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Clarion CMD6 - Factory Refurbished

(Factory Refurbished) Watertight Marine CD, MP3, WMA, AAC Receiver with USB Input and CeNET Control

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General Features:

  • Marine AM/FM, CD, MP3, WMA, AAC player with Remote
  • iPod USB direct connectivity via your standard iPod-to-USB connection cable allows you to charge, control, and playback your iPod through the receiver and stereo system
  • Watertight flip-down face
  • Marine Certified for complete protection against a marine environment
  • HumiSeal Coated PCB
  • ASTM B117 (salt/fog Exposure) certified
  • ASTM D4329 (UV exposure) certified
  • Sealed stainless steel chassis
  • 2-Line high visibility dot-matrix LCD display
  • Wireless remote control included
  • Optional wired remote available (Clarion MW1)
  • Red button lighting
  • CEA-2006 compliant amplifier
  • Power Output:
    • Peak: 50 watts x 4 channels
    • RMS: 21 watts x 4 channels
  • MP3 ID3 Tag Display (Title/Artist/Album)
  • 90-day SonicElectronix.com warranty

Playback and Audio Features:

  • Playback of CD, CD-R, CD-RW, CD-DA MP3, WMA, and AAC
  • Tuner with 18FM/12AM presets
  • USB Digital media streaming capability
  • Parametric equalizer with preset tone curves
  • BBE MP Digital Sound processing to enhance your MP3/WMA playback
  • Fixed audio output

Expandability Options:

  • 3 Sets of 2V preamp outputs (front, rear and subwoofer)
  • SIRIUS Satellite Radio Ready: SIRIUS Combo or XM Combo required and sold separately. Optional Marine antenna also available and sold separately.
  • XM Satellite Radio Ready: Audiovox XM Direct 2 Connector Module and Adapter Cable required and sold separately
  • Bluetooth Ready: Clarion BLT370 required and sold separately
  • iPod Ready: Direct connection through USB
  • 2 Rear auxiliary inputs: Dual RCA audio inputs
  • Rear USB for connection to an iPod or other USB media devices
  • Wired wheel remote ready
  • CD Changer controls

Any iPods/iPhones released after May 22, 2009 have not been tested by the manufacturer and/or Sonic Electronix for compatibility. Therefore we do not guarantee compatibility in regards to, but not limited to: playback, video, charging, and response time.

Product History:

Clarion CMD6 thumbnail
(newest, current model)
Clarion CMD5 thumbnail
(previous model, replaced by Clarion CMD6 - Factory Refurbished)

In-Dash Receiver Specifications

Receiver Size

Single DIN: 1 DIN dimensions will work with all single DIN installation kits we have to offer. Single DIN radios are the most common size for after-market stereos.

Single DIN slot with flip-out screen: The DIN stereo includes a retractable, flip-out screen. Before purchasing, make measurements to be sure there is no interference with dash accessories such as A/C vents or shift levers.

Single DIN slot with a larger face: Standard single DIN size, but the display is larger then the standard single DIN size. Due to the nature of the larger face, problems may arise when installing in particular vehicles. These stereos are great for single DIN slots where you want a larger screen.

1.5 DIN: This size is very uncommon in vehicles, however this size opening is most commonly found in Chrysler and Chevrolet vehicles.

Double DIN: Approximately 4-inches in height, this size is becoming more common every year. Prior to 2000, this size was typically only found in Japanese vehicles such as those made by Honda or Toyota. Now, it is becoming more popular for many vehicles to be fit with a Double DIN opening.

Single DIN
Faceplate Security

Detachable / Removable faceplate security: The most common anti-theft feature. It allows you to take the faceplate with you, thus disallowing operation, which deters theft.

Security Codes: Mainly a feature in high end video units which do not have a detachable face / screen. Once the unit is uninstalled (or stolen), a security code (or PIN) is required upon reinstallation. Though you no longer have your unit after the theft, the thief also does not have your security code, which makes the unit useless. The hope is the thief knows which units have security codes and he/she chooses not to steal your unit because of the security code.

Ghost technology: This is not commonly used, but can be found primarily in a select number of 2004-2005 head units. It creates an illusion that no unit is installed by appearing completely black when turned off. Potential thieves may steer clear because it appears as though no head unit is installed.

