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Clarion NX501 (NX-501)

In-Dash Double DIN 6.2" LCD Touchscreen DVD Receiver w/ Built-in Navigation and Bluetooth

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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
  • Large fixed face with rotary knob and buttons on the left
  • 6.2" Full-Color LCD Touchscreen display
  • 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 SonicElectronix.com warranty

Playback and Audio Features:

  • Playback of DVD, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, CD, CD-R, CD-RW, CD-DA, MP3, and WMA
  • Tuner with 18FM/6AM presets
  • 5.1 Channel Dolby Digital surround
  • BeatEQ 3-band parametric equalizer with 5 selectable tone curves (4 Preset, 1 User)
  • 24-bit digital-to-analog converter
  • Balance and Fader control
  • Subwoofer phase control
  • Subwoofer volume control
  • High pass/Low Pass filters
  • Amp cancel feature
  • Magna Bass EX Dynamic Bass Enhancement
  • 2-Zone Entertainment

Expandability Options:

  • 3 Sets of 4V preamp outputs (front, rear, and subwoofer)
  • SIRIUS Direct Connect Satellite Radio Ready: SIRIUS SCC1 required and sold separately
  • iPod Ready:
  • Built-in Bluetooth Technology for handsfree conversation
  • HD Radio Ready: Clarion THD400 required and sold separately
  • Rear USB Input
  • Rearview camera RCA Input
  • Front-panel auxiliary input: 3.5mm (headphone jack) allows connection to portable media devices such as MP3 players, etc.
  • 1 Rear Auxiliary A/V Input
  • Steering wheel remote ready: PAC SWI-JACKv1 or the Axxess ASWC required and sold separately

Navigation Features:

  • Built-in SiRFprima GPS Receiver
  • TeleAtlas Mapping Coverage of US 50 States, Canada, and Puerto Rico on Preloaded Micro SD Card
  • Simple Destination Input
  • Turn-by-turn voice prompts
  • Selectable route guidance
  • 15 Million points-of-interest including national parks and gas stations
  • 4GB Map Storage
  • Text to speech for street announcements

Bluetooth Features:

  • Built-in Bluetooth technology for hands-free talking and audio streaming
  • Bluetooth version 2.1+EDR certified
  • Supports A2DP audio streaming
  • Bluetooth profiles supported:
    • HFP: Hands Free Profile allows a hands-free car kit to connect to a compatible mobile phone
    • HSP: Headset Profile enables the a Bluetooth headset to connect to a compatible mobile phone
    • A2DP: Advanced Audio Distribution Profile allows high quality audio to be streamed from an audio device to the car stereo
    • AVRCP: Audio/Video Remote Control Profile supports basic remote control functions (play, pause, etc) via Bluetooth
  • Works with most Bluetooth enabled cell phones
  • Includes a built-in microphone for convenient talking

Product History:

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(newest, current model)
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(previous model, replaced by Clarion NX604)
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(previous model, replaced by Clarion NX603 (Factory Refurbished))
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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.

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.
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 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.

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.
95 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.
DVD
DVD+R
DVD+RW
DVD-R
DVD-RW
DVD Region Number
This is the region number that the DVD receiver is compatible with. Almost any device that has the ability to play a DVD disk has a region number. DVD region codes restrict playback of movies that come from geographical locations outside of your residing place.
1
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.
Rear
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.

1 Set of Rear RCA A/V Inputs
Front 3.5mm

Monitor Screen Features

Touchscreen
If a unit is touchscreen capable, you can control a majority of it's functions by touching the screen.
Yes
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.
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
Display Adjustment
This refers to the many ways that a units display can be adjusted.
Brightness

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.
Tele Atlas
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
Puerto Rico
Navigation During Audio Playback
This feature allows the driver to listen to music while the unit is still navigating them to their destination.
Yes
Navigation During Video Playback
The feature allow the head unit to play videos while the navigation unit is still guiding them to their destination. This is ideal for those that use overhead or headrest monitors that receive a video signal from the in-dash navigation unit.
No
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.
SD Card
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.
15 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)
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
1 Set of Audio/Video RCA Outputs
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.
MicroSD

