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Clarion CX609

CD receiver

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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.

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.

Expandability
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.

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.

Mike, York, PA

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What's in the Box:

  • Double-DIN AM/FM/CD receiver
  • Trim ring
  • Wiring harness (with in-line 15A fuse on constant power wire)
  • RCB-176 Wireless remote control
  • CR2025 3-Volt Lithium battery
  • Microphone with attached 9.5' cord terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector
  • Self-adhesive microphone bracket
  • Large visor clip
  • Small visor clip
  • 8 Counter-sunk phillips-head screws
  • 8 Hex-head bolts with a flat-washer attached to each one
  • 8 Plastic rings
  • 2 Self-adhesive gaskets
  • Owner's Manual (Eng/Fre/Spa)
  • Installation/Wire Connection Guide (Eng/Fre/Spa)
  • Warranty sheet

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
    Expandability:
    • 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)
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    Reviews

    Clarion CX609 Reviews

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    118 Reviews

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    Written by: Les from Lakeland, Fl on 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

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    Set-up a little difficult...

    Written by: Virtualscouser from Savannah, GA on 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.

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    Good Job

    Written by: Mike from York, PA on February 7, 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.

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    Written by: Anonymous from San Jose, CA on February 7, 2011

    2001 Honda Accord

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

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    Written by: Jim from Cosmos,MN on February 6, 2011

    2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

    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

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    iPod and Bluetooth is annoying

    Written by: EricF from Sacramento, CA on February 6, 2011

    2005 Scion xB
    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.

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    Just what the doctor ordered

    Written by: H1850 from Naples, FL on February 6, 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.

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    Good for the price

    Written by: Mike C. from New Orleans, LA. on February 4, 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.

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    Written by: J.B. from Orangeburg, SC on February 4, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice receiver. Great support from technical on any questions!

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    Written by: Anonymous from Mitchell, SD on February 4, 2011

    2000 Honda Accord
    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 purchase!

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    Nice Unit

    Written by: Bob T. from Milton, DE on February 3, 2011

    2001 Toyota Sienna
    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...

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    Great Value

    Written by: Mike S. from LaPlata, MD on February 3, 2011

    2006 Nissan Pathfinder
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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!

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    Excellent choice

    Written by: AUTOGUY from MA on February 1, 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.

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    2 For the Road

    Written by: DC from Augusta, GA on January 31, 2011

    1998 Honda CRV
    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.

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    Amazing Radio

    Written by: Gardiner from Poughkeepsie, NY on 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.

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    Written by: JasonA from Cranston, RI on January 28, 2011

    2003 Honda CRV EX
    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.

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    Mixed

    Written by: Stephan from Fargo, ND on January 25, 2011

    2010 Kia Sedona
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

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    Written by: Todd from Cheraw SC on January 24, 2011

    2004 Mazda Tribute
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

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    Written by: Rich from Sarasota Fl. on January 18, 2011

    2004 Ford Explorer
    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.

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    Written by: Jeff from Saint Albans, WV on January 18, 2011

    2008 Toyota 4Runner
    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.

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    Great so far

    Written by: Jeff from Milton, GA on January 18, 2011

    2003 Infiniti G35
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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!

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    Written by: CS from PA on January 7, 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.

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    Great Unit for the Price

    Written by: Chris C from Maryland on January 6, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    Everything I expected

    Written by: RandyR from Cary, NC on 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 phone. Very happy with the looks, fit, and hands-free.

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    What a deal!

    Written by: Luck from Montgomery, al on 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

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    Love the radio hate the install

    Written by: Joe from California on 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. from Houston, TX on December 17, 2010

    2010 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
    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.

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    Awesome Product

    Written by: Ricky D from Oak Ridge, TN on December 3, 2010

    2008 Nissan Frontier
    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.

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    Works with my Droid X

    Written by: Will from Ann Arbor, Michigan on December 3, 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.

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    Just a really good stereo

    Written by: Yuri from Bellevue, WA on December 2, 2010

    2005 Pontiac GTO
    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 phone. 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.

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    Written by: Dave B from Baltimore on December 1, 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.

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    Written by: DavidB from Harrisburg, PA on 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 truck...

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    Written by: Ken from Halifax, PA on November 22, 2010

    2006 Pontiac Vibe
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    Helpful Review good unit

    Written by: Alan from NJ on November 18, 2010

    2007 Toyota Tacoma
    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.

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    Love the Bluetooth and iPod controls

    Written by: Josh from Dallas, TX on November 15, 2010

    2003 Chevrolet Avalanche
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    Written by: Linda M. from NJ on November 13, 2010

    2001 Subaru Outback
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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 instructions!

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    My Clarion experience

    Written by: Paul from Carpentersville, Il. on November 11, 2010

    2006 Ford Expedition
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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.

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    Written by: Dean from Blairsville Ga on November 10, 2010

    2006 Nissan Xterra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    Written by: B from Chicago, IL on November 6, 2010

    2004 Nissan Xterra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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

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    great unit, not quite intuitive controls

    Written by: JohnL from Lancaster, PA on November 6, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    Good unit but confusing bluetooth

    Written by: Jason from Richmond, VA on November 2, 2010

    2005 Honda CRV EX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    Pretty Good

    Written by: Chris from Rhode Island on November 1, 2010

    2006 Ford F-250 Super Duty
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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.

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    Written by: Sendsam1 from Baltimore, MD on November 1, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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 measurements....so 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.

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    Written by: jeffb from Pensacola, FL on November 1, 2010

    1998 Honda Accord
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    A good buy

    Written by: Hubz from Rhinelander, WI on November 1, 2010

    2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    Still working out the kinks...

    Written by: SR from Ohio on October 28, 2010

    2003 Toyota Tundra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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 there. -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.

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    Written by: Joe from Va on October 27, 2010

    2004 Audi A4
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    Written by: Ray from Spanaway, WA on October 23, 2010

    2008 Honda Ridgeline
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    Great low budget head unit

    Written by: Mike S. from Jacksonville, FL on October 23, 2010

    2004 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    Best bang for the buck

    Written by: KROB from Odenton, MD on October 22, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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).

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    Nice Head Unit

    Written by: Adolfo from San Antonio, TX on October 21, 2010

    2003 Toyota Sequoia
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    Great Unit, way to go Clarion

    Written by: Tony from Raleigh, NC on October 18, 2010

    2005 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    Written by: Kevin from New York on October 15, 2010

    2009 Honda Civic EX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    Great, Solid Product

    Written by: SeattleZach from Seattle, WA on October 15, 2010

    2004 Toyota Camry
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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!

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    Nice unit!

    Written by: PB from York, PA on October 13, 2010

    2008 Toyota RAV4
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I wanted a larger unit that looked factory, as I wasn't looking forward to messing up the factory look of my dash when my factory unit quit working. Spent a few days narrowing down the options, not ruling out standard sizes, and kept coming back to this one. I specifically wanted one with usb in the rear. The extra aux on the front is a nice bonus. The only thing missing is that it is not HD radio ready. I read all the reviews, and have to say it wasn't hard to install or set up. It has every color display imaginable to match my dash. BT took a little reading of the manual to figure out. The manual left out one step, one call to Crutchfield for the missing step was all I needed. One annoyance is when I hang up from a call, it will not switch back to the previous audio source (like my ipod) unless I do it manually. Instead, it stays connected to the phone, and will start playing music from the phone. I think it's more a flaw of my phone. Listening to Pandora through the BT is great. Overall, it's a great unit, should have done it sooner!

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    Don't buy for the radio

    Written by: re8609 from Fredericksburg, VA on October 10, 2010

    2008 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The unit has good sound. The controls are a little confusing and take some getting used to. The bluetooth sync with the iPhone4 is terrible. The radio reception is horrible. Overall, I would not recommend this radio.

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    So much more than expected

    Written by: Deon F from Bovey, MN on October 2, 2010

    Let me start by saying this was the fastest install I have ever did from start to finish half an hour. I installed this unit in my 2008 Ford F-150. Also would like to pass on that you can remove the rubber mounting stud from the factory unit and modify a proper sized screw be cutting off the head and using it to mount to the back of the Clarion CX609 to add to the stability of the unit after it is mounted.

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    Written by: Anonymous from Mississippi on September 1, 2010

    2008 Nissan 350Z
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product! Very powerful and user friendly. Looks great in my Nissan 350z. I love the ipod interface. Very easy to use and understand.

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    g35 girl

    Written by: G 35 from Kent, Wa on August 28, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    works great. a little hard to figure out but once you do it works fantastic. Blue tooth a little to quiet but works pretty good. Ipod works perfect. Doesnt display artist and song name while in radio mode. Display colors are great. Would recommend 100%. I Put it in and Infiniti G 35 Coupe so we had to rewire alittle for the steering wheel controls. Crutchfield gave me everthing I needed to install and were very helpfull when called for help.