Anti-theft covers: Similar to ghost and hiding faces because they only create an illusion that the face/unit is not in place.

ESN: Stands for Electronic Serial Number. Allows the disabling of the radio and allows tracking if it is stolen.

None
Motorized Faceplate
Some in-dash car stereos feature a motorized faceplate that moves to expose a CD or DVD slot. This is a convenient feature that allows the front display to be larger and easier to read. The positioning of the monitor gives you control over the angle you would like to view information on the stereo.
No
Remote Control
Allows control of specific features and functions from a remote control. Typically they are used to prevent button wear on your radio, or to allow easier navigation of menus.
Yes
Peak Power Output
This form of power rating refers to the maximum amount of power an electronic device can handle or output in an instant without damage occurring. Often times this maximum is achieved during a brief musical burst, such as a drum accent, or low bass hit.

Some manufacturers display peak power ratings on the face of their products to increase the appeal to consumers. The RMS power rating is more accurate, and we recommend using it for product comparison.

50 watts x 4 channels
RMS Power Output
The amount of continuous power, measured in watts, that an amplifier produces is called RMS power. The higher the RMS rating, the louder and cleaner your music sounds. The RMS output figure is much more accurate than the peak rating when comparing products.
21 watts x 4 channels
Preamp RCA Outputs
RCA outputs, commonly known as preamp outputs, allow you to connect one or sometimes multiple external amplifiers. An in-dash receiver will commonly have one, two or three sets of RCA outputs that can be used to connect external amplifiers and other components. One pair of RCA outputs will typically provide a full range signal that can be used for most subwoofer or speaker amplifiers. Two pairs of RCA outputs can typically be configured as four full range signals, or also as two full range and two subwoofer signals. Three sets of RCA outputs will almost always produce four speaker signals and two subwoofer signals for use with multiple amplifiers.
3 Pairs (Front, Rear, and Subwoofer)
Dedicated Subwoofer Preamp RCA Output
A dedicated output that has a built-in low-pass crossover for specific connection to a subwoofer amplifier that powers a low frequency driver, typically a subwoofer.
Yes
Preamp Voltage
The preamp output rating is measured in volts (V). The higher the rating, the stronger the signal. This results in less unwanted noise being picked up.
2 volts
Display Type
The type of display on your receiver refers to the monitor that is used to display the source information such as song names, radio stations, or track times.

Dot-Matrix Text Display: A simple display which uses dots in specific illuminated color(s) to light up and form letters or numbers that are displayed on the receiver.

Graphic or Motion Display: Typically found in mid to high-end receivers and give your text information and receiver more life by adding motion, backgrounds, or multiple colors to your display. There are types of graphic displays such as 3D Graphic, Motion, and OEL (Organic Electroluminescent) displays. They can range from one color to full color displays and typically allow you to select from one of many built-in animations, background images, screensavers or other graphics to enhance your experience and add an extra bit of personality to your system. Some units also come with software that allow you to load your own customizable pictures or animations.

LCD Monitor Display: Can be as small as 2" or as large as 10". Some LCD displays are motorized for angle adjustment. LCD monitors display full motion video playback as well as your standard text such as track status, radio station information and more depending on the receiver's features.

Dot-Matrix Text Display
Display Color
The display color refers to the color of the text and or graphics on the receiver.

Multi-Color: When more than one color is on the display, for example one part of the text is white, while the other part is blue.

Variable-Color: The display colors can be changed by the user. If the default color of text/display is blue for example, the user can change the settings to where the color turns to red. Variable color displays are typically described in detail in the item's description.

TFT-LCD Display: In-dash receivers with a video screen that display multiple colors and often times video such as DVD, navigation or other video sources.

White
Button Color
Refers to the color of the physical buttons on the unit.
Red
CD Signal-to-Noise
CD Signal-to-Noise Ratio is a key specification that is often overlooked by newbies. The CD S/N Ratio measures how well the CD player silences background noise. Higher ratings in decibels (dB) indicates less noise, and generally a cleaner signal.
91 dB
CEA-2006 Compliant
Amplifiers that have been tested to meet specific standards. When a car amplifier meets these standards, you can be sure that it will be able to produce the amount of power specified by the official CEA-2006 rating. Usually, these rating consist of the following items:
  • RMS Power
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio

This rating applies to both external car amplifiers, as well as the amplifiers inside of in-dash stereos.