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.
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 Nano 6th Generation (8 & 16GB)
iPod Touch 1st Generation (8, 16 & 32GB)
iPod Touch 2nd Generation (8, 16 & 32GB)
iPod Touch 3nd Generation (8, 32 & 64GB)
iPod Touch 4th Generation (8, 32 & 64GB)
iPhone
iPhone 3G
iPhone 3GS
iPhone 4
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
44%
4 Star
32%
3 Star
4%
2 Star
8%
1 Star
12%

Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.1
Value
4.2
Features
4.4
Design
4.6
Usability
3.8
Fatty

Fairmont, wv

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Excellent product

February 29, 2012

I spent several months researching DD head units to install in my 2012 Ram 1500 Express crew cab. I didn't want to spend $2k on a factory nav unit plus $200 on a lockpick. My little sister is a pro installer and recommended Kenwood or Alpine. I asked her about Clarion but she stated she never dealt with them and didn't have an opinion. In the end, I selected the nx501 based on features and price. The sirius direct connect and integrated Bluetooth made this unit at least $200 cheaper than every other manufacturer out there (besides, boss, jensen and valor but come on).

Pros:
-It has a volume knob
-The nav is fast and accurate, route planning is quick and efficient as well
-The unit has a hard nav/av button right above the volume control, this allows you to switch from the nav map to the active source so you can change stations or songs or video or whatever and then press it again to take you right back the nav map. I find this EXTREMEly convenient and well thought out. Not sure if this is considered standard.
-The integrated microphone works well in my vehicle, the head unit is positioned near the top of the dash and i think that helps. My Blackberry Bold 9650 had no issues pairing with the unit and my contacts were instantly available
-No issues with sirius loading as stated in earlier reviews, there was a firmware update released last year which was already applied to my head unit when it arrive in February 2012. It has lost my presets twice so I'll need to get to the bottom of that
-Front a/v input is very convenient
-The User Interface is fast and intuitive
-Everything needed was included in the box, my sister was impressed with the packaging and included accessories. Less than $800 for sat nav, sirius, integrated bluetooth, backup camera and harnesses/adapters
-Dual zone is a very cool feature although I don't get to use it often but it does work and is not as distracting as you would think it may be with having two different sources playing at the same time

Cons:
-Sirius has lost my presets twice so far (in 1 week)
-USB Audio has somewhat limited functionality, random is available but other sorting options seem weak or unavailable.

Other thoughts:
-I do not own an iPod as I am capable of thinking and organizing music myself
-I have had the nav unit on and routing, listening to sirius, flipped on the backup cam and accepted an incoming call all at the same time without a slowdown or hesitation from this head unit.
-I would recommend this unit to anyone, everyone that has seen it has liked and can immediately figure out how to use it without much help from me.

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February 3, 2012

I was in a real mess trying to get great sounding tunes in my new car. I got some Pioneer tweeter and mid range speakers for the front of my car. Trying to find what I wanted in the rear was my problem, people said 2 way speakers would be fine or 3 way speakers. Well knowing what I know I went to a junk yard, yea I know I know used speakers. I found a 2009 nissan pathfinder and pulled the back speakers out. They were 6.5's what I needed but the best part of my junk yard was the Bose speakers I got. I put them in the other night and they sounded ok. When I got my Clarion NX501 put in today I fell in love with my car then. 200 watts and all the options on the deck like phone, gps, xm radio and god knows what else I'll find learning about this new deck. It is a super clean sounding deck and I was shocked on my way home, I went over the speed limit just a little and the music stopped and a voice said, your over the speed limit 2 times till I was going the right speed. It knew the road I was on and the speed limit of every street I was on. This deck and the guy from Sonic Electronix set me up for a refund with the other speakers I got and told me about the Clarion NX501, it all sounded great but I told him that I didn't want to get another deck cause if I did I would lose my steering wheel options on the car. He said don't worry cause they had a cable hook up that worked for the deck i got and the steering options would work. I tell ya if I could send that guy a dinner somewhere just to show him I love this deck and all the new toys with it. Thank you Sonic Electronix for all your help in makeing this 51 year old jam like I did in the 70's. Take care and what ever you get from them is a deal and super price. Thanks again!!!!