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    Written by: jaketec from Providence, RI on June 7, 2010

    I have the CX609 installed with 6 channels of external amplifier power, Infinity Reference 6" up front, and 5" in the back, & Pioneer 10" subs. Menus are easy to navigate. I found the manual straight forward. I was able to get the custom color to match factory display perfectly. IMPORTANT for Audio clarity: Using the same speakers, I was concerned that the audio was not as good as direct from the Factory head unit. I solved the problem by tweaking the input levels of the Amps higher than one would set using normal methodology. Perhaps due to The CX609's 2 Volt pre-amp outputs, it distorts when the pre-amps are being driven by higher volume settings. After adjusting the Amps, the difference was evident. Summary: I am happy with the options, controls, sound, size, and color adjustment which makes the CX609 as close to "factory looking" as possible from aftermarket. Nitpicks - Bass/Treble adjustment: This is my biggest issue with the CX609. Settings are buried three levels deep in a "custom" EQ setting which requires many clicks on three different buttons to access. Bass and Treble should be the first options in the "sound" menu, ahead of the dopey EQ "presets" that no self respecting audio nut should be using anyways. -File type limitations: When using a flash drive on the USB input, one is limited to lossy file types like MP3, WM and lossy AAC type MP4. Apple's loss-less .mp4 is not supported. One must connect an Ipod to get lossless.

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    Written by: Mike from Denver, CO on June 4, 2010

    I bought this receiver to replace the stock 6-disc in-dash CD changer in my 02 Honda Accord Coupe. I wanted a double DIN receiver with bluetooth, USB, and satellite radio. However, I didn't want GPS since I have a portable TomTom. I was going to get a Pioneer receiver but it was a little pricey, so I decided to give this one a try. One feature I was looking for was that the receiver looks stock when installed. This one does just that and even has preset buttons. I have had my CX609 for five months now. So far I love it. First of all, the installation went great. I've never installed a car audio system before this one. Crutchfield's instructions were accurate and made the process easy. They also include all the installation equipment that you need. Secondly, this receiver works great. The bluetooth connected to my phone without any problem and does a great job transmitting my calls. The other features also work great and I love having them. The only problem I'm having is that when listening to satellite radio the audio only plays on one side of the car. I checked all the other audio modes (AM, FM, CD, Ipod, USB) and they all play on every speaker, but the satellite radio doesn't. I still need to check if a connection is loose. I only wish Sirius Satellite radio had MLB baseball. I bought the Best of XM package thinking it would had both MLB and NHL game broadcasts, but it only added NHL. I would definitely recommended both the Clarion CX609 and Crutchfield.

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    Good sound, odd operation, awful directions

    Written by: gavin from Boston, MA on April 28, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    You don't have to read many of these reviews to see that the instructions are staggeringly sub-par, but if you are prepared to experiment you can work through it. The key is, if in doubt, hold the "enter" key for a second or so when trying to input data....that helps signifcantly on bluetooth. Does not (quite) integrate seamlessly with the iphone if you try to use bluetooth and USB it always connects to bluetooth and starts playing music (randomly) and you have to manually tell it to use the connector (but this is an iphone issue, you can't turn off audio streaming separately from telephone). That aside, the only gripe is that it always defaults to bluetooth input when it connects (it doesn't do it in the background), which is irritating if you want to listen to the radio, but you get used to it. All that being said, the radio is much more noise immune that the stock Subaru unit and the sound quality (even on the stock speakers) is much better too (particularly the bass). Definitely recommended.

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    Good product...terrible directions

    Written by: Robert from New Jersey on April 20, 2010

    2009 Honda CRV LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this to replace the stock unit in my 2009 Honda CRV LX. I wanted a unit that would look relatively close to a stock unit. I also wanted pre-set buttons, not that push the volume control dial to one side or the other garbage. The installation was pretty easy with the Crutchfield directions. The hardest part was routing the XM & microphone wires. My reason for not giving it a five is not for the unit functionality, but for the AWFUL instructions from Clarion. Although, I called Crutchfield a few times and their tech support was GREAT!! I had a hard time (like many others) trying to pair my blackberry to the unit. I've finally got it paired (I know this because it is playing my music) but am not having much luck with getting the phone portion to work through the radio.

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    Great receiver!

    Written by: Adam from Colorado on April 18, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I am not an audiophile. I do not need to play DVDs in my car. I wanted something that would look relatively non-flashy (I have had radios stolen from various cars before), but would handle BT for both calls and A2DP streaming, have a back-panel USB connection (I do not want a thumb drive sticking out of the front panel) and an AUX input. I also did not want to spend a lot. The sound is fine, although as I said, my setup is not even close to high-end. The audio quality on both ends of phone conversations is very good. The everyday usability of the receiver is great. Auto connects to my phone, sounds great, streaming music from phone is easy, etc. The customizable color display is a nice bonus -- I got it to match my 2005 Toyota Tacoma's dashboard perfectly. I highly recommend this receiver. I am considering getting another one for my wife's Civic.

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    Written by: D-Train from Bend, OR on April 18, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Like the other reviewers have said, the owners manual is terrible, and the controls are not very intuitive. BlueTooth Pairing is an exercise in patience but I eventually got it with Crutchfields excellent support. I'll try to explain the procedure as I remember it: Basically after putting the unit in Bluetooth mode you hold the DISP button for over 1 sec., then hit the FFWD>> button until it says "Pairing" then hit ENT (maybe twice?), select a memory location and hit ENT again, display should show "search". Now press and hold ENT for over a second and it should say "searching" on the 2nd line. Make sure your phone is set to discoverable. After about 30 seconds the searching should finish and show the name of your phone, press ENT again and the name of your phone should start flashing. Now tell your phone to pair with this device and enter 1234 (the undocumented default pairing code) and voila! I'm still playing with the rest of the functions. The Bass, Mid, and Treble controls are a bit confusing and will require some fiddling to get the sound like I want it. 99% of the time I will be playing my iPod with this unit. I wanted a direct USB connection for my iPod and the ability to hide my iPod in my glove box and control it from the stereo and I got that.

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    Great BOSE replacement

    Written by: Anonymous from Durham, NC on April 4, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed this head unit on my 02 Acura TL after yet another BOSE factory failure. This unit is amazing with its feature set ((Bluetooth, IPod, satellite radio, multi colored display capability, and ability to connect to the factory steering wheel controls via the PACS hardware that Crutchfield sells). Crutchfield provides everything to install the stereo from the instructions to disassemble your car, thru the wire harness and dash kit. I would recommend to anyone who doesn't need a Navigation System, or DVD player in their dash.

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    Get the Clarion CX609 instead of a new car!

    Written by: open24hours from Orange County, CA on April 1, 2010

    2005 Scion xB
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    No regrets. The Clarion CX609 is great! Given uncertain economic conditions, better to replace the factory sound system (no Bluetooth, no USB flash drive functionality) in my fully paid car, instead of getting into payments again with a new car. Reason for 4 stars instead of 5: Upper limit on USB storage is 510 files (Reported by Crutchfield Hands-On Research. I have not yet confirmed). I will live with that limit, because the overall package is great. But a word to the folks at Clarion - we are in an era of 64gb flash drives and thousands of music files. My work-around, get several smaller flash drives and use each for different categories: jazz, classical, pop, audio books. TIPS: - Music files in AIFF. Yep, I have my entire CD library in iTunes saved as AIFF files. Storage is inexpensive these days, so why not keep them in the original format? With car audio... we need MP3 files. The answer: free software (Mac and Windows) called "Switch". - Mac users: Be sure to format your flash drive as MS-DOS (FAT), not Mac OS Journaled. - Pairing with Bluetooth: Had trouble getting Bluetooth to pair on the first try because I wasn't pressing "ENT" one more time to switch the CX609 prompt from "Search" to "Searching". You have to select the method of pairing ("Search" or "Wait") and then actually start the process by pressing "ENT" again, which will result in "Searching" or "Waiting" on the display.

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    Written by: mediacop from Westchester, NY on March 29, 2010

    I installed this in my Mazda MX-5 Miata. It's color can be set to match the car's other gauges perfectly. Sound quality was definitely better than the stock Bose head unit. Ipod and Bluetooth integration work as promised. The only negative is the manual which is poorly written. You need to spend some time learning all of this unit's features, but the investment is worth it.

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    Written by: Steve from CT on March 21, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Overall, I have been very happy with this unit. I wanted a unit that would provide: -USB (but not on the front panel) -XM Radio (and the simple interface on this unit is great) -no single "multi-function" control -and the usual complement of radio, CD, etc. features Everything has worked well, except for the original setup. As others have observed, the manual, particularly the bluetooth setup, is poorly written (to be generous). But once you get it working, you can just forget about it. The tone controls are another nightmare to figure out, but have a certain logic to them once you figure it out. Again, once they're set, you can just leave them alone. But the reason I'm posting this is to explain the bluetooth source issue. The CX609 only switches to the bluetooth source automatically if you have bluetooth audio setup on your phone. If your phone is setup to automatically start streaming music via bluetooth, the head unit acts the same way as when you insert a CD or connect a USB device; it switches to that source and starts playing the audio. In my case (and I think this will work for most of you), you can turn off the audio feed in the bluetooth settings on your phone, and then you'll be all set. The phone will connect in the background without switching to the bluetooth source. Of course, if you use your phone frequently as an audio source, you may want to just leave it alone.

