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Clarion NX500 (NX-500)

In-Dash Double DIN 6.5" LCD Touchscreen DVD Receiver w/ Built-in Navigation and Bluetooth

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Clarion NX501 (NX-501)

OUR PRICE: $579.95

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General Features:

  • In-dash AM/FM, DVD, CD, MP3, WMA player with Built-in Navigation
  • Built-in Bluetooth technology supports hands-free calling with a compatible Bluetooth phone
  • 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
  • Large fixed face with rotary knob and buttons on the left
  • 6.5" Full-Color LCD Touchscreen display
  • Wireless remote control included
  • Blue button lighting
  • CEA-2006 compliant amplifier
  • Power Output:
    • Peak: 40 watts x 4 channels
    • RMS: 16 watts x 4 channels
  • CD Text Display
  • MP3 ID3 Tag Display (Title/Artist/Album)
  • 1-year Manufacturer's warranty

Playback and Audio Features:

  • Playback of DVD, CD, CD-R, CD-RW, MP3, and WMA
  • Tuner with 36FM/12AM presets
  • 5.1 Channel Dolby Digital surround
  • 24-bit digital-to-analog converter

Expandability Options:

  • 3 Sets of 2V preamp outputs (front, rear and subwoofer)
  • SIRIUS Direct Connect Satellite Radio Ready: SIRIUS SCC1 required and sold separately
  • iPod Ready:
    • Audio Playback: Standard USB-to-iPod Cable
    • Audio and Video Playback: Clarion CCA-748 required and sold separately
  • Built-in Bluetooth Technology for handsfree conversation
  • HD Radio Ready: Clarion THD400 required and sold separately
  • Rear USB Input
  • Rearview camera RCA Input
  • 1 Front Auxiliary A/V Input
  • 1 Rear Auxiliary A/V Input
  • Steering wheel remote ready: PAC SWI-JACKv1 or the Axxess ASWC required and sold separately

Navigation Features:

  • Simple Destination Input
  • Turn-by-turn voice prompts
  • Selectable route guidance
  • 12 Million points-of-interest including national parks and gas stations
  • Text to speech

Product History:

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(newest, current model)
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(previous model, replaced by Clarion NX603)
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(previous model, replaced by Clarion NX602)
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(previous model, replaced by Clarion NX501 (NX-501))
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(previous model, replaced by Clarion NX500 (NX-500))

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.

Double 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.

40 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.
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.

TFT-LCD Monitor
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.

Full Color
Button Color
Refers to the color of the physical buttons on the unit.
Blue
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.
81 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.
36
AM Presets
The number of AM radio stations that can be stored as presets.
12
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.
DVD

Audio / Video 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
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.

Front 3.5mm A/V Input
1 Rear RCA Video Input

Monitor Screen Features

Touchscreen
If a unit is touchscreen capable, you can control a majority of it's functions by touching the screen.
Yes
Monitor Screen Size
This is the size of the monitor on the unit. It is measured diagonally and in inches. The bigger the number the larger the screen.
6.5"
Monitor Angle Adjustment

Backward:
This means that the unit is able to tilt backwards so that the proper viewing angle can be achieved. On single DIN flip out monitors, this type of pivot means that the bottom of the screen stays stationary while the top of the screen retracts. On Double DIN units this means that the bottom of the screen slides forward while the top of the screen moves down, resulting in a backwards angle tilt.

Forward:
This means that the unit is able to tilt forward so that the proper viewing angle can be achieved. On single DIN flip out monitors, a forward pivot keeps the bottom of the screen stationary while the top of the screen moves forward. On select Double DIN units, a forward tilt is sometimes referred to as a reverse tilt. The bottom of the screen remains in the same position while the top of the screen moves forward.

Left/Right Angle (Horizontal):
Some monitors allow the display to be rotated to the left or right in order to have the best viewing angle possible.

Slide In/Out:
A feature mainly found in select Kenwood units. It allows the entire screen to slide in and out. This is different from a forward/backward tilt in that the entire screen moves forward or backwards as opposed to just the top or bottom.

None

Navigation Features

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.
NAVTEQ
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.
No
Maps
These are the maps that come with the navigation unit.
Complete 50 USA
Canada
Navigation During Audio Playback
This feature allows the driver to listen to music while the unit is still navigating them to their destination.
Yes
Languages
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.
English
Spanish
French
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.
2D
3D
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.
No
Search Options
Search options are the many different ways that the navigation unit is able to find your destination. Below are the definitions of what these mean.

