Clarion Adds 3 Head Units, Makes Distribution Changes

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Cypress, Calif. - Clarion launched two navigation-ready multimedia head units, an entry-level CD-receiver and an expanded distributor base.

The new products, on display privately here at the SEMA show, ship this month and include the nav-ready VX401 and VZ401 DVD Multimedia Stations, both at a suggested $549, and a $99 CD-receiver that adds new features at that price point.

The nav-ready heads are the company's first with high-resolution wide-screen full-VGA (WVGA) displays, offering four times the resolution of their quarter-VGA predecessors and offering a $50 lower price point, a spokesperson told TWICE.

 The VX401 is a double-DIN unit with 6.2-inch screen, while the VZ401 is a single-DIN unit with motorized flip-out 7-inch touchscreen.

Features of both include built-in hands-free Bluetooth, Apple-certified USB iPod/iPhone interface, front auxiliary input, rear USB input, video output and camera input. Both are also HD Radio-ready and Sirius Direct Connect-ready, and they also connect to optional OEM steering-wheel remote-control interfaces. The head units play DVD Video +/-R/W discs, CD-R/RW discs and MP3/ WMA CDs. They also play MP3 and WMA files on USB drives.

Other features include integrated front-panel microphone, two-band parametric EQ, 4x40-watt amplification, built-in low-pass filter for an add-on subwoofer amp, 24-bit DACs, clock, and included IR remote. They also feature 2-volt line outputs on their front-, rear- and dual-subwoofer outputs.

The company's $99.99-suggested single-DIN CD-receiver is the CZ101, which adds multiple features compared to its predecessor, including ability to interface with an OEM steering-wheel remote interface. Other new features include three-band parametric EQ and included IR remote.

The CZ101 also features new cosmetics that will appear in other new head units in 2011, the spokesperson said.

Other features include front aux input, detachable faceplate, switchable RCA outputs, playback of MP3/WMA CDs, 4x18-watt output with maximum 4x45-watt rating, 16-bit DACs, three-band parametric EQ and low-pass subwoofer filter.

To reach more consumers with these products, Clarion expanded the territory of distributor AM Merchandising from Northern California to all of California and into Nevada's Clark County. Clarion's New England region distributor MRI expanded into metro New York and northern New Jersey, and Clarion hired a new distributor, Mid-State Distributing, to cover North and South Dakota, Minnesota and northern Wisconsin.


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