Clarion CZ500

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

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In-dash AM/FM, CD, MP3, WMA player with Remote • Built-in Bluetooth • Built-In USB iPod/iPhone Control • Magna Bass EX • BeatEQ Equalizer • 3 Sets of 4V Preamp Outputs • HD Radio Ready • Front-Panel AUX

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Clarion CZ505

OUR PRICE: $154.99

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Product Highlights

In-dash AM/FM, CD, MP3, WMA player with Remote • Built-in Bluetooth • Built-In USB iPod/iPhone Control • Magna Bass EX • BeatEQ Equalizer • 3 Sets of 4V Preamp Outputs • HD Radio Ready • Front-Panel AUX


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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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(newest, current model)
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(previous model, replaced by Clarion CZ505)
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(previous model, replaced by Clarion CZ501)
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(previous model, replaced by Clarion CZ500)

Specifications & Details

In-Dash Receiver Specifications
Receiver Size
Single DIN
Anti-Theft Security
Detachable Faceplate
Wireless Remote
Peak Power Output
50 watts x 4 channel
RMS Power Output
19 watts x 4 channel
Preamp RCA Outputs
3 Sets (6-channel)
Dedicated Subwoofer Preamp RCA Output
Preamp Voltage
4 volts
Built-In Equalizer
BeatEQ 3-band parametric equalizer with tone curves (3 Presets and 1 User)
Display Type
LCD Text Display
Expandability Features
Auxiliary (Front)
Steering Wheel Control Compatible
Yes (Accessory required and sold separately)
AM/FM Tuner
FM Presets
AM Presets
Warranty and Return Policy
Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
Warranty Provider
Sonic Electronix

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Best Deal for the Money

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.

By Jason on October 6, 2010


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Bang for the buck

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.

By adam on February 14, 2012


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Excellent stereo

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.

By Ernesto on September 12, 2011


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solid deck

As title says its solid have no complaints great price.

By Aaron on October 25, 2011


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pretty good buy

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.

By Riley on October 26, 2011


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Great Value, A2DP Audio Skips Occasionally

Overall, I can't complain. Sounds great with aftermarket speakers and sub.

My only issue is the A2DP connectivity, it'll skip every once in a while, which can get very annoying since this is my main way of playing music. I have the original droid though, so that could be where the issue lies. But it's awesome when it works, I don't even take my phone out of my pocket and it'll start playing right where I left off.

The BT phone feature is flawless. I put the mic on my steering column right behind the wheel, and people can't tell I'm using hands-free. If someone calls, it pauses the music and rings, and when you end then call it starts your music back up.

Again, not perfect, but definitely worth the price.

By Trevor on August 3, 2011


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clarion cz500

Great buy

By robin on July 4, 2011


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Clarion CZ-500

Very good, I love it, ubs works great, the bluethooth is not the best one but it works well. For listenning music It dosen't always works well with my iphone 4.

By Guillaume on June 29, 2011


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Good radio for the money

The Bluetooth feature is the reason why I bought this. Streaming music from my android phone works perfect. Takes a few seconds to pick the signal but you can control your phones music player right from the radio. When you get back to the car picks up right where it left off. Sound quality is good streaming through bluetooth. I cannot speak of the cd player since I will never use it. The usb port is neat since you can make it come out wherever you want (glovebox, etc). Built quality is good. The mic cable is long enough for most cars. The call quality is decent, and it will depend of how loud your cabin is and how close you can get the mic to your mouth. I have a miata which is a loud cabiner (soft top) but I does the job, don't expect quite long conversations while driving.

By Hernan on February 19, 2011


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Great product and value

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

By Victor on December 8, 2011


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