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Clarion Expands Key Feature Sets To More Head Units


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
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.