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Clarion CX609

CD receiver

Item #: 020CX609

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Original Price: $199.99

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Fill your vehicle's double-sized opening with the Clarion CX609 CD receiver — its sleek, stylish looks will make a statement, and its performance will bring a smile to you and your passengers on your next road trip. You can even select from 728 display colors to pick the look that best fits your dash.

Hands-free convenience
Built-in Bluetooth® lets you conduct phone calls while keeping your hands on the wheel. When a call comes in, your music mutes and you hear your caller through the speakers. Clarion includes a microphone you can mount in a strategic place for crystal-clear call sound quality.

Discs and playlists
Play your store-bought CDs or those you've loaded with MP3, WMA, or AAC files, as Clarion's powerful internal amplifier pumps out all your favorite music with authority. Connect your iPod® to the rear USB slot and access your playlists with the receiver's controls — no adapter needed. Whatever your source may be, you can check out song info with a quick glance at the large, 2-line display.

Sound controls
BeatEQ gives you three preset tone curves, all of which you can customize with the 3-band parametric equalizer. Magna Bass EX lets you dial in big bass when you want it, and BBE MP reproduces the warmth, nuance and harmonics that may be missing from your digital music files. Clarion includes a handy remote for on-the-fly changes.

Add endless entertainment variety with a satellite radio, or load up a thumb drive with MP3, WMA, and AAC files and plug it into the rear USB slot. Your friend can plug her MP3 player into the auxiliary input on the front panel. Two sets of preamp outputs let you add amps and subs for a complete car audio system.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?
In most vehicles, you can use this adapter to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this Clarion stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and the Clarion, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls.

iPod note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver or its optional iPod adapter.

Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our article explaining Bluetooth profiles.

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • double-size CD receiver with built-in amplifier (22 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs (including discs loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC files)
    • built-in Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • 2-line dot matrix display
    • 728-color variable illumination
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • BeatEQ with three preset tone settings and 3-band parametric equalizer
    • Magna Bass EX bass boost
    • BBE MP digital music enhancer
    • built-in iPod control — no adapter necessary
    • compatible with optional satellite radio, CD changer
    • inputs: USB input on rear cable (for Windows Media devices, USB storage devices, and iPod), front auxiliary input
    • outputs: 4-channel preamp outputs (front, rear/sub)
    Other info:

    Why replace your factory radio?

    Two good reasons - sound quality and cool features. A new car stereo offers power that's superior to most factory radios, along with more sophisticated tone controls. And most car stereos offer built-in or optional features that add safety and fun to life in your car, including inputs for your iPod or MP3 player, Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free cell phone calls, satellite radio or HD Radio reception, and connections for building an audio system in your car.

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    clarion cx609

    Written By Les, Lakeland, Fl on Tuesday, February 22, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This unit is just what I wanted with plenty of power to run some nice Alpine speakers.
    Great controls. Handsfree works great. Mic pics up nice. Easy install. Stock looking with
    non-stock power. Picks my phone and other bluetooth right up. A little hard to figure out
    how to do initial phone link. Instructions suck on the bluetooth info, leave some steps
    out. Fits my nissan perfect

    Set-up a little difficult...

    Written By Virtualscouser, Savannah, GA on Friday, February 11, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought this as an Open Box product from the outlet store. Product was in the factory box and with no signs of any wear or tear.

    Pros: Great system for the money, Bluetooth, USB, MP3 Playback, XM ready. Fits well into the Subaru Double DIN. Sounds Great. Easy to operate once set up.

    Cons: Was sent the generic "master sheet" even though I entered my car in the "Select My Car" widget. Also didn't include the adaptor harness. I tried hooking this up using the manufacturer's instructions and the bit on the back of the adaptor package but couldn't get it to work. I then searched Crutchfield's knowledge base I found wiring information sheet that would've saved me loads of time if it had been included in the "master sheet". I'm not sure if this was a computer issue since I kept getting the impression that it wasn't saving my car and customizing my installation package??

    The only other con is the Bluetooth set-up.Ye Gods! Even with the phone ¼" away from the unit it wouldn't find it and the instructions are the definition of VAGUE. Once it was set up it was fine.

    Conclusion: Great deal, great unit, could've done with more info from Crutchfield and Clarion needs to stop writing their instructions geared toward IT people.

    Good Job

    Written By Mike, York, PA on Monday, February 07, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Overall a great radio. Installs easy. CD, AUX, SIRIUS & USB sounds great! I dont know
    why but the regular radio could have better sound (?). Programming takes a little while
    to get right but overall not too bad.

