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Clarion CZ101


$99.99 Released January, 2011

Product Shot 1 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.

Features

  • 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

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    looks great in the dash day or night, doesn't distract you by being overly bright at night

  • 1

    solid panel construction with sturdy buttons, doesn't flex

  • 1

    includes a good range of options for sound tuning

  • 1

    built-in low pass filter and subwoofer control make expansion with a large subwoofer possible without even needing an additional amp

  • 1

    fills out compressed audio really well, makes it sound fuller and richer

Cons
  • 1

    some of the buttons are a bit stiff and hard to press, need to be broken in

  • 1

    navigation isn't completely intuitive, takes a bit of getting used to

  • 1

    tuner is a bit below-average for pulling in a strong FM signal

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