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Clarion CZ500

Car Stereo CD/MP3/WMA Receiver with Built-in Bluetooth, USB Port and Aux-In (CZ-500)

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Clarion CZ501

OUR PRICE: $169.99

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Clarion Has Done It Again!

This in-dash CD/MP3 receiver offers a compelling amount of features at a fantastic price. The built-in iPod USB connection allows you to control your Apple device directly from the stereo controls. The blue button lighting illuminates the front panel so you can clearly see every control on the deck. Being CEA compliant, the Clarion CZ500 produces 19 watts RMS of power for all 4 channels, which is perfect for most low-powered speakers. 3 sets of 4v preamp RCA outputs enable you to add multiple amplifiers into your vehicle if you wish. Look no further, because this is one great stereo for a very awesome price.

 
 
 
 

General Features:

  • In-dash AM/FM, CD, MP3, WMA player with Remote
  • 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
  • Flip-out, detachable face
  • Human-Machine Interface (H.M.I.) provides a convenient starburst design and intuitive operation
  • 2-Line LCD text display
  • Highly visible white LCD display offers great viewing during day and at night
  • Wireless remote control included
  • Blue button lighting
  • CEA-2006 compliant amplifier
  • Power Output:
    • Peak: 50 watts x 4 channels
    • RMS: 19 watts x 4 channels
  • CD Text Display
  • MP3 ID3 Tag Display (Title/Artist/Album)
  • 1-year Sonic Electronix warranty

Playback and Audio Features:

  • Playback of CD, CD-R, CD-RW, MP3, and WMA
  • AM/FM tuner with 18FM/6AM presets
  • BeatEQ 3-band parametric equalizer with tone curves (3 Presets and 1 User)
  • Magna Bass EX bass boost for enhanced low frequencies
  • Low-pass filter offers greater tuning for subwoofers
  • On-board subwoofer level control

Expandability Options:

  • 3 Sets of 4V preamp outputs (front, rear and subwoofer)
  • XM Radio Ready: Audiovox CNP2000UC, Clarion CCUXM1, and subscription required for a direct connection to the XM Satellite Radio service
  • HD Radio Ready: Clarion THD300 required and sold separately for reception of digital HD Radio with iTunes tagging capabilities
  • Integrated Bluetooth: Enables phones, headsets, and portable devices to be paired for audio streaming and hands free calling with included voice microphone
  • iPod/iPhone Ready: USB-to-iPod cable required and sold separately for audio control, charging, and playback
  • 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

Bluetooth Features:

  • Offers convenient hands-free talking with compatible cell phones
  • Compatible with HSP/HSP profiles for complete hands-free operation
  • Supports A2DP/AVRCP profiles for audio streaming
  • PBAP Profile allows phone book access from the receiver
  • Includes a wired microphone for crystal clear audio reception

Product History:

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(previous model, replaced by Clarion CZ500)

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.

50 watts x 4 channels
RMS Power Output
The amount of continuous power, measured in watts, that an amplifier produces is called RMS power. The higher the RMS rating, the louder and cleaner your music sounds. The RMS output figure is much more accurate than the peak rating when comparing products.
19 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.
4 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 3-band parametric equalizer with tone curves (3 Presets and 1 User)
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.
80 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.
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

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.
Optional - XM (Accessory required and sold separately)
HD Radio
This feature refers to whether or not the receiver is capable of receiving high-definition digital HD Radio broadcasts by either a built-in HD Radio tuner, or more commonly with the purchase of an optional HD Radio tuner box. Receivers which are HD Radio Ready generally require an additional purchase of a separate tuner.
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.
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.
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.
No
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 (20 & 40GB)
4G iPod Color & Photo (20, 30, 40, & 60GB)
5G iPod Video (30, 60, & 80GB)
iPod Classic (120GB)
iPod Classic (80 &160GB)
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
Sonic Electronix