    Clarion CX609

    Written By Anonymous, San Jose, CA on Monday, February 07, 2011

    It works very good and the instalation was very simple with the instructions provided by

    Clarion CX609

    Written By Jim, Cosmos,MN on Sunday, February 06, 2011

    I have a 2004 Silverado and the unit fit well and works great. The manual leaves
    a lot to be desired. The bluetooth works well with my samsung phone. Even
    streams music from it. No real complaints for this head unit

    iPod and Bluetooth is annoying

    Written By EricF, Sacramento, CA on Sunday, February 06, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The radio overall is ok. The remote doesn't have anywhere near enough buttons to
    actually use for driving the controls. Navigating through an iPod is horrible and can only
    be done from the radio. You have to click-click-click, through the list on the head unit to
    find anything on it. It won't navigate the podcast list, so you have to use the headphone
    jack for that, then you lose the charging you get from the usb connection. I can deal with
    most of that, but the worst is the bluetooth. Is does connect to the phone just fine and
    plays music from the phone and the call clarity is OK....BUT...everytime time you start the
    car and the radio turns on, about 10 seconds in to it, the radio links with the phone and
    stays there, on the bluetooth source. If you have songs on the phone, it tries to play
    them. Then you have to cycle back through the 5 input choices to get it back to what you
    were trying to listen to. And you will likely have to exit your phone out of playing music
    (mine is a Droid). I probably would have returned it, but I spent too much time with the
    install and soldering all the wires in the harness. I didn't want to redo it with another
    radio that somehow could've been worse.

    Just what the doctor ordered

    Written By H1850, Naples, FL on Sunday, February 06, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this one to take the place of another radio I ordered that would not
    sync with my cell phone. I have to admit that I am used to buying Pioneer
    radios, this would have been my third, but after talking to a sales adviser and
    a technician I bought the Clarion. I should not have been worried. It works
    beautifully and all the features are just what I was hoping for. The manual is
    confusing but I received excellent assistance from the Crutchfield staff.
    Installation was relatively simple. I did it myself and once I got help
    identifying certain wires I was off to the races. I also saved about $130.00
    by choosing this radio. You can't go wrong with this one.

    Good for the price

    Written By Mike C., New Orleans, LA. on Friday, February 04, 2011

    I am pleased with the radio purchase but there are quite a few irritations in using it. I
    love how the bluetooth (BT) works to tie in my phone and radio, but I wish that I could set
    the radio to now always start playing my songs from my phone. Maybe I've missed this
    feature. Getting to all the settings is not that bad, but I do feel it is a bit convoluted and I
    have found certain things I have to repeat a few times as if you mispunch a key, your
    knocked totally out to the beginning. Other than that, for the price, it was a great
    replacement for my '06 Tahoe full din radio.

    Clarion CX609

    Written By J.B., Orangeburg, SC on Friday, February 04, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice receiver. Great support from technical on any questions!

    Clarion CX609

    Written By Anonymous, Mitchell, SD on Friday, February 04, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great sound, easy install. Looks fantastic. User interface is a bit off. It
    allows for automatic connection of a bluetooth device, which I like. But, when
    it connects to that device it automatically changes source to that device and
    doesn't change back once the connection is established. Also, it automatically
    turns on my phone's music player when it connects. Sometimes the phone will
    start randomly playing music when I am out of the car, and I think it's because
    of this feature. Phone is a Blackberry Storm 1, and it works fine with it
    otherwise. All in all, this is a fantastic receiver and I am thrilled with my

    Nice Unit

    Written By Bob T., Milton, DE on Thursday, February 03, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Delaware just passed a no hand held device law, and I wanted to make it easy for my
    wife to get into the car and have her phone automatically communicate with the radio,
    without her having to to anything. It installed easily, sounds great and she loves it...

    Great Value

    Written By Mike S., LaPlata, MD on Thursday, February 03, 2011

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    Excellent product for the money!
    Easy Install with the supplied wiring harness.
    Bluetooth works excellent with my Blackberry Bold.
    Phone is crystal clear and my hands never need to
    leave the wheel to receive a call.
    Music also streams from the Blackberry to the Clarion
    wirelessly using Bluetooth.
    Just an excellent product!

    Excellent choice

    Written By AUTOGUY, MA on Tuesday, February 01, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The Crutchfield adviser made an excellent suggestion. The unit has performed to
    expectations and is a very good value. The only drawback is that for a double
    DIN unit the buttons (and related labels) are very small. My suspicion is that
    Clarion is using these buttons across multiple models and didn't want to incur
    the cost of having larger buttons specific to this model -- real estate on the
    front of the radio does not appear to be the issue.

    Other reviewers correctly noted the difficulty setting up Bluetooth -- the
    manual is not that informative. You need to have at least some prior experience
    setting up Bluetooth devices. The second item related to Bluetooth was setting
    up the phone book. The manual again was unhelpful. I did call the help line and
    the rep was very responsive but did not have information that solved the problem
    His suggestion was not relevant to reading in the addresses from my phone. I
    figured out how to do this via trial and error.

    A final point is that the instructions for dealing with the factory sub woofer
    are not explicit (which wire to connect from the Crutchfield harness). The
    answer was readily available by phone but it would seem that detail (if well
    known) could have been included in the package.