Yes

Playback Features

AM/FM Tuner
Most in-dash CD players have AM/FM playback allowing you listen to your favorite local radio stations.
Yes
FM Presets
The number of FM radio stations that can be stored as presets.
18
AM Presets
The number of AM radio stations that can be stored as presets.
6
CD-R/RW Playback
This feature refers to whether or not the CD player will play finalized CD-R discs and/or CD-RW discs.
Yes
MP3 Playback
This feature refers to whether or not the CD player will play discs encoded with MP3 files. To burn a MP3 encoded disc, use the "data" mode on your CD Recorder and finalize the session and/or CD.
Yes
WMA Playback
This feature refers to whether or not the CD player will play discs encoded with WMA files. To burn a WMA encoded disc, use the "data" mode on your CD Recorder and finalize the session and/or CD.
Yes
DVD / Video Playback
This feature refers to whether or not the receiver will play DVD (or other listed) video disc formats. Unless otherwise noted, the unit is not guaranteed to play recorded DVDs.
No

Expandability Features

Navigation
Built-in navigation is a convenient feature that allows the driver to receive driving directions and guidance.

Some in-dash head units are built-in with the navigation features, while others require an add on navigation box. Other navigation options include portable navigation units that you can take with you or attach to the dash of your vehicle.

No
Additional Audio/Video Inputs
These inputs enable the unit to receive an audio or video signal from a separate source. There are many different types of connections and ways to accomplish this. Most common are RCA Composite cables and 3.5mm mini-jack plugs.

RCA Composite Inputs
These are your typical red, white, and yellow RCA composite cables that are common among devices with audio and video inputs. The red and white cables are dedicated for audio. The red cable is for the right channel and the white is for the left channel. The yellow cable is specifically for the video signal. Because this type of auxiliary cable contains 2 channels of audio, it will support stereo sound.

3.5mm
This is commonly referred to as a mini-jack or a headphone jack. It is a 3.5mm plug that transfers audio only. There is a right and left audio channel on the plug which allows for stereo sound playback.

3.5mm AV Input
These plugs look similar to the common 3.5mm mini-jack, however they carry a third channel dedicated for video.

Optional
This means that an auxiliary input is possible, but only with the use of an optional accessory. These optional adapters will sometimes use the CD Changer port or other port on the back of a unit that might restrict the use of other expandability features. These accessories are typically sold separately.

2 Sets of Rear Audio RCA Inputs
USB Input
This feature refers to whether or not the receiver features an input to connect a USB device via standard USB or mini-USB. The USB input may be a connection on the front or rear of the unit with an extension cable for connecting devices to the receiver. Some units have an optional input that allows for a USB adapter to be purchased separately and used with the unit.
Rear
iPod Audio Integration
This refers to whether or not the receiver can connect to an iPod and allow for audio control and playback of the iPod through the head unit. Head units that have iPod connectivity allow your iPod to be connected and controlled via the head unit, and they will typically connect through the USB input combined with your standard iPod-to-USB charging/connection cable. We encourage you to read the description of the head unit to see if an adapter is required or included, or if you can simply use your own iPod-to-USB cable.
Yes (via iPod USB Cable or Accessory Cable Below)
Satellite Radio
This feature signifies whether or not the receiver is compatible with XM or Sirius Satellite Radio. "Optional" means while the receiver is capable of SIRIUS/XM playback and connectivity, you will still need to purchase an additional satellite tuner, adapter, and/or antenna.
Optional - SIRIUS or XM (Accessory required and sold separately)
HD Radio
This feature refers to whether or not the receiver is capable of receiving high-definition digital HD Radio broadcasts by either a built-in HD Radio tuner, or more commonly with the purchase of an optional HD Radio tuner box. Receivers which are HD Radio Ready generally require an additional purchase of a separate tuner.
No
Bluetooth Connectivity
This feature refers to whether or not the head unit is able to connect to a hands-free Bluetooth device. Head units that are Bluetooth ready typically require the purchase of an optional adapter or accessory that connects to the rear of the head unit. This optional accessory allows you to accept phone calls through your head unit and speakers. Some head units have built-in Bluetooth hands free capabilities with an included remote-mount microphone or built-in microphone.
Optional (Accessory required and sold separately)
Steering Wheel Control Compatible
In order to retain a vehicle's factory steering wheel remote controls, a wired-remote input is needed on the aftermarket stereo.

