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Clarion CMS1

Marine digital media receiver

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by Ken Nail
Clarion

Clarion's CMS1 marine digital media receiver puts you in control of your music while your gear stays safe below decks. This two-part marine audio solution includes a comprehensive control panel you can mount in the cockpit of your craft, connected to a hideaway unit that you install in a safe place out of the elements.

Hideaway module
The hideaway unit features a 4-channel amplifier that drives your marine speakers, along with an AM/FM/Weather Band tuner that keeps you up to date with news, weather, and more. You'll find plenty of inputs for a variety of media, including a USB input, an auxiliary input for portable devices, and an input for a SIRIUS satellite radio tuner. Add Clarion's CCUIPOD2 adapter to throw your iPod™ into the mix.

Waterproof control panel
The Marine Source Commander control panel puts you in charge of all your audio options, allowing you to switch between sources and access all receiver functions. This watertight Commander features an easy-to-use interface and a backlit display with easy-to-read large text. Its silicone keys shrug off damage from the marine environment for long-term reliability. You can plug Clarion's MW1 or MW2 wired remote into the receiver to add audio control in other spots on your boat. Or pick up Clarion's MF1 and enjoy radio frequency remote control of the recevier wherever you are on the boat.

Highlights:

    General features:
    • marine digital media receiver (no CD player)
    • hideaway module includes tuner and amplifier (16 watts RMS CEA-2006/40 peak x 4 channels)
    • wired remote Commander unit
    • weather-band tuner built in
    • Commander control panel meets IPX6 splash-proof standards
    • all components meet ASTM B117 (salt/fog Exposure) and ASTM D4329 (UV exposure) standards
    • highly legible black on blue display
    Expandability:
    • iPod control with optional CCUIPOD2 adapter
    • compatible with SIRIUS satellite radio tuner
    • inputs: USB input, auxiliary input
    • outputs: 2-channel preamp outputs (2-volt rear)
    Other features and specs:
     

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    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant
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    Yes
    RMS Power Output
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    16 watts
    Peak Output
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    40 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth
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    20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs
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    2-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs
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    No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    No
    Preamp Voltage
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    Not given
    Display Color
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    Blue/black
    Key Button Color
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    Blue
    EQ Bands
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    None
    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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    Rear
    Memory Card Slot
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    USB memory
    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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    No
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size
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    Classic/5Gen
    Nano
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    5/4/3/2/1
    Touch
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    4/3/2/1
    Mini
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    No
    iPhone
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    4S/4/3GS/3G/2G
    Tuner
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    European Tuning
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    Yes
    Seek/Scan
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    Seek
    Radio Data System
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    What's in the box?

    Download owner's manual

    • Marine control unit
    • Hide-away connection module
    • Wiring harness
    • 10' DIN cable
    • 8 Mounting screws
    • 4 Rubber sleeves
    • Owners/Installation Manual (Eng/Fre/Spa)

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    Overview: The Clarion CMS1 Marine Mechanism-less Source Unit consists of a watertight commander with LCD display and a hide-away connection module. The hide-away connection module includes a built-in 40W x 4ch amplifier with integrated AM/FM/Weather band radio and a wide variety of connections; such as USB, iPod (optional cable required), Aux, and Sirius Satellite Radio (optional tuner required). The wired commander unit features a bright blue-backlit display and push-button controls to operate the marine system.

    Note: The Clarion CMS1 does not include a built-in CD player and is not compatible with a Clarion CD-changer.

    Marine Rated
    Watertight Commander
    Audio Section
    Radio Functions
    Aux/USB/iPod Connectivity
    Installation
    Dimensions

    Marine Rated

    Marine Tested: The Clarion CMS1 Marine Mechanism-less Source Unit has been engineered and tested for use in the harsh marine environment. The unit meets or exceeds ASTM B117 Salt/Fog Exposure and ASTM D4329 UV Exposure standards. The CMS1 offers full IPX6 tested and certified Waterproof protection. The CMS1 features a water resistance chassis and HumiSeal coated PCB to protect against corrosion.