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Paul

Chicago, IL

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Excellent product

January 25, 2012

I bought 2 of these units - one for a 2000 Camry, the other for a 2007 Honda CRV. The installation of both went without a hitch (one with an optional steering wheel mounted volume and mode control) and the supplied modified trim kits fit exactly. However within a month one of the units experienced a corrupted SD card which made the Navigation system inoperable. Clarion replaced the card and it now works fine. Otherwise, both units perform very well and I am delighted with both the price and quality.

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Kevin

Austin, TX

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Not a bad unit at all

June 12, 2011

I wasn't too thrilled at switching from Pioneer F90BT to this unit, but since I sold that unit and couldn't get a good one used I decided to give Clarion another shot. (Don't get me wrong, I loved my old single DIN Clarion). I was pretty set on Pioneer due to the touch screens and other functions.

Installation was pretty easy and no major complaints lots of hook ups and the ability not to plug in a wire if you are not using it. One thing I was not thrilled about is there no VSS wire. But the built in microphone makes things go smoother. I was worried about not having the VSS wire for GPS use; some how this unit is unfazed by not having one. It locates me quickly, calculates the arrival times well and never misses telling when to exit. You honestly wouldn't be able to tell that the unit wasn't using it if unless you look at the vehicle speed on the unit than you would see it is a few mph off.

The GPS antenna is a little thicker than I would like and I suppose some cases this might be a down side but it did effect my install at all.

Touch screen is really good for an in dash head unit. My expectations were low dealing with version 2.0 on the F90BT and this was way better. Don't get me wrong, this is no HTC or iPhone, it is a radio company that is doing a touch screen. Response to touches is right on and quick; the swipe feature on the main screen is great, on the sirius screen for browsing though stations by category and trying to go back a level can be tricky. The lay out of screens is great, it is logical and all things are only about 3 clicks away at anytime. The unit boots up fast I can have music in 30 seconds after the key is on (this is an estimate). The slowest feature would be the GPS boot up which is still under 2 minutes from key on to ready to take an address.

Issues I have had. Once, the unit freaked out and the touch buttons didn't work, menu and source buttons and I had to use the reset button. Three times in the last six months randomly it reset my Sirius presets... Not sure why. Sometimes (about 4 times I have had this issue) when booting up the Sirius doesn't seem to load and required me to power down the unit and power it back on and it works flawlessly.

Down Sides: I am being really picky here, I wish it had a mute button for navigation. I do not like the new parking brake wire hook up, with it looking for a switch, it took me a bit to get this part correct.
The equalizer is pretty confusing, I normally set them up myself but I just use the preset function which are solid in typical Clarion fashion.
If you are an iPod user, the no iPod cable would be an issue, but from what I can see an ebay iPod cable would work for this unit and is a heck of a lot cheaper.

Overall, Buy it. It has a solid feel and I love the reaction time/responsiveness. If you are tired of Pioneer giving you push buttons for volume (big issue for me, I like the volume knob) and are worried about switching brands give this guy a shot. I am sure it will impress you and make you smile.

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tango 6

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my tuppence worth or 700 quids worth

April 6, 2014

this unit is the worst purchase i have ever made from a sat nav point of view.it has sent me the wrong way down a one way street .sent me on a 15 mile goose chase.does not accept full post codes.the radio is on all the time you are using sat nav. believe it or not clarion we all do not want the radio on.then there is the clarion pass the buck help lines . and the buck stops with you .my unit is fitted to my new zafira dec 2013 .in closing the very first tom tom made is better. any comments please

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disgusted

Canada

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Worst service ever from Clarion and Naviextra