If "Yes", then the aftermarket stereo is compatible with steering wheel remote controls. If an additional accessory is required for the steering wheel controls to work properly, a compatible piece will be listed.

No
CD Changer Controls
This feature signifies whether or not the receiver has the ability to control a CD Changer. If a receiver supports this function, it is usually compatible with a same-brand CD changer without the need for an extra adapter.
Yes
Rear View Camera Input
Indicates if an in-dash multimedia unit has a dedicated video input for rear view cameras. These inputs allow you to plug the camera to the back of the unit to receive the cameras video signal. Usually the camera signal is transferred through an RCA cable connection.
No
Memory Card Reader
Whether or not the receiver has a built-in input for removable memory cards such as SD (Secure Digital) cards or MMC (Multimedia) cards.
No

iPod Information

Compatible Apple Devices
This list refers to the Apple devices that the product is compatible with.

Some Car stereos are compatible with iPods and/or iPhones. If the headunit can connect to an iPod or iPhone via USB or iPod connection cable, these listed iPods are compatible. This list does not apply if the iPod is being connected through the 3.5mm mini-jack plug. Newer iPods are usually compatible if the appropriate adapters are purchased and used.

Any iPods/iPhones released after the release date of this product have not been checked by the manufacturer and/or Sonic Electronix for compatibility. We therefore cannot guarantee their compatibilities or incompatibilities, including, but not limited to: playback, video, charging, and response time.

3G iPod (10, 15, 20, 30 & 40GB)
4G iPod (20 & 40GB)
4G iPod Color & Photo (20, 30, 40, & 60GB)
5G iPod Video (30, 60, & 80GB)
iPod Classic (120GB)
iPod Classic (80 &160GB)
iPod Mini (4 & 6GB)
iPod Nano 1st Generation (1, 2, & 4GB)
iPod Nano 2nd Generation (4 & 8GB)
iPod Nano 3rd Generation (4 & 8GB)
iPod Nano 4th Generation (8 & 16GB)
iPod Touch 1st Generation (8, 16 & 32GB)
iPod Touch 2nd Generation (8, 16 & 32GB)
iPhone
iPhone 3G
iPhone Compatible
This means that the unit is fully compatible with the iPhone. Please check the product description for up-to-date information on specific iPhone compatibility.
Yes

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Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
90 days
Labor Warranty Duration
90 days
Warranty Provider
Sonic Electronix

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

5 Star
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4 Star
25%
3 Star
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1 Star
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Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.8
Value
4.8
Features
4.6
Design
4.4
Usability
4.4
PLiant

Portland Or.

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Very Impressed

March 26, 2014

We all know boating is expensive and in trying to control cost and maintain HQ i made the leap here with this product.The construction is top's the finish is far beyond the price and the flexability with multiple amp's at the price point is fantastic.. I will not overlook Clarion in the future

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Shane

Bonney Lake, WA

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Great Head Unit!!

February 19, 2013

Very well priced and sounds awesome i would recommend this head unit to anyone.

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Dennis

Islip, ny

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Great radio, install difficult but worth it

July 1, 2012

I replaced my existing Clarion with the new CMD6. A The wiring harness is not the same, the remote is an 8 pin connector, compared to my existing 6 pin. The 2003 Sea Ray Sundancer is built very well, making the wiring difficult. After the install of a new Sirius antenna and cable, a new Shakespeare antenna mount and AM/FM antenna, and the new remote and wiring (12 hours total). The sound is great, the Sirius radio stations are adicting, overall I very satisfied

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Mike

Tarpon Springs

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Updated Boat Sound System

June 19, 2012

I replaced my existing Clarion system because it was out-of-date, and did not interface with my iPod. The transition was relatively painless in that the wiring harness was interchangeable. I gave it my ease-of-use test... simply attempting to use it without reading the operators guide and it passed with flying colors.

