Released January, 2011
The Pros:Looks great in the dash day or night, doesn't distract you by being overly bright at night. Solid panel construction with sturdy buttons, doesn't flex. Includes a good range of options for sound tuning.
The Cons:Some of the buttons are a bit stiff and hard to press, need to be broken in. Navigation isn't completely intuitive, takes a bit of getting used to. Tuner is a bit below-average for pulling in a strong FM signal.
The Clarion CZ101 is a basic low-cost CD receiver for a 1-DIN dashboard slot. This is followed in the series by the Clarion CZ201, which follows the same basic design but adds a USB port for use with an iPod.
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They otherwise share the same features, including the ability to play regular audio CDs and burned discs with MP3 or WMA files. A front AUX input accepts audio from portable media players through a standard 3.5mm connection. Output is sent to 4 channels at 45 watts each, and a 2-channel output for rear or subwoofer drivers is available through 2 volt RCA connections. Bass enhancement is available through a separate subwoofer volume control and a built-in low-pass filter, and the Magna Bass EX Dynamic Bass Enhancement works to fill out the lower range. A wireless remote control is included.
- CD/MP3/WMA Playback
- 3.5mm Audio Auxiliary Input (Front)
- 45 Watts x 4 Built-in Amplifier
- 2-Channel / 2 Volt RCA Output (Rear/Subwoofer)
- Subwoofer Volume Control
- Built-in Low-Pass Filters
- Magna Bass EX Dynamic Bass Enhancement
- Parametric Equalizer
- Beat EQ for Sound Adjustment
- OEM Steering Wheel Remote Ready
- Wireless Remote Control Included
User Reviews (1)
looks great in the dash day or night, doesn't distract you by being overly bright at night
solid panel construction with sturdy buttons, doesn't flex
includes a good range of options for sound tuning
built-in low pass filter and subwoofer control make expansion with a large subwoofer possible without even needing an additional amp
fills out compressed audio really well, makes it sound fuller and richer
some of the buttons are a bit stiff and hard to press, need to be broken in
navigation isn't completely intuitive, takes a bit of getting used to
tuner is a bit below-average for pulling in a strong FM signal
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