March 24, 2013

I don't recommend this product for the following reasons:
Clarion support is non existent. You call leave message and no one calls back.
You report a problem and no solutions are offered.
Bought this system on a friend's recommendation and had nothing but a nightmare. very difficult to set up blue tooth.
Touch controls are temperamental. constantly having to turn off unit to fix.
IPod music frequently drops off and radio comes on.
Had problems with maps, was told need to update, bought a package and wouldn't install as the SD card provided is too small, I had to remove maps in order to install new ones.
The St for streets are called saints and Dr for drives are called doctors, I contacted Clarion and was surprised to reach anyone, spoke to a Ramesh who told me not their problem should contact Naviextra. Sent an email as no phone, received an answer requesting info which I provided. Several emails back and forth and finally a month passed and got a reply from Naviextra that they cannot change the saints and doctors as product is outdated. I emailed back that the product is only 2 months old and if outdated why sell it. Received a response back that it is not their problem but Clarion. One blames the other and one takes responsibility. I called the dealer who was very helpful and offered to call them. However being disgruntled for two months I opted to return and buy Kenwood stereo which is supported by Garmin. A far superior mapping.
Buy this product if you want a headache.

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Clarion NX501 review

October 9, 2012

I purchased this unit from Sonic Electronix over a year ago. There were no issues with shipping, Sonic took care of all the customs, duties, etc., for shipping to Canada, as promised. The installation of the unit itself was straightforward, and it fit nicely into the double-DIN space of my 2007 Honda Pilot. I also installed a Sirius SCC1 satellite radio tuner at the same time, and re-purposed my old iPhone 3G as an iPod dedicated to the Clarion, stashed in the glove box. The main things I use the NX501 for are iPod, navigation, Bluetooth cell phone interface, satellite radio, and AM/FM radio, in that order. The iPod playback is fine, and whatever album art is present on the iPod gets displayed on the screen during playback. The skip button is a bit sensitive, and you need to press directly and deliberately on the arrow, or else the track won't skip as expected (although you may still hear a 'beep'). Sometimes you'll hear a double-beep, indicating that two tracks were actually skipped. The other main issue is that when starting the vehicle, the iPod isn't always detected right away, and you have to power-cycle the HU to get it to be detected. I just updated to the latest firmware version (July 2012) from Clarion's website this past weekend, and I haven't noticed this problem since the update, so hopefully this issue is fixed. I normally just select one of my playlists and hit shuffle, so I don't do a lot of manual searching for individual songs or artists. This is do-able, but when scrolling down a long list of songs or artists, the touchscreen is a bit sensitive, and will sometimes select an item you touched, when really you just meant to scroll down with a swipe gesture.

Navigation is excellent, the only gripe I have is that the voice instructions will almost always use a 'highway' name, rather than the actual commonly-used street name. The street name is displayed at the top of the nav screen at the same time, so I'm not sure why the audio instructions always describe a highway. I've looked through the various nav options, but can't find any way to change this. I particularly like the 'quick search' feature. If I'm looking for a Thai restaurant, I can just enter 'Thai' in the quick search, and it will start listing various locations with 'Thai' in the name, by order of proximity.
I don't use the satellite radio that often, not because of any problem with the unit itself, but more because I find the audio quality of Sirius XM satellite radio quite poor. Much of the time the audio sounds like an old cassette tape recording, on a tape that's been played too often (old timers will remember the 'warble' sound of a poor quality audio cassette). The only issue I had with the NX501's satellite interface was that the button to store a preset station didn't work. However, I'm happy to report that this has been fixed in the recent firmware update. It would be nice to have a 'mute' button in the main nav screen, so that you could easily mute any iPod or music playback. When voice instructions from the nav unit are happening, any music playing back will automatically lower in volume, but sometimes as you're getting close to the final destination, you want to turn the music right off, but to do this, I need to switch to the iPod screen, hit 'pause', then switch back to the nav screen.