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    Written by: David from Denton, TX on February 24, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Let me start by saying that overall this unit is great. I really like the way it looks installed in my vehicle (2006 F250). One of the main reasons I purchased this particular unit was because I thought it would blend in good with the factory appearance and lighting color (green) and it does that well. Power, sound, adjustability all very nice. Took me a little bit to get used to controlling the i-pod from the head units face plate, but it's great cause I keep the ipod tucked away in the glovebox and it keeps things neat and clean. The biggest frustration/annoyance and the reason for 4 stars instead of 5 is what several others have mentioned and that is once you set up bluetooth to auto sync to your phone (or whatever), every time you start the vehicle and the unit turns itself on after a few seconds it syncs to your bluetooth device (great), but it changes the source to bluetooth. I under estimated how incredibly annoying this is. I checked Clarion's website and I could not find a fix for this if there is one out there. If they would fix this one thing this unit would be perfect. All of the other positives make this a great unit, it's just that one thing that bugs the heck out of me.

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    Written by: Anonymous from Cincinnati, OH on February 12, 2010

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    This unit is top notch. The only reason I did not give it a 5 out of 5 is I am not able to sync my mobile phone address book with this unit. Everything else is great. I received the factory look that I was going for in my Ford Sport-trac

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    Don't forget, it is a radio first and BT second!

    Written by: Tom from Fort Worth on January 22, 2010

    2005 GMC Sierra 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Do not plan to use the radio on this system. The radio reception has a lot of static much like a pre-digital radio. If you get busy and miss the 30 day exchange period you are stuck with junk and forget support from Clarion - it does not exist. IPOD works well but I find it works best to use the IPOD as a controller. Phone works okay but for this price they could have supplied a better microphone. Unlike every other radio I have owned this is the only one that you had to point the remote right at it to get it to work. If you want a really good radio/BT/IPOD combo get the Pioneer DEH-6100BT. I just bought one for my wife and it rocks - radio included. The Pioneer in my boat works great too. I wish I could drive my boat to work! So now I am stuck with junk. Oh yea, What is up with the 3 equalizer presets "excite", "impact", and "B-Boost"? What ever happened to Rock, Jazz, etc. These three don't hack it. Clarion engineering should be embarrassed!

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    Written by: Jim from Ridgeway, SC on January 16, 2010

    2005 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is an excellent product. I installed it in an 05 Corolla and even with the factory speakers, it has a great sound. Programming is a challenge, but I feel the CX609 still deserves 5 stars. The harness and installation hardware provided by Crutchfield worked perfectly. I made up the harness in my home and it literally became plug and play after that. To make the Bluetooth work, you will need the factory default 4 digit security codes for your phone and the CX609. I chose this unit after much research and I am very satisfied.

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    Best factory-appearance unit on the market!

    Written by: Anonymous from Salem, OR on January 4, 2010

    1995 Buick Park Avenue Ultra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good unit, not great, but good. I don't understand why they don't make more units that look factory like this; I love that the color matches perfectly, and it looks completely factory in my 95 Buick Park Avenue, though it is quite a tight fit. I also installed a SWI-JACK to get my steering wheel controls working, and I love that. All features work great, love the USB, Bluetooth has great quality and was easy to install. The features really are unbeatable. I will only say that the sound quality is really no improvement over my factory premium sound whatsoever. Even with new Rockford Fosgate components, the sound was unchanged. It really took an external amp to wake up this unit, now it's finally everything I wanted out of my stereo. Overall, a great buy with tons of features, but if you want it to sound good, you'll need an amp. As for Crutchfield, I WILL do business again. Competitive prices, AMAZING customer support, and great installation manuals and help. Very good business!

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    Written by: Jen from Orlando, FL on December 28, 2009

    2005 Nissan Altima

    Installed this back in April of '09. This receiver is amazing! I haven't had any problems with either the reception of regular radio or my xm. It's very strong on doesn't drop out. The factory stereo made the audio system sound good, but this one makes everything I play sound amazing! I was afraid I was going to have to buy new speakers to keep up with the receiver, but this is simply not the case. The navigation of the iPod menues was a little tricky at first, but once I learned to press "band" to access what I want, it was a snap. Playback is easy either way. I love the hands free phone call ability. It's great for me because I'm constantly driving. The one thing that I think would make this a five star receiver: If the phone's bluetooth is enabled, the receiver with auto tune directly to it. (My phone also starts autoplaying music, and I've come to loathe a certain song.) I would definitely recommend this receiver to anyone who's looking for an all encompassing product that provided fantastic audio and relative ease of use.

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    Amazingly Easy

    Written by: boyd from Phoenix on December 20, 2009

    2006 Toyota Camry
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Purchased this receiver and installed myself. Removal of the factory radio was a breeze with Crutchfield instructions. I had read that it's best to connect the Crutchfield harness with the receiver harness prior to installing the new receiver. This was the best advice and made installation of the new receiver very very easy. The Clarion product performs very well, exceeding my expectations. Some of the display colors are difficult to see but after adjustment for maximum visibility, this is no issue. Thanks Crutchfield, job well done.

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    Great 2DIN Replacement

    Written by: John from Cary, NC on December 19, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've now had my Clarion CX609 installed for a few months. I couldn't be more pleased. It fit perfectly into the dash of my 03 Envoy with no problems. I had a little confusion on the wiring harness, but a quick call to Crutchfield got me straightened out. The thing I like most about the unit is that it gives me so many options to access my music. Now I can play regular commercial CDs as well as computer generated WAV and MP3 files. I like to load up a flash drive or two with MP3's from WMP and hit the road. The unit also delivers great sound, especially the bass. It has a number of equalizer options for any taste. I would highly recommend this unit for people who want to replace their factory Double DIN radios with one that blends in nicely. So far I have only one complaint. At night the lights on the Clarion do not come on unless the power is turned on. The power button is rather small and hard to locate, so I have to turn the overhead light on to see the radio controls. However, I generally have the radio on all the time so it isn't a big hassle. Cudos to Clarion - and Crutchfield.

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    not great for iphone

    Written by: tofuengine from San Francisco, CA on December 13, 2009

    2004 Toyota Matrix
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a good head unit except for the following problems: 1) Doesn't charge my iphone. I have the iphone 3g. The iphone indicates it is charging with the animated icon, but it's not enough to charge the iphone. 2) Menu setup in this system is confusing and not easily accessible. 3) Bluetooth syncing is a headache because the setup just sucks. There is not enough user interface feedback to tell what I need to do next. The manual does show how to sync a phone, but it's very confusing with all the button holding to enter the next step. These are my biggest problems with the CX609. It's not iphone friendly. Otherwise, it's a good head unit.

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    Great Head Unit - 5 Stars!

    Written by: Scott from Mt Pleasant SC on November 25, 2009

    2001 Toyota Sienna
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The Clarion CX609 is a great unit. I've had it for over two months and took some effort to find all it's charms, but now can officially say that I love it. Pros: Crystal clear Bluetooth phone function - I have a Sony BT3700 in my daughters car and the Toyota BluLogic in my wife's car. The Clarion unit is by far the best! Bluetooth phonebook - This took me a while to figure out - I had over a hundred contacts in my phone which made scrolling through the phone book tedious (and dangerous when driving) . I configured my Blackberry to only transfer selected contacts and now use the CX609 phonebook all the time. Great iPod integration - This took me awhile to get used to, but once I figured out how to select a playlist and how to jump through artists/albums by letter (A,B,C,D, etc.) I keep my iPod connected all the time. As a major plus, the USB connection is in the back of the unit, so the USB/iPod cable can be discreetly routed to the glove box. This is much better than using the Aux input! Radio Titles - The CX609 allows you to input your own titles to each radio station. Display color selection - You can change the color of the display. Cool! Sound - Awesome. Cons: No way to initiate voice dial from head unit - This is the only real negative. The CX609 supports voice dialing, but it must be initiated from the phone. (Quirk Alert - Even when initiating from phone, it only works right for the first call. On subsequent Voice Dialing attempts, the "Say A Command" prompt is inaudible. Still functions, but you can't hear the prompts. Resets itself when you turn off the car. Odd, but consistent.) Buttons/Interface not intuitive - The head unit has a lot of features and limited buttons, so I am was not surprised at this. That being said, this may a problem for someone who requires simplicity. User Manual confusing - Many parts of the manual did not survive translation to English intact.. Auto Connect to Bluetooth music streaming - (Not really a negative, just a quirk.) If you have a device connected via Bluetooth music streaming, the CX609 will automatically switch sources to the Bluetooth audio source when you start your car. This bugged me until I disabled the Bluetooth music streaming on my Blackberry. I use my iPod for music, so it's a moot point for me. Summary - Great sound, crystal clear Bluetooth, full iPod integration, Double Din size and a great price. Highly recommended! (And as always, great support and service from Crutchfield

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    Written by: Matt from Manito, IL on November 22, 2009

    I should have saved my money and bought a better unit. The bluetooth is junk and the ipod controls are difficult to get used to. I've had the unit for about a year and haven't listened to my ipod in about six months. The only nice thing about the unit is its ability to match your dash lights perfectly.

