Fusion Entertainment, which manufactures marine-focused stereo and entertainment equipment, has added Apple AirPlay functionality to its Apollo Series marine systems that it introduced earlier this year. The feature is available with a free software update.
Compatible with all current Apple iOS devices, AirPlay allows seamless device-to-device audio streaming. While Bluetooth offers limited-range streaming with limited sound quality, AirPlay provides significantly greater range and transmits at 44.1khZ, which results in better sound.
“We went through an extensive application process to demonstrate to Apple why Fusion marine stereos are unique in construction and worthy of AirPlay designation,” said Chris Baird, managing director at Fusion Entertainment, in a statement. “Unlike our competition, we recognize that a boat is not a car, and have built our systems from the ground-up specifically for the demanding needs of our discerning clientele. Having the official Apple AirPlay distinction further solidifies Fusion as the premier innovator in the marine audio space and sets the Apollo series even further apart amongst audio entertainment systems.”
In addition to Apple AirPlay, Apollo users can benefit from the new Fusion-Link App update. It has a modern user interface, over-the-air software updates, the ability to set up DSP profiles from the app and remote PartyBus control. Connecting to the app through Bluetooth or Wi-Fi lets the user stream music in any zone, control volume and access all music sources from anywhere on a boat. The Fusion-Link update is free to download through the Apple App Store or Google Play.