The Bluetooth hands-free interface works well, but the only feature I really wish it had was a way to trigger the dial-by-voice feature of my Blackberry. Without this, if I want to dial a number, I have to access my phone's directory via the NX501's interface, then scroll around to find the number I want. Not easy to do while driving, and a definite distraction. It keeps a record of recently received and recently dialed numbers, which makes searching for commonly used numbers a bit easier, but it would be nice if it tied this list to the phone's directory. For example, I have three numbers stored in my Blackberry's contact list for my wife; her work number, her cell number, and our home number. If I access her directory entry via the NX501, it shows all three numbers. However, if I select her name from a list of recently received calls, it only shows me the number she called from, not all three numbers. If she called me yesterday from work, and I want to call her today, but I know she's not at work, and I want to call her cell, I can't do it via the 'received calls' menu, and must call up the full directory, then search. My other issue is that when talking on the cell phone via bluetooth, the caller's voice only comes from the left or right channel, but not both (you can choose which channel, but why not a mono audio feed from both channels?)

Aside from my gripe about the audio quality of Sirius radio, the unit's overall audio quality is excellent. I replaced my stock Pilot speakers with Infinity speakers (2 way speakers in the rear door, and two-way component speakers up front, with the tweeters mounted on the sail panels), and it sounds fantastic, especially for iPod audio playback. You can push it nice and loud, with no audible distortion, and there are various EQ settings for tweaking the sound to your heart's content. I had originally planned on driving the four door speakers with an external power amp, but after hearing the sound from the HU driving the Infinity speakers, I was quite happy with that. I do still plan to install a subwoofer, but that's part of phase II. :-)

I only recently started using the AM/FM radio, since I found when I was installing the unit that I needed a special adapter for the Honda radio antenna. I ordered the adapter, but then never got around to installing it until recently. I've programmed in my presets, and it sounds just fine. The 'analog' radio dial representation on the display is a bit wonky; it scrolls vertically, whereas most radio dials operate horizontally, and the 'up' and 'down' buttons on the top and bottom of this dial are non-intuitive. It would also be nice to be able to edit the station names of the presets, rather than just displaying their frequency.

I haven't yet used any of the following features:
-DVD playback
-Rear seat DVD displays/audio zones
-USB audio (i.e. USB memory sticks or other devices besides iPod)
-rear view camera

I do have a license plate camera unit, which will get installed as part of phase II, with the subwoofer upgrade. I already have a portable DVD player (two screens, one master, one slave) for the kids when we go on trips, but eventually I'll get some headrest DVD units, and start utilizing the DVD playback capability of the Clarion.

In short, I highly recommend this unit. The price is right, it's packed full of features (way more than I can use), it sounds excellent, and has a great user interface. Many of the minor complaints I had have now been resolved by the firmware update, and hopefully Clarion keeps refining and adding new features in future updates.

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Lance

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Impressed

July 1, 2012

Install was a snap, but not for the inexperienced. approx 3hrs.
Installed in a 2011 Nissan Versa and was already familiar with dash.
The features we wanted meet all expectations. Features we were unaware of ... long trips - have to play ... we make use of.
The audible (Dave) warning has saved us the price of unit.
Large intelligent navigation display excellent.
Will avoid smaller units when I can.
Only negative - load up time excessive.

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Dean

Apple Valley, CA

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Awesome Unit

May 21, 2012

The Clarion NX501 is absolutely the best multimedia head unit I have ever had. I have owned the alpine and pioneer multimedia units and this bar far blows them out of the water. The UI on this is amazing far more advanced than the others out there, the bluetooth works great, and the nav system is amazing. I have had this for about 6 months with no issues whatsoever. The install is about the same as pretty much every unit out there.

The only gripe I have about this unit is the fact that the unit comes with a satellite antenna nice and small for the NAV system but if you want to add Sirius satellite radio you have to purchase the additional component, which is not a problem but that component also has a satellite antenna that must be installed as well. So you would have 2 antennas on your vehicle. Not sure why they cannot just make it both in one. So I opted not to get sirius radio and use Pandora instead via Bluetooth.
Also one other thing the MIC internal or even the external (Clarion RCB199) one I purchase with this unit does not work very well. People complain they can hardly hear me.

Other than those two things this unit an awesome!

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Andre

Phoenix, AZ

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Love this deck!!!