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    Excellent Head Unit for the money

    Written by: Brooklyn Bear from Brooklyn, NY on November 13, 2009

    2003 Honda Pilot
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I just bought a used 2003 Honda Pilot, and the stock head unit left quite a bit to be desired (dirty CD laser, for one; a noisy and archaic cassette deck; no options for hands-free calling or iPod/iPhone integration). After doing exhaustive research, and opting to NOT go with another in-dash nav (I had the JVC KW-NT1 in my previous car; a great unit in theory, but sluggish and frustrating in actuality), I decided on the CX609. So far, I'm pretty impressed. In terms of aesthetics, it looks right at home in the dash, thanks to Crutchfield's amazing trim kit. I don't think I need to worry about thieves trying to jack this one, because it looks stock. The sound is pretty great, considering I'm still using stock speakers. The Bluetooth was annoying to set up (just hold the ENT button!), but now that it's working, I'm streaming audio and making calls with my iPhone 3GS with no issues (in fact, the BT audio sounds far better than it has in other applications). One thing you should know if you're installing in an early Pilot: the unit will bypass the stock powered sub, however the sound is rich enough that I'm not really missing it!

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    Written by: Roger from Long Island, New York on October 27, 2009

    Installed this radio in an 05' Nissan Pathfinder with the stock single cd player. Installed very easy with their wiring harness. Only problem I had was one of the harnesses sent was wrong. Contacted customer support and a new set was sent. Only one of the two harnesses in that set were correct but luckily it was the one I needed. Point is, check the harnesses to the wiring diagram supplied before you solder the wires together. Check that each wire is exactly in the slot as per the diagram. Mine were not. Will save you a big headache. Customer service is excellent though. They were very helpful in the installation and rectified my problem with the harness immediately. A+. The radio has good power. The bluetooth works well with my Motorola phone and my iTouch. The controls take a little bit to get used to but no big deal for me. No problem adjusting the color to my vehicle either. It is a great upgrade for the price and I really can't say anything bad about it.

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    Written by: Anonymous from Eugene, OR on October 19, 2009

    2006 Scion tC

    The good: mp3 playback is awesome. Lots of choices to customize your sound Color matches dash lighting perfectly. It's plenty loud. The bad: FM Radio reception is a little weak, I now have some back ground static where I never used to. My PALM Centro is NOT compatable with the bluetooth. I will have to wait until I upgrade to new phone. I had to really modify the mounting brackets to allow the HU hatch cover to close properly on the TC. Overall I am happly with the product. It is a big upgrade from the stock Pioneer HU. Lots of bang for the buck.

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    Dissapointed

    Written by: Terry from San Diego CA on October 13, 2009

    2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse
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    It doesn't have that full rich sound that my factory stereo was able to produce. I tweaked, adjusted faders and equalized as best I could but am left disappointed.

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    Installed in 2009 Nissan Frontier; Nice unit overall...

    Written by: Rickerus from Northern California on October 12, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I just finished installing the CX609 this weekend in my 2009 Nissan Frontier and overall I am very pleased. The installation was a piece of cake with all of the goodies Crutchfield included. I did have a few questions along the way and Crutchfield support was excellent. All of that said, here are a few points about the unit that keep me from giving it 5 stars: * Both the Clarion owner's manual and the Clarion website are terrible (and I for one find it pretty offensive that Clarion can't pay for one english speaking editor when they sell as much gear here a they do). * When changing satellite stations, you have to use the arrows to jump to the next station, and then hit the play/pause button to lock the station in. I didn't realize this and thought my XM was broken for about a day. No big deal, but it's a unnecessary step in my opinion. If I push the button to jump ahead one station, it should assume that I meant to do it and accept my action, not wait for me to hit another button before changing. * If you are syncing a blackberry or any other "smart" phone, you need to choose memory slot 5. The owner's manual makes no mention of this, but Crutchfield tech support confirmed it. * The menus are not intuitive, and with the lack of adequate documentation, be prepared to spend some time figuring it all out. Hope this helps!

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    Excellent featuers and value, okay performance

    Written by: Anonymous from San Francisco, CA on October 9, 2009

    2003 Subaru Impreza WRX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The radio reception on this unit is worse than the stock one it replaced. Weaker FM stations that were clear with my old headunit now have slight background static. Although the Clarion works more or less as advertised, it did run into a couple issues with my iPhone 3GS. I can't tell if these problems are due to Apple's operating system or Clarion's iPod control implementation. First, the Clarion unit doesn't always charge the iPhone 3GS. There have been multiple reports on the internet of the 3GS phones not always recognizing a charger that works perfectly fine with the 3G. I never had a 3G, so I can't comment on whether the CX609 charges the 3G perfectly. Whenever I plug the 3GS into the Clarion, I'll always get one of two messages on the iPhone. The first possible message is the "may interfere with this device, do you want to switch to airplane mode?" The second, and more ominous, message is "doesn't support charging from this device and may interfere, do you want to switch to airplane mode?" Which message I get seems random and if I unplug/plug a few times, it'll eventually charge. Not sure if this is an Apple OS problem or Clarion problem. Once charging, I just choose "No" to airplane mode and everything sounds fine without any interference. Second, the iPhone can't export it's phonebook into the headunit. This results in the headunit always displaying "unknown caller" even if you dialed from a contact in your iPhone.

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    Installed CX609 on to my '04 Corolla

    Written by: Anonymous from Seal Beach, CA on October 7, 2009

    2004 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    It only took me one hour to install this unit. It was pretty easy. It fits great. The sound is much better compared to my factory radio unit. It is not hard at all even a girl like me can do it. The only down side is the bluetooth is not compatible with my cell phone. So I have to updrade my cell phone to use that function. BTW, Crutchfield tech support is very helpful.

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    Great HU for price and features.

    Written by: Andrew from St. Louis, MO on October 2, 2009

    2003 Mazda Protege5
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have had this receiver for about 3 months now and I couldn't be happier. I bought this to replace a Kenwood-Dpx501 receiver because the display had gone out. I chose this unit mostly because of the bluetooth, which is awesome, but tricky to set up. Once set up the bluetooth works perfectly, although it is not fully compatible with the iPhone and you can't export you phone book to the receiver. You can, however, stream all of your music through the bluetooth, which is great, but you can't control the music with the receiver, only to pause and play. What surprised me about this receiver was the sound. I didn't really expect it to sound much better than the Kenwood, but it definitely puts out a much more full sound. One downside to this unit is that the remote is pretty much useless. It has very limited control and most controls must be input on the unit itself. If it weren't for the remote and the lack of complete compatibility with my phone I would have definitely given this product 5 stars. It was also very easy to install in my 2003 Mazda Protege5, microphone and all. Of course, I can thank Crutchfield for that.

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    Great Unit for the Money

    Written by: luis from Mooresville,NC on September 28, 2009

    2007 Nissan Frontier
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The Good: great sound not too complicated to use good bluetooth sound/reception color variety iphone/ipod integration fairly simple install The Bad: owners manual written by illiterate 5 year old Setting up bluetooth for the first time is like pulling teeth a few settings in the EQ are difficult to understand The glare can make the display unreadable never was able to send phonebook from iphone this radio made my airbag warning light go off i would have given it 5 stars if it werent for the bluetooth issues.

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    CX609 was the clear choice for my Pathfinder

    Written by: Herbert from Stony Brook, Long Island, NY on September 22, 2009

    2002 Nissan Pathfinder
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I wanted to maintain the factory look of the radio in my Pathfinder and the Clarion cx609 does just that. I wanted a stereo that would integrate Sirius satellite radio, Bluetooth Telephone capability, and be able to control my iPod. The Clarion, for the price, was the winner. Removal of the old unit was a breeze. The factory brackets on the Bose stereo matchup up perfectly with the cx609. Another tip when wiring up all the harnesses...wire everything at once. The SWI-JACK steering wheel control unit was a tough one.read the instructions carefully! Once installed, I was impressed on the overall look of this unit. FM reception is average at best. The Sirius integration was no problem. A quick call to Sirius to activate the radio and I was in business with all my favorite stations. Hooking up my iPod Touch, the Clarion unit did a search of my files, and before I knew it, my iPod music was blasting through my speakers The Bluetooth works great..the default pairing code is 1234

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    Written by: Claudia from Chicago, IL on September 21, 2009

    2006 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Pros - Nice features, good fit, looks nice, good sound, IPod sounds great with both inputs (USB and Aux). Cons - Difficult to program (Bluetooth, custom sound), can't navigate IPod when using USB (if you can I haven't figured it out). Still haven't been able to get Bluetooth to work even though I've paired my phone. ??? User's guide NOT very helpful. Can't get display to stay on. I think I have to shut off the "screen-saver" but haven't searched the book for that one yet either. Just a little too complicated and I'm not a complete idiot when it comes to a/v stuff.

