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Clarion CX305

Double DIN Bluetooth In-Dash CD Car Stereo with aptX for hands-free calling & audio streaming, 3-band parametric equalize, & Front AUX Input (3.5mm)

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CEA 2006 Compliant
Pandora Support
Sirius XM Ready

CX305 Software Improvements Available:
Please visit the Clarion CX305 Software Update page to access the latest version (10/21/2015)

General Features:






  • In-Dash AM/FM, CD, MP3, USB Receiver with Remote
  • 13-segment 10 X 2-line LCD
  • Bluetooth® aptX® Support
  • Pandora Support
  • Blue illuminated button lighting
  • CEA-2006 compliant amplifier
  • Power Output:
    • Peak: 45 watts x 4 channels
    • RMS: 22 watts x 4 channels
  • Wireless remote control included
  • CD text information display
  • MP3 ID3 Tag Display (Title/Artist/Album)
  • 1-year Manufacturer's Warranty

Playback and Audio Features:

  • Playback of CD, CD-R, CD-RW, MP3 and WMA
  • AM/FM tuner with 18FM/6AM presets
  • Compatible with Apple iPhone 6+/6 and iOS 8 software
  • 3-band parametric equalizer with 3 preset EQ curves
  • Bluetooth® aptX® for Superior Sound Entertainment

Expandability Options:

  • 2 Sets of 2V preamp outputs (front, rear)
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio Ready: SiriusXM SXV300v1 Radio Package and subscription required and sold separately
  • iPod and iPhone Ready: Standard USB-to-iPod Cable compatible
  • Front Auxiliary Input: 3.5mm headphone jack allows connection to portable media devices such as MP3 players
  • Front USB Input: USB port allows connection to digital devices such as flash drives, portable media players, etc.
  • Steering Wheel Control Ready: PAC ControlPRO (SWI-CP5) or the Axxess ASWC-1 required and sold separately

Bluetooth Features:

  • Built-in Bluetooth technology for hands-free talking and audio streaming
  • Bluetooth version V2.1+EDR certified
  • Works with most Bluetooth enabled cell phones
  • Includes a built-in microphone for clear, convenient and distortion-free talking
  • External Bluetooth Microphone available and sold separately

Check out the Clarion CX305 Quick Start Guide

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
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.
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.
Peak Power Output
This form of power rating refers to the maximum amount of power an electronic device can handle or output in an instant without damage occurring. Often times this maximum is achieved during a brief musical burst, such as a drum accent, or low bass hit.

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

45 watts x 4 channels
RMS Power Output
The amount of continuous power, measured in watts, that an amplifier produces is called RMS power. The higher the RMS rating, the louder and cleaner your music sounds. The RMS output figure is much more accurate than the peak rating when comparing products.
22 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.
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.
3-band parametric equalizer with 3 preset EQ curves
Display Type
The type of display on your receiver refers to the monitor that is used to display the source information such as song names, radio stations, or track times.

Dot-Matrix Text Display: A simple display which uses dots in specific illuminated color(s) to light up and form letters or numbers that are displayed on the receiver.

Graphic or Motion Display: Typically found in mid to high-end receivers and give your text information and receiver more life by adding motion, backgrounds, or multiple colors to your display. There are types of graphic displays such as 3D Graphic, Motion, and OEL (Organic Electroluminescent) displays. They can range from one color to full color displays and typically allow you to select from one of many built-in animations, background images, screensavers or other graphics to enhance your experience and add an extra bit of personality to your system. Some units also come with software that allow you to load your own customizable pictures or animations.

LCD Monitor Display: Can be as small as 2" or as large as 10". Some LCD displays are motorized for angle adjustment. LCD monitors display full motion video playback as well as your standard text such as track status, radio station information and more depending on the receiver's features.

Digital LED Backlit LCD 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.

Button Color
Refers to the color of the physical buttons on the unit.
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.


Playback Features

AM/FM Tuner
Most in-dash CD players have AM/FM playback allowing you listen to your favorite local radio stations.
FM Presets
The number of FM radio stations that can be stored as presets.
AM Presets
The number of AM radio stations that can be stored as presets.
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.
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.
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.

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.
Number of Front USB Inputs

Expandability Features

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.
iPhone (iOS)
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.

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 - SiriusXM (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.
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 (Integrated front-panel microphone, No External Mic Included)
A2DP Music Streaming
The Advanced Audio Distribution Profile will wirelessly stream music and other audio from an A2DP compatible device.
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.
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.

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.
iPhone 5 Compatible
iPhone 6 Compatible
iPhone 7 Compatible
Audio Playback
Pandora Control
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.
Pandora Control
Audio Playback

Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
Warranty Provider

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

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Average Attribution Rating


San Diego, CA

Pure crap

May 16, 2015

Had this professionally installed only to find out the next button does not work and the source button only works when you push it 20 times if your lucky. So now I have to remove it. So I guess I should have paid more money at a local stereo shop to leave with a deck that works. Also the Clarion cx305 feels and looks cheap. You can't even read the screen in the sun. Don't buy this

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very satisfied

June 21, 2015

The only criticism I have with this unit is it has so many features that it has a bit of a learning curve. It works as advertised - good value for the price and once you figure out which button does what it is enjoyable to operate

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Kenneth John


Great value and shipping time

September 25, 2015

This unit is one of the best deck in the market. I like all the features especially the equalizer , !

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Helena, AL

Nice looking, simple remote, complex functions, many features, sounds great!