May 11, 2012

I was very hesitant on buying a clarion deck, but I couldnt help notice the higher end specs that it had for its price range. I was looking for something to replace my pioneer single din and provide some cleaner and louder sound. This by far did the trick. The pioneer had to be at 3/4 volume for me to get a comfortable level to listen to my music, and sometimes at max volume when I wanted to really listen, it would still be insufficient. But this Clarion has plenty of power and at am able to listen comfortably at about 1/4 volume. Max volume hurts my ears. On top of that, the clearity from this deck is crystal clear. I have aftermarket Polk speakers and a Rockford Fosgate sub. This deck provides a great sound to my system. The touch screen cant be beat. I love the scrolling feature. Very similar to cell phones and other touch screen devices today. My friend has a toshiba double din and this touch screen blows it out of the water. Bluetooth works perfectly and clearly without the need for an extended mic. Navigation is as complete and in some cases even better than my garmin, which I never even use anymore. This is easily a $1k deck for half the price. Only thing that I would say could be better is more customization on the many different screens. There are a limited # of backgrounds to choose from, and they are only for the home screen. Not a big deal, but if I wanted to be nit-picky. Also, really wanted to be able to use and SD card to play music off of. The micro-SD slot for this deck is only for the navigation maps. But I just use my ipod so it still isnt that big of a deal. Highly recommend buying this unit and highly recommend sonicelectronix.com.

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Fixit4U

Bath, PA

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NX 501 in 04 Honda CRV

May 11, 2012

First unit I received had major issues with touchscreen and would not respond to my touch...was told by ( tech support ) to just box up the head unit & send it back for a replacement.

Now for the good...installed the replacement and I love it....FLAWLESS and works perfect....at least for a week + now.....Navigation is a key feature...Ipod/bluetooth works great also...and for some reason this unit responds twice as fast as the first unit I received....Compared to my 2 Pioneer FB90BT's with firmware updates...this unit holds it own...for the price...a super value for what you get.

Note: all second generation Honda CRV owners...the free dash install kit that was supplied...does not fit the CRV...had to use the factory CRV radio mounts and carefully remove material from the (included) Clarion face plate....great finished look....free wiring harness was fine and fit my factory plug.

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PhoenixWeasel

Phoenix AZ

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Good with a few gotchas

April 24, 2012

Has great features. The onboard mic works really well. Great selection of inputs/outputs.

My first unit had a bad internal ground, so the points below I know aren't related to my unit as the replacement does the same things.

Things I wish I'd known before I bought:
1: the "custom" EQ mode doesn't affect the sub preouts

2: Sirius ALWAYS starts in "all channel" mode, not preset mode (Clarion says this is due to the scc1, but my Pioneer starts on presets...) Whoever's fault it is - REALLY? if you've defined presets why would you want to always start in all channel mode...

3: I fill my USB stick in artist folder, then album folder. 2 issues: USB input starts in first artist folder, showing album folders. Inconvenient. Secondly, if you swipe back, its sorted in oldest to newest "folder modified" order (should be either alpha, or rev modified - I usually want to listen to artists I've most recently loaded). It does start where you left off in a track between car starts (my pioneer starts the track over), so thats good.

4: It boots somewhat slow - this is really only a problem when you put it into reverse. I'm usually long gone by the time the backup camera comes on. Additionally, I get "no signal" for a few seconds when I do wait long enough. I have the same Boyo camera on my Pioneer unit and have never had that issue. Could be connection diffs between vehicles, but its still noteworthy.

Overall, this is a vast improvement over the Pioneer in my other vehicle, but it does have a few quirks as I've mentioned. Oh, and since its now a discontinued unit from Clarion, they've said they won't fix any of those issues because they're cosmetic, not critical to operations.

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patrick

Lenexalenexa, KS

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None too bad

February 27, 2012

First of all I do really like this product. There are lots of features, and connectability options galore, but there are a few minor problems. The first problem is that the unit does take a while to get started. The second problem I have is that the unit is not to intuitive, it has taken me a bit of time to figure it out, and not to mention updating the unit. Overall though I like it and once used to it it works very nice. Sounds good and tons of expandability.