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    Great Bluetooth

    Written by: TomB from Williamstown, NJ on September 5, 2009

    2003 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I just got this installed in my 2003 Toyota Corolla. The sound with the standard speakers is outstanding. I was a bit bummed to see that Clarion did not show my Blackberry 8330 Curve to be compatible to transfer my phone book. I tried to transfer the phone book only to find that it failed. However I discovered it failed because of too many entries from my phone book. If you check the Curve's Bluetooth Options Menu and change the Address Book Transfer to Selected Categories, then change your address book entries that you want to have in the car to that category, it transfers without a hitch. The XM package works great. The USB port works fine. The Bluetooth streaming audio is also very cool. This is a great radio for the value. My adviser Elvis provided outstanding help.

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    Very Nice Receiver

    Written by: Eric from Atlanta, GA on September 2, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This receiver works exactly as advertised. The bluetooth conversations I have are crystal clear (I've heard a call made from it and I've made many calls). Folks on the phone with me can't tell I'm not holding my phone to the ear thanks to the external mic--I mounted it at the top of the A-pillar in my Honda Accord. My ipod stays in the glove box, and I have full control to scan through songs, playlists, artists, albums, etc, just like I do with the ipod itself. I also love the "ISR" button, it allows you to instantly jump to a favorite radio station that I've set, regardless of what mode the receiver was previously in. Very handy. Lastly, I was able to match the color of the display exactly with the dash lights of the Accord, very slick! I am very pleased with this purchase, and of course, Crutchfield was, as always, spot on with its technical support (even with my stupid installation questions). You can't go wrong with this receiver!

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    CX609 IPOD problem

    Written by: Leonard from San Francisco on August 31, 2009

    2009 Dodge Grand Caravan
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    Problem #1: I have a IPOD Classic 120 G. At best, I can only get the CX609 to play through 1 or 2 songs before it loses connection and gives me a "no media" message. Very disappointing since I mainly purchased for this function that does not work. Problem #2: This CX609 does not seem able to auto pair up with my Bluetooth 1.2 transmitter from an IPOD. I tried 5 different ones before I got a Sony one to work, and that took many tries to get it to connect. Note that if you are paring a Bluetooth device you can program your pass code into the CX609 before you try to connect if your device (such as an IPOD bluetooth transmitter) does not have a keypad such as cell phones do. Tip: when using a USB mem stick, to be able to navigate one folder at a time rather than having to go through every song of each folder to get to the next one, place an extra folder between your folder and its mp3 files. For instance, the main folder might be "A", then create a subfolder with a slightly different name such as "AA", then one more subfolder, again with a slightly different name such as "AAA" that contains your mp3 files for that folder or album. Now you will be able to move one folder at a time with the up/down arrows, then scroll through that folder with the left/right buttons.

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    awesome stereo....

    Written by: Anonymous from Tupelo, MS on August 22, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Arrived Yesterday, Installed today,... would not come on... bummer... talked with tech support, and was up and running in five minutes..... Awesome tech support and awesome stereo... plays USB, Ipod, everything without any problems... if you are looking for a good stereo at a good price, this is the one....

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    OK for the price, but not recommended

    Written by: Stephen from Greensboro, NC on August 21, 2009

    2003 Nissan Frontier
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    To be fair - I base my rating by comparison to the out of stock Pioneer FH-8000BT. The Clarion has a cheap feel to the control buttons/ knobs. Searching iPod is not as smooth as with the Pioneer. Sound quality is poor compared to the Pioneer & adjustments are not as flexible. Display on both is poor in bright light, but the Pioneer displys more characters & gives more options for information displayed. Installation for both is relatively easy with the supplied adapter harness. Wait for the Pioneer to be "back in stock", you will be glad you waited.

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    satisfied with it

    Written by: Robert from Livingston, New Jersey on August 11, 2009

    2008 Nissan Frontier
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    I bought this radio from Crurchfield due to previous excellent customer service. The free harnesses and car kit is a great bonus too! Everything in the install went without a hitch and the stereo works great. The Clarion owners manual is horrible. The description on how to pair the Bluetooth was useless and I played with the unit until I figured it out on my own. Clarion needs to hire a proof reader as well as a "regular" guy/gal to see if they understand their manual. I will continue to buy from Crutchfield for my future electronic needs.

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    Great System for the $$, Prons outweigh the cons!!

    Written by: Brian from Holland, PA on July 29, 2009

    2004 Pontiac GTO
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    2004 Pontiac GTO w/ Steering Wheel controls PAC SWI-JACK The Bluetooth connection was very difficult set up. The directions were something to be desired! I finally discovered that when I paired the phone to the radio, the phone "discovery" signal went off after a minute. So when I tried to confirm the signal at the CX609, it would not work. MAKE SURE YOUR PHONE IS SENDING A SIGNAL ALL THE TIME FOR THE PAIRING PROCESS. Pros: 1. The sound quality is very good. 2. The pre-loaded EQ settings are nice. 3. iPod controls are great. 4. Colors are very brilliant even for daytime driving. 5. BT phone is great with auto connect feature. I don't have the other issues with going to BT when the system starts up. Cons include: 1. The radio does not display song artists and titles from FM radio stations. I was really supprised since this radio has every feature under the sun. 2. The faceplate provided by Crutchfield specifically for my GTO had a grain surface finish? The entire dash trim is SMOOTH. I sanded it smooth and painted it to match the factory trim. 3. The factory radio has a slight curve to it and the CX609 is square. No big deal and it probably just applies to my car, but i thought I'd mention it since it doesn't fit exactly like stock. 4. The steering wheel controls work OK, since their is a slight delay in reaction time making it slower than the factory unit.

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    Worked good for me (after a phone call)

    Written by: Jeff from Houston, Texas on July 23, 2009

    2009 Nissan Altima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought this and put it in my 2009 Altima Coupe. I didn't need the kit to put it in, the non-bose brackets already there matched perfectly. I had also bought the factory double din cover panel (from Nissan) so it matches the interior panels perfectly, so I did not need anything from the black plastic altima install kit that crutchfield supplied. Only problem was the hookup (both crutchfield & clarion instructions) did not say anything about needing to connect BOTH yellow wires if you have the clarion sirius equipment, they only referenced one. So when I turned it on, everything worked but the Sirius. One quick call to support and the answer was provided. Of course I had already just finished buttoning stuff up :( Some commands are on the remote and not on the main unit. Bluetooth works great and people cannot tell the difference. It doesn't really want to import my phone book, but the IPOD control works great. I don't even have to turn on/off the ipod it just does it all remotely. Someone else mentioned that the time and title cannot be displayed at the same time. Correct and boy is it irritating. Color choices are cool and there are a lot of them.

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    Display Problems

    Written by: Todd from Texarkana, TX on July 17, 2009

    2008 Honda Civic LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed CX609 in 2008 Honda Civic. Easy installation with instructions from Crutchfield. Good sound and relative easy setup. Display is unreadable during daylight hours. No brightness control, and contrast turned to maximum. All adjustments failed to cure problem. Crutchfield customer and technical support beyond excellent. This is the reason I keep coming back to Crutchfield.

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    Great Product!!

    Written by: Justin from Atlanta, GA on July 14, 2009

    2006 Nissan Pathfinder
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Purchased this radio because I wanted XM/Ipod/Bluetooth features. This is by far one of the best radios I have owned. The XM hookup is easy and simple, the IPOD feature works perfect, and the Bluetooth is good. I would like to see a better or built in mic for the Blutooth, and the instructions in the manual leave out a step on how to sync the phone, but the Crutchfield staff was quick to help. The adjustments for the bass/mid/treble is a little confusing, well unless you have a phd in harmonics, then it's easy. Overall this is a great buy, great sound, nice remote, easy to use. Install was SIMPLE espicially with the instructions. Hardest part was the time consuming project of wiring the harnesses together.

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    Good bang for your buck

    Written by: Shocker88 from NC on July 13, 2009

    Install Vehicle Details: 1991 Toyota Celica GTS PROs: 1. Multi color display to match almost any car on the market today's factory interior dash lighting color. 2. Bluetooth (up to 5 devices in memory) 3. Hands Free 4. Ipod controls (rear mount USB) 5. Auto connect to phone 6. Dimmer control 7. Amp remote turn on out separate from power antenna remote turn on. 8. ISR is great. Cons: 1. No dedicated Subwoofer RCA output (knew before I purchased -ok) 2. Output power of deck kind or low (but about all anyone really needs) 3. Auto connect BT cuts to BT device connect from other source (you have to re-select source -ok) 4. Round control knob not really that comfortable to use in low mount applications. 5. Deck sticks out a little to far from dash panel (needed more mounting hole options, still looks okay just can't use cup holders). 6. Manual isn't the best as always the English translator who does the manuals for them should be fired (I work with Asian people from China, Korea, Singapore, and the Philippines on a daily basis) and this person is terrible, and often leaves out key things or speaks backwards? 7. Getting phone book into radio doesn't work with my Nokia, dialing direct is awkward and a pain to do with the unit (no number key pad on the remote). 8. No indication in the manual which RCA outputs are front and which are rear?

