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Clarion CZ100 (CZ-100)

In-Dash CD, MP3, WMA Receiver with Front Panel Aux In-put and Remote Control

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Clarion CZ101

OUR PRICE: $74.99

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General Features:

  • In-dash AM/FM, CD, MP3, WMA player with Remote
  • Flip-down, detachable face
  • Human-Machine Interface (H.M.I.) provides a convenient starburst design and intuitive operation
  • Integral rotary volume for complete volume control
  • White single line LCD text display
  • Highly visible LCD display is bright even in the daytime
  • Wireless remote control included
  • Blue button lighting
  • CEA-2006 compliant amplifier
  • Power Output:
    • Peak: 45 watts x 4 channels
    • RMS: 18 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 CD, CD-R, CD-RW, MP3, and WMA
  • Tuner with 18FM/6AM presets
  • BeatEQ equalizer with 3 preset tone curves
  • On-board Low-Pass Filter (LPF) for enhanced subwoofer connectivity and playback

Expandability Options:

  • 2 Sets of 2V preamp outputs (front and rear/subwoofer switchable)
  • Bluetooth Ready: Clarion BLT370 required and sold separately
  • Front-panel auxiliary input: 3.5mm (headphone jack) allows connection to portable media devices such as MP3 players, etc.
  • Steering wheel remote ready: PAC SWI-JACKv1 or the Axxess ASWC required and sold separately

Product History:

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(newest, current model)
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(previous model, replaced by Clarion CZ102)
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(previous model, replaced by Clarion CZ101)
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(previous model, replaced by Clarion CZ100 (CZ-100))
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(previous model, replaced by Clarion CZ109)
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(previous model, replaced by Clarion DB185MP)
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(previous model, replaced by Clarion DB175MP)
(previous model, replaced by Clarion DB165)

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.

Detachable
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.

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.
18 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.
2 Pairs (Front and Switchable Rear/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
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.
BeatEQ equalizer with 3 preset tone curves
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.

LCD 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.
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.
74 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

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.
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.

Front 3.5mm

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
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.
No
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.

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.
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

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.
No

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
80%
4 Star
20%
3 Star
0%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%

Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.5
Value
5.0
Features
4.7
Design
4.9
Usability
4.3

D

Canton, OH

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Good Stuff

September 14, 2010

Just got this in my Lumina put it in myself. After the whole installation process and its all hooked up, this is a great heady for the money! And since they give you the free mounting kit, and wiring harness for your car its real easy to do yourself. And not to mention free shipping man its just a good deal, and i received it on the scheduled date too. SHOUT OUT TO SONIC ELECTRONIX i will never again go to my local car audio store and get ripped off thanks to you. I am very satisfied and with this product and yes i do recommend it to everyone.

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Michael

Los Angeles, CA

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Value!

September 2, 2010

Great value on this head unit. For an entry level head unit, this one has a couple of features that none of the other entry level head unit brands include on theirs. It is ready for the steering wheel interface, (PAC SWIPS) which will allow you to interface your steering wheel mounted audio controls if you have a car that has them. Also, this entry level deck comes with 2 sets of RCA's instead of one, and it includes the wireless remote! This unit is definitely a better value than most of the other head unit manufacturers.

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Kai

Tucson, AZ

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Awesome

February 26, 2011

Clean sleek interface, very functional, customizable and has all the expandability options I needed!

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Chasetyn

coarsegold, CA

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Great Price

January 27, 2011

Good product. Has a really good equalizer with awesome subwoofer controls. The only downside is that the volume knob is easily damaged. Still works but is stubborn. Recommended for an inexpensive yet highly adjustable stereo.

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Greg

Pawnee, IL

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Nice!

January 21, 2011

This is a great unit if your wanting simplicity. Basic features, easy to use, construction and sound quality is excellent. Highly recommended!

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William

Overland Park, KS

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Surprisingly good sounding

December 5, 2010

This is quite a nice stereo for the price. The sound is really alive, even through a pair of 10 year old Infinities blown to kingdom come. I quickly replaced them with some new Pioneer TS-G1342R 5 1/4 inch speakers, and am quite pleased with the crisp, taut sound. Personally, I think this system sounds better than a Pioneer DEH-P4600 head unit I bought 9 years ago for 300 dollars (it was chalk full of features and almost over-engineered for the time). Other notable things about this head unit are the EQ options. For bass, mid, and treble, you have the ability not only to change the gain, but to customize the frequency and Q (except on treble, which you can only change frequency and gain). The only cheesy things I found about this stereo are that there is a 1 second hesitation after you hit most buttons, like if you are changing radio channels for instance. I think I really got a bargain. Now the real test will be to see how long it lasts before the face starts to malfunction, or the CD player goes on the fritz.

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CB

Oklahoma City, OK

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No problems here.

November 23, 2010

I have had no problems with my Carion CZ100. It has a cool look for a low price and seems to work with no glitches. Hopefully it holds up. My cousin has a similar model that just stopped working on her the other day. She's probably had hers for a lot longer, however.

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Steve

La Mesa.Ca

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Great Value

September 19, 2010

Looks great & has so many nice features that my first Clarion unit didn't have. Easy to install with all the necessary parts inside & nothing missing which seems to be the case now days. Great Sound on AM /FM & CD!! Lot's of power with this receiver. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a unit with great sound and lots of features making it one of the best on the market. Thanks Clarion

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jesus

Ceres, CA

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AMAZING DECK!

April 4, 2010

This deck is amazing. It made my subwoofers go lower, and my tweeters sound crisp. Definitely more than i expected. Great buy, fast shipping, and easy install.

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La Mesa, CA

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Wonderful Sound

March 28, 2010

Easy to install, recommend to anyone looking for quality without spending big bucks.

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Accessory Tools and Products

Accessories added

Axxess ASWC

Universal steering wheel control interface with automatic programming

Your Price $59.99

PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Interface

Steering Wheel Control Interface for Alpine, JVC, Clarion, Kenwood, Pioneer, Sony Radios and More

Your Price $49.95

Monster Cable MPC CLNKIT-SM CN

2 Bottles of LCD Screen Clean with Cleaning Cloth

Your Price $2.99

Scosche TK12 Car Stereo Installation Kit

Includes panel removal tool, wire cutter/stripper, test light, RCA cable runner, screwdriver, and more!

Your Price $12.99

9-Piece Durable Nylon Plastic Pry & Chisel Tool Set

Helps with car stereo installation for use with dash and trim.

Your Price $14.99

18 Butt Connectors, 2 Ring Terminals, and Zip Ties

Great for connecting your car stereo wires to the harness.

Your Price $4.99

SoundKase DFC1X

Soft-Sided Nylon Receiver Faceplate Case

Your Price $5.99

Scosche SPL Meter

Monitor the noise level of your new car audio system with this SPL meter measuring from 60-135 dB.

Your Price $21.99

AutoSound 2000 CD-104

Audiophile reference series test disc for evaluation of all audio components.

Your Price $11.99

AutoSound 2000 CD-102

High frequency test CD specifically designed for the set-up and evaluation of sound system imaging and placement.

Your Price $11.99

AutoSound 2000 CD-105

Demonstrates different characteristics and specifications of an audio system.

Your Price $11.99

Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

CZ100

UPC

729218018422

Weight

5.00lbs

Internal SKU

cz100

Internal Product ID

22445

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 CZ100 (CZ-100)