    Overall, to be clear, I am very happy with the purchase and in general the
    responsiveness by Crutchfield's support team.

    2 For the Road

    Written By DC, Augusta, GA on Monday, January 31, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought my first Clarion CX609 from Crutchfeld, Christmas 2009 for my son's 2004
    Mustang. The quality, performance and features made it easy when it came time to
    replace my daughter's 1998 C-RV factory stereo, it was another CX609. I, as well as my
    drivers, appreciate the on board Bluetooth option of the CX609 for hands free operation.
    Crutchfield's installation kits, wiring harnesses and detailed instructions, make it a snap
    for the do it yourselfer. It also made simple stereo changeouts a great father son project.
    I have oredered from Crutchfield in the past and will do so again in the future.

    Amazing Radio

    Written By Gardiner, Poughkeepsie, NY on Monday, January 31, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I did not know what to expect. I installed it myself and with the great help of
    their Tech Support, it was easy. Tech support was very knowledgeable about the
    Clarion. It fit perfect inside my Subaru. The radio is amazing and the price
    was great. I have an iPhone and I am able to use my itunes through the bluetooth
    feature. No wires. Also, the handsfree calling works perfect through the
    speakers. The phone rings through the speakers so you never miss a call. Perfect
    since I travel a lot and need to be in contact with my customers. I highly
    recommend this product. The technology is amazing.

    Clarion CX609

    Written By JasonA, Cranston, RI on Friday, January 28, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The good: Stereo looks great and sounds great. I bought this stereo for 2 reasons:

    1. I kept losing my bluetooth headset and wanted automatic, hands free phone calls.
    2. I wanted to be able to control my iPhone's music through the stereo.

    Not only does it do both of these well, but I was pleasantly surprised to find out that my
    iPhone's music plays wirelessly via bluetooth! If I don't connect the USB cable to my
    iPhone, as soon as I turn on my car, the phone connects, and whatever music I was last
    listening to starts to play automatically! Playing via bluetooth instead of USB does take
    away the functionality of being able to scroll through song titles and playlists using the
    stereo's display, but I can still play/pause, fast forward/rewind and skip to the
    next/previous track.

    The bad: As others have stated, the instructions were clearly translated very badly. The
    controls are not intuitive and take some time to learn. I'm a bit of a technology geek and
    can usually figure things like this out without using the instructions. That was not the case
    with this stereo. It takes some getting used to.


    Written By Stephan, Fargo, ND on Tuesday, January 25, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great CD player and MP3 input. However, FM reception is poor, AM is fair.

    Clarion CX609

    Written By Todd, Cheraw SC on Monday, January 24, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love the product, I still have not been able to get the Bluetooth to work with the phone.

    Clarion CX609

    Written By Rich, Sarasota Fl. on Tuesday, January 18, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    USB connection is flawless and loud. FM receptions is fine could use amp upgrade.
    Easy to install and best of all looks like it came with the truck.

    Clarion CX609

    Written By Jeff, Saint Albans, WV on Tuesday, January 18, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Unit is pretty good, bought mostly for the Bluetooth, works good with I-phone 4. CD
    sound is good. Used a thumb drive in the usb port, works good. Overall good sound.
    with factory speakers.
    Unit looks good in dash, can easily match factory dash lighting.

    What isn't so good- controls, settings are a pain, too many steps to go through, had to
    get the manual out to figure out how to adjust bass/treble. The FM reception is the worst
    of any unit I have EVER had, will only pick up close local stations and unless I missed
    something, you can't manually tune stations in, only scan for them. Took a trip recently
    and could tune in no stations for long periods of time. If you mostly listen to radio, don't
    buy this unit.

    Great so far

    Written By Jeff, Milton, GA on Tuesday, January 18, 2011

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    So far so good. I installed the deck yesterday and everything works as promised. The FM
    reception may be slightly worse than the Clarion/Bose deck in my Infiniti G35, otherwise
    I'm very happy with the unit. Most of all, huge thanks to the Crutchfield team!

    I got my order fast, I called in twice and both times the reps were incredibly helpful --
    thanks Russ and Jason! The outstanding tech/installation support is a service you just
    don't see much anymore. I was blown away, thanks Crutchfield!

    Clarion CX609

    Written By CS, PA on Friday, January 07, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Just installed this in to my '05 Silverado about a month ago. Part of the reason I got the
    cx609 was its factory like look; I didnt think a single DIN would look right in my truck. I
    also got the GM integration adapter to go with it to retain power until the door opens .
    There was a slip up when ordering and crutchfield did not send out my vehicle kit and
    instructions, but the quickly sent it and I had it in about 2 or 3 days. Install was pretty
    easy except for a couple wiring questions(illumination/dimmer wires), but tech support
    was quick to give me my answer. I got this to have bluetooth and also aux input/usb. I
    havent used the aux yet, but I loaded a thumb drive up and stuffed it in the usb and I like
    how it organized everything. Bluetooth took some playing around, but I ended up getting
    it how I wanted. Phonebook transfer took the longest, but searching the web I saw you
    need to send your contacts via BT and not just let the stereo try to dig them up. I had to
    do it in small chunks(10-15 people) or else it wouldnt work right. Sound is excellent and
    the bluetooth calling works great. Overall pretty happy with my purchase and would put
    this in another vehicle.

