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Clarion NAX980HD

Navigation system for In-Dash Clarion VZ709, VX709, MAX685BT and VRX785BT


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Clarion NAX980HD

Navigation system for In-Dash Clarion VZ709, VX709, MAX685BT and VRX785BT


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The new HDD Navigation system from Clarion is the solution for those that are looking for the perfect navigation unit.

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Quite possibly the quickest built-in navigation system... Within only 3 seconds of destination selection, Clarion's advanced NAX980HD Hard drive navigation system has you going in the right direction. The built-in maps cover the entire contiguous 48 USA, with the added bonus of coverage for Canada. There is literally almost nowhere in North America the NAX980HD can't take you and it will do so with superb accuracy and punctuality whether it's a long trip or just local errands. With its ultra high speed processing capabilities, crystal clear imaging, multiple routing alternatives, and installation height just over 1" (28mm), this is the way to get between points A and B as effortlessly as possible.

  • Compatible with VZ709, VX709, MAX685BT and VRX785BT
  • Touch screen operation
  • Turn-by-Turn Voice Guidance in three different languages (English, French, and Spanish)
  • High Speed 40GB Built-in Hard Disk Drive
  • Built-in Gyro Sensor
  • Fast access to the short cut menu
  • Simple Destination Input with Touch Screen
  • Comprehensive 10 Million Points of Interest Database
  • Automatic Route Recalculation
  • Front panel USB port
  • Download custom wallpaper for the unit from the Clarion website
  • 1-year warranty

The Built-in Dedicated Graphics Processing Unit provides Seamless Operation

Clarion has built-in a Graphics Processing unit into the NAX980HD to provide 2D and 3D menus and maps. This processing unit results in a seamless playback of the navigation and menu scrolling. The menus are smooth with large touch screen icons to make the navigation process easier. Add the 12-channel GPS receiver, the built-in Gyroscope, a few other functions, and the Clarion NAX980HD will get you to where you need to go. It will know where you are, where your going, how to get there, and can even learn your driving habits.

Advanced HMI Using Graphic-Rich Touch Screen Controls.

The NAX980HD is designed for the Clarion MAX685BT and VRX785BT. The 3D graphical interface on the touchscreen front panel called “My List” allows the user to virtually point to their choice of on-screen commands and execute them in a single step. Menus such as “Favorites” or “Frequent” allow the user faster access to regular destinations.

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Navigation Features

Compatible Brands
This is the manufacturer(s) that the item is compatible with. Unless it is universal, usually the item will only be compatible with the same manufacturer.

For example, a JVC Bluetooth adapter will only work with JVC units. A Pioneer iPod adapter will only work with Pioneer head units.

Map Source
Maps are typically built into the navigation unit or they can be uploaded from a disc or memory card. They usually cover the United States and all or parts of Canada. Built-in flash memory maps typically respond faster than disc loaded maps.
HDD (Hard Drive)
Map Database
This is the map database that the system uses. The map database provider supplies the digital map, as well as the Points-of-Interests, map updates, fastest routes, and many other features.
Traffic Lane Guidance
Traffic Lane guidance is a convenient feature among navigation units. It enabled the navigation unit to tell the driver which lane that they should be in at any given time. This becomes quite useful when a particular lane is needed to exit the freeway or make a necessary turn.
These are the maps that come with the navigation unit.
Complete 50 USA
Navigation During Audio Playback
This feature allows the driver to listen to music while the unit is still navigating them to their destination.
Map Dimensional Display
This is the manner in which the navigation maps are displayed. The majority of navigation units have either a 2D or a 3D map display, however some have options for both.
Points of Interest
The number of points of interest included on the maps. Points of interest may include gas stations, restaurants, city centers, hotels, airports, and tourist attractions.
10 Million
Customizable POI
Customizable Points Of Interest (POI) allow the user to customize, select favorites, and add their own points of interest. This enabled the driver to get directions quickly to previously visited destination.
Speed Display
Speed display is a feature that allows the unit to display the speed of the vehicle. Using GPS technology, this feature also assisting in determining the estimated time of arrival on compatible units.
Text-to-Speech (TTS) converts normal text into speech. Mostly used in navigation units, text-to-speech allow the audible playback of street names, driving directions, and any other text that the driver needs to hear.
Traffic Tuner
In-dash navigation units with satellite radio have the option for a traffic tuner, also called a Traffic Message Channel. A Traffic Message Channel (TMC) is used to deliver traffic and travel information directly to the driver. When the TMC is built-in a navigation unit, it can help direct the driver to take alternative routes when traffic is bad.
These are the different options for language. If you are looking for a specific language, please verify that the unit will be compatible with that language.
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Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
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S.E. Alabama

Clarion NAX980HD

August 4, 2009

Works great. Fast to lock in on satellites. No problems with it and the VX709 head unit.
Only improvement I would like to see would be to see your current speed in Nav mode. GPS tends to be more accurate than automobile speed odometers.

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New Bern, NC

A Bargain

March 26, 2010

You can't get a more accurate and reliable GPS than this type of system. It not only uses GPS but also in areas where a GPS signal is weak the speed sensor in combination with a gyro senses any change in direction you make. Its the same that commercial airplanes use to navigate in the air. I originally saw this on C*****f**** for almost 3x the amount on here now they don't even offer it. If you have the appropriate clarion receiver this is a must for without it your not taking advantage of its full potential. The only thing that this lacks is that it doesn't give you your current speed on the display nor does it give you the posted speed limit. I find this helpful because half the time I miss those signs and it seems like you won't find the next one until its too late. Also I'm not too sure on whether or not if clarion is going to continue to support this particular system in the future by giving owners updates on the maps so this could turn out to be a problem.

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