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Boltman

Swartz Creek Michigan

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Great Unit, Impeccable sound

June 8, 2012

I recently have purchased the CMD6 for a Sea Ray Sedan Bridge, with it being very hard to reproduce sound in an open area, this Head unit does an awesome job, the sound is very clear, and using it with our Iphone is a great way to maximize it's potential. I've paired it with JL Audio amps and JL Audio Speakers and wow what a concert we have had with this stereo. The CMD6 was very easy to install and wire up properly, I highly recommend this unit.

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yachtsup

hollywood,fl

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great savings

April 9, 2012

Saved large over purchasing through retail. Same product and I am very happy. Excellent value and sound.

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Marc

Littleton, CO

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Works great

December 23, 2011

I put this unit in my 2001 226 Cobalt last summer so I could play my iPods in it. Also included the matching remote. The control functions are easy to operate and the sound is clear. I'm usually the one contolling the tunes while at the helm so I primarly use the Clarion MW1 remote. I was waivering on whether or not to buy an amp to go with it and did not because I don't have tower speakers. The clarity and volume was still adequate without the amp. I'll continue to upgrade my system before next summer by installing an amp & new speakers. Overall, I'm pleased with my purchase and would recommend to others.

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Martin

Canada

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November 23, 2011

Very good product. Plays strong and clear.

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JC

Canada

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Clairion CMD6 for my Wake board boat

October 27, 2011

Very good Radio for a very good price.

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Sarge

Oak Island, NC

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Superb Product With Great Features!

October 27, 2011

I bought the Clarion CMD6 to replace an existing built in unit for my Sea Ray boat. The Clarion CMD6 had all the additional features I wanted, as well as allowed me to incorporate XM/Sirrus radio into the overall system without any major modifications. The quality of the sound and the flexibility of the unit provides me and my family with hours of exceptional music diversity.

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Chip

Orlando, Florida

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Great unit,

December 22, 2010

I replaced an old clarion XMD1 with this CMD6. Great upgrade. I especially like the iPod control with the remote. I didn't expect the song titles from the ipod on the wired remotes too. My only complaint is that the displays are too bright at night.

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Skiboat

Coppell, Texas

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Great Radio

December 1, 2010

This is a great radio that has great sound from the tower speakers and in cabin speakers. Iy plays our iPods with the flip of a switch and has a great little remote. This radio took a beating all summer and is still in great shape.

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Jmarchand

Canada

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November 18, 2010

Absolutely recommend this product! large knobs for easy adjustments while cruising or at 50mph, water resistant, USB capability, SAT capability. Highly recommended

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Doral Boca Grande

Canada

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November 8, 2010

Nice unit, works great on the boat, the MP3 memory stick attachment is the best, new songs every outing. Remote selector mounted on the dash, Head unit mounted in galley, will mount second remote unit at swim platform in the spring!

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boater

Canada

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clarion cmd6

September 21, 2010

The quality of this stereo is very good. Although it has an adapter at the back for Satellite Radio, it would be better if the Satellite Radio was built in. Solid machine. Nice looking. I recommend it. I chose this model because it can hookup to an MP3 player.

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Steve

Galveston indiana

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July 22, 2010

I installed it in my polaris rzrs so i could use it while in attic, Indiana at Badlands. i mainly use the usb and put my songs on it with usb card. and play it all the time super easy to use and play great with my infinty water proof speakers. I have played CDs but i do not use it much because of rough terrain. I would recommend you get one of these whether or not you are on rough terrain

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Water-resistant, spring-loaded universal marine radio

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White Splash Guard

Universal protective marine head unit cover to protect your radio from the harsh marine environment.

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Car Stereo Installation Tool Kit

Includes Test Light, Crimp/Splice Tool, Multi-bit Screwdriver and more.

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18 Butt Connectors, 2 Ring Terminals, and Zip Ties

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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

CMD6

UPC

729218017609

Weight

7.00lbs

Internal SKU

cmd6

Internal Product ID

18846

Sonic Electronix Wiring Guide

Wiring Diagram Legend

Warning: The image depicted shows the resistance change when wiring multiple subwoofer terminals. Please refer to your subwoofer's owner's manual for the proper wiring of its terminals. Sonic Electronix, Inc. is not responsible for damage caused to your audio system or vehicle due to improper installation. Please call tech support at 1-877-289-7664 if you require additional assistance.

Product Name: Clarion CMD6 - Factory Refurbished