Released January, 2010
The Pros:Tweaking EQ settings made easy through a well designed GUI. Giant rotary volume knob easy to set while driving, won't accidentally hit it.
The Cons:Distracting screen saver cannot be disabled. Display readout taken up by irrelevant info rather than artist info (words "Artist" or "Bluetooth" take up most of the display, never leave). Autoconnect to iPhone does not automatically connect out of the box, need to switch it off and on again to get it working.
The Clarion CZ500 is a car stereo receiver built to be as flexible as possible. It is identical to the Clarion CZ300 in every way, but also includes a hands-free microphone for use when using the Bluetooth cellphone integration feature.
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It is HD radio ready, capable of receiving at superior quality and displaying helpful information. You can also tag songs you like to be downloaded to your iPod at a later date.
It includes an adapter cable to fully integrate your iPod or iPhone functions, and has a rear USB cable to connect with a memory stick of MP3 or WMA files. There is also a cable to easily connect an XM Direct 2 tuner. The CD player can also handle data disks with MP3 and WMA files. Outputs work through four channels of 45 watts, and there are an additional four 2 volt RCA outputs. Equalization is handled through three presets, and there is a low pass filter for the subwoofer.
- LCD - 13 x 10 single-line
- Hands-free clip-on microphone included
- iPod and iPhone connect with USB
- iPod adapter cable included
- HD Radio Ready with iTunes Tagging
- XM Direct 2 Tuner Ready
- Rear USB
- AM / FM stereo
- Bluetooth ready
- AUX input
- 3 preset equalization patterns
- Low pass filter for subwoofer
- CD / MP3 / WMA compatible
- Steering wheel remote ready
- 4 x 45 watt power output
- 2 volt 4 channel RCA outputs
- Remote control included
User Reviews (8)
tweaking EQ settings made easy through a well designed GUI
giant rotary volume knob easy to set while driving, won't accidentally hit it
distracting screen saver cannot be disabled
display readout taken up by irrelevant info rather than artist info (words "Artist" or "Bluetooth" take up most of the display, never leave)
Autoconnect to iPhone does not automatically connect out of the box, need to switch it off and on again to get it working
button layout is confusing, many are multi-function when held down but takes some time to work out what they do
tuner lacks a proper scan function
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