    Great Unit for the Price

    Written By Chris C, Maryland on Thursday, January 06, 2011

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    I bought this 6 months ago to replace the terrible OEM unit in my 08 Impreza. The install
    was very simple, and the unit doesn't look like it's an aftermarket-it looks like it belongs in
    the car. I got the steering wheel control adapter which works great, and I love having my
    audio stream through Bluetooth from my phone which allows me to play Pandora as well as
    all of the music I have on my phone. The only negative thing I can say is that Bluetooth
    pairing can be a bit challenging. I've liked this so much that I bought a second one to put in
    my other car.

    Everything I expected

    Written By RandyR, Cary, NC on Thursday, December 30, 2010

    Crutchfield says the CX609 does not fit on a 2004 Ford Ranger but I read other web
    posts from people that had gotten it working and decided to go for it.

    I replaced the factory radio with the CX. It fits fine, but requires the upper and lower
    plastic tabs to be cut from the dashboard console opening. The unit is slightly too tall for
    the opening without some mods.

    The wiring harness was a life-saver. The electronic connection was a breeze - I had it
    working in 20 mins. Mechanically, I attached the support hook from the back of the
    factory radio to the back of the CX before sliding it in. Between the support hook and the
    snug dashboard opening, it stays put with no other support.

    The audio sounds way better than the factory unit (duh!) but I wanted it for the hands-
    free - I'm not an audiophile - so that's about all I can say. This is my first unit with
    iPod/USB connectivity so I'm loving that part. Browsing folder trees is a pain though, so I
    mostly use All Random mode.

    Pairing to my Windows phone was challenging. 1st try: the phone found the CX. Result:
    BT audio but no hands-free. Delete phone. 2nd try: the CX found the phone. Hands-free
    but no BT audio. I left it this way because I could "connect to BT headphone" on the
    phone and get the audio going after the fact. Also linked to my wife's iPhone4, no
    problems at all.

    Have not been able to sync my contacts yet, which is annoying. Have to dial from the

    Very happy with the looks, fit, and hands-free.

    What a deal!

    Written By Luck, Montgomery, al on Sunday, December 19, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    First thing first, burn the manual. That is the only neg. thing a can say. The unit looks great
    in my FJ and installation was seamless, but for a bad mic/ Bluetooth in the first one which
    crutchfield replaced in 2 days.

    This unit is amazing. We are an apple family and this unit does it all. I have 3 iPhone 4's
    paired to it and they all work great...except the phonebook. I cannot get that to sync but not
    a problem I just look at the phone to see who is calling. I also have 2 iPads and an itouch
    paired audio only. I can watch Sunday ticket, movies, etc on the iPad over the speakers and
    when the phone rings answer it, talk and go back to the game...unbelievable.

    Cons are that if you are used to a touch screen to do things you will be a little lost at first.
    But even my wife got it in a few days. Colors to match any interior

    Love the radio hate the install

    Written By Joe, California on Friday, December 17, 2010

    The sound quality is so much better than the OEM unit and the looks are very elegant. I didn't purchase the half dozen add on modules available, but was FORCED to buy the Onstar module to install in my GMC 2500 pickup. The radio doesn't work without the interface module even though I don't subscribe to Onstar. Go figure.

    The unit doesn't come with a nice professional harness, you build it. Yes, you have to get out the soldering iron and try to piece together the 5 plug harness using two sets of foreign instructions. One for the Alpine and one for the useless Onstar interface module. I've had a lot of good experience with Crutchfield over the years but can't in good faith recommend buying this product from them.

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    Written By Mike E., Houston, TX on Friday, December 17, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this for my 2010 Jeep Wrangler Unlinited Sahara. The install was a complete
    nightmare. Crutchfield says the dash will need to be "notched" to get a proper fit. I do not
    know what "notched" means. I had to remove a steel bracket with 2x 7mm nuts and 2x
    8mm nuts, cut it in half with a dremel and pry it out. Then I had to cut out a large portion
    of plastic supporting the underside of the dash to get the radio to fit. The supplied
    mounting brackets have poor instruction and the correct way to mount them is with the
    writing on the brackets upsidedown. Getting the bluetooth to pair with my Droid X took 20
    minuets. I still can't get the phonebook downloaded to the radio. I also lost the ability to
    fade from the front speakers to the rear ones on the sound bar. Overall the radio looks
    and sounds good. The instructions from Clarion are a mess like always....too many
    uncommon terms used for basic features make it confusing.