    Note: The CMS1's watertight commander is waterproof (XPX6). The hide-away commander unit is water resistant.

    Watertight Commander

    Watertight Mechanism-less Commander: With the hide-away connection module installed in a water-protected area, you can control everything from the CMS1's wired watertight commander unit. Its simple design is void of any mechanisms to maximize reliability. Its backlit display with large characters provide easy recognition for various functions, and silicone keys help to enhance durability and resistance to the elements.

    Contrast: You can adjust the contrast of the unit's LCD display from 1-8.

    Optional Wired Remote: The unit is equipped with a rear mounted DIN connector to accommodate an optional Clarion wired marine remote control. The Clarion MW1 (020MW1, sold separately) is a hardwired remote control with an LCD display; and the Clarion MW2 is a hard-wired remote control without an LCD display (020MW2, sold separately). This way you can control your music from various locations on the boat.

    Audio Section

    CEA-2006 Compliant Amplifier: The hide-away connection module is equipped with a built-in 4-channel amplifier. The CMS1's amplifier section is rated at 16 Watts RMS x 4 channels in 4 ohms at 1% THD+N with a 91 dBA signal-to-noise ratio.

    Preamp Outputs: The CMS1's hide-away module features a pair of rear-channel preamp outputs.

    Bass and Treble Adjustment: The Bass (100Hz) & Treble (10kHz) can be adjusted from -6 to +6 (+/-12dB).

    Mute: Use this function to turn off the system's sound immediately.

    Beep: The wired remote commander provides an audible beep to confirm button operation. This function can be turned On or Off.

    Radio Functions

    AM/FM Tuner: The CMS1 features a built-in AM/FM tuner with US and European tuning.

    AM/FM Tuning: The built-in AM/FM tuner offers Seek, Manual, and Preset tuning. The CMS1 allows you to store 6 AM presets and 6 FM presets.

    Weather Band: The CMS1 is equipped with a built-in weather band tuner.

    WB Frequencies
    Channel (Ch) Frequency (MHz)
    1 162.400
    2 162.425
    3 162.450
    4 162.475
    5 162.500
    6 162.525
    7 162.550

    Satellite Radio Ready: There are several options for connecting an optional XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio receiver to this receiver:

    • SIRIUS Satellite Radio: To receive SIRIUS Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional SC-C1 SiriusConnect Universal Vehicle Tuner (607SCC1) or the SC-VDOC1 SiriusConnect Plug-and-Play Dock (607SCVDOC1), along with a compatible SIRIUS portable tuner (all sold separately), directly to the Clarion CMS1.
    • XM: A portable XM satellite radio receiver can be connected to the head unit via an auxiliary input.

      Note: A subscription is also required to receive satellite radio programming from SIRIUS or XM.

    Aux/USB/iPod Connectivity

    USB Port: The CMS1's hide-away module is equipped with a rear-panel USB type-A port that is USB1.1 and USB 2.0 compatible. The CMS1 supports playback of MP3/WMA (8-320 kbps) audio files recorded in FAT12/16/32 onto a USB mass storage class (MSC) device. The player can recognize up to 8 hierarchical levels per folder, up to 255 files per folder, and a total of 510 files. This unit is compatible with, and will display MP3 & WMA ID3 tags. The CMS1 offers USB playback functions such a Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Reverse, Skip (Track/Folder), Repeat (Track/Folder), and Random (Folder/All) as well as a list of your connected USB mass storage device's tracks and folders.

