraft and you'll have your choice of audio from AM/FM stations, your iPhone, iPod, or MP3 player. Sleek, intuitive controls make navigating sources and music a breeze.
MS-RA50

The FUSION MS-RA50's shallow mounting depth gives you plenty of mounting options

This might be everything you need

FUSION designed this compact marine receiver for the boat owner who wants to keep it simple. Mount the FUSION MS-RA50 in your small boat or personal watercraft and you'll have your choice of audio from AM/FM stations, your iPhone, iPod, or MP3 player. Sleek, intuitive controls make navigating sources and music a breeze.

Ideal for iPods and iPhones

If you own a compatible iPhone or an earlier iPod touch, nano, or classic, you'll have full control of your music library viewable on a generous 2.3" LCD display, even under direct sunlight. A chunky rotary dial allows you to scan your music efficiently just like on your iPod. And if you receive a call on your iPhone, the audio will be muted and you'll hear it ringing over your speakers. So, don't worry about missing any calls.

There's always room for music

With a shallow mounting depth of only 2-1/8", you're bound to find a spot to fit the MS-RA50, even in the smallest of boats. But if you do have room to stash an amp, you can connect it via the MS-RA50's pair of preamp outputs. The receiver's fully sealed, aluminum die-cast chassis complies with IPx5 water resistant standards to ensure it will have a long life out on the water.

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

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Product highlights:

    General Features:
    • marine iPhone/iPod controller (doesn't play CDs)
    • for use with select iPhone and iPod models (see Details tab)
    • AM/FM tuner
    • built-in amplifier (22 watts RMS/40 peak x 2 channels)
    • ideal for small boats and personal watercraft
    • daylight viewable 2.3-inch LCD display
    • complete control of iPod music library
    • multi-language user interface — English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Dutch
    • shallow mounting depth of 2-1/8"
    Marine-specific Features:
    • complies with IPx5 water resistant standards
    Expandability:
    • inputs: auxiliary input, input for iPod/iPhone via external connector (not included)
    • outputs: 2-channel preamp outputs (3-volt rear)
    Other Features and Specs:

    What's in the box:

    • Marine receiver
    • 2 Cover plates
    • 4 Screws
    • Foam gasket
    • User/Installation Manual
    • Warranty Information
    • Mounting Template

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    Features & specs

    Expandability
    AUX Input Rear (RCA)
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input No
    USB Port Power ---
    Backup Camera Input No
    Second Camera Input No
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Alexa Voice Control
    Android Control No
    Memory Card Slot N/C
    Bluetooth Compatible Optional
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic
    Nano 7/6/5/4
    Touch 5/4/3
    iPhone 6+/6/5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS
    General
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) N/A
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) ---
    Peak Output 40 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 3 Years
    Labor Warranty 3 Years
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity ---
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes
    File Playback
    Music File Playback N/A
    High-res Playback N
    Second Camera Input Lane Watch N

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    Features

    Marine Certified: The Fusion MS-RA50 is designed and engineered specifically for use on the water, so it complies with IPx5 water resistant standards. The MS-RA50 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-RA50 acts as a heat sink for the entire stereo, removing the need for an external cooling fan.

    Easy-To-Use: Nearly all operations are controlled through the large rotary encoder, ensuring the Fusion MS-RA50's user interface is simple and easy to use. Information and text is easily readable, even under direct sunlight on the large 2.3" LCD screen. The MS-RA50 has adjustable contrast and brightness for optimum viewing.

    Note: The LCD screen shuts down automatically after approximately 1 minute of inactivity to reduce battery drain; press any key on the unit to restore the display.

    2-Channel Amplifier: The Fusion MS-RA50 is equipped with a 22 watt RMS (40W Peak) x 2 channel stereo amplifier for driving a single pair of full-range marine speakers.

    RDS AM/FM Tuner: The MS-RA50 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.