    Awesome Product

    Written By Ricky D, Oak Ridge, TN on Friday, December 03, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I just installed this awesome product in my 2009 Nissan Frontier. The install was quick and easy, took less than 10 minutes to actually mount the stereo. The product guides from crutchfield were right on spec and could not have been better. So far the radio reception is much better than stock because I am getting stations that are 100 miles away from where I live. The sound quality is awesome and can be tweaked to how you want it. I love the bluetooth features, it is the coolest thing to control my Android Phone and iPod Touch via bluetooth. (look mom, no wires!)

    Crutchfield rep "Dolly" was awesome and did an excellent job making sure I got the right product and parts. I would recommend this product and Crutchfield to anyone.

    Works with my Droid X

    Written By Will, Ann Arbor, Michigan on Friday, December 03, 2010

    I wanted a radio to replace the stocker in my 2008 Vibe (double din). I'm tired
    of being tied to a dozen or so tracks on an audio CD so the prospect of an MP3
    CD player was appealing.

    Of course, now that I have a Droid and Bluetooth.why listen to CDs?
    The unit paired well to my Droid X after I figured out the little blinking "ENT"
    in the upper right corner was prompting me to press that button on the unit.
    Now that I understand that, using the controls is a snap.

    It wired up easily with the supplied harness adapter and slid right into place
    with the CF supplied brackets.

    PROS: lots of power to the speakers, sub RCA out, Bluetooth to Droid X,
    customizable colors, in car phone calls (I had my first today and it rocks).

    CONS: the manual can be a bit confusing, the 'screen saver' is distracting and
    ugly but can be turned off. I wish it had a visual equalizer while listening to
    tunes but I don't think it does.

    Just a really good stereo

    Written By Yuri, Bellevue, WA on Thursday, December 02, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This receiver is simply a very good unit for listening to all kinds of music sources. I used to
    own a Clarion receiver in the past, and I was always pleased with its sound. This unit is
    no exception, the sound is excellent and it has plenty of juice to drive the speakers. I've
    yet to crank it up all the way for fear of my stock speakers exploding (need to upgrade
    those soon!). There are only two things that I have issues with:

    1) When I plug in my iPhone, it automatically switches to iPod functionality and starts
    playing. If you listen to Pandora, you'll find that annoying, since you will probably be using
    the bluetooth feature to stream music to it and you'll be using the cable just to charge the

    2) Bluetooth doesn't automatically connect. Not sure why, I always have to connect
    manually from the phone. With that said, you can control playback using bluetooth
    (pause, skip songs, etc). This is very handy and it actually works on my iPhone 3GS when
    listening to Pandora, so I can actually skip songs without trying to hit that touchscreen
    button on the phone.

    Clarion CX609

    Written By Dave B, Baltimore on Wednesday, December 01, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product but operating instructions vague. Bluetooth works great when finally
    figured it out. USB/Ipod is awesome with built in controls on unit. LPF instructions vague
    also- dont show what the Rear audio cables are for subwoofer.

    Clarion CX609

    Written By DavidB, Harrisburg, PA on Sunday, November 28, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This head unit was at the "sweet spot" of price and capabilities for my
    application. Bluetooth, USB, iPod, MP3/CD, were all features I was looking for
    that were surprisingly lacking in the stock "Bose" head unit installed in my
    2008 Mazda MX-5.

    Installation was fairly straight forward. I have installed stereos in the past,
    but not recently. I was a little apprehensive about running the speaker level
    outputs into the Bose amp, but a call to Crutchfield technical support reassured
    me that it was ok to do it that way. It was, it works fine.

    The stock manual is a little vague in spots and after about ten minutes trying
    to set up the bluetooth with my Motorola Droid I called tech support again and
    they were very helpful in getting me connected - I don't think that's the first
    time they have had to do that...

    I was able to find a color that matches the instrument lights of my Miata
    perfectly, which was nice. In bright sunlight the display can wash out a little
    bit... Single pixel width characters might not be the best idea, especially with
    all the room of a double din receiver.

    I am still learning all of the capabilities of the unit. The iPod controls are
    somewhat rudimentary... One nice thing is that you can drag some music onto a
    USB thumbdrive and plug that into the unit.

    My wife says that phone calls sound better through the bluetooth than they do
    through the actual phone... Liked it so much I bought a second one for in my

    Clarion CX609

    Written By Ken, Halifax, PA on Monday, November 22, 2010

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    I bought this for my wifes car and she is very happy with it. I was pritty simple to hook up and easy to operate.

    Helpful Review good unit

    Written By Alan, NJ on Thursday, November 18, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    First I want to say this is a really nice unit once you figure out the menus. I love how the dash
    lights make this unit look like it is stock. It is simple to operate once you get done setting it up.

    If you have been reading these reviews you already know the instructions are terrible. A
    helpful hint for the setup menus; In most menus there are general settings, and custom
    settings, the general settings are limited and only give you a few select choices. It took a
    while to figure out that the costume user settings are separate.