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

5 Star
65%
4 Star
27%
3 Star
4%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
4%

Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.4
Value
4.9
Features
4.5
Design
4.4
Usability
4.4

Jeremy

Allentown, PA

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CZ500

December 9, 2010

The biggest reason I purchased this unit was for the bluetooth capabilities and that it came with an external mic. Sound quality is good, but not what I expected (and it is paired with 4 Boston Acoustic speakers). However, the bluetooth lacks big time, even with the external mic. The unit is fussy at times and will not connect to your mobile. Receiving a call is problematic at times too. You are supposed to hit a button on the unit to answer a call, but that rarely works too. And with the external mic, one would expect better communication capabilities. But its the old, "you sound like you're in a tunnel a million miles away" saying. I would recommend the unit for the sole purpose of music entertainment. But if you are looking for the bluetooth capabilities, I would keep looking.

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Andrew

Vineland, NJ

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Very Nice

December 1, 2010

This is a quality headunit and will not disappoint. Very fast shipping and harness+hardware were free. Bluetooth was easy to pair with my Droid X and mic cable was plenty long. I love the fact the usb isn't on the faceplate, makes it way more flexible. Speakers sound way better than on the Pioneer unit this replaced. This was my first order and will not be my last!

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Jason

Renton, WA

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Best Deal for the Money

October 6, 2010

I tried to do a lot of research before I purchased this deck. If you are looking for a system that has built-in bluetooth and iPod or mp3 capabilities, this is the best value for your money. It sounds great with the exception of the radio seeming to get slightly poor reception, but I really don't listen to the radio since I use my iPod with it. The best part is that you don't have to buy any extra cables like you would with many other head units. Although, I will say that the bluetooth auto-connect feature on this unit did not work straight out of the box, I had to go in and turn it off and then back on. After that, it has worked great. I have had a couple of glitches with my iPod connection, it usually works fine, but I have had to unplug it and plug it back in to have it work. The one negative to using the unit to browse through songs on your iPod is that it always starts with the "A"s so going through the songs to get to the end of the alphabet takes some work. I mainly bought this for the bluetooth for my phone, since it is now illegal to talk on your cell while driving in Washington. The phone sound is fine, but make sure you place the mic closer to the drivers side if you want the other person to be able to hear you without you having to yell. Overall a great unit and I'm happy that I purchased it. There are better decks out there if you want to spend the money, but for the price, I definitely recommend this one.

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luis

ruskin, FL

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Kick ass Love the quality sound

February 19, 2012

This cd player is kick ass. I talked to the seller and he made some suggestions as to what speakers to go with and in 3 days I had my awesome Mp3/cd and iPod player. Hooked it all up on my 2002 jeep wrangler and it sounds nazty.

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adam

youngsville, LA

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Bang for the buck

February 14, 2012

After a little time figuring it out, this is a great unit. All the features I wanted. In a price range I could deal with. The best bang for the buck.

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jeremy

gun barrel tx

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great buy

February 12, 2012

The blue tooth works great, i got Apline speakers in the dash, cadence 6x9s and a alpine type-s 12" sub with a 1200 watt powerbass amp. Sounds pretty good.

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kenneth

scottsdale, AZ

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Not working for me

January 3, 2012

Have to to keep sending it back plays for a week or two and goes out.

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Victor

Alburtis, PA

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Great product and value

December 8, 2011

Excellent head unit sounds great. So nice I bought it twice!!

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Ryan

sebastian, FL

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Great Stero

November 21, 2011

Would highly recommend this. Its worth every penny and very durable. Had it for almost around six months and cant say anything bad about it. Does everything as expected and more.

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brenden

Australia

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Good Sound!

October 26, 2011

This Clarion unit has a great sound and plenty of basic features my only fault with this particular model was the iPod connection. It was very difficult to navigate artists albums or songs, the random function wasn't random, overall the iPod interface was pretty much useless. I ended up just plugging from the phono output on my iPod to the aux input on the face of the head unit. This provided pretty much the same sound quality with out the iPod interface issues. I bought this to replace the stock clarion unit that came with the car I bought I also purchased the Scosche MA02B harness this made the installation so much easier and a lot neater too.