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    Written by: bluemaxx310 from cleveland, ohio on July 13, 2009

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    everything worked out good except the bluetooth isnt setup that great because you have to reconnect your phone every time you turn on your car. It doesnt take that long its just a hassel when your not driving that far between destinations and having to reconnect it every time. Other than that love the colors and the ipod setup is great.

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    Great product, but...

    Written by: George from Raleigh, NC on July 10, 2009

    2005 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this to replace my 2005 Explorer factory radio. My main reasons for going with this receiver was Bluetooth and iPod (iPhone) controls. The installation and setup was a breeze (thanks to very helpful Crutchfield techs) and the deck looks and sounds great. However, BT has quite a few issues. As you start the car and establish a BT connection, it switches you from whatever source you were listening to to BT. You have to manually go back to the original source. Extremely annoying. Also, looks like BT is not fully compatible with iPhone, because I cannot get my phonebook to load. So I have to dial calls from the phone and then use the built-in BT to talk. Kinda defeats the purpose of having BT. Also, the display options are not very practical. I don't get why I can't see the station (or track) I'm listening to AND the clock at the same time. It's annoying that you have to continuously tinker with the display to see the information you need.

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    Perfect For The Price

    Written by: Zakk from Hill AFB, UT on July 4, 2009

    2007 Nissan Xterra

    I chose this stereo because it is the cheapest double din with IPOD control and multicolor display that I could find. I really wanted to match my vehicles dash light colors. I have never installed a stereo before and I did this one all alone in about two hours. The instructions and hardware Crutchfield sent made everything quite easy. i installed the stereo in a 2007 Xterra and ran the USB cable for the IPOD into the glove box without having to drill and holes or anything. The only problem that I had was that I installed the whole thing, snapped the dash back on, and then realized that I forgot to plug in the antenna.

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    Cool Product but need improvment

    Written by: Anonymous from Austin,TX on June 23, 2009

    2001 Nissan Xterra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    There was only two things that I have a problem with. (1) The clock does not stay on the display. You have to scroll though the display to see the clock. (2) The setup process is a little tedious. It took me more time to get the sound setup and BT working, then instilling the unit. Overall, it a good unit, once you get it setup the way you like it.

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    Awesome!

    Written by: Eric from Hart, MI on June 20, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I wanted to go with the pioneer 8000bt (I think thats it but can't remember) it has all the same features as this one, plus the rear sub output. It was out of stock, so based on a crutchfield product advisor I went with the CX609 since I wanted it for a big road trip later that week. Boy was I glad I did. This thing is amazing. Works very easy and it looks great in my 06 Ford F-150. Ipod controls are so easy, allows you to search alphabetically thru artists/albums at an easy touch of a button. The sound coming out of the unit is incredible. I used to compete with premium stuff etc...But since my hearing is fading I just replace the HU and use stock speakers, or some cheaper pioneer/infinity replacements. The bluetooth feature also works very well as far as the sound and microphone go. However that is why I'm rating it a 4 out of 5. On clarions website my phone is listed as being compatible, however I can't download my phonebook into the HU or use the buttons to answer/hang up. Still have to use my phone to do that but having it hands free once the 3 seconds of finding the number and calling are over is priceless. I have yet to talk to Clarion about this issue, but will very soon to see if they can resolve it.

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    GREAT unit, strongly recomend it!

    Written by: Alberto from Rancho Cordova, CA on June 16, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Got it last week. Installing it was easy with the provided instructions. Everything fit perfectly. When I could turn it on, WOOWW my standard speakers suddenly came alive with sounds I've never heard before in this Altima. Each adjustmat I made just sounded better and it was hard to decide which one to use. I then configured my cellphone and paired it to the unit. Made a call to test it. Music stoped, nice ringtone anounced the call, pressed one button and started talking. I ended locating the Microphone in the compartment the car has above the unit. I can use it even without opening the door of the compartment. Then my iPod Touch. I'm traveling frequently around California and hated transmitters and my original radio could not be connected in any other way to the iPod. Once connected to the USB port the iPod sound as if I was using a Bose system. I can control the iPod functions from itself or from the unit. Only problem is that if you are controlling your playlists from the unit there is no shufle mode. I then tried to install a Swi-Jack for my stearing wheel controls. After a quick chat with tech support I connected the resistors and the rest of the cables and NADA. I could never make it work. Its a pitty because I was used to manage the radio from the steering wheel. In general, great investment, fortunately the money I paid for the SWI-Jack wasw off the unit's price. Get one, you will love it. Alberto

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    Great stereo and features but has annoyances

    Written by: Wil from Virginia Beach, VA on June 11, 2009

    2004 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought the CX609 for my 04 F-150. The purchase/installation went smoothly. Terrific Crutchfield support included fast shipping, the installation kit and my call during installation about a 16-pin plug that wasn't addressed. The stereo looks like it belongs and with the variety of colors, it was simple to match displays. Getting it to work between my iPhone and the CX609 wasn't as smooth. To get Bluetooth working, I completed the instructions several times without success, but I wasn't surprised since other reviews stated this flaw. I went to the website and printed instructions. Imagine my surprise (shock) when that failed to navigate me correctly. Being fairly gadget oriented, I simply started pushing other combinations of buttons until the unit searched for a signal. Between the manual and information from Clarion's website, I was able to get the Bluetooth to operate, but I didn't follow either one exactly when it went to the correct menu. Like another reviewer, I was puzzled that the CX609 doesn't support RDS. I thought that any head unit of this caliber would have RDS capability. It was made for iPods and works with iPhones, but have to select not to use airplane mode. That said, the unit does everything I wanted, plays music from iPhone and Bluetooth works well. Pros: Bluetooth, USB, aux jack, equalizer, display and it sounds terrific too! Cons: Manual/confusing operations (but that won't matter after a few weeks), not fully iPhone compatible, lack of RDS

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    Very Good, but with some quirks.

    Written by: Kevin from Leicester, MA on May 15, 2009

    2007 Hyundai Tucson
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this for my 2008 Nissan Frontier. It fits perfectly and I didn't need the install trim kit CF said I did. The main reason I bought this unit was for the BT abilities, and because it supports A2DP BT audio streaming. I am really impressed with the audio quality of A2DP. The HU controls the phone by changing tracks, pausing, playing, stopping, and it also can FF/RW through tracks, which is something my BT headphones can't do. I ran the microphone up through the A pillar and headliner and popped it out next to the map light/sunglass holder.It works fantastic. Those I've spoken to says they can hear me better on the HU than on my phone. My major gripe with the HU is BT related. The HU can be set to auto connect to the phone, or do it manually. Autoconnect works great, but the problem is that if you are listening to any other source, it goes to BT mode every time you turn it on as the phone connects. You can switch back, but its annoying. If you shut auto connect off, it stays on the previous source, but to connect you need to switch to BT and go through a menu to select the phone as there is no connect button. I plugged a 4gb thumbdrive adapter into the attached USB cord and it works great. The read speed is almost instantaneous, and it navigates folders easily. The display is ok. The color on black screen looks good in some of the colors, but not all. My interior lighting, but I set it to Red which I find is easier to read.

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    Written by: Bullet175 from Brookhaven, Ms. on May 12, 2009

    2006 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    After having the unit for about three weeks now I think Ive familiarized myself with it enough to be able to write a review. With Crutchfields instalation kit this unit just fell right into the dash of my F250 like it was ment to be there. After getting the wiring harness ready the install took less than ten minutes. The colors of the lighting are vivid and rich. The menues are a bit complex to fiqure out. I can see myself keeping the manual handy untill I learn everything. The face of the unit seems simple but dont let that fool you the CX609 is packed with features. Ipod interfaced perfectly and returns every time to the last song played. The bluetooth works good with my phone but I had to go to Clarions site to get the right procedure to get it to pair with my phone. It seems the manual was written wrong or something but now everythings good. Now for the best part. The CX609 made the stock speakers in my truck really come to life. I never imagined stock paper cones could sound this good. A friend of mine asked me if I went back with Infinity speakers in this truck too? I said no these are the factory speakers. He said, No way these are stock speakers! So I almost gave the unit 4 stars simply for the rather confusing menus but that would be to harsh I think. Its a good unit overall so Ill give it a 5 star.

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    Written by: John from Sacramento, CA on May 12, 2009

    2002 Mazda Miata
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed this unit in a 2002 Miata and it looks fantastic! It fit perfectly and was easy to install with the provided install kit. It sounded much better than the factory stereo driving my speakers but I still did not have enough power to overcome wind noise. I decided to upgrade and paired it with a Pioneer GM3300T amp and now it's awesome! I purchased a flash drive to store my music. It worked perfectly and sounds great but the flash drive died after a week. I hope the receiver was not the culprit. FM sound quality is just so so with a bit of background hiss at times. Overall highly recommended!