    Bluetooth settings

    It took a little work to get this to link to my phone the pairing code is 1234, after 4 or 5
    attempts, I let the unit find my phone, and had to put the pairing code in on the phone side. It
    works great and people can't even tell I am in my truck. I could not upload the phone book in
    the usual way, but I researched and found out a way to do it, and it actually worked! if the
    phone disconnects when you try to send the phone book try this;

    First on the Unit, follow the instructions until the unit says it is receiving the phone book.
    Then go to the contacts list in your phone and go to options, there is an option called (send
    name card) Select this option then select (Bluetooth) then in the contacts list select (mark
    all) then it will show you devices that can receive the phone book select (CX609) I couldn't
    believe it actually worked.

    I would give this unit 5 stars if it could activate the voice command on my phone.

    Love the Bluetooth and iPod controls

    Written By Josh, Dallas, TX on Monday, November 15, 2010

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    I replaced the factory stereo in my 2003 Avalanche with this Clarion head unit.
    Installation was a bit of a challenge, and required the use of my neighbor's
    Dremmel rotary tool. Once installed though, I have been pleased with it. I
    bought it specifically to be able to use the Bluetooth connection for hands-free
    calls and to play music from my iPod. This unit does a great job in both of
    those areas. The main downside of this unit is the complex menus for setup and
    operation. After a few weeks of use, I'm just beginning to figure them out, but
    I still have to refer to the manual occasionally.

    A good deal for what I paid, and I would do it again.

    Clarion CX609

    Written By Linda M., NJ on Saturday, November 13, 2010

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    This unit was a great replacement for my factory stereo. I was looking for something
    that could play music from my iPod. I have a 2001 Subaru Outback, which has a large
    dash opening, plus a pocket underneath, so the rear USB connection worked out well. I
    drilled a hole in the back of the pocket for the cable, and can stash the iPod out of the
    way, no wires visible, yet easily accessible.

    I love the large preset buttons, and curved face. This makes it easy to operate the radio
    by feel, which is very important in a car! I think a touch screen operated by the driver is
    dangerous. The customizable illumination color is great for that OEM look.

    The tuner is reasonably good, better than I expected given some of the reviews, but
    most of the stations I listen to are strong. I don't have a bluetooth phone so I can't
    comment there. I did install a Sirius tuner, which works beautifully.

    Installation was fairly easy, thanks to Crutchfield's wiring harness and accurate

    My Clarion experience

    Written By Paul, Carpentersville, Il. on Thursday, November 11, 2010

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    I am really happy I purchased this unit. It is exactly what I needed, not too much to really
    distract me but everything I needed.
    I checked prices on line and Crutchfield was cheaper and you got the instructions and
    wiring adapter along with it.
    Thank You so much.

    Clarion cx609

    Written By Dean, Blairsville Ga on Wednesday, November 10, 2010

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    Install went smooth but the instructions to set up the bluetooth operation were confusing. A
    call to tech services got it going but it was a long process. Also error messages come
    across the sceeen sometimes when the ipod connection is used. does not work consistantly.

    Clarion CX609

    Written By B, Chicago, IL on Saturday, November 06, 2010

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    Overall, I have no regrets buying this unit. Very pleased all around. Blue-tooth hands free is a blessing, works beautifully, and is crystal clear. Installation was a snap (crutchfield makes it very easy, and yes I would buy from them again), and fit perfectly into my 2004 Xterra. As mentioned by numerous others, the blue-tooth sync with my blackberry was a pain the first time, because the instructions are terrible in the manual. Your better off googling, or looking through the forums for how to properly synch, it'll save you a headache. Address book transfer is not instant, and confused me to the point where I gave up on it, only to find the next day everything appeared. That comment will make more sense when you perform that step yourself. It also could've just been an issue between my phone (blackberry bold 9630) and the Clarion.

    The only real complaint that I still have after about 5 months, is the fact that the clock does not appear at the same time when the station identification is turned on. Kind of annoying, since I feel like I no longer have a clock in my car, cause I would rather see the radio/song info of current. Kind of bogus, since both are important, at least to me.

    Pros: price, stock look, flexibility of colors, blue-tooth, usb

    Cons: clock

    great unit, not quite intuitive controls

    Written By JohnL, Lancaster, PA on Saturday, November 06, 2010

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    Great unit, tons of features and all work well. Looks like it was always in place in my
    2003 Pontiac Montana. Great clarity on Bluetooth, CD plays well, USB connectivity is
    great, and with XM playing via the aux input it sounds great. Not sure why some
    complained about the tuner, reception is just as good as the factory unit, both AM and FM
    are fine. Just used on a 2,000 mile road trip and sounds great! Only complaint is the
    difficulty of use for some features, like the bluetooth, and the manual is poorly written.
    Once I figured out how to configure things, it works great. The installation help from
    Crutchfield of course was top notch as always.