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Riley

Booneville, MS

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pretty good buy

October 26, 2011

Everything works great on this unit except streaming audio sometimes. Sometimes when you try to connect and stream the music it says its connected but it doesn't work so you have to disconnect and reconnect your phone. Aggrivating but still works. Bluetooth works great. Good sound from unit. Good eq controls too. This is the best value your going to get from a cd player without spending 200 dollars. Can't go wrong buying this one.

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Aaron

cincinnati, OH

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solid deck

October 25, 2011

As title says its solid have no complaints great price.

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alex

Australia

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Great, and very loud for just the head unit!!!

October 19, 2011

I was surprised with just how loud this went with out an amp D:, its so much louder then any other head unit ive had such as Sony, Pioneer and Alpine. This is so much better ill never get a different one unless clarion make an upgraded version of this one.

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squishimonster

sylmar, CA

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clarion cz500

October 10, 2011

I bought this stereo for its bluetooth capabilities which work prefectly fine in my bronco wich is usually topless most of the year. My only disappointment is the ipod control function is extremely slow, but no big deal. I disconnect my ipod select the music i want and press play and reconnect it. Otherwise you'll sit there for almost an hour just to get from a-mm not even a-z on your artist list. Pros: mp3, aux input, bluetooth/a2dp connection, and 3 sets of rca's. Cons: iPod function is extremely slow to scroll through, bluetooth does not automatically reconnect. My CD player is picky and only works when it wants to.

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Eric

Sedro Woolley, WA

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Clarion CZ500

September 25, 2011

The CZ500 by Clarion is an absolute gem, bang for the buck it doesn't get much better than this head unit. An absolute must was 3 sets of pre-amp out, it has it. Next was in deck crossover, it has it. Bluetooth capable, Got has it. I run all Infinity amps, speakers and subs the blue illumination matches the Infinity blue leds on the amps perfectly. Learning to navigate around to all the features was a bit of a challenge at first, now, I love it, very easy to use. Anyone looking for a solid head unit would appreciate this at a wonderful price. Buy, buy, buy.

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SinCity

Nv

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Satisfied customer

September 20, 2011

Product came as excepted. Install was easy and works as needed. Good product and well done service. A++++

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Sinasain

Sin city

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Outstanding

September 16, 2011

Couldn't ask for better. Emails came promptly. Stereo arrived as stated. Will do business again.

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SHOtime

Boise, ID

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Decent for the price but pops

September 13, 2011

You probably won't find another deck with the features this one has for the money. Bluetooth works as it should, and I did not test iPod capability but it is built in, so you do not need a separate adapter. All that is required is a standard USB data cable. It doesn't interface with Zune players, but then, what does? My main complaint about this deck is the delay of the amp turn-on lead. The deck powers up and then the amp powers up later, which is not such a nuisance, however it also delays powering down the amp, causing an annoying "pop" when the car is shut off. Otherwise I have no complaints about this model. It played all my mp3 tracks and CDs and handled skips well. If you're on a budget and need hands-free phone capability, this is the ticket.

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Ernesto

Santa Rosa, CA

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Excellent stereo

September 12, 2011

Good looking head unit, very bright blue light but the screan is a little on the dull side. Great sound, works well with mp3 CD's, flash drive, bluetooth and music streaming is awsome.

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Ken

Grovetown, GA

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Good Deal

September 9, 2011

It is easy to install and sounds good. The removable face is easy to use. I have not tried the bluetooth. The usb player works great. MP3 CDs play good also. The shipping was fast.

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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.

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18 Butt Connectors, 2 Ring Terminals, and Zip Ties

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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

CZ500

UPC

729218018392

Weight

4.75lbs

Internal SKU

cz500

Internal Product ID

23447

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 CZ500