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Clarion CMS1

Marine Mechanism-Less Source Unit, MP3, WMA, USB and iPod Compatible w/ ID3-TAG Display and 40W x 4 Built-in Amplifier

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Clarion CMS2

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General Features:

  • Marine Mechanism-Less Source Unit
  • Blue fluorescent dot-matrix display
  • Water resistant chassis
  • Waterproof commander (IPX6)
  • HumiSeal Coated PCB
  • Meets ASTM B117 (Salt/Fog Exposure)
  • Gold plated RCA jack and harness terminal
  • CEA-2006 compliant amplifier
  • Power Output:
    • Peak: 45 watts x 4 channels
    • RMS: 16 watts x 4 channels
  • MP3 ID3 Tag Display (Title/Artist/Album)
  • 1-year Sonic Electronix warranty

Playback and Audio Features:

  • Playback of MP3 and WMA files
  • Tuner with 6FM/6AM presets
  • Weather band tuner

Expandability Options:

  • 1 Set of Rear RCA outputs for connection to an amplifier
  • SIRIUS Satellite Radio ready: Sirius Tuner and subscription required and sold separately
  • iPod ready: Direct iPod audio Clarion CCUIPOD2 interface and control required and sold separately
  • Rear-panel USB input: USB port allows connection to portable media devices such as MP3 players, flash drives, etc.
  • Rear-panel RCA AUX input: RCA audi jack allows connection to portable media devices such as MP3 players, flash drives, etc.
  • Wired remote control ready

Product History:

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(newest, current model)
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(previous model, replaced by Clarion CMS2)

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.

Custom Mount
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.
Optional (Accessory required and sold separately)
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.

45 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.
16 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.
None
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.
No
Built-In Equalizer
The number of graphic or parametric equalizer bands the stereo receiver is equipped with. The more EQ options, the more you will be able to adjust your music to your liking.
Bass And Treble Control
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.

Blue
Button Color
Refers to the color of the physical buttons on the unit.
White

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.
6
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.
No
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.

1 Set of Rear Audio RCA Inputs
Audio/Video Outputs
Audio/Video outputs are typically used to connect an overhead monitor to an aftermarket stereo. This is the number of A/V outputs that the item has. These outputs are usually RCA Composite cables.

RCA Composite Outputs
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.

No
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.
Optional (Accessory Required and Sold Separately)
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 (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.
No
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.
No
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

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Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
Warranty Provider
Sonic Electronix

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

5 Star
85%
4 Star
8%
3 Star
8%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%

Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.5
Value
4.5
Features
4.5
Design
4.9
Usability
4.8

Greg

Morse. La

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Not the best product

January 10, 2012

I like the unit but it just did not last. I used the unit about four months and it quit working.

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nautical_boy

Niceville, FL

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Love It!!!

October 15, 2013

I have put 4 receivers in less than 3 years... Malibu Response LX just had the radio in the wrong place. Water came over the bow several times and just drenched the units. This is the BOMB! made a mounting bracket next to the steering wheel and it is AWESOME!!! I would recommend to anyone! The water resistant unit should last a long time!!!

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Kevin

Charlotte, NC

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Works just fine

September 17, 2013

Wanted to add iPod integration and remote readout display to my boat and this was the perfect solution for both. I am using an old iPhone (1st gen) and this unit even keeps it fully charged (I understand it does NOT provide charging for later generation devices). The readout is large and easy to see in full sun, and the controls are clear, uncramped and easy to operate. The only downside is the size--it's a bit larger than I'd like but that's because my boat has limited mounting options on the dash. Not really the fault of the unit--just an observation that it uses a fair amount of real estate.

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Bret

Las vegas, NV

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Great for out door BBQ

September 17, 2013

I installed this in my island BBQ in my backyard, It works wonderfully and can stand up to the weather in las vegas, since I do not use cds anymore i like this size and design. The display screen is mounted on the outside of the island while the rest is mounted inside and unseen.

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Lloyd

Sandpoint, Idaho

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Great Match with alpine speakers

August 21, 2013

This is a really good system, I also purchased the Alpine SPS M-600 speakers to go with it. WoW ! What a Great match up. the system works really good and the speakers sound awesome. I used four SPS-M600 Alpine Speakers with the Clarion cms1, and we have yet to turn it up much more than half volume. It will run you out of the boat but the sound is still great at high volume. I could not be more pleased with this system or the service I received from Sonic Electronix.

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Mike C

Florida

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excellent marine radio

August 1, 2013

Having owned numerous boats and having to replace numerous radios due to exposure I was looking for an alternative to just mounting the radio in the usual fashion and I have found it with the CMS1. The main box is inside and out of the weather and the only exposure is the weather proof control panel which is simple to use.

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Greg

Canada

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Nice Product

June 18, 2013

This is a very nice unit and was easy to install. If your looking for a unit that you can hide the main body - stop looking!

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Steve

Kenna, WV

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Tough and Versatile Stereo

April 16, 2013

Use this unit in an off-road side x side. Takes a pounding, gets filthy and then hosed off the next day. Never fails to entertain.

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Roger2112

Scottsdale Az

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Clarion CMS1 Review

December 18, 2012

I bought this unit along with the Clarion RF wireless remote for my 28' boat. It was replacing a stock head that was mounted in the cabin. The corded remote for that radio never really worked so managing the stereo underway was a hastle. PROS: This unit has a nice corded controller to mount pretty much anywhere, and then Clarion sells a wireless RF remote that is an absolute must have to go along with it. I run it into an amp and as a source it's great. I also ran RCA in with an 1/8" mini on the other end for portable iPods and Serius XM units, rather than adding the modules I just run them in Aux. CONS: The only downside I have so far is that it only has one set of RCA outputs so you can't run Fader through the RCA. My amp is setup for 4 channels so I had to get a set of RCA Y adapters. 4 channel output would be nice here.

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Shaun

BEAUMONT, TX

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Great product

August 19, 2012

I installed this in my 2008 Polaris RZR. I've hit display with a pressure washer numerous times and it still keeps ticking. I use it run 4 6x9's and it sounds great. I load all my songs on a memory stick and play it that way.

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David

Deltona, FL

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Solid buy

November 18, 2011

I was looking for a radio to tuck behind the port dash with a remote that would reach the driver cockpit and this was it. The cable was long enough to make it across the hull of the boat (something I was a bit concerned about). I was slightly disapointed by the fact that in order to use an iPod you have to purchase a separate cable, although you can still hook it up using a 3MM aux. jack, you just cannot control the functions from the radio. Overall I am happy with the radio and the fact that I do not have to reach across the boat or rely on a passenger to work the radio.

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Ron

Kaukauna, WI

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Works great!

October 20, 2011

Installed this item on a CanAm Spyder along with an amp. Work as expected.

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Kevin

Ft Walton, Florida

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works great

September 20, 2011

Put this unit under small console on my 15' Whaler. There is not much dash room so this unit fit my needs well. it sounds great and was simple to install and keep protected. works well with just the hidden wire antenna under dash.

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Accessory Tools and Products

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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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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

CMS1

UPC

729218017821

Weight

5.00lbs

Internal SKU

cms1

Internal Product ID

20017

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 CMS1