Clarion Readies First Pandora Head Unit

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Las Vegas - Clarion will get a head start on the 2012 aftermarket model year with a SEMA show launch today of the company's first head unit to control the Pandora Internet radio app on a USB-connected iPhone.


The Pandora-controlling head unit is the single-DIN CZ202 CD receiver, which will be among the lowest-priced Pandora-controlling radios on the market at a suggested $129, said marketing VP Adam Thomas. From the head unit, consumers will be able to control basic Pandora-app features as well as the app's thumbs up feature.

At least one other aftermarket mobile electronics company, Sony, recently launched a

$130-suggested CD receiver

that controls Pandora on a USB-connected iPhone.

Also at SEMA, Clarion is unveiling a new entry-level single-DIN CD receiver at a suggested $99.

Both in-dash Clarion heads will ship in December to anchor Clarion's 2012 entry-level lineup. Both are promoted as offering advanced features at entry-level prices and offering the same look and feel as new high-end CD products that the company will display at January's CES.

Both models feature detachable face, front auxiliary input, CD/MP3/WMA playback, Beat EQ and Magna Bass EX sound enhancements, a low-pass filter for adding a subwoofer, three-band parametric EQ, and ability to interface with factory steering-wheel remote controls with the addition of an accessory.

The CZ202 adds such step-up features as iPod/iPhone USB port with slide cover, ability to capture iPod/iPhone audio in digital PCM form, and head-unit control of Pandora's app on a USB-connected iPhone.

The CZ202 doesn't connect to the new Sirius XM hide-away universal satellite-radio tuner, nor does it feature Bluetooth.

Other CZ202 features include blue key illumination, 4x45-watt MOSFET amp, 2-volt four-channel RCA preamp outputs, detachable control panel, IR remote, and 10-digit by one-line display.

Among the features of the $99-suggested CZ102 single-DIN CD receiver are wireless remote control, red key illumination, 4x45-watt MOSFET amplifier, 2-volt switchable rear/subwoofer preamp out, and 10-digit by one-line display.


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