Clarion Expands Key Feature Sets To More Head Units

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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 (DMR);

• 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 Adam Thomas.


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.

Nav-ready A/V:

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.


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