January 16, 2017

The sound is great! I thought a simplified remote would indicate simplified setup and operation but not so. Less buttons means more variations of combinations. It sounds great though. A remote with more buttons would actually be better. The sound is great and the installation was almost flawless. The blue wire has to get connected to the red wire to power on. Tech support quickly pointed that out in a few minutes (cudos) and it came up working. The clock was difficult to set the time but using a combination of the remote and face plate buttons I finally got it. Read the manual. It might help to post the manual as a PDF online so people can see what is involved in operation and setup before deciding to buy. My wife likes it so far so that is good. The automatic station search is a great feature and the bluetooth pairing to phone was easier than the clock setting. Did I mention it sounds great in my wife's Saturn L200? Oh, if installing in a Saturn you may want to get some fillers for the sides since the unit is not as wide as the factory model. Also, be sure to save the mounting brackets. I did not and had to get some aluminum pipe straps from the hardware store and cut them to similar shape for mounting. I soldered all the wires so that took some time but still it was only about 2 or 3 hours for it all. Probably would not take the average person that long. I'm an analyst so you know I have to analyze everything first.

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Martin Blom

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Great value!

July 18, 2016

Compares to the more expensive stereo's!
Great product. Easy to use and install. Has everything
I wanted for a remarkable price

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great deal

June 29, 2016

totally satisfied with the clarion car radio. Good price too.

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New Jersey

Love it!

May 30, 2016

Easy to install, high quality sound, and fits perfectly! I initially forgot to tell the sellers the name and year of my vehicle and they shipped out the installation package immediately at no extra cost. One of the most pleasurable on-line purchase experiences I've ever encountered.

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Apple Valley, CA


May 10, 2016

I purchased it for my daughters car.
Had to order another trip piece which would have been to know when I ordered radio.
Yes I would recommend.

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very nice headunit

April 12, 2016

took out a boss that have severe feedback and ground issues. wish i bought this one first. crystal clear and great sound once i figured out how to setup subwoofer. only complaint is subwoofer setup is stupid but once you got it it is nice.

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Trenton, FL

Great head unit

April 7, 2016

Bought for 01 Malibu great sound easy to use great upgrade

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Lebanon, PA

good deal great unit

April 4, 2016

very nice unit works well looks good and easy to hook up

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Ashley K on Nov 29, 2016
i heard its a good brand i really hope so
Lawanda A on Nov 1, 2016
because clarion makes a quality product
Douglas E on Nov 29, 2016
Easy to select and order. Great value with the free additional items.
Andrew Z on Sep 15, 2016
is this going to work with 2002 pontiac effect pass lock?
Joseph H on Apr 14, 2016
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I was wondering if this amp would be enough to handle 2 Hifonics BRX12D4 in a Honda Civic coupe with stock speakers and clarion radio cx305 any answers would help need to get more bass in my car and this box would be a good fit too? Thanks
Mikey on Mar 24, 2016
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Best Answer: As far as the box goes, it more than fits the needs of what I'm using it for. I have two Rockford P3D2 subs in it and it has an incredible sound. Mine is in the back of a Vibe (sport wagon) and it'll vibrate the whole car. I do not know how it'll do in a trunk but I still believe you won't be disappointed.
Reply · Report · Keith Wingfield on Mar 25, 2016
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Can you hook up the car's brain i.e. miles, time of oil change, temp, time etc. to this stereo? I have factory radio in a Pontiac G6 and I don't want to replace the radio and loose that information the car gives through the factory radio
Marcus N on Jun 26, 2016
Best Answer: Although this is a great radio from the inputs and instructions I do not think you will have this ability with this radio. I am a automotive technician for 50 years and a Ford tech for 42 years and am amazed by all the new things our cars can do for us and tell us.
Reply · Report · EUGENE M on Jun 26, 2016
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Can I use my function on wheel with this system?
A shopper on Apr 28, 2016
Best Answer: Hello,

As specified in the description, "Steering Wheel Control Ready: PAC ControlPRO (SWI-CP5) or the Axxess ASWC-1 required and sold separately" . This implies that one of these parts is needed to retain OEM Steering Wheel Controls. Give our sales team a call if you need more help with this.
Reply · Report · Rick MStaff on Apr 28, 2016
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Does bt work with iPhone 6s?
A shopper on Feb 5, 2016
Best Answer: Yes. This stereo works great and has a simple iphone interface.
Reply · Report · Rodney I on Feb 7, 2016
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2003 Subaru Outback non Macintosh with 9 speakers. Does this HU and your harness will work? I heard 9 speakers sub woofer will not work.
A shopper on Jul 21, 2016
Best Answer: I cannot answer the question as the Clarion CX305 wound not fit !
Reply · Report · Larry L on Jul 22, 2016
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Does it work with Iphone 4?
Ron R on Jul 7, 2016
Best Answer: I don't know that answer, however it works with the 5 and 6 very well. I don't see why it wouldn't work with the 4, it's standard Bluetooth operation. Shouldn't be a problem in my opinion. Hope that helps. Great system and installation is not bad.
Reply · Report · Bobby S on Jul 7, 2016
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Will this stereo fit my 02 ram 1500?
A shopper on May 4, 2016
Best Answer: Hello,

Please use the fit guide to answer your question.
Reply · Report · Rick MStaff on May 5, 2016
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What wiring harness would I need for an 06 Kia Sorrento?
Ronnie D on Mar 27, 2016
Best Answer: Simply add the headunit to your cart, enter your vehicle information when prompted, and allow the accessories to be added along with the headunit. Said accessories is what is needed to properly install the headunit.
Reply · Report · Rick MStaff on Mar 27, 2016
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what speakers do you recommend with a clarion cx305 receiver?
A shopper on Oct 26, 2015
Best Answer: The Rockford fosgate a very good and good price speaker
Reply · Report · Rick S on Oct 27, 2015
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does it work in a 2007 dodge ram 1500 ?will the wireing be close?
A shopper on Mar 28, 2016
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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.

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