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    Written by: Marion from Tulsa, Ok on May 5, 2009

    2004 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent receiver, had it installed professionally with all the included items. It works well with my original Audiophile system in my 04 F150. The operating manual is not the easiest to understand, and navigating through all the options is difficult at first. The blue tooth (built in) works flawlessly and works well with my Palm Treo800W. My only dissappointment is the units lack of RDS. I thought all new products would display the radio station information but this unit does not.

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    Excellent receiver

    Written by: schubb from Columbus, OH on May 3, 2009

    2009 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have had this receiver for about 3 weeks now and it is excellent. I installed it myself in a 2009 Mustang and it looks great. I bought the Sirius receiver as well and love it. Reception is amazing, the sound is great. I bought it primarily for the Bluetooth and IPod connectivity and it was worth every penny. The call quality is quite good for me and the person on the other end. All the wiring is more than long enough to reach in my car, though I wish the USB cable was just a bit longer, 41" is enough, but where I ran it(into the arm rest console) makes it hard to remove the radio without pulling the USB cable back.

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    Does what it says, but a little disappointing

    Written by: Luke from Near Atlanta, GA on April 30, 2009

    2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have yet to try out the bluetooth but that is one of the main features I was looking for, both hands-free calling and music streaming. The #1 feature I wanted was USB input, as I would like to have my entire collection of music available to me while driving. I was a bit disappointed in this area. First, I think the USB port does not put out enough power to run my portable laptop hard drive. The cable that came with the drive has 2 connectors for USB power so I am going to see if it works after getting some adapters to power it with my phone charger. It works fine with a memory stick so if it comes down to it I may just have to get a bigger one of them. The big disappointment comes when navigating digital music files. There seems to be no hierarchical management of folders--If you have folders for "artistA" and "artistB", and inside artistA you have 8 subdirectories for albums, you have to navigate through each one of these album subdirectories before you can get to album B. Big disappointment there. The other major complaint I have is that there is no "random skip" functionality--In random mode, hitting next goes to the next song in the folder, not a different randomly-selected song. Additionally, you can't navigate folders from the remote. I think I should have waited for the pioneer unit to come back in stock rather than giving this one a try.

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    Written by: David from Rocky Face, GA on April 25, 2009

    2001 Toyota Sequoia
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Just installed the CX609 today. It was a perfect fit in my 2001 Sequoia with no special fitting required. What can I say, I'm impressed! My XpressRC XM receiver died a couple weeks ago and I was in the market for a new XM radio. But I'd always hated the clutter of the external receivers as well as my external iPod adapter with my factory radio, so I decided this time to just replace the factory head unit with one that has everything integrated (had to buy the XM MiniTuner separate of course). Boy am I glad I did! The Bluetooth was a bonus and it works GREAT, audio quality is very clear on both ends. This would be a good buy at twice the price, and as usual Crutchfield's service is top-notch.

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    Written by: Walt from Pueblo, CO on April 16, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great receiver! I was nervous about ordering since this was the only receiver in stock to fit my car but I was not disappointed. The Clarion 609 does everything promised. I had a few problems with installation since I needed to use an interface to my car's existing amplifier but all was solved and it works great.

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    Written by: David from Suffolk, VA on April 4, 2009

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have had this deck for about a week now. Let me tell you, WOW. I love the built in Bluetooth. Reception on both ends are very clear. All options work great. Navigating the menu was tough at first, but after a few minutes it gets easier. This thing does it all, CD/MP3, fron aux, sub controls, ipod control, usb input, the list goes on. Well worth it....

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    What's in the box?

    Download the Clarion CX609 manual

    • Double-DIN AM/FM/CD receiver
    • Trim ring
    • Wiring harness (with in-line 15A fuse on constant power wire)
    • RCB-176 Wireless remote control
    • CR2025 3-Volt Lithium battery
    • Microphone with attached 9.5' cord terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector
    • Self-adhesive microphone bracket
    • Large visor clip
    • Small visor clip
    • 8 Counter-sunk phillips-head screws
    • 8 Hex-head bolts with a flat-washer attached to each one
    • 8 Plastic rings
    • 2 Self-adhesive gaskets
    • Owner's Manual (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • Installation/Wire Connection Guide (Eng/Fre/Spa)
    • Warranty sheet

    Features and Specs

    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant Yes
    RMS Power Output 22 watts
    Peak Output 50 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth 20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs 4-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs No
    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs Yes
    Video Screen No
    Preamp Voltage 2 volts
    Key Button Color 728 Color
    EQ Bands 3
    Wireless Remote Yes
    Steering Wheel Control Compatible Yes
    Parts Warranty 2 Years
    Labor Warranty 2 Years
    Expandability
    AUX Input Front
    Audio/video Input ---
    USB Input Rear
    CarPlay No
    Android Auto No
    Siri Control No
    Android Control ---
    Memory Card Slot USB memory
    Bluetooth Compatible Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready Both
    HD Radio No
    Navigation ---
    iPod Compatibility
    Full size Classic/5Gen
    Nano Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/
    Touch Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
    iPhone Phone/Phone3G/Phone3GS/Phone4
    Tuner
    FM Sensitivity 11 dBf
    European Tuning No
    Seek/Scan Seek
    Radio Data System No

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    Display Features
    Audio Section
    Radio Functions
    Disc Playback
    USB/iPod/Aux Connection
    Bluetooth/Remote Control

    Display Features

    2-DIN Chassis: The Clarion CX609 has a 2-DIN chassis (also known as "Double DIN" or size DD), and will fit in many vehicles with a large dash opening. The unit can be ISO-mounted using your vehicle's factory radio brackets and the supplied hardware. There is also an optional custom double-DIN sleeve (0202DBKT, sold separately) available for this unit that will allow you to mount the CX609 in a custom 4" opening.

    Note: As always, please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector to verify fit with your vehicle.

    728 Variable-Color Illumination Display: The high visibility, 728 Variable-Color Illumination LCD display on the CX609 allows numbers and characters to be displayed clearly in all lighting conditions. You can select the exact color you want for the headunit's display and button illumination to match your car's instrument panel. You can adjust the display contrast to match the angle of installation of this unit between 1 to 16.

    Illumination Dimmer: The receiver's display automatically dims to a preset brightness when the vehicle's headlights are turned on. The wiring harness includes an orange/white lead that should be connected to the vehicle's parking light circuit in order for the dimmer feature to operate.

    Screen Saver: This unit is provided with a Screen Saver function which allows you to show various kinds of patterns and characters in the operation status indication area of the display in a random order. You can turn this function on or off. If the button operation is performed with the screen saver function on, the operation display corresponding to the button operation is shown for about 30 seconds and the display returns to the screen saver display.

    Message Information: A message up to 30 characters long can be stored in memory and displayed as a type of screen saver.

    Anti-Theft System: Since the CX609 does not have detachable face, this unit features Clarion's Anti-Theft System (CATS). CATS allows you to create a 4-digit code that must be entered to operate the unit if it is ever disconnected from your vehicle's battery.

    Audio Section

    CEA2006 Compliant: The power specifications for the CX609 are compliant with the CEA2006 Mobile Amplifier Power Testing and Measurement standards from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). These standards were developed as a way to equitably compare power specs from model to model and between manufacturers. The power output specs for the CX609 are as follows:

    • CEA2006 Specs: 22 watts RMS x 4 channels (at 4 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 1% THD-N)
    • Maximum Power Output: 50 watts x 4 channels (200 watts total)

    Two 2-Volt Preamp Outputs: The CX609 is equipped with a pair of 2-volt front and rear preamp outputs. You can fade between the front and rear preamp outputs or you can set the rear-preamp output to a subwoofer (non-fading) preamp output.

    Crossovers: The Clarion CX609 is equipped with high and low pass crossover filters.

    • High-Pass Crossovers: The CX609 features a high-pass crossover filter which can be set to "Through", 60, 90, or 120 Hz for the headunit's speaker and preamp outputs. The high-pass crossover setting will be the same for the front and rear speaker or preamp outputs of the headunit.
    • Low-Pass Crossover: When the rear preamp output of the CX609 is to "Subwoofer", you can adjust the headunit's low-pass crossover to 60, 90, or 120 Hz to prevent any unwanted high-frequencies from reaching your connected subwoofer amplifier and speaker. You can also se the low-pass crossover to "Through" if your connected subwoofer amplifier features its own built-in low-pass crossover.

    Subwoofer Output Volume: You can adjust the volume output from the headunit's subwoofer output between -6 and +6 dB.

    Beat EQ With Parametric Equalization: In addition to providing 3 preset equalization patterns (Excite, Impact, B-Boost), BeatEQ lets you freely customize the level and range of the bass, midrange and treble portions of each pattern with a 3-band parametric equalizer.

    • B-Boost: Bass is emphasized from -3 to +3.
    • Impact: Bass and treble are emphasized from -3 to +3.
    • Excite: Bass, treble and midrange are emphasized from -3 to +3.
    • Off: No sound effect.
    • Custom: Adjusts the bass, midrange, and treble independently from -7 to +7. You can set the effected bass frequency to 50, 100, or 200 Hz; the effected midrange frequency to 500Hz, 1kHz, or 2kHz; the effected treble frequency to 5k, 10k, or 15k. The Q-factor for each frequency (Bass, Midrange, and Treble) can be set to 0.7, 1,0 1.4, or 2.0.

