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Fusion MS-RA70N Marine digital media receiver with NMEA 2000 compatibility (does not play CDs)

Item # 917RA70NI

The MS-RA70N digital media receiver gives you the functionality and marine-rated reliability Fusion is known...

The MS-RA70N digital media receiver gives you the functionality and marine-rated reliability Fusion is known...

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Item # 917RA70NI

About the Fusion MS-RA70N

Jon Paul

This single-DIN receiver works with NMEA 2000

The MS-RA70N digital media receiver gives you the functionality and marine-rated reliability Fusion is known for, now in a receiver that fits into a standard DIN-sized opening. This versatile digital media receiver also sports built-in NMEA 2000 connectivity that will make it the hub of your boat's system.

This single-DIN receiver works with NMEA 2000

The MS-RA70N digital media receiver gives you the functionality and marine-rated reliability Fusion is known for, now in a receiver that fits into a standard DIN-sized opening. This versatile digital media receiver also sports built-in NMEA 2000 connectivity that will make it the hub of your boat's system.

fusion ms-ra70n

Use the Fusion-Link app to control it from your phone.

Connect to a wide variety of devices

The MS-RA70N can handle all your entertainment and communications needs when you're out on the water. In addition to working with an incredible variety of wired and wireless devices, you can connect this highly-advanced receiver to your NMEA 2000 network so it can talk with chart plotters, navigation instruments, depth sounders, and other compatible devices.

Use your phone as a remote

You can enjoy your favorite AM/FM stations or connect an MP3 player to the USB port, of course, but you'll really appreciate this receiver's wireless Bluetooth® connectivity. Just download the free Apple® or Android™ Fusion-Link remote control app for Bluetooth from iTunes™ or Google Play™. With the app installed, you can use your phone to control source navigation and track selection from wherever you are on your boat or in your campsite. Intuitive controls make it easier to manage your music when you're underway.

Get into a zone on your boat

Independent audio zone control is a handy thing to have on any boat. The MS-RA70N offers advanced localized menu controls, including zone naming, so you'll be able to customize and control the listening experience with two pre-outs and a sub-out.

Built to survive in tough conditions

The 2" tall chassis means you can install the MS-RA70N in a wide variety of dashboards. The designers came up with a clever solution that lets you mount the stereo in the dash or integrate it into a glass helm using a flush surface mount. Wherever it winds up, this rugged receiver will stand up to whatever wind and weather Mother Nature brews up.

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.

NMEA 2000 note: To learn more about NMEA 2000 connectivity, check out our article explaining nautical networking.

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.


Product highlights:

    General Features:
    • marine digital media receiver with built-in amplifier (25 watts RMS/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • single-DIN chassis fits a variety of boats and off-road vehicles
    • built-in Bluetooth connectivity
    • built-in NMEA 2000 connectivity
    • LCD display with brightness adjustment
    • works with iPod/iPhone, plus Android and Windows phones
    • plays a wide variety of digital music formats
    • specially sealed against the elements for use in the marine environment
    • inputs: rear USB and AUX inputs
    • outputs: two stereo pre-outs and sub-out
    • compatible with Fusion Unidock
    • works with Fusion-Link™ Bluetooth remote control app
    Other Features and Specs:
    • mounting hardware included
    • optically bonded glass display
    • face is IPx7 water-resistant when mounted
    • warranty: 1 year
    • MFR # 010-01516-11

    What's in the box:

    • Marine receiver
    • Wiring harness
    • Aux/Preout harness
    • Mounting bracket
    • Gasket
    • 2 End-caps
    • 4 Screws
    • Quick Start Manual
    • Installation Instructions
    • Important Safety/Product Information booklet
    • Mounting Template

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    More details on the Fusion MS-RA70N

    Stacey B.

    Features & specs

    AUX Input RCA (rear)
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Rear
    USB Port Power ---
    Backup Camera Input No
    Second Camera Input No
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Alexa Voice Control
    Android Control Yes
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready No
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size No
    Nano No
    Touch 6/5
    iPhone X/8+/8/7+/7/6S+/6S/6+/6/5S/5C/
    RMS Power (CTA-2006) N/A
    RMS Power (Manufacturer) 25 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth Not givenHz
    Preamp Outputs 6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs Yes
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs No
    Video Screen No
    Navigation App Compatible (iOS)
    Navigation App Compatible (Android)
    Preamp Voltage 3 volts
    Screen Size ---
    Screen Type ---
    Display Color White/Black
    Key Button Color White
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Optional
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible No
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    FM Sensitivity ---
    European Tuning Yes
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System Yes
    File Playback
    Music File Playback MP3
    High-res Playback N
    The Fusion MS-RA70N replaces these items:

    Product Research

    Marine Features
    Variety of Sources
    Audio Section
    App Control

    Marine Features

    DIN-Sized Marine Receiver: The Fusion MS-RA70Ni marine receiver has been engineered to seamlessly replace a standard "DIN-sized" stereo in your boat, vessel, or watercraft without the need to reconfigure or modify the cutout opening. Four screws (supplied) fasten the receiver's faceplate and gasket against the mounting surface on either side of the cutout opening to secure the unit in place. If your boat does not already have a cutout opening for a "DIN-sized" radio, then the MS-RA70Ni will require a rectangular cutout in the bulkhead for inserting the chassis. You can even remove the receiver's pre-installed trim-ring and flush mount the receiver for a stunning glass helm finish.