    Good unit but confusing bluetooth

    Written By Jason, Richmond, VA on Tuesday, November 02, 2010

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    First the good: The unit looks OEM in my CRV which was one of the reasons I chose this model. The features are great for the price but I do wish it had HD radio.

    The bad: the bluetooth is very cumbersome to set up. Following the instructions in the owners manual will cause problems. Clarion has a product bulletin on this but Crutchfield does not include it in the package. It really should be included. Anyway, if you follow the manual instructions you will have to reset the unit before the bulletin instructions will work. I spent 2 days messing with bluetooth and searching the internet before I finally found the answers I needed. Remember, if you follow the bulletin instructions without resetting the unit will cause you a great deal of frustration.

    The plastic installation brackets were worthless. I could not figure out how to use them and there were no instructions. I ended up slightly modifying the brackets from the OEM radio and that worked great. The instructions reference a DIN sleeve that doesn't exist.

    Overall: This is a very good unit for a very low price once you get it working correctly. I had an installation problem and Crutchfield tech support was great. This is the 4th unit I have bought from Crutchfield and all the installation kits and instructions have been great but this one fell short. That is the reason I buy from Crutchfield but this one was disappointing. If I would not have had some prior experience I would not have got this installed.

    Pretty Good

    Written By Chris, Rhode Island on Monday, November 01, 2010

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    I am pretty happy with this product. I had a little problem pairing my phone to it but
    Crutchfield helped a lot. Clarion needs to hire better translators to write their manuals.
    But with that said, I had to switch back to stock because I traded the truck in and all I can
    say is the Clarion sounds infinitly better. I am glad I picked it up on sale. Made the deal
    even sweeter. Now I need to put it in my new truck. But that will have to wait.

    Clarion CX609 in a 2001 Saab 9-3

    Written By Sendsam1, Baltimore, MD on Monday, November 01, 2010

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    I purchased this unit after considerable investigation regarding my 2001 Saab 9-3. This
    particular Clarion is listed as a "does not fit" unit on Crutchfields website, and this is a
    honest evaluation on Crutchfields part. Saab's are unique in more ways than one.... I
    really wanted a double DIN unit that looked stock. So, I removed my factory head unit
    and measured it... The specs for this unit fell within those I went for
    it. I wanted a head unit with all the great options that this offered. I had to basically
    remove the center support below my factory cupholder in the dash and had to fabricate
    some brackets to secure the unit, but it fit. The unit just sits in the opening and I
    secured it with brackets that extended up and I screwed them into the plastic in the
    sides. The original factory cupholder and trip computer in my Saab 9-3 are still in place
    and functioning. On a side note, I removed my old On-Star antenna on the roof, gutted it,
    thinned the walls a little and installed my Sirius satellite antenna under it. Didnt have to
    cut any holes, and used some 3M double sided tape to put it back over the satellite
    antenna and it looks stock. Also put the mic for the bluetooth in the old On-Star location
    in the overhead cluster, so no mic on the sunvisor.. expect to spend a little time setting
    this unit up, but once you do, you will love it.

    Great Unit For The Price

    Written By jeffb, Pensacola, FL on Monday, November 01, 2010

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    If you are looking for a radio that has bluetooth, mp3, usb, ipod, and satellite capability and
    don't want to spend a fortune this is the unit for you. It's face is simple which makes it look
    closer to stock than many units and it's sound quality was much better than the stock unit
    that was removed. Learning the "logic" behind the control menus wasn't the easiest but
    within a few minutes all functions were under control. The ability to change the light color to
    match the car was great couldn't be happier.

    A good buy

    Written By Hubz, Rhinelander, WI on Monday, November 01, 2010

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    Easy install and a nice look. Once you figure out how to work the unit it sounds great. I would
    recommend this stereo to anyone.

    Still working out the kinks...

    Written By SR, Ohio on Thursday, October 28, 2010

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    Installation was flawless thanks to the guides and equipment Crutchfield provides. If
    you can't install this stuff, you shouldn't be driving a car. This unit was selected because
    it would match the interior displays of my vehicle in addition to providing for numerous
    means of throughput. The unit and remote feel solid and are a quality product. Sound
    quality through my modest aftermarket speakers is excellent though they don't produce
    the bass. The quality through the aux input, BT, CD, USB and FM is great. I would buy this
    again but would like to note a few gripes:

    -Remote won't control volume

    -Menu is tedious

    -The BT will connect to my BlackBerry 9630 quickly and have never had problems with
    the phone connection. The BT audio started giving me problems in the cold weather
    (40s-50s) where it would cut out like a digital TV station. I can only assume the temp is
    affecting the reception and buffering by the unit itself.

    -No rear aux jack to hide the connection that would eliminate the unsightly wire hanging

    -File navigation on my BB 9630 is bizarre through the USB input and it won't shuffle.
    When playing the last song, it will start over in that particular album even though it might
    be in a play all or shuffle mode. It could be that the way iTunes plants the songs on the
    memory card is to blame, as the Clarion documentation said something about putting all
    the music in one folder.