Address: The user is able to enter a specific address and the unit will navigate there.

City: The unit is able to navigate to a city, without a specific address needed. A great feature when traveling across several states or provinces.

Coordinates: This is a convenient feature for when you have specific longitude and latitude values.

Favorites: These are shortcuts that you can set for easy access to commonly traveled locations. Examples could include your home, office, favorite restaurant, movie theater, or any other frequently traveled location.

Home: Program and save your home address for fast and simple navigation to your home.

Intersection: Searches for specific cross-streets rather than a specific address.

Map Browsing: This feature enables the user to point to a location on the navigation screen and choose to navigate there. A great feature for when you visually know where you want to go, but are not sure of the address or intersection.

Phone Number: Search for locations by their phone number. Perfect for when you know the phone number of a restaurant or similar locations, but do not have the address. Also convenient when a store has many locations and you need to go to the one that you have previously called.

Point-of-Interest (POI) Name: Search by name for Points-of-Interst such as restaurants, ATMS, banks, hotels, recreation, hospitals, shopping, and more!

Point-of-Interest (POI) Vicinity: Search for Points-of-Interst that are close by to your current location. Points-Of-Interests include restaurants, ATMS, banks, hotels, recreation, hospitals, shopping, and more!

Points-of-Interest (POI) Type: Search for Points-of-Interst by there category. These include restaurants, ATMS, banks, hotels, recreation, hospitals, shopping, and more!

Quick Search: Allows the user to search for specified POI's that are commonly used.

Recent (Previous) Searches: This feature will load the users recent searches for fast navigation back to them.

Route: This allows the user to select a route that has been previously established.

Address
Coordinates
Favorites
Point-of-Interest (POI) Name
Point-of-Interest (POI) Vicinity
Points-of-Interest (POI) Type
Recent (Previous) Searches
Route
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.
Built-In Flash Memory
Text-to-Speech
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.
Yes
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.
No
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.
12 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.
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.

Yes (Built-In/Included GPS Navigation)
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
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.
Optional
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.
Yes (Built-in/Included Bluetooth Controls, Adapter and Microphone Included)
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.

Yes (Accessory required and sold separately)
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.
Yes (Universal)
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

Smartphone Integration

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)
iPod Video Connection
This refers to whether or not the receiver can connect to an iPod and allow for video 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)
iPod Charging Adapter Required
Some Apple iPods require a charging adapter be used for the unit to fully function with the iPod.
No
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.

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 Nano 5th Generation (8 & 16GB)
iPod Touch 1st Generation (8, 16 & 32GB)
iPod Touch 2nd Generation (8, 16 & 32GB)
iPod Touch 3nd Generation (8, 32 & 64GB)
iPhone
iPhone 3G
iPhone 3GS

Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
Warranty Provider
Manufacturer

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

5 Star
24%
4 Star
24%
3 Star
24%
2 Star
12%
1 Star
18%

Average Attribution Rating

Durability
3.2
Value
3.5
Features
3.5
Design
3.8
Usability
3.5

Larry

Canada

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no customer service

August 16, 2013

I bought a next to new vehicle that had the NX500 installed. From day one the phonebook refused to work properly with my iPhone and came up with syncing error regularly. The navigation is so cumbersome and frustrating to use compared to say Garmin, it's practically useless if you need to input directions in a timely manner. Ever so often the volume control will go to full blast all on it's own. The company that installed it has been great trying to get updates to work but Clarion Canada has never returned my calls to discuss what can be done. I have never had such a useless electronic device ever. It is an extremely expensive car radio and I would never recommend this brand to anyone as it seems Clarion doesn't care.