    • Chassis or Cutout Width = 6.375"
    • Chassis or Cutout Height = 1.9375"
    • Cutout Depth = 4.0"
    • Nose Width = 7.4375"
    • Nose Height =  2.375"
    • Nose Depth = 1.0"
    • Screw Hole Spacing = 6.8125" (w) x 1.5625" (h)
    Note: Even though this marine receiver is considered "DIN-sized", it does not include a mounting sleeve or ISO-mount screw holes to accommodate standard automotive installation.

    Marine Certified: The Fusion MS-RA70Ni is designed and engineered specifically for use on the water, and complies with both IPx3 & iPx7 water resistant standards.

    • iPx3 Glass-Filled Composite Chassis: Structurally rigid and incredibly lightweight, the unit's glass-filled composite chassis improves environmental protection and electrically isolates the chassis for complete reliability with an iPx3 rating. The receiver's chassis also features an aluminum side-fin heat sink with VCT cooling, removing the need for an external cooling fan.
    • iPx7 Front-Panel & Optically Bonded LCD: With an IPx7 front-panel and an optically bonded LCD to improve durability and optimize daylight viewing, the MS-RA70Ni is ready for the marine environment. You can adjust the brightness & contrast of the LCD. The LCD screen's backlight turns offs after approximately 60 seconds of inactivity to reduce battery drain; press any key on the unit to restore the backlight.

    NMEA 2000 Certified w/ Fusion-Link: The MS-RA70Ni is a Fusion-Link Wired NMEA 2000 certified product and is compatible with a range of the world's leading Multi-Function Displays (MFD) for on-screen audio control; creating a centralized control station for the entire vessel and a more user-friendly experience. NMEA 2000 is the most popular marine standard for data communication within vessels. When pairing the MS-RA70Ni with a NMEA 2000 supported Chartplotter or Fish finder, you bring your music to the big screen, allowing you to keep an eye on the charts or the fish while skipping tracks or adjusting the volume at the same time.

    Optional Wired Remote Control: In addition to MFD control, the MS-RA70Ni will connect to Fusion's MS-NRX300 Wired Remote (917NRX300, sold separately) within the same powered NMEA 2000 network for localized control of the audio zones. You can install a MS-NRX300 wired remote in each of the independent audio zones of your vessel, for localized zone volume level and global source control. Control each audio zone independently from multiple remotes, or manage the entire entertainment experience from a single remote control. The remote control can even serve as an NMEA 2000 display showing NMEA navigation data or vessel performance data from other NMEA devices on the same NMEA 2000 network. Up to three MS-NRX300 wired remotes can be connected to the MS-RA70Ni with the same powered NMEA 2000 network.

    Note: The MS-NRX300 must be incorporated onto the same NMEA 2000 powered network as the MS-RA70Ni.

    Optional ANT Wireless Technology: The Fusion ARX Remote (MS-ARX70, sold separately) is an ANT wireless stereo remote. ANT is an ultra-low-power (ULP) wireless networking protocol operating in the 2.4GHz band with a wireless range of 33'. Able to interface with the Fusion MS-RA70Ni stereo, the ARX Remote provides wireless localized volume level and global source control.

    Variety of Sources

    Bluetooth Audio Streaming: The MS-RA70Ni marine stereo features built-in Bluetooth 2.0 with support for wireless music streaming from almost any Bluetooth-enable device. The Fusion MS-RA70 supports wireless audio playback (AD2P) and control (AVRCP) of a Bluetooth-enabled device. The MS-RA70Ni will wirelessly playback stored music and music apps on your Bluetooth device. The unit will also be able to control basic playback functions, such as Play/Pause & Skip Next/Previous. Advanced music control of your music apps will still need be done via your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone. In addition, song/artist information is displayed on the receiver's LCD screen.

    Note: This unit does not support Bluetooth hands-free communication for making and answering phone calls.

    USB Mass Storage Devices: The Fusion MS-RA70Ni marine stereo features a rear-panel USB (type-A) port which enables connection of USB mass storage class (MSC) devices like a USB thumbdrive, flash drive, or MSC compatible audio player formatted in FAT32. You can insert a compatible USB MSC device into the head unit's USB port for playback of MP3 music files with Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track, and Random/Repeat control, plus song/artist info. When the MS-RA70Ni is turned on, USB devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the receiver's USB port (max. 1A).

