Key Feature Sets
To More Head Units
By Joseph Palenchar On Jan 6 2011 - 6:01am
LAS VEGAS —
Clarion is coming to International
CES in an expansive mood.
The mobile electronics supplier is expanding
its selection of head units with frontpanel
iPod/iPhone USB ports, expanding its
selection of HD Radio-ready head units, and
adding more head units with iTunes Tagging.
Also at the show, the company is unveiling:
• its first head with built-in HD Radio;
• a new mech-less digital media receiver
• two new flagship all-in-one A/V-navigation
(AVN) head units;
• two new nav-ready A/V head units;
• and new marine components.
The company’s first head unit with built-in
HD Radio is the $229-suggested CZ401
CD-receiver, a single-DIN model. It also features
Sirius Direct Connect, front-panel iPod/
iPhone USB and an iTunes Tagging button.
In other HD Radio developments, Clarion
is expanding its selection of HD Radio-ready head units to all new models but two entrylevel
CD players. All HD Radio-ready heads
are also Sirius Direct Connect-ready.
In 2010, Clarion offered six models with
iTunes tagging, but that goes to 10 in the
2011 lineup, including the head unit with
embedded HD Radio.
Digital media receiver:
The latest digital
media receiver (DMR), or mech-less head
unit, is the $199-suggested FZ501. It’s the
company’s first DMR to be HD Radio-ready
and will replace two current DMRs. The new
unit features rotary controller in the center.
Like all of Clarion’s Bluetooth-equipped
head units this year, the FZ501 features the
Bluetooth A2DP/AVRCP profiles. They allow
Bluetooth wireless streaming of Internet
radio from a smartphone and wireless
control from the head unit of basic Internetradio-
app functions, said marketing VP
Two new flagship all-in-one AVN head
units both sport higher-speed CPUs, new swipeable
active/animated GUIs with customization
features, and full WVGA-resolution touchscreens
with four times the resolution of their
predecessors. The double-DIN NX501 features
a 6.2-inch touchscreen, and the single-DIN
NZ501 features a motorized 7-inch screen. Both
are a suggested $999 with Parrot Bluetooth.
In nav-ready A/V head
units, Clarion is launching two models at
a suggested $549, or $50 less than their
predecessors, and is upgrading its optional
hideaway navigation module at $349.