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Alsx

Houston

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Very disappointed

September 9, 2012

A few years ago clarion was one of the best decks you could own. They are not near the same quality. I thought with the clarion name and the good price that included the good features with the navigation being the selling point I had gotten a great deal. The audio quality was very disappointing, the deck I had in for half the price sounded better. that come that came with it reading reading them but but a very plain and dull in person. The navigation unit worked great, until a few months after I bought i start a c start t and th and the screen i is blank all all that shows up is Clarion then nothing else. CD player works but you can't change any tracks radio would work too if it was on the channel that got reception but didn't as I was traveling at the time. th the processor when when ou went out and the unit was no able to be repaired. Replaced it with a pioneer 4400 the features my system now only sounds better what i my system now only sounds better what is louder d an and I highly recommend to anyone. The Pioneer 1400 and are the reason I went with th the reason I went with the 4400 is because I if you're looking to upgrade more than just the head unit and add amps and speakers then you must get the 4 volt pr amp hook ups. If you just want the best unit available for under 700 get the 4400. Best under 400 get the 3400 and if you want to save some more and not have one or two features get the 1400. I did A Lot of research on this after the clarion broke as you can tell by the novel. Outside of the pioneer units the second best models on the market are the Kenwood DDX models. Hope this helps. A lot of time went into that information

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Ace King

Canada

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NOT worth it!

July 19, 2011

I have owned this unit for a little over 1 year. During this past year it has jumped songs on iPod mode, switched radio stations on its own and recently the screen froze so I couldn't use it for anything more than just the radio. Now it has been sent away for warranty and will not be back for approx 4-8 weeks I am told. What takes 4-8 weeks? I would like to get rid of this one and buy a Kenwood, heard they are more costly but WELL worth it!

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Cyeargz

LV, NV

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NX500 volume control problems, ipod keeps switching tracks/playlists automatically,

June 7, 2011

Works great except for the volume control. Keeps going up until I sit there for 1 to 2 minutes and one click at a time the volume will go down. The iPod is randomly switching playlists/songs. GPS is decent. I noticed not a lot of points of interest where I live but found out how to store them. Somehow the address came up automatically after punching in the name of business in the nav menu. The speedo on the gps menu is cool. Very spot on. I with the searching for points of interest were easier like if you were trying to find a different place to eat. Maybe mexican food. italian, pizza joints, even fast food or sit down restaraunt sub categories. I wish the equalizer had a mid basb level control. The audio definately sounds better when you have the audio on loud. Mine was a piece of crumb cake to bolt it in my 01 eclipse, with sirius and backup camera and hd stuff. plenty of room for everything.

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Matt

New York

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Ok...Unit

February 2, 2011

I have had this unit for a few months now. Overall it has been pretty good. The GPS gets me where I need to go, radio an sat works great. I have tinted windows so I don't get much of a reflection; but this unit did not fit in my car. The unit it's self was too big for the double din slot in my Dodge Nitro; I had to take off the full cover and shave it down on the car. Recently I started having sirius issues; where my presets would be deleted. This has begun to happen a few times a month and becomes very anoying. No one at clarion is any help, I have tried to reset the unit serveral times with no luck. With these 2 problems, and the lack of customer support, this has turned me off from the unit and plan on staying away from clarion. GPS works ok; gets me from A to B, though the maps are not updated, and at times becomes very unclear on directions. The radio works as its supposed to; i find the iPod freezes on me and stops playing randomly. Overall I would probably stay away from clarion after this purchase... I plan on buying a more reputable navigation for a few extra $$... If anyone knows of a fix for the Sat radio, please let me know,

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Jack

Phoenix, az

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Ok device, but don't buy it for the GPS

December 24, 2010

I've had this unit for about 6 months and I'm pleased with the radio. However, the GPS map is about 2 years old and after countless conversations with Clarion and Horizon mapping, there seems to be no interest in ever updating the map. so as long as you don't plan on going anywhere newer than 10 or 12 years then you'll be ok.

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Ray Zorback

Fayetteville, AR

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Nice Value

December 3, 2010

I've had my unit for about 4months. - I don't really have an issue with the screen glare, but it is present. - As the previous reviewer mentioned, the gps map is really out of date. It will get you from city to city, but address to address is about a 50% hit rate. Definately the worst of all features on this unit. The gps does work perfect, just way out of date. A map and places updated would fix this if there ever will be one. - Ipod control is good, but could be better. When you go back a menu, it makes you start at the top of the list again. - Bluetooth is perfect. - Some have mentioned cold weather has been an issue. It's been in the 20 degree range where I live and have not seen any issue with cold. Good unit at a great price and I would recommend it. If navigation is critical, I'd go with a different unit.