    Android Open Accessory 2.0 (AOA 2.0): The Fusion MS-RA70Ni supports Android Open Accessory 2.0 (AOA 2.0), which lets  you connect your Android smartphone (OS 4.1-7.1.2) to the unit's rear-panel USB port and listen to stored music and music apps from your Android device through the Fusion marine receiver. You'll be able to control basic playback functions such as Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track. Other advanced music navigation will still be done from your Android smartphone's touchscreen. In this mode, the marine receiver will not display song/artist information; you'll continue to view song/artist information from the Android device's touchscreen. You'll still be able to access other functions and applications from your Android smartphone's touchscreen, while listening to music through the receiver. If you make a call or answer a call from your smartphone while listening to music in this mode, the music will pause until you are finished with the call and then start back up again.
    Note: This stereo is not compatible with Android devices in MTP or PTP mode.

    iPod/iPhone Direct Connection: The unit's rear-panel USB port can be used to connect your Lightning-connector iPod/iPhone with the cable that came with your Apple device. The MS-RA70Ni supports audio playback, basic control (Play/Pause & Previous Next Track), song/artist information, and charging of your compatible Apple device. iPod/iPhones with iOS 6.0+ allow you to continue to access your Apple device's touchscreen while connected in order to access other applications; iPod/iPhone devices with earlier iOS will be locked during connection. The MS-RA70Ni is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 4/25/2017):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Bluetooth Charge
    Audio Video Head Unit iPod/iPhone Artist/Song Text Track Info Phone Audio Fusion-Link App
    5/5C 10.3.3 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    5S 11.3.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    SE 11.3.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    6+/6/6S/6S+ 11.3.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    7/7+ 11.3.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    8/8+ 11.3.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    X 11.3.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    5th 9.3.5 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y
    6th 11.3.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y


    • The MS-RA70Ni's USB port is not compatible with 30-pin Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad devices.
    • If you connect an Apple device to the USB port on the marine stereo, you must either disable Bluetooth device, or unpair the Bluetooth connection from the stereo to avoid possible media-playback issues.
    • Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the 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.

    RDS AM/FM Tuner: The MS-RA70Ni 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-RA70Ni marine stereo is fitted with a rear-panel stereo RCA auxiliary input for connecting an external audio device, other than an iPod/iPhone or Android smartphone. You can adjust the gain for the connected auxiliary device to achieve a volume level similar to that of other media sources. You can adjust the gain from - 9dB to +9dB in 1dB increments.

    Audio Section

    Dual Zone: The MS-RA70Ni marine stereo supports Dual Zone 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 of each Zone.

    25W x 4Ch Amplifier: The Fusion MS-RA70Ni is equipped with a 25W RMS/50W Peak x 4 channel amplifier for driving two pair of full-range marine speakers in different zone (1 pair of speakers in Zone 1 and 1 pair of speaker Zone 2) with separate volume control. The receiver's amplifier components are optimally configured for the side-fin aluminum heat sink, producing greater thermal efficiency.

    Zone 1/Zone2 & Sub Pre-Outs: The MS-RA70Ni is also equipped with stereo RCA Zone 1 and Zone 2  pre-outs for connection of external amplifiers and speakers in two separate locations on your watercraft, plus two mono sub pre-outs for connection of an amplifier and sub, or powered sub in Zone 1 only. The Zone 1 & Zone 2 pre-outs have independent volume control. The sub pre-outs' volume level are controlled by Zone 1. You can set the sub pre-outs' low-pass filter to 55, 85, 120, or 160Hz.

    Rotary Volume: The MS-RA70Ni features a rotary volume dial which controls the volume level for Zone 1 and Zone 2.

    3-Band EQ: You can adjust the MS-RA70Ni's Bass, Midrange, & Treble independently from -15 to + 15 to fine tune your marine audio system.

    Mute: The marine stereo's audio output can be muted with a press of a button on the front-panel.

    App Control

    Fusion-Link Remote Control App: Download the Fusion-Link remote control app onto your Bluetooth-connected Apple iPod/iPhone (iOS 6.0+) or Android smartphone (OS 2.2+) and turn your mobile device into a wireless remote control from the Fusion MS-RA70Ni marine stereo. Once downloaded, the app will allow navigation of all music sources, independent volume zone control, and menu adjustments.

    Fusion-Link Lite App: Download the free Fusion-Link Lite app from the Connect IQ Store to enable wireless control via ANT technology from a compatible Garmin watch (sold separately).

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    Is this compatible with the Fusion NRX200i remote? (Item # 917NRX200I)
    mr pav  Jan 22, 2018
    2 answers
    Not sure, it didn't come with a remote. I believe when I purchased it said something about downloading an app, using your cell as a remote. I haven't tried yet.. There were nicer models with more features..
    jeffrey r  Feb 02, 2018
    I'm very sorry, but I don't know. I'd try customer support at Fusion. What I do know is that I use the Bluetooth interface/app on my iphone AND the NMEA 2000 interface with my RayMarine multi function display, and both of those interfaces work great!
    robert  Feb 02, 2018

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