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Clarion CMD4A

Marine CD player

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Item #: 020CMD4A
 

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by Leigh Schoettinger
Clarion

You can make your next boat trip more enjoyable with Clarion's CMD4A marine CD player. Clarion's smart design offers complete protection against waves, rain, or humidity, thanks to a water-resistant faceplate, conformal coated circuit board, and unique rubber gasket and door assembly.

The CMD4A supplies plenty of power with its built-in amplifier, so you'll be able to hear your music over the noise of wind, waves, and the boat's motor. You can use the three sets of preamp outputs to add outboard amplifiers, and the rear auxiliary audio input is available for your portable music player or any other audio source.

You'll be able to read the flip-down LCD display in bright sunlight or darkness. All the buttons light up along with the screen at night for easy access to all controls. Adjust the center frequencies of the bass and treble to zero in on the perfect sound. You can also buy an optional wired remote control, so you can run the show from the helm while your CD player stays in a safe spot.

In addition to its acclaimed AM/FM tuner, the CMD4A will play all your CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs, and also works with a Clarion CD changer. Should you choose to add satellite radio, this versatile CD player works with the optional SIRCL3 SIRIUS tuner.

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Highlights:

  • marine CD player with built-in amplifier (19 watts RMS/53 peak × 4 channels)
  • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs
  • water-resistant faceplate with LCD display
  • CeNET CD changer controls
  • front, rear, and subwoofer preamp outputs
  • rear RCA auxiliary input
  • 18 FM/6 AM presets
  • seek tuning
  • rotary volume control
  • clock
  • Sirius Satellite Radio-ready
  • optional marine wired remote
  • CD frequency response: 10 to 20,000 Hz
  • CD signal-to-noise ratio: 100 dB
  • FM sensitivity: 9 dBf
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
General
CEA-2006 Compliant
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Yes
RMS Power Output
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19 watts
Peak Output
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53 watts
RMS Power Bandwidth
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20-20kHz
Preamp Outputs
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6-channel
Sub Preamp Outputs
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Yes
Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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No
Preamp Voltage
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2 volts
Display Color
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White
Key Button Color
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White
EQ Bands
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2
Wireless Remote
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No
Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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No
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
Expandability
AUX Input
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Rear
USB Input
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No
Memory Card Slot
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No
Bluetooth Compatible
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No
Satellite Radio Ready
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Sirius
HD Radio
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No
Navigation
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iPod Compatibility
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Nano
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Touch
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Mini
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iPhone
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Tuner
FM Sensitivity
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9 dBf
European Tuning
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Yes
Seek/Scan
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Seek
Radio Data System
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No
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What's in the box?

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  • Marine AM/FM/CD receiver
  • Wiring harness (with in-line 15A and 1A fuses installed)
  • Six 1-1/4" self-tapping screws
  • Hex nut
  • Rear support strap
  • Owner's Manual (English/French/Spanish/Italian)
  • Installation/Wire Connection Guide
  • Warranty sheet
  • Installation template
  • Side cover removal caution sheet
  • Sample system layout

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Features
External Device Controls
Installation

Features

Marine Receiver: The Clarion CMD4A Marine CD receiver has been treated for use in the harsh marine environment. The receiver meets or exceeds ASTM B117 Salt/Fog Exposure and ASTM D4329 UV Exposure standards. The faceplate features a unique rubber gasket and door assembly offering the internal components complete water protection. The top of the chassis is covered with an integrated drip shield and mounting gasket to seal the bulkhead, and to further augment the water-resistant faceplate. The microprocessor and circuit board are sealed with a Pelgan Z conformal clear coating to protect them from corrosion.

2-Band Equalizer: The receiver features rotary bass and treble knobs with adjustable parameters, so it effectively has a 2-band parametric equalizer. The gain, center frequency, and Q can be adjusted for bass and treble as follows:

  • Bass Gain: -6 to +6 (max adjustment is +/-15dB)
  • Bass Freq: 60Hz, 100Hz, or 200Hz
  • Bass Q: 1, 1.25, 1.5 or 2
  • Treble Gain: -6 to +6 (max adjustment is +/-12dB)
  • Treble Freq: 10kHz or 15khz

Contrast: You can set the contrast level between 1 and 8 for best display visibility.

Auxiliary Input: This unit features a rear mounted, stereo RCA auxiliary input on a 2-1/4" pigtail. The sensitivity of the input can be set (low, mid, or high) to match the output of the auxiliary source to the other sources.

Non-fading Output: In addition to the front and rear preamp outputs, the CMD4A is equipped with a non-fading preamp output with an adjustable volume from -6 to +6. There is no low-pass filter on the non-fading output.