    Note: The CMS1 does not support removable hard drives. The optional Clarion 62" USB extension cable (020CAUSB, sold separately) features a male USB type-A connector on one end which plugs into the unit's rear-panel USB port and a female USB type-A port on the other end with a rubber cap that can be flush-mounted for a permanent and safe installation in a marine environment.

    iPod/iPhone Compatible: The Clarion CMS1 allows you to connect your iPod/iPhone via the hide-away unit's rear-panel proprietary 8-pin port and the optional Clarion CCUIPOD2 iPod connection cable (020CCUIPD2, sold separately). The CMS1 supports audio playback, control, and charging of your iPod/iPhone. This unit also supports the display of title information transmitted from your iPod/iPhone. The unit lets you search music for playback from your iPod by category (Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Genre, or Composer). You can also control the following playback functions of your iPod: Skip Tracks, Fast-forward/backward, Pause, Repeat, and Random. The Clarion CMS1 and optional CCUIPOD2 iPod cable is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod model features (as of 10/9/2013):

    iPod/iPhone Model Generation Media Type  Control Display Charge
    Audio Video Unit iPod Song/Artist Track
    dock-connector 3rd N N N N N N N
    click-wheel/color-display 4th N N Y N N N N
    mini 1st N N N N N N N
    2nd N N N N N N N
     video 5th Y N Y N Y Y Y
     classic 80GB Y N Y N Y Y Y
    120GB Y N Y N Y Y Y
    160GB Y N Y N Y Y Y
     nano 1st Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3rd Y N Y N Y Y Y
    4th Y N Y N Y Y Y
    5th Y N Y N Y Y Y
    touch 1st Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3rd Y N Y N Y Y Y
    4th Y N Y N Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3G Y N Y N Y Y Y
    3GS Y N Y N Y Y Y
    4 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    4S Y N Y N Y Y Y

    Note: This unit does not support iPod/iPhone connection via its USB port. Apple software updates may change functionality results. You may need to reset your iPod/iPhone if you download a newer software version.

    Auxiliary: The hide-away connection module features a stereo RCA auxiliary input so you can connect an external audio source. The sensitivity of the aux input can be set (low, mid, or high) to match the output of the auxiliary source to the other sources.

    Note: The optional Clarion auxiliary extension cable (020CCAUX, sold separately) turns the unit's stereo RCA inputs into a single stereo minijack (3.5mm) input. The auxiliary extension cable's 3.5mm connector features a rubber-cap and can be flush mounted for a permanent and safe installation in a marine environment.

    Installation

    Watertight Commander: The watertight commander should be mounted to a dry, clean, and flat surface; using the integrated mounted bracket and four supplied mounting screws. Ensure the integrated rear gasket is fully sealed to the mounting surface.

    Note: The four mounting-holes are 4.3125" apart (horizontally) and 2.3125" apart (vertically).

    Hide-Away Module: The hide-away module should be installed in a dry, water-protected area. Select an area with sufficient ventilation for the mounting of the hide-away module in order to prevent the module from overheating. You may mount the module in a horizontal or vertical position. The hide-away module features integrated mounting flanges and included four mounting screws.

    Note: If the module is mounted in a vertical position, do not mount the module with the harness connection point directly facing up to prevent water collection in this area.

    Gimbal Mount (optional): The Clarion Gimbal Mount (020BKU001, sold separately) is a pedestal-type mount designed for the Clarion CMS1 Marine Source Commander. It provides suction-cup, screw-in, or self-adhesive mounting. Once installed, the Clarion BKU001 offers multi-angle adjustment of the CMS Marine Source Commander, so you can swivel the unit left/right or tilt the unit up/down.

    Dimensions

    Watertight Commander:

    • Width = 5.3125"
    • Height = 3.375"
    • Depth = 1.25"

    Hide-Away Module:

    • Width = 8.3125"
    • Height = 2.125"
    • Depth = 7.375"
     
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    Written By J, Plaquemine, LA on Saturday, August 18, 2012
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    Great product. Excellent sound quality when used with 4 Polk db651s 6 1/2" speakers. I built a fiberglass enclosure to mount system under the roof of my Polaris ranger, and since then Ive built the same exact set up for a friend's. I am currently working on another now. The volume on this receiver is plenty loud enough to be heard over vehicle noise, even while turned down.
    Pros:
    Clean sound, ample volume, waterproof and compact
    Cons:
    Playlists are definitely a necessity when used with an iPod bc search control is limited. Once iPod is connected to controller, song navigation can only be done from control module, not actual iPod.
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