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Clarion CX201

In-Dash CD, MP3, WMA Double-Din Receiver Car Stereo with Front USB iPod Support and Auxiliary Input

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Consistent Clarion Quality

By simply upgrading your stock OEM radio to the Clarion CX201, you will bring a whole new level of audio into your car. This entry-level double DIN car stereo is a solid, stable receiver with plenty of options for the casual listener. The basic face and easy-to-use interface makes the transition from stock radio to aftermarket seamless. The CX210 offers playback of all your favorite media, including CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs. The receiver is designed to read MP3 and WMA files for convenience. Clarion has a built-in 3-band equalizer to make those simple audio adjustments.

The Clarion CX201 has all the connectivity that you could ask for. With a front panel 3.5mm auxiliary input and USB port, you can listen to just about all your portable music in the car. There are options to add SIRIUS radio, HD Radio, iPod control, and steering wheel controls. Plus, the 2 sets of preamp outputs make it easy to complete an entire aftermarket audio system.

 
 
 
 

General Features:

  • In-dash AM/FM, CD, MP3, WMA player with Remote
  • 13-segment 10 x 2-line White LCD Display
  • Wireless remote control included
  • Blue button lighting
  • CEA-2006 compliant amplifier
  • Power Output:
    • Peak: 50 watts x 4 channels
    • RMS: 21 watts x 4 channels
  • CD Text Display
  • MP3 ID3 Tag Display (Title/Artist/Album)
  • 1-year SonicElectronix.com warranty

Playback and Audio Features:

  • Playback of CD, CD-R, CD-RW, MP3, and WMA
  • AM/FM tuner with 18FM/6AM presets
  • Low-pass filter selectable (through-60-90-120)
  • High-pass filter selectable (through-60-90-120)
  • Phase adjustment allows you to select subwoofer phase directly from source unit
  • BEAT EQ 3-band parametric equalizer with 5 selectable tone curves (4 Preset, 1 User)
  • MAGNA BASS EX boosts the 50Hz range to deliver dynamic bass performance

Expandability Options:

  • 2 Sets of 2V preamp outputs (front, switchable rear/subwoofer)
  • SIRIUS Direct Connect Ready: SiriusXM SCC1 required and sold separately
  • HD Radio Ready: Clarion THD301 required and sold separately
  • iPod Ready: iPod USB direct connectivity via your Standard iPod-to-USB cable allows you to charge, control, and playback your iPod through the receiver and stereo system
  • 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

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.

Security Code
Motorized Faceplate
Some in-dash car stereos feature a motorized faceplate that moves to expose a CD or DVD slot. This is a convenient feature that allows the front display to be larger and easier to read. The positioning of the monitor gives you control over the angle you would like to view information on the stereo.
No
Remote Control
Allows control of specific features and functions from a remote control. Typically they are used to prevent button wear on your radio, or to allow easier navigation of menus.
Yes
Peak Power Output
This form of power rating refers to the maximum amount of power an electronic device can handle or output in an instant without damage occurring. Often times this maximum is achieved during a brief musical burst, such as a drum accent, or low bass hit.

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

50 watts x 4 channels
RMS Power Output
The amount of continuous power, measured in watts, that an amplifier produces is called RMS power. The higher the RMS rating, the louder and cleaner your music sounds. The RMS output figure is much more accurate than the peak rating when comparing products.
21 watts x 4 channels
Preamp RCA Outputs
RCA outputs, commonly known as preamp outputs, allow you to connect one or sometimes multiple external amplifiers. An in-dash receiver will commonly have one, two or three sets of RCA outputs that can be used to connect external amplifiers and other components. One pair of RCA outputs will typically provide a full range signal that can be used for most subwoofer or speaker amplifiers. Two pairs of RCA outputs can typically be configured as four full range signals, or also as two full range and two subwoofer signals. Three sets of RCA outputs will almost always produce four speaker signals and two subwoofer signals for use with multiple amplifiers.
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.
BEAT EQ 3-band parametric equalizer with 5 selectable tone curves (4 Preset, 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.
92 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
Radio Data System (RDS)
Receivers with Radio Data System (RDS) tuners can receive digital broadcast information about the FM radio station including program name, time and station identification. RDS enables your receiver to display text messages that many FM stations include on a sub-carrier signal within their normal broadcast signal. Some RDS tuners can even break in with traffic alerts or emergency broadcasts when you're listening to a CD.
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
Dual Zone
Dual zone means the stereo is capable of playing multiple audio or video sources between two separate locations.

Please refer to the item description for more details on how dual zone works specifically to the unit you are viewing.

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.
Front
Number of Front USB Inputs
Number of Rear USB Inputs
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

Monitor Screen Features

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.

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
Compatible Smartphones
Some stereos work with iOS (Apple) or Android smartphone operating systems, while some stereos work with both or neither. Find out here which operating systems this stereo is compatible with.
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.
No
Steering Wheel Control Compatible
In order to retain a vehicle's factory steering wheel remote controls, a wired-remote input is needed on the aftermarket stereo.

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

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

iPhone/iPod Features
Head units are equipped with different technology that allows a variety of smartphone integration features. Some stereos are equipped with more features than others, here you will find which iPod/iPhone features this head unit has.
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
Android Features
Head units are equipped with different technology that allows a variety of smartphone integration features. Some stereos are equipped with more features than others, here you will find which Android features this head unit has.
Android Video Connection
This refers to whether or not the receiver can connect to an Android device and allow for video control and playback of the device through the head unit. Head units that have Android video connectivity allow your device to be connected and controlled via the head unit, and they will typically connect through the USB input combined with your standard Android 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 cable.