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george

north richland hills, TX

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Lovin this unit

January 21, 2012

I really like this unit, i just got it installed last week and ordered it off of this website. It is off the chain and really beats out other units, especially in this price range. I played with the jvc and pioneer models near this price range and though they were more expensive, they didn't come close. Navigation is awesome, Bluetooth works well and I don't have the external mic but everyone says they can hear me really well, interface is beautiful and USB drive connectivity is excellent as well. All around great unit!!! Only thing that I don't like as much is that the lights have to be blue.

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Scott

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great deck

January 20, 2012

I have had this deck for about 6 months now and it works great, a lot of great features.

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Mike

Livonia, MI

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Excellent Head Unit! Best Ever owned! A+

November 9, 2011

This headunit is flawless in every sense. The screen quality is top notch and is probably the best I've seen in an in dash screen. After the update from Clarion's web site this unit is flawless. Everything about it is awesome.

Pros:

-Screen Quality is amazing. Best I've seen on an in dash.
- Iphone like scrolling works perfectly after update
-Bluetooth is the best I've ever heard, people think im just on the phone.(I do own the external mic though, can't comment on internal one)
-Bluetooth Streaming works perfect and honestly sounds better then any other bluetooth A2DP I've heard, you can change the song on radio as well.
-Ipod Audio and Video is flawless, works very well. Ipod sometimes can be sluggish for a second or two, but not a big deal at all.
-Radio is great too, presets change instantly like on stock radios.
-Navigation is the best I've ever used, beating out garmin, kenwood, pioneer, tomtom, JVC.
-Navigation is fast and entuitive and very clean and sharp to look at, not boring like many other navigation units.
- Browsing through the whole unit is really fast and really has no lag issues at all, maybe before the update a little, but post update,

Cons:

-Sunlight glare is sometimes an issue, but not a huge deal.
-Boot up time is ONLY 10-15 seconds after update. Not 15-25 seconds like a lot of other people are saying.
-Bypass is a switch instead of always bypassed, again not a huge issue.

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Walker

St. Petersburg, FL

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My troubles are over

November 3, 2011

If you are having problems deciding which unit to get, consider this unit. I have had a few units, and this one I would say is one of the best for the money. Looks neat in dash, sounds great GPS is better than most, lots of options and hook ups, Sirius radio option, the list goes on. Installed it in my 2006 F-150, with box under rear seat with 2 10" JL Audio subs and a 900 watt earthquake amp, and this thing rocks. I would do this again.

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Great In Dash NAV unit. Superb

October 28, 2011

This is a great Nav unit. I compared it to all other manufactures Kenwood eXcelon, Pioneer, Sony, Alpine, JVC. I am the biggest Kenwwod fan, but their NAV system was a let down with all the lagging. This Clarion blows them all out of the water for features, looks, ease of use, sound, etc.... I am really pleased with this unit. I have updated all the firmware from www.clarion.com, but I never had any issues with my unit like some of the others had mentioned. A major point for this unit is the backup camera connection... it's universal so you can buy any type camera you want to use, instead of a set manufacture camera. The sound is superb, and the Magna Bass EX really steps up the low end bass. The screen is by far the best i've seen for looks, and function. The internal mic for the bluetooth is all you need as well... I am told I come through loud and clear on the other end of the phone. I also love the blue lighting around the volume knob, etc... it would be nice if it could be changed to match vehicle dash colors. The NAV in this unit is the nicest i've seen and easy to use with 12 million or 15 million POI (have to look it up lol), and it's 3D and shows terrain, buildings, etc.

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Laine

Canada

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I like the features

October 24, 2011

I like the unit when it's working properly.

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CHARLES THE TECMASTER

Las Vegas, NV

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Clarion NX501 GOOD

October 6, 2011

Clarion nx501 (nx-501) love it, i installed it my self, everything working great. Updated gps working good overall. By far this is one of the best radios out there. Very easy to use and uderstand. At least for me.

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NX501

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9.25lbs

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nx501

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35578

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