    Made For iPod/iPhone: The MS-RA50 features a rear-panel proprietary 8-pin connector which allows you to connect a 30-pin Apple iPod or iPhone using Fusion's MS-IP15L3 iPod connection cable (917IP15L3, sold separately); if you own a Lightning connector Apple iPod/iPhone then you will also need Apple's Lightning to 30-pin adapter (sold separately). The MS-RA50's full integrated iPod user interface provides music browsing by Album, Artist, Song, and Playlist; as well as basic playback functions like Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind, and Previous/Next Track. The unit's front-panel LCD provides song, artist, and album information. While connected to the MS-RA50, your 30-pin Apple iPod or iPhone's battery will charge. Newer iPod/iPhones with iOS 6.0+ allow you to continue to access your Apple device's touchscreen, while older iPod/iPhone devices will be locked during connection.

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod Artist/Song Text Track Info
    iPhone
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    4 7.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 8.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5/5C/5S* 8.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    6/6+* 8.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    touch
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    4th 6.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5th* 8.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    nano
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y N Y Y Y
    7th* 1.02 PC Y N Y N Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y N Y Y N
    2/3 8.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y N
    4/air* 8.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y N
    mini* 8.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y N
    Note:
    • *Requires Apple's Lightning to 30-pin adapter (sold separately) in addition to Fusion's MS-IP15L3 iPod connection cable (917IP15L3, sold separately).
    • Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available

    Aux Input: Fusion's MS-RA50 marine stereo is fitted with a rear-panel stereo RCA auxiliary input for connecting an external audio device, other than an iPod or iPhone.

    3V/2Ch Pre-Out: The Fusion MS-RA50 provides a 3V/2Ch pre-out to connect an external amplifier. There are no separate level or fade controls for this pre-out.

    Audio Controls: You can adjust the marine receiver's bass & treble from -12 to +12. You can also balance the sound from left to right. In addition, you can set the head unit's maximum volume limit.

    Optional Bluetooth Adapter: Add wireless Bluetooth music streaming to the MS-RA50 marine stereo with Fusion's MS-BT100 Marine Bluetooth Module (917BT100, sold separately). This add-on Bluetooth adapter is for wireless audio streaming only and does not support hands-free phone communication.

    Bulkhead Mount: The MS-RA50 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 watercraft, where this is especially crucial. Four screws (supplied) fasten the faceplate against the mounting surface, and hold the 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 = 2.75"
    • Nose Width = 6.1875"
    • Nose Height =  2.6875"
    • Nose Depth = 1.25"
    Note: The screw holes are spaced 5.5625" (w) x 1.6875" (h) apart.

    Optional Gimble Mount: Often in smaller or metal vessel it is not always possible to bulkhead mount this marine stereo. Fusion's optional MS-HUGMS gimble mount (917HUGMS, sold separately) allows the MS-RA50 to be installed easily, and almost anywhere on your vessel. The MS-HUGMS allows you to surface mount the marine stereo and offers angle adjustment.

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    Customer Q&A

    4 questions already asked

    Q
    Can I connect wired remotes to this device? Do I need an external amp?
    [ tom  Oct 12, 2016 ]
    1 answer
    A
    No, the MS-RA50 doesn't have any connections for a wired remote. It has it's own amplifier built in like any other receiver. It is plenty loud on my motorcycle.
    [ TED  Oct 12, 2016 ]
    Q
    will this work with samsung phones?
    [ edward  Mar 15, 2016 ]
    1 answer
    A
    It does not offer any Android-specific capabilities but does offer an auxiliary audio input so, you could connect the headphone output of your phone to the aux input for playback through the system. You'll have to control and display the content on your phone but you would hear it play though the stereo and connected speakers. I hope that helps! My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=5
    [ Ryan  Mar 18, 2016 ]  Staff
    Q
    does it also charge the ipod?
    [ jason  Mar 05, 2016 ]
    1 answer
    A
    While connected to the Fusion MS-RA50 using Fusion's MS-IP15L3 iPod connection cable (sold separately), your Apple iPod or iPhone's battery will charge. If you own a Lightning connector Apple iPod/iPhone then you will also need Apple's Lightning to 30-pin adapter to connect it to the MS-RA50. I hope that helps. My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=159
    [ Larry  Mar 08, 2016 ]  Staff
    Q
    How would this work on a motorcycle? Specifically a BMW R1200RT
    [ Keith  Jul 22, 2015 ]
    1 answer
    A
    You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you.
    [ Greg  Jul 22, 2015 ]  Staff

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