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Warranty and Return Policy

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

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

5 Star
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4 Star
43%
3 Star
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2 Star
7%
1 Star
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Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.9
Value
4.9
Features
4.4
Design
4.6
Usability
4.2
manju

India

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amazing sound quality

April 9, 2014

I was using Sony XAV63 in my i20 almost for a year, the sound system was good but in terms of clarity it is nowhere close to clarion. It took some time to install it, slightly longer for understanding the settings, once that is done be prepared for being amazed by the sound quality. The clarity is simply amazing. Highly recommended for those who want some good sound quality music system.

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Matthew

Lakeland Fl

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Toyota Tacoma

December 19, 2012

Great deck for the price, it plays nice and has a decent EQ. easy to install and fit my Toyota bracket perfect. plays loud with the Clarion SRQ1632R. Cons: sometimes hard to read the screen in the daylight

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Robert

Canada

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Simple design, works well

November 29, 2012

I was looking for something simple to go into my wifes Oldsmobile and this fit the bill nicely. Its been in the car for about 6 months now and all is well. One problem with it that I noticed is that the Samsung Galaxy wont play through the USB port. Although it doesnt claim too either, I just assumed it would (my bad). I had to get an adapter to get it to work. The apple stuff all works good though.

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Paul

Harborcreek, PA

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Great for this price range

August 23, 2012

Excellent head unit for this price range. Smooth setup and operation. Leagues better than the Sony Xplod I had before this one.

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Jim

Lambertville, MI

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Good Radio

August 21, 2012

This radio was easy to install. It worked as advertised. The controls are easy and relatively intuitive. I love the aux input. You just plug in a thumb drive with your favorite songs and go. Easy. The drawback of this radio is that the display is very difficult to see in the day time when it is sunny. Overall a good product for the money.

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Jami

Denver, CO

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I'd buy it agin in a heartbeat!

July 2, 2012

pros: looks, output, features, quality, value. no cons in my opinion. be sure to get the harness kit!

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Nate

Washington, PA

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Not a bad head unit

May 13, 2012

Overall I thought this sounded pretty good on my aftermarket 6x8's. It has decent functionality but is a little tough to learn the controls. If it says it will fit a ford f series but does not without modification. If I were to say this is better than the jvc or kenwood I would probably say yes. I am crucial on the bad points but it has lots of nice features.

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bran

Canada

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trouble

February 4, 2012

I bought this stereo and love the looks but cant get it to play loud. My factory one was way louder. I'm still figuring out what might be the issue. I drive an 07 jeep wrangler.

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Bryan

Dover, NJ

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Clarion cx201 The best economic option for double DIN replacement

January 9, 2012

I bought this to replace my in dash 6 disc changer of my 04 Forester. I don't need DVD, GPS nav or even bluetooth. I did however want simple styling, power and a few preamp RCA outs for a future amp. USB on the front panel is awesome. Aux plug also a plus. I remember when you paid premium for an aux on the front panel. What really sold me on this radio was the ability to plug a sirius tuner withOUT the need for a costly adapter plug. That folks is worth the price of admission here. After letting the wife drive my car in rush hour traffic for a week. I was purchasing another radio for her 2005 Outback. That installation included removing the whole radio/climate control fascia and replacing. But all went smoothly and I have to say we are still very happy with the performance, capabilities and the sound quality of this radio.

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Martin

Canada

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great

January 5, 2012

Fast shiping and good product.

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victoria

oak creek, WI

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nice

October 3, 2011

A very fancy radio for the price. Has all the things i wanted i really like it!

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Travis

Poway, CA

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Pretty good

May 4, 2011

This stereo is definitely better than a factory radio because you have more control over the sound. However if you do not know anything about setting the EQ, you should read up on it. It does have preset EQ's which you can also use. In my truck with aftermarket speakers, metal music doesn't sound as good as it was wit my stock stereo even with the EQ properly adjusted to metal. If you're all about BASS then definitely get this because you can make your subs bump harder then you can imagine, be careful cuz you will definitely blow them with this up if your amp isn't set properly.

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Dumptruck

Alanta, Georgia

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great radio!!!!

March 24, 2011

This radio is amazing and very clear. I bought this to replace my factory unit and its sounds 10 times better! I love all the features and it works perfectly!!!

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J

Michigan

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Great

March 16, 2011

I bought this to replace my factory double din in my 02 Buick Regal. The EQ took a minute to get used to but it sounds way better than stock, even with stock speakers. The USB port is the best feature if you don't want to carry a bunch of cd's around. You also have quite a bit more control over your sub.

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Accessory Tools and Products

Accessories added

Scosche syncCable IPUSBK2 USB 2.0 iPad/iPod/iPhone Cable (Black)

2.0 USB to iPod 30-pin Sync & Charge Cable

Your Price $11.99

Scosche IPUSB2

This iPod cable is made specifically for the audio playback of this in-dash receiver.

Your Price $10.99

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 $54.95

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

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

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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

CX201

UPC

729218019023

Weight

4.50lbs

Internal SKU

cx201

Internal Product ID

33720

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 CX201