Auto Reload: When a 12cm CD is ejected and left sticking out of the CD slot for 15 seconds, the unit automatically reloads the CD to protect if from damage. (8cm/3-1/2" CDs are not reloaded automatically)

Optional Wired Remote Control: The CMD4A is equipped with a rear mounted DIN connector to accommodate an optional Clarion wired marine remote control. The CMRC1, a wired remote with an LCD, and the CMRC2 wired remote w/o LCD, are both compatible with the CMD4A receiver.

External Device Controls

CeNET CD Changer Controls: This unit is equipped with a CeNET control connector and can control up to a total of two CeNET changers. Two changer control requires a Y-adapter (sold separately). The following operations are available for the CD changer:

  • Pause
  • Disc selection: +/-
  • Track selection: +/-
  • Audible search within a track: +/-
  • Scan play: plays first 10 seconds of each track
  • Disc scan play: plays first 10 seconds of the first track on each disc
  • Repeat play: repeats the current song
  • Disc repeat play: repeats the current disc
  • Random play: plays the tracks on the current disc in random order
  • Disc random play: plays the tracks in random order from all the discs in the changer

iPod Interface: With the optional CeNET iPod interface (item # 020CCAIPOD), you can connect your Apple iPod to this receiver. Not only will you be able to control and listen to music from your iPod, the easy-to-use interface also powers and charges your portable music player. Using the iPod menu mode you can access your iPod playlists and search by artist, album, song, genre, or composer. The CMD4A also displays the artist, album, song title, etc information.

Note: Update your iPod to the latest software before connecting to the CCAIPOD. This interface works with 3rd generation and many newer iPods This iPod adapter is not compatible with iPhone 3G, iPod touch (1st/2nd generation), or iPod nano (3rd/4th generation).

Sirius Satellite Radio Ready: You can enjoy Sirius Satellite Radio with the optional SIR-CL3 Sirius tuner (item # 020SIRCL3). A Sirius antenna (included with the 020SIRCL3) and a subscription to Sirius programming are also required. You can store up to 18 stations in preset memory (6 stations in each of three preset bands).

Installation

Mounting: The CMD4AA requires a rectangular cutout in the bulkhead for inserting the chassis. Six screws (supplied) fasten the faceplate against the mounting surface, and hold the waterproof gasket against the bulkhead. A clear, self-adhesive template is supplied to assist you with the cutout and drilling the screw holes. Note: The receiver does not include a mounting sleeve or ISO-mount screw holes to accommodate standard I-, J-, or E-sized automotive installation.

Dimensions: The receiver has the following dimensions:

  • Chassis Width: 7.103"
  • Chassis Height: 2.019"
  • Chassis Depth: 7.378"
  • Nose Width: 7.851"
  • Nose Height: 3.591"
  • Nose Depth: 1.886"

Screw Hole Pattern: The faceplate has four mounting holes across the top, above the chassis, and two holes below the chassis for securing the unit to the bulkhead. The screw hole spacing is as follows:

  • Top Row:
    • Total Width: 7.049"
    • Width Between Two Center Holes: 2.370"
    • Width Between End Holes and Adjacent Center Holes: 2.358"
  • Bottom Row Width: 7.292"
  • Height (Between Top and Bottom Rows): 2.902"
  • Screw Mounting Depth: 0.844"
 
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1 out of 5

Clarion is not the best choice

Written By Bruce, Lawrence, KS on Tuesday, September 04, 2007
 
I bought this unit to replace a CMD3 that came with my boat and failed after 2 seasons. The unit sounded great for about 4 months when it started to have the same problems my old one did. Fortunately less than 12 months had gone by so I sent it in to Clarion for warranty repair.

It took them 3 days after receipt to even acknowledge they had my unit then they provided no feedback as to turn around time. Two weeks later I called their "customer service" line to find out that it had been repaired 7 days ago and was in "Quality Control" where they test the unit before sending it on. Apparently my call spurred "Quality Control" to approve my unit and it was shipped that day via UPS ground. Coming up on a holiday weekend I wanted to track my package but Clarion REFUSED to provide a tracking number on multiple occasions claiming it was against their policy ???
Luckily my CMD4 showed up Friday in time for the holiday weekend. I grabbed the box and headed to the lake. Re-installing to only about 5 minutes since all the original wiring was in place and the C-net add on units are plug and play. Unfortunately when I fired up the unit output was only half what it used to be and the unit completely failed within 5 minutes.

Today the unit is back on its way to Clarion for the last time, if I didn't have the Sirius module, and two remotes that would have to be replaced too I would have given up already.
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5 out of 5

A must have for all iPod users

Written By Jimmy, Indianapolis on Monday, February 05, 2007
 
Just upgraded my factory Clarion to this CMD4A. Wowee! That is all I can say. It is so easy to use and the iPod interface works almost exactly like the iPod itself. I can even control and see artist and title displays from my remotes! What a great stereo.
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