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Clarion CZ501


$229.99 Released January, 2011

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Display makes everything clearly visible day or night. Easy enough to install by amateurs, don't need any special expertise. Many programmability options with the iPod, including on-the-go playlists.

The Cons:Sirius does not always work. Sometimes it just displays "LOADING" and no sound. Sometimes there is sound but it just says "LOADING" and the song title/channel name etc do not get displaye. Bluetooth autoconnect needs to be turned off and back on to work.

The Clarion CZ501 is a 1-DIN expandable CD receiver. This is similar to the Clarion CZ401, but doesn't come with HD radio pre-installed. A built-in Bluetooth interface has been added with a built-in microphone, and is compatible with an optional external microphone.

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HD Radio and Sirius Direct can both be added with optional accessories. Common features between the two models include an iPod interface through the front USB port and a front AUX input for portable media devices. Sound output runs through 4 channels at 50 watts each, and 6 pre-outs run at 4 volts each for external amplifiers and subwoofers. Built-in high and low-pass filters are built in, and audio can be further adjusted through the parametric equalizer and Beat EQ.

Features

  • CD/USB/MP3/WMA Playback
  • Built-in Bluetooth Interface (HFP, HSP, A2DP, AVRCP)
  • Built-in Microphone and External Microphone Ready with Optional RCB199
  • 3.5mm Audio Auxiliary Input (Front)
  • Front USB Port with iPod Direct Connect Capabilities
  • Sirius Direct Connect Ready
  • HD Radio Ready with Optional THD301
  • 50 Watts x 4 Built-in Amplifier
  • 6-Channel / 4 Volt RCA Output
  • Subwoofer Volume Control
  • Built-in High and 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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Pros
  • 1

    display makes everything clearly visible day or night

  • 1

    easy enough to install by amateurs, don't need any special expertise

  • 1

    many programmability options with the iPod, including on-the-go playlists

  • 1

    output is clean, clear and loud, makes the most of OEM speakers

  • 1

    many high-volt preouts to support additional amps

  • 1

    easy to use controls after a slight learning curve

Cons
  • 2

    Sirius does not always work. Sometimes it just displays "LOADING" and no sound. Sometimes there is sound but it just says "LOADING" and the song title/channel name etc do not get displaye

  • 1

    Bluetooth autoconnect needs to be turned off and back on to work

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