    Magna Bass EX (Extend): The Magna Bass Extend feature does not adjust the low frequencies like the normal sound adjustment function, but emphasizes the deep bass frequencies to provide you with a dynamic sound. The Magna Bass EX circuit boosts bass at 50Hz. This creates a rich, deep, defined bass rather than the muddy, booming bass of a standard loudness control. The Magna Bass EX boost levels are dependent on the system volume, which results in balanced system response and dynamic bass reproduction

    BBE MP (Minimized Polynomial Non-Linear Saturation): By restoring the harmonics that are lost during digital compression of MP3 and WMA audio files, BBE MP reproduces the warmth, details and nuances of sound that you would otherwise miss. Effective for digital audio files and CDs.

    Radio Functions

    AM/FM Tuner: The Clarion CX609 features a built-in AM/FM tuner with a total of 24 presets (18FM/6AM). You can store these presets manually or automatically. The headunit also offers manual or seek tuning, as well as preset station scan.

    Instant Station Recall (ISR): You can store one radio station in Instant Station Recall (ISR) memory and recall it from any mode (except Power Off). Once the ISR station has been recalled, you cannot tune to another station without first disengaging the ISR function. You can, however, switch to another source.

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

    • XM Satellite Radio: The Clarion CX609 features a direct XM port for connecting and controlling an optional XM Radio tuner. There are two options for purchasing the parts needed to add XM Radio:
      • CNP2000UCA: The CNP2000UCA package (220CNP2UCA, sold separately) includes all the necessary parts, plus an extra; the included XMDirect² Vehicle Tuner and car antenna are used; the included protocol interface is not used, therefore no firmware download is required.
      • Home XM Tuner + Antenna: The XM Tuner (220XHD2H1, designed for home use) includes one necessary part, plus an extra; the included XMDirect² Home Tuner is used, but the included home antenna is not used. A car antenna must be added to the tuner (209XMICRO2 or 250XMICRO, sold separately) to complete the installation.
    • SIRIUS Satellite Radio: To receive SIRIUS Satellite Radio, you can connect the optional SC-C1 SIRIUS Connect Universal Vehicle Tuner and the Clarion CLA-SC1 Ce-NET SIRIUS Satellite Radio interface (700SIRCLAR, sold separately). You can also use the Clarion CLA-SC1 Ce-NET SIRIUS Satellite Radio interface (020CLASC1) and the SIRIUS dock-and-play adapter (607SCVDOC1) along with a compatible portable SIRIUS radio (all sold separately).
    • Auxiliary Input: A portable XM or Sirius 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.

    Disc Playback

    MP3/WMA/AAC Playback: The unit can play MP3, WMA, and AAC files recorded onto CD-R and CD-RW discs using ISO9660 Level 1 or 2, Joliet, Romeo, or APPLE ISO formats. The player can recognize up to 8 hierarchical levels, 255 files per folder and 510 total files. Bit rates for MP3 and AAC are 8-320 kbps, plus VBR (Variable Bit Rates). Bit rates for WMA are 8-320 kbps. This unit is compatible with, and will display MP3, WMA, and AAC ID3 tags up to 64 characters.

    Note: Copyright-protected WMA/AAC files cannot be played.

    Title Entry: Titles up to 10 characters long can be stored in memory and displayed for CD, CD changer, and Radio stations. The number of titles that can be entered for each mode are as follows - 50 disc titles for CD Mode, 30 station titles for Radio Mode, and 100 disc titles for Changer mode.

    Disc-In-Play-Function: This feature allows you to turn the power to the unit "on" and start playing the disc automatically when the disc is inserted even if the unit is not powered up, as long as the ignition key is turned to the "on" or "acc" position.

    Top Function: The Top Function resets the CD player to the first track of a CD-audio disc. In the case of an MP3/WMA/AAC disc, the first track of a folder being played will be reset.

    Scan Play: This function allows you to locate and play the first 10 seconds of all the tracks recorded on a CD or the first 10 seconds of the first track of all the folders on an MP3/WMA/AAC disc.

    Last Position Memory: If you turn off the unit while a disc is playing, it will resume playback at the stopping point when it is turned on again.

    Auto Reload: When a 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.

    Mounting: For proper CD playback, you must install the unit within 30-degrees of horizontal.

    USB/iPod/Aux Connection

    USB Port: The headunit features a rear panel USB port on a 42" pigtail that allows you to connect and play USB Mass Storage devices loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC files. This unit is compatible with USB 1.1/2.0 with maximum data transfer rates of 12mbps. MP3, WMA, and AAC files with a bit rate of 8-320 kbps are supported, while titles up to 64 characters can be displayed in USB mode. This unit also supports USB Digital Media Steaming which allows you to play music files transmitted using Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) and supports the playback of WMDRM 10 files. The headunit can recognize up to 8 hierarchical levels, 255 files per folder and 510 total files. The CX609 offers the following playback operation of your USB Mass Storage device - Play, Pause, Track selection, Fast-forward/backward, Scan play, Repeat play, Random play and Folder selection.

    Note: Copyright-protected WMA/AAC files cannot be played.

    iPod Direct: The Clarion CX609 allows you to connect your iPod/iPhone to the headunit's rear-panel USB port using your iPod's USB/Dock cable for audio playback, control, and charging of your iPod/iPhone. This headunit also supports the display of title information transmitted from your iPod/iPhone.

    • USB Connection: The USB connection allows your iPod/iPhone's stored music to be loaded instantly to the headunit and sound quality to be maximized through the headunit's 24-bit D/A converter, allowing for a Signal to Noise ratio up to 90dB.
    • Audio Playback: The Clarion headunit supports audio playback of music files stored on your iPod or iPhone.
    • Music Navigation: The CX609 offers two iPod playback modes - Play Mode and iPod Menu Mode. During Play Mode you can control the following playback functions of your iPod: Skip Tracks, Fast-forward/backward, Pause, Repeat, Random, and Cancel. The iPod Menu Mode allows you to select music for playback from your iPod by category (Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Genre, or Composer). You can select between categories by using the headunit's numbered preset buttons 1-6. Once you have selected a category, you can search through the tracks in that particular category alphabetically.
    • Information Display: The headunit will also display your iPod/iPhone's music file information, including - Track number, Elapsed playing time, Song Title, Artist Name, and Album Title.
    • Charging: While connected and the ignition switch is set to ACC or ON, the headunit's USB connection will power and charge your iPod/iPhone.

      Note: If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Clarion CX609 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of January 2010):

    iPod/iPhone Model Generation Media Type  Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Headunit iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Info Track Info
    dock connector 3rd N N N N N N N
    clickwheel
    color
    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
    6th 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

    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the headunit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to revert to the older software version or wait until an newer software update is available.

    Auxiliary Input: The CX609 feature a front panel 3.5mm auxiliary input so you connect your external portable audio player or portable satellite radio receiver to this headunit. You can adjust the Auxiliary input sensitivity level from Low, Mid, to High to match the volume output of your connected external audio device.

    Bluetooth/Remote Control

    Built-in Bluetooth: Built-in Bluetooth technology allows you to utilize your vehicle's built-in audio system for wireless mobile phone or music hands-free operation. The Clarion CX609 features built-in Bluetooth technology for wireless connection with Bluetooth enabled mobile phones, PDAs and MP3 Players. The CX609 supports Bluetooth Ver.2.0 profiles A2DP/AVRCP for audio streaming and HFP/OPP for hands-free operation, so you can easily communicate and transfer digital music to your vehicle's audio system.

    • Hands-Free Communication: The CX609 will be able to retrieve phonebook contacts, received calls, dialed calls, missed calls, incoming calls, outgoing calls, and redialed calls. The CX609 can be set to automatically answer your incoming calls and mute any music audio to your vehicle's speakers so you can instantly carry on a phone conversation hands-free. A wired microphone is supplied to carry on your side of the conversation while your car's speakers are used to hear the other person.
    • Audio Streaming: The CX609 will also be able to control basic playback features such a Pause, Track Selection, Fast Forward, and Reverse. Up to 5 phones and/or audio devices can be paired to this unit.

    Note: The Clarion CX609 is not compatible with all Bluetooth enabled phones or audio players. See Clarion.com for complete list of compatible phones and players.

    Wireless Remote: The Clarion CX609 is equipped with the RCB-176 infrared wireless remote control for convenient and wireless operation of the headunit. The remote measures 4.461" long x 1.718" wide x 0.494" deep.

    OEM Remote Ready: The unit also features an OEM steering wheel remote control input on the rear of the unit to allow you to keep your vehicle's radio steering wheel remote controls when used with the optional PAC SWI-JACK Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (127SWIJACK, sold separately); or the optional Metra ASWC Steering Wheel Control Interface Adapter (120ASWC, sold separately).

    Note: Please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector to see if your vehicle is compatible.

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