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Canada

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Nice unit

November 24, 2010

I have it for about 2 weeks now - installed it with Bose integration harness in Infiniti G35. Good: -Sound quality is excellent! I am using USB stick with MP3-very detailed sound. Even better with original CD's. -Simple menus. Manual is not needed, very easy to set up and figure things out -Great expandability-hookups for everything you can imagine these days -Screen quality is excellent -NAV is easy to follow-when you are approaching a turn, you get split screen with zoom. Distance and estimated time in seconds to next turn are also displayed on screen. -Trip stats are cool-I wonder if I can use them on race track(average/max speed etc) Not so good: -NAV has spots with no coverage, and this is in not so new suburb of major city. -Currently no NAV upgrade available -Sound tuning is VERY limited, EQ is a joke. -USB cable is too short. Just get an extension right away. It would be nice to have different illumination options to match dash colours. I did not notice any issues with screen visibility in daylight. It is just a bit worse in polarized sunglases, but everything is still visible. Overall-very recommended. I put 4 stars for reliability, but it is too early to say how long it's gonna last.

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baltimore md

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Great sound but just good overall

October 28, 2010

You can update the GPS through the USB. The company that makes the maps told me they were expecting their next update in a couple of months. But I wouldn't buy this for its navigation if you depend on this for your job or something. Buy a Garmin. Very poor resolution. Very plain blue background. If you can get this for under $500 it's not a bad deal. Great sound quality though.

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Anthem, Az

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Clarion NX500

October 27, 2010

Beware, this navigation system CANNOT be updated. No new maps since 1st quarter of 2009 and none expected. The unit works well other than that, but h*******.com has no updates coming.

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Cody

Yucaipa, CA

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Don't Buy this radio

October 18, 2010

When I first got it hooked up I loved this unit for about a month, then the weather got cold and the touch screen does not work until the car heats up. After about another month there was a message on the screen "Fatal Error / Bluetooth". I have not been able to use bluetooth since. Also the screen is too reflective and you cant see the screen most of the time during the day.

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Charles

Marietta, GA

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GREAT HEAD UNIT

October 15, 2010

This is a great head unit that does alot of things. At 59 years old I'm not up to date with everything this unit can do, but I'm learning. Everything I use works great! The Radio, Nav, Bluetooth, CD, and I haven't gone on a long trip to use the MP3 player. I would highly recemend this product. The only problem, I was unable to download address book from my cell phone. It might be possible but I can't figure it out.

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Robert

Lithonia, GA

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50-50 Value

August 23, 2010

All I want to report is that the GPS Navigating system stopped working after two months of having it installed. Everything else works OK. The GPS is very important for the work that I do and for it to not work properly does me no good. If the warranty has not expired I would love to receive another one.

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Michael

Gardnerville, NV

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easy to use with lost of features

August 21, 2010

among a wide array of GPS/DVD units available, this one has probably the best price/value ratio available on the market now. pros: - easy to use, self-explanatory menu and options. You dont need to read a manual to use all its functions - good fast response touch screen - quick boot-up - very dependable bluetooth - good sound cons: - my unit died after a week, probably a cpu issue and it wasn't booting up past a CLARION screen. waiting for replacement - VERY short USB extension cable - makes almost impossible to place it where You want it - wish screen had bigger resolution and more vibrant colors Overall, I am very pleased with this unit (as soon as I will get replacement that is. Cant blame the company or model because of one unit dying after a week. Its a great stereo - that's why I wont exchange it for another model (like pioneer), but I wait patiently for the new Clarion NX500

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luiz

bend oregon

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Excellent DVD

May 21, 2010

todo lo que necesitas esta en la clarion nx500 sonido muy fino navegacion excelente el bluetooth se escucha bien, mejor que la kenwood. para ver movies muy facil el cable que se conecta al freno de mano . solo se conecta al cable del tierra y listo . all you may need is in this very fine sounding Clarion navigation unit. excellent bluetooth sounds good, better than the Kenwood. very easy to view movies on cable that connects to the handbrake. single cable connects to the ground and ready.