    Solid Stereo - A Few Cons

    Written By Joe, Va on Wednesday, October 27, 2010

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    I decided on this stereo after much research and discussing a few concerns with
    Crutchfield support. I was looking for a system with built-in bluetooth as well as the
    ability to connect and charge my iPhone4. Some of the research I found said the system
    would not charge the iPhone and that the bluetooth did not perform very well. I got the
    system installed (@2hrs) and began testing the various features. The bluetooth pairing
    is somewhat of a pain due to the poor instructions and the lengthy procedure to get it
    setup. Clarion has a good bulletin update on this process. Once paired with my
    iPhone4 phone calls worked great and voice quality was great. Also, bluetooth audio
    quality for iPod playback was great. The 2nd concern was the charging issue. I am
    happy to say that the iPhone4 charges just fine through the USB connection. You will
    get a message on the phone saying the device may experience issues with wireless
    service but the phone operates perfectly. Lastly, I have noticed the FM tuner does not
    work quite as well as the factory system did. Several FM stations and a couple of AM
    sports stations that I normally could get reception on no longer are picked up by the
    CX609. All in all though very pleased with the system and Crutchfield support was
    great. I would definitely recommend this system and I am thinking about getting one for
    my wife's car.

    Clarion CX609

    Written By Ray, Spanaway, WA on Saturday, October 23, 2010

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    This is an awesome unit. Very user friendly, this unit does what it says it will
    do. Installation was a breeze with the kit and instructions that were provided
    by Crutchfield. I would recommend the Clarion CX609 to anyone looking for a
    aftermarket radio.

    Great low budget head unit

    Written By Mike S., Jacksonville, FL on Saturday, October 23, 2010

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    Unit works great, had everything I wanted for a low price, so it was perfect for me. I use
    an iPhone 4 with the unit, and it works fine although the phone gives you the message
    that it wasn't designed for optimal use. The only issue I have is that the unit gets a little
    confused when you are using an iPhone for music and bluetooth phone. It will play the
    music off your phone via bluetooth but then you don't get the title/artist display. So I have
    learned to connect via bluetooth first, then plug the USB cord into my phone so it plays
    off the USB rather than the bluetooth.

    So far, I haven't had any complaints from people I talk to over the bluetooth, and it has a
    mic that you can position wherever you want. I haven noticed that if you switch to the
    tuner and then back to the iPhone, it tends to not pick up the audio, but I think it would
    work fine if you were using a traditional iPod.

    Overall, great product.

    Best bang for the buck

    Written By KROB, Odenton, MD on Friday, October 22, 2010

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    This deck is worth every penny and then some! I like the OEM appearance of the headunit in my dash; the fact that you can customize the unit's backlighting to match your existing dash lights is a bonus.

    The iPod controls and bluetooth function make this unit worth every penny (it was a steal this price).

    Nice Head Unit

    Written By Adolfo, San Antonio, TX on Thursday, October 21, 2010

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    I purchased the unit specifically for the bluetooth and ipod features. I must say this unit worked out perfectly. I paired it with my sprint EVO and i was even able to send contacts to the phonebook in the unit. Bluetooth works wonderful and sound on the recieving end is great. I can also stream pandora via bluetooth without cables. The instruction manual is a little hard to use, but you can figure most things out on your own. With the free harness and instructions crutchfield sent, it was easy as pie. I'm no installer and was able to do it with 0 problems.

    Great Unit, way to go Clarion

    Written By Tony, Raleigh, NC on Monday, October 18, 2010

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    I just installed this unit in my 05 Tacoma this weekend and it rocks. The
    Bluetooth works great and I love the USB adapter. Installation was very easy
    and took about 1 hour.

    Clarion CX609

    Written By Kevin, New York on Friday, October 15, 2010

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    This deck has a lot of bang for the bucks. Match up really well with any newer cars' dash. Looks very OEM. There are 768 backlight colors you can choose from to match with your OEM backlight. It has ipod controller and bluetooth. The instruction that came with the deck for setting up bluetooth is horrible. The bluetooth option works really well with the iphone. The bluetooth sound quality is amazing. I was able to stream pandora with this without hesitation. You can even switch sound in pandora without having to touch the phone. The button is very easy to find without having to take your eyes off the road.

    Great, Solid Product

    Written By SeattleZach, Seattle, WA on Friday, October 15, 2010

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    PROS: Great sound quality .. good bass projection .. solid power. For what you're getting here, this is a solid replacement unit for your wimpy factory stereo.

    CONS: Controls take a while to learn. With some help of previous reviews and the manual, I was able to figure out how to program this thing. But yes, the included instructions from Clarion leave a lot to be desired.

    All in all .. it's a good looking unit and a good looking price point. I'd buy this one again!