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Bishop

Sacramento, CA

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Need to drop the stars down 1 notch

March 25, 2010

I've had a few days to test drive the NX500. So far, I've encountered some problems that bother me to the point of having to reduce my original review (above) by 1 star. 1) The screen has too much reflection during the day. At times, I can't really see the touch screen, especially when I have to use my headlights and the NX500 has an auto-dim for the display. When it auto-dims, the screen is really light to see, however, if the sun or outside light is shining through the windshield, then I can't really see the screen. Today I had to use my headlights as it was raining, and because it was still "light" out, I couldn't see the display as the glare reflection was too much. I have ordered an anti-glare film, so I really hope that helps. 2) My NX500 has an issue with the Sirius. A few times already, the function touch buttons for selecting channels, presets, etc. would stop working. They would almost gray out and not function at all. The other touch buttons worked fine (back, Navigation, etc), but not on Sirius. Each time this happened, I had to power off and power on the NX500 in hopes of rebooting the system. This did work but it's very annoying that this is happening when listening to SAT radio. I think because of these issues (on top of other minor issues that I dismissed, like no SD Card slot), I'm giving it an overall rating of 4. For the price, which isn't too bad, I would hope they would have solved the glare issue, and the problem with Sirius locking up, I don't think it rates a 5 for durability.

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Sacramento

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Beautiful looking Navi/Sat In-Dash DVD - EZ to install

March 21, 2010

I installed the NX500 in my 2007 Kia Sorento. The hardest part of the install was removing the plastic panels on the dash. As for the actual NX500...well, I just bought a wiring harness and then matched the colored wires together and used shrink tubing to bind them together. Took no more than 10 minutes to do. I also purchased the Sirius SC-C1 satellite receiver add-on. You DO NOT need any addition add-on interface to get this working, unlike other in-dash units. The NX500 is Sirius Direct Connect Ready, however, you will need to subscribe to Sirius for service. I am so very pleased that this installation went without any problems. I had it installed and working in less than 30 minutes. The sound of the NX500 is incredible with my stock system, however, I did notice there was no EQ control for my mid-range speaker, only Tweets and Woofer. There is a LOUD control and this thing really boosts the sound loud; So loud that I probably won't be using this feature as the bass is too distorted. I'll have to play around with the user defined EQ setting for the lows (bass) when using the LOUD feature if I want to use this in the future. I did a custom install of the Sat antennae of both the Navi and Sirius. I installed them with double-sided tape on the dash board above the radio and it works great (while I had the dash opened, I also installed/hardwired my radar detector wire, too), the reception is fantastic. The Navigation works great and the signal was picked up as soon as I turned on the NX500. I'm not too thrilled with the color scheme but perhaps it looked the way it did because it was dusk? I know Navi's colors will change with the time of day, so perhaps the color scheme emulated that it was getting dark. However, that didn't detract away from the performance of the Navi. No need for a DVD or memory card, just turn the unit on and it's all good. I really like that. The stock radio channels come in nice and clear and I get far more stations than my old stock radio. Not sure why, but I'm not complaining. I didn't opt for the HD Radio add-on as I have HD Radio built in my other car and it's not all that and for whatever reasons, most of the stations in my area quit broadcasting the 2nd HD signal. But I digress, the NX500's stock radio signals are very clear and sound great with my stock 12 speaker set up. The NX500 has built in controls for the Sirius SC-C1, too. Once I subscribed to the service (online, had to use my computer first), the signal was received and I was listening to SAT radio. Quite honesty, I thought it would be more clear than this, plus there is a loud hissing noise that isn't very mutable by lowering the high's (tweeter) control through the EQ. I was a little disappointed in this, but still happy that I got this system installed and everything was working from the get go, unlike other times I've done Do It Yourself and had nothing but problems. I didn't install the hand brake wire for the DVD. I'm not sure where the wire would go anyhow, so I purchased a bypass kit off Ebay and it should arrive in a few days. I will need this in order to get the DVD to work because even in park, the movie would not show; I could hear it, but there was a warning message on the screen. For now, I had the parking brake wire grounded, but this did not work (like my Jensen head unit, just ground the parking brake wire and you're good to go). Anyhow, once I install the bypass, I'll also install the license plate camera I bought last week. I didn't install it tonight as it was getting dark and I didn't want to tinker with the install all night. Overall, I am very very pleased with the NX500. For the price and ease of install, I'm not sure if I could have done better with another brand. I did have my heart set on a comparable JVC, but when that got sold out, I found the Clarion. Installed in my Kia Sorento, it looks so clean and professional that it looks factory. :) The only thing this lacks is an SD Card slot. I didn't use the USB connector, either, as the cord is very short and where would I have it hanging from? Oh well, I got SAT radio now.

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Product Summary

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NX500

UPC

729218018576

Weight

9.00lbs

Internal SKU

nx500

Internal Product ID

22443

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 NX500 (NX-500)